Meet The Team


Meet the Team



My name is Melissa Baggett and I am the College Connection Coach for the Extension Areas, as well as Compass Academy and Bowie Middle School. My own journey with Odessa College began in 2015, when I started working in the Advising Center while taking classes. During my time as an OC Ambassador, I was able to meet and visit with incoming students right out of high school about the college experience. Even upon my graduation in 2017, I stayed employed at OC until I received my BA in English at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 2019. Earlier this year, I made the transition into this role and have enjoyed the experience of getting to travel to the outlying areas and encouraging students to get a head start on their college education with Dual Credit.

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  • Hello, my name is J.R. Torrez and I serve as the Executive Director of Academic Partnerships.  I have the privilege of supervising the College Connection Coaches and promoting growth in the outlying communities in the Odessa College service area.  I have been at Odessa College for 13 years.  I have worked at the community college level for over 20 years.  During this time, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas such as federal grant programs, workforce education, career and technical programs, and intercollegiate athletics.

I grew up in Crane, TX.  I began my college journey at Midland College before transferring to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX, to play tennis.  I completed my undergraduate work at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Our goal at Odessa College is to be the #1 community college in the nation!  We are committed to doing everything within our power to help students be successful at Odessa College. 

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  • Jonathan J. Fuentes serves as the Vice President for Academic Partnerships at Odessa College.  He recently served as the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Support Services for his hometown school district, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD. Before his current position, Dr. Fuentes held previous positions at Odessa College, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District, the University of Michigan, Reeves County, and within state and local government He received his B.A. from Harvard and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His degrees are all in political science with an emphasis in public policy. He previously served as an elected official on the Reeves County Hospital Board of Trustees (Vice-President), president of the Pecos Downtown Lions Club, and director on the board of directors for the Pecos Area Chamber of Commerce. Both in his professional work and as his personal passion, Dr. Fuentes spends much of his time thinking about college and career readiness for PK-20 students.  He lives in Pecos with his wife, Alma, and his two young children.

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Alyssa is a native Odessan who currently serves as the Coordinator of Recruitment for Odessa College. She has worked at OC for six years and loves serving the students in the Odessa community. Alyssa is a graduate of Odessa High School and Odessa College where she was an active member of each cheer squad. She earned her Associate’s Degree from Odessa College and Bachelor’s Degree from UT Permian Basin. Alyssa continued her higher education earning her Master’s Degree in Education from Sul Ross State University. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys volunteering for Keep Odessa Beautiful, Special Olympics Texas, the Wrangler Food Pantry, and advising the student organization, The National Society of Leadership and Success.

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My name is Ariadne Granado and I am the Academic Partnerships Specialist. In 2020, I graduated with my Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Odessa College. In the Fall of 2021, I will be pursing my Bachelor’s degree with the University of Texas Permian Basin. I previously worked at the Odessa College Testing Center which was an amazing experience as I truly discovered the passion Odessa College has for not only the students, faculty and staff, but the community as well. Here at Odessa College, I can truly say that it has and continues to be a rewarding experience as I have not only gained lasting friendships, but a forever family. I am proud to be an Odessa College Wrangler!

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  • Iris Castro-Moya is a native El Pasoan who currently serves as College Connection Coach at Odessa College. Her experience includes eight years in higher education, where she has served as a: work-study for El Paso Community College, a high school-college advisor for UT Austin, and an academic advisor for The University of Texas at Permian Basin.

Iris received her A.A in Teaching from El Paso Community College, and her B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP. She is currently working towards her Master's degree in Administrative Leadership at Angelo State University, and hopes to continue to work with underserved, and underrepresented students.

She is also a former AmeriCorps member, under the National College Advising Corps branch and the Advise TX program. Her goal is to increase the number of first-time in college, and first-generation students who enter and complete college. 

Iris lives in Monahans, TX with her husband, three horses, two cats, and dog. She enjoys outdoor actives and horseback riding. She also enjoys exploring West Texas and frequently visits El Paso to spend time with family and friends. 

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