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Student Success Coaches

NMC offers free Success Coaches 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

Jessie Gonzalez

Success Coach

Hello, Hawk Owls! My name is Jessie Gonzalez II and I am one of the new success coaches at NMC. Far too often, society equates asking for help with being weak. This is far from the truth! Asking for guidance takes courage. Seeking help makes you stronger in all areas of your life. That is why I am here. I have served students of all ages as a middle and high school teacher, coach, athletic director, and eventually a principal and college instructor. I bring you 20 years of experience while continuing my college education as a life-long learner. With your permission, I can help you navigate your college education at NMC by assisting you in organization, writing research papers, studying more efficiently, managing stress and anxiety, and balancing your life. Everyone of us is different, and I am committed to enhancing your unique college experience. Set up an appointment and let's get to work!

Sally Smarsty

Student Success Coordinator / Success Coach

My name is Sally, and I'm your Student Success Coordinator!

I know that everyone has different goals and different strengths. We are here to help you play up your strengths and work on your shortcomings!

Jen Strauss

Success Coach

My name is Jen Strauss and I am a Student Success Coach. I believe that it is the wise person who knows how to ask for help when they need it. I am here to help you navigate obstacles, avoid distractions, get organized, study smarter, and relieve stress so you can successfully embrace your academic career while attending NMC.

I am a former teacher of ten years. I taught Earth and Environmental Science, Elementary Education and Middle School Language Arts. In 1993, I started my Consulting Business, Story Be Told to help educators, students, organizations, and individuals use STORY or narrative to clarify and accomplish their goals. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you stay on course with your educational, personal and career goals.


Need to contact one of the Coaches? Call us at (231) 995-2828

Want to make an appointment? Go to My Success and schedule through the Your Services page or fill out our Contact Form.

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