Meet the Staff
Mary Lowry, a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from NC State, joined TRIO in August 2017. Prior to becoming a part of the TRIO family, Mary worked at Rand Road Elementary as a first grade teaching assistant, where she was awarded Teaching Assistant of the Year for 2015-2016. Though originally from West Virginia, she has made a home for herself here in NC with her husband of 21 years and four beautiful children. Mary completes bi-annual triathlon sprints with her daughters, hiking, traveling, reading, sky diving, and she even crewed for a hot air balloon team! As the Program Assistant, Mary assists with planning and execution of program-related educational and/or cultural enrichment field trips, seminars, and activities, performing administrative maintenance of TRIO events, tracking inventory, and contributing to the success of students and the TRIO program as a valuable team member. When asked what her favorite part of TRIO was, Mary responded that everyone made her feel welcome and a part of the family. She is enjoying getting to know the students, staff, and faculty. Mary's motto is "never give up on yourself" and this encouragement is a daily affirmation she shares with TRIO.
S T R E N G T H S – ACHIEVER - POSITIVITY - STRATEGIC - RESPONSIBILITY - RELATOR
Felita Carr, M.S.A.
Mrs. Felita Carr joined the TRIO program at JCC in 2016 as the Success Coach. In this position Mrs. Carr works closely with TRIO students to promote access to resources and helps guide students towards both academic and personal success. She has nearly eighteen years of experience working in two TRIO programs, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. Mrs. Carr's role in TRIO at JCC allows her to support students who face barriers to success; in addition, she spends time guiding students towards transferring to a four-year college successfully, and provides them with counseling and referrals for therapeutic interventions. As the Success Coach, Mrs. Carr is responsible for assisting the Director with reports for the U.S. Department of Education and also plays a part in nominating students for award opportunities. She earned a master's degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor of science degree from North Carolina Central University. Prior to her career in TRIO, Mrs. Carr taught high school math courses. Mrs. Carr is dedicated to enriching the lives of students in TRIO.
S T R E N G T H S – BELIEF - INCLUDER - RESPONSIBILITY - POSITIVITY - ARRANGER
Brandy Daingerfield, M.Ed.
Learning Strategies Specialist,NTA Military Liasion, NTA Certified Master Tutor Trainer, NTA Certified Master Tutor, NTA Certified Advanced Academic Coach
Brandy Daingerfield is a graduate of Northcentral University with an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Teaching. Additionally, she attended Ashford University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Social Science as well as a master's Degree in education with a reading literacy concentration. She joined TRIO in 2014 and, as the Learning Strategies Specialist, Brandy is responsible for coordinating training for tutors, reviewing tutorial and study group guidelines with students, monitoring student progress and TRIO labs, and evaluating the tutoring and study group needs of the program. The Learning Strategies Specialist also serves as a contributing team member of TRIO in enhancing the success of JCC students. Brandy has over six years' experience as a tutor for adult learners and has worked previously as a Teaching Assistant at Ashford University. Brandy believes in supporting students so that they recognize the relationship between their current studies and the real-world application of the learning process. Brandy maintains service to others outside of JCC by volunteering as a Key Spouse for military dependents and was recently recognized with the Key Spouse of the Year Award. In 2016 Brandy was recognized at the National Tutoring Association conference with the President's Award for her contributions to the field of tutoring.
S T R E N G T H S – LEARNER – ACHIEVER – INTELLECT – STRATEGIC – INPUT
Advanced Level, NTA Certified Peer Tutor
Misty Garcia is a 2007 honors graduate of Johnston Community College with an associate's degree in applied science, computer programming. She began tutoring for TRIO in the spring of 2007. In addition to nearly nine years' experience as a TRIO tutor, Misty has also served on the TRIO Service Committee (TSC), helped with an Innovation Grant award "Project Enhancement" during the summer, and has been involved in numerous service projects including Helping Hands Teach, Samaritan's Purse, and visiting nursing homes. Misty maintains high academic standing and was a dean's list student. Misty shares about her experiences tutoring for the program, "I enjoy tutoring because it enables me to help others achieve their academic goals by sharing what I have learned with them." Misty's extraordinary ability to share her expertise with others is evident at all levels; she was named 2016 Tutor of the Year by the National Tutoring Association.
S T R E N G T H S –HARMONY - RELATOR - LEARNER - RESPONSIBILITY - RESTORATIVE
NTA Certified Peer Tutor
Chris Ketner has been a TRIO Tutor for two years. She is a Johnston Community College alumni, with two Associate's degrees: office administration and medical office administration. While a student, Chris was a TRIO member who maintained a 3.94 GPA, was a TRIO Outstanding Student of the Year, and was an active member in the Student Government Association, National Technical Honors Society, and Phi Theta Kappa; she graduated with high honors and was a dean's list student. In addition, Chris volunteers for many activities, including Samaritan's Purse, Quilts for Kids, and ConKer Cancer. Chris's favorite part of being a tutor is watching a student become an independent learner and critical thinker. When asked about her favorite part of tutoring she shared, "I love the 'light-bulb' moment students get when they finally understand something."
S T R E N G T H S – RESTORATIVE - LEARNER - RESPONSIBILITY - INPUT - ARRANGER
Advanced Level, NTA Certified Peer Tutor
Sue Tyner graduated from Johnston Community College with high honors in 2010 with degrees in Office Administration and Medical Office Administration. Sue began tutoring for the TRIO program in 2009 while finishing her second degree. While at JCC, Sue was a dean's list student and had a significant impact on her peers. Sue, along with two other tutors, helped to administer an Innovation Grant awarded to the TRIO program in the summer of 2011 titled "Project ENHANCE". The project was designed to help students build upon their computer skills, a skill that Sue has mastered. Sue enjoys working with adult learners because they are working towards a goal that will make their lives better. Tutoring is something she believes she was meant to do.
S T R E N G T H S – LEARNER - HARMONY - ADAPTABILITY - ACHIEVER - CONNECTEDNESS
Jennifer McLean, M.A.
After over ten years of leading a Student Support Services at another community college, Mrs. McLean took helm of the TRIO/Student Support Services program at JCC. Mrs. McLean earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology at the University of Pembroke and a master of arts degree in community counseling from Appalachian State University. She is a national certified counselor and served on the board of the Robeson County Partnership for Children for over eight years. Her background includes serving the community as a vocational resource counselor, coordinating tutoring services at UNC Pembroke, and working as an adjunct faculty member at two community colleges in North Carolina. Mrs. McLean is credited with building a Student Support Services program from the ground up and she truly understands all the facets of the design and purpose of TRIO. In addition to experience with grant writing; she understands the requirements of meeting objectives for TRIO programs established by the US Department of Education. She knows what it takes to lead a successful program and enjoys encouraging others to enrich themselves academically.
S T R E N G T H S – INPUT - CONNECTEDNESS - RESPONSIBILITY - LEARNER - INDIVIDUALIZATION