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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Brian Stutz Interim Academic Outreach Specialist


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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Colette Yellow Robe, Ph.D. Academic Retention Specialist


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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Marianna Burks, M.S. Science Specialist


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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Morgen Bills, Ph.D. Math Specialist


My life included living in several cities in Nebraska before my family moved to Lincoln. I graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School and UNL. Since then I have lived in various locations outside of Nebraska. Now I am back at UNL to be 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 SSS participants in 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 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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Allison Docter Tutor Coordinator


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.