Meet our staff

Linda S. Barker  Director

TRIO Educational Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center Programs

Degrees:

 Master of Science in Counseling, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Years Associated with TRIO:

Director of TRIO Programs – 4 years

Associate Director for Talent Search Program – 10 years

Counselor for Talent Search Program – 17 years

Howard D. Jackson – Associate Director

TRIO Educational Opportunity Center Program

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, MI

Hobbies:

Billiards, eating holiday meals, and spectator sports

Years Associated with TRIO:

March 1999 – present (Educational Opportunity Center Program at UALR)

Favorite Quote:

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

 

Elena Maina  Student Development Specialist

Educational Talent Search Program

Schools:

Central High School, Little Rock, AR

Dermott High School, Dermott, AR

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Florida

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, University of Florida

Master of Education in Secondary Education, Arizona State University

Hobbies:

Running, watching foreign film with my husband Andrew, cooking new dishes, and traveling to new places

Years Associated with TRIO:

January 2009 – May 2010 (Upward Bound in Florida)

August 2012 – present (Educational Talent Search Program at UALR)

Favorite Quote:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  –  Nelson Mandela

Billy Ray Huggins  Student Development Specialist

Educational Talent Search Program

Schools:

J. A. Fair System Magnet High School, Little Rock, AR

McClellan Magnet High School, Little Rock, AR

Degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR

Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

Hobbies:

Traveling, shopping at estate sales and collecting antiques.

Years Associated with TRIO:

October 2012 – present

Favorite Quote:

“Each person must live their life as a model for others.”   Rosa Parks

Cassandra A. Tavorn  Student Development Specialist

Educational Talent Search Program

 

D. B. Rashad  Education Counselor

Educational Opportunity Center Program

Degrees:

Associate of Arts in Psychology, Donnelly College, Kansas City, KS

Bachelor of Arts in Professional & Technical Writing, UALR, Little Rock, AR

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, UALR, Little Rock, AR

Master of Arts in Professional & Technical Writing with emphasis Non-fiction, UALR, Little Rock, AR

Hobbies:

Reading, writing, going to movies, knitting, crocheting, and baking for friends

Years Associated with TRIO:

Summer of 2002 & 2003 (McNair Scholar Program)

Summer 2004 & 2005 (McNair Research Coordinator)

April 2009 – present (Educational Opportunity Center Program at UALR)

Favorite Quote:

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

 



Brandon Scaife  Student Development Specialist

Educational Talent Search Program

 

Carlton Coleman  Project Program Specialist

Educational Opportunity Center Program and Educational Talent Search Program

Degrees:

Associates of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems, Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, AR

Associates of Arts and Associates of Science in General Studies, Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, AR

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, UALR, Little Rock, AR

Master of Education in Learning Systems Technology, UALR, Little Rock, AR

Hobbies:

Web design & programming, internet marketing, walking, online movies, and music

Years Associated with TRIO:

June 2014 – present

Favorite Quote:

“You are always a student and never a master.  You have to keep moving forward.” – Conrad Hall

 

Student Assistants:

Christi Kim

Shanikia Williams

Sheena Vang