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.

This is the building directly west of the Nebraska Union, 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.

There are 2 metered parking lots in the vicinity:

  • 14 th & R ST - Southeast and across the street from the Nebraska Union.
  • 15 th & S ST - East of the Gaughan Center and the Nebraska Union.
Reach Our Office
  • 501 N 14th Street
    220 Canfield Admin building
    P.O. Box 880498
    Lincoln, NE 68588-0498
  • Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm CDT

Professional Staff and Faculty

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Trio Director

Moises Padilla

I am the Director of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy and TRIO Programs. I am a first-generation and low-income college graduate, receiving both bachelor's and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I received my master’s degree from Colorado State University. I am passionate about expanding college access and supporting student success.

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Project Director

Joyce A. Lehn

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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Interim Academic Outreach Specialist

Brian Stutz

I am originally from Aurora, IL. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout for my Bachelor Degree and received my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Prior to joining Nebraska I worked previously at Ball State University and East Carolina University working in Residence Life. I am driven to help students succeed. I want to be there to help you navigate the university system to use all the resources you can. My partner Lanie works at UNL as well and we have two dogs Gwynn and Willa. In my spare time I play and coach volleyball. Looking forward to meeting you and helping you succeed at UNL. Go Big Red!

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Academic Retention Specialist

Colette Yellow Robe, Ph.D.

I am a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and I grew up on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska. As the Retention Specialist for the SSS program, I teach ALEC 102 - Interpersonal Skills for Leadership, a service-learning course and provide personalized outreach to our amazing scholars. My research projects are in Native American education, social justice, and Indigenous Futurism. I have worked for many years at the university, and received my PhD from the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education Department in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Scholar and Community Activism are critical parts of my duties outside of UNL. Most importantly, I have the privilege of rearing two sons, Chase and Mason.

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Science Specialist

Marianna Burks, M.S.

Originally a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I am an instructor, professional, and alumni of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, obtaining both a Bachelor’s (2000) and Master's Degree (2002) in Biology. I serve as a Biology Instructor for the School of Biological Sciences and Science Specialist for the TRIO Scholars Program. My tenure at UNL has previously been in research, conducting studies for 11 years in the School of Biological Sciences in behavioral cognition, and also functioning as a laboratory manager. I currently instruct sections of Bios 101-General Biology and LIFE 120 - Fundamentals of Biology, and serve in undergraduate research efforts for TRIO program students. My specialized interests are focused on the success of first-generation students, science self-efficacy, and instructional practices that enhance learning outcomes in science education. I have been awarded at the university level the Inaugural Staff & Diversity Inclusion Award for my service and efforts in diversity and inclusion in STEM and the College of Arts & Sciences college level award for mentoring and advising students in biology and STEM. I also serve as the Faculty Advisor for the Minority Pre-Health Association. My husband Jai & I have 5 children: Isis, Aida, Ivan, Aria, and Iyla.

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Writing Specialist

Stephanie Mitchell, Ph.D.

I am a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate and Nebraska native. With degrees in journalism, literature, creative writing, and education, I have a variety of roles at Student Support Services. My primary responsibility is to teach ENGL 150 (Writing and Inquiry) and ENGL 151 (Writing and Argument). Additionally, TRIO Scholars make appointments with me for personal writing assistance in any class. I also supervise the SSS tutoring program, working with our graduate assistant to coordinate one-on-one tutoring and staff the math and science labs. My research interests include identity through multimodal storytelling and democratic classroom community design in higher education. When I’m not organizing my book collection according to color or binge-watching 80s movies, I practice yoga, write fiction, and “play” in my art studio. My family and I live on an acreage north of Lincoln.

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Tutor Coordinator

Allison Docter

I grew up in Firth, Nebraska -- a town so small it's labelled as a village. I attended Norris High School then moved on to UNL for my Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Currently, I'm pursuing my Master's degree in Higher Education Administration and working as the SSS Tutor Coordinator. When I'm not on campus, you can find me playing yard games and card games, completing crossword puzzles, or spending time with my roommates and friends.

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Student Success Activity Coordinator

Sarah Yeoh

Penang, Malaysia is where I originate from. I graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln with a degree in Elementary Education and am currently in the Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education Master's program. I am a graduate assistant with the TRIO department and my role is to assist in the Student Advisory Board and Mentoring Program. In my down time I like to catch up on dramas, play the guitar or go on drives.

Student Staff

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Abdel Elhaj

SSS Student Worker

More info coming soon.

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Huda Mohammed

Grading Assistant for Bio 101 & SSS Student Worker

I was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Lincoln, NE. As a Nutrition and Dietetics major, I plan to become a Clinical Dietician to help people reach their health and fitness goals. Outside of school I like to spend time with friends, travel, and try new foods.

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Sama Muthanna

Teaching Assistant for Bio 101

I was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States in 2009. I currently work as a Student Assistant for Student Support Services and have been enjoying learning more about the office resources. I'm also interested in the study of Dermatology and hope to one day become a dermatologist. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family as well as traveling.

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Carla Perez

SSS Student Worker

My passion for art and creativity stems from my earliest memories of wanting to express myself in the most unique and admirable ways. I have always been known for being good at art and I believe that my passion can lead me in any path which I choose to pursue. Although my major is tough and one of the most competitive ones out there, I plan to make my way into the fashion industry in one way or another in order to demonstrate my innovation and creativity. Being a fashion student at UNL is just the beginning of many future endeavors to come!

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Jalijah Rieck-Brown

SSS Student Worker

More info coming soon.

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Canyon Skare

SSS Humanities Tutor

I’m a Junior English and Psychology double major with minors in Music Technology and Film. One of my hobbies is running - I did cross country and all that in high school. Last fall I ran my second half-marathon and I’ll be running my third this November!
I’ve also been playing drums for about as long as I can remember, and am currently part of the band Parking Lot Party. We’re super excited to play at the Dance Marathon Block Party this year.

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Juno Tran

SSS Student Worker

Iam a first-generation student from Grand Island and all pronouns are welcomed. I am a first-year student double majoring in Dance and Psychology with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies. Upon graduation, I look forward to letting the waves sweep me off my feet into a career meant for me. A fun fact about me is I draw as a hobby and as a side hustle.

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Abel Ud-Bari

SSS Student Worker

More info coming soon.

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Kahlid Yusuf

SSS Student Worker

I am conducting research with Dr. William Spaulding from the Psychology department as a part of the Serious Mental Illness research group and my research interests include the mental and neurological disorders that affect the aging population and the issues of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. I am also a McNair scholar and plan to go on to pursue a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology and Geriatrics.

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Jessica Zuniga

SSS Student Worker

More info coming soon.

Support Animals

Portrait of Neo, Who is a small, white dog
Support Dog

Neo Anderson Station Lehn

Neo is a Teddy Bear (Shichon/Zuchon) therapy dog who is nationally certified with the Love on the Leash Pet Therapy Program. In addition to providing emotional and social support, Neo has been trained to assist individuals achieve many physical and educational goals. He also has earned the American Kennel Club’s Good Canine Citizenship Award. Neo enjoys working with the TRIO Scholars Program. His favorite activities include playing football, walking at Holmes Lake, and playing with his little sister, Trinity, who is a Shih Tzu.