Expert Staff

Our bloggers bleed black and gold! They come from admissions, advising, and throughout the TJC campus. They’re knowledgeable on topics from applying, testing, orientation, and student life. If you have a question, they have an answer.

Expert Staff

Lesly Suarez

Admissions Recruiter

DEGREE: Associate of Arts in Psychology; Bachelor of Social Work
ALMA MATER: TJC; University of Texas at Arlington
FUN FACT: I enjoy reading and hope to live in Hawaii someday!
SCHOOLS: Bullard HS • Grace Community School • Grand Saline HS • Hawkins HS • Jacksonville HS • New Summerfield HS • Quitman HS • Rusk HS • Troup HS • Winona Jr Sr HS

Kimberly Tucker

Lead Academic Advisor

Megan Haisten

Lead Admissions Recruiter

DEGREE: Associate of Arts; Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
ALMA MATER: TJC; A&M University at Commerce
FUN FACT: My passions are cooking, singing, and traveling! I love to talk to people in all walks of life and encourage them to embrace change and strive for excellence!
SCHOOLS: All Saints Episcopal School • Bishop Thomas K. Gorman HS • The Brook Hill School • Good Shepherd School • King’s Academy Christian School-Tyler • Whitehouse HS • Van HS

Emily Gora

Admissions Recruiter

DEGREE: Education
ALMA MATER: Stephen F. Austin State University
FUN FACT: I am a citizen of Sweden and I love to paint and draw in my free time.
SCHOOLS: Alba Golden HS • Arp HS • Chapel Hill HS • Christian Heritage School • East Texas Christian Academy Premier HS • Lindale HS • Mineola HS • Yantis HS

Courtney Pickett

Admissions Recruiter

DEGREE: Bachelor of Psychology
ALMA MATER: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
FUN FACT: I was a dance captain in college and I absolutely love to sing.
SCHOOLS: Cumberland Academy HS • John Tyler HS • Robert E. Lee HS

Allen Arrick

Web Specialist

DEGREE: Bachelor of Journalism
ALMA MATER: University of Texas at Tyler
FUN FACT: I was in a punk rock band in high school.
HOMETOWN: Colleyville, TX

Murphy Turner

Coordinator – New Student and Family Programs

ALMA MATER: The University of Mississippi