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Barbara Rush - Interim Director of Upward Bound

Barbara Rush grew up in Clintonville, WV on a Greenbrier County farm.  She began college in the Fall of 1987 as a non-traditional student.  She was a member of the Concord College Student Support Services TRIO program during college.  In 1990 she graduated from Concord College with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.  The summer she graduated, she then went to work for Concord College as the Resident Director of Wilson Hall.  She started working on her Masters, taking one or two classes a semester, as her job would allow.  She then accepted the position of Program Assistant for Upward Bound in December 1994, and continued working on her Masters.  She graduated with a Masters of Science in Management in May 1996.   She was promoted to the position of Educational Outreach Counselor for Upward Bound in February 1999.  She enjoys working with students and being involved in helping promote higher education.  Barbara regards going to college and the pursuit of higher education as one of the best life decisions that she made.

Michael Craighead - Educational Outreach Counselor
Michael was born and raised in Eckman, WV. He attended and graduated from Mount View High School in 1994. During his time at Mount View he became affiliated with the Upward Bound Program at Concord College. The program and the people who ran it proved to be a valuable asset, he obtained the insight and support that he needed to propel him into the college atmosphere. He received a B.A. in Social Sciences in 1999 from Concord College and a Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership Studies from Mountain State University in August 2006. He returned to the "Campus Beautiful" to hopefully give back all of the great advice, educational support, and good times that was given to him and it is reflected every time he hears one of the fine young men and women he works with say "I can".

Katrina Matney - Educational Outreach Counselor
 Katrina graduated from Iaeger High School as Salutatorian in 2006.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Concord University in 2010.  She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marshall University in August of 2012.  Katrina was the first person in her family to obtain a college degree.  While a student at Concord University, she participated in Student Support Services as an academic tutor for 3 years and she was a participant in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program.   Katrina gladly accepted her dream job with Upward Bound and she hopes to encourage and motivate students as they work towards achieving their dreams.  Katrina now resides in Princeton, West Virginia with her husband Jason and cat Buddy.

Melissa Buckland - Grants Resources Specialist
Melissa has been working as the Grants Resources Associate since October 2002. She started working for Upward Bound in February 1999 as the Program Assistant. She has worked at Concord College since 1995. She was the Resident Director of Wilson Hall before coming to Upward Bound. She graduated form Concord College in December 1992 with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a minor in Travel Industry. She currently lives in Forest Hill, WV.

Chelsea Hollifield - Program Assistant



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