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Staff, Recruiters, and Students

Administrative Staff

Gabriella Davis

Gabriella (Gabby) Davis is the MMESC Director. She oversees, supervises and coordinates all center activities and staff. Mrs. Davis is a Cum-Laude and Sigma Delta Pi graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.A. and a M. A. in Foreign Languages and a minor in Technology. Mrs. Davis is a native of Mexico and a fluent speaker of both Spanish and English. Mrs. Davis has over twenty years of experience teaching English and Spanish as a second language, training and translating. Additionally, she has extensive experience as a consultant and interpreter for various corporate companies in the USA and in Mexico. Ms. Davis is also nationally certified as an occupational Spanish instructor through Command Spanish Inc. Mrs. Davis has been with the Migrant Education Program since 2007 and she is passionate about helping families and students with their educational needs.

gdavis@colled.msstate.edu
(662) 325-1815

Monika Lorinczova

Monika Lorinczova is the Parental Involvement Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center at Mississippi State University. Ms. Lorinczova is a native of the Czech Republic and speaks fluently Czech, English and Spanish. She studied Medicine, Translation and Interpreting, and Political Science at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and Political Science at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She graduated from Charles University in Prague with a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. Lorinczova has over thirteen years of experience in teaching English as a second language, eight years in teaching Spanish as a second language, has provided translation and interpreting services for medical facilities, law firms and other businesses and organizations in the USA and abroad, has collaborated with various non-profit organizations dealing with human rights issues, and worked with refugees and mentally challenged youth in former Yugoslavia.

mlorinczova@colled.msstate.edu
(662) 325-1815

Riley Gordon

Riley Gordon is the Data Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center. She graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2014. While in school, Riley participated in several research labs. She developed skills in collecting and interpreting data, running experiments, and reporting about the experiment’s results. She began working at the MMESC as a student worker in January, 2013. She believes that all children should have the privilege of obtaining a great education. She is passionate about helping people, educating all students in Mississippi, and funny animal videos.

Carmen Anderico

Carmen Anderico is the Identification and Recruitment Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center at Mississippi State University. Mrs. Anderico is from Venezuela and speaks fluently Spanish and English. She has an extensive academic formation and work experience. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education majored in Physics and a Master’s degree in Physics in Venezuela. Also, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master in Foreign Languages (Spanish). She worked as a Physics professor, as a physicist, and also she was a finance and administration manager for more than 15 years in her country. She taught Spanish at MSU as a teaching assistant and at Tougaloo College for over 4 years. She considered herself very fortunate for having the opportunity to work helping migrant people to fulfil their educational needs.

Recruiters

Maria Angelina Rios Garcia

Born in: Maracaibo, Venezuela, married with three daughters.

Associate Degree in Business Administration: Universidad del Zulia, (LUZ), Maracaibo, Venezuela—1979

Recruitment Area: Central West

Significant Work Experience: First-hand experience with multi-cultural differences while working with Mississippi Consortium for International Development as a Program Manager for several USAID—funded training programs for leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, Central Europe, Russia, Central and Eastern Asia, and African countries. Also, serves as an advocate/translator for the Hispanic community as well as Spanish/English Interpreter and Translator for individuals and local businesses in Mississippi. Additionally, have worked as a Recruiter for the MEP since 2006. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to help people break the cycle of poverty by offering educational and supportive services through the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center.

Interests: music, reading, dancing, history, and cooking.

mrios@colled.msstate.edu

Starsha Jamerson

Starsha Jamerson is from Chicago, IL and is the statewide Recruiter/Advocate. She studied Foreign Language and International Studies at Mississippi State University and is certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Starsha is very passionate about helping people and is excited to have the opportunity to serve the migrant community. From her experience as an educator, she strives to make a difference by providing quality academic support and intervention for migrant students.

sjamerson@colled.msstate.edu

Inez Melendez

Inez Melendez is the recruiter/advocate for the Delta North Central part of the state. She is originally from Belize, yet she grew up in Vardaman, MS. She received an Associate's of Arts Degree (2003) from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. Ms. Melendez was awarded a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Spanish (2006) from The University of Mississippi. She currently resides in Oxford, MS. She has had the opportunity to utilize her Criminal Justice Degree as a Sergeant at the Marshall County Correctional Facility, as an Immigration Specialist/Community Outreach Coordinator for Catholic Charities, Inc., as well as at the Immigration Clinic Northeast Office, Diocese of Jackson. I now, have currently been accepted in the Mississippi State University Graduate School. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Spanish with a minor in Public Policy and Administration. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and she loves SEC Football and Baseball.

imelendez@colled.msstate.edu

Kevin Johnson Moreno