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EMU TRIO SSS Staff

Director:

Eric Reed

Eric ReedMr. Reed joined TRIO Student Support Services because he believes retention programs are essential to the success of students from undeserved communities. He is passionate about building the next generation of leaders from the greater Detroit area and students from other communities that have experienced hardships. He has guided hundreds of students from college application to graduation. For the past decade, he has worked at three major Michigan universities empowering students who had a high school GPA ranging from 1.30 to a 4.00.

From his personal experience of performing poorly in college due to being "caught up" in the college life, Mr. Reed knows first hand the challenges our students face the moment they step onto campus. He credits a major portion of his undergraduate success to a retention program similar to TRIO SSS at Central Michigan University.

Mr. Reed has been employed at Eastern Michigan University since 2012. He was formerly the Coordinator of the EMU Opportunity Program and began as Director of TRIO SSS in March 2018. He joined EMU because of the authenticity among staff and students and because EMU is integral to the metro-Detroit area, which he calls home.

 

Outside of work and school, he loves entrepreneurship, exercising, playing sports, traveling and spending time with family. He believes in the 21st century "you must work a job from 9-5 and create your job from 5-9". 

 

Contact Information: ereed2@emich.edu

 

 


Program Assistant:

Denise Hubbard 

Contact Information:  dhubba13@emich.edu 

  


Graduate Assistant:

Reena Limbachia

Reena LimbachiaReena Limbachia is currently the Graduate Assistant working for TRIO Student Support Services. She chose to work for TRIO SSS because she was amazed by the passion and drive the organization has shown when it comes to helping others. She believes in selfless acts and taking the time to help others, and says that TRIO SSS exemplifies that.

Reena chose to come to Eastern Michigan University because it was close to home. She was also extremely impressed by the transition from overseas to EMU, going on to say that the process from beginning to end was remarkable. Her goal is to acquire knowledge and experience from her masters degree she can later utilize in her career. 

 

Contact Information: rlimbach@emich.edu

 

 

 

 

 

MSW Interns: 

 
Naseera Azad

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Naseera Azad is one of the Masters of Social Work Interns for TRIO Student Support Services. She is currently in the MSW program at Eastern Michigan University, concentrating in children and family services. She  chose to complete her internship with TRIO SSS because she believes in promoting higher education. She strongly supports the program's efforts to remove obstacles that are in the way of achieving the students' goals. 

Naseera chose to attend Eastern Michigan University because of the diversity of the student body, the fact that the professors and classmates are really supportive and the flexibility of the MSW program. 

 

Contact Information: nazad@emich.edu 


 

Naelah Burks 

Naelah Burks is one of the two Masters of Social Work Interns. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in children and families. Her goal is to assist first generation, low income and students aging out of foster care transition to college. Naelah chose to work with TRIO Student Support Services because she has always had a passion for working with children and youth. She states "My passion for this population strengthened when I completed my Bachelor of Social Work degree and started working in the child welfare system." She noticed that many of the youth that she spoke to had many questions and concerns about college. This encouraged her to continue her education and work on obtaining her Masters of Social Work degree. She says that while working with TRIO SSS she has been able to follow her passion by working one-on-one with students and assisting them in the development of their post-secondary educational plans.

 

Naelah choose to study at Eastern Michigan University because the campus felt like home, the faculty and staff went above and beyond to meet the students needs and because of all of the support programs that EMU offers. She says that everyone was welcoming and she felt a sense of belonging at the university. She has had an opportunity to build wonderful friendships and relationships.

Contact Information: nburks@emich.edu 

 

 

 


BSW Intern:

Mishkaut Tauheed

Contact Information: mtauheed@emich.edu 


 

Peer Tutors:

  
Faraz Ansari 


FarazFaraz Ansari is one of the Peer Tutors working for TRIO Student Support Service. He is a Business Finance and Communication double major. Faraz chose to work with TRIO SSS because the staff had a great consideration of others. He states that "the program works directly to better the lives of students, which is a part of my mission on campus". 

Faraz initially chose to attend Eastern Michigan University because of logistical reasons such as the close proximity of the university and the amount of financial aid that he was given. However, after attending the university, he developed a fond attachment towards EMU. He has had employment through the university, various funding and award opportunities, lifelong friends and mentors and professors who have helped him become who he is as a person today. Faraz states that EMU has given him his livelihood and he would like to give back as much as possible. One of those ways is helping students through the TRIO SSS program.

