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Natissia Small Natissia Small
Assistant Provost for Access and Academic Support

Academic Affairs

P: 314.516.5196
F: 314.516.4611
E: precollegiate@umsl.edu

As Assistant Provost, Natissia Small provides direct oversight and leadership for the offices of Precollegiate Student Services (Bridge Program), Multicultural Student Services, Student Enrichment and Achievement, and the University Tutoring Center. Small joined the university in 1995 and works directly with diverse student populations, first-generation students, middle and high school students, parents, and school administrators within the St. Louis community. She has led the Bridge Program to state and national recognition, serving more than 4,000 students and families in the St. Louis community annually. Small’s responsibilities include oversight for college access initiatives and programming, retention services, academic support, parental engagement, leadership development and cultural enrichment programming. She earned a BS in Mass Communication from Southeast Missouri State University, and dual master's degrees in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Adult Education, and Counseling from UMSL. She also completed a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership at UMSL. Small is devoted to serving, implementing, and executing effective college access and student retention services.



Channon PeoplesChannon Peoples
Director

Precollegiate Student Services

P: 314.516.5199
F: 314.516.4611
E: channonpeoples@umsl.edu

Channon Peoples joined the Office of Precollegiate Student Services in 2003 and currently serves as director. She graduated with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Harris-Stowe State University, and earned both a master's degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UMSL. Peoples brings expertise in the area of program coordination, recruiting and student services. She is a member of the Missouri Association for College Admissions Counseling (MOACAC) and the National College Access Network (NCAN). She is an active volunteer in various youth and community organizations structured to engage and encourage youth to seek post-secondary attainment.



Lisa SturgeonLisa Sturgeon
Office Support


P: 314.516.5196
F: 314.516.4611
E: sturgeonl@umsl.edu

Lisa sturgeon began working with the Office of Precollegiate Student Services in 2010. She brings more than 32 years of administrative experience. Her strong commitment to assist students and parents in their transition from high school to college have made her a key asset to the department.



Aaron ClarkAaron Clark
Precollegiate Program Coordinator


P: 314.516.6888
F: 314.516.4611
E: clarkaar@umsl.edu

Aaron Clark joined the Office of Precollegiate Student Services in June of 2017 and serves as a program coordinator. He began working for the university in 2015 in the Office of Admissions as an admissions representative. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. Aaron earned his Master's of Education in Adult Higher Education and a Certificate in Student Affairs Leadership from UMSL. Clark is devoted to student success, college readiness, and successful matriculation through post-secondary education.



Maggie McCarthyMaggie McCarthy
Precollegiate Program Coordinator


P: 314.516.5188
F: 314.516.4611
E: mccarthymarg@umsl.edu

Maggie McCarthy joins the Precollegiate Student Services Office as a program coordinator. Prior to joining UMSL she worked as a Residential Life coordinator for the University of Missouri–Kansas City, managing an apartment complex with a diverse student population. During McCarthy’s time at UMKC, she grew fond of the opportunity to promote student success and retention in an urban environment, ultimately bringing her back to the St. Louis community. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Creighton University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from UMKC. McCarthy focuses her efforts on engaging with high school students, promoting educational opportunities and providing resources. She currently serves as the editor for the Student Leadership Program Knowledge Community newsletter, a publication from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), in which she is an active member.



Monica FleisherMonica Fleisher, M.A.T.
Precollegiate Program Coordinator


P: 314.516.5192
F: 314.516.4611
E: fleisherm@umsl.edu

Monica Fleisher serves as a program coordinator at the Office of Precollegiate Student Services. She graduated from Carleton College, majoring in English with a concentration in educational studies. After college, she moved to New York City and served two terms in AmeriCorps as a teaching resident at Bronx River High School, a new public high school in the Bronx. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and founded Bronx River’s College Prep program, teaching a daily College Prep course and advising all juniors and seniors throughout the college and financial aid application process. Fleisher return to her hometown of St. Louis to continue to promote college access through the work of the Bridge Program.