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Meet your Advisors

Alysha Barraza

Alysha Barraza, Viticulture and Enology Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
BS, Agricultural Science, Oregon State
MBA, Northwest Christian University (In progress)

On Being an Academic Advisor

“I love being an advisor and helping students to achieve their dreams. Advising allows me to get to know students, customize their experience, and help them in many ways like wrap around services. Being an advisor is a great challenge that gives me a new puzzle with every students, but that is what makes is special and drives me to do the best I can.”

Alysha Barraza

Caroline Hopkins

Caroline Hopkins, Director, TOP

BA, Portland State University
MA, Portland State University

On Being an Academic Advisor

“My job at UCC as an academic advisor has been my favorite and most fulfilling job of my career. I have the opportunity to support and empower hundreds of students, and encourage them as they achieve their academic goals. It is a privilege to work with each student that comes through the door.”

Caroline Hopkins

Christine Simmons

Christine Simmons, Academic Advisor, TOP

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
BS, Psychology, Portland State University

Thoughts On Advising

“As a graduate of Umpqua Community College as well as the Transfer Opportunity Program, I recognize the value of having an advisor to help navigate college. I am excited to be able to assist students towards their goals in education. The advising I received was valuable, and I hope to be able to provide the same excellent level of service to the students we serve at UCC.”

Christine Simmons

danielle haskett

Danielle Haskett, Accessibility Services Coordinator

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
BS, Business Management & Marketing, University of Oregon
Masters of Education, Special Education, Grand Canyon University

Thoughts On Advising

“I am passionate about being a UCC alumni and employee. My goal is to assist students in any way that I can to achieve their educational and life goals! I enjoy getting to know our students and guiding them through the process of college. I inform you decide!”

Danielle Haskett

Hannah Culbertson

Hanna Culbertson, Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
BS, Sociology & Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts On Advising

“I see my job as an academic advisor as being a key person you can go to with questions related to academics, whether that be class selection, term by term planning, transfer planning or program advisement. I am an equal partner with you on your educational journey and am here as a support, guide and cheerleader!”

Hannah Culbertson

Justin Lott

Justin Lott

AA, Treasure Valley Community College
BA, Psychology, Avila University
MA, Management & Leadership, Liberty University

Thoughts On Advising

“I love coming to work! I Love my Job! I enjoy the challenges advising provides on a daily basis. I value students and staff. I know that I am an essential piece to the student’s life and overall college experience, and I work hard to make sure that I provide accurate information, and to ensure that I am here for the students!”

Justin Lott

Michael Olson

Michael Olson, Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community College
BS, Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts On Advising

“I really enjoy my job as an Academic Advisor. I get to see students grow over their time as a student at UCC. My role is to support each student in as many ways as I can. I want to students to see in themselves their potential as a person and student. My hope is that each student will see how he/she is unique and that he/she has the ability to persevere and succeed in college!”

Michael Olson

Mary Morris

Mary A. Morris,  Lead Academic Advisor

AAOT, Umpqua Community colle. 
BS, Psychology, Southern Oregon University

Thoughts On Advising

“One of the best rewards is meeting with a student any time in his/her educational journey. Listening to the excitement in a student’s voice as he/she goes through all of the processes! I love being able to celebrate their successes with them. When students take time out of their day to let me know how things are going, I feel a great sense of pride knowing that I am there to support them!”

Mary Morris

Tafea Polamalu

Tafea Polamalu,  Student & Parent Retention Specialist

MA, Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Thoughts On Advising

“As an advisor, I am here to serve students first, and I pride myself on being equity informed. As a result, I will do my best to learn not only the destination goals of the students I serve, but also where the students began their journey.”

Tafea Polamalu

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