Winthrop University: TRiO Achievers Program - Staff Information

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Staff Information

Gray, RoseRose Gray
TRiO Program Director

Hi! I joined the Winthrop community in 2005 as the inaugural TRiO 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 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 season!

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!


JanellJanell Stevens
TRiO Assistant Director

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!


Mitrovich, MonicaMonica Mitrovich
TRiO Program Assistant

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, just stop by and see me, I'm happy to help!

Tina SorialTina Sorial
TRiO Academic Counselor

Hey there! My name is Tina Sorial, and I am an Academic Counselor for the TRiO Program. I was born in Alexandria, Egypt, but shortly moved to Greenville, SC. I lived there until I came to Winthrop University where I received my B.S. in Psychology, and M. ED in Counseling and Development. As an undergraduate, I was an active student in the TRiO program. I also served as a Graduate Assistant for the program while in Graduate School. This organization is very close to my heart!

When not working with students, I enjoy finding new recipes to try, finding new books to read, working out, or going on new adventures with friends and family! I love my job, and I love my students even more! Looking forward to a great year!


Alexxis Longmore Alexxis Longmore
TRiO Graduate Assistant, Academic Counselor

Hi! My name is Alexxis Longmore, and I am an Academic Counselor for the TRiO Program. I am from Hartland, Wisconsin. I attended Anderson University as an undergraduate student where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and was also part of the AU Women's soccer team. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Winthrop.

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, spending time with my family and friends, playing soccer, and playing with my puppy Ralph. I am looking forward to a great year!


Jessie Pongetti Jessie Pongetti
TRiO Graduate Assistant, Academic Counselor

Hi! My name is Jessie Pongetti, and I am an Academic Counselor for the TRiO Program. I am from Charlotte, NC. I attended UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate student, and received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Social and Economic Justice in 2017. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Winthrop University. I hope to work with children, specifically in managing mental health without a reliance on medication and labeled diagnosis.

In my spare time I enjoy being with family and friends, watching Netflix, reading and playing with my 2 year old chocolate lab, Bear. I am looking forward to a great year!


Last Updated: 5/27/20