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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 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 is your supporter, interpreter and guide while at SC.

Academic success coaching takes academic advising to the next level. The academic success coach is prepared with the tools and best practices to help you persist 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

Operations Management, Business Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma Certification

Phone: 316.866.3383
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3383

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.


Shirley Baker Danielle Freshnock

Criminal Justice, Security Management and Strategic Leadership

Phone: 316.866.3385
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3385

Danielle Freshnock comes to Kansas from New Jersey where she earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education at Rutgers University. She previously worked as the assistant field hockey coach and student advisor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Danielle is eager to help learners progress through their programs and achieve their academic goals. Having grown up near the beach, she loves being outdoors and hopes to travel to Colorado soon to hike up Pikes Peak.


Adam GunnelsAdam Gunnels

Accounting, Business Administration and Healthcare Administration

Phone: 316.866.3384
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3384

Adam Gunnels comes to Professional Studies with a B.A. in History and B.A. in Philosophy from Wichita State University and a Juris Doctorate from Belmont University College of Law in Nashville, TN. He previously worked for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in the Medicaid Fraud and Integrity Division. Adam is excited to assist adult learners earn their degree while they also work to meet work and family commitments. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and bicycling and would love to find time to compete in a triathlon.


Miranda KoberMiranda Kober


Phone: 316.866.3381
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3381

Miranda Kober earned her B.S. in Human Resource Development from Southwestern College Professional Studies in 2013. She was hired as an admissions counselor in 2016 before transitioning into her role as the RN to BSN academic success coach. Miranda enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors in her spare time.


Brady MarzolfBrady Marzolf

Christian Ministries, Elementary Education, Psychology, Graduate Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction

Phone: 316.866.3382
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3382

Brady earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in education at Wichita State University. He also has an associate’s degree in graphic design from Barton County Community College. Brady is most excited to assist learners achieve academic success. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and two dogs, tailgating at football games and attending concerts.


Mary Passmore

Senior Academic Success Coach (Graduate programs, Graduate Certificates and Human Resource Development)

Phone: 316.866.3327
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3327
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. 

Hannah Vanorsby

Computer Programming Technology, Early Childhood Education, Information Systems Management, Graduate Special Education

Phone: 316.866.3386
Toll-Free Phone: 888.684.5335 ext 3386
Hannah Vanorsby earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from Kansas State University before earning her M.S. in Education from the University of Kansas. She is eager to help Professional Studies learners overcome their everyday obstacles to meet their academic goals. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys running and exploring trails with her husband and dog.