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Health Professions Advisors

There are 3 Health Professions Advisors at USF to aide students from all majors in course selection, career advisement, pre-health requirements and recommendations and more.

Melvin James, Ph.D.

Dr. Melvin James coordinates the Division of Health Professions Advising at the University of South Florida and has over 20 years of experience in Health Professions Advising. He also serves as an adjunct professor teaching courses in the Honors College and portfolio courses for pre-health students. He has served as the Chair of the Chemistry Department at the Dupigny College, where he taught General, Organic Chemistry and General Biology and has also taught graduate level courses in psychology and counseling. Dr. James is an expert in the area of Student Success, Assessment, Diversity and Strategic Planning and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Counselor Education. He is a licensed psychotherapist and a Florida Certified Forensic Examiner.


Anthony Iannelli, M.Ed.

Anthony Iannelli Jr. is from Melbourne, FL and is an alumnus of the University of South Florida (USF). Anthony completed his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in General Business Administration at USF. In addition, Anthony earned his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in College Student Affairs at USF. He has worked across the USF campus in areas including Student Government (SG), New Student Connections (NSC), the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE), the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) and the Transitional Advising Center (TRAC). He joined the Chemistry Department as an Academic Advisor in January 2013 and has advised for the Division of Health Professions since February 2015. Anthony is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams are the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays and the USF Bulls.


Renea Forde, M.A.

Renea Forde has worked in academic advising for over 10 years, specifically working with USF’s First Year Science and Pre-Health Professions students since 2016. As a first-generation American and college student, Renea has had the privilege of living in Brooklyn, NY where she was born, Orlando, FL where she was raised, and her parents’ home country of Guyana, and understands the unique struggle of first time in college (FTIC) students. This perspective allows her to assist students in navigating their first academic year at the University, and successfully progress into their second year, and beyond. Renea earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Central Florida in 2007, and earned her Masters of Arts in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 2009. She is new to the Tampa Bay community, and has enjoyed the many opportunities available at the University for involvement, growth, and engagement.


Office Manager

Liberty Sales, B.S. PH

As a first generation Filipina-American, Liberty’s need to help others has grown into a passion to help improve the health of populations. After attending classes and working at the nation’s 15th most luxurious student recreation center at the University of South Florida for three years, she graduated from USF in 2017 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. She also plans on pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health within the next few years as a stepping stone to one day influence policy changes regarding health care and administration. During her down time, Liberty loves to craft DIY projects, watch Netflix, and play video games.


Front Desk Peer Assistants

Ariel Hoyle, Biomedical Sciences Major


Alexia Powell, Psychology Major



Health Professions Certified Advisors

In addition to Dr. James and Mr. Iannelli select academic advisors are officially recognized by the Division of Health Professions Advisors as Health Professions Certified and can provide pre-health advisement to students in their major. These advisors are:

  • Mary Cuthbertson- Biology Majors
  • Lauren Keroack - Psychology Majors
  • Renea Forde- First Year Students