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Student Success Advisors & Staff

Jarso Jallah Saygbe - Associate Vice President

Jarso Jallah Saygbe

Ms. Jarso Jallah Saygbe currently serves as Associate Vice President (AVP) for the division of Student Success at Delaware State University. As the AVP, she provides leadership, planning, guidance and directs the implementation of various student success initiatives that fosters inclusive excellence and equitable outcomes for all students, with a strong emphasis on improving retention and graduation outcomes.

Prior to assuming the role of AVP, she served both as Director and Executive Director of Academic Advisement at Delaware State. Ms. Jallah Saygbe career spans nearly 20 years; with 15 years in higher education/student success, and five years in training & development, international development and public service. Ms. Jallah Saygbe graduated from Rhode Island College, and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling, and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communications. Additionally, she is currently pursuing an EdD in Higher Education Administration.

She is a Liberian; a devout Christian and has two teenage daughters.

Contact Info:
Email: JSaygbe [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6072
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 214J

Dr. Cassandra Green - Assistant Vice President

Dr. Cassandra Green

  • Name: Dr. Cassandra C. Green

  • Position: Assistant Vice President | OSS      

  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • Residence: Middletown, DE, USA

  • Fun Fact: At the time of accepting the position as Director of Academic Support Services at DSU years ago, I was being considered for hire at Cheyney University, where I interviewed with the Associate VP of University College, Dr. Robin Williams, (the wife of DSUs 10th President, Dr. Harry Williams)!

  • Educational background:
    Wilmington University, Dover, DE Ed.D in Educational Leadership 2010
    Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA MA in Counselor Education 1985
    Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA BA in Psychology

  • Professional or Educational Organization membership
    College Reading and Learning Association Blacks in Higher Education
    Colleagues of Color for Social Justice (CCSJ)
    IUPUI Assessment Conference
    National Organization for Student Success (NOSS)
    Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Chocolate = Lots - Dark Chocolate (70% - 78%) please.  Thank you.
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since August 2011
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I was hired as the Director of Academic Support Programs, working in the Division of Academic Enrichment.  I brought extensive knowledge and experience in higher education, tweaking and developing student success program models that yield a significant impact on student retention, persistence, and graduation rates.  And I finally got a position at DSU - my first and only HBCU ever!

Contact Info:
Email: CGreen [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6388
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 223B

Nikia Wongus - Administrative Assistant/Budjet Analyst

  • Name: Nikia Wongus
     
  • Position: Administrative Assistant & Budget Analyst
     
  • Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
     
  • Residence: Delaware, USA
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M.S. Public Administration Wilmington University, New Castle DE)
    M.S. Management (Wilmington University, New Castle DE) 
    B.S. Business Management (Wilmington University, New Castle DE)
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Time
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since July 2022

Contact Info:
Email: NWongus [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7542
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 232

Jeffrey Attakorah - Project Assistant

Jeffrey Attakorah

  • Name: Mr. Jeffrey Attakorah
     
  • Position: OSS Project/Program Assistant
     
  • Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana
     
  • Residence: New Castle, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I am a professional freelance guitarist
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    B.A. - Africana Studies (University of Delaware, Newark, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership
    N/A    
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Opportunities that align my passion/talents with major monetary benefits
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Fall 2021
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I went to and worked at the University of Delaware, a PWI and after graduating with a B.A. in African Studies, I wanted to pay some attention to HBCUs and get involved by giving back time and support. Plus, I really needed a job.

 

Contact Info:
Email: JAttakorah [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7201
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 209

Dr. Marcel Poe - Director of Advisement - CAST

Dr. Marcel Poe

  • Name: Marcel Poe
     
  • Position: Director of Advisement- College of Agriculture Science and Technology (CAST)
     
  • Hometown: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Residence: Magnolia, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I’m a grill master. I want an English Bulldog.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    PhD 2011 - Psychology Specialization in Educational Psychology (Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
    M.Ed 1999 - Educational Counseling (Wilmington University, Dover, DE)
    B.S. 1998 - Psychology (Delaware State University, Dover, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    NACADA - National Academic Advising Association
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? 
    Love and peace for everyone!
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since 2016
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? To help shape the lives of students and help them achieve their goals.

