TRIO Staff

TRIO Staff at WSU Tri-Cities

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Stassia FeltesProgram Director, TRIO Student Support ServicesEast 203509-372-7389Stassia Feltes, Program Director
Stassia Feltes is the TRIO Student Support Services Program Director at WSU Tri-Cities. Living in almost every quadrant of Washington State, Stassia is a true Washingtonian – from Seattle, to Spokane, Pullman, Tonasket, Yakima and now the Tri-Cities, she brings different views to every situation. Stassia spent the last 5 years within TRIO, starting out as a Program Coordinator for the WSU TRIO Upward Bound that served high school students in Oroville and Tonasket. She spent the last two years as the director of a TRIO Upward Bound Math Science program in the Yakima Valley. During this tenure, she secured a $250,000/year grant, developed STEM based leadership and job shadow programs, significantly improved program performance, and was recently elected as the president-elect of the Washington State TRIO Association. Stassia earned two Cougar degrees holding a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
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Yessica Carnley

Student Success Coach, Supplemental Instructor

Yessica L. Carnley is a first-generation college student and TRIO alumni.  She is of Hispanic background, unlike many students she was not considered the typical college student.  After graduating from high school, she enlisted into the military for the opportunity to travel and expand her education.  Once her enlistment ended, she decided to attend college.  She is a recent graduate from WSU-TC.  During her studies she attained a M.S. in Environmental Science, a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Geology, a secondary B.S. with a primary concentration in Biology and a secondary concentration in Chemistry, and a Molecular Bioscience certification.  As a grad student she worked part time as a Biology lab instructor and lab technician for WSU-TC.  A few of her hobbies are camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, running, cycling, and more.  She is able to provide supplemental instruction in many subjects such as biology, environmental science, geology, physics, and math.

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Oliva Primera-Pedrozo

Student Success Coach, Supplemental Instructor

Dr. Oliva Primera has a Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry from Universidad de Puerto Rico, (Mayagüez, PR) and a postdoctoral experience from Jackson State University (Jackson MS). She is originally from Colombia and she is a first-generation college graduated and the first in obtaining a Ph.D. in her family.  She defines herself as a person passionate about education and mentoring students. She has strong experience on mentoring pre-college, undergraduate, and graduate students, including those from schools in the San Juan and Richland area, UPR-Mayagüez (PR), Pittsburg (PA), Northeastern University, Polytechnic Institute of New York (NY), Jackson State University, Universidad Metropolitana (PR), Universidad del Turabo (PR), Washington State University Tri-Cities (WA), and Universidad de Cartagena (Colombia). Her mentoring model focuses on accessibility, constant follow up on student concerns, and exposition to enriching professional/academic/ research experiences. Her dedication to students’ success has resulted in a patent, peer-reviewed publications, participation in summer research programs including Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and acceptance to graduate school programs in well-recognized universities. Also, oral and poster presentations in local and national conferences, and awards inundergraduate research symposia. Also, she is author of activities developed in San Juan, PR to engage undergraduate Students, pre-colleges, and youth for science through Hands-on chemistry activities.

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