Meet Student Services


Meet the Staff

Cassidy Preuninger

Cassidy Preuninger – Administrative Assistant

A.A., General Studies
San Jacinto College
B.A., Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
University of Houston

Cassidy Preuninger is a first generation college graduate and has been working in higher education since 2014 and had realized then that higher education was where she wanted to have a career. She likes working with students because she was a student for many years and could relate and pass on her experience and advice to other students. She hopes to one day continue her education and become a counselor or administrator.
Piece of Advice: It doesn’t matter how long it takes, just as long as you never stop or give up on your goals.
Fun Fact: I’m a photographer and love capturing special moments and making people feel beautiful and confident.

Nedra Johnson

Nedra Johnson – Admissions Advisor
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B.S., Business Administration
Texas A&M University

Nedra Johnson has worked in higher education for 7 years in various areas of student services. She encourages students to never give up, think outside the box, & that there is more than one way the accomplish something. She loves supporting students who are getting started on their pathway journey into college. Even if it’s achieving a continued goal or a dream that you may have had but never thought could come true is what she strives to help you achieve. 
Piece of Advice: Never be afraid to ask questions.
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 42 states within the United States

Adanta Nwachi Ugo

Dr. Adanta Nwachi Ugo – Educational Planner
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B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Houston - Downtown
M.A., Organizational Management
University of Phoenix
Ph.D., Higher Education
Capella University

Dr. Adanta Ugo has worked in higher education for 22+ years in various areas of student services and is also an adjunct faculty. She believes that learning is a life-long process and it is her responsibility to provide an academic environment that is as unique as today’s student. She strives to guide students into self-learning and self-discovery, while encouraging them to take ownership of their educational experiences through educational planning/advising, coaching and mentoring.
Piece of Advice: Don’t be afraid of change, it’s just another word for growth!
Fun Fact: I have been crowned the Popcorn Queen because of my love of movie theater popcorn!

Ericka Thomas

Ericka Thomas – Financial Aid Advisor
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B.A., Sociology
McNeese State University

Ericka Thomas has been a financial aid advisor for the last 5 years where she shows compassion for students in all aspects of their career pathway. She has proven to be easily engaged with students with her teaching background that extends over 7 years.  Students are drawn to Ericka for her willingness to listen and well-rounded frame of mind.  Financial aid is one of the most essential parts of student services and she is always willing to ensure funding is not a barrier for the student.  Ericka’s strengths are Harmony, Achiever, Relator, Arranger and Communication. 
Piece of Advice: Don’t let one downfall keep you from pushing through.  Keep striving to be the best person for you.
Fun Fact: I am from originally from Lake Charles, LA

Irvin Ortiz

Irvin Ortiz – Educational Planner
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B.A., Art
University of Houston

Mr. Ortiz has worked at San Jacinto College for 13 years starting out as a student worker, Admissions Advisor and Educational Planner. He enjoys helping students on choosing a career pathway through educational planning. He motivates students to take part in their educational goals. He also believes that its his responsibly to help students reach their goals no matter the obstacles.
Piece of Advice: Be punctual, better to be early than late.
Fun Fact: I like video games, movies, and art.

Brian Bui

Brian Bui – Coordinator of Student Engagement & Orientation

M.B.A. (in process)

I’m here to help you make the most of your college experience. Make new friends, build a sense a community, and learn about all the resources to help you be successful in your college journey by getting involved.
Piece of Advice: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone here wants to help you be successful.
Fun Fact: I enjoy trying at new restaurants and food!