Meet the Staff
Felita Carr, M.S.A.
Mrs. Felita Carr joined the TRIO program at JCC in 2016 as the Success Coach. In this position Mrs. Carr worked closely with TRIO students to promote access to resources and helped guide students towards both academic and personal success. She has nearly eighteen years of experience working in two TRIO programs, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services. Mrs. Carr's role in TRIO at JCC allows her to support students who face barriers to success; in addition, she spends time guiding students towards transferring to a four-year college successfully, and provides them with counseling and referrals for therapeutic interventions. As Director, Mrs. Carr is responsible for reports to the U.S. Department of Education and college officials. She also represents JCC and TRIO on all project related matters. She earned a master's degree from Central Michigan University and a bachelor of science degree from North Carolina Central University. Prior to her career in TRIO, Mrs. Carr taught high school math courses. Mrs. Carr is dedicated to enriching the lives of students in TRIO.
S T R E N G T H S – BELIEF - INCLUDER - RESPONSIBILITY - POSITIVITY - ARRANGER
Johanna Thatch recently joined the TRIO team as a Success Coach at JCC in February 2019. Prior to coming aboard, she worked as an Academic Coach at Fayetteville State University, where she worked with participants enrolled in the GEAR UP Program, a college preparatory program which tracks students until they graduate from high school and enter college. Additionally, she has several years of experience in academic advisement, working with various TRIO Programs including Student Support Services, Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science, bringing nearly 20 years experience. In her current role at JCC, she is responsible for providing academic support to students in the Student Support Services program with the primary mission of ensuring success as students seamlessly transfer into a four year institution. Johanna holds a bachelor's degree in English from Bennett College and a master's degree in English from North Carolina A&T State University.
S T R E N G T H S - INTELLECTION - INPUT - CONNECTEDNESS - CONTEXT - BELIEF
Learning Strategies Specialist
Mary Lowry, a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from NC State, joined TRIO in August 2017. Prior to becoming a part of the TRIO family, Mary worked at Rand Road Elementary as a first grade teaching assistant, where she was awarded Teaching Assistant of the Year for 2015-2016. Though originally from West Virginia, she has made a home for herself here in NC with her husband of 21 years and four beautiful children. Mary completes bi-annual triathlon sprints with her daughters, hiking, traveling, reading, sky diving, and she even crewed for a hot air balloon team! As the Learning Strategies Specialist, Mary assists with coordinating the tutorial activities of TRIO including the scheduling of and training of peer tutors; assists the Director to assemble computerized data for project participants; oversees the activities of the Academic Support Labs; maintains program certification with the National Tutoring Association; maintains certification as a Nationally Certified Tutor Trainer and conducts necessary training for Peer Tutors to maintain national certification; contributes to the success of the participants and the program as a valuable team member. When asked what her favorite part of TRIO was, Mary responded that everyone made her feel welcome and a part of the family. She is enjoying getting to know the students, staff, and faculty. Mary's motto is "never give up on yourself" and this encouragement is a daily affirmation she shares with TRIO.
S T R E N G T H S – ACHIEVER - POSITIVITY - STRATEGIC - RESPONSIBILITY - RELATOR
Amanda Best joined TRIO in November, 2019. Amanda Best is a two time graduate from Johnston Community College. She has her Associate’s Degree in Medical Office Administration and Business Administration. Amanda is an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and a member of The Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel. Prior to working for TRIO, Amanda volunteered with Harbor, Inc. She also served as an office assistant for two years in the work-study program in the Truck Driver Training School at Johnston Community College. Amanda’s passion for helping students led her to the position at TRIO. Amanda’s job as a program assistant involves, assisting with planning program-related educational and cultural enrichment field trips, performing administrative duties, and planning and coordinating educational programming, workshops and activities for the TRIO program. Mostly, she will play a pivotal role in contributing to the success of the TRIO students.
S T R E N G T H S – INPUT - FUTURISTIC - ACHIEVER - RESPONSIBILITY - BELIEF
Advanced Level, NTA Certified Peer Tutor
Misty Garcia is a 2007 honors graduate of Johnston Community College with an associate's degree in applied science, computer programming. She began tutoring for TRIO in the spring of 2007. In addition to nearly nine years' experience as a TRIO tutor, Misty has also served on the TRIO Service Committee (TSC), helped with an Innovation Grant award "Project Enhancement" during the summer, and has been involved in numerous service projects including Helping Hands Teach, Samaritan's Purse, and visiting nursing homes. Misty maintains high academic standing and was a dean's list student. Misty shares about her experiences tutoring for the program, "I enjoy tutoring because it enables me to help others achieve their academic goals by sharing what I have learned with them." Misty's extraordinary ability to share her expertise with others is evident at all levels; she was named 2016 Tutor of the Year by the National Tutoring Association.
S T R E N G T H S –HARMONY - RELATOR - LEARNER - RESPONSIBILITY - RESTORATIVE
NTA Certified Peer Tutor
Chris Ketner has been a TRIO Tutor for two years. She is a Johnston Community College alumni, with two Associate's degrees: office administration and medical office administration. While a student, Chris was a TRIO member who maintained a 3.94 GPA, was a TRIO Outstanding Student of the Year, and was an active member in the Student Government Association, National Technical Honors Society, and Phi Theta Kappa; she graduated with high honors and was a dean's list student. In addition, Chris volunteers for many activities, including Samaritan's Purse, Quilts for Kids, and ConKer Cancer. Chris's favorite part of being a tutor is watching a student become an independent learner and critical thinker. When asked about her favorite part of tutoring she shared, "I love the 'light-bulb' moment students get when they finally understand something."
S T R E N G T H S – RESTORATIVE - LEARNER - RESPONSIBILITY - INPUT - ARRANGER
Advanced Level, NTA Certified Peer Tutor
Sue Tyner graduated from Johnston Community College with high honors in 2010 with degrees in Office Administration and Medical Office Administration. Sue began tutoring for the TRIO program in 2009 while finishing her second degree. While at JCC, Sue was a dean's list student and had a significant impact on her peers. Sue, along with two other tutors, helped to administer an Innovation Grant awarded to the TRIO program in the summer of 2011 titled "Project ENHANCE". The project was designed to help students build upon their computer skills, a skill that Sue has mastered. Sue enjoys working with adult learners because they are working towards a goal that will make their lives better. Tutoring is something she believes she was meant to do.
S T R E N G T H S – LEARNER - HARMONY - ADAPTABILITY - ACHIEVER - CONNECTEDNESS
Certified Peer Tutor
Phelicia Thompson graduated from Johnston Community College in 2018, with an Associate in Arts degree. As a student, she joined TRIO in 2017. Phelicia became an outstanding advocate for TRIO and was awarded the TRIO Spirit Award in 2018. While attending Johnston Community College, she excelled in both English 111 and English 112. She also advanced in American Literature and British Literature. Phelicia was accepted as a TRIO Tutor in 2019. She has a passion for learning and helping people. Phelicia enjoys tutoring in TRIO in the subjects of; Writing, English, Paper Revision, and Developmental Math. Phelicia’s favorite quote is,
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” ~ Albert Einstein
TRIO Work-Study Students
Alerman Reyes & Lauryn Jackson