Meet The College Advisers

VCAC adviser JJ Allgood

JJ Allgood

2018 | African American Studies
Roanoke City

I chose to serve as a college adviser because I am a first generation college graduate whose life was directly impacted by amazing college advisers. I have witnessed firsthand the impact advisers can have on disadvantaged teens, and to be in a position to inspire them to attain a degree means the world to me. In addition, I believe that education can mitigate the many inequality gaps that exist between minority students and their counterparts.

VCAC adviser Amina Bracken

Amina Bracken

CLAS 2018 | Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Richmond City

My professional and volunteer background has centralized around fostering the growth and success of young adults. Through these experiences, I have discovered the importance of navigating mentoring relationships with intuition, flexibility, compassion, and respect. I applied to the College Advising Corps because it exemplifies all this and more. I look forward to continuing to grow in my perceptions of what it means to be a successful mentor and further demonstrate my commitment to motivating and empowering high school students to pursue post-secondary education.

Allie Brickey, VCAC Adviser

Allie (Robinson) Brickey

College at Wise 2017 | Communication Studies and Leadership
Wise County

I love this line of work! I worked as a student worker in the Office of Admissions, as well as a substitute teacher for the local county schools, while in college and I was immediately drawn to helping people achieve their educational goals. I know what it feels like to be completely overwhelmed with the unknown when deciding if/when/where/how to go to college. I don’t want other students to have to feel that way. They waste a lot of time and energy trying to figure out the basics of the process when they should be using that elsewhere to apply to dream schools or finding applicable scholarships.

VCAC adviser Kayla Brooks

Kayla Brooks

2018 | Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies
Harrisonburg City

I believe in the College Advising Corps mission statement and remember when I was applying for college and how stressful that time can be in one’s life. I know I would not have been as successful, during that process, without my support system. So, whether these students are thinking about college, the military or going straight to the workforce, I want to be their support system and help make that transition as painless as possible.

Gracie Clements, VCAC adviser

Gracie Clements

CLAS 2018 | Psychology
Henry County

I would not have succeeded in my college career without the support of my counselors. I hope to give that same help back to students I work with. Being part of a close knit community that supports students and families, in order to set up the student’s future, can make a huge impact.

Kris Coachman, VCAC Adviser

Kris Coachman

2018 | African and African American Studies
Petersburg City

I applied to the College Advising Corps program because this is something that is very important to my past and future. I am from a rough area in Chicago where college is not the norm. I have been blessed to have great college advisers who have pointed me in the right direction, and I feel as though it is my calling to be a great college adviser to someone else. I would love to be someone who can narrow the gap, as well as be there for students in need.

Madison Compton, VCAC Adviser

Madison Compton

College at Wise 2018 | College of Education, Sports Management

I applied for the College Advising Corps because I want to help students avoid the mistakes I made when choosing a college path. I also hope to be an encouragement because I know that deciding what path to follow can be an exhausting and difficult decision.

Ryan Coyne, VCAC Adviser

Ryan Coyne

CLAS 2017 | Economics
Amelia County

I had taken several classes about education in America and the divide between college and high school graduates that was contributing to income inequality as well as the fact that the rich were getting richer while the poor got poorer. Helping kids get to college can help alleviate this issue and provide opportunities for many amazing people.