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Meet the Counselors

The Counseling Department's mission is to collaborate with instructional faculty, management, and the administration to offer quality comprehensive services to ensure the educational success of students from our diverse community. As the college of choice the department will continue to provide caring student services, opportunities for successful student learning and open access. The Counseling Department creates a learning environment which promotes respect, integrity, diversity and excellence.

Eckko Blake

Eckko Blake

Guided Pathway Division: Health and Public Services

Department/Program: EOPS/CARE

Title: Counselor

Email: eblake@compton.edu

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Shay Brown

Guided Pathway Division: Fine Arts, Communications and Humanities

Department/Program: Athletics

Title: Counselor

Email: sbrown@compton.edu

Shay Brown, "Ms. Shay" completed a Certificate in Recording Arts and Sciences from UCLA Extension before continuing her education to obtain a BS in Liberal Studies with emphasis in Sociology and Psychology from Excelsior College based in Albany, NY. She earned her Ms in Educational Counseling from National University in May, 2014. Her inspiration to become a counselor began at Golden West College where she was the Honors Program Secretary for nearly seven years. She is passionate about helping students reach their goals and discover their own successful selves. One of her favorite and often used phrases is, "Onward and Upward."

Shay has been the Athletics Counselor at Compton College since November 2015. She loves working with the athletes and the unique challenges and transfer situations that come up. She was presented with the "Special Recognition Award" at the Athletics banquet in 2017. Shay teaches Career Planning and College Success courses at Golden West College and has taught Human Development courses at Compton as well.

Shay loves running and gym workouts, her three cats, spending time with family and friends, the beach and watching sports and live music.

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Citlali Gonzales

Guided Pathway Division: All Five Guided Pathways

Department/Program: CalWORKs

Title: Counselor

Email: cgonzales@compton.edu

I am inspired each day as the Guided Pathways CalWORKs Counselor at Compton College because I know I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors who have come before me. When I look into the eyes of our CalWORKs students' children and my own, I see hope for the future we are all working so hard to create. As a first-generation college graduate, I have experienced firsthand how challenging it can be to navigate a path toward higher education in pursuit of career goals you have no idea how to get to. This is why I have dedicated the past 13 years of my career to working with students who have been historically underrepresented and under-served. My passion lies in ensuring students feel seen, heard, and valued as we support them in their own pursuit of success.

I am a Long Beach, CA native who left home to attend Santa Clara University in the San Francisco Bay Area to obtain my Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. I was inspired by the students I was working with to continue my education and attend the University of San Francisco to pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology and Pupil Personnel Services Credential. As an Education Pioneers Fellow and TEAMS/AmeriCorps Fellow I bring a dedication to equality and excellence in education by leading, learning, and connecting to empower students as they work to reach their goals.

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Noemi Monterroso

Guided Pathway Division: Fine Arts, Communications and Humanities

Department/Program: First Year Experience

Title: Counselor

Email: nmonterroso@compton.edu

It has been a great pleasure to be at Compton College since January 2014. I have supported the First Year Experience program through various positions and will also continue to support students in the Fine Arts, Communication, and Humanities Guided Pathways Division. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology, emphasis in Clinical/Behavioral Applications and my Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance, Pupil Personnel Services from California Lutheran University.

I am a proud Latina that is a first-generation college student who came from a low-income family in Lynwood, CA. I was confused and undecided as to my career goals throughout my education and realized I did not want many others to experience the same thing. My personal experience in having to learn to navigate the higher education system, seeking out resources that I did not know were available to me, having to learn the importance of networking and forming relationships with professors and other staff on a college campus, and feeling uncomfortable with my lack of career and educational goals has had a huge influence in my passion to help all students become prepared to successfully navigate the higher education system. I am proud to be back in my community and helping you transition into Compton College and create your success story.

I like to spend time with my family and friends, play with my pets, and occasionally play online FPS games. My goal is to travel more, all suggestions are welcome!

