Rose GrayTRiO Program Directorgrayr@winthrop.edu 803/323-4794
Hi! I joined the Winthrop community in 2005 as the inaugural TRiO SSS Program Director. Each day I have the pleasure of working with a superb group of TRiO professionals and a very lively, motivated group of students.
After completing my undergraduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, I received an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and an M.A. in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. I stayed at USF and worked in the University’s Counseling Center as a counselor for 2 years prior to returning to New York where I began my TRiO career. In New York, I worked at Cazenovia College as the Associate Director of a TRiO SSS program. My 10+ years of TRiO experience in New York prepared me well for building Winthrop’s new TRiO program and designing services to help you excel.
When not at Winthrop, I'm a very busy single mom. I love traveling, reading, and music and I spend a great deal of time schlepping my daughter Lily around, especially during marching band seeason!
It’s exciting to be a part of TRiO; I am very passionate about TRiO and providing students with opportunities for success. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your educational goals!
Janell StevensTRiO Assistant Directorstevensj@winthrop.edu803/323-4793
Hello! My name is Janell Stevens, and I am a native of Hampton, Virginia. In December 2000, I graduated from South Carolina State University with a degree in Psychology. My family and I relocated to Rock Hill, SC in January 2007 when my husband was offered a position at the Small Business Development Center, and I began working as the Program Assistant for TRiO at Winthrop. I was promoted to TRiO Academic Counselor in August 2009 and began my master’s degree in Counseling and Development with a concentration in Community Mental Health. I’m proud to say that I received my Masters of Education in May 2011 from Winthrop!
Outside of TRiO, I love being a mom to my daughters Brianna, Skylyn, and Tori, and wife to Larry Stevens! If you are in the program long enough, you will find out that I love cooking! I also love traveling and singing. I am a family girl and love spending time with them. I am excited to work with TRiO students and providing them the tools needed to be successful. I’m even more excited about helping all reach your full potential!
Monica MitrovichProgram Assistantmitrovichm@winthrop.edu 803/323-4797
Hi! My name is Monica Mitrovich. I joined the TRiO team in December 2011. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in Mass Communications. I am very grateful to work for Winthrop University and to be part of the TRiO family! I love seeing your smiling faces everyday and know that you all have the potential to change the world! If I can be of assistance to you in anyway, just stop by and see me, I’m happy to help! When not working, I enjoy traveling, especially to the beach. I love learning about and listening to all types of music and really enjoy going to concerts. Most of my time is spent on the run as a busy mother of three!
Jeanie FarisTRiO Academic Counselorfarisj@winthrop.edu803/323-4795
Hello There! My name is Jeanie Faris, and I am so proud to work at my alma mater. I graduated Winthrop in 2001 with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I love being a part of the Winthrop family and even more excited to be joining the TRiO family.Before joining this family, I worked in the Financial Aid Office at Winthrop for a total of eight years, being the Scholarship Coordinator for the past three years.
When not at Winthrop, I enjoy sitting on my wrap around porch enjoying life in the country. I have a wonderful husband who also graduated from Winthrop, Trent Faris, who is the Public Information Officer for the York County Sheriff’s Office. I have three lovely children; my oldest is Olivia and then twin girls, Riley and Raegan.
Well, that is my Winthrop story and I am excited to follow along while you create yours!
Jasmine HowzeGraduate Assistant, Academic Counselorhowzej5@winthrop.edu 803/323-4792
Hi! My name is Jasmine Howze, and I'm an academic counselor for the TRiO program. I will begin working for the program in August, and I'm really excited to work with and get to know you all. I'm new to Winthrop, but I will be starting as a graduate student in the Fall in the Counseling and Development program. I attended Columbia College for undergrad, and graduated in May of 2015 with degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science.
In my spare time, I really enjoy reading, listening to music, and spending time with my friends. I also have a slight obsession with Netflix, so I'm currently in the middle of 7-8 different series.
I'm really looking forward to working with the TRiO program and becoming a familiar face.
Yostina SorialGraduate Assistant, Academic Counselorsorialy2@winthrop.edu803/323-4780
Hey there! My name is Yostina Sorial and I am an Academic Counselor for the TRiO program.I was born in Alexandria, Egypt and then moved to Greenville, SC. I stayed there until I attended Winthrop University where I received my B.S in Psychology, with a Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences. I am now pursuing a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling, where I hope to work with marriage and family clients. During my undergraduate career, I was actually a student in the TRiO program which is why this organization is so close to my heart! When not working with students, I enjoy finding new recipes to try, reading a book, working out, or just hanging out with friends and family. I look forward to a great year!