Meet the Staff: Resident Student Advocate Office

Jeremy Breaux

Director of Orientation and Retention 

I was born and raised in Denham Springs, Louisiana. When I was eight years old, I accepted Christ at a summer camp, and I continued to grow daily in grace and faith. It is the goal of my life to assist people on their personal discipleship the way others have done for me. I began working at Liberty University as a Residential Admissions Counselor in November 2012. God has given me a passion for helping students realize and fulfill their God-given purpose in life.

I have served eight years as a Youth Pastor and eight years as Pastor in various churches. I graduated from Liberty University with a B.S.. in Religion and an M.A.. in Pastoral Counseling. I am currently working on an MDiv with a Pastoral Counseling Cognate. It is truly a privilege to serve at a University that means so much to me and support a student body that is focused on engaging the world for the cause of Christ.

Favorite Food: Jambalaya
Favorite Hobby: Playing Call of Duty with my sons
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite TV Show: Last Man Standing

jabreaux@liberty.edu


Jason Brake

Assistant Director of Retention

I grew up in Northeast Ohio, where at the age of 11 I accepted Jesus to be my Lord and Savior in my home church. Each step in life I have grown in my faith by God's grace.

I graduated from Grove City College in 2000 with a degree in Mathematics & Computer Science and in the same year, I married Jennifer. Out of college, I worked customer service in industrial supply and insurance fields. We have two boys, Daniel and Josiah whom we homeschool, and as a family, we have been on an adventure serving God. In 2009 Jennifer and I graduated from seminary in The Salvation Army and we were commissioned as officers sent to work in Maine and Vermont. We had many wonderful and interesting experiences while serving in this capacity doing the most good.

Having moved frequently, my family is thankful for living in Virginia and placing our roots here in Lynchburg. Jennifer is a graduate of Liberty University Online and she has brothers who are currently attending and working on campus. I am very blessed and excited to be a part of the Liberty family. It is my desire to bless and serve students and their parents as the Assistant Director of Retention.

Favorite Food: Italian food
Favorite Hobby: Going to new places
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings
Favorite TV Show: College football

jrbrake@liberty.edu


Rosemary Shakro

Operations Coordinator

Born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, I grew up in a Christian home with three younger brothers, accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of four. Since grade school, I attended private Christian schools which supported my foundation in Christ. My parents taught me the importance of family through our American-Lebanese heritage, and, most importantly, taught me morals and values based upon the Bible. Attending one of Connecticut’s largest public high schools, I shared my faith with others by example as a leader of Youth Alive club.

I earned my Bachelors degree at Liberty University, where I grew spiritually, academically, and emotionally, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. I went back to Connecticut after graduation, but the more I prayed for direction, I lived with that sense of “You belong back at Liberty.”

In the meantime, I recruited two of my brothers to attend here. Once my youngest brother graduates from high school, he’ll be heading this way and we’ll be a true Liberty family!

Looking forward to this new opportunity to begin my career, I bring with me a heart to serve, support, and encourage each student to attain his or her full potential. As God has opened the door for me to return to Liberty, I am blessed and grateful to be a part of the Student Advocate team. I’m eager to assist Liberty students to have the best experience here at the world’s largest, most exciting Christian university, just as I did.

Favorite Food: Lebanese, Mediterranean, or Italian food
Favorite Hobby: Singing
Favorite Movie: The Sound of Music, Courageous, and War Room
Favorite TV Show: Full House

rjshakro@liberty.edu | (434) 592-4844


Kristie LeoGrande

Senior Student Advocate

I was born on Long Island, New York, but moved to Virginia before I was a year old. I have grown up outside of Lynchburg ever since then and currently reside in Bedford County where I live on a family farm and vineyard. I graduated high school locally, at Jefferson Forest High School, and played competitive tennis while there. After high school, I attended Lynchburg College for a year before transferring to Liberty University where I obtained my degree in Government Pre-Law.

Shortly after graduating, I realized that law school was not in the plans for me. I worked for my family's vineyard before working full time at Nationwide for a little over 5 years. Having graduated from Liberty and knowing what a great place it was to be a student, I knew that I wanted to come back and work at Liberty.

