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Armstrong/Liberty Team

Professional Staff

Corine Ackerson-Jones, Director

Mrs. Corine Ackerson-Jones serves as Director of the Armstrong/Liberty Campuses TRIO Student Support Services program. In that capacity she oversees operations, provides leadership and supervises professional staff. Mrs. Ackerson-Jones also makes final admission decisions and is an academic advisor for TRIO participants. She joined Armstrong State University in 2006 as an academic advisor. Prior to taking the position with TRIO in 2016, she served as Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention for the College of Health Professions at Armstrong State University. She received her B.S. and Master of Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Andrea Willingham, Retention Specialist

Ms. Andrea Willingham serves as the Retention Specialist for TRIO Student Support Services. As the Retention Specialist, Ms. Willingham assist TRIO Scholars with career, financial and educational planning. Additionally, she supervises the academic success coach and directs peer mentoring and tutoring for the program. With an extensive background in higher education, Ms. Willingham has had the opportunity to serve students in the areas of academic advising, teaching, and retention. She is a graduate of Auburn University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and later completed her Master of Science from Troy University in the area of post-secondary education. Recently, she completed a second master’s degree in library and information science from Valdosta State University.

Lane Cravey, Administrative Assistant II

Lane Cravey serves as the Administrative Assistant for TRIO Student Support Services. As the admin for TRIO, she oversees the operation of the office and provides support to the staff, supervises student assistants, collects and reviews data, prepares reports and assists in keeping TRIO moving toward its goals. She is also a student at Georgia Southern University, working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Prior to joining the staff at TRIO Student Support Services, Lane held a managerial position in the private sector and a contract administrative role in the non-profit sector.

Dr. Julia Flanigan, Academic Success Coach

Dr. Julia Flanigan serves as the Academic Success Coach for TRIO Student Support Services. In this role, she supports students on their academic journey and helps them work towards their goals. Dr. Flanigan received her B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan, along with a secondary teaching certificate. After teaching for a year, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned her M.A. in Educational Psychology and her Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Special Education. Prior to working for TRIO SSS, Dr. Flanigan was a part-time instructor for Georgia Southern University’s College of Education. 

Graduate Assistants

Sheryl Caycho Mantilla

Sheryl Caycho serves as the Graduate Assistant and Peer Mentor for TRIO Student Support Services. Sheryl graduated from Berry College in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While at Berry College, she served as a Teaching Assistant and First Year Mentor. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and aspires to work at the collegiate level in administration in the future. In her role as Graduate Assistant and Peer Mentor, Sheryl works closely with students and staff to fulfill the mission of TRIO Student Support Services.

Amaya Ball

Amaya Ball serves as the Graduate Assistant and Peer Mentor for TRIO Student Support Services. Amaya graduated from Georgia Southern University in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology and aspires to work in law enforcement in the future. Amaya is a graduate of the TRIO Student Support Services program here at Georgia Southern Armstrong Campus. In her role as Graduate Assistant and Peer Mentor, Amaya works closely with students and staff to fulfill the mission of TRIO Student Support Services.

Last updated: 8/3/2022