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Meet the Success Team

Michele Oelking

Michele Oelking, Director 

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.




Alex Kasik

Alexandra M. Kasik, Manager- Academic Success Resources

has worked in higher education in various roles since 2008. She has a special interest in increasing individual success from a holistic perspective; and values that the success is located at the center of academic, social, physical and emotional wellness. Having worked in various college and university systems, she has developed a knack for being inclusive and adaptable in her approach to helping students. Alex was hired as a Success Coach a year ago, and has learned just how interesting and fun working with Tulane students can be. 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 currently working on her ADHD Coach credential under the International Coaching Federation. In addition to coaching, Alex serves as the Manager of Academic Success Resources within the Success Center. This role allows her to engage in her passion for Strategic Thinking, Assessment, and Supervision.


Karen Hochheiser

Karen Hochheiser, Success Coach

Karen'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. 


KristaKrista Ward, Success Coach

Krista 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.




DaneDane Johnston, Success Coach

Dane joins our team of Success Coaches from Ohio; where he earned an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in International Relations and Diplomacy.  He earned his Masters of Education from Ohio University in College Student Personnel in 2012.  He has had the pleasure of serving his community as a non-profit social worker and a high school French teacher. As evidenced by his community involvement, he is excited to gain a better understanding of Tulane University and the varied student population.  He will work to serve his students with his strong relations background, yet believes that there is something to learn from everyone.



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