Dominique A. Quarles is the Assistant Director for Student Support Services. He works to ensure that students who are first-generation, low-income, or disabled at Georgia Southern University are academically successful. Dominique earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at Georgia Southern University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education. Dominique is an alumnus of TRiO’s Ronald E. McNair Program, was a first-generation college student, and knows first hand that #TRiOWorks because #TRiOCares.
Leslie Harris is the Academic Advisor for Student Support Services. She provides academic and social support to those students who identify as first-generation, low-income, and/or are students with disabilities. Leslie received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Illinois College in 2014, and her Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University in 2016. Leslie joined TRiO’s Student Support Services program while at Illinois College, that assisted her with her statuses as a first-generation, low-income college student. Leslie is originally from Chicago Heights, IL.
Success Coach and Tutor
Penny Hendrix is a Success Coach and Tutor for Student Support Services. She coaches students who identifies as a first-generation student, low income student, or as a student with a disability through their collegiate experience at Georgia Southern University. Penny received her Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Special Education at Georgia Southern. She has worked for 20 years in the area of Disability and Student Support Services.
Success Coach and Tutor
Janet O’Brien is a Success Coach and Tutor for Student Support Services. She helps students who identify as first-generation, income-eligible, and/or are students with a disability. Janet received her Bachelor of Science in Math Education and Master of Education in Mathematics at Georgia Southern. She has worked for over 30 years teaching and supporting students at Georgia Southern.
John O. Nwosu, Jr.
Coordinator for Student Engagement
John O. Nwosu, Jr. is the Student Engagement Coordinator for Student Support Services. He works to coordinate programs and workshops that help students who are first-generation, low-income, or disabled develop skills for academic and life success. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, his Master of Education in School Counseling, and he is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in Counselor Education at Georgia Southern University. He has experience working with TRiO programs, and he is passionate about student growth and professional development.
Abriah Frasier is the Administrative Assistant for Student Support Services. She provides administrative support for the SSS office staff as well as the program participants. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages with a Spanish concentration. Abriah is a first-generation college student who understands the significance of receiving excellent support while pursuing a college degree. She is also the mother of a TRiO – Educational Talent Search student. She has worked for 4 plus years in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Georgia Southern University.
Graduate Assistant for American Reads and America Counts
Carla Ortiz is the Graduate Assistant for America Reads (AR) and America Counts (AC) programs within the Department of Educational Opportunity Programs/ Student Support Services. She is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master in Healthcare Administration (MHA) here at Georgia Southern University. Originally from Valdosta, Ga., Carla received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Valdosta State University in 2015. She is a theme park enthusiast and spends lots of time at Disney World and Universal Studios. When not in class or studying, she enjoys spending time with friends, reading Harry Potter, drinking coffee, and working out. She plans on pursuing a career in health administration and management and aspires to be CEO of a hospital.
Onyejizu Emeka Francis (Francis)
Graduate Assistant for Student Support Services
Onyejizu Emeka Francis is the Graduate Assistant for Student Support Services. Francis is a Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student at Georgia Southern University. Francis got his undergraduate degree in Federal University Of Technology,Owerri Nigeria. He has worked in two companies after graduation and majored in training professionals in different Engineering software’s and professional courses. He has participated as a volunteer in many faith based organizations and community services to coach, mentor and counsel individuals about their career and ambition. He Loves engineering as a career and hopes to own a reputable engineering firm. Aside from engineering he believes that life is a place to create impact and the best way to do that is being available to assist humanity in any capacity.
Aisha Hill is a sophomore biology major here at Georgia Southern University. Her hometown is the small city of Tifton, GA. She aspires to attend medical school and become a physician after graduating from GSU. Here at Georgia Southern Aisha is involved in Southern Leaders, where she is a Leadership Coach. She is also a part of two on-campus Christian organizations, Impact Campus Ministries and Unashamed Campus Ministry.
Jonathan Chiza is a fourth year information systems student here at Georgia Southern University. He was born in Kinshasa, Congo and moved to the United States at the age 5. Jonathan was raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia. On campus he is involved with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Student Government Association, African Student Association, and is a Career Educator with the Office of Career Service. After college he plans on pursuing a career in business consulting and one day hopes to become a CIO or CEO of a Fortune 100 company.
Melina Gunby is a third-year honors student studying psychology and criminal justice. She is a member of Omega Phi Alpha, a national service sorority, and an Honors ambassador. Her favorite color is grey and she has a grey cat that she rescued. She survives on coffee and spin classes and reads the Harry Potter books once a year. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology after undergrad. Her goal is to go to all 50 states before she graduate; she has already been to over half. She also wants to travel to as many countries as she can.
Kavon Freeman is currently a Senior undergraduate student at Georgia Southern University. Kavon is an exercise science major who is working towards becoming a physical therapist in the near future. Since his birth in Charleston, SC, to years spent in Atlanta, GA, he has made it a point to strive for his goals. In fact, he has been working diligently in both the Georgia Southern and Statesboro community as a Wellness Ambassador, a member of Phi Sigma Pi (National Honors Fraternity), and now as a Student Support Services Ambassador. Outside of school, Kavon enjoys playing intramural sports such as football and basketball at the RAC and he loves hanging out with close friends and family. Kavon is very passionate about helping others and has a positive spirit, so feel free to approach him on campus if you have any questions or concerns and he will be willing to lead you in the right direction.