Contact Info:
Email: MPoe [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7984
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 214I

Dr. Carole Kpota-Middleton - Interim Director of Advisement - CHESS

Dr. Carole Kpota-Middleton

  • Name: Dr. Carole Kpota-Middleton
     
  • Position: Interim Director College of Humanities Education and Social Science Advising Team
     
  • Hometown: Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Africa)
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I used to sing in a choir with some nuns and they all thought that I would be a nun too someday.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Ed.D. 2013 - Educational Leadership (Delaware State University, Dover, DE) 
    M.A. 2004 - English (University of Delaware, Newark, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership
    NACADA - National Academic Advising Association
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Faith
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Fall 2005 - Spring 2015; Spring 2017; Since Spring 2020
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I am a Delaware State University Alumna and I want to give back. Just like, I was helped while matriculating here at Delaware State University, I want to help Delaware State University’s students successfully achieve their academic and professional goals.

Contact Info:
E-mail: CKpota [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6837
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 214G

Tamekca Faria-Frisby - Director of Advisement - COB

Tamekca Faria-Frisby

  • Name: Ms. Tamekca Faria-Frisby
     
  • Position: College of Business Academic Advising Director
     
  • Hometown: Bronx, NY
     
  • Residence: Middletown, DE
     
  • Fun Fact: I played softball for 8 years in high school and college
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Master of Arts - New York University (Educational Leadership) 
    Bachelor of Arts - Wesleyan University (African American Studies; American Studies - Double Major)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    NACADA - National Academic Advising Association
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Time and Energy
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Spring 2006)
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? Education and encouraging students is very important to me. I used to be a middle school teacher. I decided to become an academic advisor because I prefer 1-on-1 interaction to 1-on-30 interaction.

Contact Info:
Email: TFaria [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6907
Location: Bank Of America Building - Suite 108

Michelle Rush - Director of Advisement - WCHBS

Michelle Rush

  • Name: Michele Rush
     
  • Position: Academic Advising Director
     
  • Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
     
  • Residence: Dover, DE
     
  • Fun Fact: I swam with a shark
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Masters Business Administration, Delaware State University 
    BS Marketing Delaware State University
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    NACADA - National Academic Advising Association
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Money
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since 1996
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? To help students throughout their matriculation at DSU. I worked in Admissions for years but only spent months with the students. It was a great change to be able to assist them until graduation.

Contact Info:
Email:  MRush [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.736.2302
Location: Downtown Campus - Budd Hall Rm 16

Dr. Danielle L. Archambault - Director of Advisement - Transfer Students & DSU Legacy

Dr. Danielle L. Archambault

  • Name: Dr. Danielle L. Archambault
     
  • Position: Coordinator of Transfer Advising
     
  • Hometown: Watertown, New York, USA
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I have a library card for the Library of Congress
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Ed.D. 2021 - Higher Education Leadership & Innovation (Wilmington University, Newark, DE) 
    M.A. 2015 - English (West Chester University, West Chester, PA)
    B.A. 2012 - English (Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    International Writing Centers Association
    Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association
    National Academic Advising Association
    National College Learning Center Association
    Lambda Iota Tau
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Books
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since July of 2021
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I had very inspirational mentors and advisors when I was an undergraduate student. This made a huge impact on my life and career. I appreciate the role advisors can play in a student’s education and hope to provide the same level of expert mentorship I had as an undergraduate student.

Contact Info:
Email:  DArchambault [at] desu.edu
Phone: (Office) 302.857.6198 | (Cell) 302.922.0808
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 221A

Dr. Lee Hawkins - Academic Advisor

Dr. Lee Hawkins

  • Name: Dr. Leroy Hawkins
     
  • Position: College of Agriculture, Science, and Technology-Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
     
  • Residence: Bear, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: Love dancing
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Ed.D. - Educational Leadership (Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware) 
    M.B.A. - Marketing (The Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga.) 
    B.A. - Accounting (St. Augustine’s University, Raleigh, N.C.)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Association of College Academic Advisors (NACADA) 
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? More Money
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Fall 2012
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? This is my way of giving back to help the students at this HBCU.

