Meet the Advising Services Team

The advising Services team - group photo


Academic Advisors

George Argueta

    George Argueta

  • Ed Planner - Advising Srvs

  • (360) 992 - 2732
  • jargueta@clark.edu

  • Name: Jorge Argueta

    Preferred Name: George

    Degrees:

    B.A. in History
    M.A. in History, Greco-Roman emphasis

    Case Load Assignment: Running Start, Business Transfer, General AA/DTA

    Clark Employee since Jan. 8, 2018

    Employment History:

    • Worked admissions at WSU Vancouver. This entailed reading transcripts and understanding how credits transferred from other institutions into WSUV. Fifty per cent of our transfer students came from Clark College, thus I know how our credits transfer toward various WSUV degrees.

    • Worked at Warner Pacific University and advised for the Human Development and Health Care Administration. I have knowledge of the Oregon community colleges and the AAOT.

    • Currently an Academic Advisor at Clark College. I advise primarily transfer student (traditional and Running Start).

    • I have taught COLL 101 and currently teach the entire US history survey courses. I have taught US history at various institution since 2011.

    Hobbies/Interests

    • Mountain or rode biking with my wife and friends
    • Playing with my baby daughter
    • Cooking meals for family and friends.
    • Playing basketball whenever I get the chance
    • Watching Lakers and Patriots games
    • Strength training at my garage gym
    • Binging on awesome Netflix shows with my wife
    • Going to the movies whenever a new Marvel movie comes out
    • Listening to music and chilling at home
    • Playing video games (on the rare occasion that I get to!)



Margit Brumbaugh

    Margit Brumbaugh

  • Educ Planner - Heoc

  • (360) 992 - 2623
  • mbrumbaugh@clark.edu

  • Name: Margit Brumbaugh (pronouns she/her/hers)

    Preferred Name: Margit

    Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, University of Washington, Seattle
    Master of Education in Educational Leadership, Concordia University, Portland

    Case Load Assignment: Health Occupations Programs

    Clark College Employee since March 2016

    Employment History:

    I joined the Penguin Nation in 2016, bringing more than 15 years of student services experience to my current positions as an Academic Advisor and COLL 101 Instructor. Before making my way to Clark, I served in a variety of roles at Lower Columbia College including Director of International Student Programs, Executive Director of Foundation & College Development, Scholarship Program Administrator, Retention Program Manager, Advising & Testing Manager, and Coordinator of Entry Services & New Student Orientation. Student success has been at the center of everything I've done and it continues to be the biggest joy in my work.

    I love helping students understand and navigate the college environment, and find their sense of belonging. I also love being a resource and a support to students through each step of their educational plan. I look forward to being a part of your team at Clark!

    Hobbies/Interests:

    Away from work, I love running, traveling, and baking (fruit pies are a favorite). My husband and I are the proud parents of two recent college graduates (yay!). We love hanging out as a family, playing games, taking road trips, and doing anything outdoors in our beautiful Pacific Northwest.

April Cannon

    April Cannon

  • Educ Planner - Proftech

  • (360) 992 - 2309
  • acannon@clark.edu

  • Degree(s):
    Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from Oregon State University
    Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership, Higher Education/Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University with a certificate in Academic Advising

    Case Load Assignment: AST-2 Engineering and Computer Science, Professional/Technical Programs including Network Technology and Computer Technologies, Cybersecurity and transfer degree students

    Clark Employee (DOH): 7/10/2017

    Employment History:
    While working as an undergraduate work-study in the engineering department at Oregon State University, I started to think about advising as a career option. After graduating and figuring out that I needed more education, I looked into graduate programs. Not being a strong student myself, I found this incredibly intimidating but found an amazing higher education master’s program that provided me opportunities for growth and learning. After finishing my program, I went on to work at several 4-year institutions on both sides of the country, including public and private and have specific experience advising within the areas of engineering and computer science. I worked on the registration side of student affairs at another local community college before coming to Clark College to return to advising. I love helping students make sense of higher education and take ownership of their own education and future.

Wende Fisher

    Wende Fisher

  • Educational Planner - Professional/Tech

  • (360) 992 - 2054
  • wfisher@clark.edu

  • Degrees:
    M.S. in College Student Services Administration (minor in Adult Education) – Oregon State University
    B.A. in Human Development (minor in Psychology) – WSU Vancouver
    AAS in Early Childhood Education – Clark College

    Case Load Assignment: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Areas of Study

    Employment History:
    Certified Appreciative Advisor, 2019-Present
    COLL 101 Instructor, 2016-Present
    Academic Advisor, Professional/Technical Programs, 2015-present
    Academic Advisor, Health Occupations/Education, 2010-2015
    Clark College
    Admissions Counselor, 2008-2010
    Washington State University Vancouver
    International Student Advisor, 2007-2010
    Washington State University Vancouver
    The Art Institute of Portland
    Director of Student Development/Student Development Coordinator, 2004-2008
    The Art Institute of Portland
    Academic Advisor, GTA, 2002-2004
    Oregon State University

    I like to explore my creative side in my spare time, I sew, make jewelry, take pictures, and even taught myself how to knit on youTube. I volunteer as an Art Discovery teacher at my local elementary school as well.

