Student Success Programs Office
Melissa Williams, M.A.
Student Success and Retention Manager
I am glad to serve as Clark College’s Student Success and Retention Manager to support learners in achieving their academic and career goals.
I attended Clark after graduating from high school and intended to become a high school teacher but discovered a passion for U.S. history while taking classes, so I changed my major and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in that subject.
I was fortunate to enjoy my experience as a Clark student, so now I strive to make Student Success Programs a resource to help others gain the skills and confidence to set goals and achieve them.
I’m a native of the Pacific Northwest, and in my free time I enjoy being with friends, working on community history projects, camping, road trips, botanical photography, podcasts, Scrabble and my Kindle.
Melissa "Mel" Favara, M.A.
AEW Faculty Liaison
I hail from Saginaw, MI, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996; I live in north Portland with my family and two 100-pound dogs.
I've been teaching English at Clark since 2007 and have been the AEW faculty liaison since 2009. I love collaborating with faculty in teaching learning communities and in striving for student retention.
You can find me in my off time reading or birdwatching!