Contact Info:
Email: LHawkins [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7726
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 214B

Lynae Spratley - Academic Advisor

Lynae Spratley

  • Name: Ms. Lynae Spratley
     
  • Position: College of Agriculture Science and Technology Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
  • Residence: Newark, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I love to dance 
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Ph.D. Candidate 2022 - present - Educational Leadership (Delaware State University)
    M.Ed. - 2001 - Educational Counseling (Wilmington University)
    B.A. - 1997 - Psychology (Eastern University)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Association of College Academic Advisors (NACADA) 
    Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc. 
    National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.
            
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Popcorn
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Summer 2020
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? For most of my adult life, I have worked with youth and young adults.  I worked as a youth leader, high, school counselor, and now as a college academic advisor.  It has always been my dream and desire to help students to strive for academic success and reach their goals. Also, I have a passion for young adults and care very much about the path they take and what they are able to contribute to society, once they graduate from DSU.  I love it at DSU! This is the place God has placed me to use my gifts and talents for His students!

Advisement Area: Agriculture (Pre-vet, General Ag), Biology (General, Health Professional, Research, Forensic Biology), Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering/Physics (Electrical, Optical, Biomedical), Food Science (Nutrition Science, Dietetics), Information Technology, Mathematics (Math Ed, Math & Data Analytics), Natural Resources (Environmental, Wildlife Management, Fisheries Management), Textiles & Apparel (Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandise) | All students with last name beginning with M - R 

Contact Info:
Email: LSpratley [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7349
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 214J

Franck Yehiri - Academic Advisor

Franck Yehiri

  • Name: Mr. Franck Yehiri
     
  • Position: Academic Advisor 
     
  • Hometown: Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: Play and love soccer
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M.S. 2011 - Molecular Genetics & Microbiology - Rutgers University, NJ 
    B.S. 2007 - Chemistry (Health Professions) - Delaware State University, DE
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    Leadership Central Delaware (LCD), Class of 2022 
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? MONEY
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Spring 2020
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I decided to become an Academic Advisor at Delaware State University, because I wanted to continue my life’s mission, of serving others, especially the next generation of community and world leaders.

Contact Info: 
E-mail: FYehiri [at] desu.edu 
Phone: 302.857.6643
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 214H

Amy E. Kellen - Academic Advisor

Amy E. Kellen

  • Name: Ms. Amy E. Kellen
     
  • Position: College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Bridgeton, New Jersey
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I love to sing in my spare time.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M. Ed. 2017- Education (Wesley College, Dover, DE) 
    B.A. 2008 - Liberal Studies (Wesley College, Dover, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Puppies! I love to cuddle and get lots of puppy kisses. Makes any day better.
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since July 2021
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I want to make a difference every day in the lives of my advisees. They are my ‘why’ and the reason I do what I do.

Contact Info:
Email:  AKellen [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6181
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 214C

Angela Harper - Academic Advisor

  • Name: Ms. Angela Harper
  • Position: College of Humanities, Education, and Social Science Academic Advisor
  • Hometown: Yeadon, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Residence: Bear, Delaware
  • Fun Fact: Halloween is my favorite ‘holiday’ and I love horror movies
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    • M.S. 2019 - Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs (West Chester University, West Chester, PA)
       
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    • N/A
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? BOOKS, particularly fantasy and thrillers
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Fall 2022
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? My own not-so-pleasant undergraduate experience inspired me to become the kind of authentic and caring academic advisor I needed when I was completing my degree. Delaware State University is close to home, and I could tell from the outside looking in it houses a family-oriented work environment I have longed for. 

Contact Info:
EmailAHarper [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.3708
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 214F

Janet McCrea - Academic Advisor

Janet McCrea

  • Name: Mrs. Janet McCrea
     
  • Position: Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Lincoln, Delaware
     
  • Residence: Milford, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: Although I am a very serious person most people do not know I have a sense of humor.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    B.S. - 1999- Delaware State University
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership: DSU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION-KENT COUNTY CHAPTER
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Time  
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since May 3, 1999
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I enjoy working with students and assisting them with their career path and future goals.