Marcy Gilchrist

    Marcy Gilchrist

  • Educ Planner - Heoc

  • (360) 992 - 2099
  • mgilchrist@clark.edu

  • Name: Marcy Gilchrist

    Preferred Name: Marcy

    Degree:

    B.A. in Political Science
    Minors -Women’s Studies and Psychology @ Central Washington University

    Case Load Assignment: Running Start, General AA/DTA

    Clark Employee since July 2017

    Employment History:

    I’ve worked in the community college system for almost 19 years! I used to manage the Running Start Program at Lower Columbia College and coached volleyball there as well. I’ve also worked in the Scholarship and Foundation offices.

    Hobbies/Interests:

    I am active in the volleyball community. All of my daughters played or still play club volleyball and I am still coaching. My oldest daughter is the head coach at Woodland High School!

    I have one daughter who graduated from Running Start and is currently at Central Washington, and my youngest will be starting her second year of Running Start in the fall! My husband is also currently attending Clark.

    I binge watch NETFLIX and love going to the movies. I’m also a foodie, so when you come in to see me let me know of any good places to try!!

Linda Healy

Shannon Jackson

    Shannon Jackson

  • Ed Planner - Advising Srvs

  • (360) 992 - 2678
  • smjackson@clark.edu

  • Name: Shannon Jackson

    Preferred Name: Shannon

    Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts: Social Science

    Master of Science: Educational Leadership & Policy

    Graduate Certificate: Teaching Adult Learners

    Case Load Assignment: AA-DTA, BMRP, Business Non-Transfer, Culinary, Welding, Diesel, Network Technology, Computer Technology, Business Technology, Mechatronics

    Clark Employee since 10/17/2016

    Employment History:

    Admission Coordinator: Oregon School of Massage
    Assistant Merchandiser: Mount Hood Community College
    Enrollment Services Specialist: Clackamas Community College
    Program Director, Phi Theta Kappa: Clark College 2018-2019

Joe Jenkins

    Joe Jenkins

  • Ed Plan-College Prep&Trans

  • (360) 992 - 2459
  • jjenkins@clark.edu

  • Name: Joseph Jenkins

    Preferred Name: Joe Jenkins

    Degree(s):

    AAS in Fisheries Management
    AA-DTA, BA in Human Development
    Master in Education

    Case Load Assignment: General Transfer, Business Administration, Elementary Education

    Clark Employee since 6/2005

    Employment History:

    After starting as a student in 2005, I started a work-study position in Financial Aid. After working this position, I found a passion to be in student affairs. A short time later, I began part-time in the advising office. I started working with the profession technical students, then with the health occupations, and then transitioned into the transfer-advising specialty.

    After finishing my AA at Clark, I transferred to Washington State University Vancouver and completed my bachelor's degree in 2010. After a short hiatus, I returned to school in 2013 to get my Master’s in Education at Portland State University.

    Hobbies/Interests:

    Being a native of the PNW I love anything outdoors. I grew up camping, hiking, fishing, and hunting. On my off time from work I can usually be found hanging out with my family (Ohana is most important to me).

    Seattle Seahawks are my team and I really want to believe Bigfoot lives.

Carmen Lilly

    Carmen Lilly

  • Educ Planner - Heoc

  • (360) 992 - 2698
  • clilly@clark.edu

  • Name: Carmen Lilly

    Preferred Name: Carmen

    Degree: B.S in Social and Behavioral Sciences -Linfield College

    Case Load Assignment: Health Occupations

    Clark Employee since January 2008

    Employment History:

    I began working at the Clark Advising Center in January 2008 as a work study student worker. Throughout the years, I have supported the front desk as an office assistant, served as a Retention Specialist, Professional/Technical Advisor and currently serve a part of the Health Occupations Advising team.

    Hobbies/Interests:

    There isn’t much I don’t like to do if it involves being outside. Gardening, traveling, working out, and overall getting outside to “just do stuff” is my kind of thing. I am also a big animal lover. Unless there is a Blazer game on, you are not likely to find me in front of a TV. #GoBlazers

John Maduta

    John Maduta

  • Director of Advising

  • (360) 992 - 2505
  • jmaduta@clark.edu

  • Name: John S. Maduta

    Preferred Name: John

    Education: A.A. General Studies, B.A. in Journalism/Public Relations, M.S. Management and Organizational Leadership

    Clark Employee since: September 2006

    Employment History:

    • I've worked at Clark College for almost one-and-a-half decades, and started out as a part-time advisor for computer technology programs. Before Clark I worked in several industries including as a low-voltage technician, instructional technology specialist, video production assistant, and freelance web designer. I'm the current Director of Advising Services, and have a fabulous team of knowledgeable advisors and support staff who make my job quite enjoyable.

    • I have taught MGMT 103 here at Clark since 2014 and dabbled a bit as adjunct instructor for our BASAM program.

