Success Coaching

As a Durham Tech student, you have access to a wide array of resources to promote your success. If you are experiencing any academic, personal, or career concerns, your Success Coach is here to be your personal advocate and to listen to your concerns and provide support.

Success Coaches partner with students by providing guidance along their pathway to academic, professional, and personal success. Your coach will support you with academic and career planning, financial aid, and transfer policies. Your coach can also connect you to resources such as childcare support, transportation assistance, technology and internet support, tutoring, etc. 

Learn more about the Success Coaching Framework.

Interested students should email the Success Coach assigned to their pathway to set up an appointment. Durham Tech faculty and staff should use the referral form.

Success Coaches

Kiara Ireland, Information Technology

I was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Monroe, NC. I received my bachelor’s degree from Winston Salem State University and plan to continue my education with a Masters in Higher Education Administration. I am a lover of all things sports related, especially UNC-Chapel Hill. I also play in a competitive flag football league where I travel across the globe. I am one of the Success Coaches here specializing in the IT pathway. My aim is to form an undeniable connection with students and provide a trustworthy resource that leads and guides them on their journey into whatever path they choose after completing their program at Durham Tech.
919-536-7200, ext. 8146
Wynn (Building 10), room 10-234B

Tommy Jones, Creative and Liberal Arts

I was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. For the last five years I have lived in the Raleigh-Durham area.

I am the Success Coach for the CALA pathway. I enjoy working with students and my holistic philosophy focuses on building a foundation of partnerships, being proactive, skills development, decision making, and ownership of education, to help students I work with achieve their academic and career goals while living a fulfilled life.

I earned my Bachelor in Sport Management from the University of Michigan (2001). While in Ann Arbor, I was a wide receiver on the Football Team, which won two Big Ten Championships and one BCS Championship (1998-2000). I earned my Master's in Counseling from Michigan State University (2006).

I love spending time with my family and 2 dogs. I enjoy reading, cooking, watching movies, watching football, riding motorcycles, relaxing at the beach, hanging out with friends, working out, and being active. My passion is working with people to help them maximize their abilities and pursue excellence.

"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid" — Basil King
919-536-7200, ext. 2016
Phillips (Building 3), room 3-204

Kevin Lawrence, Health and Wellness

I am originally a Midwesterner but have lived in Durham for about the last 20 years. I consider North Carolina to be home. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education. I recently graduated with my master's degree in counseling education from Clemson University. In the middle of my professional career, I spent two years in the Peace Corps serving in Mongolia.

I currently serve as the success coach for the Health and Wellness programs. I have spent my professional career guiding students to be successful in any arena of their lives. I am an extremely positive person who is passionate about helping students find their path to success.

My hobbies/passions include working out and exercising, hanging out with friends, working on my yard, and going to movies. I am also a super hard-core Star Wars fan. I believe that life should be fun, and we all need to live our lives to the fullest. It is amazing to get to work alongside the other Success Coaches at Durham Tech. We all have a diverse background which will help us as we provide resources to better student's lives at Durham Tech.
919-536-7200, ext. 8141
Tech (Building 9), room 9-234A

Gina Torres-Perryman, Business and Entrepreneurship

I am happy to call Durham my home for the last 20 years. As a first generation, non-traditional college student I earned a two-year degree from community college in Florida, and returned to school many years later to complete my bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. I have worked at Durham Tech for the past six years, previously in enrollment advising with our international and immigrant students. I reside in Durham with my husband, two teenage boys and our 3 dogs. I believe I am right where I am supposed to be as a Success Coach.
919-536-7200, ext. 1816
Wynn (Building 10), room 10-202D

Tiffany Robinson, Building, Engineering and Skilled Trades

I am a native New Yorker, and I am happy to call the Raleigh-Durham area my home. I loved to travel. While an undergrad, I studied abroad in England, UK. I also enjoy attending live sporting events with my family.  

I enjoy being a Success Coach, it gives me the opportunity to help students create, articulate, and reach their goals. 

The beautiful thing about learning (education) is that no one can take is away from you” — B.B King
919-536-7200, ext. 5153
Ingram (Building 11), room 11-230

Jon Warren, Human Services and Public Safety

I've spent over thirty years serving the public, including a number of years in public safety, and I understand the challenges that traditional students and practitioners in college face.

My primary goal is to support students while navigating their academic journey, through fellowship and integrity. I also connect students, when necessary, with applicable resources that mitigate some of the challenges they face. My goal is for students to satisfactorily progress and complete their degree, diploma, or certificate program.
919-536-7200, ext. 8062
Northern Durham Center, room 100F