The Student Affairs Team

Meet the Team

Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Sandra LaBlance, Ph.D., has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. She most recently worked at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she served as director of academic and career counseling followed by three years of post-doctoral research with a focus on the socio-cultural issues that impact the career paths of biomedical scientists. Other research completed by Dr. LaBlance includes work focused on the role of relationships in medical student specialty choice as well as research on learning assistance, learning disabilities and effective pedagogical and learning techniques to support student needs.

Dr. LaBlance works closely with medical students throughout the medical specialty choice process, including residency application, interviewing and the match process. In addition, Dr. LaBlance has experience working with medical students who are interested in improving their study techniques and those seeking guidance in the process of preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 board exams.

Berkley Browne, Ph.D.
Berkley BrowneAssistant Dean for Student Affairs

As assistant dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Browne provides leadership and management of student affairs programming for OUWB. Dr. Browne serves as an adviser for medical students, M1 through M4 years, through the Career Development program and the OUWB Well Being program and also oversees academic support, student organizations, and student events.

Dr. Browne is co-chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, which focuses on supporting and developing comprehensive social, cultural, and educational student programs that foster community in alignment with OUWB’s mission and vision. Her experience working in student affairs spans more than 10 years, and she first came to OUWB in 2014 as the director of Academic Success.

LaTina Jackson, M.Ed.
Senior Medical School Advisor

LaTina Jackson is a senior medical school advisor for Student Affairs, having joined OUWB in May 2020. In her role, Ms. Jackson is responsible for supporting medical students seeking guidance on academic improvement, USMLE preparation, career advising, and serves as one of the coaches for the wellness coaching program. Ms. Jackson holds a B.S. degree in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and a M.Ed. in educational counseling with an emphasis in student affairs from Northern Arizona University. Prior to OUWB, Ms. Jackson served undergraduate students as a Sr. Learning Specialist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her experience in higher education spans more than a decade, and she has worked to support students' academic, social, and personal wellness and well-being. 

Janae Kinn, LMSW
OUWB Social Worker Janae Kinn

OUWB Social Worker Janae Kinn, LMSW, is dedicated to providing a safe, confidential, supportive, and empowering space to all M1-M4 students, especially those struggling with school, life, or mental health related stressors. Janae is available to meet with students in O’Dowd Hall on OU’s campus and at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI to provide therapy, strengthen student wellness, and address medical student burnout.

Janae has a Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan with a concentration in health and a certificate in adult and pediatric integrated primary care and mental health. She has clinical experience working with students and families as a therapist, crisis interventionalist, medical social worker, case manager, and advocate in Detroit.

Janae incorporates mindfulness techniques, integrated health perspectives, intersectionality, self-care strategies, trauma-informed care skills, evidence-based practices (such as CBT and DBT), and a strengths-based approach into her work with students.

Toni LeGrande, MBA
ToniLeGrandeAdministrative Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator Toni LeGrande is a certified meeting professional with more than seven years of experience in higher education student services. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the Orlando, Florida campus. Her unique background also includes customer service training from Walt Disney World and six years planning and executing a variety of special events at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, Mich.

As the administrative coordinator for OUWB, Toni’s primary focus is planning special events such as the White Coat Ceremony and the induction dinner for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Additionally, Toni is responsible for coordinating OUWB’s “Connect” program, which provides social and networking opportunities for the significant others of medical students. 

Saulo Ortz, Jr. M.Ed.
Senior Medical School Advisor

Saulo Ortiz is a senior medical school advisor for Student Affairs, having joined OUWB in May 2020. In his role, Mr. Ortiz provides academic, career, and well-being support to medical students seeking guidance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in higher education with an emphasis in college student affairs leadership from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Ortiz is a student affairs professional by training and has experience working as a bilingual case manager, success coach, and program coordinator in both nonprofit and education spaces. Mr. Ortiz is passionate about student success, personal development, and helping people reach their goals.

Diane Reed
Office Assistant

Jennifer Root, M.A.
Jennifer RootDirector of Academic Success

Director of Academic Success Jennifer Root joined the OUWB Student Affairs team in August 2018, serving as the medical school advisor for M1 and M2 students providing academic, career and wellness support. She holds a  Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Oakland University and is currently working on a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Oakland University. Jennifer has seven years of professional experience in higher education with a strong focus on career and educational advising. In addition to serving in an advising role for career, academic and wellness coaching,  Jennifer's focus includes oversight of the Peer-Tutor Program, accommodations,  and academic programming for medical students.

Katherine Stotts
KatieStottsMugStudent Affairs Coordinator

Student Affairs Coordinator Katherine Stotts joined the OUWB in May 2016.  She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature in 2010. Before joining  OUWB, Katherine worked for Eastern Oil Company where she served as a customer service representative for OEM/Automotive accounts.