Advisors and Staff


Robert D. Newton


P: 989.358.7283


Fairview on Monday, Onaway on Tuesday, Cheboygan on Wednesday and Rogers City on Thursday

Robert D. Newton is the Director of two TRiO Talent Search Programs at Alpena Community College. Neither parent went to college and I come from a modest income background. I served the US Army from 1966-1968. I have a Bachelor degree in Business (Marketing) from Ferris State University and a MA in Degree in Counseling from Central Michigan University I have additional course work from the University of Minnesota. I worked several years in CETA and JTPA programs as a classroom training coordinator at various colleges I started working in TRiO programs in 1988 at the University of Minnesota Student Support Services Program and have been the Director of Talent Search at Alpena Community College since 1994. As the Director I am also the grant writer, supervisor of a staff of seven, and I have my own caseload which includes Cheboygan, Fairview, Onaway and Rogers City schools.




P: 989.358.7328


Oscoda High School – Wednesday,

Tawas High School – Thursday


I have been working in the educational field for over 30 years and have loved every minute of my decision to work with students. I have been an administrative assistant, teacher, counselor and retired in 2014 and then became an Advisor for the Trio program.

I was first generation in my family to go to college and love the opportunities that the Trio program provides to our young people. I graduated from Ferris State University with my Associates and then went back and received my Bachelor of Science in teaching and then went to Central Michigan University and received my Master’s Degree in Counseling (K-12).

I work at Oscoda High School on Wednesdays and Tawas High School on Thursdays. If you would like to find out more about this program, please stop by and I would love to share the opportunities this program can provide you!





P: 989.358.7490


Alpena HS on Monday & Wednesday mornings, Posen HS & Onaway Tuesdays


I grew up in the tiny town of Otisville, Michigan, about 20 minutes outside of Flint.  As a high school senior, I was a pioneer in dual enrollment when I became the first person from my high school to dual enroll at Mott Community College as a senior.  After high school, I went on to Central Michigan University, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.  I also have earned credits from the University of Michigan-Flint, Eastern Michigan University, and Northern Michigan University.  I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in literacy from Saginaw Valley State University.  I clearly have a passion for education!  I was a first generation college student in my very blue collar family, and for me, part of the appeal of TRiO Talent Search is the encouragement and guidance we provide for first generation students.  As a former high school teacher, I sought out an opportunity to work with young people when my family relocated to Northeast Michigan.  After a year with NEMCSA’s School Success program, I joined TRiO Talent Search as Coordinator in 2015.  I currently work with Alpena High School, Thunder Bay Junior High, Posen Schools, and Onaway Schools.  I reside in Alpena with my husband and three children.




P: 989.358.7318


Alcona on Monday, Atlanta on Tuesday, Mio-Ausable on Wednesday and Johannesburg-Lewiston on Thursday

Ross Corpe is an ACC graduate with credits in Liberal Arts and Forestry, MSU graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts, and a CMU graduate with a Master’s degree in Counseling in Higher Education. Ross spent 4 years enlisted in the US Army Infantry, stationed across the US and in Europe and has 3 children, all graduated.





P: 989.358.7492


Hale on Monday and Whittemore-Prescott on Tuesday


I grew up in the Upper Peninsula in a rural area and had aspirations of becoming the first college graduate in my family. I attended Michigan State University after high school and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Social Science in 1973.  I worked 5 years as a federal civil service  employee  after graduation. I attended Northern Michigan University and completed a Master Degree in Education and Guidance Counseling in 1980.  I had aspirations of working as a K-12 guidance counselor somewhere in Michigan. I first worked in education as a middle school counselor at Cass City Public School (1982-1985). I coached middle school and high school sports there. I completed three years at this school district. I was hired  as a elementary school counselor in 1985 at the Tawas Area Public Schools. During my work at Tawas,  I became a high school guidance counselor in 1994 . I also coached two sports in Tawas for several years. I attended Central Michigan University in 1995 and completed certification as a driver education instructor. I worked 17 years teaching young people driving skills. I retired in 2011 from my full time counseling position at the Tawas Area Public Schools. I was selected as a (Trio) Educational Talent Advisor for Alpena  Community College in 2011. I have continued with ETS for three years. Presently, I have been a licensed counselor by the State of Michigan for more than. twenty years.




P: 989.358.7380





Kristen Schnell is an Alpena native, a graduate of Alpena Community College with an Associates in Art and an Associates in Science. She is excited about joining the TTS team as they help students succeed in school and continue on to college.





P: 989-358-7300




Julie is an Alpena native who enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grand children. She is married and has two children who have graduated from ACC. Julie retired from St.Anne’s after 25 years of clerical work. She is a familiar face to our ACC family for she has subbed in many offices. She enjoys working with the people, and the exciting projects she takes part in.


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