About Us

Go Alliance Academy launched in 2009 to help train counselors and college access professionals in guiding students to postsecondary success, especially low-income and first-generation students.  

Go Alliance originally started as a coalition between six state agencies to increase the number of adults who “go” on to complete an education credential after high school.  

Today Go Alliance offers a comprehensive lineup of online-based, instructor-led courses, designed by experts in the field, that are focused on topics counselors, educators and access advisers want and need most. 


Our Team


Dr. Alice-Anne Bailey, Go Alliance Program Director
  

Dr. Alice-Anne Bailey

Dr. Alice Anne Bailey is an applied social psychologist, professor and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in higher education policy.  

She conducts research and provides guidance to elected officials, nonprofit organizations and education agencies on effective policies and practices to increase the number of students who enroll in and complete education after high school.    

She provided guidance on President Barack Obama’s Access to Opportunity Initiative to help improve college access and success for underserved students and on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, an effort to inspire every student in the U.S. to complete their education past high school.    

In 2008, Dr. Bailey created the Go Alliance Academy to help school counselors, college access advisers, teachers and administrators better prepare students for higher education and careers.    

She draws from her past experiences as a psychometrician at IBM and her expertise in education, postsecondary counseling and training  to ensure Go Alliance offers the most highly effective training possible. 

 

Shaylinn Aleman, Go Alliance Program Manager 

Shaylinn Aleman

As the Program Manager for the Go Alliance Academy and the Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN), Shaylinn supports college access professionals and high school counselors in their roles with guiding students to postsecondary options.    

Prior to joining College Success Arizona, now Education Forward Arizona, in 2016, Shaylinn worked in private education.  

She is proud that the Go Alliance Academy positively impacts thousands of college access professionals across the country and is inspired by the amount of people her work and the organization impacts.   

Shaylinn is an American Intercontinental University graduate and recently earned her master’s in organizational management from the University of Arizona. 




Christina Welch, Go Alliance Instructor

Christina Welch is a K-8 School Counselor in Watauga County, NC. 

Christina was a 2014 ASCA School Counselor of the Year Semi-Finalist and served as President of the NC School Counseling Association in 2015. 

Christina works with the NC Department of Instruction Strategic School Counseling Leadership Team and has facilitated Go Alliance courses for more than 8 years.




Dianne Acuña, Go Alliance Instructor

Dianne Acuña Andree brings 25+ years of experience in education. Dianne has worked in rural, suburban and urban settings as a school counselor at the elementary and high school setting, and has extensive district administrative experience supporting school counselors and mental health programming.

She has experience presenting at numerous state and national conferences, and has been asked to serve as a content expert for multiple, educational organizations. Dianne is married with four kids, and a beloved dog and cat.

She has experience presenting at numerous state and national conferences, and has been asked to serve as a content expert for multiple, educational organizations. Dianne is married with four kids, and a beloved dog and cat.


 

Go Alliance is owned and operated byEducation Forward Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to education beyond high school and postsecondary degree completion—particularly for those who would be the first in their families to enroll.