Michelle Benoit is the Director/Retention Specialist for the SSS program. She has worked as an academic advisor at Southwestern since 2006 providing services to a diverse group of students. As a result of her own experiences in college, she is dedicated to helping nontraditional and disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Education from Oregon State University. She has taught College Success and Survival, Transfer Success and Intermediate French at the college level.
Janet Basney started working for SSS in September of 2011 as the SSS Project Assistant. She has been working for the college since 2002 in other departments. Janet started her education at Southwestern and earned her AS in Human Services; graduating with honors and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She then went on to Eastern Oregon University where she completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Anthropology/Sociology. Janet has come full circle by being in the SSS program herself when she attended Southwestern and now working for the grant funded program.
Carolyn Byrd became the SSS counselor in September of 2007. She graduated with her Associates from Big Bend Community College where she was an active member of SSS. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Washington State University, and her Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She has worked extensively with under served populations particularly in the community mental health setting where she provided services to the working poor and uninsured as a mental health counselor. Carolyn teaches several classes at Southwestern, including "College Success and Survival", “Positive Psychology”, “Stress Management", “Decision Making”, “Self Esteem”, “Career/Education Exploration”, and “Study Skills”.