Senior Director, SSS Programs
Courtney Simpson earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from NC State University. Ms. Simpson has a proven track record and demonstrated commitment with the TRIO Programs. As a first generation college student herself, she has used her various roles at the university to advocate for and mentor first generation, under resourced students. Prior to becoming Director of Student Support Services and Student Support Services STEM, Courtney served as a Program Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search, an Academic Advisor in the College of Management and an Assistant Director in the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.
SSS-STEM ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Pack Promise Coordinator
Rebecca earned a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel from Kent State University (Kent, OH) and a B.S. in Mathematics with a secondary education certification from Albright College (Reading, PA). She found her passion for working with TRiO programs while serving as a Graduate Assistant for TRiO SSS. Prior to her role at NC State, she worked with TRiO SSS, Peer Mentor programs, and First Year Experience at the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg. As a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, Rebecca combines this expertise with her knowledge of student development and advising to help students discover their strengths, pursue their goals, and find success through college, and beyond.
Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, Kyle Blochl is an avid fan of the outdoors, ice hockey, music, tea drinking, and watch collecting. He attended Appalachian State University and earned both his BS in Secondary English Education and his MA in Instructional Technology: Educational Media – Media Literacy. Previously, he worked at Daytona State College’s Writing Center as a writing specialist, and has also worked as a school teacher and computer tech. As Tutor Coordinator, Kyle makes sure that all of the SSS tutoring needs are fulfilled. However, after work he is an epee fencer, musician, runner, and mead maker. His nerdoms include Dune, Game of Thrones, English Language History, and too many video games to count.
Dawn Speas is from Winston-Salem, NC and earned a B.S degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Shaw University (Raleigh, NC). Previously, she was a Project Manager for many years working with a diverse population as she planned and implemented numerous projects for various clients. With a bright smile and positive attitude, she genuinely enjoys working with and helping others, especially cheering for and encouraging students to never give up no matter how hard life may seem as they strive to succeed in higher education.