Contact Info:
Email: JMcCrea [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6904
Location: Bank of America Building - Suite 108

Symone Merritt - Academic Advisor

Symone Merritt

  • Name: Ms. Symone Merritt
     
  • Position: College of Business Academic Advisors
     
  • Hometown: California
     
  • Residence: Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: Animal Lover
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    E.D.D Anticipated Graduation 2022 – Educational Leadership – Higher Education
    MBA 2018 – Information Systems
    B.S. 2016 – Human Resources Management
    A.S. 2013 – Business Management
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    NACADA
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Money
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? January 15 – Spring 2015
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? Wanted to learn about the academia side of Higher Education.

Contact Info:
Email: SMerritt [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6958
Location: Bank Of America - Building 108

Taylor McIntosh - Academic Advisor

Ms. Taylor McIntosh -  Academic Advisor

  • Name: Ms. Taylor McIntosh
     
  • Position: Wesley College of Behavioral Health Science Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I have a small home fragrance business - www.sweetoromacandles.com
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M.S.W 2020 - Delaware State University
    B.S.W 2018 - Delaware State University
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Association of Social Workers
    National Academic Advising Association
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Starbucks and Chic Fil A
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? New Hire started Winter 2022
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? During my undergraduate years, I served in many different positions that were geared to helping my peers meet and exceed their goals. I found enjoyment in this and now I would like to give back to our students and help guide them to success, as past advisors assisted me when I was a student at DSU.

Contact Info:
Email: TMcIntosh [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.736.2432
Location: Downtown Campus - Budd Hall Rm 12

Lorraine M. Williams - Academic Advisor

  • Name: Lorraine Williams
     
  • Position: Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
     
  • Residence: Bear, DE
     
  • Fun Fact: I love the outdoors and I am an adventure seeker
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    B.S. 2017 - Organizational Dynamics (Wilmington University, New Castle, DE)
    M.S. 2021 - Applied Family Science (Wilmington University, New Castle, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership: N/A
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Warm sunny days
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Spring 2022
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I wanted to work for an HBCU that was forward-thinking and whose core values aligned with my own. I love working with young adults and I was particularly excited to join the Academic Advising team at Delaware State University to assist young scholars to pursue their educational goals.  

Contact Info:
Email: LorraineWilliams [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.736.2304
Location: Downtown Campus - Budd Hall Rm 12

Ahira Smith - Athletic Academic Advisor

Ahira Smith

  • Name: Ms. Ahira Smith, M. Ed
     
  • Position: Academic Services for Student - Athletes (ASSA) Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Empire State of New York
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: Enjoy Listening to various types of music
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M. Ed 2002 - Education (Bowling Green State University)
    B.S. 2000 - Physical Education K-12 (Kentucky State University) 
    National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A) 
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA) 
    Toastmasters International  
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Time 
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Fall 2012 
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? An opportunity presented itself to help others be successful in their endeavors.

Advisement Areas: Bowling, Cheerleading, Equestrian, Softball, Triathlon, Volleyball and Women Lacrosse

Contact Info:
Email: AYSmith [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7974 | Fax: 302.857.7538
Location: William C. Jason - Library RM 226

Kendall Harris - Athletic Academic Advisor

Kendall Harris

  • Name: Mr. Kendall Harris
     
  • Position: CHESS Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: Laurel, Maryland
     
  • Residence: Newark, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I am a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and I love competing in recreational sports.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Currently working on my Ed.D in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy.
    M.S 2018 - Sports Administration (Delaware State University)
    B.S 2016 - Business Management with a minor in Finance (Delaware State University)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
    The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACADA)
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Money
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Fall 2022
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? Professionally, to continue my career in Higher Education while pursuing to teach classes as an adjunct professor. My long-term career goal is to become an Associate Professor once I am done with my Ed.D. Personally, to be closer to my loved ones and family.

