People

LaTisha Davis
TRIO SES Associate Director, OPTIONS Coordinator
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Hello and welcome to the University of Kansas! My name is LaTisha Davis and I am an Associate Director for TRIO SES.

Patty Fugitt
TRIO STEM Student Success Specialist
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Hi!  My name is Patty Fugitt and I am a Retention Specialist with TRIO STEM.

Julie Hamel, PhD
TRIO SES Student Success Specialist, FJS Program Coordinator, XAE Coordinator
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In all of my work, I’ve loved watching young people discover and develop their talents and skills, find an academic and career path, and learn what they have to offer in the world!

Gretchen Heasty
TRIO SES & STEM Director
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Melody Lawrence
TRIO SES & STEM Office Manager
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Stacy Mendez
TRIO SES & STEM Adjunct Advisor
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My name is Stacy and I have worked at the University of Kansas since 2002. I am the Director of the Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program, serve as an Adjunct Advisor with TRIO SES/STEM, and teach a section of UNIV 101 for CAMP and Hixson Scholars. 

Irene Olivares, PhD
TRIO SES Student Success Specialist
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My name is Irene Olivares, and I am a Student Success Specialist with TRIO Supportive Educational Services. I am originally from Los Altos de Jalisco, but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. I am the oldest of five siblings, and I was the first person in my family to attend college.

Melissa Peterson
TRIO SES & STEM Academic Coordinator, Tutor Coordinator
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Rock Chalk! My name is Melissa Peterson. I'm from a small town on the Navajo Reservation and pride myself on being very resourceful. Let me know how I can help you.

Paul Trana
TRIO STEM Associate Director
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HI! My name is Paul Trana. I am the Associate Director of TRIO STEM.