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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

NICHOLAS GRAY
President

 

   

Nicholas Gray serves as the Director of Dual Enrollment and K-12 Partnerships at Trine University. Prior to that Nicholas served as the Director of two TRIO Upward Bound Programs at Purdue Fort Wayne for nine years. Over the years Nicholas has chaired many committees on the Indiana TRIO Board of Directors. Nicholas is also a graduate of the 2014 Emerging Leaders Institute through the Educational Opportunity Association.

Nicholas is a First-Generation student who graduated from IPFW with a Bachelors in Secondary Education and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Prior to joining the TRIO family Nicholas worked in Fort Wayne Community Schools as a teacher and school administrator.

Nicholas is an avid sports fan, cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers and the Chicago Bears. He also loves to travel, especially to the Caribbean.

 

 

Contact Nicholas at grayn@trine.edu or (260) 665-4311

 

 

 

MELIDA CHEN
President Elect 

 

   

Melida Chen serves as the Assistant Director of Upward Bound at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is a committee member of the First-Generation Committee at IUPUI. She has served in multiple capacities with Indiana TRIO since 2017, including Annual Conference, Awards and Recognitions, and Professional Development Chair. She is also a recent graduate of the 2020 Emerging Leaders Institute through the Educational Opportunity Association.

Originally from Nicaragua, raised in Miami, Florida and now calls Indiana her home. Melida graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida. She earned her Master’s degree from Marian University in Teaching. She draws on her own experiences as a First-Generation college graduate to help students in the application process.

 

Please contact Melida at gutimeli@iupui.edu or (317) 278-1928.

 

 


LISA D.
EDWARDS

Past President

 

   

 

BETH CLEMENS
Treasurer

   

 

Beth Clemens serves as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne in addition to teaching as an adjunct faculty member at the college. She is co-advisor for the campus student organization, TRIO Leadership Council. She has been with the TRIO SSS program at Ivy Tech since its founding in 2005 and Director since 2013. Beth has served the Indiana TRIO Board as Technology Chair since 2017 (currently co-chair) and is serving as Treasurer for 2021.

Beth is a former First-Generation, Low-Income student who attended Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science with a double-major in Psychology and Communication. She also holds a Master’s of Arts in Professional Communication from IPFW (now Purdue Fort Wayne). Beth’s professional background prior to TRIO included adoption home studies, child protective services, and work with youth aging out of foster care and/or on juvenile probation. She is married with three sons and is also Secretary of the Home & School Association. Hobbies include running, reading, and attempting to manage the vast number of things she happens to sign her kids up to do.

 

Contact Beth at bclemens@ivytech.edu or (260) 480-4168.

 

JOSH VANBIBBER
Secretary

   

Josh VanBibber serves as Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Ivy Tech Community College – Indianapolis campus. He has been in this role since 2019, prior to which he served as an Academic Advisor at Ivy Tech from 2013-2019.

He grew up in Evansville, but has called Indianapolis home since beginning college. Josh earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from IUPUI, and his Master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Indiana University. Once an undecided student himself, Josh enjoys helping students play an active role in developing their plans to achieve academic and career success in college.

 

Contact Josh at jvanbibber4@ivytech.edu or (317) 917-7158.