Student Success Programs Office
Location: Gaiser Hall, room 137
Hours: Office hours vary; contact us for information or an appointment.
Melissa Williams, M.A.
Associate Director of Student Success Programs
I am glad to connect with students and to support them in achieving academic and career goals in my role in Student Success Programs.
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 began working in student services in higher education as a graduate student and have been devoted to this work ever since while giving time to community history projects when I can.
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 also teach College 101 courses and HDEV 120: Practical Reasoning and Decision-Making, which allows me to engage with students in the classroom.
I’m a native of the Pacific Northwest, and in my free time I enjoy being with friends, working on community history projects, local polictical action, camping, road trips, botanical photography, podcasts, Scrabble and my Kindle.
Melissa "Mel" Favara, M.A.
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 Penguin Alert for Student Success (PASS) 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!
Sara Meredith, M.S.
Student Success Coach
Hello! I am thrilled to support the scholars of Clark as you navigate this journey we call college!
I graduated from an Oregon college with a B.S. in Anthropology/Sociology and a minor in Art. All are subjects I had an interest in but didn’t know how to translate into a career without further education. I then pursued a Massage Therapy License, which ultimately supported me through my Masters of Post-Secondary and Continuing Education from Portland State University.
I have had the good fortune to operate in many different roles in higher education: Academic Advisor, Director of Education, Learning Specialist, College 101 Instructor and AVID mentor. I have also worked for two-year, four-year, and professional technical colleges. These experiences have given me useful skills and knowledge that I may better support your journey!
Being a Pacific Northwest native, I love the outdoors! I enjoy spending time with my family, jogging, hiking, kayaking, travel, local exploration, baking, reading and volunteering for various organizations.
Student Success Peer Mentors
Meet Peer Mentors and find their contact information on the Peer Mentor page!
Peer Mentors provide an opportunity for student employees to help others connect to college and community resources, navigate campus, and work toward academic goals. Peer Mentors enjoy working with people, have a wide range of experiences at Clark and a willingness to share those experiences with current and prospective students.