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Carlos Maruri

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

Department/Program:

Title: Counselor

Email: cmaruri@compton.edu

Hello, my name is Carlos Eduardo Maruri and I am first generation American and first-generation college student. I am not sure about of the background of my last name, my pops is from Mexico City (my mom is from Ensenada- well Colonia Guerrero really) but it's his mom's last name. A google search will show there are a bunch of Maruris although I have never met any other ones in person. I grew up in Chino and moved out to Long Beach after high school to attend CSULB which I failed miserably at my first year. I got a job on campus at the student union that first summer and it changed my trajectory. I finished with a bachelor's degree in Psychology (I originally entered as a History major) and went on to get a master's degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education at CSULB as well. I thought I wanted to take my boss' job at the Student Union but I had to do a mini internship my first year of graduate school and I ended up at Compton helping out the First Year Experience program. After that it was a wrap, I knew I had to be here and a year after completing my master's I secured a fulltime counseling position here at Compton. I am here to be the person I didn't have while going through college. I didn't go to school to tell you what classes to take, I went to school to be a counselor. I will listen to you, I will try to help you sort out the issues that may be stopping you from being successful in the classroom, I will be part of your support system. I will also help you with your classes though. My powers as a counselor only work if you are in front of me though (be in person or virtually). I look forward to working with you!

Melain McIntosh

Melain McIntosh

Guided Pathway Division: Not Assigned

Department/Program:

Title: Counselor & Articulation Officer

Email: mmcintosh@compton.edu

This is my first year at Compton College and I am so excited to be here!

As an alumnus of Los Angeles City College (LACC), I have experienced firsthand the positive impact of a community college education both personally and professionally.   After completing lower division general education requirements at LACC, I transferred to the University of Southern California (USC) where I graduated with a B.S. in Public Policy, Management and Planning.  I later attended California State University, Long Beach and earned a M.S. in Counseling: Student Development in Higher Education.

Prior to Compton College, I worked at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) in Student Services and Academic Affairs; my experiences at LATTC include counseling, curriculum and articulation.  I love to read and like to cook and bake (when I am in the mood). I also talk to myself (I do not answer myself…at least not all the time)!

One of my personal counseling philosophies stems from Nevitt Sanfords Challenge and Support. I believe if students receive the right amount of challenge, balanced with support, they will grow and be successful. I affirm the Compton College belief that every student is a success story! I am here to challenge and support you on your journey to academic, personal, and professional success! Though the roads to our dreams are difficult at times, remember we are in this together!

Raquel Michel-Jackson

Raquel Michel-Jackson

Guided Pathway Division: Social Sciences

Department/Program:

Title: Counselor

Email: rmicheljackson@compton.edu

Dr. Michel-Jackson has diligently devoted eleven years counseling students.  Her most recent work has been in community college counseling. She has supported and guided students through their GED, ESL, Basic Skills, and vocational educational journeys which ultimately led to their goals of earning credit certificates, degrees, and/or employment.

 Early in her counseling career, Dr. Michel-Jackson developed her own counseling vision and mission that has been a guiding principle when assisting students through the process of achieving their goals. Her vision is helping students reach aspirations by developing milestones and a plan. Her mission is to remain a constant source of support after students have made their transition from Compton College. The inspiration for her vision and mission come as a result of her challenges as a first-generation Latino student, with the support of informative, dedicated and caring counselors during her educational journey.

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Alexander My

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

Department/Program: EOPS/CARE

Title: Counselor

Email: amy@compton.edu

At Compton Community College, Dr. My was a professor of Human Development Classes for 26 years and he has been working as a counselor for 30 years. His areas of expertise include Career, Vocational, Technical, Occupational, General Academic and EOPS counseling. He completed 3 years of postdoctoral study in Human Resources Development and Leadership. He was certified in 10 different subject areas and received 4 licenses and 1 credential. He has received 25 awards and decorations. His life time of interests include real estate rental and mutual stock funds investment since 1986. He has read 1600 books and completed 400 units at the university level. He had 1,300 fight combat missions as a fighter bomber pilot.

