Student Success Coaching

NMC offers free Success Coaching to help you in many areas along your academic journey. We offer one-on-one coaching as well as seminars and workshops. Stop into the center to meet a Success Coach or call (231) 995-2828 or email us at You can also contact us by filling out our Contact Form.

Meet the Team

Coach MarinaMarina Call

Success Coach

My name is Marina Call and I am a Student Success Coach. I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in History of Art and Architecture

I moved to Italy to study a third language and graduated with a Master in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. I lived 8 years in Italy and since then have been a tour guide, worked in sales/marketing and taught preschool-university level! I am here to listen to your challenges and help you with different methods to better manage your time, show you how to study better and make your NMC experience more fulfilling. I am able to connect to different types of learners and my goal is to help you find a path that fits your current goals. You got this!

Coach AlexAlex Walsh

Success Coach

Hello! My name is Alex Walsh, and I am serving as an AmeriCorps member for the College Completion Corps program at Michigan College Access Network.

I originally graduated from NMC with an ASA, and shortly thereafter I served Active Duty in the U.S.Navy from 2013–2019. While in the Navy, I lived in Spain for about 3.5 years and traveled to 27 different countries, including Eastern Europe and parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Following my honorable discharge, I transferred to Harvard College and recently graduated in May 2022 with honors. My concentration was in Government with a double focus in public policy and political economy, and my secondary field was in Economics. My honors thesis sought to explain why many military veterans forgo benefits and support programs available to them. I wanted to return to NMC after graduation to give back to the Northern Michigan community while I prepared to attend law school and other graduate programs beginning Fall 2023.

Amber MarshAmber Marsh

Success Coach

My name is Amber Marsh, and I am a success coach at the Student Success Center at Northwestern Michigan College. I am serving as an AmeriCorps member for the College Completion Corps through the Michigan College Access Network. AmeriCorps supports a variety of local service programs engaging thousands of Americans in community service each year. My role is to increase the number of college students who complete post-secondary certificates or associate degrees. I am a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College where I studied Science and Arts and Business Administration. Prior to completing my college education as a non-traditional student, I worked as a board certified Cosmetologist in the State of Michigan, as well as in professional business settings. As a student, I was Student Government President, President of Phi Theta Kappa, Student Representative on the Foundation Board and Student Representative to the Strategic Planning Committee. My knowledge of the campus, staff, administrators and the community make me a great asset to those I serve.

Coach TaitTait Ricks

Success Coach

Hey there! My name is Tait Ricks and I'm a College Completion Coach. I'm an AmeriCorps member in its College Completion Corps program, which operates the Michigan College Access Network. We aim to help Michigan students access and attain college certificates and degrees. I graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Social Media Design and Management. I love to find creative solutions to overcome obstacles and help students achieve their educational goals. I can be found in NMC's Student Success Center if you need assistance. Always feel free to stop by and say hi or reach out!

Coach NathanNathan Bootz

Success Coach

My Name is Nathan Bootz, and I am the Native American Student Success Coach at the Student Success Center at Northwestern Michigan College. My goal is to increase the number of Native American college students who complete post-secondary degrees or certificates. I am a graduate of Central Michigan University where I studied Secondary Science and English. I also have a Master's Degree in School Curriculum and an Education Specialist's degree in Administration. I grew up in Mackinaw City, so my love of Northern Michigan is very real! I look forward to using my knowledge of learning to help our students be successful at NMC.

Want to make a coaching appointment?

Current students can schedule an appointment here!

Need to contact one of the Coaches?

Call us at (231) 995-2828 or email us at

finish your semester strong!

Plan on going to Walk-in Wednesdays with the Advisors? Come over and see a coach too! The Success Coaching team will have Drop-in Speed Coaching from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with study tips, time management, organization skills and stress management!

  • Wednesday, March 20 (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) - Innovation Center (124 & 125)
  • Wednesday, March 27 (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) - Spring Break Edition! Zoom Only (ZOOM LINK)
  • Wednesday, April 3 (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) - Innovation Center (124 & 125)