The Student Affairs Team

Meet the Team

Berkley Browne, Ph.D.
Berkley BrowneInterim Associate Dean for Student Affairs

As interim associate dean for Student Affairs, Dr. Browne provides leadership and management of student affairs programming for OUWB. Dr. Browne serves as an adviser for medical students, M1 through M4 years, through the Career Development program and the OUWB Well Being program and also oversees academic support, student organizations, and student events.

Dr. Browne is co-chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, which focuses on supporting and developing comprehensive social, cultural, and educational student programs that foster community in alignment with OUWB’s mission and vision. Her experience working in student affairs spans more than 10 years, and she first came to OUWB in 2014 as the director of Academic Success.

LaTina Jackson, M.Ed.
Senior Medical School Advisor

LaTina Jackson is a senior medical school advisor for Student Affairs, having joined OUWB in May 2020. In her role, Ms. Jackson is responsible for supporting medical students seeking guidance on academic improvement, USMLE preparation, career advising, and serves as one of the coaches for the wellness coaching program. Ms. Jackson holds a B.S. degree in sociology from Eastern Michigan University and a M.Ed. in educational counseling with an emphasis in student affairs from Northern Arizona University. Prior to OUWB, Ms. Jackson served undergraduate students as a Sr. Learning Specialist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her experience in higher education spans more than a decade, and she has worked to support students' academic, social, and personal wellness and well-being. 

Janae Kinn, LMSW
OUWB Social Worker Janae Kinn

OUWB Social Worker Janae Kinn, LMSW, is dedicated to providing a safe, confidential, supportive, and empowering space to all M1-M4 students, especially those struggling with school, life, or mental health related stressors. Janae is available to meet with students in O’Dowd Hall on OU’s campus and at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI to provide therapy, strengthen student wellness, and address medical student burnout.

Janae has a Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan with a concentration in health and a certificate in adult and pediatric integrated primary care and mental health. She has clinical experience working with students and families as a therapist, crisis interventionalist, medical social worker, case manager, and advocate in Detroit.

Janae incorporates mindfulness techniques, integrated health perspectives, intersectionality, self-care strategies, trauma-informed care skills, evidence-based practices (such as CBT and DBT), and a strengths-based approach into her work with students.

Saulo Ortiz, Jr. M.Ed.
Senior Medical School Advisor

Saulo Ortiz is a senior medical school advisor for Student Affairs, having joined OUWB in May 2020. In his role, Mr. Ortiz provides academic, career, and well-being support to medical students seeking guidance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in higher education with an emphasis in college student affairs leadership from Grand Valley State University. Mr. Ortiz is a student affairs professional by training and has experience working as a bilingual case manager, success coach, and program coordinator in both nonprofit and education spaces. Mr. Ortiz is passionate about student success, personal development, and helping people reach their goals.

Jennifer Root, Ed.D.
Jennifer RootDirector of Academic Success

Director of Academic Success Jennifer Root joined the OUWB Student Affairs team in August 2018, serving as the medical school advisor for M1 and M2 students providing academic, career and wellness support. She holds a  Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Oakland University and received a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Oakland University in April 2021. Jennifer has more than seven years of professional experience in higher education with a strong focus on career and educational advising. In addition to serving in an advising role for career, academic and wellness coaching, Jennifer's focus includes oversight of the Peer-Tutor Program, accommodations, and academic programming for medical students.

Jamie VasselJamie Vassel, M.A.
Student Affairs Coordinator for Student Activities & Events

Jamie Vassel joined OUWB in July 2021 as the Student Affairs Coordinator responsible for activities and events. Jamie also serves as the Student Affairs advisor to Medical Student Government and provides oversight to student organizations. Jamie holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from Saginaw Valley State University and a M.A in Higher Education, Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to OUWB, Jamie served as Director of Student Life and Greek Life Adviser at Lawrence Technological University.