 

Contact Information: fansari1@emich.edu

 


Chocolate Brooks 

 

Contact Information: cbrook36@emich.edu 

 


 

Deja Hood


dhoodDeja Hood is one of the Peer Tutors working for TRIO Student Support Services. She is currently working on obtaining a major in dance and a minor in business management in hopes of owning her own studio company in the future. She chose to work for TRIO SSS because she loves helping others. She wants to help incoming freshmen with their obstacles. She says that she knows what it is like to go through challenging periods alone and she did not want the future freshmen to go through that.

Deja chose to attend Eastern Michigan University because of the positive energy that she found in the dance program. She states that she felt immediately comfortable because of the welcoming environment that the program radiated.    

Contact Information: dhood8@emich.edu


Elba Lara
 

ElbaElba Lara is one of the Peer Tutors working for TRIO Student Support Services. She is currently working on obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in  Computer Information Systems. She decided to work with TRIO SSS because the staff have become like a second family to her.  She also  wanted to help out students like her peer tutor helped her when she was a freshman.

Elba chose Eastern Michigan University because of the financial aid that the university offered her and the fact that the campus was close enough to home that she could commute, but also far enough to give her a sense of independence.

Contact Information:  elara2@emich.edu 

 


 
Trayveon McGuire

 

Tray McGuireTrayveon McGuire is one of the Peer Tutors that is working for TRIO Student Support Services. He is working on completing a Bachelor in Political Science as well as a minor interdisciplinary leadership. He chose to work for TRIO SSS  because of the program's vision and values. He believes that everyone in the program is driven by student excellence, a determination to be successful and a dedication to fairness and equal opportunity.

Trayveon chose to come to Eastern Michigan University because he sought to attend an institution that had a diverse student body, instructors with a high depth of knowledge, and a commitment to the advancement of students in and out of the classroom.  

Contact Information: tjohn119@emich.edu

 

 


 

Mikaela Trowbridge 

mtrowbridgeMikaela  Trowbridge is one of the Peer Tutors that is working for TRIO Student Support Services. She is currently working on completing Elementary Education with a Reading Comprehensive Major. She  chose Eastern Michigan University because the teaching program seemed great here. Mikaela  choose to work with TRIO SSS because she love the message the program conveys to the students and EMU. Mikaela loves helping others and wants to make a difference in many peoples lives. TRIO SSS helps her do that and gives her many opportunities to grow and develop as a leader.

Contact Information: mtrowbr1@emich.edu 

 


 

Amanda Wardin    

 

Contact Information: awardin@emich.edu 

 


 

Office Assistants:

Luke DeGraff 

Contact Information: ldegraf1@emich.edu 

  

 


Sierra Evans 

Sierra sierra evansEvans is one of the Office Assistants for TRIO Student Support Services. She is a pre-nursing student and plans to get her masters to become a nurse practitioner. She chose to work with TRIO SSS because she admires how supportive and helpful the staff members are with students and wanted to contribute to the program. 

Sierra chose to come to Eastern Michigan University because it was the closest university to her home and it was one of the tops schools for their nursing program.

Contact Information: sevans35@emich.edu




 
Kelsy Pacetti

kelseyPKelsy Pacetti is one of the Office Assistants for TRIO Student Support Services.  Her  major is special education along with a minor in theater arts.  Kelsy chose Eastern Michigan University because it is a school known for creating educators. For her working for TRIO SSS is a bonus. She says that it is a blast for her being a part  of a supportive team.  

Contact Information: kpacetti@emich.edu  


 

Di'anna Stokes    

Di'anna StokesDi'anna is one of the Office Assistants for TRIO Student Support Services. Her major is primary education and music therapy. Di'anna chose Eastern Michigan University because the school is known to make educators. She chose to work with TRIO SSS because it is very inclusive and diverse.  

Contact Information: dstokes7@emich.edu 

 


Breanna Townsend  


btownsendBreanna Townsend is one of the Office Assistants for TRIO Student Support Services. While attending Eastern Michigan University she is planning on becoming part of the Occupational Therapy Program. Breanna chose Eastern Michigan University because the university has a great program for her major and because of the scholarship that the university offered her. She chose to work with TRIO SSS because she says that working with the program makes her feel like she is contributing to the team and it makes her feel even more apart of the program. Aside from working for TRIO SSS, she is also a TRIO SSS student.

 

 

Contact Information: btownse5@emich.edu