The S.T.E.P. program is successful thanks to the great work of
our student-centered Counselors. Please take a few minutes to meet our
Mrs. Tamala Clark, Counselor, Umoja Freedom Scholars Cohort
"STEP is the first step on your journey to becoming a successful student at Victor Valley College. My ultimate goal is to help you unlock your potential, provide you with life skills, and support you on your path to success. I'm always here to encourage, motivate, and help you to overcome obstacles or challenges that may try to hinder you. Your success is my number one priority, and I look forward to supporting your educational goals."
Ms. Shanta Rambharose, Counselor, STEM Cohort
“As a first-generation college student, the STEP Program holds a special place in my heart. I understand and acknowledge the obstacles that you may face. I know the motivation it takes to be a college student first hand. I was born in South America, Guyana and for me, receiving a college education was the ultimate American dream. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Educational Counseling. With these degrees, I am dedicated to guiding students to reach their dream of graduating from college. As a counselor for Victor Valley College for the past 3 years, I am here to assist you in developing an academic plan that is consistent with your goals and natural strengths as an individual. Your first year in college is crucial to your success. As your counselor, I am dedicated to providing you with a sense of confidence and mentorship. I look forward to meeting you and welcome you to Victor Valley College!”
Mrs. Phylicia Deam, Counselor, Liberal Arts Track A
My name is Phylicia Deam and I am a lifetime native of San Bernardino County. I first attended San Bernardino Valley College, then transferred to Cal State San Bernardino where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Soon after I went on to receive my Masters of Arts in School Education with a PPS credential. I am currently a Counselor at Victor Valley College where I am part of the STEP Program for students who have recently graduated High School. I am also the counselor for the RamFORWARD Program, serving students who have been formerly incarcerated or impacted by the criminal justice system. My passion is to help students find their “why” while making their “how” as easy as possible. I do so by providing holistic support during their educational experience at VVC and using my knowledge to help navigate student’s journeys until they reach their goals.
Dr. Corey Timberlake, Counselor, Umoja George Washington Carver Scholars Cohort
"I am inspired each day as the STEP and UMOJA Counselor at Victor Valley College because I know I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors who have come before me. When I look into the eyes of our students I see the hope for the future that we are all working so hard to create. As a first-generation college graduate, I have seen firsthand how challenging it can be to navigate a path toward higher education in pursuit of career goals. This is why I have dedicated the past 4 years of my career to working with students who have been historically underrepresented and under-served. My passion lies in ensuring students feel seen, heard, and valued as we support them in their own pursuit of success.
I am a Chicago, IL. native who attended Nogales High School in La Puente California. I left home to attend New Mexico State University on an athletic scholarship. Balancing the rigors of being a student athlete, I was successful in attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, with a minor in Child Psychology. I was inspired to continue my education and later pursued a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Counseling from Redlands University and later a Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.
I bring a dedication to equality and excellence in education by leading, learning, and connecting to empower students as they work to reach their goals."