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Jaade Williams

June 3, 2021

Jaade Williams is the GEAR UP Success Coach located on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. On campus, she cultivates relationships between departments and helps to introduce campus resources to current and potential GEAR UP students. … Continued

Dana Chandler

May 24, 2021

Currently, Dana serves as the GEAR UP Success Coach at Elizabeth City State University where she has worked for 3 years in multiple capacities. In the Success Coach role, Dana engages the experience of first-year Elizabeth City State University students. … Continued

McKayla Bohannon

May 24, 2021

As the GEAR UP Success Coach at UNC Greensboro, McKayla provides coaching to first-year students from participating GEAR UP high schools. Before her role with GEAR UP, McKayla served as a Graduate Assistant for Student Support Services at UNC Greensboro. … Continued

Shania McMillian

May 24, 2021

As the GEAR UP Success Coach at UNC Pembroke, Shania supports, mentors, and coaches first-year college students selected from GEAR UP high schools with their transitional efforts. Shania served as an Academic Success Coach for two years in the Center … Continued

Jeffrey Quick

May 24, 2021

As the GEAR UP Student Success Coach at Sandhills Community College, Jeffrey manages a caseload of first-year students from target GEAR UP NC high schools. He is responsible for providing high-quality coaching sessions that contribute to their personal growth, development, … Continued

Delmus Willis

May 24, 2021

Delmus Willis is currently the GEAR UP Success Coach at Lenoir Community College. As the GEAR UP Success Coach, Delmus’ focus is to help first generation college students navigate their college experience by connecting students with necessary resources and academic … Continued

Ashleigh Yearde

May 24, 2021

Ashleigh Yearde is the GEAR UP Success Coach at Pitt Community College under the division of Academic Advising. She assists first-generation students to break down barriers to meet their academic goals. It is truly her passion to serve students to … Continued

Estefane Santiago-Lopez

May 24, 2021

Program Specialist | esantiagolopez@northcarolina.edu As Program Specialist, Estefane manages various administrative tasks and supports GEAR UP programming, outreach, and evaluation efforts. Prior to her role with GEAR UP, Estefane served as a College Adviser for two high schools in Davidson County, North Carolina as part of … Continued

Miodrag Stojnic, Ph. D.

May 24, 2021

Research and Evaluation Specialist | mstojnic@northcarolina.edu  Miodrag is the Research and Evaluation Specialist with GEAR UP NC. His main tasks include survey development, data management, and data analysis with the purpose of evaluating the impact of GEAR UP NC’s efforts on students’ … Continued

Patti Harris

May 24, 2021

Director | pbharris@northcarolina.edu Patti is the Director of GEAR UP NC where she facilitates GEAR UP NC’s uCoach partnership with eight community colleges and four-year public institutions. Additionally, she develops and oversees statewide programming and outreach initiatives, building and sustaining … Continued