Success Skills Program - Staff Bios

Kerby Plante, Director

Monday-Friday,  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 320.308.5920

E-mail: kplante@sctcc.edu

 

Kerby serves as the Director for the Center for Academic Success. He specializes in stress and anxiety reduction as well as test preparation.  He can also serve as a general coach for all your academic needs. He is also a world renowned cowbell player. We can all use a little more cowbell.

Official CAS Welcome from the Director, Kerby Plante

Jillian Mergen, Success Skills Coach

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Phone: 320.308.5983

E-mail: jmergen@sctcc.edu

 

Jillian Mergen serves as the Writing Center Coordinator of the Mary Stangler Center for Academic Success and the Success Skills Coordinator in SCTCC’s Success Skills Program. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English: Rhetorical and Applied Writing and a Master of Arts Degree in English: Rhetoric and Writing. Jillian joined SCTCC in October 2014 after working for three years as a Technical Writer in the software industry. Outside of the CAS, Jillian enjoys gardening, reading, playing with her cats, and binge watching 90’s-era television shows and BBC period miniseries.

Bretta Edwards, Success Skills Coach

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.  to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 320.308.5734

E-mail: bedwards@sctcc.edu

 

Bretta serves as the Academic Success Coordinator in the Academic Advising Center. Her educational background is in business management. Bretta specializes in career exploration and academic/transfer advising. She would be someone to help with setting realistic goals, taking quality notes for class, and keeping motivated for school. Bretta’s favorite pastime is writing reviews on TripAdvisor so she’d love to speak with you about your recent dining and recreational activities. 

Shaun Keeley, Success Skills Coach

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Phone: 320.308.6456

E-mail: skeeley@sctcc.edu

 

Shaun serves as a Math Coordinator in the Center for Academic Success. His background is in math, statistics and computers, so he is your numbers guy. Shaun specializes in helping students with study strategies, facing their test anxiety, and getting the most out of their reading. He also excels at creating games and contests along with parody song writing, two skills that make him a hit at carnivals and birthday parties.

Danielle Naumann, Success Skills Coach

Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Phone: 320.308.5245

E-mail: dnaumann@sctcc.edu

 

Danielle serves as the Science Coordinator in the Center for Academic Success.  Her educational background is in biology and chemistry.  She specializes in time management and test taking strategies. She thinks that science puns and Laffy Taffy jokes are the apex of comedy.