Stephanie Stockstill, Director of Advising Services
Hometown: Gainesville, FL.
Education: B.A., St. Leo University (Psychology), M.A. University of South Florida (Counselor Education)
Ms. Stockstill joined the ACC staff in 2002. Originally from Florida, Ms. Stockstill’s entire career has been in higher education in Florida and Texas. She has served as an Academic Advisor, Continuing Education Coordinator, Coordinator of Admissions and Assistant Dean of Student Services prior to her arrival at ACC.
“My interest has always been in the community college environment. I have worked at a small private university and a large public university in graduate school, but by far the greatest job satisfaction is working with community college students”.
Diana Stiles, Counselor (LPC) and Coordinator of Career Services
Hometown: Campbellsville, Ky.
Education: A.A. Wharton County Jr. College, B.S. (Behavioral Sciences) and M.S. (Counseling) from the University of Houston-Clear Lake
Ms. Stiles joined ACC in 1994 and has held two positions as an Academic Advisor and Counselor. She holds certification as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Ms. Stiles coordinates the Career Services program.
“Being the first college graduate in my family and paying for my own college education has provided me sensitivity to the issues that first generation and non-traditional students may have when they begin or return to college. It is my hope to assist others in their educational pursuits”.
Eileen Cross, Coordinator, Disability Services
Hometown: Alvin, TX
Education: B.S., Texas Tech University (Deaf Education), M.S., University of Houston, Clear Lake (Educational Diagnostics)
Ms. Cross joined ACC in 1988 and has worked in the Advising office as support for students with disabilities and as a part-time instructor in Psychology. Prior to her arrival at ACC, Ms. Cross taught in all levels of K-12 in the areas of learning disabilities and behavior disorders. Ms. Cross is a founding member of the Texas AHEAD (The Association on Higher Education and Disability) organization where she has served as the President and a number of other leadership roles.
“I like to think outside the box, be a problem solver and encourager to students who want to succeed”.
Toby Herzog, Academic Advisor/VA Certifying Official
Hometown: Splendora, TX.
Education: B.S., Sam Houston State University (Social Work)
Ms. Herzog joined the ACC staff in 1994 in the Continuing Education Department and became an Academic Advisor in 2001. Prior to working for ACC, Ms. Herzog worked for the Texas Department of Human and Protective Services in Harris and Brazoria Counties.
“As a first generation college student, I understand the apprehension students experience when enrolling in college the first time. I enjoy helping students understand the enrollment process. Working with Student Veterans is an especially rewarding experience for me. I am thankful for the opportunity to help our students meet their educational goals.”
Alpha Trevino, Academic Advisor/International Student Advisor
Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Education: B.A., Southwestern Assemblies of God University (Professional Studies)
Prior to joining the ACC staff in 2003, Ms. Trevino worked for the Alvin Independent School District. In addition to assisting international students with admission to ACC, she coordinates the College Day program as well as sponsoring the International Student Club.
"What I find most rewarding is to be able to sit down with students and develop an academic plan that will make them successful in their pursuit of higher education."
Rachel Garry, Academic Advisor
Hometown: Woodlands, TX
B.A., Texas A&M University (Business Administration), M.A. Liberty University (Professional Counseling)
Ms. Garry joined the ACC staff in 2016 holding the position of an academic advisor. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. In addition to academic advising, and career counseling, Ms. Garry works as a foster specialist assisting foster youth with their transition to college.
“I have been involved with foster youth as a court appointed advocate for several years. It is a privilege to help these students navigate their way through the college process. I make sure they receive the resources needed to give them the best chance at being successful in their studies at ACC”
Dual Credit Advising Staff:
Akilah A. Martin, Director of Dual Credit Programs
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO,( but raised in Houston, TX!)
Education: B.S., Texas State University (Criminal Justice Corrections); M.Ed. Texas Southern University (Counselor Education)
Ms. Martin began her career with Harris County Juvenile Probation and transitioned into Education where she has held positions as a Program Coordinator for Talent Search Trio Program and a regional admissions counselor. Ms. Martin joined the ACC team in 2007 as the Student Activities Coordinator before accepting the position as an academic advisor for Manvel High School. In 2012, Ms. Martin began the new position of Director of Dual Credit Programs.
"I absolutely love working with students as they navigate through the world of college admissions! Education is my passion and helping students is my mission! How may I serve you?"
Christina Maartens, Academic Advisor (Pearland High School)
Hometown: Alvin, TX
Education: B.A. UH-Clear Lake (Communications)
Christina joined ACC as a Tech Prep Coordinator in 2007, helping students bring over high school career technical credit to ACC’s A.A.S. degrees. She then moved into Continuing Education as a Marketing Specialist and in 2013 became the Academic Advisor at ACC’s newest location, Turner – Pearland.
"I like working in a college environment and meeting people who are interested in learning and bettering their lives. It feels great to be a able to help them get started on such a big life decision."
Gwendolyn Burgess, Academic Advisor (Turner High School)
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL.
Education: B.S. Florida A & M University (Business); M.S. University of Houston (Occupational Education)
Gwendolyn joined the ACC staff in August 1989. With strong people skills and a desire to assist others, Gwendolyn's entire professional career has been in higher education. She served as the Budget Coordinator for the JTPA Program and Academic Advisor on the Alvin campus prior to accepting the advisor position at Pearland High School.
"I have always been interested in assisting others in making good, sound educational choices. ACC has given me an opportunity to use my best skills in working with high school students."
Kennon Henry, Academic Advisor (Alvin & Danbury High School)
Hometown: Angleton, TX.
Education: A.S., Alvin Community College (Business Administration); B.A., Sam Houston State University (Psychology/Math); M.S., University of Houston Clear Lake (School Guidance Counseling)
Ms. Henry has been part of the ACC family for over 3 decades- first, as an active student and student employee on campus in 1981. After receiving her Counseling degree in 1990, she returned to work in the Advising Office as a Counselor. She currently is the academic advisor for the dual credit program at Alvin High School.
"My passion for higher education and my teaching experience at both the college and secondary levels have driven me to pursue an opportunity to share everything that ACC has to offer with our local high school students".
Monica Silvas, Academic Advisor (Manvel High School)
Hometown: Clute, TX
Education: AAS, Legal Assistant Alvin Community College; B.S., UH-Clear Lake (Behavioral Science-Sociology)
Ms. Silvas started out as a student employee at ACC. She officially joined the ACC team in 2001 as a Registration Specialist while attending UH-Clear Lake. She graduated with a B.S. in Behavioral Science-Sociology in 2006. In 2008 she became a part of the new Admissions Office. In 2012 Ms. Silvas accepted the Dual Credit Advisor position at Manvel High School.
"I love giving Manvel High School students information to get a "jump start" on their college education. Being on campus with them daily, letting them know they can do it, makes it even sweeter!"
Dedrick "Dee" Smith, Academic Advisor (Shadow Creek High School)
Hometown: Canton, MS
Education: B.S., Mississippi Valley State University (Criminal Justice); M.S., Mississippi Valley State University (Criminal Justice)
Mr. Smith began his career in law enforcement right after college. During his graduate program he had an opportunity to work as an Admissions recruiter for MVSU. This is where he fell in love with higher education, and for 15 years that love is still burning strong. Mr. Smith has taught college success courses, worked in international programs, and more. He is passionate about mentoring, encouraging, and helping students reach their educational goals.
“To see a student walk across that stage during the graduation ceremony, and knowing that I was a part of their experience is the greatest gift I’ve ever received.”