    Hobbies/Interests:

    • Spending quality time with my wife and three kids
    • Cooking for friends and family
    • Reading and researching (all things non-fiction, past and present)
    • Working on my stand-up routine
    • Playing video games on my vintage '80s and '90s game consoles

Useni Makano

    Useni Makano

  • Ed Planner - Advising Srvs

  • (360) 992 - 2256
  • umakano@clark.edu

  • Name: Useni Makano

    Preferred Name: Useni

    Degree(s):
    AA: Associate of Art Oregon Transfer Degree
    Bachelor of Art: International Development Studies
    Master of Arts: Educational leadership and Policy

    Case Load Assignment:
    Health and Biosciences programs, Pre-Medical Profession programs

    Clark Employee since 4/1/2019

    Employment History:

    My advising experiences include working with students in career technical programs, international student advising and general academic advising at the community colleges level.

    Hobbies/Interests:

    I love spending time with my family and playing with my kids. I am a fútbol (soccer) fanatic. I enjoy playing basketball and I’m huge Portland Trail Blazers fan.

Renee Schiffhauer

    Renee Schiffhauer

  • Associate Director of Advising

  • (360) 992 - 2048
  • rschiffhauer@clark.edu

  • Preferred Name: Renee

    Degree(s):

    Student Affairs in Higher Education, M.A. - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Psychology, B.S. - St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA

    Clark Employee since July 2018

    For over 25 years I have focused on student success at both private and public colleges. My experiences include the following areas in Student Affairs: College Activities, Student & Residence life, Campus Conferencing & Event planning, and Transfer, Graduate & Continuing Education Recruitment & Admissions. In my most current role in Advising Services, I am energized daily by the commitment and diligence of our Clark Students. I look forward to meeting you and supporting your efforts!

Amani Tovar-Brackett

Tasaday Turner

    Tasaday Turner

  • Associate Director of Advising

  • (360) 992 - 2250
  • tturner@clark.edu

  • Preferred Name: Tasaday
    Degree(s): Bachelor of Arts - Human Development (2002) from WSU; Master of Science Educational Leadership - Policy Foundation and Administration (2010) from PSU
    Clark College Employee Since - October 2011

    I am a Clark College Alumna, having earned both the AAS in Culinary Arts and the AA in General Studies. These two degree's provided the skills and knowledge to work while continuing my students to complete my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. I've enjoyed my previous jobs as a peer mentor, admissions recruiter, international student advisor, alumni services director and advisor.

    Outside of work, I enjoy family time with my husband and two elementary school aged children. We love a good family movie night, preferably after spending some time outside paddle boarding (when the weather is nice), bike riding or just running around in the yard. Of course, you'll find us in the kitchen baking up treats and trying out new recipes (although spaghetti and tacos are a favorite go-to).

    The best part of my work is learning about others' goals to support and be a resource along the way. I'm amazed at the talent, strength and commitment that exists in our community.

Katlyn Viers

    Katlyn Viers

  • Educ Planner - Heoc

  • (360) 992 - 2176
  • kviers@clark.edu

  • Name: Katlyn Rochelle Viers, M.S.

    Preferred Name: CAT-LIN or Kay

    Degrees:
    • Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy, Portland State University
    • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Portland State University
    • Associate of Arts DTA, Clark College

    Clark Employee since November 2018, Academic Advisor since June 2019.Clark Penguin since January 2011.

    Employment History:
    • Financial Wellness Coach, Clark College ~ November 2018 - June 2019
    • Admissions Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver (College of Architecture and Planning) ~ January 2018 - June 2018
    • Psychology Advisor¸ Portland State University ~ April 2015 - August 2017

    Hobbies/Interests:
    • In my free time I like to rock climb, nerd out about personal finance, and spend time with my cats (KitKat & Tigger) and loved ones.

Carley Willis

    Carley Willis

  • Ed Planner - Advising Srvs

  • (360) 992 - 2656
  • cwillis@clark.edu

  • Name: Carley Willis

    Preferred Name: Carley

    Degree(s): Social Work, B.S.W- George Fox University, Leadership in Higher Education, M.S.- Capella University

    Case Load Assignment: Running Start, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, General AA/DTA, Business transfer and Biology transfer

    Clark Employee since April 2015

    Employment History:
    • I started working at Clark College as a part time Health Occupations Advisor and then became a Running Start Advisor. I now work full time as Academic Advisor specializing in all transfer degrees, nursing and dental hygiene, and Running Start. I also teach College 101. My job satisfaction stems from the opportunities I have to develop relationships with students, to partner with them in establishing goals and plans to achieve their educational goals, and to encourage and support them along the way. I look forward to getting to know you!

    Hobbies/Interests (share some personal information about you)
    • Taking family walks, trips to the park, playing games, and family movie nights with my husband and three kiddos is my absolute favorite
    • I love sunshine and enjoy every opportunity I have to take a trip to the beach or explore the beautiful northwest with friends and family
    • Watching my kids play soccer and participate in other extracurricular activities
    • Camping trips with friends from church
    • Weekend getaways and girl’s nights with my close friends
    • Planning family vacations and activities
    • Hosting gatherings at my house
    • Making photo memory books for my kiddos
    • Reading or napping in a cozy blanket on a rainy day
    • Listening to music while I clean/organize my house