Meet the Staff
Manager of Career Pathways and Tech Express to Valencia
With over a decade of serving faculty, staff and students in higher education, Vicki arrived at Valencia College in 2012. In 2015 she joined the Career and Workforce Education team where she became manager of Career Pathways and Tech Express. In this role she partners with Orange and Osceola County School Districts to build articulated pathways for students interested in attending Valencia. Vicki says the consortium is always looking to develop innovative paths that accelerate learning while giving students a chance to explore high-wage, high-demand careers.
Vicki is also actively involved with Career Pathways at the state and national levels. Along with her collaboration and organizational skills, Vicki holds a Master in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Career Pathways Specialist
Although Laurie joined Career Pathways in 2018, she is not new to Valencia. Laurie earned an A.S. degree in Electronics Engineering and an A.A. degree both from Valencia and credits her Valencia experience with giving her the passion to help others pursue higher education. "I want to use my education and life experiences to assist in making Career Pathways a program that will meet the current and future needs of students and employers."
After completing her degrees at Valencia, she obtained a B.S. in Elementary Education at UCF and a Masters in Library and Information Systems from USF. In addition to her education, Laurie brings to her role seven years of higher education experience including two years as fulltime faculty.
Tech Express Advisors
Tech Express Advisor, Orange Technical College - Mid Florida Campus
Lisa Bliss joined the Tech Express team at Valencia College in 2016. In her role as Tech Express advisor, Lisa enjoys counseling students on career options and assisting students with transitioning to Valencia. Lisa's passion for supporting students is evident through her smiling face and open door.
Having spent the majority of her career teaching and counseling in Orange County Public Schools, Lisa now brings her leadership and program development skills to the Tech Express team. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Indiana State University and a Master of Science Degree in School Counseling from Purdue University.
Tech Express Advisor, Orange Technical College - Avalon, Orlando and Winter Park Campuses
Anita joined the Tech Express team in 2016. In her role as Tech Express advisor, Anita is able to utilize her 38 years of experience with Orange County Public Schools at Valencia as she continues to strengthen the consortium partnership while using her knowledge to assist technical program graduates transition to Valencia. Anita believes that transitioning these students to an articulated A.S degree program at Valencia prepares them for success and prosperity in their chosen career field.
Along with her professional, instructional, and administrative experience, Anita has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from the University of Central Florida.
Tech Express Advisor, Orange Technical College - Westside Campus and Osceola Technical College
Recently moving from Omaha to Orlando, Gwen Murrell joined Valencia College in 2018. Gwen has a sincere desire to help students pursue a college degree to complement their technical certification. She strongly believes "The more you learn, the better you will live!" Valencia's partnership with the technical colleges has been successful and she is proud to build upon this success.
She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has spent her career providing training and development to those in the business, banking, legal, affordable housing, workforce development and insurance fields. Gwen brings her experience and leadership to Valencia by helping students define a pathway to earning lifelong credentials.