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Meet the Advisors

Academic Advising

Welcome to the Academic Advising Office

We are located in the Student Success Center across from the CU Arena (gym).

Students are welcome to see an advisor in person or virtually using the Advising QR Code. The Advising QR code will be available both in person at our office and below, M-F, 8:30-4:00pm, offices are closed for chapel and lunch. The QR Code is designed to help contribute to the efforts to keep our students and staff safe and help with contact tracing, but also to help us identify “walk-in” students. Students are welcome to schedule appointments with their advisor using the advisor individual links below.

Advising QR Code

Academic Advisors

Laura Courvoisier

Laura Courvoisier

Position: Associate Dean of Student Development
Majors: Communication Studies, Double Majors, Ministry Leadership, Theological Studies, Theology, Undeclared
Contact Me: 949-214-3061 | [email protected] 

Laura graduated from Concordia University Irvine with a B.A. in Christian Education Leadership in 2007. She is a Commissioned Minister of Religion in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as a Director of Christian Education. In 2019, she received her Masters in Organizational Leadership from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. Her career journey began in faith development with junior high, high school and young adult students that evolved to a holistic approach to student development in higher education. Since 2014, she has worked at Concordia in areas of student leadership, career development and teaching INT 100 (Freshmen Foundations) and INT 105 (Leadership Development). She is passionate about serving and developing students to discover their calling and persist towards graduation.

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Brianna Garza-Farin

Brianna Garza-Farin

Position: Academic Advisor & INT 100 Coordinator
Majors: Behavioral Sciences, Computer Science, General Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology
Contact Me: 949-214-3060 | [email protected]

Brianna Garza Farin graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. In 2019, she received her Masters in Organizational Leadership from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine. She has worked with first-year students for three years at CUI and is excited to transition to the Academic Advising office to help undergraduate students navigate their educational journey. She feels blessed to play a part in creating wise, honorable and cultivated citizens.

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Reece Renninger

Reece Renninger

Position: Academic Advisor
Majors: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, English, History & Political Thought, Liberal Arts, Liberal Studies, Secondary Education
Contact Me: 949-214-3063 | [email protected]

Reece Renninger graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Psychology in 2020. Reece was a first-generation college student who attended California State University Long Beach for his entire undergraduate career. Before attending college, he served in the United States Marine Corps from 2012 to 2016. After exiting the military, Reece found a passion for mental health advocacy which drove him to get his degree in Psychology. Reece is looking forward to understanding the needs of the students on campus and ensuring they utilize all the resources that Concordia University, Irvine has to offer.

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Tailor Maclellan

Tailor Maclellan

Position: Academic Advisor
Majors: Art, Graphic Design, Humanities, Healthcare Management, Kinesiology, Music, Theatre
Contact Me: 949-214-3035 | [email protected]

I am a born and raised Southern California gal. I love to hike, travel, read, and drink coffee. My favorite animal is a kitty cat and some may say I have an obsession. Something that is important to me is community. I believe we were created to cultivate space in our lives to walk closely with others, following Jesus every step of the way. I am an extrovert at heart and absolutely love people. Stop and say hi if you see me around, I would love to know your story!

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