Spring 2021 Information

Our hours of operations are Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm EST.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all ADVANCE Success Coaching will be available through virtual appointments until further notice. We look forward to serving you through our virtual services. Thank you!

For general questions or to be connected via phone to your ADVANCE Success Coach, please call the Student Success Coaching unit at 703-993-2470 or e-mail us at advance@nvcc.edu.

ADVANCE Leadership

Alexandria Campus

Krystal Wiley (she/her/hers), Assistant Director for ADVANCE

E-mail: kwiley8@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-5285

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Krystal joined SSC team in June 2020. She brings 11 years of experience in higher education to her new role. She has previously served in various departments such as Admission, Financial Aid and Academic Advising. She has worked for a few intuitions such as The Art Institute, North Carolina A&T State University and East Carolina University, all located in North Carolina. She has 5 years’ experience in advising and coaching students in various majors and different programs of study. A few of her responsibilities included working with transfer students from the community colleges, reviewing transcript evaluations and heading summer orientations for all incoming students. She has a passion for student success and believes this can be achieved by providing students with the tools to be a confident learner, knowing there is a community who is committed to help them reach their goals. Krystal received her Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University in Business Administration, in addition to earning her MBA in Marketing from Ashford University.


What Krystal likes the most about coaching: In the area of Coaching, our Coaches are able to connect with students from diverse backgrounds and assess specific focus areas, in ways that help to support students. This provides a sense of achievement and growth in confidence, in the students journey. A good coach is positive, resourceful, supportive, and trusting.

Sabrey Stewart (she/her/hers), ADVANCE Success Coach

E-mail: sgarling@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-6189

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Sabrey Stewart is the Success Coach for NOVA’s Alexandria campus. After graduating from NOVA Loudoun in 2013, Sabrey transferred to the University of Virginia and earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English. Afterwards, Sabrey served as a College Adviser with the Virginia College Advising Corps, helping underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income high school students achieve their post-secondary aspirations. Sabrey earned her Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University in 2019 and has been a Success Coach at Mason for over two years.


What Sabrey likes the most about coaching: It’s exciting to be able to use a holistic perspective in order to gain a comprehensive look into a student’s goals and experiences. I’m passionate about helping address students’ academic, professional, and personal needs in an effort to foster their growth and success.

Annandale Campus

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Sharon Kim (she/her/hers), ADVANCE Success Coach

Last Names A-K

E-mail:  ykimk@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-6182

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What Sharon likes the most about coaching: I enjoy learning about unique experiences and strengths of my students through coaching. Students’ stories help me find ways to empower them and encourage them to use their strengths to become resilient in their educational journey.

Amira Aly (she/her/hers), ADVANCE Success Coach

Last Names L-Z

E-mail: aaly2@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-5972

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What Amira likes the most about coaching: I love being an ADVANCE Success Coach! ADVANCE students are a diverse student population and I love how every student I meet is different. Each student has their own passions, their own dreams, and is pursuing something completely their own. As a coach, I get to learn a lot about my students. It’s not only transfer advising. We talk about their career goals, wellness, managing commitments, and much more. Being a coach gives me the opportunity to walk alongside students and to help them achieve success and to see them uncover their full potential.

Loudoun Campus

Manassas Campus

All ADVANCE Loudoun students are currently assigned by their last name and a new Coach is listed in the chart below. For now, this is a temporary re-assignment for the Fall 2021 semester only. You will receive information for your new assigned Success Coach in January 2022.

We have assigned students from his caseload by the first letter (or the first three letters) of your last name and your new Coach is listed in the chart below.

  Last Name: A- Erk:

Success Coach: Sabrey Stewart

Email: sgarling@gmu.edu

  Last Name: Erl- Lee

Success Coach: Destiny Spencer


  Last Name: Lef- Rod

Success Coach: Amira Aly

Email: aaly2@gmu.edu

  Last Name: Roe- Z

Success Coach: Sharon Kim

Email: ykimk@gmu.edu

Please remember your Success Coach will be your main point of contact moving forward and they are here to help support you on this journey. If you would like to make an appointment with your Success Coach, please connect with them by email to set an appointment. Thank you!

Ashley Marshall-Lanier (she/her/hers), ADVANCE Success Coach

E-mail:  amarsha7@gmu.edu

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Ashley Marshall-Lanier brings over fifteen years of experience in higher education to her new role as ADVANCE Success Coach. She has previously served in athletics administration for student-athletes, transfer admissions, and most recently as a transfer specialist for the College Records Office of Northern Virginia Community College. Her responsibilities included evaluation of domestic and international credit, credit for prior learning, and assistance with course substitutions and degree auditing. She is an advocate for student success and firmly believes in the integral part that community college education plays in successfully matriculating students to four year institutions, and eventually graduating from those institutions with Bachelor’s degrees.


What Ashley likes the most about coaching: I love that coaching allows me to help students become well rounded and successful in all areas of life.

Medical Education Campus

Woodbridge Campus

Amira Aly (she/her/hers), ADVANCE Success Coach

Last Names L-Z

E-mail: aaly2@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-5972

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Destiny Spencer, ADVANCE Success Coach

E-mail: dspence6@gmu.edu

Phone: 703-993-2735

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