Meet your success coach!

At St. Edward’s, you’ll have an entire success team to help you personalize your college experience — classes, internships, leadership opportunities, study abroad and more. And it all starts with your success coach.

To help you get more acquainted with your success coach, we asked each of them to answer a few questions about themselves. See what they shared. And be sure to reach out to your coach at any time. You can email them to schedule a call or meeting. They’re always happy to hear from you! 

For more specific information on who to contact for each academic program and/or population, please see the list of Success Coaches by Major.

Success Coaches with The Bill Munday School of Business

Portrait of Kelsey Samsel

Kelsey Samsel, Associate Director and Success Coach 

Email Kelsey or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: 2 years. Best part about being a success coach: Every student is different and brings a new light to my job each day. I learn so much from them. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Sitting out by the coy pond near Moody Hall or at the tables in front of the bookstore and working or meeting with students. The hilltop is so peaceful and makes even those who prefer to be indoors, love the outdoors. Insider campus tip for students: Topper Tender can be used at Cabo Bob’s. What’s Cabo Bob’s, you say?! It’s my Pro-Tip Place to go. One surprising tidbit about me: I really dig high fives!

Portrait of Claudia Briseno-Chavez

Claudia Briseno-Chavez, Success Coach 

Email Claudia or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: 12 years. Best part about being a success coach: Helping students navigate their college experience and make the transition to our university a little less daunting. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walking around campus and looking at the architecture of the buildings and the beautiful grounds. It can be quite peaceful. Insider campus tip for students: Holy Cross Hall has great areas that are perfect for studying without too many distractions! One surprising tidbit about me: I’ve always been terrified of deep water, but finally, at my age, am conquering my fear and learning how to swim. 

Portrait of Tomas Garza

Tomas Garza, Success Coach

Email Tomas or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: 2 years. Best part about being a success coach: Engaging with students individually and being an active part of their college experience. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Enjoying the view of downtown Austin from Sorin Oak. You can often find me sitting there on my lunch break. Insider campus tip for students: Get involved on campus! Check out the many student organizations and opportunities to make the most of your experience. One surprising tidbit about me: I was a migrant farmworker for 3 years. During the summer (ages 8–11), I traveled to Arkansas with my family to work in cotton fields.  

Success Coaches with The School of Arts and Humanities 

Erin Ray

Erin Ray, Associate Director and Success Coach

Email Erin or Schedule an Appointment 

On the hilltop: 17 years. Best part about being a success coach: Working with our passionate and talented students. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: I love to take a slow walk across campus in the springtime. Insider campus tip for students: The Sorin Oak is a great place to collect your thoughts. One surprising tidbit about me: My favorite landscape is the desert mountains and big sky of Far West Texas.

Portrait of  Chad Crawford

Chad Crawford, Success Coach

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On the hilltop: 3 years. Best part about being a success coach: Helping students discover things about themselves and the world around them. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walking and talking with students around campus, and making the entire campus my office. Insider campus tip for students: Jo’s Coffee is a good mid-morning spot to catch up with folks and enjoy the weather outside. One surprising tidbit about me: I took a semester off in college to be a football extra in the movie Leatherheads. It was directed by and starred George Clooney and was one of the most fun and random things I’ve done.

Portrait of Cameron Tepper

Cameron Tepper, Success Coach 

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On the hilltop: 2 years. Best part about being a success coach: One-on-one collaboration with students. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Checking out the student galleries in the Fine Arts Building. Insider campus tip for students: Munday Library offers access to Kanopy, a free streaming service for movies and documentaries. One surprising tidbit about me: In my spare time, I like to make zines (which are DIY books or magazines). 

Success Coaches with The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Portrait of Roel Martinez

Roel Martinez, Associate Director and Success Coach

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On the hilltop: 15 years. Best part about being a success coach: Working with learners who want to step and leap into their future. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walk around campus on my lunch break and talk to students away from the office. Insider campus tip for students: Jo’s Coffee in Doyle Hall (I call it “Secret Jo’s”) is a great place to have a quiet cup of coffee if you need a moment to yourself with caffeine involved. One surprising tidbit about me: I have an affinity for analog writing tools — pencils and typewriters to sharpen, fix and use.

