Pilots Program Staff


Rebeca Paz,Director
101 Holton Hall

The Director of the Pilots program is responsible for leading the professional staff and managing day to day operations of the program. The Director also works closely with the different departments that teach Pilots courses, as well as coordinates recruitment strategies to meet enrollment targets. The Director oversees the coordination of both June and spring enrollment.


Lenndy Batista, Advisor/Counselor
101 Holton Hall

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones, Advisor/Counselor
101 Holton Hall

The Pilots advisors mentor students on academics, time management, and study skills. The advisors serve as liaisons to other resources on campus.


Shay Dodson, Lab Coordinator/Instructor
116 Bluemont Hall
785-532-6403 (Study Lab Phone)

All Pilots students are enrolled in EDSEC 050 Study Lab/Writing Lab. Shay Dodson coordinates tutoring, supervises the study lab, instructs students in writing, and hires and trains 25 Peer Assistants. Shay has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Graphic Design and a Master of Science in Special Education, Counseling, & College Student Development, both from Kansas State University.

Kara Warren, Graduate Assistant
116 Bluemont Hall

Kara Warren is the Graduate Assistant for the Pilots Program. Kara is working on a Master of Science degree in College Student Development / Academic Advising.


K-State faculty and instructors who teach course sections specifically for the Pilots Program.

Brian Benson, MATH 100, babenson@k-state.edu
LaVonne Canfield, COMM 106, mlavonne@k-state.edu
Ashley Denney, COMM 106, adenney@k-state.edu
Bart Grudzinski, GEOG 100, gobhawks@k-state.edu
Dale Hawkinson, MATH 010/100, dph@math.ksu.edu, Office: 101F Holton Hall
Daniel Sitterle, SOCIO 211, sitterle@k-state.edu
Jennifer Tope, HIST 252, jtope@k-state.edu
Taylor Wadian, PSYCH 110, wadian@k-state.edu

Peer Assistants

The Pilots Program employs exceptional upperclassmen and graduate students who are trained to help Pilots students master academic material and develop effective study skills.

 Spring 2014 PAs