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Virginia Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP) 

The Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP) was founded in 1975.  TRIO personnel in Virginia saw the need to create an alliance among all TRIO programs within the state in order to collaborate their efforts in educating Virginians, state politicians, and national politicians about the work of TRIO programs. 

VAEOPP is a strong voice for TRIO students and staff in Virginia.

Purpose and Objectives

The Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, Inc.  shall provide a forum for its members to define the problems and needs of Virginia citizens who may be essentially categorized as persons with disabilities and/or persons who are educationally, culturally, and/or economically disadvantaged.

 

The Association shall coordinate the efforts of its membership in meeting the needs of eligible persons and shall work toward expanding and improving their educational and occupational opportunities.

 

The Association shall provide the mechanics for the dissemination of information that might provide a basis for the design and implementations of policy decisions. 

 

The Association shall also plan and implement training sessions and other professional development activities for TRIO personnel.

 

The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

VAEOPP’s member institutions provide grant aid and researched based direct services to their respective program participants that effectively improve secondary school graduation rates, increase college matriculation, persistence and degree completion rates, and encourage low income, first generation, and students with documented physical or learning disabilities to pursue graduate and professional school. VAEOPP facilitates its members’ work through the provision of professional development opportunities for TRIO staff, by supporting annual and on-going advocacy initiatives, and by awarding scholarships to program participants through a competitive application process.

 

Our Programs

Talent Search

Educational Talent Search

Student Support Services

Student Support Services

(Classic & STEM)

Upward Bound

Upward Bound (Classic/Veterans/Math & Science)

EOC

Educational Opportunity Center

DESIGN

Read More

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program 

Ronald McNair
 

Meet The Board Members

The VAEOPP Board consists of program personnel from across the Commonwealth volunteering as officers, program representatives, and committee chairs. 

Executive Board

President

Sharon Harris

Danville Community College

Educational Opportunity Center​

sharon.harris@danville.edu

President-Elect

Brandon Honaker

Southwest Virginia Community College

Upward Bound

brandon.honaker@sw.edu

Immediate Past President

Keonte Owens

Virginia State University

Educational Talent Search

kowens@vsu.edu

Treasurer

Maria Whited

Wytheville Community College

Student Support Services

mwhited@wcc.vccs.edu

Assistant Treasurer

Jessica Ketron

Mountain Empire Community College

Educational Talent Search &

Student Support Services

jketron@mecc.edu

Secretary

Camille Younger

Danville Community College

Educational Opportunity Center

cyounger@dcc.vccs.edu

Assistant Secretary

Kemper Edwards

Mountain Empire Community College

Student Suppor Services

kedwards@mecc.edu

Parliamentarian

Kristy Casstevens

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

Student Support Services

kcasstevens@dslcc.edu

 

 

Program Representatives

 

Educational Opportunity Center

Doreen Coleman

Danville Community College

doreen.coleman@danville.edu

McNair

Jordan Carson

Hampton University

jordan.carson@hamptonu.edu

Educational Talent Search

Tyran Owens

Virginia State University

towens@vsu.edu

Student Support Services

Carol Conner

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College

chconner@dslcc.edu

Upward Bound/UBMS/VUB

Sylvia Anderson

Virginia State University

sanderso@vsu.edu

 

Our Committees

 

Alumni

Keonte Owens

Virginia State University

Archives

Marcia Mitchell – Director

UVA-Wise

Awards and Recognitions

Carol Conner​

Dabney S. Lancaster CC

Communications/Technology

VACANT

Development

VACANT

Financial Affairs

Sharon Harris

Danville Community College

sharon.harris@danville.edu

Legislative

Kristy Casstevens

Dabney S. Lancaster CC

kcasstevens@dslcc.edu

Membership

Whitney Wells

UVA-Wise

Wew3x@uvawise.edu

Nominations and Elections

Noreen Mitchell 

Dabney S. Lancaster CC

Scholarship

VACANT

Time and Place

Michelle Bair

Virginia Commonwealth University

TRIO Achiever

Maria Whited

Wytheville Community College

Adhoc Committees

Emerging Leaders

Keonte Owens

Virginia State University

New Personnel

Chimene Boone 

Virginia Commonwealth University

Alumni

Keonte Owens 

Virginia State University

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