A native of Chicago, Nicole Collins (she/her/hers) is a Residential Counseling Faculty member at Mesa Community College (MCC), holding her counseling certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Nicole has obtained a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, in addition to her M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling from the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), and B.S. degree from Purdue University in Consumer Sciences.
Currently, Nicole is the co-chair of the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at MCC, while also serving as a Phi Theta Kappa Omicron Beta Chapter Mentor, Shared Governance Coordinating Board and Community Engagement Advisory Board Member, College Leadership team member and faculty senator. In addition, she has assisted in research studies conducted by the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), Stanford University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Nicole prides herself on aiding students in addressing their personal, psychosocial, educational, and career development needs. As a servant leader, she actively creates and advocates for safe and inclusive spaces for individuals to collaboratively ideate, strategize and implement plans to achieve one’s desired outcomes. Nicole and her husband of 18 years are the proud parents of three children.
Raymond Forte is a preacher and teacher of the word of God in addition to being a multi-talented singer, musician, author, blogger and entrepreneur. He is the CEO/Founder of Raymond Forte Enterprises, LLC. A for-profit enterprise specializing in music, media and ministry established in October 2019 based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a published author of his first book, “Maximizing MENtally,” a book that addresses the mental health crisis for men and the women who love them.
An accomplished musican, Raymond currently serves as staff musician for Citadel of Praise Christian Church in Buckeye and Peoria, AZ under the leadership of Pastor Brian A. Wright. He is also the proud parent of David Justice Solomon Gladney-Forte