Meet our Student Success Coaching Team.

Lisa Richardson, Student Success Manager

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Education:
B.A. in Writing-Intensive English and English Literature from Marquette University
M.Ed. in Middle/Secondary English Education from Valparaiso University
M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University

Hometown:
Elgin, IL

What brought me to Waubonsee?
I came to Waubonsee for the opportunity to help build the Connect4Success coaching program and serve the students of this community. I have a background in student success coaching programs and have seen how students benefit from having a coach who can support them as they transition from high school to and through their college experience.

Advice to college students: Why should they take advantage of C4S coaching?
College is tricky to navigate, and there are a lot of times where students will ask things like, "What do I need to do? Who do I need to see? Where do I need to go?" Connect4Success coaches can serve as that point of contact to help students figure out the answers to those questions, saving time and being prepared to utilize the resources that are available to them to be successful.

When I'm not at Waubonsee, you can find me:
Enjoying the outdoors walking or playing tennis, practicing yoga, reading books, spending time with my family and traveling.

Iris Castellanos, Student Success Coach

Iris Castellanos, Student Success Coach
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Education:
B.S. in Psychology from Concordia University Chicago

Hometown:
Aurora, IL

What brought me to Waubonsee?
What brought me to Waubonsee is the commitment the college has to the communities it serves—my own community being one of them. My goal after graduating from Concordia University was to return to my community, and link myself to an organization whose purpose was to promote lifelong learning. I was drawn to Waubonsee because I wanted to be a part of a team who values and engages the students they work with. Coaching is my calling; I enjoy motivating, supporting and guiding students through their journey, and directing their passions and dreams into careers.

Advice to college student: Why should they take advantage of C4S coaching?
We all need a cheerleader in our corner, and there can't ever be too many of them, so why not add one more to your squad? Someone who will help guide, and encourage you through your new beginnings so that you are not going through them alone. A new journey can be intimidating, and overwhelming so take advantage of the support systems around you whether it be family, friends—or a success coach.

When I'm not at Waubonsee, you can find me:
In the outdoors playing volleyball, at the dog park with my boxer Bronx, at Chuck E. Cheese's with my goddaughter, or riding my motorcycle when the weather is nice. You can also find me working out, catching a movie at the theatre and spending time with my ginormous family.

Sarah Buzzelli, Student Success Coach

Sarah Rauter, Student Success Coach
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Education:
Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Maryland
M.Ed. in Academic Advising and Administration from Kansas State University

Hometown:
Lisle, IL

What brought me to Waubonsee?
I have many friends and family who have found great success through Waubonsee's programs, whether as a student or a community member. I love that there is something for everyone here! I have a background in working in student success and I am excited to collaborate with the Connect4Success team, finding ways to support students in this great community.

Advice to college students: Why should they take advantage of C4S coaching?
Your coach will be there for you if you are ever feeling overwhelmed; there is no reason to go through college alone! Coaches will work one-on-one with you to determine your goals and values, and provide guidance on positive ways to approach your college experience by using the multitude of resources available at Waubonsee. If you find yourself lost, your coach will always be there to get you back on track!

When I'm not at Waubonsee, you can find me:
In the kitchen or at the gym! Experiments in the kitchen make the gym necessary. I also play rec volleyball on Friday nights with my big, awesome family. I love music in all forms, and try to play or listen as much as possible!

Gabriela Rios, Student Success Coach

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Education:
B.A. Double major in Spanish and Communications

Hometown:
Aurora, IL

What brought me to Waubonsee?
I came to Waubonsee for the chance to make a difference in my community. My experiences with my culture, my community, and education have shaped the person that I am today. As the first person in my family to go to college, I have firsthand experienced the benefits of having an education and the struggles of getting an education. I want to help students have a positive and successful experience with education so students and their families have a chance to a better life.

Advice to college students: Why should they take advantage of C4S coaching?
Navigating higher education can be an intimidating and stressful process. Connect4Success coaches are here to guide you through your college experience from day one until graduation. Whether it’s academic support, connecting on campus, or any other uncertainties in your college journey we are here for you, so why not take full advantage?

When I'm not at Waubonsee, you can find me:
Hanging out with family and friends, completing school work for my masters, or experimenting with DIY tutorials

Eric Seidelman, Student Success Coach

Eric Seidelman, Student Success Coach
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Education:
B.A. in Sociology and Philosophy from Taylor University
M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Northern Illinois University

Hometown:
Aurora, IL

What brought me to Waubonsee?
When I heard about the chance to take Waubonsee students under my wing and help them make the most out of their time in college, I was hooked. Fox Valley and the Aurora area have my heart and soul, and I am thrilled to be part of an institution that is doing so much good for our community.

Advice to college students: Why should they take advantage of C4S coaching?
Nobody likes feeling lost or like they're missing out on important opportunities. Connect4Success coaches are on campus to be the one person you know can help you with anything—judgement free. College is hard! But we're here to help you do it right. Come to our offices, meet us after class or have lunch with us, and walk away knowing exactly what you should do next to be a thriving Waubonsee student.

When I'm not at Waubonsee, you can find me:
Hanging out with friends all over Chicagoland, consuming some form of tacos, lifting weights at one of my many gym spots, or taking our dog, Jicama, on doggie car rides around town (usually to a taco drive-thru).