Nina Arrington, Ph.D.
Janina Arrington, affectionately known as Nina, currently works at a community college in Houston, Texas. College Bound 4 Success was birthed from Nina’s professional and personal experiences. Raised by a single-parent and a first-generation student, Nina had limited support, or the resources required to attend a college or university. Considering the barriers she had to overcome, she ultimately pursued higher-education. Attending college was no easy feat for her, but with determination and perseverance, she graduated with a baccalaureate degree. The successful completion of this degree inspired her to continue her education to pursue a master’s degree, and eventually earn a doctorate degree.
While in graduate school, Nina completed an internship as a college counselor at a community college. Since this experience was both fulfilling and rewarding, she decided to pursue a professional career in higher education. Working as a community college professional, she encountered many students who resembled her. This environment allowed her to engage in countless conversations with students residing in a single-parent household. Subsequently, Nina realized her “calling”, and pursued a profession in higher education. She has a unique way of helping students - by inspiring them to see beyond what appears to be a formidable situation, and believe in the opportunities and possibilities of success. Her greatest desire is to be an example, and leverage her experiences by supporting students from single-parent households with the resources required to earn their degree.
Tiffany Ray, Ph.D.
Dr. Tiffany Ray is the Vice-President of Student Services at a multi-campus community college in the eastern region of Virginia. She has over 10 years of experience working in higher education. Her experience includes working at two large public research universities, a “Public Ivy”, and two multi-campus community colleges in Virginia. She currently serves as a volunteer and mentor with a program designed to encourage philanthropy in youth, in addition to other professional and community organizations. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she majored in Business Administration. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education also from Old Dominion University. She is passionate about higher-education and believes in the power of educating through mentoring.
Jessica Ferguson is an educator with Chesapeake Public Schools, and has over 10 years of experience in public education. She operates her own tutoring business, and tutors kids at the YMCA in Chesapeake, Virginia. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award at her school. Jessica has always served as an advocate for students pursuing higher-education, and believes strongly in the power of providing resources and assistance to students from single-parent households, having experienced its impact during her educational journey. Jessica holds two degrees from Hampton University, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in K12 School Leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.
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