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.”
Julio C. Quiralte, Counselor (LPC)
Hometown: El Paso, Texas
Education: B.S. University of Houston (Psychology); M.Ed. University of Houston (Counselor Education)
Mr. Quiralte joined the ACC advising staff in 2011. Prior to his arrival, he worked as a college counselor and as a mental health counselor in Brazoria County. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and considers it an incredible privilege to work as a counselor.
“I have a great admiration for the dedication and commitment students make to be in college and to better themselves. It is a huge sacrifice to juggle school with everything else that life throws at us, so it is an honor to work as a counselor and help them along their journey.“
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."
Dual Credit Advising Staff:
Akilah A. Martin, Director of Dual Credit Programs
Colorado Springs, CO,( but raised in Houston, TX!)
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 Highschool)
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 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 officaially 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 Enrollment Services Center. 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!"
Andrea R. Baker, Academic Advisor (Glenda Dawson High School)
Hometown: Friendswood, TX
Education: B.A., Texas State University (Psychology); M.A, University of Houston Clear Lake (Marriage and Family Therapy).
Prior to joining the ACC team in 2012, Ms. Baker worked with Bay Area Turning Point as a Legal Advocate, assisting victims of family violence and sexual assault. Throughout Ms. Baker’s graduate program, she worked as an intern therapist for a disciplinary alternative school, which ignited her passion for supporting and encouraging high school students as they pursue successful futures. Currently, Ms. Baker is the academic advisor at Glenda Dawson High School.
“As a previous dual credit student, I enjoy the opportunity to share my personal journey and assist high school students in obtaining their educational and professional goals”.