ETSU Upward Bound Staff

Dr. GrossDr. Ronnie Gross
TRIO Executive Director

Email Address:
Phone Number:  423.439.4002
Degrees: B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S.
Interests: Golf, Running, NASCAR, ETSU Sports Teams
Favorite Quote: "You cannot command commitment, you can only inspire it." - Unknown






Ms. CarverTeresa Carver
Executive Aide

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.5619
Interests: Sports (especially basketball), Traveling, My Nephews, Eating Out, Movies, Swimming, My Pets
Favorite Quote: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk
beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus




Ali WilliamsAli Williams
Interim Assistant Director of Educational and Cultural Activities

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.4003
Degrees: B.S. in Human Services with an
Appalachian Studies minor; M.A. in Counseling.
Interests: Cooking, reading, gardening, being crafty, and listening to music. Spending time with friends and family. TV and movies. Being outside, especially on the lake.
Favorite Quote: "You can't be brave if you've only had
wonderful things happen to you." -Mary Tyler Moore



Ms. Grater Emily Grater Interim Academic Coordinator

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.5899
Degrees: B.A. in English and Secondary Education; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
Interests: Traveling, hiking, reading, drinking coffee
Favorite Quote: "The kinder and more intelligent a person is, the more kindness he or she can find in other people." - Leo Tolstoy





Kim Oaks BlairKim Oaks-Blair
Interim Assistant Director of Operations & Counseling

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.5241
Degrees: B.S., M.A.
Interests: Learning about others, Spending time with friends and family, Eating out, Decorating, Antiquing, Dating my husband, and being a mom.
Favorite Quote: "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt by the heart." - Helen Keller




Julie KumarJulie Kumar
Interim Assistant Director of Cultural & Educational Activities

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.6188
Degrees: B.A. in English; M.A. in Human Services
Interests: Painting, writing, photography, traveling, reading interesting novels, drinking coffee, hanging out with friends, hiking to beautiful spots, studying different cultures.(in a nutshell, I'm a responsible Bohemian hippie!)
Favorite Quotes: "Love Life. Take great pleasure in small offerings. Believe that the world owes you nothing. Understand that every gift is exactly that, a gift. Realize that people who differ from you can be founts of fun." -Maya Angelou
"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well; and doing well whatever you can do." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King Jr


Dr. StodeChris Strode
Assistant Director - NEXUS Programs and Upward Bound Counselor

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.6187
Degrees: B.A., M.A., Ed.S. student
Interests: Family life, fishing, canoeing, hiking, reading, and writing
Favorite Quote: "I'm not lost, I just haven't been found yet!" - Anonymous





Ms. BrownTiffany Brown
Educational Advisor

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.4474
Degrees: B.A. in English; M.A. in English
Interests: Reading, teaching, and spending time with family





Jessica Nicely Jessica Nicely
Educational Advisor
Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.5619





Gregory Stout Greg Stout
TRIO Project Specialist

Email Address:
Phone Number: 423.439.8653
Degrees: B.S. Geoscience
Interests: Astronomy, Planetary Science, Computers, and oh yea Dodge Challengers.
Favorite Quote: "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. " - Douglas Adams