Meet the staff that will help you with all of your college and career questions and goals!
College and Career Centers Coordinator
Ericca Pollack joins the College and Career Centers staff with sixteen years of experience in college student success programs, most recently at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She has provided oversight for residence life, orientation, first-year experience, summer bridge programs, learning communities, peer mentoring, admitted-student processes, and developmental education programming. Originally from Joliet, Illinois, Ericca has a B.S. in speech communication and sociology and an M.S.Ed. in college student personnel administration from Illinois State University. Ericca looks forward to working with students and families on all aspects of their college and career path.
Camille Pierce, James Madison Academic Campus
"Luck favors the prepared." ~ Edna Mode
Camille was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004, she attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, and graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of science in aeronautics. In 2010, she received a master of science degree in aviation safety science. Her strongest areas are helping students with goal setting and with finding and applying for scholarships, FAFSA, and college applications.
Lauren Thompson, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
Lauren graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay with a bachelor's degree in human development and psychology. She has been working at College and Career Centers for almost five years. She has a strong passion for helping students in any capacity, and her seeing them reach their goals in pursuing higher education is extremely rewarding. Her strongest areas are helping students with FAFSA, college applications, essay revisions, and goal setting.
Chandar Robertson, Washington High School of Information Technology
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Will Durant
As a member of the College and Career Centers team, Chandar supports MPS in prepping students and families of all backgrounds for life beyond high school. Chandar enjoys working with families one-on-one to complete college applications and the FAFSA to get the money needed for college. He holds a B.A. from Marquette University and has extensive experience helping underrepresented students to understand that college is possible. Chandar has worked in education for several years and is passionate about helping students and families reach their education goals.
Carly Weckwerth, South Division High School
Carly, of German and Mexican descent, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, through which she studied abroad in Spain, and in 2009 she received her bachelor's degree in educational policy and community education. After graduating, she became an academic advisor with the UWM GEAR UP program at North Division High School. In 2012, she fulfilled her dreams of living and working in New York City, where she worked with high school students in East Harlem. Recently she returned to Milwaukee to continue working with students and assisting them with discovering their potential and making their dreams a reality. Her strongest areas are student engagement and helping students realize the endless possibilities through education. Carly loves to meet new people and try new things — especially food, different cultures, and music.
Kim Easley, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
Kimberly (Kim) Easley has been employed with MPS College and Career Centers as a student advisor for more than two years. She holds a master of science in school counseling from Mount Mary University. As a first-generation college graduate and product of MPS, she has a special affinity for and interest in working with students of diverse backgrounds and engaging with students in college and career exploration and planning, scholarship researching, and writing. She finds gratitude in empowering students to realize their potential, strengths, and possibilities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, shopping, crafting, listening to music, and reading a variety of spiritual and historical literature.
Tre'Quan Martin, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
Tre'Quan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee after transferring from Morehouse College. He is pursuing an extensive education in sociology while minoring in criminal justice. After playing four sports in high school, Tre'Quan has run track at the collegiate level and still enjoys his extracurricular activities. After graduation, he wants to focus on changing the behaviors of youth in Milwaukee while doing myriad things in the community. Stepping, strolling, basketball, and an immense list of other activities are his hobbies, but Tre'Quan enjoys student engagement and helping students with the entire transition from high school to college.
Zach Burger, James Madison Academic Campus
Zach graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee with a bachelor's degree in political science. He has been working at the College and Career Centers since January 2016. He has a strong passion for helping students, and during the 2014-15 year, he participated in an AmeriCorps program called City Year; he served at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts. His strongest areas are helping students with FAFSA, revising essays, and entrance counseling and Master Promissory Notes.
A.J. MacDonald, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
A.J. brings experiences from education- and youth-focused nonprofits and has served in capacities ranging from direct student service to supporting fund-raising and communications efforts. After earning her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, A.J. served two year-long terms as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. Those two eye-opening years led to further work serving Milwaukee students in various ways, which she is excited to continue through contributing to the areas of student advising and communications at the College and Career Centers.
Aliza Mendoza, South Division High School
Aliza went to school for interior design until she found her job at the College and Career Centers and realized that efficiency in technology and working with people were two of her greatest strengths. This experience has led her on her path back to school to earn a bachelor's degree in business for information and technology management.
Larry Williams II, Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
Larry is finishing up his bachelor's degree program at the University of Phoenix. Also, he currently is a co-owner of his own multimedia production company. He is ambitious, hard working, and honest, and he can be very resourceful when it comes to helping others who want to become successful.