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 contact Academic Counseling & Exploration.

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: 3 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 (y'all keep me young)! Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Sitting at the tables in front of the bookstore, 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 and coffee (together or separate)!

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. 

Success Coaches with The School of Arts and Humanities 

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Claudia Trevino, Associate Director and Success Coach

Email Claudia or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: I have been on the Hilltop for one month. Best part about being a success coach: For me the best part about being a success coach is helping students navigate their time at St. Edwards and getting to work with a great team of people that are all dedicated to student success. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: I am still learning about all the great things at St. Edwards, but my favorite so far is chatting with the excellent staff at the Meadows Cafe while picking up some Jo's Coffee. Insider campus tip for students: Download and use the Topper Safe App to fill out your COVID-19 Self Assessment every morning. It is helpful to access buildings and different services at St. Edwards. One surprising tidbit about me: Something interesting about me is that I have visited 6 different countries and have studied abroad twice. Once in Japan during my undergraduate years and once in Scotland during graduate school. I am looking forward to using my passport again.  

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Chad Crawford, Success Coach

Email Chad or Schedule an Appointment

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.

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Joshua Urie, Success Coach

Email Joshua or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: Less than a year. Best part about being a success coach: Walking alongside students as you figure out what you want from your education, discovering where it can take you. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walk around and take in the beauty of the campus. Insider campus tip for students: Find a specific place to study and keep it sacred. Whether it's a spot on campus, in your own home, or somewhere else utilize that spot for studying and studying only, so that you enter the right headspace even as you near it to begin. One surprising tidbit about me: I've lived in six and a half states: California, Minnesota, Arizona, Illinois, Oregon, and Texas; the half is Washington because my parents moved there while I was in college and though I've spent a significant amount of time there, I haven't actually lived there. I also lived in Ecuador for just under a year, but unfortunately I was a shy kid and didn't learn Spanish.

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

Roel Martinez

Roel Martinez, Associate Director and Success Coach

Email Roel or Schedule an Appointment

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.

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Jillian Haag, Success Coach

Email Jillian or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: Less than a year. Best part about being a success coach: Helping students explore what they're passionate about and make the most of their time on the hilltop. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: Walking around campus and taking in the views. Insider campus tip for students: Study outside when you can! It allows you to have a social moment and get outside of your residence hall. One surprising tidbit about me: Since graduating high school, I have only lived on college campuses. Moving to Austin is my first time "off-campus"!

Portrait of Cameron Tepper

Cameron Tepper, Success Coach 

Email Cameron or Schedule an Appointment

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!

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!

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Lauren Wyatt, Success Coach

Email Lauren or Schedule an Appointment

On the hilltop: Less than a year. Best part about being a success coach: Guiding students through their college career and meeting with students one-on-one to learn about their personal and academic goals. Favorite thing to do on the hilltop: I love to take a walk around the beautiful campus and admire the view of downtown Austin. Insider campus tip for students: Utilize all of the resources that St. Edward's has to offer you and don't be afraid to ask questions! One surprising tidbit about me: I really enjoy being outside - hunting and fishing are two of my favorite hobbies.

Success Coach for CAMP Scholars 

Gilbert Contreras

Gilbert Contreras, Success Coach

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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.

Have general questions? Contact Academic Counseling & Exploration by phone at (512) 448-8660 or by email at ace@stedwards.edu.