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Mississippi

We’re a college access program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation.

Woodward Hines Education Foundation

Elevating Mississippi to a Higher Degree

Our mission is to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certificates, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment.

Ascent to 55%

Improving Mississippi’s Workforce by Degrees

Our goal is to strengthen the quality and quantity of Mississippi’s workforce by increasing levels of postsecondary educational attainment among working-age adults.

We think college is for everyone.

Let's be clear. All students should be prepared to go to college. By 2025, 65% of all jobs will require a post-secondary degree. It can be a four-year degree or beyond, but it can also be a two-year community college degree or a certificate in career and technical education.

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So we’re opening doors to schools and jobs for all Mississippians.
Thanks to college, I have the belief that anything can happen—that I can pursue the things I love.

Andy Flores

University of Mississippi

Danny Thompson

Assistant Director of GEAR UP Outreach

Education
Bachelor's degree from Belhaven University
More about Danny
When Danny is around, there is never a dull moment. He loves softball and his two kids and, when he is not stealing bases on the field, he is stealing the hearts of everyone he comes into contact with. Danny is happiest when he is on the road and in high schools working one-on-one with students and families.

Kierstan Dufour

Assistant Director and Project Manager

Education
Bachelor's degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Mississippi College, and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi
More about Kierstan
At G2C, Kierstan is the office "mastermind," who is always ready to throw a new idea (or several) into the mix. In her free time, Kierstan can be found reading (Harry Potter) or making memories traveling the world. Never one to be a home-body she has always been “a doer.” Whether she is hosting a shrimp boil, organizing tailgates, kayaking local rivers, or volunteering, Kierstan is always out and about. ‘Laissez le bon temps rouler!’ 

Shannon Grimsley

Outreach Program Director

Education
Associate degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College, Bachelor's degree from Delta State University, and Master's degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from the University of Southern Mississippi
More about Shannon
Shannon has never met a detail she didn't like! She is highly-organized and attentive. Nothing gets past her. She joined the G2C team after spending a decade in college admissions at Millsaps College. She is our resident college admission guru. Shannon loves spending time at the beach, but instead you can find her chasing (and cleaning up) after her spouse, two teenage sons, and dogs.

Stacy Sneed

Assistant Director and Data Coordinator

Education
Bachelor's degree from Millsaps College, and CPP Certification for MBTI Instruments
More about Stacy
At Get2College, we like to think of Stacy as "the glue." She is fun, considerate, and a fierce advocate for students facing barriers to college. She is our resident data nerd, and helps the G2C team better understand the impact of our work. She has two pups and a serious love of coffee from local coffee shops. If you see her, ask her what she's reading (because she always is).

Christina Bracey

Assistant Director of GEAR UP Outreach

Education
Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Master's of Education in Educational Leadership.
More about Christina
Christina is a product of Get2College and is excited her connection with us has come back full circle! Since starting a career in Student Affairs 3 years ago, her passion for equitable college access has increased and she is ready to be back on the road getting Mississippians to college. Christina is a native of the Jackson area and enjoys dressing well (by way of Dirt Cheap), laughing with her friends and family, and coming up with creative ideas to expand on her empowerment brand."  

Brandi Lyndall

Director of GEAR UP Outreach

Education
Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Spring Hill College
More about Brandi
Brandi is the G2C "Mover and Shaker.” After working for more than a decade in higher education, she knows a thing or two about college admission and financial aid. Brandi is extremely creative and is considered an innovator among staff (and others). She has two daughters, who keep her plate full. In the off chance that she finds a few moments to herself, Brandi can be found with her nose in a book or cheering on Bama (Roll Tide).

Jailand Williams

Assistant Director and College Counselor

Education
Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration - Marketing from Mississippi State University, and Master’s degree in Administration of Higher Education from Auburn University
More about Jailand
Jailand brings a classic charisma and style to G2C staff that brightens the faces of those he interacts with. Before joining G2C, Jailand worked as a Fraternity & Sorority Life Advisor and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator. Each of these experiences taught him the value of student culture as well as the importance of providing resources for those thinking about life after high school. When he's not working, you can find Jailand with his camera out and about in the city, whether for a photoshoot or a weekend getaway. He enjoys making music playlists, traveling, competitive exercise, and playing the saxophone.

Latanya O’Bryant

Administrative Assistant

Education
Associate degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix
More about Latanya
Latanya brings order to the North Mississippi Get2College Center. Her hardworking, can-do attitude and strong organizational skills keep everything running smoothly and on track. Latanya is a natural explorer with a keen sense of adventure. When she is not at the office, she enjoys travel and spending time with her husband.  

Daniela Griffin

North MS Director

Education
Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Florida, and Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Mississippi
More about Daniela
Daniela is fast to rejoice in the success of the students she counsels (almost as fast as she ran the 200 meter dash in college!). Her 18-year track and field career has transitioned into coaching and cheering on her students and mentees from the sidelines. Daniela is also the brains and creative genius behind the G2C Camp College program. In Daniela's free time she can be found watching 90s sitcoms including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Living Single, and A Different World. She enjoys thrifting, decorating, and the arts. While she has a pescatarian, vegan-ish lifestyle, she loves Cajun and Caribbean food.

