Professional Advising

Your team of Professional Advisors stand ready to support you in successfully completing your academic journey and can help connect you with all the other supports and services at Trinity that you may need!

Professional Advisors support you in staying on track with your Academic Plan, even if you’ve had a hard semester. Your advisor will help you select the best major for your interests and career goals and then support you to complete your program successfully. Professional Advisors can also provide assistance understanding academic policies and requirements as well as with accessing and completing special forms.

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Rache Alaran

Rache Alaran
Student Success Advisor for DC Special Cohorts

Phone: (202) 884-9254
Office: Main Hall 244

Rache Alaran is a DC native who has lived her whole life in the DMV area. Rache graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and then a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling. She began her career at the UMES in the Offices of Residence and Campus Life and then went on to serve as Program Coordinator for the UMES College Women R.E.A.C.H. program for gifted at risk youth before transitioning to Montgomery College where she worked in a variety of roles in the Office of Student Life. Rache’s professional career has been devoted to supporting the encouraging the holistic development and success of students which she will continue in her role at Trinity supporting DC students in overcoming challenges so they can successfully persist and complete their educational journeys.

Llyoandra Cooper
Assistant Director for the Center for Student Success and advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences 

Phone: (202) 884-9258
Office: Main Hall 211

Llyoandra Cooper joined Trinity in December 2021. She received her B.S in Health Sciences-Rehabilitation Services from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s of Education in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education from DePaul University. Prior to relocating to Washington D.C., Llyoandra worked at Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL (which she is a Proud Alumna) as the College & Career Services Specialist for over 5 years. Llyoandra is very passionate about education, the desire to positively impact underserved populations of students all while being a strong, dependable, supportive resource during their collegiate journey. She prides herself on providing students with the tools to help realize and reach their full potential.

Promis Crawford
Program Coordinator and Advisor in the School of Education

Phone: (202) 884-9565
Office: Main Hall 219

Promis Crawford is an experienced higher education professional who thrives in student-centered environments.  Ms. Crawford has served in various university capacities including Enrollment Services, Student Affairs, and Academic Advising.  She holds a B.A. in Communications from Old Dominion University and an M.A. in Higher Education from Morgan State University.   She provides academic advising services to graduate students in the School of Education as well as education major in the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition to her advising role, she provides coordination efforts for students in the School of Education seeking DC-approved teacher licensure.

Shireletta Curley
Student Success Advisor in the School of Professional Studies 

Phone: (202) 884-9298
Office: Main Hall 250

Shireletta has more than 13 years of experience in Higher Ed and is passionate about assisting students with overcoming barriers to academic success. She has served in many university capacities including Student Support, Student Affairs, Academic Advising, Career Services, and Admissions. She holds Bachelors and Associates degrees in Business Administration, and earned her Master degree in Higher Education: Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Mrs. Curley understands how important advising and support is to a student’s educational journey, and believes that much of higher education is about persistence and adjustment to adversity. Her many years of experience is what guides her in supporting students and connects them to her passion by helping those uncertain about their future or overwhelmed with the college experience. She is someone they can depend on to be their coach, mentor, and one of their main supports.

Kenya A. Kirkland
Advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: (202) 884-9422
Office: Main Hall 210

Kenya A. Kirkland transitioned to the College of Arts and Sciences academic advising team after serving as an Enrollment Recruiter for the Office of Admissions here at Trinity Washington University. Ms. Kirkland is a two-time graduate from Georgetown University (BA in Psychology and MA in Liberal Studies) as well as a graduate of Trinity’s Master’s of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Kirkland has held various positions in higher education, including the Recruiting Coordinator at Jacksonville University, Director of Basketball Operations at Auburn University, and the Assistant Coach at Georgetown University. All of her professional experiences have allowed her to pursue her passion, which is serving students.

Janet Perez Aguilera

Janet Perez-Aguilera
Director of The Dream.US Partnership and advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: (202) 884-9259
Office: Main Hall 214

Janet Perez-Aguilera has 13 years of work experience in higher education during which she has focused on advocating for first-generation & low-income, current & former foster youth, undocumented, transfer, post-traditional, and student parents. She is passionate about uplifting underserved student communities by providing them holistic support to help them thrive in college and personally. Ms. Perez-Aguilera completed her Masters of Science in Counseling in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) at California State University, Long Beach, and her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from California State University Fullerton (Go Titans!). Ms. Perez-Aguilera is a seasoned counselor and has dedicated her career to developing programs, initiatives, and resources to achieve a more equitable higher education.

Tamika Phelps
Advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: (202) 884-9255
Office: Main Hall 213

Tamika Phelps joined the Trinity family in March 2021 as an undergraduate advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Pennsylvania College and a Master’s of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Prior to joining the team at Trinity, Tamika has held various student facing positions within higher education since 2011. She is passionate about supports students educational journey and believes strongly in student advocacy.

Ayesha Shabazz
Advisor for students in the Professional and Graduate Programs 

Phone: (202) 884-9627
Office: Main Hall 216

Ayesha holds a Master’s in Business Administration (M.B.A) from Walden University and a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. With 15 years of experience in higher education, she is passionate about student success and believes acquiring an education is the key to building confidence and thriving in today’s workforce. As a former career coach and certified life coach, she utilizes her skills to motivate and empower students to reach their academic and professional goals. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her son, traveling to new places, staying active and eating good food.

Raushanah Taylor
Advisor for students in the Professional and Graduate Programs

Phone: (202) 884-9564
Office: Main Hall 250

Raushanah Taylor joined the Trinity family November 2021 as an advisor for graduate students in the School of Business Studies as well as advising undergraduate business majors in the School of Professional Studies.  She is also a two-time Trinity Washington University Graduate! (BA in sociology & MSA in Nonprofit Management- Go Tigers!!!!) Raushanah has more than 6 years of experience in Higher Education and mentoring/ advising adult learners. Supporting mission driven organizations that provide systematic resources for underserved people and their communities is her passion.

Quiera Thomas
Advisor for students in the College of Arts and Sciences

Phone: (202) 884-9297
Office: Main Hall 210

Quiera Thomas joined Trinity in December 2022. Quiera has lived in the D.C. area since beginning her higher education career. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University, and her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. Quiera has been able to chase her passions, serving in student-support roles for over 6 years. Quiera is passionate and committed to safeguarding and advocating for the equitable access to education and the well-being of students of all ages.

Sarah Trippensee, Assistant Dean of NHP and Academic Advisor for students in the Nursing and Health Professions
Phone: (202) 884-9684
Office: Payden Academic Center 219

Ms. Trippensee provides pre-professional phase academic advising services to students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in nursing and occupational therapy assistants. She meets with students about curriculum plans, academic progression, and she supports faculty in their academic advising roles. She serves as the Test of Essential Academic Skills coordinator and as the liaison to the Admission staff for undergraduate NHP degree programs. Sarah assists the dean and associate dean with data analysis associated with academic records

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