MCAC Advisers

Our Advisers

MCAC consists of recent University of Michigan graduates who sign on to serve one of our 14 partner high schools. Each brings with them an individualized set of professional skills shaped by their different academic and personal interests during their undergraduate years. Given this wealth of knowledge, the team collaborates across and between disciplines, experiences, and identities as they work every year to inform, engage, and inspire a new cohort of seniors to create an attainable and sustainable path to, through, and beyond college. In this way, our advisers work to consistently strengthen the existing college-going culture in their school through developing rapport with students and families, deepening relationships with community partners, and innovating on the best practices of previous advisers during their tenure in the program.

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Abbie Barondess

Ottawa Hills High School

Abbie Barondess is an MCAC college adviser who is passionate about building meaningful relationships and helping students build confidence in order to achieve their goals, both academic and personal. During her time at U-M she worked as a tutor for student athletes, a study group facilitator, and a writing fellow, where she helped to guide students in their academic endeavors. She is excited to continue working with students and grow alongside them as an adviser. Abbie is excited to work with a great team of advisers and students this upcoming year.

Angelo Vozza

Holland High School

Angelo Vozza promotes college-going culture and supports the students of Holland High School as they plan for life after high school. As a member of the Michigan College Advising Corps, he acts as a resource for high school seniors as they explore different post-secondary options, write applications, and apply for financial aid and scholarships. He works to make college more accessible to first-generation college and underrepresented high school students.

A proud alumnus of FIRST Robotics, Angelo also has a passion for engaging young people with science and technology; he has continued his involvement in FIRST as a mentor for high school robotics teams. Angelo holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Christopher Camacho

César Chávez Academy High School

Christopher Camacho serves as a Michigan College Advising Corps adviser and is currently placed in Detroit, Michigan at César Chávez Academy. During his time at Michigan, he involved himself in advocating for the Latinix community creating educational, cultural, and social spaces for minority students to strive in mentorship and community service. Additionally, he was committed to encouraging student engagement and unity through his involvement in Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., Multicultural Greek Council, and other student campus programs. His desire for service learning led him to volunteer in multiple schools in Ann Arbor and Detroit where he participated in engaging and teaching important social skills, and tutoring students. His service in his community pushed him to join the Michigan College Advising Corps in pursuit of becoming a mentor for male students of color to advocate for the importance and possibility of postsecondary education.

Daniel Vargas-Leon

Western International High School

Daniel Vargas-Leon, a graduate of U-M in 2018 and his 2nd year working with MCAC. He has also worked with the Center for Educational Outreach for about 5 years, in the Future U, College 101, Ready Set Go Blue, and Camp Kinomage programs, among others.

Greg Lockett

Saginaw High School

Greg Lockett is a recent U of M grad, currently working as an MCAC adviser at Saginaw High School. His goal is to help as many students as possible make informed decisions about their post secondary plans. During his time at the University of Michigan, Greg was committed to mentoring and inspiring students through his work with Intellectual Minds Making a Difference, and America Reads. He realizes the effect that an experienced mentor can have when making big life decisions, and hopes to inspire more people going forward.

Kim Truong

Eastern High School

Kim Truong is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Sociology. She dedicated her undergraduate career to education policy and research, but is currently exploring education careers with direct service to students and schools. She will be serving this year at Eastern High School in Lansing as a Michigan College Advising Corps adviser for students.

Kwesi Awotwi

Jackson High School

Kwesi Awotwi is an up-and-coming college adviser, a position that demands a passionate approach to college access by guiding financial aid, enrollment and admissions processes for underrepresented students. This position exists across the nation and has successfully proved positive results year after year.

Victoria Thach

J.W. Sexton High School

Victoria Thach currently serves as the college adviser at J.W. Sexton High School. As an alumna of J.W. Sexton and inspired by her own college adviser, she is excited to give back to her community by serving low income, first generation, and underrepresented students through advising. Throughout her undergraduate years, she has been involved within the realm of social justice through various organizations such as the Vietnamese Student Association, Alpha Chi Sigma, and Asian/Pacific Islander American High School Conference. Through these roles, she gained skills in planning events, intergroup dialogues, and sharing experiences. As a Vietnamese American and proud first generation student, she is passionate about creating access to post secondary education to underserved and underrepresented students.
Victoria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minored in Community, Action, and Social Change and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies.

Williamena Kwapo

Pontiac High School

Williamena Kwapo is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in Organizational Studies. She is serving as College Adviser at Pontiac High School. Williamena enjoys working with non-profits that impacts the lives of youths and young adults. While at University of Michigan, she worked as Peer Adviser and then a Residents Adviser in housing. She hopes to use all she has learned about fostering and building relationships at the University of Michigan to be able to create a positive environment in Pontiac High School that sets students up for success in their journey to higher education.