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Foster Youth Champions

Foster Youth Student Champions

Rio Salado College is in support of the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Foster Youth Student Bridging Success Initiative aimed at increasing college attendance and completion rates among students aging out of the foster care system.

We have college staff and representatives who have received training about the potential challenges a youth aging out of care may face navigating higher education. They are committed to advocating for your success. Look for this symbol on campus to find a foster care youth champion. Anywhere you see it, you will find someone who is committed to helping you take the next step in your journey towards completing your academic goals:

Our Foster Youth Champions may also provide resources to support:

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  • Health and Well-Being
  • Employment
  • Housing Resources
  • Transportation
  • Mentoring and Affiliation Opportunities
  • Financing Your Education
  • And more...

We are here to support you!

If you need help with your education or navigating campus life, we are here for you!  

Listed below is your Rio Salado College Foster Youth Champions Team. You can contact any of these Champions if you have questions or need assistance. Don't be afraid to ask for help! We are ready to help you succeed at your goals!

Your Champions


Nisha Dorsey
Student Affairs/Student Services Manager

  • Foster Youth Student Liaison
  • Student Success Support

About Me: "Hi I'm Nisha and serve as your Foster Care to Success Liaison for Rio Salado College. I'm here to facilitate advocacy and inclusion as well as support the removal of barriers in your academic journey."

Phone: 480) 384-9872

Amberly Lebeck Brown

Amberly Lebeck Brown, MC
Counseling & Career Services/Counseling Adjunct Faculty

  • Career Counseling, Academic Success Counseling, Job Search & Resume assistance, Crisis Response

About Me: "Hi, I'm Amberly and can help you with job applications, resumes, cover letters, social/emotional support, and connection to community resources - food, housing, low cost mental health/physical/dental resources, etc."

Phone: (480)377-4219

Linda Cooper

Linda Cooper
Cashier's Office/Fiscal Specialist Senior

  • Tuition & Fees Payments, Understand Cost of Attendance

About Me: "Hi, I'm Linda and here to assist with understanding the financial obligations and options related to attending college."

Phone: (480) 517-8330

Mike Ross

Mike Ross
One-Stop Student Services/Student Services Supervisor

  • Academic Advisement

About Me: "Hi, I'm Mike and here to assist you in the areas of Academic Advisement, Admission & Records, Student Business Services, and offer general Financial Assistance. Under our One-Stop model we strive to empower all of our student learners by providing them with the proper tools, resources, and support to achieve their educational goals."

Phone: (480) 377-4258