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Meet our new academic success coaches!

by Karen Tommasulo

Six of our new academic success coaches and managers recently started at LCC, and we’re excited to welcome them aboard. They will help ensure students have the one-on-one help needed to succeed, in alignment with the goals of Operation 100%. The coaches will be highly focused on working directly with students to help them complete courses and programs successfully. To achieve this, they will work in partnership with faculty, counselors, tutors, community agencies and others.

To assist these coaches in beginning their important work, Technical Career’s Cathy Wilhm has agreed to serve as the Assistant Dean of Student Success through the end of this academic year. Thank you, Cathy!

So far, four of our 20 success coaches have begun:

  • Marriah Eschtruth is a former case manager at the Salvation Army. She earned a bachelor’s degree in community service family systems from Sienna Heights University.
  • Sarah Garcia-Linz has worked at LCC since 2010, most recently as a success coach for ePathways. She holds a master’s degree in student affairs administration from MSU.
  • Tami Marsh previously worked for MSU’s Migrant Student Services and the MSU Counseling Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work, both from MSU.
  • Phany Sarann has worked as a professional tutor in The Learning Commons at LCC and as a writing consultant in the Writing Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and international development from MSU’s James Madison College.

Additionally, both of the academic success managers who will oversee the coaches have started in their role:

  • Shalonda James-Garza began her academic career at LCC before getting her degree at MSU. She also has a master’s in community and school guidance counseling from Spring Arbor University. Before coming to LCC, she worked as a mental health therapist for Clinton-Ingham-Eaton Community Mental Health.
  • Indira Vazgec came to the U.S. as a Bosnian refugee in 1997, and previously served as a mental health counselor at St. Vincent Counseling Center and a residential substance abuse counselor for Mid-Michigan Recovery Services. She earned her master’s degree in social work from MSU.

The other 14 coaches will onboard in the coming weeks, and we will continue to introduce you to them as they arrive. Please welcome our new coaches and managers!

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