McNair Staff

Courtney Simpson

Senior Director, Collegiate Programs

Education: M.Ed. in Counselor Education (NC State University, B.A. in Communication Media (NC State University)

Primary Contact: Administration TRIO Collegiate Programs (SSS, SSS-STEM, and Ronald E. McNair), First in the Pack Coordinator, F1RST Student Organization Advisor

Additional Involvement: Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (NC State University), NC State Black Alumni Society Board Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Lara Chatman

Associate Director, Ronald E. McNair Scholars

Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Miami University, OH), Masters of Education in School Counseling (Freed Hardeman University), Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, University of Tennessee (Martin, TN)

Primary Contact: Administration of TRIO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

Additional Involvement: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Kyle Blochl

Tutor Coordinator, Collegiate Programs

Education: Masters of Arts: Instructional Technology – Media Literacy (Appalachian State University), Bachelors of Science: English Education (Appalachian State University)

Additional Involvement: Beyond the Bell Tower Podcast, Marketing and Mixed Media for TRIO Collegiate Programs

Dawn Speas

Program Assistant, Collegiate Programs

Education: B.S. in Business Administration concentration Management (Shaw University)

Primary Contact: Office Management, Logistics, and Catering Coordinator, Budget Assistance, Hiring Temporary Employees

Additional Involvement: Graduate Student, Liberal Studies (NC State University), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.