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College Success Navigators

MARC has contracted with a team of experienced individuals to serve as college success navigators, working one-on-one with returning adult students to help them to and through college. Beginning in September, these navigators will be available at community locations to meet with people who are interested in getting back to school and completing degrees. For more information, contact:

Pamela R. Harris

Pamela Harris joined the KC Degrees initiative in August 2016 as a college success navigator. Pamela brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in social services, public education, postsecondary education, community engagement and parent and family engagement. Prior to joining KC Degrees, Pamela was employed at Kansas City Public Schools as director of parent and family engagement. Previously, she worked for the Kauffman Scholars, Inc., program as the dean of students and vice president of parent and family engagement. Pamela holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family life from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in organization development psychology from Avila University. She is a life-long learner and has spent the past 17 years working to improve the lives of children and families within the Greater Kansas City community. In her new role, Pamela will serve the KC Degrees initiative by supporting returning adult students to and through college and help them understand their postsecondary options. She will work closely with college advisors, financial and enrollment services personnel.

Cathie Peterson

Dr. Cathie Peterson joined the KC Degrees team as a college navigator in September 2016. Before joining the team, Cathie served as director of the Center for Adult and Professional Education at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. In that role she advised adult students and developed a schedule of accelerated degree completion courses for adult students. In addition to working at MNU, Cathie was employed for 20 years at Johnson County Community College. She has also served as dean of academic affairs at various universities, and community and technical colleges in Kansas City, Missouri; Saint Paul, Minnesota; Irvine, California; and Beatrice, Nebraska. After retiring a year ago, Cathie decided she wanted to continue to work with higher education institutions while serving the community of adult learners in the Kansas City region, and the KC Degrees initiative provided the perfect opportunity to help returning adult students get the information they need to complete their college degrees. Cathie earned a bachelor's degree in education from Minnesota State University, a master's degree in adult education from the University of Nebraska and and a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas.Her educational background and her passion for lifelong learning will benefit the students who are part of the program.

Ginny Krumme

Ginny Krumme joined the KC Degrees initiative in April 2017 as a college success navigator. She was most recently employed at Johnson County Community College as the director of the Career Pathways department. Her work with various stakeholders, including school district leaders and prominent business and industry partners, created meaningful opportunities for high school students including articulating coursework for college credit, presentations to their classrooms, and interactive events. She was also an English teacher in an urban school district outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition, she has worked in many other functional areas of higher education including admissions, career services, disability support programs, orientation, and advising. Ginny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education English from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is excited to work with adult learners and hopes that she can have a positive impact on those that she is helping.

Metra Augustin

Metra joined the KC Degrees team as a Navigator in April 2017. Metra has served in Higher Education for over 16 years. Her specialties include enrollment management, academic advising and fundraising.
Metra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Public Speaking from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She received her Master of Science in Organization Development with special training in Coaching from Avila University.  Her graduate coursework has also trained her in Conflict Resolution and Executive Leadership. Metra has a passion for education and coaching students to finish their education. She believes that everyone is valuable and is excited to help adult learners achieve their educational goals.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick teaches International Baccalaureate English at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy near the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. In this role, Ryan works with students on financial aid applications, academic resumes, scholarship submissions, college admission essays, and letters of recommendation. He also helps students develop community service experience as the sponsor of the region's largest Key Club International. Ryan holds an associate’s degree from MCCKC, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UMKC, and a master’s degree in education from UMKC. As a nontraditional student, Ryan is passionate about the intrinsic and extrinsic benefits of higher education, and he will be a strong advocate for students as they pursue their personal, professional, and academic goals.

 

 

Program Staff


Sheri Gonzales-Warren
Community and Economic Development Program Director

Sheri Gonzales Warren is program director for MARC's postsecondary attainment and workforce development efforts, including GradForce KC and KC Degrees. She also leads MARC's work on human capital as part of the KC Rising initiative, a business-led economic development initiative for the Greater Kansas City region. Sheri's background includes eight years of experience in administration at a university, including two years as an academic advisor/program assistant. She has significant experience managing private and public funds for initiatives in county, state and regional contexts. She is also an experienced project manager, with over 15 years of experience in development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic plans and projects to advance an organization's mission. She has served on and led a number of county or regional coalition initiatives. Sheri holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. She joined Mid-America Regional Council in 2015.

Cedric Deadmon
Outreach and Advising Project Manager

Cedric Deadmon is the Outreach and Advising Project Manager for KC Degrees. Cedric joined Mid-America Regional Council in August 2016 and is a part of the workforce development and community development division at MARC. His work will focus on increasing postsecondary educational attainment in the region. Cedric brings 15 years of experience in higher education and economic and community development to MARC. Most recently, he served as the director for the Southwest Tennessee Reconnect Community in Jackson, Tennessee. In that role, he organized activities designed to increase college attainment rates among adults through partnerships with public and private colleges and universities, technical colleges and community colleges. Cedric was instrumental in launching successful college access initiatives in Tennessee and was part of a team recognized with an innovation award from the National Association of Development Organization in 2012 and 2013 for his work with the Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI College Access Project) of Southwest Tennessee. Cedric has presented at statewide conferences on college completion, advocated for a student bill of rights, and worked with statewide college access initiatives including serving as a consultant for the Tennessee College Access and Success Network where he was a key figure in a recently launch pilot program entitled PATH: Preparing Adults for the Transition to Higher Education. He has a bachelor of arts from Lane College with a major in mass communications and a minor in sociology.