The Academic Advisors

Welcome! And thanks for stopping by to check out your Academic Advisors! 


Terina Mailer, Manager, Academic Advising

I graduated with a UBC Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sociology and a Masters degree in Education. In one way or another, I have been involved in education all of my professional life ~ from teaching abroad for ten years to having worked at UBC for the past ten years. Helping students attain their goals is something I'm very passionate about. 

Being the first person to attend university in my family, I understand how confusing the post-secondary system can seem. Along with the other members of your Academic Advising Team, I take great pride in assisting you to find the information you need and use the tools available to navigate your way to degree completion.

Sometimes degree planning can seem overwhelming in combination with all other aspects of university and campus life. Our job is to help you find your way not only to a degree, but to the many valuable services that are available to you on campus. Please don't hesitate to stop by and see us if you have any questions - we're here to help! 





Jamie Yamaoka, Academic Advisor

I graduated from SFU with a Major in Communications, a minor in Dialogue, and a Co-op distinction. Thanks to my academic and co-curricular programs, I discovered my passion for student affairs and my commitment to enhancing student's academic success. I love working with students to help them understand their obstacles, strengths, and goals.

University can be a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. I aim to guide students to successfully navigate their degree, while having an extraordinary and positive time at UBC Okanagan. I firmly believe in the value of career and educational planning to meet personal goals and I look forward to assisting you with your academic plans!



Breanne Molnar, Academic Advisor

As an alumna from UBC’s Okanagan campus, I have received a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, as well as a Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership. I have been a member of the campus community since 2006 and through my experiences have learned the importance of higher education and fostered my commitment to help students achieve their academic goals. As an Academic Advisor, I happily assist prospective and current students by developing the skills that can help balance their academic and personal life, meet their academic goals, and develop transferrable skills. By utilizing all of the wonderful resources and opportunities available at UBC, I am confident that we can work together to make a positive difference in students’ university experience. The most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity to work with students every day and helping them realize and work towards their full potential.


Christine Squire, Academic Advisor

I grew up in Ajax, Ontario but decided to attend Dalhousie University in the BSc program with a major in Marine Biology. After graduation, I began my career in Student Services. While working as a Residence Life Manager at Dalhousie, I also received a Master of Education degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, also in Halifax, NS.  After living and working on the east coast for many years, I am very excited to be a part of the UBC Okanagan advising team.  I enjoy helping students navigate their own path at university as a way to discover what goals and achievements are most meaningful for them. Remember that getting involved on campus and in the community is the best way to enhance and enjoy your time here so let me know how I can help you get connected with opportunities on and off campus. 


Derek Como, Academic Advisor

I graduated from UBC’s Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sociology. I’ve been in your shoes before as a student, and understand the complexities and struggles that go along with planning a degree.  Smart academic planning has a lot to do with paying attention to your growing interests, and noticing how those interests may coincide with your degree requirements. Every student is unique and has their own goals; I am committed to helping you develop academic plans that are consistent with your interests, abilities, goals, and values. A plan is almost never something static you determine at the start of University and then stick with.


Andrea Klassen, Academic Advisor 

I graduated from Okanagan University College with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology. I was among the inaugural group of graduate students at UBC’s Okanagan Campus and completed a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies, focused in psychology. I’ve had a diverse career path including clinical, research, and teaching experience as well as front line mental health work. A fundamental and common thread to every position has been building relationships and working with individuals to help them attain their personal goals. I love the energy and excitement on campus and am passionate about helping students prepare for their future careers, discover their own areas of passion, and ensure that they have the tools to succeed to their full potential. I understand that the university experience is exciting, yet challenging, and am committed to helping students carve an academic path that will allow them to achieve their goals, maintain a school-life balance, and open the doors to fulfilling career opportunities. 


Jessica Beck, Associate Academic Advisor

I graduated from UBC's Okanagan campus with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology. Shortly after graduating I became an employee of UBC's Okanagan campus, working in the Enrolment Services office. Working in Enrolment Services allowed me to learn how the university functions behind the scenes. This behind the scenes work really sparked my interest in working with students. I joined the Academic Advising team because of the experiences I had as a student as well as my desire to help others succeed.  As a former student, I know the university experience can be complicated. My goal is to assist students with their academic planning and to help them develop the skills need so they can really enjoy the other fun and exciting experiences UBC's Okanagan campus has to offer. 


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