Contact Info:
Email: KAHarris [at] desu.edu
Phone: .302.857.6178
Location: William C. Jason - Room 227B

Timothy Zinzel - Athletic Academic Advisor

Timothy Zinzel

  • Name: Mr. Tim Zinzel
     
  • Position: Athletic Academic Advisor
     
  • Hometown: West Grove, PA
     
  • Residence: Dover, DE
     
  • Fun Fact: I bought my first house in 2021 (tips on updating are appreciated)
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    MS - Sport Administration (University of Louisville, Louisville, KY)
    BS - Sports Management (Neumann University, Aston, PA)
    Professional or Educational Organization membership: N/A
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Money
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Fall 2019
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? To embrace a new role where I could grow and develop and to be closer to family and friends.

Advisement Areas: (All) Baseball, Cross Country (Men/Women), Track-N-Field (Men/Women), Women’s Golf, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Tennis 

Contact Info:
Email:  TZinzel [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7415
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 227A

Letkellae “Kelley” Bickham - Athletic Certification Specialist/Advisor

Letkellae "Kelly" Bickham

Letkellae “Kelley” Bickham earned her BSE in Kinesiology from the University of Arkansas and MS in Sports Administration from Grambling State University.  Having worked in intercollegiate athletics for over 20 years in multiple capacities, Kelley has over 13 years specifically in athletic certification which she truly enjoys. 

In her spare time, Kelley is highly involved in her son Kai’s travel basketball team and her son Kaven’s soccer program. 

Advisement Areas: Men’s Baseball( MBA) (Last names: M - W)

Contact Info:
Email: LBickham [at] desu.edu 
Phone: 214.339.5566
Location: Virtual/Remote

Tiffany Alexander - Coordinator of Student Transition

Tiffany Alexander

  • Name: Ms. Tiffany E. Alexander
     
  • Position: Coordinator of Student Transition
     
  • Hometown: (North) Philadelphia, PA, USA
     
  • Residence: Newark, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I wholeheartedly believe that Jay-Z is the best hip-hop artist to ever live.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Doctor of Education (EdD) May 2023 - Educational Leadership and Higher Education (Delaware State University; Dover, DE)
    Master of Science (MS) 2010 - Counseling Higher Education and Student Affairs (West Chester University; West Chester, PA)    
    Bachelor of Arts (BA) 2006 - Communication Studies (West Chester University; West Chester, PA)
       
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Networking Skills
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since November 17, 2014
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I decided to work at Delaware State University to pursue my passion for assisting underrepresented students with navigating university systems, thriving academically, and graduating college in four years or less. 

Contact Info:
Email: TAlexander [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.7646
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 214A

Dianne Bogle - Retention & Academic Intervention Specialist

Dianne Bogle

  • Name: Dianne P. Bogle
     
  • Position: Intervention and Academic Intervention Specialist
     
  • Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I enjoy kickboxing workouts in my spare time.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    MSOL 2002 - Master of Science Organizational Leadership -Wilmington University
    BSW 1997- Bachelor of Social Work - Delaware State University
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    NACADA
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Unconditional Love
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since 2010
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I decided to work at DSU to give back to the institution that poured into me.

Contact Info:
Email: DBogle [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7252
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 208

Gloria Knowles - Retention Programs & Services Coordinator

Gloria Knowles - Academic Recovery & Retention Coordinator

  • Name: Gloria Knowles
     
  • Position: Retention Programs and Services Coordinator
     
  • Hometown: Delaware, USA
     
  • Residence: Delaware, USA
     
  • Fun Fact: Astute in synergism that builds thought partnerships in a welcoming and authentically diverse environment.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    MBA - Master of Business Administration (Wilmington University, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
    Quality Matters (QM)
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Scholarship
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since 2017
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? To empower the next generation of leaders.

Contact Info:
Email: GKnowles [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6334
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 213

Kevin Noriega - Director of the Opportunity Scholars Program

Kevin Noriega

Kevin Noriega is the Director of the Opportunity Scholars Program.  He has had the opportunity to serve the student community at DSU as a Residence Hall Director, Admissions Counselor, and Academic Advisor.  He has also had the opportunity and the pleasure to be the advisor for the Residence Hall Association and the Latino Student Association at DSU. 

