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Meet Our Staff

LaTonya Nixon Dr. LaTonya Nixon, Director

LaTonya M. Nixon has served as the Pitt Community College TRIO Director since 2005, but she has been a part of the TRIO community for 18 years. Mrs. Nixon has a very serious commitment to higher education and her desire is to see all students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, age or gender reach their educational endeavors. She leads an extraordinary team of professionals dedicated to serving the at risk student population with her motto: “We are here to serve you.”
Christy Jones Christy Jones, TRiO: Educational Opportunity Center Coordinator

Ms. Jones has a passion to see people reach their potential. She has worked with various populations and within various settings to include "at risk" males ages 12-18, ex-offenders, adoption and foster care, mental health, program development and evaluation as well as leadership coaching and training. Ms. Jones takes the lives of people very seriously and seeks to serve in a compassionate and non-threatening manner as she coaches people toward success.
Sandra Saunders-Smith Sandra Saunders-Smith, Outreach Specialist (Edgecombe County)
252-977-3306 ext. 228

Sandra Saunders-Smith joined the Educational Opportunity Center Staff in January 2011 after working three and a half years for Airboss Rubber Compounding in the Human Resource, Benefits, Account Payable and Safety department. Mrs. Smith is no stranger to TRiO; she brings five years of experience with her from the EOC Program at Halifax Community College. Three years as an Outreach Specialist and two years as the Director of the Program. She believes that education is the key to life; if you develop a passion for learning, you will never stop growing.
Vanessa Williams Vanessa Williams, Outreach Specialist

Mrs. Williams became the Outreach Specialist in July 2014. As the Outreach Specialist, her primary responsibility is recruiting individuals who are low income and first generation college students. She has over 16 years' experience of active community engagement.