STAR (STudent Achievement & Retention)


College Center
Room 154
(970) 339-6607

Meet Your STAR Advisors

STAR Program Faculty and Staff:

Michael Gulliksen
Assistant Director
(970) 339-6607

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 161
Greeley, CO 80632

Educational/Professional Background: I graduated from Colorado State University with a Masterís degree in Education and from Colorado Christian University with a Bachelorís degree in Organizational Management. Before coming to Aims, I spent ten years in the non-profit world working with at-risk populations.

Area of specialty: Retention Advising

Personal Philosophy on Advising: I believe advisors who get to know their students have a unique opportunity to help them identify and articulate their goals and help them navigate the processes involved in creating and completing a plan to reach these goals. The studentís success should always be the focus.

Trish Schier
Retention Advisor
(970) 339-6567

Student Success Center
Greeley Campus, CCTR 160
Greeley, CO 80634

Educational/Professional Background: I received my Bachelorís Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education-Rehabilitation and Related Services, with a Minor in Psychology. My Masterís Degree in Education was awarded by Colorado State University and I hold a current State of Colorado License for K-12 Counseling.

I have worked in a variety of educational settings over the past 29 years, however the majority of my career has been spent at the High School level as a Guidance Counselor. Most recently, I have had the opportunity to work at the Post-Secondary level in Assessment, High School Programs, and now as a Retention Advisor.

Area of Specialty: Retention Advising

Personal Philosophy on Advising: I am interested in learning about each studentís journeyÖwhere he or she has been, what brings the student to Aims now, and what goals and dreams each has for the future. My responsibility as an advisor is to facilitate student learning and support students in ways that promote their development and success.

I consider it a privilege to empower students to acquire knowledge, navigate through obstacles, take responsibility for decision making, and most importantly to achieve his or her maximum potential.

Kara Tripician
Advisor, Senior
(970) 339-3306

Student Services
Loveland Campus
Loveland, CO 80537

Background: I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008 with a Masterís Degree in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Couples and Family Therapy. Before joining Aims, I had a private counseling practice serving couples, families and children in play therapy. I have also worked in K-12 education for five years. Prior to that, I earned two Bachelorís degrees, one in Medical Technology and one in Microbiology, and I worked as a Medical Technologist and Microbiologist for 7 years.

Area of Specialty: I am an Admissions and Academic Advisor on the Loveland Campus. I look forward to meeting you!

Advising Philosophy: My advising philosophy is to partner with and empower students as they navigate their way toward their academic and career goals. I am committed to listening to the students, and providing support, information and tools the students need in order to take ownership of their journey and make informed choices.

Mary Tucker
Advisor, Senior
(303) 857-4022 Ext. 43

Student Services
Fort Lupton Campus
Fort Lupton, CO 80621

Educational/Professional Background: I have a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. My M.S. is in Counselor Education. Both of these degrees are from Southern Illinois University. Before coming to Aims, I worked at UNM in their Admissions Department.

Area of specialty: I have been with Aims for approximately 13 1/2 years. I work at the Ft. Lupton Campus. I am the Academic and Financial Aid Advisor for this campus. I also do the Career Counseling and I am in charge of Assessment.

Personal philosophy on advising: I believe advising is very important for the student. Hopefully we help the student make the right choices. Advising should be a partnership between the Advisor and student. An Advisor is also a teacher. I want to help the student learn to use the tools available to them.