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Latoya Watson, Assistant Dean
Latoya Watson


I am a proud Blue Hen! I earned my bachelor's in Marketing and Management in 2004. In 2008, I earned my Master of Public Administration with specializations in State and Local Management and Education Policy. Currently, I am studying for a doctorate in Educational Leadership. 

I have over twelve years of experience in the fields of higher education and education policy. For five years, I served as an Academic Advisor II in University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For two years, I served as an administrative academic advisor for the Associate in Arts Program. In 2015, I accepted an appointment to be the assistant dean for the Associate in Arts Program. I work in the field of higher education because college was a transformative experience for me. As assistant dean, my goal is to help you learn and grow through your college experience. 

My office is located at 109 Mitchell Hall on the Newark campus. My office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to contact me at or by phone at (302) 831-3020 to schedule an appointment.

Melvin Mendoza, Dover
Melvin Mendoza

I’ve had quite the journey to get to the University of Delaware. I grew up on the sunny coast of California, where I earned a B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior at UC Irvine and a M.S. in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Cal State Long Beach. I also have a M.S. in Counselor Education from East Carolina University.

I started working in academic advising at Indiana University, and now I am here at the University of Delaware. I briefly worked as an academic program coordinator with the College of Arts and Sciences on the Newark campus before moving on to join the AAP Advisement team. It is a privilege to help students navigate their college years. Outside of the office, I enjoy playing tennis, playing video games, watching Netflix, traveling, and reading comics.

I look forward to helping students in Dover succeed in their first couple years in college and transition to the main campus. 

To schedule an appointment with me, you can contact me at or (302) 857-1214. My office is located in Room 759 of the Education Technology Building.​

Stephanie Shupe, Georgetown
Stephanie Shupe

Hi there! I'm the newest member of the advisement team, joining the AAP in March 2018. Originally from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, I earned my B.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University, where I also completed four years of competitive swimming at the Division I level. Immediately following my undergraduate degree, I attended West Chester University, where I obtained my master's in education in Secondary School Counseling. I decided to seek certification for secondary counseling in both Pennsylvania and Delaware; this successfully landed me in southern Delaware, where I spent the last three years as the college counselor at Cape Henlopen High School.

The college experience has always been one of great significance to me, and I genuinely enjoy mentoring students as they navigate their own pathways. In my downtime, you can find me either venturing out on the beach with my dog, reading a novel, or just simply enjoying time with family and friends. You can reach me at or by phone at (302) 855-1657, ext. 7055. 

Theresa DeMatteis, Wilmington
Theresa DeMatteis

I am so excited to join the Associate in Arts Program advisement team! I bring with me over 30 years experience in advising students at both the high school and college level. 

Before joining the AAP team, I worked at St. Mark's High School as a school counselor for 23 years and enjoyed building relationships with students as they determined their educational and career goals. Prior to St. Mark's I worked as an academic advisor at the collegiate level, so I feel I have come full circle in my professional career.  I also operated a summer day and sport camp with my husband for 19 years.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., I earned my B.A. degree in psychology from Cabrini College and my M.S. in community counseling from Villanova University. I love being in Delaware and enjoy spending time with my husband, children, and grandson. 

I am passionate about working with young people and helping them reach their academic and personal goals. I enjoy being an advocate for all students while providing a safe, welcoming, and organized environment. Empowering and engaging students while maintaining professionalism, teamwork, and outstanding service is what I strive for professionally. 

I look forward to collaborating as a member of the AAP team, making new connections, and providing quality student-centered service. I look forward to working with you and will be here to support you as you complete your degree requirements and transition to the Newark campus of the University of Delaware. You can contact me at or (302) 831-2805.

Tommy Fisher-Klein, Wilmington
Tommy Fisher-Klein

I am a native Wilmingtonian who is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.A. Anthropology/Sociology) and Wilmington University (M.Ed., Secondary School Counseling and M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling). 

I have worked as a student enrichment coordinator and program manager through various youth programs at Delaware Technical & Community College, assisting high school students achieve their personal, professional, and educational goals. Additionally, I have worked as a program manager through the Public Allies Delaware AmeriCorps Program at the University of Delaware, assisting future non-profit/community leaders to impact communities where they serve, enhance their personal and professional leadership skills, and forge strong and collaborative connections within the Delaware community. Most recently, I have worked as a therapist with the Mazzoni Center, working one-on-one with LGBTQ+ individuals and helping them to explore, work through and overcome personal mental health issues. 

I enjoy mentoring, assisting others, and helping individuals rise to their fullest potential, and I am thrilled to be working with students at the Associate in Arts Program at the University of Delaware. You can reach me at or by phone at (302) 571-5331.

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UDAAP Advisors
  • Associate in Arts Program
  • UD Academic Center
  • 300 N. Orange St.
  • Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Phone: (302) 571-5395
  • Fax: (302) 657-5198