Educational Opportunity Center Contacts
Vanessa Pippen, EOC Coordinator
Mrs. Pippen became the Outreach Specialist in July 2014 and went on to become the EOC Coordinator in 2017. Her primary responsibility is recruiting and managing EOC responsibilities such as helping individuals who are low income and first generation college students. She has over 16+ years’ experience of active community engagement.
Sandra Saunders-Smith, Outreach Specialist (Edgecombe County)
252-977-3306 ext. 228
Sandra Saunders-Smith joined the Educational Opportunity Center Staff in January 2011 after working three and a half years for Airboss Rubber Compounding in the Human Resource, Benefits, Account Payable and Safety department. Mrs. Smith is no stranger to TRiO; she brings five years of experience with her from the EOC Program at Halifax Community College. Three years as an Outreach Specialist and two years as the Director of the Program. She believes that education is the key to life; if you develop a passion for learning, you will never stop growing.
Brett Lilley, Outreach Specialist (Martin County)
Martin Community College, Building 1, Room 22B
Brett Lilley joined the TRiO: Educational Opportunity Center staff in February 2018 as an Outreach Specialist for Martin County. Mrs. Lilley has previous experience in Child Protective Services in Martin and Washington Counties. She also has experience with the college system working as a college counselor. Ashlie has a passion for higher education and her goals are to help students achieve their dreams.
Kimberly Moody, Outreach Specialist (Pitt County)
PCC Campus, Warren Building, Room 2402A
Kimberly Moody joined the TRiO: Educational Opportunity Center staff in March 2018 as Outreach Specialist for Pitt County. She brings with her an extensive background in community involvement. Mrs. Moody has a passion for helping individuals achieve their educational, career and personal goals. She desires to remove all barriers for a student achieving higher education by assisting them with the application and financial aid process and acting as a referral source. One of her favorite quotes by Theodore Roosevelt is “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”