Meet Our Staff


Department Assistant, Julie Land-Ingram

Julie Land-Ingram
Department Assistant—Advising, Corinth

Email: jland@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6410

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What is your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy seeing the new apprehensive students come in to meet with the advisors and then leave feeling much more confident. I enjoy seeing the students that have come into the office multiple times and being able to connect with them and find out how their semester is going.

What do you like most about working at NCTC?

I like that no matter which campus you are at you are able to work and connect with great staff on a daily basis to help students pursue their education.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

I am spending time with my family and fur babies, taking my son to soccer practice or a soccer game and watching football.

What advice do you have for students?

If you are feeling overwhelmed, please communicate with your instructor or an advisor. They are here for you and are willing to assist you with whatever means necessary to help you be successful.

Department Assistant, Caleb Willis

Caleb Willis
Department Assistant—Testing, Corinth

Email: cgwillis@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6435

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What do you like most about working at NCTC?

Working with an institution that I've been a part of as a student, now as an employee.

What do you do for fun?

Reading, genealogy, cooking, studying French and German.

What advice do you have for students?

When choosing a major, don't just pick something you love, pick something that will also help you grow a career.

If you could pick one place in the world to spend a weekend, where would that be?

Continental Europe.

Advisor, Chris Calhoun

Cris Calhoun
Advisor, Corinth

Email: ccalhoun@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6290

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What do you like most about working at NCTC?

Free books at the library.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

DNA genetics.

What is/was your major in college?

Bachelor of Arts in English from Kenyon College and Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.

What NCTC student resource do you wish every student knew about?

The library.

Advisor, Cristina Gottardi

Cristina Gottardi
Advisor, Corinth

Email: cgottardi@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6282, ext. 6420

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What advice do you have for students?

Don't give up too quickly! College is hard, but that doesn't mean that you can't do hard things. We often learn new skills and insights when we stick it out and face a challenge rather than quitting. If you're having a rough time of it, come and see an advisor. We're your cheerleaders to encourage you to stay in the game!

What is your favorite quote?

In college, my favorite quote was “This, too, shall pass!” I remember several days where I had to get up at 4:30 AM and pull out my laptop and school notes and force my groggy brain to study. Being a student isn't easy. However, it helped me to remember that this is only a seasonal thing—it’s not forever. There is life after college. Hang in there!

What was your favorite subject in high school or college?

Art has always been my favorite subject. It’s funny, though, how we sometimes end up picking a major other than what we love. In fact, I ended up majoring in English, which was a subject I hated with a passion but ended up performing decently in. English often puzzled my brain with all its rules and inconsistencies, but I challenged myself to become better at it. I still love art, though, and I make time to incorporate it into my life. Now I have two subjects that I'm good at…both the opposite of math!

What NCTC student resource do you wish every student knew about?

The Writing Center! I used to work as a professional writing tutor, and I know how dedicated and awesome our NCTC tutors are! Almost all classes require a paper of some sort, so it’s nice to know that you can get help with every step of the writing process, from brainstorming a topic to getting feedback on a draft. Even if you're a great writer, it helps to get someone else’s input on your work.

Advisor, Mackenzie Reiter

Mackenzie Reiter
Advisor, Corinth

Email: mreiter@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6415

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When I'm not at NCTC, you can find me ....

Hanging out with my little girl, husband and puppy dog. We like to go on different adventures and travel.

What advice do you have for students?

Get involved! Join a student organization on campus and make sure you are enjoying the whole experience.

What is your favorite quote?

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

What is/was your major in college?

Bachelor of General Studies—Sociology, Economics, and Communication from Texas Tech University and Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University

Counselor, Mike Scott

Mike Scott
Counselor, Corinth

Email: mscott@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6289

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What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing students complete their first college degree.

What advice do you have for students?

Depends on the situation, but it’s always as positive as I can make it.

If you could pick one place in the world to spend a weekend, where would that be?

A sunny beach with a light breeze blowing, shaded by palm trees, facing a calm ocean or sea of warm, clear, water (uninhabited by sharks) with a private hut on stilts overlooking the beach.

What NCTC student resource do you wish every student knew about?

Counseling and Advising.

Advisor, Amanda Worth

Amanda Worth
Advisor, Corinth

Email: aworth@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6422

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What is your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy hearing about students’ goals and the plans they have after they leave NCTC. One example is I recently met with a student that wanted to be a traveling nurse. After hearing her excitement and passion, I was convinced that I too wanted to become a traveling nurse. Enthusiasm is contagious!

What is your favorite quote?

Anything Carl Sagan ever said, but this one is appropriate, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

What was your favorite subject in high school or college?

I hated high school, so I would say lunch was my favorite back then. College is so different; there’s freedom to choose and explore any number of topics and sub topics. I took a class my junior year in college titled, “Weird Behavior”.  The course description read, “Examine the causes of various strange phenomena, including alleged paranormal events, magic, superstition, mystery illnesses, bogus therapies and pseudoscience. Seeks to explain why people believe and do weird things…” I ate it up. College is where I learned that I like learning.

What NCTC student resources do you wish every student knew about?

The library is a great resource for research and offers a quiet atmosphere for studying, but what students might not know is they also have a wide selection of graphic novels and DVDs available. If you want to get caught up on the Game of Thrones series, stop by our library to check it out!

Department Assistant, Sheila Dedecker

Sheila DeDecker
Department Assistant, Flower Mound

Email: sdedecker@nctc.edu
Phone: (972) 899-8335

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What advice do you have for students?

Request information about scholarships and apply for them all.

What is your favorite quote?

Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.—Groucho Marx

What is/was your major in college?

Psychology & Broad Field Social Science.

If you could pick one place in the world to spend a weekend, where would that be?

