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​​ ​"You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream." - C.S. Lewis
charla murray

Charla Murray has worked in education for many years in several different capacities.  From being a Preschool Teacher to a Special Education Aide to school office staff, her love and passion for working with students has remained the same.  She has always been dedicated to helping students reach their full potential and helping them be successful whatever their situation or circumstance.​


She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Chico State and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Azusa Pacific University.  She also has 10 years of experience in the Business/Retail field.

She has the mindset that anything worth doing is worth working hard to achieve, so she is extremely grateful for the opport​unity to come on board at MSJC.  She is looking forward to serving our students a​nd guiding them to achieve their goals.​​​​

"You are not judged by the height you have risen, but from the depth you have climbed." - Frederick Douglass​
chanise walker

Chanise Walker has been a counselor and group facilitator who provided advocacy and support services for students throu​gh educational services. Since 2007, she has been serving as a counselor and project manager at the Betty Ford Center, part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In these roles, Chanise has facilitated educational support groups and trainings throughout the K-12 setting and colleges.  These varied experiences give her a deep appreciation of the methods that are used at schools and colleges to improve the quality of life and academic success for students. Chanise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from the University of Redlands.

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa​
Leanne Windmiller

​​R. Leanne Windmiller has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts in Education, with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling, from Azusa Pacific University. She has been a Montessori teacher, worked in g​roup homes to serve and de-escalate clients, as a substitute teacher, a Scholarship Coordinator, 504 Plan Coordinator, and as a School Counselor guiding students from TK-12.​

Leanne was born to humble beginnings in a family full of love and support. She persevered to be a first generation college graduate and received initial guidance at SDSU through E.O.P. (Equal Opportunity Program). Leanne enjoys helping others achieve their goals through guidance and support. She does so through actively listening to her students and then providing steps to obtain their personal and professional goals.​​


Nicole McKay

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take that away from you”
- B.B. King

Nicole McKay has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & a Masters in Educational Counseling from National University. She has worked for Higher Education since 2014 in the Orange County and Inland Empire areas. She serves as an Associate Faculty Counselor with Mt. San Jacinto College and Moreno Valley College.

During her professional academic experience, she has gained a sound familiarity with academic, career, and personal counseling. She plays a pivotal role in assisting current and prospective students with course and program information, career exploration, educational planning, and the identification and exploration of personal concerns. Creating an environment that generates enthusiasm from students and motivates them to retain knowledge is one of her strengths. As a Counselor and Instructor, she has been highly instrumental in guiding students towards success and defining appropriate academic growth paths.  As a highly compassionate human being, she demonstrates sensitivity and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff and students, including those with disabilities. She is eager to help our students and guide them on completing their goals.


Jennifer Nickerson

Jennifer Nickerson was born and raised in the Hemet Valley community, where she’s active in her community. Her passion for student advocacy ignited 20 years ago while supporting middle and high school students and now college students. Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology through Ashford University and in 2018 earned a Masters degree in Educational Counseling through Azusa Pacific University.

Jennifer knows firsthand how challenging it is to raise a family while obtaining a higher education. She believes an individual should “Never Stop Learning, Because Life Never Stops Teaching”. She is Understanding of student diversity and is dedicated to supporting adults who are seeking direction in setting personal, educational and career goals.

Karie White
 “Live with no regrets.” 
Karie White
Karie White has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of the Pacific and a Master degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in Career Development, from University of San Diego. 
Ka​​rie grew up in​ Temecula since 1978. She had challenges and struggles but she persevered and was the first in her family to go to college. She moved away for college and life but returned 9 years ago to give back to the community who supported and gave her so much. She wants to students to know that there are training, schooling, and college and career options out there for every person. She enjoys working with students and providing concrete help, support and resources to help students establish, pursue and fulfill their academic and career goals.
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“It’s never too late to start your dreams again!”
Denise McGregor
 As a first-generation college student in her family, Denise McGregor finds encouraging adult students’ dreams inspiring. Ms. McGregor earned a Bachelor​ of Art’s degree in Spanish from Alma College in Michigan, a Master’s in Guidance & Counseling from Eastern Michigan University, and a Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, San Diego. She served as both a middle school and high school guidance counselor, college admissions counselor, and a First Year Experience counselor in The EDGE Program at College of the Desert prior to joining MSJC Adult Education/Non-Credit staff in 2017.​