Meet Our Staff

Location

CARE is located at 109 Collegiate Loop, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

Our hours of operation include Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm with our CARE Lab offering extending hours Sunday to Thursday from 5 PM to 10 PM.  Hours subject to change during breaks.
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Communication

CARE's primary email address is care@fsu.edu. You can contact our primary office at 850-644-9699 or our Lab and Tutoring at 850-644-4928.

You can follow CARE via FSUCARE on Facebook or @CARE_FSU on Instagram and Twitter.  
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Staffing

CARE has approximately 125 employees to include full-time professionals, graduate and undergraduate student employees,  and part-time educators. 

Below is staff contact information and scheduling link for students meetings.  View our organizational chart.
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Department Leadership

Providing Vision and oversight for an Exceptional Center

The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) operates under the direction of Dr. DeOnte Brown, Assistant Dean and Director. The Leadership Team guides staff in executing CARE's core functions of creating college-going culture, promoting student development, and engaging in advocacy. The Leadership Team has approval authority related to all financial, human resources and programmatic matters. 

 

Dr. DeOnte Brown

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of CARE

Contact About: Admissions (Summer Bridge), Alumni Engagement, Assessment, Campus or Corporate Partnerships, Donor Relations, Student Experience, Training Opportunities, or CARE Grant Appeals 

dtbrown@fsu.edu | Student Appointment

 

 

Stacy Spencer, MHR

Senior Program Director, Student Access 

Contact About: Campus Tours or Presentations, Campus and Community Outreach, Summer Bridge Program, Pre-Collegiate Programs, Student Experience, or CARE Student Requirements 

dtbrown@fsu.edu | Student Appointment

Dr. Sheila Labissiere

Program Director, Student Development

Contact About: Academic Advising, Academic College Partnerships, Basic Needs Insecurity (Food, Housing, etc.), Learning Disability Evaluation, Student Persistence and Academic Difficulty

slabissiere@fsu.edu | Student Appointment

 

Austin McDonald, M.Ed.

Program Director, Student Learning

Contact About: FGEN Noles Living Learning Community, Departmental Assessment, Seminars and Colloquiums, Tutoring Partnerships and Services, Research collaboration

aamcdonald@fsu.edu | Student Appointment

Administrative Staff

supports human resource, fiscal management, and service excellence

The Administrative Staff work collaboratively with all CARE staff to onboard new staff, track expenditures, and assist students or visitors in support of CARE's core functions. 

Logan Beck

Administrative Specialist

Contact About: HR Paperwork and Policies, Appointments with Leadership, General Department Questions

lb16d@fsu.edu

 

Gina Morgan

Administrative Associate

Contact About: Appointments with Leadership, Building Concerns/ Issues, General Department Questions, Purchasing, or Travel Related Expenses

gina.morgan@fsu.edu

Student Access

promoting college access and opportunity

CARE's Student Access Unit is led by Stacy Spencer. The professional staff within this unit empower high school students to make college an option and implement programming to navigate the transition to and through college.

Diamond Boston

Assistant Director

Contact About: Summer Bridge Program Engagement,  CARE Ambassadors, or TEAM Leaders

dboston@fsu.edu | Student Appointment

 

 

Dary Felix

Graduate Assistant

Contact About: Summer Bridge Student Support

 

 

 

 

Alizea Howard

Financial Wellness Coordinator

Contact About: Financial Aid, Financial Literacy, Budgeting, or FAFSA support

khoward2@fsu.edu | Student Appointment

 

Osei Nyahuma

Academic Support Assistant

Contact About: General Concerns, Resource Referrals, Withdrawal Follow-up

onyahuma@fsu.edu

LaKesha Brown

Project Director, Upward Bound - Gadsden

Contact About: Eligibility, Services, or Policies related to Upward Bound 

lrbrown@fsu.edu

Dolores King

Pre-Collegiate Coordinator, Upward Bound - Gadsden

Contact About: Mentoring, Workshops or Engagement related to Upward Bound

 

Derrick woodard

Pre-Collegiate Coordinator, Upward Bound - Gadsden

Contact About: Academic Support, Workshops, or Engagement related to Upward Bound

 

Jy'Shawn O'neal

Project Director, Upward Bound - Jackson

Contact About: Eligibility, Services, or Policies related to Upward Bound 

 

 

brian king

Pre-Collegiate Specialist, Upward Bound - Jackson

Contact About: Academic Support, Workshops, or Engagement related to Upward Bound

Ashley Wright, M.S.

