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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.

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Cheryl Threadgill

Guided Pathway Division: Social Sciences



Email: cthreadgill@compton.edu

Bio to be provided by faculty member.


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Citlali Gonzales

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

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 the hope for the future that we are all working so hard to create. As a first-generation college graduate I have seen 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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Shay Brown

Guided Pathway Division: Health and Public Services

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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David Turcott

Guided Pathway Division: Business and Industrial Studies

Department/Program: Career & Technical Education

Title: Counselor

Email: dturcott@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 today’s 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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Noemi Monterroso

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

Department/Program: First Year Experience


Email: nmonterroso@compton.edu

Bio to be provided.


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Eckko Blake

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

Department/Program: EOPS/CARE

Title: Counselor

Email: eblake@compton.edu

Blake has served as an adjunct counselor at Compton College since January 2013 both in general academic counseling and with the EOPS/CARE programs. Concurrently, she worked at Los Angeles Southwest College as an adjunct counselor in both general counseling and for the Freshman Year Experience Program. During her career, she as also worked as an adjunct instructor at Compton College, Los Angeles Southwest College and Los Angeles City College teaching such subjects as human development, personal development, learning skills, and vocational education.

She earned both her master's degree in counseling and a bachelor's degree in public administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills.


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Carlos Maruri

Guided Pathway Division: STEM


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 masters 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!


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Holly Schumacher

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

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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Lorenda Johnson

Guided Pathway Division: STEM


Title: Express Counselor

Email: ljohnson2@compton.edu

I have a General Studies AA Degree from El Camino College, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State Dominguez Hills, and a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of LaVerne. I chose to become a Community College Counselor because I wanted to help students take their education to the next level. I wanted my students to know they have a counselor who is there to help them succeed in their endeavors. I wanted to help students explore their potential and know if there’s any doubt in their mind about being successful in college, I’m there to help them. My journey began with being and Outreach and General Counselor. Then, I became an EOPS Counselor and CalWORKs Counselor. Now, I’m an Express Counselor. As you can see, I have done a little bit of everything. It brings me joy to see my students work hard on achieving their goals. I look forward to hearing them tell me I think I’m ready to transfer or graduate. As far as accolades, I was recognized for seeing 4,000 students in one semester. The amount of students I see isn’t a major focus of mine. I simply love my job and what I do. So, when I’m informed of these accolades, I’m as amazed as the person sharing it with me. I Love my career. I’ve been doing it for 18 years and wouldn’t change a thing. A fun fact about me is I like to listen to hip-hop music and spend quality time with family and friends.


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Veronica Rolleri

Guided Pathway Division: STEM


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 bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I returned to CSUDH and received my master’s 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, Veteran’s 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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Alexander My

Guided Pathway Division: Business and Industrial Studies

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.


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Cesar Jimenez

Guided Pathway Division: STEM

Department/Program: Student Services

Title: Dean, Counseling & Guided Pathways

Email: cjimenez@compton.edu

Prior to joining Compton College, Jimenez served as associate dean of counseling and student services at El Camino College where he oversaw the First Year Experience program, The Opportunity Project (TOP), the RISE Center, the Career, the Transfer Center, and general counseling. In addition, he previously served as director of student development at Morton College in Illinois, where he oversaw the academic advising, counseling, workforce development, and testing departments. Jimenez earned a doctorate degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill., a graduate certificate in leadership from Harvard University, and master's and bachelor's degrees from University of Illinois at Chicago.

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