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 Nelson, Academic Support Specialist
Hello! My name is Jessica Nelson and I am the new Academic Support Specialist for the TRiO Student Support Services office. While I am brand-new to Rose State, I have worked in TRiO programs for the past four years and have a great deal of experience working in higher education, especially at community colleges. I am originally from the Oklahoma City area and am a first-generation student myself. I am a Sooner fan and attended the University of Oklahoma where I earned both my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my masters in Adult and Higher Education.
It was while earning my Master’s degree that I learned of the struggles that many first-generation students encounter and I was motivated to work with and help other first-generation students. This was how I was first introduced to TRiO and why I am so happy to be working in TRiO currently.
I am an OU college football fan and OKC Thunder fan. I enjoy trying new recipes and will often bring in dessert recipes to share with others (making desserts is fun, eating them for a week is not so good). I have two toy poodles and they are my fur babies, be careful or I will share lots of stories and pictures. I am very excited to be at Rose State and am looking forward to getting to know the campus, students, and staff here.
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!!!!
One thing he would change in the world: Poverty
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
Dawn Roberts, Academic Mentor
Dawn has been at Rose State since August of 2014. She became familiar with TRiO while attending classes at OCCC. Dawn is currently a student mentor and tutor for TRiO Student Support Services. She tutors in math (only up through College Algebra), English, Humanities, History, Psychology and Sociology.
Currently Dawn is working on duel majors at Rose State. Her AA in Enterprise Development will be completed in the spring of 2015 and her AAS in Paralegal Studies will be completed in the fall of 2015. Dawn plans to transfer to OU or UCO in the summer of 2015 to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Management or Organizational Leadership. Her goal is to procure a Federal Job at FAA or Tinker after graduation
Dawn lives in South West Oklahoma City with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs. She enjoys studying, baking and spending quality time with her family and a multitude of close friends.
Fun Facts About Dawn:
Hobbies: Studying, cooking, sewing, scrapbooking and singing.
When I was a child I wanted to be: A lawyer, politician and/or a mommy.
Favorite Dessert: Strawberry cake with white icing or chocolate meringue pie.
Favorite Drink: COFFEE! 2 Splendas and 2 creams please. I could drink it all day long!
Favorite Sport: Is eating a sport? I could really rock a pie eating contest.
Favorite Restaurant: Cheddars in Norman.
Favorite Color: Orange, but it has nothing to do with football!
Favorite Flower: Definitely tulips.
Favorite Vacation Spot: The destination isn’t important as long as I am traveling on a luxury cruise ship.
Favorite thing to do: Make people laugh!
Three adjectives to describe you: Silly, open minded and organized.