Amber Mitchell, Director
Amber Mitchell has been working within the federal TRiO programs since 2002 when she was hired as the Academic Advisor/Tutor Coordinator for the Student Support Services program at the University of Central Oklahoma. She then served 6 years as the Coordinator of the McNair Scholars Program at that same institution.
In 2010 she was selected to serve as the Director of the newly funded Student Support Services program at Rose State College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Active within the TRiO community, she was twice elected to serve on the Oklahoma Division of Student Assistance Executive Board. She chaired the Oklahoma TRiO Statistics booklet committee for three years, served as a member of the TRiO Day committee for four years, and has chaired the Oklahoma TRiO Achiever committee. She is currently serving as co chair of the ODSA Emerging Leaders Institute.
Fun Facts About Amber:
Hobbies: My favorite hobby is spending time with my family - anything is fun when we are together!
When I was a child I wanted to be: At different times I wanted to be a dancer, a Mommy, and a politician.
Favorite Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake
Favorite Drink: I have a severe addiction to Dr. Pepper. I also love the smell of coffee, but don't drink it.
Favorite Sport: I don’t play any sports (I have zero athletic ability) but my favorite to watch is football.
Favorite Restaurant: Ted’s Escondido
Favorite Flower: Gerber Daisy
Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a white, sandy beach and the ocean.
Favorite Music: I like all types of music (except heavy metal) but my favorites are country, 90's and classic rock.
Favorite thing to do: Laugh!
Three adjectives to describe you: loud, energetic, loving
Jessica Waller, Academic Support Counselor
Jessica Waller has been at Rose State College since October of 2008. When she first started, she was the Job Coach for the EmPower Works program, helping single parents with employability skills. In 2010, she was selected to be the Academic Support Counselor for the Student Support Services program. This is her first position with TRiO and she has enjoyed becoming a part of the community.
Jessica has prior experience with case management and helping those in need. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she is working on her Master of Science degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. Jessica’s past experience includes working as a case aide at the Department of Human Services, working with disadvantaged youth and children, assisting the homeless population obtain resources to become employable, and helping single parents with life and employability skills. Her passion is to encourage and help others find how to reach their full potential in life. She believes that success can be found in believing in one’s self.
In addition, Jessica has been active on many committees in the Rose State Community including Global Oklahoma, Classified Staff Association, Professional/Administrative Staff Association, Rose State’s 40th Anniversary committee, and other short-term committees.
Fun Facts About Jessica:
Hobbies: Working out at the Wellness Center, reading books with my step-son, playing cards and board games with my husband and friends, spending time with family, craft projects, playing with my German Shepherd/Lab mix.
When I was a child I wanted to be: a marine biologist
Favorite Dessert: Ice Cream
Favorite Television Show: Big Bang Theory, Mike and Molly, America's Got Talent
Favorite Drink: Anything with coffee - the more sugary the better!
Favorite Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Favorite Sport: To watch – Football, To play – Frisbee
Favorite Restaurant: Panera Bread
Favorite Vacation Spot: NW Washington State
Favorite Music: Worship, Adele, Indie
What is one thing you would change in the world? That no child would go to bed hungry or without love.
Rebecca Esquibel, Academic Mentor
Rebecca Esquibel became employed at Rose State College in June 2006 as a work study while working on her degree. In May 2009 she received an Associates in Arts of Liberal Studies. After moving to Tennessee for two and half years she returned to Oklahoma in the Fall of 2011 and rejoined the Rose State College community as an Academic Mentor for TRiO Student Support Services. Rebecca is currently working on her Bachelors Degree at the University of Central Oklahoma in Organizational Leadership and plans to pursue a Masters of Education in Professional Health Occupations.
Rebecca tutors in the subject areas of essay writing, psychology, human
anatomy, biology, arts, spanish, and study skill development.
Fun Facts About Rebecca:
Hobbies: Spending time with my kids and doing fun outings – and shopping!
When I was a child I wanted to be: A backup dancer in Music Videos
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate! Red Velvet Cake & Ice Cream
Favorite Drink: Cherry Pepsi and Fruit Smoothies
Favorite Food: Mexican and Latino Foods
Favorite Flower: Rose
Favorite Color: Purple
Dream Vacation: Travel in Spain
Favorite Music: R&B, Hip Hop, Pop – New and Old, Classical…basically anything that has a good beat and lyrics that are meaningful or funny.
Likes: Love all things fashion, huge movie buff, taking pictures, road trips, gaming, girls night, listening to music, crafts, party planning, and graphic designing
Three Adjectives that describe you: personable, compassionate, meticulous
Brandon Douglas, Academic Mentor
Brandon Douglas has been at Rose State College since October of 2013 and currently serves as an academic mentor for the TRiO Student Support Services. He tutors in math and science. Brandon is also Projects Director for STAAR Foundation, a non-profit organization in Oklahoma City.
Prior to joining the Rose State staff, Brandon worked at Tinker Air Force Base as in Financial Analyst, and then formerly at NASA Ames Research Center as an Electro-chemist. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. in Human Development.
Brandon is a member of several different community organizations including: Alpha Phi alpha Fraternity Inc. and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society to name a few. Brandon shares a passion for wanting to help others and help his community.
In addition, Brandon hopes to become a medical doctor one day and a member of the local school board.
Fun Facts About Brandon:
Hobbies: Watching/Playing basketball, going to the lake (on a nice day), working with children.
When I was a child I wanted to be: a doctor
Favorite Dessert: New York style Cheesecake, and grandma’s pound cake
Favorite Television Show(s): Sportscenter, COPS, Scandal, and Revenge
Favorite Drink: Gatorade
Favorite Sport: Basketball - Thunder Up
Favorite Restaurant: Thai House
Favorite Vacation Spot: Alexandria, VA
Dream Job: Assistant GM of the Oklahoma City Thunder!!!!
What is one thing you would change in the world? Poverty