Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
- 2015 TRIO Day Service Project for Family Junction Center
- 2015 ODSA Annual Conference Silent Auction benefiting the Council for Opportunity in Education
- 2016 TRIO Day Service Project for Mary Abbott Children’s House
- 2016 ODSA Annual Conference
I have been blessed to have a family support system that motivates and encourages me in my educational endeavors. My husband and I, along with our two children, Rylan (15) and Ashlyn (6), live in Tahlequah, OK. Both my husband and I juggle the role of being full-time employees and part-time students. In addition, our son is active in high school band and our youngest enjoys dance and ballet. Currently, I am the Tutor Coordinator at TRIO Student Support Services at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. My career in higher education started over 12 years ago and through the years, I have worked at a few different higher education institutions including a junior college, a four year regional university, a private college, and a tribal higher education office. My undergraduate degree is in American Indian Studies and was obtained at Northeastern State University. In spring 2016, I graduated from NSU again, this time with a M.S. in Higher Education Leadership. The following fall, I began my journey as a doctoral student working towards a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Throughout my post-secondary educational venture I have been a non-traditional student, working full-time, and also holding roles as a mother and a wife. My current research interests include the persistence, retention, and graduation rates of American Indian students and how these success indicators are influenced by the incorporation of culturally relevant support programming on college campuses.