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

Brandon Scaife  Student Development Specialist

Educational Talent Search Program

Schools:

Hall High, Little Rock, AR

Dermott High, Dermott, AR

Degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Master of Education in Middle Childhood Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (2016)

Master of Arts in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

Hobbies:

Baseball, eating food, good movies

Years Associated with TRIO:

February 2013-Present

Favorite Quote:

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there” – Yogi Berra

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

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Rachel VanVeckhoven- Student Development Specialist

Educational Talent Search Program

Schools:

Dollarway, Pine Bluff, AR

Robert F. Morehead Middle School, Pine Bluff, AR

Degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication, University of Central Arkansas

Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration, University of Central Arkansas

Hobbies:

Traveling, going to the movies, working out, shopping

Years Associated with TRIO:

June 2015-Present

Favorite Quote:

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful” Proverbs 15:13

 

 

 

Cassandra E. Woods, Education Specialist

Educational Opportunity Center Program

Degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Master of Education in Agency Counseling, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

Years Associated with TRIO:

UALR Educational Opportunity Center, Education Specialist, October 2013 – present

UALR Student Support Services, Counselor , September 2010 – October 2013

UALR Educational Talent Search, Counselor, May 2001- May 2005

SAU Upward Bound, Tutor Coordinator/Counselor, June 1999 – May 2001


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

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

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

Graduate Certificate in Technology Innovation, 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

Sara E. Squires- Administrative Analyst

TRIO Educational Talent Search and Educational Opportunity Center Programs

Degrees:

Associate of Arts in Psychology, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Minor in Exercise Science, Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

Hobbies:

Running, watching Track & Field, going out for coffee at Dunkin Donuts, and reading novels.

Years Associated with TRIO:

January 2015-Present

Favorite Quote:

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21

 

Student Assistants:

Shanikia Williams