Meet the Counselors
Counsel Caseload: Alphabetical
Meet the Counselors
I am excited to become part of the Marana Team. I moved to Casa Grande 7 years ago with my daughter to enjoy living near my parents. I obtained my Master’s in School Guidance in 2013. I am interested in improving the college graduation rate and encouraging our youth to give back to their communities.
I am originally from Los Angeles, California and arrived here at Marana by spending one year working at a boarding school in Sedona. I enjoy spending my free time outdoors and traveling the world, which included living aboard in the Netherlands for one year. I look forward to helping students achieve their goals and succeed in life during and after high school.
I am a born and raised Tucsonan, a Marana High School Alumni, and a proud graduate of the University of Arizona. I graduated from the UofA in 2014 with a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development and again in 2017 with an MA in Counseling. I’m an avid sports fan, mostly football, and spend a lot of time attending sporting events. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends on the weekends.
Originally from Livonia, Michigan, I joined the Air Force in 2002 as an active duty aircraft mechanic. In 2009, I left active duty for the Air Force Reserve and moved to the paralegal career field. In the military I serve as a mentor and counselor for young troops. In 2011, I began my journey as a school counselor in Dover, Delaware. As a military family we move around a lot so I understand the challenges students of military families face. I have lived in Tucson for just over two years with my husband (who is active duty military) and two step-sons.
I am a Tucson native, a Marana mother, and currently in my 15th year of counseling. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am also an adjunct for Pima Community College and love preparing students for college and life experiences outside of high school.
Please Welcome our New College and Career Lead Teachers:
Bryan Pisetsky and Dr. Merri Kae Vanderploeg
Dr. Vanderploeg will work with internship students and will focus on career pathways. Mr. Pisetsky will focus on college admissions, college testing, and scholarships. Either of these individuals will be happy to help ANY student in need of guidance. They are both located in the Career Center in the Admin. Office.