Dr.  Aidali Aponte-Aviles, Lecturer and Language Coordinator in Language and Culture Studies

Advising Fellow to Lemon and Washington Nests

Born in Puerto Rico, I enjoy music, food and family.  Being a Spanish professor, I love learning about people, culture and languages.   ¡Mucho gusto!  I finished my undergrad studies in Biology, which led me to start a masters in Microbiology.  However, my love of books and my search for answers led then to a masters and subsequent PhD in Hispanic Studies.  My research focuses on cultural production in Latin America and Latinx in the USA. I am also a geek/nerd.  All this to say that you can find me enjoying nature while discussing some great books by García Márquez or Neil Gaiman, playing some tunes at WRTC Radio, or pondering why Mr. Spock would have been a great Jedi.

As an adviser, I want to get to know you and help you take advantage of everything a liberal arts education can offer.   I am proud to be a part of the Lemon and Washington Nests.  I look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Lisa-Anne Foster, Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Academic Advising

Lisa FosterAdvising Fellow for Book and Brownell Nests

I grew up on Long Island and have continued to search for good bagels and pizza in CT since I arrived at Trinity in 1996.  My own undergraduate experience taught me the importance of close connections with faculty and of finding mentors.  I try to be the type of mentor who meets the needs of each individual student.  I enjoy working with students in my classroom and my microbiology research lab.  I am a fan of Trinity athletics and serve as the faculty liaison  to Men’s Ice Hockey.  I am enthusiastic about my role as the Advising Fellow for students in the Book and Brownell Nests. I look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Daniel Mrozowski, Academic Director of Graduate Studies
and Lecturer in English

Advising Fellow to Cannon and Lockwood Nests

I am the Academic Director for Graduate Studies and a lecturer in the English department. I grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania, and I received my PhD from the University of Michigan in 2007. I taught for three years at the University of Minnesota before joining Trinity College in 2010. I teach courses in American literature, science fiction, crime fiction, and literary theory. I became interested in advising through my time as a student; I was lucky enough to find wonderful mentors at every step of the way, people who championed my education and my career. I hope to give back in the same measure, and I’m excited to help students forge their own paths through the college and beyond.

Dr. Paula Russo, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Paula RussoAdvising Fellow to Elms and Olmsted Nests

I have been a member of the Trinity College mathematics department for 31 years and teach math courses at all levels, from statistics and calculus to upper-level courses for majors. What I enjoy most about Trinity is the opportunity to work closely with students both in the classroom and as an advisor. My goal when advising students is to help them to choose an academic path that suits their interests and takes advantage of all that the College has to offer.

My favorite way to start the day is with a hike accompanied by my dog, Jessie. When I am not on campus I can be found either in my Durham garden or the kitchen where I enjoy baking bread and cooking new dishes.

I am looking forward to working with everyone in the Elms and Olmstead nests this year!

Dr. Ethan Rutherford, Assistant Professor of English

Advising Fellow to Minty and Roosevelt Nests


I am the author of two books of short fiction and teach creative writing in the English department here at Trinity College.  I grew up in Seattle, and bounced around New York City, Minneapolis, and Akron as a student, musician, bookseller, and writer before arriving at Trinity in 2014. I’ve got an abiding interest in film, music history, cooking, the outdoors, and anything related to the ocean.  My interest in advising comes from my own experience as an undergraduate, when my advisor, exasperated, said: why don’t you try something you don’t know anything about?  I took an introductory creative writing course and it changed my life (obviously).  I look forward to working with students as they chart their own course over these important, interesting, and hopefully surprising years.