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Meet your Chemistry Advisors!


Kelly Pearson

Kelly Pearson originally hails from Miami, FL and graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 and 2007 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Education in Student Personnel in Higher Education, respectively. While in graduate school, Kelly worked across Academic and Student Affairs in areas such as Student Conduct, Residence Life, Student Programming, and Academic Advising. Kelly came to USF in February 2010 from the University of Kentucky, where she worked in the Office of Residence Life as a Resident Director. During her time at USF, Kelly has worked as an Academic Advisor for the Department of Chemistry and now serves as the Coordinator of the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advising Center. In her free time, Kelly enjoys reading, music, and college football.

Kelly currently advises for the Medical Technology major.

Xavier Ramos

Xavier Ramos is from Long Island, NY and an alumnus of the University of South Florida, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. During his undergraduate tenure, Xavier was recognized as a James A. Clendinen Journalism Fellow by the USF School of Mass Communications for his work in critical writing and journalism studies. He has worked in various media roles with PBS television, The Tampa Bay Times, Sun-Sentinel, and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a television news producer in Central and South Florida, Xavier was responsible for the research, writing, and creative storytelling behind newscasts. Xavier returned to USF as Admissions Recruiter/Advisor for graduate programs, and joined the Chemistry Department in 2016. Out of the office, he enjoys Tampa Bay’s budding arts and foodie spots.

Xavier currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Becky Cooperman

Becky Cooperman was born and raised in Miami, FL and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Education, and Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Florida and obtained a Master of Education (M.Ed) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S) in School Counseling and Guidance, and Mental Health Counseling.  She has worked with Housing & Residence Education, interned at the Disability Resource Center, taught First Year Florida, and served on the Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution committee. Upon graduating from the University of Florida she worked for two years at UF as an Academic Advisor before moving to Tampa, FL to join the Department of Chemistry at USF in 2016.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching sporting events.

Becky currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Shaun Richardson

Shaun Richardson was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Multicultural Studies at the University of Central Florida.  While at UCF, Shaun worked in Residential Life, First Year Experience and was involved in Undergraduate Research. In addition, Shaun completed his Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University where he served as an Assistant Community Director for 2 years in the Brody Neighborhood. Shaun also interned at University at Albany SUNY within the New Student Programs unit. Shaun joined the Department of Chemistry at USF in 2016 as an Academic Advisor. He has conducted and presented independent research concerning racial terminology and bias, perception of queer college students by their non-queer counter-parts, and Black queer college student development.  In his free time Shaun enjoys jogging, reading, shopping, and watching horror films.  

Shaun currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Ashley Sowell

Ashley Sowell was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, FL, and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Art History and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration. Ashley has worked with Transfer Evaluations, Academic Records and Academic Advising. She has served on the Academic Regulations Committee and coordinated campus graduation processes. She has also completed and presented research on the effects of accelerated credit on the students major selection. Ashley came to the USF in 2011 as an academic advisor on the Sarasota-Manatee campus where she advised graduate and undergraduate students. Ashley joined the Chemistry department in August 2016.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, music, travel, movies and football.

Ashley currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Adelia Douglas

Adelia Douglas was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and is an alumnus of the University of South Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She later received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Florida, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy elective coursework. While at UF, she also served students as a Career Counselor at the Career Resource Center where she developed a passion for helping students clarify and work towards their career goals. Adelia is also passionate about encouraging students to pursue study abroad opportunities, as she considers her own experiences studying abroad in Costa Rica through USF to be one of the most influential experiences of her educational career. Adelia joined the USF Chemistry Department in 2016. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, attending Tampa Bay Lightning games, and training in Tae Kwon Do.

Adelia currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences major.