SSS Staff & Contacts

We have on our roster a diverse, experienced staff available to support, serve and see you graduate.
All our staff members have their office at 220 Canfield Administration Building North, which makes it easily accessible to our participants. All our courses are offered in classrooms across campus, but in close proximity to the office. The office also is equipped with a student computer lab and a study lounge.
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Tyre McDowell Jr TRIO Director


I am the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs responsible for Student Life and Leadership including ASUN, Civic Engagement, Parent and Family Programs, Student Involvement, Residence Life, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and TRIO Programs. Prior to joining the Student Affairs Senior team in August 2018, I was the Vice President for Campus Community at Nebraska Wesleyan University. I am from Lincoln, NE. I was a first-generation low-income student. I am passionate about helping students succeed and thrive.

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Joyce A. Lehn Project Director


I am the Project Director for Student Support Services. Previously, I have been a high school counselor, K-12 art educator, and an Academic Counselor for the SSS Program. My college degrees include a PhD in Urban Issues and Diversity (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Master’s in School Counseling (Wayne State College), Bachelor’s in Art and Business Education (Chadron State College), and Associate’s in Fashion Merchandising (Southeast Community College-Lincoln). My hometown is Ainsworth, NE, where I began my educational journey as a first-generation, low-income student. My personal experiences have influenced my career to focus on helping scholars achieve their academic, career, and personal/social goals. Please contact me to learn how Student Support Services can assist you with your quest for excellence in college and beyond!

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Darwin Archie Academic Outreach Specialist


I am originally from Omaha, but was raised all around the world. I eventually ventured back and finished school in Lincoln. I then attended and graduated from college here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while being a part of the SSS program. After much traveling and a military stint, I made my way back to serve in this wonderful program. With my title I am looking to expand on our programing to best fit the needs of the scholars.

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Colette Yellow Robe Ph.D. Assistant Director For Non-Cognitive Learning/Leadership


Originally from the Winnebago Indian Reservation in Nebraska, yet I am an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe in Montana. As the Academic Counselor for the SSS program, I handle ALEC 102 - Interpersonal Skills for Leadership. My work lies primarily with first-generation, low-income and/or disabled college students. I have worked for many years at the university, and I hold a PhD from the Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education Department in the College of Education & Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am an active community member who is committed to social justice and alleviating poverty. In turn, I devote a lot of time to multicultural issues in the city of Lincoln. Currently, I serve on the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of People of Color at Nebraska and the Mayor’s Multicultural Advisory Committee for the city of Lincoln. When not at work, I have the privilege of rearing two sons, Chase and Mason.

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Marianna Burks Science/Learning Specialist


I am from Louisiana. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with both an Undergraduate and Master's Degree in Biology. After obtaining my Master's (M.S. 2002), and conducting research for 11 years at the university, I transitioned into instruction. With experience in teaching Human Anatomy, BIOS 101 - General Biology, and LIFE 120 - Fundamentals of Biology I, I serve as both the Science Learning Specialist and Instructor of Biology within the SSS program. My husband Jai & I have 5 children-Isis, Aida, Ivan, Aria, and Iyla.

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Morgen Bills Ph.D. Math Learning Specialist


I am the Mathematics Specialist for SSS. I teach the SSS math classes, MATH 100A - Intermediate Algebra, MATH 101 - College Algebra, and MATH 104 - Applied Calculus. I am also available to tutor for SSS participants any undergraduate mathematics classes for certain periods of the day. Please stop by and check my door for a schedule. I am the person to see about calculator checkouts.

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Stephanie Mitchell Ph.D. Writing/Learning Specialist


I am the Writing Specialist for SSS. A Nebraska native and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, I have degrees in journalism, literature, creative writing, and education. While I have a variety of roles at SSS, my primary responsibility is to teach ENGL 150 - Writing and Inquiry, and ENGL 151 - Writing and Argument. Additionally, students may make appointments with me for personal writing assistance in any class. I also supervise the SSS tutoring program, overseeing the coordination of one-on-one tutoring and scheduling of math lab staff. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga and writing, having recently published my first novel.

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Kristen Duvall Tutor Coordinator


I am a graduate student in the Educational Administration and Student Affairs program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in Virginia, I graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2017 where I majored in Studio Art and minored in Photography and Video Art. As the Tutoring Coordinator for SSS, I work with both the students and the tutors to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved. My responsibilities include, but are not limited to, recruiting, hiring and training tutors, as well as placing tutors with students upon request.