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Counseling Division

Dr. Tanisha M.J. Maxwell

Dr. Tanisha M.J. Maxwell is a Counseling faculty member who is currently serving as Counseling Division Chair, Coordinator of the EMCC Peer Mentor Program and the 2012-2013 Faculty Senate President at Estrella Mountain Community College.  Dr. Maxwell has over ten years of experience in the Maricopa County Community College District working in the areas of counseling, instruction, student life, academic advisement, and orientation/retention. Her community college teaching experience spans multiple disciplines including Counseling and Personal Development, Psychology, Dance and Sociology. Dr. Maxwell is a Mesa Community College alumna.  She received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Arizona State University, a MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Counseling Psychology and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University.  She has presented nationally, regionally and locally on a myriad of topics including peer mentoring and academic persistence in higher education, racial identity development, culturally sensitive communication, diversity in the workplace, multicultural counseling intentions, and culturally-responsive program evaluation. 

Jason Martinez

Jason Zapata Martinez has worked in several student service areas in the Maricopa Community Colleges since 1991. Jason received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology and his Master of Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University. He has worked in areas of counseling, career development, advisement, assessment, recruitment/retention, multicultural training and student affairs. He has served as co-chair for the Maricopa Minority Male task force and created programing for Minority Male students. Jason has presented locally and nationally on topics of racial identity development theory and how it applies to bi-racial or multi-racial identity.

Dr. Bert Medina

Bertha joined Estrella Mountain in the fall of 1997 as the Coordinator of Student Success. She began serving the west valley 17 years ago as a dropout prevention counselor; then three years later joined ASU as an outreach counselor. She spent five years in the corporate world traveling extensively throughout Arizona providing career counseling. She has a Masters of Social Work from ASU and a Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University. Her social work internships included working with AIDS patients in a Phoenix hospital, and incarcerated inmates in a psychiatric unit in the Maricopa jails. She volunteered in the Victim Assistance program for the City of Glendale Police Department for five years. She joined EMCC's counseling faculty division in Fall 2001 and has worked in the areas of counseling, career development, orientation/retention, and instruction. She has provided instructional support to the ACE program and is the counseling liaison for the Nursing/SWSC areas, and is a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). She received her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology in June 2010 from Northcentral University.

Gary Kilduff

Gary Kilduff enjoys assisting students develop their academic success skills and define career direction. Gary has a Bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University in Behavioral Science, a Masters of Education in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and has completed the Doctoral coursework component in Exceptional Student Education from Northcentral University. Gary and his family have lived in the West Valley for the past 25 years and are proud to serve the West Valley and Estrella Mountain Community College students.

Natalie Avila

Natalie Avila is the Administrative Secretary for the Counseling Division.  Natalie enjoys working with students and is very passionalte about being an advoate for them. Natalie has worked in the Counseling Division, Univertsity Transfer Center, Multi-Cultural Center and in the Nursing Division. Her experiance in these areas has helped her become knowledgable in the different services offered to students.