Director of Advising
Mervyn Warner has worked at Johns Hopkins University for the past 24 years in many capacities that include program coordination and administration, recruiting, admissions, and advising. He has been an advisor for the past 15 years and at one time advised students in every program offered by the Carey Business School. Currently, he is the director of the advising office and in this capacity splits his time between administrative and advising duties. He currently advises full-time MBA, dual degree, and a small population of flexible MBA students. Warner holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies. When not at work, Warner spends time with his family and looks at older Baltimore City houses for potential rehab projects with his friends.
Senior Associate Director of Advising
Now a senior associate director of advising, Jeff Leister has been advising students at Carey since 2014. He works with full-time and part-time students across all degrees. Prior to his time at Carey, Leister worked for a variety of secondary and post-secondary institutions in many support roles including career counseling, residential life, and advising. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from Northwestern University and his master’s in counseling from Teachers College in New York. Leister loves being a part of higher education communities and believes in the power of education to improve lives and societies. In his spare time, Leister enjoys singing, watching soccer, and drinking local craft beer.
John A. Niemi
Assistant Director of Advising
John Niemi has been involved in academic advising, mentoring, and coaching for more than 15 years with graduate and undergraduate students in higher education. He holds two master’s degrees: one from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with concentrations in policy analysis and community organizing, while the other is from American University with concentrations in dance education, performance, and history. Niemi enjoys performing. He sings with the New Wave Singers of Baltimore and is president of the board. He takes dance classes when time allows.
Yassi Hakami discovered her passion for higher education advising during her post-graduate experience at American University. While earning her LLM degree in law and government, she worked with graduate and post-graduate scholars as their academic advisor at the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Washington, D.C. Since 2007, she has built a career in higher education and has been an academic advisor for Carey Business School students since 2012. She earned her LLB from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran and an LLM in immigration law and administrative policy from American University Washington College of Law. Her passion is to see her students succeed and she takes pride in enabling them to take ownership of their academic journey.
Prior to joining Carey, Michael Tyler worked as an international academic advisor for Walden University’s online PhD in management and Doctor of Business Administration programs for more than five years. He most recently worked for more than two years as an academic advisor with Towson University’s College of Business and Economics, advising undergraduate students in the business administration and accounting majors. Before working as a professional advisor, Tyler completed his BA and MA in English with a concentration in literature at Salisbury University. In addition to his years of professional advising experience, Tyler has also taught undergraduate English composition and literature classes as well as an undergraduate business communications course.
As a student of literature, Tyler is an avid reader and is always looking to learn about a new author, period, or genre of fiction. He also enjoys traveling and has been all over the U.S. as well as a wide range of countries including England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Thailand, Japan, and Australia.
Prior to joining the Carey Business School, Judson Riggins worked for Bowie State University and has a community college background from working at Chesapeake College. He was an academic and career advisor, TRIO program coordinator, adjunct English faculty, and transfer advisor to four- year schools. Riggins holds a bachelor’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts and a master of science degree in psychology with concentrations in educational and sports psychology from Capella University. Outside of the advising office, Riggins enjoys spending time with family and friends, catching up on anime, gaming, and relaxing outside on the weekends.
Jackie Haring brings more than 15 years of experience in international student advising, international admissions, and study abroad advising, all of which have academic advising components, to her current position. She has a bachelor of arts in sociology and master of science in counseling/college student personnel from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania as well as a post-baccalaureate diploma in business management from Elizabethtown College (also in Pennsylvania).
Corey Meyer has been with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School since 2015, joining the academic advising team in October 2018. She received her bachelor’s in social work from Salisbury University and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University in Maryland. Prior to joining the advising team, Meyer was promoted into registration administration within Carey’s Registrar’s Office. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer in a women’s competitive league and is always searching for a good book.
Latoya Meyer has been with the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School since 2015, joining the academic advising team in October 2018. She received her bachelor’s in social work from Salisbury University and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University in Maryland. Prior to joining the advising team, Meyer was promoted into registration administration within Carey’s Registrar’s Office. In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer in a women’s competitive league and is always searching for a good book.