Staff Bios

Jason Thomas
Director
TRiO -Talent Search Program
(708) 709-7940
jjthomas@prairiestate.edu

B.A., Business Management/Marketing, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.Ed., Administration & Supervision, Tennessee State University  

Jason has been working with underrepresented student populations in the area of mentoring and career advising for the past six years. Prior to PSC, he worked as a college recruiter and taught career prep classes in the Metro Nashville public school system.

Favorite Quote:
"Adversity is life pushing you into position." -Unknown

Jason Thomas


Fred Davenport
Administrative Assistant
TRiO-Talent Search Program
(708) 709-7917
fdavenport@prairiestate.edu

B.S., Physical Science, University of Illinois, Springfield
M.A., Business Administration, University of Illinois, Springfield

As administrative assistant, Fred supports Talent Search outreach operations, maintains databases, and facilitates student use of the Learning Achievement Center lab and the many resources offered therein. He joined PSC in 2010 and enjoys working with the students and staff to support program objectives. Following military and corporate assignments, Fred has over ten years experience working at a local high school where he most recently served as administrative assistant in the English and Reading departments.

Favorite Quotes:
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." -Unknown
"Start near.  Go far." -PSC tagline

Fred Davenport


Alicia McWilliams
Educational Specialist
TRiO -Talent Search Program
(708) 709-2952
amcwilliams@prairiestate.edu

B.A. Human Communications/Journalism, Governors State University

Alicia has worked as a counselor with youth in social and human services for the past 5 years. Prior to PSC, Alicia worked as a Career Counselor for Job Corps. As an Educational Specialist, Alicia supports junior high and high school students enrolled in the TRiO Talent Search Program as they strive for success, academically and personally.

Favorite Quote:
"Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey

Alicia McWilliam


Teresa Chavolla
Educational Specialist
TRiO -Talent Search Program
(708) 709-7782
tchavolla2@prairiestate.edu

B.A., Business Management, Robert Morris University

Teresa is an Educational Specialist with ETS. Teresa is a native of Chicago Heights the community which she serves. She has experience working with at-risk students, mentoring, and academic advising.

Favorite Quote:
"Opportunities come from knocking on doors until they open." -Unknown

Teresa Chavolla