Meet the ADA Counselors
Central College, Senta Eastern, EdD, MEd, LPC-S, NCC
Ms. Senta Eastern is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas and holds National Certification in Counseling (NCC). Senta Eastern joined the Houston Community College family as an ADA Counselor in 2013. She began her career as a counselor after earning her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans (UNO). Her mission to provide services in support of persons who are differently-abled began over 12 years ago. She has served as a re-integration counselor for individuals and families traumatized by natural disasters. She also specializes in student recruitment and retention measures, outreach, career coaching, and life skills training. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education and has provided clinical mental health services in both private and community mental health agencies
Central College, Jette (Yetta) E. Lott, EdS, MA, CRC, LPC, NCC
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.
Coleman College for Health Sciences, Brandy Lerman, MEd, LPC
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.
Northeast College (Learning Hub-Codwell), Cynthia De Los Santos, MA, LMFT
Cynthia De Los Santos has earned her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004 from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a 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 involved 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.
Northwest College (Spring Branch), Lisa Parkinson, MEd, LPC
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 the 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.
Northwest College (Katy), LaRonda Y. Ashford, Ed.D., LPC
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 of Arts of Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Ashford has served as 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.
Northwest College (Alief-Hayes), E. J. Sit, Ed.D., LPC-S
Dr. E. J. Sit brings to Houston Community College many 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 many years prior to returning. She has also taught various Psychology and Education courses as Adjunct faculty for over 16 years. Dr. Sit has a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education & Administration from UT-Austin and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston.
Southeast College (Eastside), Tavia James, MS, LPC
Tavia James holds a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling with an emphasis in Ethnic Minorities from Southern University and A&M College. During her academic work, she was awarded the Rehabilitation Services Administration Scholarship and inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society.
Ms. James is a Texas State Board Licensed Professional Counselor. She also is an Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing trained therapist. In 2011. Ms. James began her journey working in the counseling field. She has clinical experience providing psychotherapy to adolescents, adults, and families with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns. Ms. James has extensive working knowledge of federal and state disability-related laws. She specializes in strategies and support building to address chronic, persistent mental illness, disability issues, and trauma. Ms. James strives to bring mental health awareness to HCC campuses and the surrounding communities.
Southwest College (West Loop), VACANT - Please, contact any ADA Counselor at any location for assistance.
ADA Counselors at other campuses:
Southwest College (Stafford), Roxanne Francis M.A., LPC
Roxanne Francis has a master’s degree in Counseling and is a Texas Board certified Licensed Professional Counselor. Roxanne has over 16 years of experience working in mental health with a strong emphasis on trauma-focused and person-centered care. Roxanne works and volunteers with diverse populations, including individuals with mental health and legal involvement. Roxanne has experience in partnership with the City of Houston, Harris County Juvenile Probation, and Harris County Sex Offenders programs.
Roxanne has provided professional leadership to bachelor’s level, master’s level, and licensed clinicians. Roxanne is committed to providing support to students in need to promote overall wellness.
Meet the ADA Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology Technicians
John R. London - Central College
John London serves as one of 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. 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.
John R. London
Houston, TX 77004
Norma Jean Brand - Northwest College
Ms. Norma Jean Brand holds a B.A.A.S. in Psychology from the University of Houston Victoria, A.A.S. in Technical Communications, Desktop Publishing and Graphic Illustration, and an A.A. from Houston Community College. Currently employed as an ADA Technician in the Innovative Instructional Technology and Learning Services department, Ms. Brand has been assigned to the Ability Services Office since 2003 as the Assistive Technology Specialist at Houston Community College System. Ms. Brand was instrumental in creating the Assistive/Adaptive Equipment Open Lab for Students with Disabilities at the Spring Branch, Northwest College.
Ms. Brand has worked for HCCS since 1996 in several capacities in technical support, including faculty, staff, and student training on accessibility, hardware, and software that is designed to help students not only as they pursue their educational goals but use over their lifetime. Her goal is to support users needing assistive technology in a relaxed and supportive setting. She is a strong advocate for Universal Design in Learning (UDL) and accessibility in all things.
Over the 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 statewide, regarding the use of assistive technology 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, and history. She has one child, and two grandchildren, and shares her home with them and one Border Collie.
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Norma Jean (NJ) Brand
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N.
Houston, TX 77043
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.
You can reach Mrs. Guerrero at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor of Interpreting Services
Houston, TX 77584