American Indian Students
American Indian Student Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors

Diane Amour
Senior Advisor/Program Coordinator, Bolton 195, Phone: 414-229-5880

Diane, a Prairie Band Potawatomi, earned her baccalaureate in social work and master's degree in counseling at UWM. She is very familiar with the campus and the ins and outs of the University. Recruitment and retention of American Indian students are priorities for Diane and the program. "I am very fortunate, because I love my job. I have had the honor of working with many students throughout the years who are now attorneys, educators, social workers, physicians, librarians, scientists, nurses, business people, architects, engineers, etc. They currently work for tribes, companies, and organizations in Wisconsin and all over the world and UWM was an integral part of making that happen."

Diana Amour

Celeste M. Clark
Senior Advisor, Bolton 195, Phone: 414-229-5880

I am enrolled member of the Lumbee Nation. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from UWM in May 1998 with an Interdisciplinary major in American Indian Studies. The American Indian Student Services (AISS) is not like other advising services. AISS is like a home away from home. Being a former student this was vital to me. Vital in the sense that the support from AISS staff encouraged me to complete my degree. While attending UWM it was important to see American Indian students before and those after me graduate from college. Therefore, while attending college, I too tried to be a good role model. I want American Indians to succeed in life and college can be used as a tool to achieve that higher success. I am known for my "banana pudding, dancing, and making photocopies of everything". I am also here for you.

Celeste M. Clark

Jenelle Klumb
Senior Advisor, Bolton 195, Phone: 414-229-5880

Jenelle, a White Earth Chippewa, received her B.S.W. from the UWM School of Social Welfare, and her M.S. in Administrative Leadership from the UWM School of Education. She has been a student advisor since 1992. Jenelle is committed to seeing that her students at AISS succeed with their education, and finds working with them challenging and very satisfying. Her commitment to recruiting and retaining American Indian students is very important to her. She belongs to local, state and national Indian education associations, and is active in the Milwaukee Indian community.

As an AISS advisor, Jenelle works with all American Indian students, no matter their major or year in school. AISS advisors also work closely with American Indian students before they enter the University.

Jenelle Klumb
Joy Maisells
Program Assistant, Bolton 195, Phone: 414-229-5880

Joy is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and received her Associate Degree in Applied Science for an Administrative Assistant from Milwaukee Area Technical College in May of 2000. She went from working for a major medical maintenance company to working in the American Indian Student Services office. Joy says: "I stumbled into a job that I love. I enjoy the fast pace office that gives me challenges every day." With a smile and welcoming words, Joy meets and greets everyone who walks into the student-friendly office. She also has a wealth of information about the Indian community. If you travel the pow-wow circuit you may see her as a backup singer on the Milwaukee Bucks Drum.

Joy Maisells