I am now getting ready to start my Masters in Business Administration Project Management here at Liberty in the Fall of 2016. I am very excited to be working with students in the Student Advocate Office and to be starting the next chapter in my own academic career at the same time. I look forward to meeting with students and helping them navigate their college careers!

Favorite Food: Coffee and Buffalo Wild Wings
Favorite Hobby: Photography
Favorite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Gone in 60 Seconds, Breakfast Club
Favorite TV Show: Bones, NCIS, Fast and Loud

cmleogrande@liberty.edu (434) 592-6149


Isaiah Isaac

Student Advocate

I was born in Paterson, New Jersey, but moved to Virginia at the age of ten. I gave my life to Christ at an early age. Growing up, I never attended a Christian school until I came to Liberty University. I thank the Lord for establishing Christians around me while attending public schools as well as in the environment I was living to better my focus toward the Lord. I attend Dan River Bethel Baptist Church in South Boston, Virginia.

My favorite sport is football. I enjoy other sports but consider football my favorite. Fantasy Football is something I enjoy as one of many hobbies. I enjoy watching sports as it motivates me to work out and live a healthier lifestyle. I hold a Bachelors in Business with a concentration in Human Resources. One day I hope to work as a Human Resource representative in a professional environment.

I look forward to working as a Student Advocate as it will allow me to assist students to successfully complete their degree at Liberty University. The experiences I have gained through a variety of life situations will assist me in motivating students to pursue their goals in life. I will do my best to help you succeed here at Liberty University.
 

Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Hobby: Bowling
Favorite Movie: The Fast & the Furious movies
Favorite TV Show: The Walking Dead

iisaac2@liberty.edu | (434) 582-2767


Julia Yoda

Student Advocate

I grew up in the beautiful state of Maryland, where at a very young age I accepted Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.  I felt the need to get baptized and truly follow GOD’s calling for my life when I was a junior here at Liberty University.

I graduated from Liberty University with a degree in International Business and Healthcare Management. I worked at the Dunkin Donuts on campus until I received a position as an Admissions Counselor within Resident Enrollment.  I was then blessed to move on to be a Student Advocate in February of 2016.  I married my amazing man of GOD, my husband on June 7th, 2012 and we have grown to love each other more and more every day. He has a huge passion for coaching football and played for the Liberty Flames football team as a strong safety.  The adventure with him here in Lynchburg has been a wonderful journey and GOD has stayed so faithful. I have a strong passion for family so I am continuing to pursue my Master’s in Human Services: Marriage and Family Counseling.

I am so excited to be a part of the Liberty University Student Advocate family. As an advocate it is my passion to help those who need help and show the love of Christ to all who walk through the door.

Favorite Food: Mexican Food
Favorite Hobby: Watching Movies and TV Series on Netflix with my Husband or Exercising
Favorite Movie: Safe Haven
Favorite TV Show: Blacklist

jcmelvin@liberty.edu (434) 592-7213


Quan McLaurin

Student Advocate

I have not always lived in Lynchburg, but have come to call this beautiful city home. I came to Liberty University in the fall of 2012 to start my Bachelors in Psychology and immediately was sure that this was, in fact, the place that the Lord intended for me to be. I was saved at an early age but had never attended a Christian school before coming to Liberty. It was extremely refreshing to have professors who truly care for the individual student, and take individual prayer requests to heart. I have greatly appreciated the opportunities that God has provided me to really grow and stretch myself through my time here.

As a student here I faced a couple of hardships that I thought would prevent me from returning to Liberty. I worked full time and was a full-time student in addition to extra-curricular activities, and it just seemed like no matter how hard I worked I just could not figure out how to stay here at Liberty. That is when my mom and I came across the Student Advocate Office and were encouraged to know about all of the different opportunities that are available out there for college students. If it were not for God putting the Student Advocate Office in our path, I do not believe that I would have been able to graduate from Liberty.

Being someone who has been greatly helped by the Student Advocate Office I understand the importance of being the best advocate that I can be for each student who comes through our office. I want each student who may feel hopeless, and as though they have no other options, to know that we are here for them and that we will try and help them out the best way that we can. Sometimes that may just be simply praying with them and for them, but we are here for every student on campus.

