Meet Our Family

Desarae Nelson

Program Director | dxnelson1@ualr.edu | (501) 569-3052

Desarae Nelson

Desarae Nelson

Education:  UA Little Rock Higher Education Administration doctoral candidate; Master of Science in Sports Administration from Henderson State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University

Short Bio:  Born and raised in Arkadelphia, AR, I come from a family of TRIO professionals. I love fishing and spending time with friends and family. Education is my passion. I love helping people expand their educational horizons because education, once achieved, can never be taken away. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-Nelson Mandela

What do you love about TRIO:  I love that TRIO provides nontraditional and underrepresented students opportunities to be successful in post-secondary education. There are so many times when students may consider giving up on their hopes and dreams because life just seems to knock them down. Thankfully, TRIO is always there to encourage them and support them along their journey so that they can continue to move forward one step at a time.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS because there are so many ways that SSS can assist them. Students don’t always consider what needs they have outside of everyday academic needs. While SSS provides assistance with academic needs, SSS also provides networking opportunities and relationships that will last well beyond the student’s time here at UA Little Rock. TRIO SSS is a nurturing, family atmosphere. Come join our TRIO family because TRIO works!

 

Sharina Miller 

Advisor for student’s last name L-Z | sxjones3@ualr.edu | (501) 569-8752

Sharina Miller

Sharina Miller

Education:  Master of Arts in Counseling with emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Biology

Short Bio:  I am a TRiO Alumni (Upward Bound and Student Support Services Program).  I have a lot of TRiO experience as a student and as a professional. I am very passionate about education. I believe any student can be successful, but he or she must be focused, dedicated and utilize the resources available to him or her. I love spending time with family and friends.

What do you love about TRIO:  I love that TRIO offers what was given to me and now I have the opportunity to guide, mentor and pay it forward.  I love the supportive and team-minded staff that makes sure each student’s needs are met.  I love being able to assist students in achieving their goals and preparing for their future endeavors.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS to receive the necessary encouragement from an SSS advisor who will help guide them to accomplish their educational goals.  A student in our program will be able to participate in Grant Aid scholarship, Textbook Loan Program, cultural events, and specific topic workshops, just to name a few resources SSS provides.  Free individualized tutoring opportunities are also available.  Are you planning on Graduate School? Another resource SSS offers is the opportunity to participate in graduate school trips; which is another rewarding experience SSS provides toward ensuring that students are successful and graduate.

 

Ulonda Frazier 

Advisor for student’s last name A-K | udfrazier@ualr.edu | (501) 569-8746

Ulonda Frazier

Ulonda Frazier

Education:  Master of Science in Adult Education with emphasis in Workforce Development Education from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Short Bio:  Born and raised in beautiful Hot Springs, AR, where I’ve worked in higher education since 2002. I serve as a mentor in my community and have a deep passion for education and helping students fulfill their educational goals. I love traveling, entertaining, and spending time with my family and friends.

What do you love about TRIO:  What is there not to love about TRIO?! TRIO offers awesome resources for the students, that include academic tutoring, career advising, and cultural events. The staff work together to ensure the students have everything they need to thrive.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS to get that extra push or motivation they may need to successfully complete their program of study. SSS provides a number of tools and resources, that gives the student a greater advantage to be successful and obtain their undergraduate degree.
“You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Marty Mayfield

Project Coordinator | mnmayfield@ualr.edu | (501) 682-5632

Marty Mayfield

Marty Mayfield

Education:  M.A Human Resources Management, Webster University (In Progress);   B.A. in Management Information Systems, UA Little Rock

Short Bio:  I have over 14 years of professional higher education experience. I’m from Little Rock, Arkansas and was the first in my family to graduate from a 4-year institution. I understand and can relate to first-generation college students. Family time is my hobby!

What do you love about TRIO:  What I love about TRIO is how everyone works together to ensure that our students are informed about the different activities happening across campus.  The TRIO program also visits other universities to prepare our students for Graduate School opportunities on their academic journey past an undergraduate degree.

Why should Students Join SSS: Students should join TRIO because we can relate to them.

 

Tiffany Pike

Graduate Assistant | txpike@ualr.edu | (501) 907-5822

Tiffany Pike

Tiffany Pike

Education:  M.S Information Science, UA Little Rock (In Progress); B.A. in Mathematics, University of Arkansas Fayetteville

Short Bio:   I was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  I moved to Little Rock, AR at the age of fourteen. I am a product of a low-income household and a first-generation college attendee who graduated from a four year university. I have over 20+ years of experience in the IT industry and my ultimate goal in life is to obtain a Doctorate in Education. I spend most of my free time with family and friends. I am an active member in my church and community. Serving people is my hobby and my passion.

What do you love about TRIO:  I love the passion displayed and support provided by the staff of TRIO SSS to the students they serve. Their commitment and dedication to ensure that eligible students are informed and utilizing the services provided by the program is impacting the lives of the students they serve.

Why should Students Join SSS:  Students should join SSS because the resources and support provided by the staff of TRIO SSS are immeasurable. Utilizing the services provided by TRIO SSS will make their experience at the UA Little Rock very memorable.

 

Michael Pugh 

Graduate Assistant | mhpugh@ualr.edu | (501) 907-5824

Michael Pugh

Michael Pugh

Education:  M.A. in Counseling (Rehabilitation), UA Little Rock (In Progress); B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology, UA Little Rock; Associates in General Studies, UA Little Rock.

Short Bio:  I am from Woodlawn, TN. I moved to North Little Rock in 2014 to attend UA Little Rock. I am a disabled veteran with 17 years of service. I started my academic journey in 2007, but never finished. After registering for classes at UA Little Rock, I applied for the TRIO Student Support Services program and was accepted.  After graduating last fall with my undergraduate degrees, I continued with the next step-Graduate School and applied for the Graduate Assistant position in TRIO SSS and was hired. I’ve also been an instructor for the military for many years and will soon become a Drill Sergeant for the Army. 

What do you love about TRIO:  I love the fact that TRIO SSS is there for its students while providing many resources. They look out for you and make sure you’re involved with positive activities like workshops and Graduate School trips. 

Why should Students Join SSS:  That’s easy. Because they are your biggest cheerleaders to help you succeed and accomplish your academic goals!  The resources of Tutoring, Book Loan program and scholarships are just a few amazing resources TRIO SSS provides its students. Plus, we at TRIO are here to work for the students and not the other way around.