Charlie Herrington

Assistant Director of Outreach

Education
Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Journalism, and Master's degree in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi
More about Charlie
Charlie is the “Big Timer” of the North Mississippi G2C office. Not only is he 6’4, he also has a big time sense of humor. He always has a witty comment or practical joke (or two) in his back pocket. At home, Charlie enjoys playing video games, watching Netflix, and watching college football. He considers himself a "foodie," with a strong preference for Chinese food and chicken wings.

Stephen Brown

Assistant Director of Outreach

Education
Bachelor's degree from Loyola University
More about Stephen
Stephen brings creativity and a unique and thoughtful perspective to the G2C staff. His experience working with elementary and middle school students taught him that the road to college begins early. He is our resident ACT nerd and spends his free time taking practice tests… No, really… HE TAKES THE ACT FOR FUN. (Weird, right?) When he is not working, you can find him performing as hip hop artist extraordinaire 5th Child in local music venues, shopping for used Vinyl, or on a weekend getaway to New Orleans.

Carina Lindsey

Assistant Director and College Counselor

Education
Bachelor's degree in Educational Psychology and Master's degree in Counselor Education and School Counseling from Mississippi State University, Education Specialist degree in Counseling form Mississippi College, and National Board Certified Counselor
More about Carina
We like to think of Carina as the "Counselor's Counselor". As a former high school counselor, Director of Student Success at Belhaven University, and Pilot School Director at G2C, Carina has all the experience and knowledge at her fingertips. Carina spends her free time with family, friends, three dogs (Rocsi, Kate, and Missy), and new baby boy. She is a pescatarian and enjoys trying new seafood and vegan recipes. 

Brian Thomas

Jackson Director

Education
Bachelor's degree from Belhaven University and MBTI Certified Instructor
More about Brian
Brian brings much-needed balance to the G2C team. Surrounded by creative, free-spirited coworkers, Brian adds the necessary amount of attention to detail to the mix. If you are looking for something on his desk, you will always find it, because his desk is always (unnervingly) clean and organized. When he is not working, Brian can be found outside kayaking, working in the yard, and hiking.

Angela Wade

Administrative Assistant

Education
Associate degree from Copiah-Lincoln Community College
More about Angela
“The Organizer” Angela serves as the air traffic controller for the Jackson Office. She greets everyone with a smile and is an undercover FAFSA Ninja! She loves weekend trips to Memphis, her two pups, and spending time watching her two teenage sons playing ball.

Raven Alexander

Administrative Assistant

Education
Associate degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and Bachelor's degree from the University of South Alabama
More about Raven
If you want to know if the Get2College program helps Mississippi students, just ask Raven. As a student at Biloxi High School, Raven visited the Gulf Coast Get2College Center for college planning help and look at her now! When she is not working, Raven enjoys going to movies, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with her three adorable nephews.

Malcolm Williams

Assistant Director and College Counselor

Education
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from University of the Ozarks, and Master's degree in Business Administration from Belhaven University
More about Malcolm
Malcolm is the resident "idea guy" of the Mississippi Gulf Coast G2C team. He brings creativity and a fresh perspective the work of college access. Malcolm is a longtime fan of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and Real Madrid soccer team! He is extremely family oriented and loves spending time with his family and friends. He enjoys music, traveling, and great food!

Kimberly Trosclair

Gulf Coast Director

Education
Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi, and Specialist’s degree in Psychometry from Jackson State University
More about Kimberly
As a lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Kimberly brings hospitality and a genuine sense of welcoming to the G2C staff. Kimberly enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and being on the water.

Brittany Willard

Graphic Designer and Multimedia Specialist

Education
Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design from the University of Southern Mississippi
More about Brittany
Brittany brings the fun, creativity, and graphics! When she isn't designing, you will likely find her driving around town, binge-watching Netflix, or exploring Pinterest. Some of Brittany's other hobbies include reading, playing video games, and creating digital art!  

Get to know the team.

Danny Thompson

Assistant Director of GEAR UP Outreach

Kierstan Dufour

Assistant Director and Project Manager

Shannon Grimsley

Outreach Program Director

Stacy Sneed

Assistant Director and Data Coordinator

Christina Bracey

Assistant Director of GEAR UP Outreach

Brandi Lyndall

Director of GEAR UP Outreach

Jailand Williams

Assistant Director and College Counselor

Latanya O’Bryant

Administrative Assistant

Daniela Griffin

North MS Director

Charlie Herrington

Assistant Director of Outreach

Stephen Brown

Assistant Director of Outreach

Carina Lindsey

Assistant Director and College Counselor

Brian Thomas

Jackson Director

Angela Wade

Administrative Assistant

Raven Alexander

Administrative Assistant

Malcolm Williams

Assistant Director and College Counselor

Kimberly Trosclair

Gulf Coast Director

Brittany Willard

Graphic Designer and Multimedia Specialist

What we've been up to

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Students served in 2021

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Serving you across Mississippi

Gulf Coast

HOURS:

Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

715 Cox Avenue

Ocean Springs, MS 39564

228.875.4441

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Metro Jackson

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Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

2616 Lakeward Drive

Jackson, MS 39216

601.321.5533

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North Mississippi

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Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

5699 Getwell Road, Building H, Suite 3

Southaven, MS 38672

662.349.2789

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