Favorite Food: Asian
Favorite Hobby: Hanging out with friends
Favorite Movie: The Lion King, Secondhand Lions, and War Horse
Favorite TV Show: Parks and Rec

lmclaurin6@liberty.edu | (434) 582-8711


Drew Muir 

Student Advocate

I was born in Orange Park, Florida and only lived there for 3 short years. As being part of a military family, moving was a part of life.  So my family and I moved to Seattle, Washington when I was 3 ½.  I started playing ice hockey while living in Washington, little did I know that this sport would consume my life.  I moved at the age of 7 to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and my family still lives there to this day.  I have two older brother’s Juke (age 29) and Nick (age 26).  Juke currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Beatrice and their two huskies Bhanu, and Nima.  Nick lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia and is currently pursuing a career with Videogames or Design. 

I first attended Liberty University in the 2011 Fall Semester for my Undergraduate Degree in Business Marketing. I also came to Liberty to pursue a career in ice hockey for the Men’s Division III team. Hockey has always had a large portion of my life because I love playing the sport, I love watching I, and I love talking about it. This has always been something that has hindered my relationship with God. I was always raised Christian but would never get an opportunity to practice what I had learned. Liberty University gave me so much in this matter because being on a team of men that are so dedicated to something greater just really opens your eyes to the real purpose for your time here at Liberty University. Long story short, I graduated in 2015 with my undergrad degree. I am now playing hockey once again for Liberty’s DIII Men’s team, and I am also pursuing my Masters of Business Administration.

Favorite Food: Philly Cheesesteak
Favorite Hobby: Playing Ice Hockey and being outdoors
Favorite Movie: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Favorite TV Show: Spongebob and the Office 

samuir@liberty.edu | (434) 582-2400


PJ Schwartz 

Student Advocate

Originally from western Pennsylvania, I came to Virginia right before the beginning of my senior year of high school.  I was raised in a Christian home and surrendered my life to Jesus Christ at the age of 14.  God used the move to Virginia to truly ignite a passion in me for Him, His Word, and His people that is continually growing.

I intended to pursue a Computer Science degree at Liberty University, but through the increased passion for God, He stoked an increasing passion for ministry.  Four years later, I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Biblical Studies along with two minors in Youth Ministries and Global Studies. I was blessed with the opportunity to serve not only on Student Leadership all four years, but also went on two mission trips to Italy during my time at Liberty.  In addition to those blessings, God introduced me to my wife, Jenny. A few months following graduation, I began working for Liberty in the Custodial Department.  Having served in that department for two and a half years, I gained some invaluable experience that I will carry for the rest of my life.

Continuing my service at Liberty, it is exciting to imagine all that God is yet to do.  It would be a joy for me to help students have the best experience possible so that during their time here and beyond graduation, the Great Commission will be lived out in a magnificent way.  As a Student Advocate, I am thrilled to assist others in their pursuit of becoming champions for Christ.  As a Christ follower, I am truly blessed with a beautiful Savior, beautiful wife, and beautiful family, and I am excited to minister to anyone I can with the love and truth of Jesus.

Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Hobby: Intramural Softball
Favorite Movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (New Version)
Favorite TV Show: Doug

pjschwartz@liberty.edu | (434) 582-7527


Tylar Kirkpatrick

Office Assistant

I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida, and have lived in the same house since birth. Moving to Liberty was a very big change for me. I had attended a private Christian school from Freshman to Senior year, being involved in the Fine Arts department, sports, and honor societies such as National Honors Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. I was the treasurer of Key Club for three years, worked at Chick-Fil-A and was involved in much community service including singing with my choir at different events and charities. I love to travel and have been multiple places in Europe, such as France, Germany, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.

I am a freshman here at Liberty as of the fall semester of 2015, and my major is Business Administration: Marketing-Sales Mngt. and Prof. Selling, with a minor in Graphic Design. While working in this office, I also work at Chick-Fil-A. The Lord blessed me in many ways with getting here and I'm so excited and thankful to be starting my college career as a part of this office.

P.S: My name is spelled with an A, but is pronounced Tyler!

Favorite Food: Chicken Tenders (Especially with Buffalo Sauce)
Favorite Hobby: Singing; Arts and Crafts
Favorite Movie: Frozen
Favorite TV Show: Grey's Anatomy

studentadvocate@liberty.edu | (434) 582-7200

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