Academic Advisement

Academic Advisement Faculty and Staff

The Academic Advisement Office is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals who are committed to providing the best service possible. You may contact any of our staff members who will be glad to assist you. See the directory below for more information about each staff member.

Natalie Brown photo Natalie Brown, M.A.
Program Director

Natalie joined TMCC’s advising team in 2013. She was born in California but considers Reno home. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno and is completing her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. She was fortunate to have so many great mentors help her navigate her own higher education experience through Upward Bound and TRiO Scholars, that they inspired her to continue working with students. As an Academic Advisor and MBTI® Certified practitioner, she is committed to helping students identify their interests and achieve their academic and personal goals. Prior to joining TMCC, she held various advising positions at Salt Lake Community College as well as the University of Utah. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, traveling, concert-going, and finding time to relax.
Photo Not Available Grecia Anaya-Arevalo, M.A.
Professional Academic Advisor

Grecia Anaya-Arevalo was born in Mexico but has lived in the United Sates most of her life. Her desire to help others started when she became a mentor for the Dean’s Future Scholars (DFS) program at the University of Nevada, Reno. In the program she had the opportunity to work with students one-on-one and to foster rapport with many individuals. As an undergraduate she thought she wanted to pursue a career in business, but working with students helped her realize she enjoyed working with students a lot more than working with numbers. She completed a Bachelor of General Studies degree in the fall of 2012 and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in the summer of 2014. In her free time, Grecia enjoys reading, staying active and spending time with family and friends.
Amy Blomquist Photo Amy Blomquist, M.A.
Professional Academic Advisor
Peer Advising Coordinator
Division of Science Liaison

Amy is an Academic Advisor and MBTI® and Strong® Certified practitioner in the Academic Advisement and Transfer Center. She works directly with students one on one and in group settings. She fosters academic success by helping students to create a plan and navigate through the college process. She also assists students who are transferring in and also guides students who are transferring out. She works closely with other departments and staff members to streamline communication and create a successful environment for students. Amy graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Elementary Education and continued on to the University of Nevada, Reno to pursue a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. She enjoys running, hiking, reading and traveling.
Tara Connolly Photo Tara Connolly, M.A.
Professional Academic Advisor
International Student Advising Coordinator
Division of Liberal Arts Liaison

Tara began her career in higher education as a peer advisor at TMCC in 2003 while working on prerequisites for nursing school. She enjoyed the process of working with fellow college students so much that her educational goals changed to prepare her to become a professional Academic Advisor at TMCC. After completing her Associate of Arts at TMCC, Tara went on to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008 with a Bachelor of General Studies and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in 2010. As an Academic Advisor and MBTI® Certified practitioner, Tara tries to create a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to explore and pursue their educational goals. She meets with students one-on-one and in group settings to explain college and degree requirements and to help students develop a plan to meet their individual goals. Tara also serves as the International Student Advising Coordinator, working with TMCC’s international students. Additionally, she is the advising liaison to the Division of Liberal Arts and provides academic advising each week at the High Tech Center at Redfield. In her spare time, Tara enjoys running, long hikes with her dogs, rock climbing, yoga and meditation.
Staci Miller Photo Staci Miller, M.S.
Professional Academic Advisor
Transfer Articulation Coordinator
Division of Technical Sciences Liaison

Staci has a Master of Science in School Counseling. She shares her passion about earning a college education with her students because she knows firsthand what an impact it can make in a student’s life. She started her career as an Academic Advisor in 1999 advising students at San Joaquin Delta College, a community college in California. In 2012, Staci came to TMCC as an Academic Advisor and advises students one-on-one and in groups about TMCC’s degrees, programs, and resources. She guides students through major exploration and educational planning for course selection, TMCC degree completion, graduation, and transfer to a four-year college or university. Staci coordinates transfer services and works with four-year universities to help students transfer. She is also an MBTI® Certified practitioner. Staci is the advising liaison to the Technical Sciences Division and provides academic advising each week at the IGT Applied Technology Center on Edison Way. She enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the Reno/Tahoe area.
Perla Petry Photo Perla Petry, M.A.
Professional Academic Advisor
Division of Business Liaison