Mr. Noriega was born and raised in Venezuela and came to Delaware State University on a baseball scholarship. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. In addition, Mr. Noriega earned a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Finance and Banking, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration.  Both degrees were earned at Delaware State University.  Mr. Noriega has a passion for helping others in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals and dreams.  As Director of the Opportunity Scholars Program, Mr. Noriega ensures that the Dreamers (undocumented students) are receiving the proper academic, professional, and personal support; in addition to making sure that his students are having a positive and successful college experience and career at DSU. 

Contact Info:
Email: KeNoriega [at] desu.edu
Phone: .302.857.6188
Location: William C Jason Library - Room 221B

 

Anna Cortese – Director of Integrated Academic Support Services

Anna Cortese

  • Name: Ms. Anna Cortese
     
  • Position: Director, Integrated Academic Support Services
     
  • Hometown: North Bergen, New Jersey
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I usually have hermit crabs as a pet.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M.S. 2003 - Mathematics Education; Montclair State University, NJ
    B.S. 1993 - Mathematics & Secondary Education; Seton Hall University, NJ
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership
    College Reading and Learning Association Supplemental Instruction
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Ideally, the ability to provide food and water to all. Personally, the ability to take a week off each month in order to travel.
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since February 2014
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? The position for which I applied, SI Coordinator, was the role in which I wanted to continue for my career - the role to provide academic support to students while also providing professional development for SI leaders and tutors.  Also, I feel that I ‘clicked’ with the people (students, staff, faculty) at DSU

Contact Info:
Email: ACortese [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.6387
Location: William C. Jason Library - RM 206

 

Sonya McCray - Assistant Director of the Writing Studio

Sonya McCray

  • Name: Mrs. Sonya McCray
     
  • Position: Writing Studio Coordinator
     
  • Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
     
  • Residence:  Dover, Delaware
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    B.A. 2004 - English - James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
    M.S. 2009 - Secondary Education - Wilmington University (Dover, DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership:
    International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)
    College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA)
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? Books
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Fall 2019 full-time, Spring 2012 as an Adjunct
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I wanted to work at an HBCU with a diverse and dynamic student body.

Contact Info:
EmailSMcCray [at] desu.edu
Phone:  302.857.6643
Location: William C. Jason Library - Room 207

Justin Blank - Coordinator of Integrated Academic Support Services

Justin Blank 

  • Name: Mr. Justin J. Blank
     
  • Position: Coordinator of Integrated Academic Support Services
     
  • Hometown: Boyertown, Pennsylvania
     
  • Residence: Milford, Delaware.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    Masters of Higher Education, focus in Students Affairs, 2021 (Wilmington University, New Castle DE)
    Bachelors in Educational Studies, 2019 (Wesley College, Dover DE)
     
  • Professional or Educational Organization membership: Brother of Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Gas for my Jeep or Airfare so that I can travel more
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since July 2021
     
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? I decided to work at Delaware State University because of the history that it holds and the support that it shares with the surrounding community. The impact the university creates stretches the entire state of Delaware. I am happy to be a part of and to build on that history.

Contact Info:
Email: JBlank [at] desu.edu
Phone: 302.736.2571
Location: Downtown Campus - Budd Hall - Lower Level Floor - Rm 03 

Jill McKinney - College Success Specialist

 

  • Name: Ms. Jill McKinney
     
  • Position: College Success Specialist
     
  • Hometown: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Residence: Dover, Delaware
     
  • Fun Fact: I moved 5 times during my high school years and attended high school in 4 different states.
     
  • Please list your educational background:
    M. Ed. 2007 - Wilmington University, Dover DE
    Professional or Educational Organization membership: N/A
     
  • If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?  Good health
     
  • How many years have you been employed at DSU? Since Fall 2007; 15 years
  • Why did you decide to work here at Delaware State? Delaware State has been a part of my life since I was a child. I was offered an opportunity to teach here and jumped on it.