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Administrative Staff

Gabriella Davis

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

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

Starsha Jamerson

Starsha Jamerson

Starsha Jamerson is the Educational Services Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (MMESC). She studied Foreign Language and International Studies at Mississippi State University and is certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has teaching experience in the U.S. and South America that ranges from preschool to the university level. Additionally, she has worked for various nonprofit organizations and has been contracted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Before her role as a coordinator, she was the Statewide Advocate for the MMESC, providing instructional and supportive services to the migrant student population across the state. Ms. Jamerson 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 developing quality academic programs as a means to offset the educational barriers faced by migrant students.

Sjamerson@colled.msstate.edu

Carmen Anderico

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.

Maggie Villaroel

Maggie Villaroel

Maggie Villarroel is the MMESC Data Coordinator. She is responsible for creating and maintaining field research record for the project: current data files and records of migrant students and their families in the State of Mississippi. She has gained an extensive experience working with Database as a Cost Auditor for the Operations Accounting Department for Garan Manufacturing. Ms. Villarroel is a native of the Republic of Venezuela and speaks fluently Spanish and English. She received an Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming in 1995. Then, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Mississippi University of Women in 2010. Maggie become part of the Migrant Education Program team in October, 2017.

She is very joyous to participate and contribute to the migrant community in Mississippi.

Recruiters

Maria A. Rios

Maria Angelina Rios

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

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Recuritment Area: North/Delta Recruiter

Kevin Johnson is the North/Delta Recruiter. He is originally from Honduras. He earned a degree as an Industrial Engineer from the Catholic University of Honduras. He has been living in the United States since 2013, and as an immigrant, being a recruiter for the Migrant Program is an opportunity to bring his skills to the community and population the program serves. He enjoys spending time with my family and friends, playing soccer, and most of all learning more about the cultures in the different regions of Mississippi. He is very grateful to be part of my Migrant Education team and the support he receives from them. He looks forward to growing in this career and in this path as a servant of those in need.

kjohnson@colled.msstate.edu

Doris Peacock

Doris Peacock

Recuritment Area: Southeast/Coast Recruiter

Doris Peacock is a native of the Republic of Panama and is fluent in Spanish and English. She studied Law and Political Science at University of Panama and graduated with a B. A. in Law and Political Science. Additionally, she was part of the Teacher Education program, Science of Education at the University of Panama. She practiced law for many years in her native country always trying to help those in need. As an assistant and translator in the ELL Program in Southern MS, Mrs. Peacock has many years of experience working with migrant workers, immigrants, and EL students. Her experience translating allows her to interact with people of various descents and Spanish speaking countries. She faithfully believes that education is the key that opens all doors.

dpeacock@colled.msstate.edu

Inez Melendez

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

Wilson Kendrick

Wilson Kendrick

Wilson Kendrick has been a teacher and a pastor for the last 26 years. Wilson has served as a state level recruiter and advocate for the Alabama State Department of Education out of Montgomery. He has served as an associate pastor in Paraguay for the many medical and dental groups that came to work in the indigenous communities of the Guarani and Toba tribes. Wilson also mentored and taught student pastors through the Instituto Bíblico Teológico Metodista de Asunción. He has extensive experience teaching part time as an ESL/gifted teacher at the elementary level and teaching Spanish, speech and computer applications courses at the high school level. Wilson also has taught Spanish for ESL educators and for medical personnel at UWA and later at EMCC. Wilson holds a BA (Spanish), MHS (Hispanic Studies), and MDiv.

Wilson has always had a strong calling and vocation to serve in the Latino community in one capacity or another. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity again as a migrant recruiter and advocate at MMESC and throughout the state of Mississippi.

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