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Heartland Community College

Meet the Project RISE Staff

Phone: 309-268-8191


Michelle Baldwin began her career at Heartland Community College in July 2022. She has worked in higher education for 26 years as a professor and an administrator and also has 6 years experience directing TRIO grants. As a first generation student herself, Michelle enjoys working closely with students in helping them meet their educational and professional goals.

Phone: 309-268-8421

Assistant Director 

Téa joined the Heartland Community College team in May 2023. Téa graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her Master's degree in College Student Affairs in May 2023. Through her academic journey as a first-generation college student, Téa found her passion for working with students and aiding in their academic, personal, and professional success. Téa is happy to work with the many wonderful Project RISE students and to provide guidance and support through their college journeys. 

Program Assistant Kylie Alvarez smiling with a blue background behind her.
Phone: 309-268-8194

Program Assistant 

Kylie began working with Project RISE in October 2023. Kylie is a student at HCC, studying Mass Communications, and was a Project RISE Student before officially joining the team as a full-time staff member. In her role as a Program Assistant, Kylie assists in the daily operations of Project RISE. Outside of her role as a Program Assistant, she also advises the ALAS student organization. 

SCED 107 Instructor & Facilitator, Developmental Math Lab

Michelle serves as the SCED 107 Instructor and Math Lab facilitator. In these roles, Michelle supports students as they progress through developmental math by providing tutoring services and helping them implement strategies that will lead them towards success.

Peer Mentors

Project RISE is all about preparing students for graduation and transfer, and Peer Mentors are a key component in achieving the goal of increasing student success. Peer Mentors are dedicated individuals who are doing well on campus and have the experience required to assist other students with their college journey. They give students another connection to help achieve academic success. Peer Mentors meet with students weekly, provide moral support, and help keep them focused on their immediate tasks, and their future goals.

    Peer mentor, Mickael Agustin, smiling against blue background          Peer mentor Tyler smiling in front of a blue background

      Mickael Agustin               Maria Abbonato               Alicia Wallace                  Tyler Scott


Office Assistant(s)

Our Office Aide(s) not only help around the office, they are the friendly faces you see when you come into the Project RISE suite. They can give information about the program and assist you with making an appointment.


      Alexxis Piña                     

Project Rise at Heartland Community College

Contact Project RISE

Student Commons Building (SCB) 1000
1500 West Raab Rd.
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8404
Fax: 309-268-7997
Semester Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Project RISE: Graduates!