Meet the ADA Counselors

Jette (Yetta) E. Lott, EdS, MA, CRC, LPC, NCC Central College

Jette E. Lott has been a Counselor since December 1999. In March of 2008, she began working as the ADA Counselor at Houston Community College Southeast and has been working as the ADA Counselor in the Ability Services Department at Houston Community College Central since September 2012. Jette E. Lott is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling in Higher Education from Western Michigan University in 1999 and earned her Education Specialist Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling from Wayne State University in 2004.

Contact Information:

Jette (Yetta) E. Lott, EdS, MA, CRC, LPC, NCC Central College
713.718.6164

Senta Eastern, M.Ed., LPC, NCC Central College

Senta Eastern began her career as a Counselor after earning her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. Her mission to provide services in support of persons with disabilities began over eight years ago. Senta Eastern joined the Houston Community College family as an ADA Counselor in February of 2013. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Texas and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Contact Information:

Senta Eastern, M.Ed., LPC, NCC Central College
713-718-6164

Brandy Lerman, MEd, LPC, Coleman College

Ms. Lerman brings 11 years of higher education experience to HCC. Previous to education, she provided five years of clinical work in a private practice setting, where therapy focused on children and adolescents struggling with learning and developmental disabilities, behavioral regulation, test anxiety, and confidence building.

As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston, College of Education, Ms. Lerman taught Introduction to Psychological Careers, and Development of Social Relations in the Family. She also served for three years as a Co-Lead Academic Advisor over the University's School of Communication.

In her time at UH, she became the primary Academic Advisor for probation, suspension, and readmission students, students in crisis, student veterans, students with disabilities, and FTIC freshmen. Her services were also sought for hiring committees across campus, most often for new Counselors in the Office of Career Services.

Ms. Lerman’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology both from the University of Houston. Ms. Lerman brings with her a wealth of knowledge about serving diverse students, and a passion for serving students in need.

Contact Information:

Brandy Lerman, MEd, LPC, Coleman College
713-718-7376

Cynthia De Los Santos, MA, LMFT, Northeast College

Cynthia De Los Santos has earned her Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004 from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and License in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007. She has been in the counseling field for over 15 years. She has provided psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families involving with Texas Family Protective Services and also, with private insurance. She has also worked with a diverse disability population for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for 8 years, and was in an administrative role for 2 years.

Contact Information:

Cynthia De Los Santos, MA, LMFT, Northeast College
713-718-8322

Lisa Parkinson, MEd, LPC Northwest College

Lisa Parkinson has been an HCC counselor since 2008. She started in Distance Education and later interned at Central College’s Ability Services office for a year. She has been the Spring Branch ADA Counselor since September 2012. Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Education in Counseling in 2008 from University of Houston and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in 2012. Lisa is able to provide services to HCC students from application to graduation.

Contact Information:

Lisa Parkinson, MEd, LPC Northwest College
713-718-5667

Dr. LaRonda Y. Ashford, Ed.D Northwest College

Dr. Ashford earned a Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and a Master’s of Education in Guidance in Counseling from Texas Southern University. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts of Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Ashford has served as a professional staff in student development for over 13 years and currently, she is an ADA Counselor at the HCC NW- Katy location. Her student development experience includes working with students in multiple areas of advising and counseling, international services and grants programs. Other counseling services experience for Dr. Ashford includes community mental health, residential treatment facilities, domestic violence and juvenile offender counseling services.

Dr. Ashford uses a reality therapy approach with a somewhat cognitive behavior therapy slant. Her clinical interests include: career issues, sports counseling, juvenile offenders and multi-cultural issues. Dr. Ashford discloses her research interest as being: first-generation students, at-risk adolescents, ethical and legal aspects in the workplace and factors that lead to the selection of college majors.

Contact Information:

Dr. LaRonda Y. Ashford, Ed.D Northwest College
713-718-5408

Dr. E. J. Sit, LPC-S, SE College

Dr. E. J. Sit brings to Houston Community College 22 years of higher education experience in administration and professional areas including Student Services, Workforce Development, Instruction, and Institutional Effectiveness.  She’s worked in both multi- and single-district community colleges, public and private universities, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor since 1990, her experience also includes providing both individual and group counseling in private practice, in addition to serving as a Counselor for Houston Community College for 7 years prior. She has also taught various Psychology courses as Adjunct faculty for 13 years. Dr. Sit has a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education & Administration from UT-Austin, and MEd in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston.

