Meet our staff

Josh Laurie

Josh Laurie

Program Manager
I am a teacher at heart and I love working with students as they transition from high school to college. I feel lucky to work with so many students who are thriving at this level. For the last fifteen years I have worked within high schools, alternative schools and community based organizations to help make positive change for students who are underrepresented. My goal is to work alongside all students who enter the Future Connect Program to help them realize their full potential.

Kelly Love

Kelly Love

Program Coordinator
My passion is working with students to find and reach their educational dreams. As someone who worked and raised children during both college and graduate school, I know how challenging it can be to succeed in school. Drawing on my background working at the high school and college level, I collaborate with students to help navigate every step from the college admission process to completion. I am inspired by watching students discover their self-confidence and abilities throughout this process.

Dana Fullmer

Dana Fullmer

Cascade Campus Success Coach
Working with underrepresented students to obtain their educational and career goals has always been at the forefront of my career journey. I am passionate about connecting with young adults and helping them to identify their strengths and goals, and to continuously grow in all facets of their lives. Since 2008, I have had the pleasure of working with young adults in a variety of different capacities, including residential treatment facilities, community organizations/programs, youth workforce programs, and alternative high school options programs. I am honored to continue my career journey assisting students in achieving their personal, educational, and career goals within the Future Connect program.

Joshua Mead

Joshua Mead

Cascade Campus College Success Coach
Since 2003, I have worked with students in various programs around Portland. I feel passionate about getting students into college/training and providing support towards their success. I am committed to working with programs that truly help people. I am always impressed how students overcome obstacles to become successful. Everyone possesses the strengths that assist them to be champions of their own life. I feel lucky to assist students towards their success in college. My approach focuses on empowering students to lead our collaborative work in how they envision their path. I changed my own path after earning my BA in Political Science & Biology in 2001, switched to working with students, and earned my MSW in 2007. Ambiguity in college or around career plans can lead to other obstacles and students need support. I am thrilled to work with Future Connect to support students be successful in college and towards their career path.

Adam Lucero

Adam Lucero

Rock Creek Campus Success Coach
As a witness to the power of education, I am passionate about increasing access and equity so all students can achieve their academic and career goals. My personal story has many parallels to the students we serve in the Future Connect Program and I am familiar with the challenges that come with navigating the college system–particularly for first-generation and low-income students. As a youth and equity worker for several years in the Portland community, I have referred several students to Future Connect and have been amazed by their growth and achievements. Now, as a member of the Future Connect Team, I get to encourage, support, and advocate for young people that did not always know success could be for them. This allows me to harness my passion for education and equity while championing for talented students on their own academic and personal journey.

Vanessa Hernandez

Vanessa Hernandez

Rock Creek Campus Success Coach
I am honored to serve first generation-young adult students attending Future Connect. I have faced some of the challenges my students face when they enroll in college. When I arrived in the US a couple of years ago, I didn’t know how to navigate the new system. I was lucky I met a couple of people who showed me the way. I now have the opportunity to show my students the way. I truly appreciate the uniqueness that every student brings to the table. I also love teaching College Survival and Success classes.

Suzanne Hesse

Suzanne Hesse

Southeast Campus College Success Coach
After graduating from Portland State University with a Master’s Degree in English, I have been teaching writing and literature as well as advising and guiding students at several educational institutions for the past twelve years. I enjoy helping students learn how to refine their ideas into coherent, strong arguments and watching as they grow more confident in themselves. Becoming a College Success Coach at PCC allows me to devote more one-on-one attention and support to students to help guide them through their college career, and gives me a stronger voice to advocate for my students. Most importantly, I want to help my students and advisees see their potential and to guide them successfully through their education and career goals, breaking down barriers as we go. I’ve always been drawn to education as the daughter of two teachers, and I am honored to be a part of my students’ journeys and I am grateful for the chance to not only guide them, but also to learn from them.

Brittany Brist

Brittany Brist

Southeast Campus Success Coach
While navigating college and preparing for my career, like many students, I was undecided in which direction to take. I worked in multiple arenas, including at a bakery and a ski resort, when I began utilizing student support services and volunteered by assisting students to prepare for college. This journey lit up my passion for supporting students who are pursuing higher education. Throughout the years I have worked in higher education as an academic advisor and college success coach, in which it is my goal to provide individualized support that assist students to overcome barriers and thrive as college students. I look forward to my continued work of supporting students to find their passions and meet their educational and career goals.

Flamur Velhapi

Flamur Vehapi

Southeast Campus Success Coach
Ever since I moved to this country, my dream has been to get a good education and use that knowledge to help others in return. Although the journey has not been an easy one, as many college students can relate, I personally feel privileged to have met and worked with people from various walks of life who have not only assisted me in overcoming some of the challenges as a first-year college student, but have also inspired, coached and encouraged me to reach my goals and become the person I am. After getting my BA in psychology and MA in conflict resolution, I worked as a student mentor at Portland State University, and later went on to teach psychology courses at Rogue Community College and sociology at Southern Oregon University. My traveling, and teaching abroad experiences have also greatly influenced my interest in education, mentoring, and leadership. As someone with a counseling background, my passion is working with people, more specifically inspiring and helping students succeed in their endeavors by fostering a growth mindset. Now, as a College Success Coach, I am able to apply that knowledge with the hope of making a difference in someone’s life.

Butler Paisley

William Butler-Paisley

Sylvania Campus Success Coach
Central to my educational philosophy is that every student has the potential to succeed. However, I also believe that none of us can succeed all by ourselves. When a student makes a connection with a mentor, instructors, and peers, he or she can begin a life-changing adventure of learning and personal growth. As a student success coach, I find immense joy in helping to remove barriers so that students can flourish as they pursue their academic goals. My college career began on a community college campus, and it served as a launching pad for a lifelong love of learning and curiosity. It was in college that I “found myself” as a student and community member, and it is now my wonderful obligation to help students make the same discovery.

Jana Daugherty

Jana Daugherty

Recruitment Specialist
I love working in education and getting to see students transform their lives. My own experiences in college opened up so many doors for me and I’m passionate about helping youth access those same opportunities. Every day I’m inspired by the students I work with and impressed with their intelligence, resilience, and determination. I have worked in education since 2001 and feel so fortunate to get to help students take their first steps towards college.

Margarita Hernandez

Margarita Hernandez

Transfer Specialist
I am excited to work with students who are going further in their education. Drawing from personal experience, I discovered my career path when I started taking classes as an ESL student at PCC. Step by step, I learned how to navigate college. I experienced the transfer process to a four-year university. As a first generation student, I understand the responsibility to support and to empower future generations. I have witnessed resilience in individuals through life struggles when trying to accomplish career goals. Furthermore, I witness transformation during those processes. I love to hear students’ college and career dreams and help them find the path to achieve them. As a transfer program specialist, it is an honor to support students’ career and academic goals.