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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.

Vacant, Administrative Assistant II

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

Kiara Ampuero

Kiara Ampuero serves as a graduate assistant for TRIO Student Support Service. As a graduate assistant, she assists with office duties and mentors TRIO scholars. She is a graduate of Georgia Southern University (Statesboro campus) where she received her Bachelors in Biology. She is now in her second year completing her Master’s in Health care Administration here on the Armstrong Campus.

Alyssa Corn

Mrs. Alyssa Corn is a Graduate Assistant for TRIO Student Support Services. As a Graduate Assistant, she completes administrative tasks in the TRIO office and greets our students and guests who come to visit. She also serves as a peer mentor to multiple TRIO students throughout the year to guide them through their time as undergraduate students. She is a graduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Georgia Southern University. After completing her master’s, she will work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Alyssa graduated from Mississippi State University in 2021 with a B.S. in Educational Psychology.

Last updated: 10/12/2021