Molly Reinhard, MS | Director of Pre-Professional Advising, Center for Pre-Health and Center for Pre-Law Advising
Molly Reinhard serves as director of the Center for Pre-Law Advising and the Center for Pre-Health Advising. She has worked in student services at UW – Madison since 2007, with a focus on supporting educational equity, student retention, and career/academic exploration. Current committee memberships include the Career Services Executive Council (CSEC), Law & Policy Working Group, and the Campus Pre-Health Committee (CPHC). She holds a B.A. in Sociology from UW – Madison and an M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education & Community Engagement from UW – Milwaukee, along with training in counseling skills, facilitation, and restorative justice.
Caitlyn Swearingen, MS | Administrative Assistant of Pre-Professional Advising, Center for Pre-Health and Center for Pre-Law Advising
Caitlyn Swearingen serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Centers for Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising. She comes to CPHA and CPLA from the teaching field where she taught High School Math for 8 years. Caitlyn received a B.S. in Secondary Education with a Concentration in Mathematics from Indiana University – Bloomington and an M.S. in Secondary Education with a Concentration in English as a Second Language from University of Nebraska – Omaha. In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys kayaking on the lakes, refinishing furniture, cuddling with her cat Katy Purry, and traveling.
Dija Selimi, PhD | Assistant Director of Pre-Health Advising
Before joining the CPHA in 2010, Dija earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW-Madison, with a focus on non-chemical control strategies for managing fungal diseases. After years of working with students at the bench, she transitioned to advising to merge her interest in science with her commitment to helping students achieve their goals. She’s also a book nut who loves road trips and never leaves home without sunscreen.
Mike Hill, PhD | Advisor and Lead for First Year Initiatives
Mike is passionate about advising first year students. As Lead for First Year Initiatives, he conducts “First Year Fridays,” CPHA’s weekly drop-in advising hours exclusively for first year students. He also oversees our pre-health orientation on Canvas, “Pre-Health 101,” holds frequent group advising workshops, and makes classroom visits to provide pre-health advising to first year students across campus. Mike came to CPHA after working as a recording engineer, property appraiser, historian, and college instructor. He earned his PhD in history in 2013 studying the relationship between climatic and medical ideas in the English Atlantic World. In addition to helping Badgers achieve their professional and life goals, Mike loves to cook, play jazz bass, and visit his favorite city, London.
Emily (Chaltry) Faultersack, Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) | Advisor and Lead for Career Exploration Partnerships
Career exploration is something that rings true for Emily because she comes to advising from a previous role in healthcare as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Emily enjoys pairing her real-world healthcare experience alongside training in career development facilitation and motivational interviewing to help UW – Madison students explore and prepare for healthcare careers. When not on campus, Emily enjoys spending time with her cats, playing the ukulele, hammocking, and drinking coffee.
Dua Ci Khang | Lead for Pre-Health Professional Development Programming
Dua Ci Khang (she/her) serves as CPHA’s Lead for Pre-Health Professional Development Programming and is a strong advocate of building equitable programs for students to grow their professional experiences. She is grounded in her people’s experience, as a daughter of refugees, and brings a lens of community, care, and justice to this work. Her primary roles include overseeing experiential programming such as the Health Professions Shadowing Programming and coordinating a wide range of collaborative professional development events with campus and community partners. Dua Ci has previously worked in programming for BIPOC students in Multicultural Affairs and in dismantling racial bias in the public education system in Educator Training Services. She holds a BA in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Dua Ci loves to listen to audio books, enjoys biking leisurely, and trying new foods.
Yer Lor | Advisor and Research Specialist
Yer (she/her) serves as a Pre-Health Advisor and Research Specialist for the Center for Pre-Health Advising. Before joining CPHA, Yer worked as a community advocate providing culturally specific services to immigrant and refugee populations and survivors of violence. She is interested in building equity across education and healthcare careers and fields through intersectional student advising, interdisciplinary research, and policy development. Yer holds a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders and enjoys matcha green tea lattes, pasta, and reading a hardcover book.
Nicole Rombach | Advisor and Research Specialist
Nicole Rombach (she/her) is a Pre-Health Advisor and Research Specialist for the Center for Pre-Health Advising. She has a BS in Psychology from Central Michigan University and a MEd in Higher Education from Grand Valley State University. She has also worked as an academic advisor on campus in the past and has advised STEM and Pre-Health students at other institutions. When it comes to research, Nicole is especially passionate about issues related to access and equity in graduate and professional school education. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking vegetarian food, doing crossword puzzles, and trying to keep her growing collection of plants alive.