Derrick Freeman

Derrick Freeman, M.Ed.
(314) 516-6568

Derrick serves as the Director and coordinates the Men’s Empowerment Network (M.E.N.). He previously served as an MSS Academic Coach and has been a team member for over seven years with a focus on providing comprehensive academic coaching. Prior to joining the office, he worked in Human Resources and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and has been affiliated with the campus for more than twenty-five years. He is an alumnus of the University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior. Derrick is passionate about student success with a strong desire to support student achievement through academic, personal, and professional growth.


Megan Gregory

Megan Gregory, M.Ed.
Assistant Director
(314) 516-6567

Megan serves as the Assistant Director and coordinator for the Inspire Program, previously serving as an Academic Coach with MSS. Prior to joining the Multicultural Student Services team, she worked as a recruiter for an Education Technology Company and taught at the University level. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Truman State University and obtained a Master of Education in Research and Evaluation Methodology from University of Florida. Megan is passionate about educating students about the University’s resources in order to guide them along their path to success. 


Rachel Gaglio

Rachel Gaglio, M.Ed.
Academic Coach
(314) 516-5532

Rachel Gaglio is an Academic Coach and coordinator of the Women’s Empowerment Network (W.E.N.) at Multicultural Student Services. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Rachel is dedicated to supporting and empowering students as they achieve academic accomplishment and reach their collegiate aspirations.


Natalia Mata

Natalia Mata
Academic Coach
(314) 516-6834

Natalia serves as an Academic Coach for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Natalia has prior experience working as an Academic Skills Consultant. As an Academic Skills Consultant, she guided students to campus resources and coached them in areas such as Time Management, Study Skills, etc. Natalia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. We are excited to have Natalia join our team and Natalia is excited to continue empowering students as they reach their goals and aspirations.


Karen Wawrzyniak

Karen Wawrzyniak
Office Support
(314) 516-6807

Karen joined the Multicultural Student Services team in December 2012 as the Office Support Staff III. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988. Before joining the department, Karen has more than sixteen years of administrative experience.


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