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Monica Preciado, Adjunct Counselor

I'm a first generation college student who attended CSUS as a Spanish major and an English minor. I "fell" into the career of International banking and finance for over 10 years and although I didn't pick this career path, I learned so much about the industry and myself as a professional. I returned to CSUS for my Masters in Counseling thinking I would return to the corporate world to assist young professionals with developing their career goals. While in my program I left finance and worked as an Admissions and Outreach rep for CSUS and a SPA for the CalWORKs program at ARC and fell in love with education. I found my passion was ti work with students collaboratively by assisting them with the discovery of their goals and creating a plan to reach them. I have been working as a counselor at American River College since 2010 for various programs on campus including Veterans, CalWORKs, MESA, Puente, General counseling and Journey. I'm constantly inspired by our students and my colleagues on this campus and in our student support programs. 

Mallory Buckner

Mallory Buckner, Student Personnel Assistant (SPA)


It's been a windy road, but my life's journey led me here to American River College in January 2016. After 5 years working in the corporate world I felt the need to come "home" to my community impact roots, which is where I started in 2008. I have a technical background in outreach, marketing/event planning, and program development, but I am passionate about this community and the students it serves. I have always loved working with students and believe the key to successful student support is personal connection. Every single day I am inspired by our journey students and truly feel that this is where I'm meant to be right now. My hope is that in finding my passion I will move students to pursue theirs. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University, and I am hoping to pursue a Master's degree in school counseling Fall of 2016.

Tanisha Jenkins

Tanisha Jenkins, Clerk I

Life in general is a Journey, so having support through ones' academic path is a plus. I began working as a peer mentor for the Journey Program when it was first established in 2011 at American River College. As a re-entry student, coming back to college can be challenging but Journey was a huge part of my success. Counseling, tutoring, workshops, and volunteering are just a few of the services that helped me prepare for transfer through the Journey Program. Yes, I transferred to Sacramento State in fall 2013 to get my Bachelors Degree in Social Work, yet my educational goals do not stop there. I plan to get my Masters Degree in Social Work followed by a Doctoral Degree in Education. It is never too late to follow your dreams and pursue your goals.

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