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Meet The Team

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Natissia Small, Ed.D.
Assistant Provost for Access and Academic Support
Academic Affairs
314.516.6807

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. Natissia joined the University in 1995 and currently 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, Bridge continues to serve more than 4,000 students and families in the St. Louis community annually.

Natissia’s responsibilities include oversight for college access initiatives and programming, retention services, academic support, parental engagement, leadership development, and cultural enrichment programming. She earned her undergraduate degree in Mass Communication from Southeast Missouri State University, and dual Master degrees in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Adult Education; and Counseling from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and her Doctorate of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis.

 

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Derrick Freeman
Director
314.516.6568
derrick_freeman@umsl.edu

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.

 

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Andrea Cox, M.Ed.
Academic Coach
314.516.6569
coxandr@umsl.edu

Andrea serves as an MSS Academic Coach and coordinator for the Inspire program. She has been a proud member of the UMSL campus since 2007. Prior to joining the MSS team, she worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She was also a classroom teacher for more than ten years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and obtained a Master of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Missouri—St. Louis. Andrea is passionate about supporting and encouraging students along their journey toward success. 

 

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Rachel Gaglio, M.Ed.
Academic Coach
314.516.5532
rgaglio@umsl.edu

Rachel Gaglio is an Academic Coach and co-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.

 

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Megan Gregory, M.Ed.
Academic Coach
314.516.6567
megan.gregory@umsl.edu

Megan serves as an Academic Coach and coordinator for the Inspire Program. 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. 

 

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Brandon Taylor, M.A.
Academic Coach
314.516.6833 
btaylor@umsl.edu

Brandon Taylor serves as an Academic Coach for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Brandon has prior experience as an Adjunct Instructor at Harris-Stowe State University and 18 months as an Educational Advisor for TRIO Educational Opportunity Center through the Higher Education Consortium for Metropolitan Saint Louis. Brandon holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Mississippi Valley University and a Masters of Arts in History from Jackson State University. Brandon is dedicated toward assisting students reach their full potential.

 

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Renelle Theard
Academic Coach
314.516.6566
theardr@umsl.edu

Renelle Theard serves as an Academic Coach and Coordinator for the “iMentor” Peer Mentor Group for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Prior to joining the MSS team, she served for two years with the Missouri College Advising Corps as a College Adviser at a high school in southeast Missouri. As a College Adviser, she assisted high school students with navigating the college-going process by providing guidance and resources necessary for a successful transition to their post-secondary goals. She is a proud graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders.  Currently, Renelle is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Southeast Missouri State University. Renelle is excited to empower students toward attaining academic success and reaching their full potential.

 

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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.