Contact Information:

Dr. E. J. Sit, LPC-S, SE College
713-718-7053

Dr. Becky Hauri, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist Southwest College

Dr. Becky Hauri completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She completed a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Hauri has been a licensed psychologist in Texas since 1992. She has worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor in inpatient and outpatient services, served as a Coordinator of the evaluation unit department and finally was an Outpatient Clinical Supervisor of 5 outpatient clinics prior to joining HCC. Based on her clinical background in substance abuse, she wrote a FIPSE (Funds for the improvement of Post-Secondary Education Grant) for substance abuse prevention at HCC, and was a member of the Gulf Coast Consortium Grant. She has served as an Outreach/Recruitment Coordinator, an Academic Advisor as well as an ADA Counselor. She is frequently called upon for crisis intervention, and has presented crisis prevention programs at local, state, national and international conferences. She supervises Master level practicum students from Houston Baptist University. Dr. Hauri has expertise in dealing with depression, anxiety, cross cultural issues, crisis intervention, family issues and sports psychology. She has helped thousands of individuals from 8 to 80 overcome obstacles allowing them to reach goals which lay the foundation to create the life they want to live.

Contact Information:

Dr. Becky Hauri, Ph.D, Licensed Psychologist Southwest College
713-718-7909

Gabrielle Hargrove, M.Ed., LPC, Southwest College (Stafford)

Gabrielle Hargrove earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Spelman College, and she earned her Master of Education Degree in Community Agency Counseling from Auburn University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas. She has been in the counseling field for nearly 15 years. She has provided mental health services to children, teens, and adults in various counseling settings in Texas and in the Southeastern region of the United States. She has also worked with victims of domestic violence, substance abuse, foster care, and she has provided services for individuals with severe mental illnesses.

Contact Information:

Gabrielle Hargrove, M.Ed., LPC, Southwest College (Stafford)
713-718-6857

Meet the ADA Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology Technicians

John R. London Central College

John London serves as the College’s Adaptive Equipment Technician. John began as a part-time employee and later became the first full-time Adaptive Equipment Technician for the College. He also designed the Ability Services website. John combines his considerable technical skills and experience with computers and his insight as a person with both visual and hearing limitations to accommodate all students with disabilities at HCC. With John’s help, students needing adaptive equipment and software can learn to use these technologies in a relaxed and supportive setting before going on to jobs or regular college credit courses, which are at a much faster pace. John was instrumental in creating HCC’s first Adaptive Equipment Open Lab for Students with Disabilities.

Norma Jean Brand Northwest College

Ms. Norma Jean Brand holds a B.A.A.S. in Psychology from University of Houston Victoria, A.A.S. in Technical Communications, Desktop Publishing and Graphic Illustration, and an A.A. from Houston Community College. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Psychology, with specialization in Special Education and Adult Learners, and LPC licensure. Currently employed as an ADA Technician in the Technology and Instructional Computing department, Ms. Brand has been assigned to the Ability Servies Office since 2003 as the Assistive Technology Specialist at Houston Community College System, Northwest College.

Ms. Brand has worked for HCCS-NW since 1996 in several capacities in technical support, and faculty, staff and student training. Over the course of twenty-three years, Ms. Brand has provided consultation and training in the use of computers and software in both public and private sectors; and the purchase of computers, software, and special equipment for those with disabilities. She has presented on numerous occasions, locally and state-wide, regarding the use of special equipment, various software packages, and computer technology as tools for those with disabilities.

Outside interests include painting, sculpting, fiction writing, and researching/exploring social media, technology, gaming, sci-fi, paranormal, and history. She has one child and two grandchildren, and shares her home with them and too many furry animals – 2 ferrets, 1 Border Collie, and 1 Guinea pig but mostly cats - 5 to be exact.

You can reach Ms. Brand at normajean.brand@hccs.edu or 713.718.5604.

Meet the Supervisor of Interpreting/Captioning Services

Andrea Guerrero, Supervisor of Sign Language Interpreters - Central College

Andrea Guerrero started working at HCC in the Fall of 2005 as a part-time Sign Language/English Interpreter. In January of 2007, she was hired as the Supervisor of Interpreting Services for the HCC System. She has a BA in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas in Austin. She has an AAS in Interpreter Training Technology from Lone Star Community College. She continues to work as a Sign Language/English interpreter in the community through various agencies.