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Germantown Counseling & Advising

Location, Hours, People: 

Sciences and Applied Studies Building (SA), Room 172.

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We Care About Your Success!
Introducing the Starfish System
& Online Scheduling for Counseling & Advising Services

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Recently, Montgomery College acquired Starfish Retention Solutions in order to create an online student success environment and facilitate access to counseling and advising services.   Students will be able to use Starfish to view service availability and schedule appointments online to meet with a Counselor in person.  

  • Students must have applied to the College and been issued an M#.
  • Appointments are  typically offered in 30-minute blocks.
  • To schedule an appointment, go to  MyMC and click on the
    Starfish icon
      SF Logo  
    See step-by-step instructions for making an appointment with a counselor.

Visit Online Advising for Frequently Asked Advising Questions or e-mail an online counselor.

Mailing Address:
Germantown Counseling & Advising
20200 Observation Drive, Room 172
Sciences and Applied Studies Building
Germantown, MD 20876
Phone: 240-567-7734
Fax: 240-567-1985


Find more information on our Academic Coaching  program.    Click Here!  


We also provide counseling and advising to international students, speakers of English as a second language, and recent immigrants enrolled at Montgomery College’s American English Language Program (AELP) at the  Center for International and Multicultural Students (CIMS), located in SA150.

Spring 2016 Hours (January 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016)*

8:30am - 7pm (Doors close at 6:30pm)*

8:30am - 7pm (Doors close at 6:30pm)* 

8:30am - 7pm (Doors close at 6:30pm)*

8:30am - 2pm (Close for Department Meeting at 2pm)*

8:30am - 5pm (Doors close at 4:30pm)*

Saturday (open two Saturdays a year)
Center is tentatively scheduled to be open one Saturday in August 2016 (Contact for Date)

* Hours may change due to special events or closures due to weather.

Special Closures: 

Germantown Counseling & Advising will be closed the following dates:

January 18, 2016
(Closed for MLK Day: College Holiday)

March 14, 2016 - March 17, 2015
(Close at 5pm each day)

March 18, 2016
(Closed for Spring Break)

May 20, 2016
(Closed 8:30am - 2pm for Commencement)

All students should schedule an appointment.  Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. 

Students arriving after their appointment time may be asked to reschedule. If you need more time than scheduled, you may be asked to make a follow-up appointment. 


Faculty & Staff

Department Chair Phone Room
Ms. Katie Mount (Montgomery Advising Program, MAP & Academic Coach)

(240) 567-6966

SA 175C
Ms. LaShaun Harris, Counseling & Advising Administrative Aide
(240) 567-7734 SA172
Ms. Bonnie Vanatta, Part-Time Office Assistant
(240) 567-7734 SA172
Full-Time Faculty Counselors Phone Room
Online Advising/ Email a Counselor 
Mr. Anthony Solano (Distance Education/Online Advising & Counseling)
(240) 567-1997 SA 175A
Dr. Jennifer Dobbins (Academic Coach) 
(240) 567-1996 HT 130
Ms. Ada Garcia-Casellas (International)
(240) 567-1801 SA 150
Ms. Zenobia Garrison (Career) 
(240) 567-1968 BE 256
Ms. Tyra Goodgain Peanort (FYE)
(240) 567-7715 SA 175D
Ms. Barbara LaPilusa (Transfer/Scholarship)
(240) 567-6965
SA 179
Ms. Erin Marcinek (Houser) (Academic Coach)
(240) 567-6936 SA 175B
Dr. Jack Sallie (International)
(240) 567-6959 SA175G
Ms. Tamesha Robinson (Career)
(240) 567-6968 SA172G
Ms. Anne Schleicher (Transfer)
(240) 567-1991 SA 177
Dr. Harvey Stempel (DSS/Pathways/Academic Coach)
(240) 567-6967 SA189
Ms. Kimberly Talley (International)
(240) 567-7757 SA 150
Mr. Harry Zarin (DSS/Academic Coach)
(240) 567-7767 (V/TTY) SA 189
Part-Time Faculty Counselors Phone Room
Dr. Helen Dias
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Ms. Jacy Hildreth (DSS/Online Advising)
(240) 567-7734 SA 189
Ms. Heather Hughes (DSS) 
(240) 567-1992 SA 189
Ms. Marilyn Keeley
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Ms. Lori Leister
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Ms. Angela Mastromatteo
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Ms. Christina McGill (MAP, Early Alert)
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Mr. Doug Smith (Academic Coach)
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Dr. Joseph Swope
(240) 567-7734 SA 175
Ms. Shirley Willcher (International)
(240) 567-1975 SA 150

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