PES Advisors & Staff

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Leah Milojevic
Assistant Director, CLA Diversity Student Support Programs

Leah Milojevic (formerly Woodstrom) manages advising and programing for the Access to Success Program and Martin Luther King, Jr. Program in the College of Liberal Arts. She completed an individualized studies B.A. through the Inter-College Program with focus areas in Political Science, Sociology, and Family Social Science and her M.A. degree in Educational Policy and Administration – Higher Education from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.

Leah is a Minneapolis native who in her spare time spending time with her family and son, cooking, eating out and socializing with friends and family, reading about the U.S. Supreme Court, and travel. Before working for the College of Liberal Arts, Leah had worked in career services for the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development and in multiple roles at the University of Minnesota's General College. 

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Pao Moua

Thao Pao Moua is an academic advisor in the President's Emerging Scholars program within the College of Liberal Arts. He received both his B.A. in art and his M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota. He began his career as an educator, teaching art to K-12 students. He then gained a different perspective of education when he transitioned into a new role as the Dean of Students at his former school.

Originally from Laos, he came to America in 1987 when he was three years old. He grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin in a large family. In his spare time, he loves to go fishing, hunting, bowling, and he continues to pursue his passion for art. He is open-minded and always willing to take risks, meet challenges, and try new things.


Sonyna Castillo
Office Specialist

Sonyna Castillo graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a Bachelor's of Science in Family Social Science. She has worked at the Office of Admissions and the Circle of Indigenous Nations at the U of M in her undergraduate career. She has volunteered for student outreach for young parents wanting to attend college but don't think they can because they have children. When not at work she enjoys being at the gym, concerts,dancing, and most of all having mommy time with her three kids! 

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Juan Telles

Academic Advisor

Juan Telles is an academic advisor for the President’s Emerging Scholars program in the College of Liberal Arts. He received his BA degree in History and his MA degree in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning, both from the University of Minnesota. He has held multiple positions throughout the University, most recently in Career Services and CEHD Student Services.

Juan is from the Westside of St. Paul and is a proud graduate of Humboldt High School. When he’s not working, Juan enjoys hanging out with his family, hosting BBQs, and carting kids to and from sporting events. He especially likes hosting his annual Mario Kart Tournament on New Year’s Eve.