Academic Advisement Staff

Department People
Natalie Brown

Natalie Brown, PhD

Executive Director

Natalie has been working in higher education for over twenty years and particularly enjoys working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She currently oversees the Academic Advisement and International Student Services and provides supervisory oversight for Recruitment and Access Services as well as the Financial Aid Office.  Prior to her work at TMCC, she worked at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Nevada, Reno. She obtained her undergraduate and master's degree in Spanish and loves to travel to places where she can keep up that language skill as well as visit new countries and places. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. 

Grecia Anaya

Grecia Anaya-Arevalo, MA

Academic Advisor

Grecia Anaya-Arevalo was born in Mexico but moved to the US at an early age. 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 foster rapport with many individuals. In academic advising, Grecia is the liaison to the Technical Sciences division, international student advisor, coordinator for major exploration, and works with DACA and Undocumented students. In her free time, Grecia enjoys reading, cooking, staying active, and spending time with family and friends.
 
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Terry Armstrong

Terry Armstrong

Academic Advisor

Terry is excited to join TMCC!  Having worked in a variety of advising and management capacities at Diablo Valley College and Contra Costa College in the San Francisco Bay Area for 35 years, he is looking forward to working with the students of his new community.  Terry earned his Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fresno, and has developed and managed programs for students with disabilities and international students.  During the last ten years, he has worked directly with student-athletes, coaches, and the athletic director to develop and implement efficient educational planning toward degree acquisition and transfer.  Working directly with students has always been the most enjoyable part of any of his roles.  Terry enjoys reading, following professional athletics, cycling, fitness training, and spending quality time with his wife Ingrid and their 8 lb, chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix dog, Murphy.
 
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Rachel Blackburn

Rachel Blackburn

Admin Assistant 3

Rachel was born in San Diego, CA, and moved to Northern Nevada shortly thereafter.  She graduated from Reed High School and went straight into the Army National Guard where she served a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  During her service, Rachel attended TMCC where she earned an Associate of Arts in Business and an Associate of Science.  Rachel has big dreams of starting a blog, writing a book, and learning the guitar and she loves relaxing at home with her husband and three daughters and trying new restaurants with her best pals.

Brianne Chambers

Brianne Chambers

Academic Advisor

Brianne is a full-time advisor who coordinates our OnTrack and Continuing Student programming. She graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Truckee Meadows and later completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. Brianne comes with advising, recruitment, and retention experience after working for UNR for six years. She appreciates taking a holistic approach when advising to best support her students – understanding where a student has come from and where they hope to end up matters greatly in how we advise to the unique needs of our students. When not at work, Brianne enjoys spending time in nature, appreciates a good laugh, and loves trying a new restaurant.
 
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Tara Connolly

Tara Connolly, MA

Athletics Academic Advisor

Tara rejoined the advising team at TMCC in 2012 but has been advising students since 2003. As a first-generation college student, she changed her major seven times searching for her path, but it turned out she had already found it as an advisor.  After completing an associate's degree at TMCC, Tara went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Tara tries to create a welcoming and encouraging environment for all students to explore and pursue their educational goals, especially those dealing with uncertainty who is perhaps taking the scenic route through college as she once did. Tara happily serves as the International Student and Athletics Advising Coordinator and is the liaison to the Math and Physical Sciences Division. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, time in nature with her friends and dog, meditation, reading, and exploring foods of the world.
 
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Ben Davis

Ben Davis, BA

Academic Advisor

Ben Davis is a full-time Academic Advisor, Orientation Coordinator, and Advising Department liaison for the Liberal Arts Division with TMCC. Having received his undergraduate degree in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Nevada, Reno, Ben has a great love for assisting students who are navigating their academics in Northern Nevada. Ben also finds great fulfillment in his position as TMCC's Orientation Coordinator, which allows him to work with new students who are struggling with the college transition process in similar ways he himself had struggled. In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, playing music with his siblings, trying new restaurants, and playing with his pug, Murphy.
 
