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Academic Achievement

CSF 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.



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 7 grandchildren. My life overflows, and my career is very important to me. I completed my ITAM degree here at CWU, and I start my Master's program in the fall.  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.


Damian Culver, CSF, Graduate Assistant

I have a Master in Psychology from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Western Washington University. Currently, I am in CWU’s graduate program in School Psychology. I was once homeless and I am the first in my family to go to college. However, despite these hardships, I have become resilient. I received collaborative and nurturing support from school staff, who helped me realize that I was not who I was despite adversity; I am who I am because of adversity. This belief system allowed me to embrace trauma and hardships as part of my persona and to channel that energy into passion and purpose. Come see me, I really look forward to supporting you the best way I can.



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