Tanya Smith

Tanya graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Nevada State College. During her time as a student, she worked in the Academic Success Center as a course assistant and eventually became a mentor for the Course Assistant Program. In addition to holding these positions, she was involved in numerous research projects analyzing various social issues from media depictions of undocumented immigrants to perceptions of Indigenous Women and Girls.

As a first generation, non-traditional college student she is passionate about assisting students during their educational journeys; she knows firsthand the importance of having support as you pursue your dreams. She is guided by the philosophy of “each one, teach one,” and believes every student has unlimited potential. In her free time she likes to hang out with her fur babies, do yoga, and read anything Stephen King writes.

Tayler Mesnard

I spent most of my childhood in the Midwest until my family moved to Nevada for my junior year of high school. I graduated from Basic High School and from there I attended UNLV, where I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December 2018. During my time at UNLV, I worked in the Office of Admissions assisting at Orientation and helping students through the admissions application process. I developed a love for supporting students and decided to turn it into a career. I began working at NSC in January 2020 and transistioned into being a Pre-Education Advisor in June 2021. I am excited to be serving the wonderful students here at NSC!


Email: Tayler.Mesnard@nsc.edu

Phone: 702-992-2160

Rileigh Merritt-Dietz

Hi, I’m Rileigh!

I moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Las Vegas, Nevada to work as an academic advisor at Nevada State College. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida in 2013, earning my Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Law and Philosophy. In 2016, I earned my Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Florida, specializing in Normative Ethics and Applied Ethics. After earning my graduate degree, I began teaching philosophy at various colleges throughout Florida and eventually returned to my alma mater, UNF, to work as an academic advisor. After serving as an academic advisor at UNF for two years, I moved to Nevada State College to join the Liberal Arts team! Helping students has always been my passion—there is nothing more rewarding than helping students realize their potential and achieve their goals. I am so excited to get to know you and I look forward to assisting you on your academic journey!

Email: Rileigh.Merritt-Dietz@nsc.edu
Phone: 702-992-2270