TRiO SSS Staff

Travis Kinsey, M.Ed., Director, TRiO Programs

Mr. Travis Kinsey serves at the Director of TRiO Programs at PCC.  His primary responsibility is to provide leadership to the Student Support Services and the Educational Opportunity Center departments. Mr. Kinsey has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from East Carolina University. Additionally, he holds a Masters in Adult Education with an Emphasis in Training and Development from Central Michigan University. This is his 8th year in higher education. Prior to transitioning into higher education, he worked in the banking Industry for over 3 years.  Furthermore, Mr. Kinsey has taught Organizational Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Human Resource Management at the collegiate level. Mr. Kinsey is passionate about helping students make decisions that could change their lives. His favorite quote is “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy – I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it” by Art Williams.

Kim Waters, Counselor

Kim Waters has been a member of the TRIO: Student Support Services staff since August 2008. As a counselor, Ms. Waters has the opportunity to interact with TRIO students on a daily basis. She feels that if students are given adequate support and resources, they can achieve their academic and personal goals. Ms. Waters takes great pride in assisting students in reaching their academic milestones at PCC.

Amy Staton, Tutor Coordinator

Ms. Amy L. Staton joined the TRIO: Student Support Services staff as Lead Tutor in December 2013 then went on to become the Tutor Coordinator in 2014. Ms. Staton received her degree in middle grades education from East Carolina University. Having taught within the Pitt County School system for thirteen years, she is passionate about all students receiving a quality education and a chance at success. Ms. Staton works closely with the peer tutors and the rest of the SSS staff to help coordinate the TRIO tutoring program.

Pamela Edwards, TRIO: Math Academic Specialist

Pamela Edwards joined the TRIO: Student Support Services staff in September 2015 as the Math Academic Specialist. Mrs. Edwards worked in both private and public school systems for several years after obtaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mathematics/ Mathematics Education. Her passion is mathematics and a strong desire to erase the fear of mathematics and to help others achieve their lifelong goals through education.

Starlena Fornis, Administrative Assistant & Data Specialist

Mrs. Starlena Fornis joined the TRIO: Student Support Services staff in 2014 as the Administrative Assistant/Data Specialist. She is responsible for managing the SSS database. Because Mrs. Fornis is the first voice callers hear as well as the first person visitors see, she provides outstanding service to all students and staff, while handling other numerous tasks.