Donna has worked at Columbia Basin College since 1990. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and also graduated from CBC and WSU. She is currently an Associate Professor in Counseling. Donna teaches career planning, human development courses, and English as a Second Language, and loves inspiring students to reach their dreams. She has studied internationally in Costa Rica, London, and Mexico and served ten years on the Franklin County/Pasco Housing Authority both as a board member and chair. When not at CBC, Donna enjoys reading, biking, and going to the beach. She currently serves on a Social Justice and Peace Committee.
Carrie has been working at CBC since January 2000. She earned her Associate of Sciences Degree at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and her Master of Education in Counseling Psychology at Washington State University. She teaches a variety of HDEV courses including College Major/Career Planning (HDEV 135), Academic CPR (HDEV 110), and in the Fall of 2012 she began teaching Creating Academic Success (HDEV 199). What she loves most about her job is helping students find their passion so that they can translate that into a satisfying and rewarding career. When she is not counseling or teaching, she enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and volunteering at local animal rescue organizations.
Lon has worked as an instructor and counselor for the past 33 years for Columbia Basin College. He attended Oregon Institute of Technology and completed degrees in Welding, Machining, and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Engineering. Lon earned a Master's in Education with an emphasis in Counseling at Heritage University. He is currently an Associate Professor in Counseling and teaches various Human Development courses. Because of Lon’s work history in the trades, he maintains a close working relationship with the Workforce programs and is an advisor for the High School Completion Program. Lon is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys metal and woodworking.
Joyce has been a member of the faculty counseling team at CBC since 2006. In the 20 years she has worked at the college, she’s held several positions including grants manager, counselor for Student Support Services, and intervention specialist in the Learning Opportunities Center. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from University of Hawaii, M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon, and maintains professional certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor (CRCC). After graduate school, Joyce specialized in disability services. She has worked in multiple settings including mental health, private/state rehabilitation, and high school special education. Her greatest pleasure as a counselor is in helping students find their way through the challenges they face in college. Joyce teaches college success, learning and study strategies, and presents a number of student development workshops to help students realize their optimal potential. She particularly likes developing online learning experiences and resources. Joyce was born in Japan and has traveled throughout the world. She and her husband Larry share their home overlooking the Yakima River with their dog and feline supervisors Syrah, Bella, and Jade. They operate a small winery, Sleeping Dog Wines, and enjoy camping and fishing when their workload eases enough to allow them time to get out and relax.
Gene has been at CBC since 1979 working in administration and as a faculty counselor. He has three degrees in psychology: BA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and MA and Ph.D. from Washington State University. He is a Viet Nam veteran. Gene counsels, advises, and teaches the College Major and Career Planning course and the Creating Academic Success course. Relationships are very important to Gene. One of his goals is learning to appreciate spiritual moments in his life. Counseling is a moving/sorting process of breaking through our contradictions to reach a state of peace and serenity. Gene’s expertise also includes biblical based counseling. His hobbies include woodworking, remodeling, and travel.
Elise is an academic advisor, Completion Coach, who specializes in helping students resolve barriers which prevent academic success. Prior to working in the Counseling and Advising Department, Elise taught Health and Physical Education for 16 years as a CBC adjunct faculty member. She has her Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and her Master of Science in Public Health Education from Portland State University. Elise teaches HDEV 101, Creating Academic Success, and is a member of the CBC EdReady Committee. When not at CBC, she enjoys watching her sons’ sporting events and extracurricular activities, skiing with her husband, and running with friends.
Melinda has been working at CBC since 2010. She attended Eastern Washington University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She began her career at Columbia Basin College as an Outreach and Retention Specialist for the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). In this role, she provided outreach services to high school students and parents in the CBC service district that come from migrant/seasonal farmworker families. Melinda now serves as a Completion Coach at CBC where she focuses her efforts on retention and completion. She also teaches a Human Development course, Creating Academic Success, and First Year Introduction to first-term students. Melinda has a passion for working with students and connecting them with resources that will allow them to be successful at CBC. Melinda enjoys spending her time traveling with her husband, visiting family outside of Tri Cities, and attending sporting events.
Victoria received her Master's degree in Educational Leadership Administration from Washington State University. She also graduated from CBC and WSU, and was a previous CAMP and TRiO/SSS student at CBC. Victoria comes from a first generation college student background and knows how to navigate the college system and overcome any educational barriers. Victoria has had numerous years of advising and mentoring undergraduate students through many federal and state grant-funded programs including academic advising, early outreach, career advising, facilitating academic success workshops, and teaching college success courses. She has a strong passion in helping all students reach their academic and career goals. Victoria volunteers at the Tri-Cities Pregnancy Network Center and some of her other hobbies include jogging, exercising, lifting weights, hiking, boating, swimming, and creating her own quotes and lyrics. She also enjoys spending her time off with her husband, puppy, family, and friends.
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