Learn more about SoIC’s newest staff members

April 7, 2022

The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is pleased to announce the recent hiring of several new staff members, including:

 

AJ Booker

A.J. (Arthur) Booker Undergraduate Recruiter

Booker works with outreach and helping prospective students to navigate the process of enrolling at SoIC. He has a passion for working with underrepresented and first-generation students.

A 2020 IUPUI graduate from the School of Science in Psychology, Booker participated in award-winning research on mental health and Spanish medical interpreters as an undergraduate.

“I am a Detroit native, but grew up the latter half of my teenage years in South Bend, Indiana,” he says. His favorite travel destination is Belize City in the Central American nation of Belize.

He worked as a biomedical technician assistant at Trimedx before joining SoIC. “I would like to start working towards a graduate degree here at IUPUI soon,” Booker says.

 

Karley ClaytonKarley Clayton   Assistant Director, Career Services

At SoIC, Clayton helps to empower, teach and coach students to assist them in their career development. Building partnerships to connect them with the local job market and community is especially meaningful to her.

Her own career path demonstrates how sometimes, your career finds you. While earning her bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Clayton worked as a resident assistant, and as an academic peer advisor. She had discovered her calling, and decided to alter her career path to work directly with college students.

Her career pivot brought her to Indiana, where she earned her master’s at Ball State University in Student Affairs and Administration in Higher Education.

After graduate school she was hired by University College at IUPUI, where she worked for five years as a career consultant, supporting STEM students in exploring their options for majors and careers before coming to SoIC in 2021.

 

Amy Maidi

Amy Maidi    Assistant Dean of Student Services

Maidi earned her M.S. in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Indiana University, and has been employed by IU since 2003.

She served as assistant director of graduate student services at the Kelley School of Business before coming to IUPUI in 2012, where she’s worked in advising and student services.

 

 

Betsy Parker

Betsy Parker    Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Last Names P-Z

A native of Columbus, Indiana, Parker earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Communication, and graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and Policy.

She’s worked as an academic advisor at Clemson University and the University of Missouri.

Parker says she’s a big sports fan, “especially Purdue sports, college basketball, and gymnastics.” Favorite places she’s traveled are the Cinque Terre in Italy, and Kennebunkport, Maine.

 

Vincente ShadiowVincente Shadiow   Technology Coordinator

Shadiow joined SoIC in September 2021. As technology coordinator, he helps to oversee the day-to-day operations of the school’s client support team, including assisting staffers with computer hardware issues and installing new software.

He’s worked at IU for several years and has held positions within University Information Technology Services (UITS) and IU Studios.

A 2017 graduate of IUPUI, Shadiow hopes to one day pursue an M.S. in Cybersecurity Risk Management from IU.

 

Dennis Sullivan   Senior Assistant Program Director, Graduate Admissions and Recruitment

Sullivan is SoIC’s new Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment and will work with Elizabeth Cassell, Director of Graduate Affairs.

Sullivan came to IUPUI in 2020 as the Assistant Director of International Admissions through the Office of International Affairs, and has worked at the Study Abroad Foundation and for the state legislature in the Indiana Senate.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications at Ball State University, and his master’s in International Humanitarian Action from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. “During my master’s, I switched countries every semester and was fortunate to live, study, and research in Germany, the Netherlands, Indonesia, and Japan,” he says.

“I’m also a co-founder of Study Indiana Inc., a nonprofit consortium of Indiana educational institutions that promote our state as an international education destination.”

 

Carlos ZapataCarlos Zapata   Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Last Names A-G

Zapata is excited to help students learn and grow through the School of Informatics and Computing. He works with undergraduate students in his role as an undergraduate academic advisor, helping them navigate their various fields of study.

An IUPUI employee since 2014, Zapata has worked as team coordinator of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) Cluster, and as a student success advisor in University College.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from IU, and taught elementary/special education for five years before working in higher education as an Academic Advisor in the School of Education and General Studies at Indiana University Kokomo.

Zapata calls himself “a competitive game player,” and likes to see movies (“anything Marvel”) and listen to live music.

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