April Buentello-Srock

April Buentello-Srock, Success Coach

Email April or Schedule an Appointment 

On the hilltop: 2 years. Best part about being a success coach: Collaborating with faculty and staff to provide mission-driven services to all the students and families we serve. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Roam around campus and enter nostalgic spaces connected to my undergraduate and graduate years. Insider campus tip for students: Explore our beautiful campus and get to know it — and visit faculty and staff during office hours! One surprising tidbit about me: I got to meet Gabby Rivera, one of my favorite writers and advocates, and the first Latina to write for Marvel Comics.

Portrait of Kyle Kaiser

Kyle Kaiser, Success Coach

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On the hilltop: 4 years. Best part about being a success coach: Helping first-year students transition to college and learning about their academic goals. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Going for runs through campus — running in front of Main Building that overlooks downtown is awesome. Insider campus tip for students: Use the different study spaces available around campus — you don’t just have to go to the library or study in your residence hall. One surprising tidbit about me: I’m a fan of true crime podcasts.

Portrait of Cameron Tepper

Cameron Tepper, Success Coach 

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On the hilltop: 2 years. Best part about being a success coach: One-on-one collaboration with students. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Checking out the student galleries in the Fine Arts Building. Insider campus tip for students: Munday Library offers access to Kanopy, a free streaming service for movies and documentaries. One surprising tidbit about me: In my spare time, I like to make zines (which are DIY books or magazines). 

Success Coaches with The School of Natural Sciences  

Portrait of Michael Kinsey

Michael Kinsey, Associate Director and Success Coach

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On the hilltop: 23 years. Best part about being a success coach: I really enjoy working with all the student-athletes to help them plan and set goals for their time at St. Edward’s and beyond, as well as occasionally cheering them on at their games! Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walk around campus and see what students are up to while drinking a hot cup of coffee. Insider campus tip for students: The best view on campus is from the third floor restrooms in Fleck Hall. One surprising tidbit about me: It's not very surprising, but I used to play baseball and am a proud graduate of St. Edward’s!

Michael Lykaios Guerrero

Michael Lykaios Guerrero, Success Coach

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On the hilltop: 7 years. Best part about being a success coach: Our faculty and students are amazing to work with. Every day is new, and I really enjoy helping students achieve their goals. It inspires me to see what they accomplish. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Spending time in the beautiful outdoor spaces and participating in activities like Hillfest. Insider campus tip for students: If you need extra help with math, Professor Monica Cicciarelli in the Math Tutoring Lab is an excellent tutor! One surprising tidbit about me: I have a goal of visiting all the national parks. I try to visit a couple each year!

Portrait of Nicole Barrios

Nicole Barrios, Success Coach

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On the hilltop: 1 year. Best part about being a success coach: Supporting students during this exciting time in their life when everything is new and so many possibilities await them. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Enjoy the natural beauty — the gorgeous trees, the Austin skyline, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the swings beneath ivy-covered trellises near Moody Hall. Insider campus tip for students: Visit with your professors! The phrase “office hours” can sound intimidating but your professors are not. One surprising tidbit about me: I worked at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan — but I’m not a ballerina!

Success Coach for CAMP Scholars 

Gilbert Contreras

Gilbert Contreras

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On the hilltop: 18 years. Best part about being a success coach: I love interacting with students and the conversations that happen outside of my office that keep me updated on current events. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Taking time out of my day to walk around campus, enjoying the nature, view and people I encounter.  Insider campus tip for students: Something fun is to take a blanket and sit on the hill in front of Main Building and admire the Austin skyline. One surprising tidbit about me: It’s not a secret but I’m a diehard San Antonio Spurs fan. I’ve been going to games since 1986 — too many games to count.

Success Coach for Student-Athletes 

Portrait of Michael Kinsey

Michael Kinsey, Associate Director and Success Coach

Email Michael or Schedule an Appointment 

On the hilltop: 23 years. Best part about being a success coach: I really enjoy working with all the student-athletes to help them plan and set goals for their time at St. Edward’s and beyond, as well as occasionally cheering them on at their games! Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walk around campus and see what students are up to while drinking a hot cup of coffee. Insider campus tip for students: The best view on campus is from the third floor restrooms in Fleck Hall. One surprising tidbit about me: It's not very surprising, but I used to play baseball and am a proud graduate of St. Edward’s!