Staff and Advisors

Black woman with short hair and a blue suitMinority Mentor Program Director:
Dr. Michelle Currie, Director of Federal TRIO Programs

Dr. Currie received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Education in Education and Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.

Phone: (478) 301-2686

Dr. Currie has worked with Federal TRIO Programs for over 10 years. The programs she currently oversees include:

  • Upward Bound
  • Educational Opportunity Center
  • Student Support Services

In addition, she has responsibilities for

  • Minority Affairs
  • Opportunity Scholars Pre-Orientation Activity

Dr. Currie is also a point-of-contact for students who are a witness to or a victim of discrimination.

Advisor with Toby Bear Minority Mentor Program Advisor:
Taylor Jessamy, Counselor, Student Support Services        

Ms. Jessamy is originally from Washington D.C. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Hampton University  in Communicative Sciences & Disorders with a minor in Leadership Studies. Ms. Jessamy completed her graduate studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she received a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration & Services. She currently serves as a Counselor in  Mercer University TRIO Programs/Student Support Services.

Phone: (478) 301-2939

Minority Mentor Program Advisor Ken Blair Minority Mentor Program Advisor: Ken Blair, Educational Specialist, Upward Bound

Mr. Blair received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Education from Mercer University. He received a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University. Prior to joining Federal TRIO Programs in 2017, he served as an Associate Director of Financial Aid for 3 years at Mercer University.



Phone: (478) 301- 2266