Alumni Spotlights

Manuel Olvera

Manuel joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school, and served in the Middle East until returning home in 2014. During his time at MVC, he functioned as President of SALUTE Honor Society, Vice president of Students Veterans of America, and was an active member of SGA and PTK. Recognized for his academic accomplishments, Manuel focused his leadership efforts at MVC on bringing more attention to the presence of veterans in college life, and helping them with their unique position as incoming students. He is currently enrolled at Texas Christian University, and working on a BA in Finance and BS in Political Science, with the goal of becoming an IRS special agent, and a commissioned officer for the Marine Corps.

Best advice he got at MVC.

“I was planning to only get my credits and transfer, but my advisor recommended me to take one more class in order to get my Associates Degree”. For Manuel, the AA provided more than a breather, worked as fallback plan and attested to the completion of an academic degree.

Role Model.

Two role models influence Manuel’s views on leadership and success. A retired marine and mentor taught him “the key to becoming a good leader is to listen and adjust.” A second role model, Booker T Washington, changed his perspective on measuring success by the journey it takes to get to the end-result, and not the result itself.

Secret to success:

Pace yourself.


Dr. Garrett currently heads the Social Studies Department at Timberview High School in Mansfield, TX. In addition to teaching AP history courses and working on curriculum design, she serves as an adjunct faculty at Mountain View College. She has been recognized for her contributions to the field of education and history by Dallas Baptist University and Old Chisholm Trail Chapter of NSDAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution). Dr. Garrett came to MVC after graduating from high school and became involved in multiple theater productions and the Madrigals choir. After taking a 25-year break, she completed her credits at MVC, transferred to DBU and went on to obtain her Ed.D. from Texas A&M University-Commerce. "As a non-traditional student, I felt valued and accepted at Mountain View College. It was a very inclusive place." In her view, everybody at MVC is committed to creating a supportive atmosphere for students.

Best advice she got at MVC:

Maintain balance. Do not overload yourself.

Getting a job after graduation:

Dr. Garret's transition to her first job in secondary education was smooth. With her teaching certification, she moved from a paraprofessional role to a classroom leader at Cedar Hill high school. One of her mentors ignited her love for history. She now maintains a museum at Timberview High School with historic artifacts she has collected from multiple travels.

Secret to success:

Time management.

Taylor Souryachak

Taylor currently works as Program Coordinator for the Upward Bound/TRIO program at SMU College Access. In her current position, she provides support to first generation and low-income students in preparation for college entrance. During her years at MVC, she served as president of PTK's Omega Omega Chapter, volunteered as an ambassador and was chosen as the student speaker at graduation. She transferred to SMU to get her bachelor's degree and was one of the recipients of the North Texas Community College Scholarship. Taylor continues to grow her education career by attending Richland College to complete prerequisites to apply for graduate school. Her goal is to obtain a PhD in organizational psychology.

"When I started looking for a job after graduation, I was purposeful to apply to places that serve others. I've learned that I wanted work that feeds my soul and helps others." - Taylor Souryachak

Proudest moment at MVC.

When the Omega Omega Chapter, under her leadership won awards at both Texas Regional & International PTK conventions.

Advice to MVC students:

Get involved in student organizations.

Career Path:

Taylor started searching for career opportunities with the help of SMU Career Services a year before graduating. She then met her current supervisor when she was working as a student researcher. He was impressed with her work and offered her a job at SMU College Access.


Brittney Iwegbu is a recent graduate from the University of North Texas at Dallas. Her plans are to transition into the field of Human Resources or Higher Education Administration. In her most recent position she supported Faculty and Administrative Staff in use and implementation of the Universities learning management systems.

During her time at Mountain View College she was the Student Government Association President and Student of the Year.

Currently, Brittney is the Principal owner of Iwegbu Coaching & Media, LLC., a brand dedicated to inspire, empower, and transform the lives of women through the message of self-love. Certified as a Life Coach and Dispute Resolution Mediator she has been able to fuse her passion for helping others find purpose and clarity to her unique "tough love" coaching style. She has since become a catalyst of self-improvement, worth, and personal care.

She volunteers at Wings Dallas as a financial literacy series coach and conducts workshops for Women's Enterprise Center.