Meet Your Success Advocates

Student Pathways was created to help you navigate through transitioning to college life and assisting you to achieve success. Meet the lead success advocates assigned to help you with your questions.

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Alex Bright
Success Advocate
Student Center (SC 308D)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 2640)

Top 5 Strengths: Input, Restorative, Achiever, Learner, Individualization

Educational Background
BS, Anthropology, Kansas State University
BS, Sociology, Kansas State University
MEd (in progress), Higher Education Student Affairs, Fort Hays State University

I love working as a Success Advocate at JCCC because every day I look forward to the opportunity to help a student discover a resource, a workshop, an organization, or even learn something about themselves that will help them succeed as a college student. Along with that, I love the collaboration and support between all of the Success Advocates as we work together to improve our methods, efficacy, and ways to reach students.

Favorite Quote: "Serendipity is not the product of patience; it's the product of action." — Audrey Moralez

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Steve Franklin
Success Advocate
Student Center (SC 241A)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6755)

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Positivity, Consistency, Harmony, Relator

Educational Background
BS, Public Relations, University of Kansas
MS (in progress), Adult and Continuing Education, Kansas State University

The kindness displayed by everyone on campus is contagious, leading to a welcoming atmosphere and positive learning environment. The best part of being a Success Advocate is that I am able to help our students set and achieve their individual goals. It is gratifying to know that I’ve made a difference that enhances a student’s experience at JCCC.

Favorite Quote: “Be somebody who makes everybody else feel like a somebody.” — Kid President

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Nur Hafza
Success Advocate
Student Center (SC 309G)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6706)

Top 5 Strengths: Achiever, Discipline, Focus, Context, Analytical

Educational Background
BS, Business Administration, Metropolitan State University

I like working at JCCC because I love the learning environment and the diversity here. I enjoy working with people from different cultural backgrounds. The best part of being a Success Advocate is that I can help students in every step of their educational journey. JCCC has so much to offer and I am able to help my students get involved in campus activities and take advantage of the innumerable opportunities and resources available to them. I like helping students find their own pathways!

Favorite Quote: “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” — Brian Herbert

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Patty Karr
Success Advocate
Student Center (SC 244)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6770)

Top 5 Strengths: Empathy, Relator, Developer, Responsibility, Communication

Educational Background
BS, Education, Kansas State University
MA, Liberal Arts, Education, Baker University

The great thing about being a Success Advocate is working with students on this beautiful and dynamic campus. I am able to assist a student from filling out the Admission application, navigating the steps for enrollment, solving problems along the way, and celebrating with them when they apply for graduation! JCCC truly is unique by creating the Pathways program where I am able to take the time to foster caring relationships with my students, which enables me to point them to the right resources and give them the support they need to accomplish their goals.

Favorite Quote: “Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!” — Lawrence G. Lovesik

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Rebekah Read
Success Advocate
Student Center (SC 308E)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 3508)

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Arranger, Includer, Woo, Communication

Educational Background
BA, Human Services, Ottawa University
AA, Liberal Arts, Johnson County Community College

Working with students and encouraging them to accomplish their goals, even the smallest goals, is why I love being a Success Advocate. I take my work seriously, but not myself. From my experience being a student at JCCC, I understand the shoes our students are in. I enjoy getting to know students on an individual basis and connecting them to resources which will make the most of their time at JCCC.

Favorite Quote: “Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.” — Joss Whedon

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Kristi Stanley
Success Advocate
Student Center (SC 309J)
913-469-8500 (Ext. 6704)

Top 5 Strengths: Positivity, Maximizer, Learner, Belief, Arranger

Educational Background
BA, Journalism and Mass Communications, Kansas State University
MA, English Language, Literature and Composition, Kansas State University

I love being a Success Advocate at JCCC because it’s exciting and energizing to get to help and guide students on their educational paths toward achieving their personal and academic goals. I enjoy the personal connections I make with students, and the satisfaction I feel when I’ve introduced them to an opportunity or resource that can help them be more successful at JCCC and beyond.

Favorite Quote: “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can. There will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” — Sarah Caldwell