Ireland.

Counselor, Jennifer Burrows

Jennifer Burrows
Counselor, Flower Mound

Email: jburrows@nctc.edu
Phone: (972) 899-8409

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What is your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy being able to encourage students to be successful and see them reach goals.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

Spending time with my family.

What do you do for fun?

Bible journaling, creating greeting cards, reading, fishing and camping.

What is/was your major in college?

Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University and a Masters of Arts in Family Psychology from Hardin Simmons University.

What was your favorite subject in high school or college?

College—Psychology and Sociology.

Counselor, Desire DeMange

Desiré DeMange
Counselor, Flower Mound

Email: ddemange@nctc.edu
Phone: (972) 899-8411, ext. 8411

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What is your favorite part of your job?

Being a champion for students!

What do you do for fun?

Go to the Zoo!

What advice do you have for students?

Be kind to yourself!

What is your favorite quote?

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.—Mother Teresa

Advisor, Lee Ann Rayburn

Lee Ann Rayburn
Advisor, Flower Mound

Email: lrayburn@nctc.edu
Phone: (972) 899-8336

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What is your favorite part of your job?

Seeing students succeed!

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

Running and hiking the local trails.

What is the best advice you received while attending college?

Don't forget to enjoy the experience.

What NCTC student resource do you wish every student knew about?

Tutoring and the library.

Department Assistant, Bridget Eddowes

Bridget Eddowes
Department Assistant, Gainesville

Email: beddowes@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 668-4216

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When I'm not at NCTC, you can find me ....

Spending time with my family, especially with my children.

What is your favorite quote?

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. —Dalai Lama

What is a random fact people would be surprised to know about you?

I graduated from the Police Academy when I was 20 years old.

What do you like most about working at NCTC?

I love knowing that every day we have the opportunity to help someone better their life.

Advisor, Barbara Curtis

Barbara Curtis
Advisor, Gainesville

Email: bcurtis@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 668-7731, ext. 4955

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What is your favorite part of your job?

The students!

What do you do for fun?

Cooking ethnic food with my husband and exploring new places with my family.

What advice do you have for students?

When you need help, don't wait and don't be afraid to ask. We all need help from time to time.

What is a random fact people would be surprised to know about you? 

I was a coxswain on the University of Texas rowing team

Advisor, Barbara Simpson

Barbara Simpson
Advisor, Gainesville

Email: bsimpson@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 668-7731, ext. 4408

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What is your favorite part of your job?

Having the opportunity to meet different students, learn their stories, and share in their academic journey.

What do you like most about working at NCTC?

Working with amazing people that share the same passion I do in helping others to improve themselves and their livelihoods.

What advice do you have for students?

Ask questions! Ask teachers, advisors, mentors…if you aren't positive, don't be afraid to reach out. Also, follow your own educational pathway on your own time-don't compare yourself to others.

What is your favorite quote?

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.—Maya Angelou

Advisor, Heather Everett

Heather Everett
Advisor, Bowie

Email: heverett@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 872-4002, ext. 5212

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What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is watching students start to believe they can do whatever difficult thing they thought they could not do.

What is the best advice you received while attending college?

It’s ok to change your mind and change your goals.

What advice do you have for students?

Every class matters. I have a lot of “wasted credits” or classes I've taken that don't apply to the degrees I've earned.  Every class has taught me something about myself or about the world around me. 

What NCTC student resource do you wish every student knew about?

TRiO, tutoring, and that textbooks are available in the library.

Counselor, Charise Bewley

Charise Bewley
Counselor, Graham

Email: cbewley@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 521-0720, ext. 7102

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What is your favorite part of your job?

As a NCTC Counselor/Advisor, my favorite part of my job is building rapport and relationships with my students and helping them realize and achieve their educational goals and maximum potential to succeed.

What do you like most about working at NCTC?

I am honored to work for a college that puts student’s first. I am proud to work for a college that honors and respects each and every employee making it feel like an extended part of our own family.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

I am the definition of cheer mom, football mom, baseball mom, and just basically MOM! Family time, cookouts, shopping, going to movies, and time with friends are a must for me!

What advice do you have for students?

Never give up, take it one step at a time, set realistic, attainable, and achievable goals, and go get it!

Senior Director of Advising, Tracey Fleniken

Tracey Fleniken
Senior Director of Advising, Gainesville

Email: tfleniken@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 668-4207

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What do you like most about working at NCTC?

My coworkers. I work with the most helpful and enthusiastic group of people in the tri-county area! So I see students having good experiences when they come to our offices as well because they can tell we enjoy helping them, and each other.

What do you do for fun?

Belt out ABBA, Beatles, or Broadway tunes in the car with my teenager.

What is the best advice you received while attending college?

Don't take out student loans unless you absolutely have to in order to survive, and even then figure out your monthly budget and only ask for the exact loan amount you need to meet expenses. My student loan debt will continue to exist well beyond the zombie apocalypse.

If you could pick one place in the world to spend a weekend, where would that be?

Sweden, it’s always going to be Sweden.

Associate Director of Advising, Courtney Jaimes

Courtney Jaimes
Associate Director of Advising, Corinth

Email: cjaimes@nctc.edu
Phone: (940) 498-6203

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What is your favorite part of your job?

I love to see students proud of themselves and their accomplishments, especially if they had some challenges to overcome to get to that point.

What do you like most about working at NCTC?

I love the people I have the opportunity to work with. NCTC has many awesome, student-focused, caring people that I feel lucky to work with!

What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?

When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children.

What is a random fact people would be surprised to know about you?

I spent one year volunteering at a domestic violence shelter in Anchorage, Alaska as part of a volunteer program a couple years after I finished graduate school.