Bachelor and Master Degrees from Southwestern College - Professional Studies

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Academic Success Coaches

Academic Success Coaches

Academic Success Coaching

Every learner at Southwestern College Professional Studies is assigned an academic success coach (ASC), who will be your support throughout your entire academic program. Your ASC plays a critical role in the your educational journey. Our ASC’s are full-time coaches, meaning they are truly focused on you and your success. This person will create and maintain your degree plan, help you with course selection and be your resource if any issues should arise with your classes, enrollment, or anything else at Professional Studies.

Academic success coaching takes academic advising to the next level. The academic success coach is prepared with the tools and best practices needed to help you persist to achieve your individual educational goals. Each academic success coach is committed to proactive learner contact, providing the necessary level of support for an optimal educational experience.


Shirley Baker Shirley Baker

Strategic Leadership, Operations Management, Business Quality Management and Psychology


Phone: 316.684.5335 ext 105
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 105


Shirley earned her Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Quality Management from Newman University. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Communication from Wichita State University. In addition to advising students, she teaches at the college level. She is an avid traveler in her spare time.


Erica Fanello

Elementary Education, Master of Art - Teaching, Master of Education Special Education, Master of Education Curriculum & Instruction, Nursing Program

Phone: 316.684.5335 ext 102
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 102

Erica Fanello joined the Southwestern College Professional Studies’ team in May 2012. She is an academic success coach, working primarily with graduate and undergraduate education and RN to BSN learners. Erica previously worked as a PreK – 8th grade teacher, and then as a substitute teacher for USD 259 (Wichita, Kan.) in a variety of classroom settings. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies degree, with minors in Education and Psychology, from Benedictine College. She graduated with her Masters of Arts in Teaching: Professional Educator from Morningside College in August 2014.


George Hindman

Foundations Coach

Phone: 316.684.5335 ext 122
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 g ext 122

Marlyce “George” Hindman serves as an Academic Success Coach. She works closely with our new learners and strives to help them make their education goals a reality. George has been with the college since 2008. She understands the time management from an adult learner's perspective as she is currently enrolled in classes.


Augusto Ortiz DeVillate

Accounting, Business Administration, Pastoral Studies, Psychology, Youth Ministry

Phone: 316.684.5335 ext 217
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 217
Augusto Ortiz de Villate comes to Southwestern College Professional Studies with broad knowledge of higher education pathways. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and speaks Portuguese. Augusto volunteers as a youth group leader in his church and is a volunteer translator/interpreter for Hispanic immigrants. His skill sets will be valuable to the learners of Professional Studies.

Mary Passmore

Graduate programs except Education

Phone: 316.684.5335 ext 215
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 215
Mary Passmore holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University (WBU), and has an Advanced Accounting Certificate from the University of Maryland. Prior to working at Southwestern College, Mary worked in higher education as an advisor to adult learners, marketing and an outreach coordinator, in Accounting as an Accountants Payable Technician and as a volunteer for the Army Family Team Building as a Program Coordinator and Master Trainer. 


Dana Thomson

Director of Learner Services

Phone: 316.684.5335 ext 129
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 129
Dana Thomson serves as the Director of Academic Success Coaching. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Journalism and a Master of Science in Academic Advising, both from Kansas State University. She has been with Southwestern College since 2005. She enjoys helping Professional Studies learners achieve their educational goals and understands the demands placed on non-traditional learners. Balancing a career, family, homework, community service/church/civic groups and leisure time are all part of her week just like our learners.