Meet Our Staff

Picture of Director, Andrea Blair 

Andrea Blair, M.Ed.

Director 
andreab@k-state.edu

Andrea joined the Student Access Center in 1997. As Director, Andrea oversees the office and also works with students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. Prior to coming to K-State, Andrea spent 11 years in the public schools as a special education teacher. Andrea holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Georgia and is a long time member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and the International Dyslexia Association. She is the current president of the KS affiliate of the Association of Higher Education and Disability. She enjoys helping students recognize and identify their strengths.

Picture of Asst. Director, April Penick 

April Penick, M.S.

Assistant Director
apenick@k-state.edu

April holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Washburn University in Topeka, KS (2007) and a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City, MO (2010). April is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked with adolescents and young adults in the mental health field for 7 years. For the past four years, April has assisted students with mental health disabilities acquire accommodations for their classes being taken on campus at K-State.

Office Staff member, Ann Pearce
 

Ann Pearce, B.S.

Access Advisor
dapearce@k-state.edu

Ann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University. For the past eleven years, Ann has been with North Central Kansas Libraries System and the Manhattan Public Library as an Assistive Technology Instructor, Department Manager for Talking Books, and most recently a consultant for both Talking Books and children’s services. Ann joined the office in 2012 and is assisting students with adaptive technology solutions.    

 

Interpreter Coordinator, Natalie Beharry

Natalie Beharry, B.S.

Interpreter Coordinator
natsmit@k-state.edu

Natalie is a Certified Sign Language Interpreter and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University in both Accounting (1996) and Biology (1984). She has interpreted for K-State for over 20 years. As Interpreter Coordinator, Natalie ensures the smooth coordination of interpreting services.

Sign Language Interpreter, Toni Kroll

Toni Kroll, A.A.

Sign Language Interpreter
tonik@k-state.edu

Toni is a certified Sign Language Interpreter who has been working with the SAC office since January 2004.  She received her AAS in Interpreting from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL. in 1989.  She has worked as an interpreter in the Chicago area, Washington, DC and its surrounding communities, and the Seattle, WA area. She also worked for a year and a half in the growing field of Video Relay Service (VRS) for Sorenson Communications. She loves the variety of classes and students she works with here at K-State.

 Picture of Adminstrative Asst., Wanda Cockerill

 

Wanda Cockerill

Sr. Administrative Assistant
bubba@k-state.edu

Wanda, our newest addition to the Student Access Center, comes to us from Ft. Riley. With experience working with Wounded Warriors and Veterans, Wanda has many years of experience in office administration and office procedures. As a military wife, traveling a bit, Wanda has studied at South College in Savannah, Ga, as well as on Ft. Riley at Barton County Community College emphasizing in Business Administration and Paralegal studies.  

Jenna Tripodi, Program Assistant

Jenna Tripodi

Program Assistant 
jmtripod@k-state.edu

Jenna graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science and a minor in Spanish. Currently she is pursuing a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at K-State. She is excited to be a part of our office and the entire K-State family.

Romel Bosier, Program Assistant

Romel Boiser

Program Assistant 
romelboiser@k-state.edu

Romel graduated from the University of South Florida this summer (2013) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and a minor in Leadership Studies. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in College Student Development within the College of Education. Words cannot begin to express how excited he is to be working in our office as well as studying at K-State.

Picture of Student Worker, