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Terry Baxter,

Assistant Director, Upward Bound

Education: Master in Education (Appalachian State University), Bachelors of Arts in Social Studies Education (Appalachian State University)

Primary Contact: Administration of TRIO Upward Bound Programs, 12th Grade College Enrollment, UB Bridge, UB Logistics (Transportation)

Additional Involvement: USC 107 Instructor

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



La’Toya Cesar Reed,

Assistant Director, Talent Search

Education: MBA (Strayer Univ), B.A Psychology (Saint Augustine’s College)

Primary Contact: Administration of TRIO Talent Search, Knightdale High and Outlier Students, USC 107 instructor

Additional Involvement: NCSU Group Insurance and Benefits Standing Committee Member, USC 107 Instructor, Resolve Advocate


Canitria Cook,

Academic Coordinator, Upward Bound

Education: B.A. in Sociology (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Primary Contact: TRIO Upward Bound recruitment; Underclassmen; Saturday Academy

Additional InvolvementZeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Graduate Student in Higher Education (NC Central University)

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 InvolvementDelta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Frances De Los Santos,

Program Coordinator, Talent Search

Education: B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies (NC State University)

Primary ContactTRIO Talent Search Smithfield Middle, Selma Middle, and Smithfield-Selma Senior High

Additional Involvement: Graduate Student in Counselor Education (NC State University), member of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad, Lamba Pi Chi Inc.


Cassandra Jones,

Business Officer, TRIO Programs

Education: MBA with Management Concentration (Strayer University); Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (Elizabeth City State University)

Primary ContactProgram Budgets, Reconciliations, and Closeouts for all TRIO Programs

Additional InvolvementCertified Research Administrator, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Gabrielle Joyner

Administrative Support, Pre-College Programs

Education: B.S. in Criminal Justice & B.A. in Psychology (East Carolina University)

Primary ContactAdministration TRIO Pre-College Programs (Upward Bound, East Wake Upward Bound, and Talent Search)

Maurice Mathis

Senior Director, Pre-College Programs

Education: M.S. in Communications (NC State University), Communications (Truman State University)

Primary Contact: Administration for the TRIO Pre-College Programs (TRIO Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO East Wake Upward Bound)

Additional InvolvementDoctoral Student in Educational Leadership (Fayetteville State Unversity), Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., SAEOPP Board Member (Emerging Leaders Institute & International Access committees)

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

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

Dawn Speas,

Program Assistant, Collegiate Programs

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

Primary ContactOffice Management, Logistics, and Catering Coordinator, Budget Assistance, Hiring Temporary Employees

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

Rebecca Woskoff,

Assistant Director, Student Support Services STEM (SSS-STEM)

Education: M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel (Kent State University), B.S in Mathematics with Secondary Education certification (Albright College)

Primary ContactTRIO SSS-STEM Coaching & Programming Development and Pack Promise Coordinator

Additional Involvement: Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, National Coalition Building Institute Facilitator/Team Member, and NC State Wellness Strategic Plan Committee Member

Catherine Wright

Administrative Support, Pre-College Programs

Education: MBA with specialization in Human Resource Management (McHari International College, The Bahamas)

Primary Contact: Administration for the TRIO Pre-college Programs (UB, EW, TS)



Sarah Wright,

Assistant Director, Student Support Services (SSS)

Education: M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychological Services (Springfield College), Bachelors of Science in Sport Behavior (West Virginia University)

Primary ContactTRIO SSS Coaching

Additional InvolvementCo-Chair of the Pack Essentials Steering Committee; Committee member of the NC State Student Emergency Housing Feasibility Study and Host Homes Program both funded by the NC State Foundation, member of the Capital Area Food Network

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