• Meet our Staff

  • Roseann Rivera, M.S.

    Director of TRIO Programs

    Bio: Born and raised near Oakland, CA—I grew up, privy to the underpinning, and multidimensional systems that marginalize underrepresented communities. As the first in my family to graduate high school, and pursue higher education, I truly understand the limitless opportunities having a college degree can provide. I am committed to diligently examine, diversity, inclusion, student development and systemic change necessary to increase the enrollment rate of underrepresented students in higher education and eradicate the cyclical cycle of poverty that perpetuates community growth. I absolutely love the work of TRIO and its impact on students and their families.

    Education: Master of Science, Educational Leadership & Policy, Specialization in Policy and Government Relations; Bachelor of Science, Political Science

    TRIO Student Support Services

    Nicci Harwood, M.S.

    Program Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services

    Bio: I was a first-generation college student who grew up in Eugene, Oregon. I know that education is the key to people discovering and achieving their dreams. My professional commitment is to assist students in finding their path and designing a plan that will allow them to reach their goals. I am dedicated to seeing first-generation and non-traditional students earn degrees, transform their lives and change their futures. I believe that diversity, equity, inclusion and acceptance should be part of all aspects in education.

    Fun Fact: I love animals! Some of my favorites are manatees, turtles, llamas and sloths.

    Education: Master of Science, Education: Policy, Foundations and Administration, Portland State University and Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Portland State University

    Summer Baber, M.S.

    Academic Adviser, TRIO Student Support Services

    Bio: I began my higher education journey at a community college where I received the support needed to become a successful student. After many unexpected twists and turns, I transferred to Portland State University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy. As an Academic Adviser, I draw on my experiences as a first-generation college student, as well as my work in education to support and empower students in achieving their goals.

    One interesting thing about me: Many years ago, my husband and I ran the Portland Marathon. One marathon was enough for us, so we switched to running the Portland Shamrock Run every year. My family has done the race a dozen times and counting!

    Education: Master of Science, Educational Leadership and Policy, Portland State University

    Amy Kirkman

    Student Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services

    Bio: I was born in Idaho and moved to Oregon as a teenager. I finally decided to explore higher education as a first-generation non-traditional college student starting at MHCC and eventually graduated from Portland State University. During my own educational journey, I grew to appreciate helping others on their own paths to success.

    Fun fact: I enjoy playing tabletop RPGs with friends.

    Education: Bachelor of Science, Community Health Promotion, Portland State University