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Student Success Programs Office

Location: Gaiser Hall, room 137
Phone: 360-992-2704
Hours: Office hours vary; contact us for information or an appointment.

Department Staff

Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams, M.A.

Student Success and Retention Manager
Phone: 360-992-2830

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.


Angela Williams

Student Success Programs Peer Mentor
Phone: 360-992-2704


My name is Angela; however, I also go by Angel, or Angie.

I have been attending Clark for a while now, and am enjoying every minute. I currently work on campus as a Student Success Peer Mentor, I love serving fellow students. I'm working toward my Business Administration Degree. I only have four quarters until I complete my degree! Not sure, what I'll do with it it, but I have time to figure it out.

Outside of Clark, I'm a mother of three children: ages 14, 12, and 8; they are my world and teach me something every day. In my free time (you know between:full-time mom, full-time student, and part-time worker) I like to read, hike, go on mini adventures, and watch movies and T.V.



Mel Favara

Melissa "Mel" Favara, M.A.

PASS Faculty Liaison
Phone: 360-992-2640

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 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!







Josiah "Dewey" Willard

Student Success Programs Peer Mentor
Phone: 360-992-2444

Hi! My name is Josiah Willard and I’m a Student Success Peer Mentor here at Clark College. Being a peer mentor is an amazing job, and I am very happy to connect with students and help them navigate the system here at Clark College.

I was raised in Vancouver my entire life, but I was born in Portland, so that will always be the place I cherish the most.

I graduated from Hockinson High School in June of 2017 as a Running Start student, which was an amazing decision in my opinion. As of my 2017-18 year at Clark College, I am earning my Associate in Arts degree, and I plan to transfer to Washington State University Vancouver to pursue a double major in Sociology and Public Affairs before I plan to join the police force, and maybe one day, the FBI.

In my off time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading, and playing with my Corgi, Harli.