Success Team

Meet The Coaches

Alex Kasik

Alexandra M. Kasik, Success Coach, moved to New Orleans two years ago to work at Tulane University as a Community Director in Housing and Residence Life. It was then that Alex fell in love with the city of New Orleans, and discovered her passion for working with the Tulane student population. Tulane students are vibrant and driven individuals who keep her on her toes. Alex has a special interest in increasing individual success from a holistic perspective. Her work with students is grounded in the knowledge and insights offered by the field of College Student Development, and she holds a Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Ohio University. She is working towards becoming a credentialed coach under the International Coaching Federation, and hopes to continue her education on coaching various student populations.



Karen HochheiserKaren Hochheiser’s cocurricular experiences as an undergraduate student were so rewarding that she decided to pursue a career working with college students and completed a Master of Arts in Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. In June 2010, Karen moved to New Orleans and started her career at Tulane as a Health Educator at theWELL. Through this position, Karen’s passion for working with students one-on-one grew, and she developed an interest in training both students and staff on how to use effective communication styles to create an environment where students can thrive. She transitioned to her current role as a Success Coach in July 2013, and she is committed to enriching her professional experiences so she can most effectively help students reach their potential for success. In fall 2014, Karen will become a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and will complete the credentialing process to become a certified coach through the International Coach Federation. 



Krista WardKrista Ward is one of the newest Success Coaches at Tulane University! She is originally from Greenville, North Carolina where she studied at East Carolina University. Go pirates! Krista received her undergraduate degree in Family and Community Services and her graduate degree in Counselor Education. Krista started her career off as a school counselor. For three years, Krista supported a local public school in Greenville, North Carolina by developing a comprehensive school counseling program that targeted social, emotional, and academic needs. She also oversaw the process that identified students for special education services by implementing academic and behavioral interventions to aid students in the general education classroom. Most recently, Krista moved to New Orleans to begin a Success Coaching Position at Tulane University. A combination of her desire to work with college aged students and Tulane’s impeccable student population made it an easy decision to make the transition.  Krista believes college aged students are at a unique position where they are making decisions that will impact their futures tremendously. Krista loves working with students to explore holistic approaches to wellness that include healthy thinking patterns and finding balance between values, beliefs, and goals.


Brittany SummittBrittany Summitt has been working with college students for 10 years. She began her journey at Florida State University where she held various student leadership roles and received a Bachelor of Arts in English. Brittany loved student life so much that she went on to receive a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from University of Central Florida. Since joining Tulane in 2010, Brittany achieved her Associate Certified Coach credential as a Success Coach. Currently, Brittany manages the Peer Educator program—a student-led initiative that provides academic support resources in and out of the classroom. One of its highlights is Supplemental Instruction (SI) which was launched at Tulane in 2012. Brittany is passionate about student leadership and she loves creating new, exciting programs that empower students to achieve their potential at Tulane and beyond.



Michele OelkingMichele Oelking serves as an Assistant Director of Academic Advising at Tulane University. In 2012, she started the university’s Success Coaching program to support student success in the areas of academic, personal, and professional achievement. The program has expanded to include an array of support services led by both professional staff and peer educators. As a professional certified coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, Michele believes that student success is achieved through a comprehensive, individualized approach based on exploring beliefs, interests, values, needs, and goals. In addition, she has also achieved an ADHD certification through ADD Coach Academy. Prior to her current role, Michele coached students at various universities and colleges through a national coaching organization based in San Francisco. She earned dual Bachelors of Arts degrees in both Anthropology and Spanish from Louisiana State University in 1999 and a Master of Social Work degree from Southern University of New Orleans in 2002. In December 2012, Michele received Tulane University's Presidential Staff Excellence Award for her achievements.

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