Perla started her journey in higher education at the University of Nevada, Reno where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her passion for working with students started early on as a participant of the Dean’s Future Scholars program (DFS). Her experiences as a student, mentor, and program coordinator for DFS solidified her decision to work in higher education and help students achieve their educational goals. In 2013, she joined the Academic Advisement team at Truckee Meadows Community College. As an Academic Advisor, she takes pride in assisting students identify, plan, and achieve their academic and personal goals. Outside of advising, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to music festivals, sleeping, traveling, dining out, watching movies, and taking advantage of new opportunities.
 Maribel Ramirez photo Maribel Ramirez, M.A.
Professional Academic Advisor

Maribel received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012. She is currently pursuing two Master's degrees. One in Educational Leadership and the other one in Counseling and Educational Psychology. Her anticipated graduation for both Master’s programs is for Fall 2014. Maribel taught an EDU 111 course at UNR for undergraduate students during the summer of 2013. She has also presented at state and national conferences. Maribel has worked as a mentor for low-income, first generation students throughout the Washoe county school district for the past five years. Maribel plans to work with students in a variety of different age levels. She wants to raise awareness for teen parents in regards to their educational attainment. An interesting fact about Maribel is that she was a teen parent and now has an amazing and adorable little boy who is five years old. Maribel loves spending time with her husband and her son. In her spare time she loves to do arts and crafts, clean, and organize her house.
Humberto Hernandez Photo Humberto Hernandez
Advising Specialist

Humberto has been working at TMCC since 1987. He currently holds the title of Academic Advising Specialist. Humberto graduated from UNR with a BA in Spanish with a minor in History. He helps with the coordination and set up of New Student Orientation (SOAR) and On-Track workshops. He is also in charge of assisting students who are unable to attend the SOAR in person by providing the online version of the SOAR. Humberto assists students coming into the office with basic questions and helps triage those students to the appropriate service they need. Humberto enjoys spending time with family and when he is not in the office helping students, he is climbing the tallest mountain he can find.
Heather Combs-Salley photo Heather Combs-Salley
Administrative Assistant II

Heather is the Administrative Assistant II in Academic Advising, training and supervising the department’s wonderful student workers. She began working in Academic Advising in the fall of 2012. She is currently completing her Associate of General Studies at TMCC and plans to complete a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. In her spare time, Heather enjoys golfing, Esthetics and spending time with her family. Please do not hesitate to ask Heather for assistance.
Photo Not Available Alisa Kader
Peer Advisor

Alisa started her TMCC career as an Architecture student and it wasn't long before she joined the Academic Advisement team as a peer advisor in 2010. She is currently finishing up her B.A. in International Affairs at the University of Nevada, Reno and plans to attend graduate school for Architecture. As a peer advisor, she brings her experience as a student at both TMCC and UNR to help her fellow students successfully navigate the academic waters of TMCC and beyond. Outside of work, she doesn’t get to indulge in her interests much these days because she’s buried in textbooks and research papers, but if she had the time she would make a serious dent in her ever-expanding To Read list, crack open her sketchbook, explore new hiking and running trails, worship at the altar of any and all PBS Masterpiece series, and remind her friends that she is, in fact, still alive.
Jill Barrett photo Jill Barrett
Peer Advisor

Jill began working as a Peer Advisor in September of 2013. She is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in General Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. After she finishes her degree in December she will return to achieve her Master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology to pursue a career in counseling. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, her adorable black kitty, working out, rock climbing, and traveling. She also loves anything that is pink and sparkly!
Fernando Gonzalez photo Fernando Gonzalez
Peer Advisor

Fernando is a Peer Advisor in the Academic Advisement/Transfer Center. Fernando is an aspiring Secondary Education Major in Math and Science and wishes to one day teach, not only high school, but also college-level students. As a first generation college student, Fernando has faced many challenges to get his college education well under way, and is always more than happy to be a resource for all students who need any type of support. In his spare time, Fernando plays video games, spends all his money on video game memorabilia, draws his very own comic book called “Alex and John” while thinking about video games, and enjoys falling asleep and dreaming about video games when he should be doing homework.