Desiree Ramirez

Desiree Ramirez

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

Department/Program:

Title: Counselor

Email: dcoronaramirez@compton.edu

My journey as a college student started seven years ago at Pasadena City College where I was allowed to break the status quo and fulfill my dreams of becoming a college graduate. I grew up in South Central LA and lacked the resources as a first-generation LatinX student. My experience at the community college will always be a time in my life that I will always recognize I was bombarded by blessings in disguise. The community college guided me to be the first in my family to receive a college degree and provided the motivation I needed to obtain my Bachelors in Sociology from California State University Long Beach and Masters in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. 

Since obtaining my degrees, I have been fortunate enough to return to the community college to contribute to student success. Over the last few years, I have served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Pasadena City College and Chaffey College where I fulfilled Counseling and Instructional roles for General Counseling, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Welcome Center, and First-Year Experience. Through my combined experiences, I help establish rapport and create platforms to guide members of multiple communities. As I continue my journey at Compton College, I will be committed to serving students by promoting access, cultivating rich mentoring relationships, and creating robust learning environments to support students in reaching their professional and educational goals.

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Veronica Rolleri

Guided Pathway Division: Not Assigned

Department/Program: CalWORKs

Title: Counselor

Email: vrolleri@compton.edu

I started my journey at El Camino College, receiving an associates degree in General Studies. I transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills, receiving a bachelors degree in Sociology. I returned to CSUDH and received my masters degree in Education for Counseling.

I am a first-generation college student of parents that migrated from Guatemala and Mexico. I chose counseling because I love working with students to reach their goals. I had the opportunity to work with students in various areas such as Admissions, International Office, Veterans Office, First Year Experience, Transfer Center and CalWORKs. My personal interests are spending time with my family, traveling, being adventurous, and staying happy.

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Holly Schumacher

Guided Pathway Division: Fine Arts, Communications and Humanities

Department/Program: Financial Aid

Title: Counselor

Email: hschumacher@compton.edu

Welcome to Compton College! I am the one and only Financial Aid Counselor on campus and have been proudly serving students at Compton since 2010. Housed in the Financial Aid department, I specialize in assisting students in educational, career, and life planning. Additionally, I educate students on how they may become eligible, stay eligible, and then strategically maximize their financial aid options through the community college system and at four-year institutions. Together, I work with students to create an individualized plan for success at Compton College, as well preparation for their transfer college of choice. Students may make an appointment to see me by stopping by the Financial Aid Office located at E 12. When I am not assisting students on campus, I serve as the Faculty Union President at Compton College. I represent the faculty in the fight for fair and equitable wages, appropriate health compensation, better terms of working conditions, job security, and providing a unified faculty voice on campus. My mission at Compton College is to deliver quality counseling services to all students, in addition to standing up for and fighting for the rights of my colleagues.

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Cheryl Threadgill

Guided Pathway Division: Social Sciences

Department/Program: Formerly Incarcerated Students in Transition (FIST)

Title: Counselor

Email: cthreadgill@compton.edu

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David Turcotte

Guided Pathway Division: Business and Industrial Studies

Department/Program: Career & Technical Education

Title: Counselor

Email: dturcotte@compton.edu

As a native of Long Beach CA, I know first-hand the numerous struggles that students experience as it relates to balancing work, life, and difficult coursework. After majoring in Music and Theater at Long Beach City College, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at National University, and eventually obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Gwynedd-Mercy University in Philadelphia PA while working full-time to support myself and family. For the past 10 years, I have dedicated my life and career as a full-time Community College Counselor. It is important to me to offer each and every student the support they need in their educational and career endeavors. Your success is important to me, and I will make sure that you have all the tools needed to navigate the complexities of completing your degree, certificates, transfer goals, as well as the career skills needed for todays competitive workforce. Outside of Compton College, I enjoy playing and performing live music around Long Beach. I am also an accomplished photographer, having been published in numerous music magazines and online periodicals including the New York Times, SPIN, Rolling Stone Online, TriState Indie, and more.

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