College Life Coach


A College Life Coach (CLC) is someone who serves as an added layer of support to ensure students are successful on their journey to achieving their overall goal. Communication is key in making sure students have access to tools, support, and staff members so that every student’s college life experience is a success.

Common topics to discuss with a CLC:

  • Getting started with classes online or in-person
  • Tips for connecting on campus and making good grades
  • Finding resources on campus (financial aid, tutoring, Wrangler Food Pantry, etc.)
  • Questions about anything pertaining to college life

Click HERE to request a College Life Coach:

Meet your College Life Coaches!

image00119791.jpgVanessa Barrientos, Lead College Life Coach, joined the Odessa College team in August 2019. Vanessa was born and raised in El Paso, TX and earned both her Bachelors in Organizational and Corporate Communication and Masters in Leadership Studies degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to joining OC, Vanessa worked for UTEP Athletics and Bank of America from three to seven years between the two. Vanessa, has a fur baby named Otis who is the best dog ever! She also enjoys reading and traveling on her time off.

Vanessa Barrientos | Liberal Arts and Education | E: | P 432-335-6312

AngelaDisley.jpgAngela Disley, College Life Coach, began her career with Odessa College in 2019. She was born and raised in Odessa, Texas and attended OC as a student. Angela completed her bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Texas Permian Basin. After becoming a teacher, she completed her master’s degree in education at the University of Kansas. Angela is married and has two sons who are her joy! Her family enjoys spending time at hockey games, soccer games, and at the lake in the summers. They currently live part of the time in Odessa and the other part at the lake house as they make the transition to be a full-time lake family.

Angela Disley | Health Science | E: | P: 432-528-0377  |  Introduction Video

AndreaGarcia.jpgAndrea Garcia, College Life Coach, as of October 2020. Andrea has lived in Odessa for 16 years and attended Odessa College directly out of. She graduated from Sul Ross State University in the big town of Alpine, TX, with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. She has had the privilege of working with various local nonprofit entities that serve the Permian Basin area over a span of 7 years. Happiest when spending time with her beautiful family, Andrea has an amazing husband, two wonderful kids, and a loveable dog Taco.

Andrea Garcia |Business & Industry | E: | P: 432-202-0645 | Introduction Video

CLCHeadshots-Andrew.jpgAndrew Sabonis-Chafee, College Life Coach, is so excited to begin his time with Odessa College! After growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Andrew earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, Magna Cum Laude and Distinguished, from Baylor University. Before joining OC, Andrew worked as a college recruitment officer, high-school student mentor, and many assorted jobs in the theatre. He most enjoys spending his time outdoors or with his nose in a good book or movie. He is currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. He is grateful to be a part of the Odessa community even from so far away!

Andrew Sabonis-Chafee | Business & Industry | E: | P: 404-725-1555 | Introduction Video


Brianna Urias, College Life Coach, joined the Odessa College team in November 2020. Brianna grew up in Amarillo, TX and earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from West Texas A&M University. She moved to Odessa in January of 2014 to begin her career as a teacher for ECISD. She taught for 5 yearsand earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership at UTPB. Brianna is married to her best friend, has three beautiful children, and one spoiled grandbaby. She loves spending time with her little family, attending church at Mid-Cities, and running her side businesses during her free time. She is excited to collaborate and grow within the Odessa College Community!

Brianna Urias | Liberal Arts and Education |E: | Records 136C | P: 432-335-6569 | Introdcution Video


Chelsey Molineaux, College Life Coach, started working at Odessa College in January 2021. Before joining Odessa, she was a School Counselor in Philadelphia, PA. Chelsey earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University and has earned her Master of Science in Education from The University of Pennsylvania. Chelsey currently resides in South Jersey, where she enjoys spending time with her dog, friends and family.  She also enjoys backyard gardening and floral designing.

Chelsey Molineaux | Health Science | E: | P: 609-752-6995 | Introduction Video


Brittany StarkeyCollege Life Coach, started her Odessa College career in October of 2021. Brittany comes from a military family growing up on different military bases in New Jersey, Germany, Georgia, Mississippi, and Missouri. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Columbia College and is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Prior to joining OC, Brittany has managed several businesses in the health and wellness, food service, and financial industries. She has a passion for the outdoors and enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, and camping with her Siberian Husky, Jethro. She currently resides in Missouri but is honored to be a part of the Wrangler nation. 

Brittany Starkey | Business & Industry  | | P: | Introduction Video


Tessa Arguelles, College Life Coach, started her career at Odessa College in October 2021. She was born and raised in Lamesa, Tx where she graduated high school before attending Odessa College as a student. She went on to get her bachelors in multidisciplinary studies at The University of the Permian Basin to teach at the elementary level and then her master’s in applied psychology with a teaching certificate at Angelo State University. She currently lives in her hometown close to all her loved ones. Tessa is married to her high school sweetheart, has one amazing little boy, and three dogs. She enjoys going for walks with her family, attending sporting events, couponing, and working on her small business. Tessa is over the moon about growing her career with the Odessa College family. 

Tessa Arguelles | Liberal Arts and Education | E: | P: | Introduction Video


Becky Gardner, College Life Coach, joined the Odessa College family in 2017 and the CLC team July 2022. Becky was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. She earned her Bachelors of Art in Communication from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and is pursuing her Masters in Higher Education Administration through Texas Tech University. She has served in higher education for 10 years now and loves helping students navigate the educational journey! Outside of higher education, Becky spending time with her family, going to the lake, and photography.  
Becky Gardner | Health Sciences |E: | Records 136B | P: 432-335-6550 | Introduction Video


Miranda Jamison, College Life Coach, joined the Odessa College team in February 2023.  She was born and raised in Odessa, Texas.  Miranda obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, Cum Laude, from the University of Texas Permian Basin and is pursuing her master's degree in public administration at the University of Texas Permian Basin.  She is married with three amazing children.  Some of her favorite things are traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.  Miranda is excited to contribute to the growth and success at Odessa College.  -- Miranda Jamison
Miranda Jamison | Business & Industry|E: | Records 136D | P: 432-335-6784 | Introduction Video



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