Meet Our Family

“Our goal is to assist students in their adjustment to college and support them for academic success and graduation. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where student learn, grow and succeed in their pursuit of academic and career goals. Our dedicated TRiO/SSS professionals assist students in developing skills, knowledge, and attributes to complete a post-secondary education through quality academic, career and personal support services”.

–Dr. Ge Chen, TRiO Program Director

Dr. Ge Chen

Program Director | gxchen2@ualr.edu | (501) 569-3052

Dr. Ge Chen

Dr. Ge Chen

Education: Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Master of Education in Secondary Education

Bachelor of Arts in ESL and Education

Short Bio: Over 30 years of experience in Higher Education administration and instruction across two cultures with a focus on student success initiatives. Committed to advocating and serving college students, particularly under-represented students, in achieving their academic goals and life-long dreams. Love cooking, gardening, and playing table tennis.

What do you love about TRiO: Energetic and dedicated TRiO staff and inspiring TRiO students.

Why should Students Join SSS: Students will be in a very welcoming and supportive program committed to serving them for academic and career success!

Julie Shelby 

Advisor for student’s Last Name A-K| jmshelby@ualr.edu | (501) 569-8746

Julie Shelby

Julie Shelby

Education: MA in Professional and Technical Writing

Short Bio: Music lover, mother, and cultural navigator of higher education.  Works well with others.

What do you love about TRiO: I love that TRIO bridges gaps between students and success, and I love watching students succeed.

Why should Students Join SSS: Students should join TRIO if they want to do college better.  We have the resources, staff, and know-how to get students to the next level.

La’Donnia Mothershed-Baker

Advisor for students last name L-Z| lmmothershed@ualr.edu | (501) 569-8752

Education: Juris Doctor (JD) in progress
Master of Art in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Short Bio: My story is still in progress. Come by and see me, and I will be happy to catch you up on the latest adventures of La’Donnia. Hopefully, while you’re here I can learn yours too.

LaDonnia Mothershed Baker

LaDonnia Mothershed Baker

What do you love about TRiO: What I love most about Trio is the students the program affords us the opportunity to reach and connect with. Every day I am continuously learning from my students. I’m learning who they are, whose they are, where they are, and where they are going. Vice versa I am learning all of those things for myself. I love how Trio allows voices to be heard, where most tend to turn a blind eye or deaf ear. Lastly, what I love about Trio is how the program provides us a platform to tell those who society has deemed unfit, or a waste of time, that they are most definitely worth fighting for.

Why should Students Join SSS: We are on this wonderful journey called life, and although we are connected through an academic vessel, the connection we make and the bonds that are developed along the way are much deeper than simply moving through a frail academic phase/system. The connections my students and I make are life lasting, and the tools we develop along our union reaches beyond a textbook.Such tools where no matter where they each choose to go in life, they will be able to apply to their situation and overcome all statistics, stereotypes, and broken systems.

Teresa Jordan

Tutoring Coordinator | tljordan@ualr.edu | (501) 569-8749

Education: AA and BA in Interpretation: ASL/English
MS in Rehabilitation: Deafness
MEd in Adult Education

Teresa Jordan

Teresa Jordan

Short Bio: Motivator.  Educator.  Warm fuzzy maker.  Life-long learner.  Person of deep faith.  Educating and supporting students at UALR for more than 15 years, learning daily all-the-while.

What do you love about TRiO: Working with students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences is both informative and encouraging.  Every day is a learning experience, not only for our students, but for us, as staff members.

Why should Students Join SSS: Academic progress is defined, encouraged, demonstrated, and expected from SSS students by the SSS staff members; and the students do, indeed, happily progress and successfully graduate at a higher rate than the university-at-large student body!

 

Brandon Scott

Academic Coach/Administrative Assistant| bdscott@ualr.edu | 501-683-7481

Brandon Scott

Brandon Scott

Education: B.S. in Business Administration-Management, Jackson State University
M.A. in Higher Education Administration, UA Little Rock

Short Bio: Leaner, social justice advocate, troubleshooter, problem solver, music lover, and pretty all around guy. I love to make a positive impact on people and leave their lives a bit better than the way they were before we met.

What do you love about TRiO: The family atmosphere where seasoned professionals make it their mission to help develop the students they serve into purposed filled individuals one interaction at a time.

Why should Students Join SSS: I would say Student Support Services program is the difference between a good and great student. Sure a student could be good on their own, but with the vast experiences and expertise of our staff has to offer we help develop great students.

Jacqueline Durr

Graduate Assistant | jgdurr@ualr.edu

Jacqueline Durr

Jacqueline Durr

Education: B.A. Psychology, UALR
B.A. Spanish, UALR
M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology & Higher Ed. (In progress)

Short Bio: Purpose driven, Nurturer, Educator.
I am a non-traditional, first-generational student who began at UALR in the fall of 2013 and commuted from Hot Springs to finish a BA in Psychology and Spanish.
Nothing is impossible with hard work and commitment, and TRiO can make the difference.

What do you love about TRiO: The caring staff, the resources, but mostly making a difference in the lives of our students.

Why should Students Join SSS: If you want to accomplish your academic goals with the help of an amazing staff and the resources SSS provides, combined with your hard work and determination, then Student Support Services is your bridge to success.