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Kayla Freeman

Kayla McCord

Academic Advisor

Formerly Kayla Freeman, she is an Academic Advisor and the Advising Technologies Coordinator. She graduated with an AS from TMCC and a BS in Public Health with a minor in Business Administration from UNR. She is currently working on an MA in Educational Leadership at UNR. While completing her AS at TMCC, she worked in Academic Advisement as a Peer Advisor and is thrilled to be working at the College in a professional capacity. Kayla also has extensive experience working with transfer students at UNR. In all her professional endeavors, she strives to provide the mentorship, support, and encouragement to her students that she experienced as an undergraduate student. In her spare time, she enjoys caring for her sizeable urban jungle, reading, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband and their cat, Shimmer, as they navigate newlywed life and cat parenthood together.
 
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Denisse Merino Camarena

Denisse Merino Camarena

Temporary Academic Advisor

Denisse is a first-generation college graduate born in Mexico but was raised in the United States. She was a Jump Start student, Nevada Promise recipient, and was also in the Summer Bridge program at TMCC. She graduated from TMCC with her Associate of Arts in Social Work. She went on to graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2021 with her Bachelors in Human Development and Family Sciences and a minor in Addiction Treatment Services. TMCC has been her home since she graduated from Reed High School back in 2018. She hopes to provide guidance, mentorship, and support to all students. She loves to watch Netflix, explore new places to eat, and do online shopping without purchasing anything. Denisse looks forward to meeting you!
 
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Staci Miller

Staci Miller, MS

Lead Academic Advisor

Staci loves working with students and helping them reach their college goals. As a college student, she attended a California community college and earned an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to a California State University. She was the first person in her family to attend college and the community college allowed her to transition to college from high school with smaller courses, more instructor access, and a much lower cost. She successfully transferred as a Junior to the university where she earned her bachelor's degree in Accounting. Her transfer experience is why she also coordinates transfer services at TMCC. She wants to ensure students truly understand the transfer process so they can have the same great experience she had. No matter what your college goal is, Staci would love the opportunity to work with you!
 
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Megan Moore

Megan Moore

Temporary Academic Advisor

Born and raised in Reno, Megan graduated from McQueen High School and began her 14-year career in management shortly after. With roles ranging from the banking industry, sales and hospitality, she is thrilled to have found her way to higher education. While growing that career, Megan enrolled at TMCC and earned two Associates of Arts degrees. She transferred to UNR to study English and studied abroad in Costa Rica and Chile. She has an immense passion for helping students find their path and strives to provide a welcoming environment, where empathy is always at the forefront of her mind. She holds a special place for students returning to school or starting college later in life. In her free time, Megan is a singer and enjoys baking, cooking, reading, and time spent with friends and her puggle Moxley. Megan is looking forward to helping support you in your educational endeavors!
 
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Jennifer Pierce

Jennifer Pierce, MA

Academic Advisor

Jennifer has been an Academic Advisor at TMCC since 2016.  In addition to working directly with students, she is the department's Assessment Coordinator and Peer Advisor Supervisor, assists with athletics advising, is the liaison to the Business and Social Sciences, and serves on several institutional committees. In 2019, she earned the Nevada regents' Academic Advisor Award. Jennifer started her career in higher education as an adjunct faculty and tutor at Great Basin College and then transitioned into student services as their Retention Coordinator for two years. She loves being a part of helping students reach their academic and personal goals, and particularly enjoys working with transfer students and students returning to college. Jennifer earned a BA-English Literature from Boise State University, and a MA-Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno. She enjoys being creative, getting out into the mountains, and barbecuing with family and friends.
 
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Courtney Schachter

Courtney Schachter

Academic Advisor

Courtney started at TMCC in 2015. She advises military-connected students, evaluates Joint Service Transcripts, and is also the advisor liaison to Life Sciences, Allied-Health, and Public Safety Division. Courtney has held multiple professional roles in higher education since 2009 when she graduated with her Masters in Education in Administration of Higher Education from Suffolk University. Throughout her time in higher education, she holds onto the belief that pursuing post-secondary education can have a significant impact on a student's life professionally and personally. Originally from Upper Michigan Courtney appreciates almost all outdoor activities, including winter sports! When she is not working or having fun outside you can find her enjoying time at home with her dogs and chickens. One of Courtney's favorite quotes is "You are never too old to set a new dream or goal!" by CS Lewis. Courtney looks forward to working with you on your educational journey! 
 
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