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Academic Achievement

TRIO SSS Staff

Debra Lewis, AAP Director

Favorite Quote
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
      - Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)

 

 

 

 

Greetings! I was born in Denver, Colorado and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. I have had the privilege to direct three TRIO projects: the Upward Bound and Talent Search programs at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and Student Support Services at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Philander Smith College and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Psychology and my research centers around personal and contextual factors that influence eating patterns and food selections in overweight African American women. My siblings and I were TRIO Upward Bound participants and I see myself when I work with first-generation students. As a former TRIO participant, my goal is to make sure all students are given the opportunity to not only attend college but to graduate and change their community. The greatest joy in my life are my children and in my free time, I enjoy reading and watching movies.

 


Lorinda Anderson, AAP Coordinator

Favorite Quote
"Just be yourself. Everyone else is taken."
      -Possibly Oscar Wilde or Thomas Merton and most definitely Gilbert Perreira

 

 

 

I have enjoyed multiple career pathways over the last 35 years.  Most aligned well with my degrees in Preventive Medicine/Environmental Health and Geography/Natural Resource Management while others were more off-center.  Each of them has been deeply fulfilling.

Today, I am the Coordinator of Central’s Academic Achievement Programs, a role in which I have the opportunity to facilitate for the success of students who choose to dream big and pursue higher education to achieve their life goals. 

My intent is to bring creativity, passion, and a concern for others to whatever I am involved in.  I am a pushover for any artistic endeavor – from oil painting to ceramics – and traveling, as I easily lose all sense of time surrounded by mountains, diverse individuals, and big water resources.


Gina Gilbert, AAP Office Assistant 3

Favorite Quote
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
      - Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh

 

 

 

 I am the OA3 for Academic Achievement Programs.  I was born and raised in Kittitas County. I have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. My life overflows, and my career is very important to me. I have always sought employment that is rewarding and where I can help people. AAP is the perfect department for me. I love the diversity and the needs of our students makes you feel like you are doing something important and good.


Heidi Anderson, TRIO SSS Academic Advisor

Advising Philosophy
My advising philosophy is based on developmental advising theory. I believe it is key to assess a student’s academic need in the beginning, work with the student to develop the necessary skills they need to be successful. First and foremost, to establish an ongoing and open dialogue with students, where the student can openly discuss issues connected with their academics. I believe also the importance of actively listening to a student will help drive the direction to develop their skills as they move forward in their degree program. And lastly, providing an environment of support and resource that they can turn to in time of need or celebration of achievements.

 

 

 

 

 

   

I received my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Science in Biology from Central Washington University in 2011, and a Master of Science in Biology in 2014.  I was a former TRIO scholar and attribute my academic success, impart, to the TRIO Program. I am the first in my family to receive a college degree, and I have inspired my own children to pursue higher education. I believe it is important to continue to challenge yourself and learn new things. Recently my family and I have started a lavender farm here in the valley with close to 2000 plants. Come this spring we will have a sea of purple to gaze out upon.


Leslie Woodris, TRIO SSS Academic Advisor

Advising Philosophy
As an academic advisor my role is to create an environment where students feel comfortable to explore and ask questions. I strive to empower students on their academic and personal journey while at Central Washington University, giving support when needed and celebrating every accomplishment. I work with each individual student to develop a unique academic plan that is tailored to their unique strengths. I know that it can be difficult navigating college; I work hard to inform students of campus resources, academic/career options, and university policies. My goal is to help students develop the tools necessary to be successful at Central Washington University and also in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving from the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest has been a wonderful adventure for me and my wife. I am originally from northern Illinois, near Chicago. My educational background is in psychology, I received my Bachelors of Science from the University of Indianapolis in Psychology and Pre-Art Therapy in 2014. I then received two Masters of Science degrees from Emporia State University in Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy. I come from a low income, first generation family but I was not aware of the TRIO program while pursuing my degrees. The greatest challenge I had to overcome as a student was finding a way to pay for school independently. I can personally relate to trying to juggle a job and consentrate on school. I believe that TRIO SSS can make a huge difference in your experience at college.


TRIO SSS, Graduate Assistant

Coming soon. 


Victor Sanchez, TRIO SSS, Tutor Liaison/ Assistant. Victor Sanchez, TRIO SSS Tutor Liaison/ Assistant

I was born in Mexico but raised in Yakima Washington, and graduated from Davis High school in Yakima. I am the last one in my family to graduate from college. My two brothers and sister attended and graduated from Central. I am going into my third year at Central pursuing a degree in Construction Management. Something I enjoy doing is playing soccer and listening to music.  One day I hope to have my own Construction Company and have the privilege of traveling around the world with my family.


Brooklyn Isaacs, TRIO SSS, Student Office Assistant. Brooklyn Isaacs, TRIO SSS Student Office Assistant

Hello! I am from a small town called Buckley, WA. I am a Public Relations major with a minor in IT Web Design Management. I plan to move to Idaho after graduation to kick start my life. In my free time you can find me golfing, watching baseball, or target shooting. I have worked in the TRIO office as a student worker for almost two years and I love it!

My favorite color is green.
My favorite food is Mexican.

 

 

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