Project Director, Upward Bound - Madison County

Contact About: Eligibility, Services, or Policies related to Upward Bound 

 

 

Shannon Shannon

Pre-Collegiate Specialist, Upward Bound - Madison County

Contact About: Academic Support, Workshops, or Engagement related to Upward Bound

Jaquandra mcnealy

Project Director, Upward Bound Math and Science

Contact About: Eligibility, Services, or Policies related to Upward Bound 

 

 

Cameron Hawkins

Pre-Collegiate Specialist,Upward Bound Math and Science

Contact About: Academic Support, Workshops, or Engagement related to Upward Bound

 

 

Student Development

Prioritizing academic growth and achievement

CARE's Student Development Unit is led by Dr. Sheila Labissiere. The Professional Staff within this unit provide academic advising, college life coaching, complementary personal developmental initiatives, and comprehensive support services to students. 

Tatianna duperier

Academic Advisor

Contact About: Academic Maps, Course Schedules, Liberal Studies, or Major Exploration

 

Wilayshia tarver

Academic Advisor

Contact About: Academic Maps, Course Schedules, Liberal Studies, or Major Exploration

 

Randi Hill, M.S.

Student Persistence Specialist

Contact About: Academic Resources, Academic Policies, Academic Difficulty or Support with Retention and Graduation 

 

Charline Belfort

College Life Coach

Contact About: Coaching appointments if this is your assigned coach.

 

 

 

Bethany Brown

College Life Coach

Contact About: Coaching appointments if this is your assigned coach.

 

 

 

Toni Gadsden

Senior College Life Coach

Contact About: Coaching appointments if this is your assigned coach.

tgadsden@fsu.edu

 

 

 

Jabari Grayson

College Life Coach

Contact About: Coaching appointments if this is your assigned coach.

jdgrayson@fsu.edu

dr. Frank Campos

Project Director, SSS - SCOPE 

Contact About: Eligibility, Services, or Policies related to SSS-SCOPE

fcampos@fsu.eduStudent Appointment

Jacourie Clark

Academic Coordinator 

Contact About: Academic Support, Workshops, or Engagement related to SSS-SCOPE

jcclark2@fsu.eduStudent Appointment

Jessica Williams, M.S

Academic Specialist

Contact About: Workshops or Engagement related to SSS-SCOPE

jwilliams24@fsu.eduStudent Appointment

Kimberly Muir

Academic Coordinator, SSS - STEM

Contact About: Academic Support, Workshops, or Engagement related to SSS-STEM

 

 

JOY WRIGHT, M.S.

Student Services Coordinator, SSS - STEM 

Contact About: Workshops or Engagement related to SSS-STEM

jwright3@fsu.edu

Caitlin Cates, MSW

Program Manager 

Contact About: Eligibility, Services, or Policies related to Unconquered Scholars Program

cmcates@fsu.eduStudent Appointment

 

 

Latesh brown

Graduate Assistant

Contact About: Unconquered Student Support 

Student Learning

providing intentional curricular and co-curricular learning experiences

CARE's Student Learning Unit is led by Austin McDonald. The professional staff within this unit lead the design and implementation of transition focused seminars and programming focused on equipping students with skills to navigate college life.

Stefany Moncada, M.S.

Assistant Director

Contact About: QUEST Scholars Program and Take CARE Initiative

 

Xiomara Romero

Student Enrichment Specialist

Contact About: Coaching appointments if this is your assigned coach.

 

Sydney pickett

Graduate Assistant

Contact About: QUEST Scholars

 

 

Adarius Simpkins

Assistant Director

Contact About: Student Networks, Illuminate Scholars, and Outreach Team (O-Team)

 

 

Jordan Felton

Student Enrichment Specialist

Contact About: Coaching appointments if this is your assigned coach.

Mia lawson

Graduate Assistant

Contact About: Student Networks and Outreach Team (O-Team)

 

Dr. Fabian Tata

Assistant Director 

Contact About: Tutoring, Study Hours, Study Room Reservations

ftata@fsu.edu

 

 

Jabari Jackson

Academic Support Coordinator

Contact About: Academic Resources, Study Hours or Study Room Reservations

 

Dr. tamera bertrand-jones

Associate Professor, College of Education & Bridge to Graduate School Coordinator

Contact About: Bridge to Graduate School

 

Gabrielle Haggins

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

Contact About: Bridge to Graduate School

Nick Freeman, MBA

Instructional Specialist 1

Contact About: Seminars and Colloquiums for CARE students

 

 

 

Emily leyava, Phd

Instructional Specialist 1

Contact About: Seminars and Colloquiums for CARE students