Counseling and Career Services 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.
Skyler Cruz, LMSW
Skyler is a licensed master social worker (both in NV and NY) and a tenure-track academic faculty member at TMCC. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Mathematics from Connecticut College and his Masters in Social work from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. A second-generation Latino, Skyler was born and raised in New York City raised by a single mother from the Dominican Republic. His work centers mainly around BIPOC and LGBTQIA social, emotional, life and career skills development. He supports students in making connections between their experiences and identities and viewing the strengths in them. Skyler is an ice hockey goalie, has a black belt in karate, and enjoys hiking, snow tubing, and floating in the river.
Alexander is a professional counselor and a tenure-track academic faculty member at TMCC. Alexander was born and raised in Iowa. He completed a master’s of arts in clinical mental health counseling at Gonzaga University and is finishing his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision at UNR. Alexander’s counseling experience ranges from young adults through people across the lifespan. His passion is in working with individuals in the LGBTGEQIAP+ community, particularly transgender and non-binary individuals. Alexander also has experience and passion for working with people who experience depression, anxiety, and who have experienced sexual violence. Alexander approaches counseling through a person-centered & narrative therapy style, believing everyone is capable of re-authoring their life story. He helps students recognize their strengths and prioritizes creating a safe therapeutic relationship above all else. In his free time, Alexander loves running and creative writing/reading fantasy novels. He is also an enormous Disney fan.
Erin Frock, MA
Erin is a professional counselor and a tenured academic faculty member at TMCC. She provides a human-centered, holistic approach to working with students, focusing on personal counseling issues and career exploration. In addition, Erin coordinates and teaches EPY 101: Educational, Career and Personal Development, a course designed to assist students with being successful in and out of the classroom. She is also certified as an On Course trainer for EPY. Erin serves on a variety of committees at TMCC including Faculty Senate, Recognition and Activities, and Student Appeals. She earned her master's degree in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2005. In her off time, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, reading and painting rocks.
Mental Health Professional
Olga is the Mental Health Specialist and an administrative faculty member at TMCC. As a first-generation Latina, Olga is inspired to work tirelessly for the success of all students. She is fluent in Spanish and excited to work with native Spanish-speaking students. Olga’s efforts focus on supporting students from diverse backgrounds to pursue their chosen careers and life goals at the community college level. She has 14 years of experience working holistically with students, recognizing their intersectionalities while pursuing their college goals. Olga has her Ph.D. in Special Education, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Olga loves traveling with her daughter, reading, and teaching in her free time. [Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers]
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. She serves on a variety of committees at TMCC including the Student Resource Committee and Foster Youth Committee. Katie hopes to contribute to a campus environment where students can thrive and feel safe. Prior to joining TMCC, Katie served as the Student Services Specialist for Admissions and Records as well as the designated Student Conduct Officer at WNC and was the Lead Enrollment Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada. For fun, Katie enjoys spending time with her partner and animals, exploring the outdoors, and watching K-dramas.
Christopher Westin, MA
Chris Westin is a professional counselor and a tenure-track academic faculty member at TMCC. In 2009 he earned a master’s degree in Counseling Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. He has dedicated his career to serving students in higher education. Chris comes from the First-Generation Student Center at UNR and brings 16 years of experience providing personal and career counseling and academic guidance to students from diverse backgrounds. He is passionate about meeting students where they are with a non-judgemental approach to teach them about the power of self-awareness and compassion for others. Whether it is in a one-on-one session, in the classroom, or in front of large groups, Chris brings positive energy, authenticity, and empathy to connect with others. He has a wife and three boys who are the center of his world. Chris loves being outdoors, camping, hiking, and working on his fitness in his free time.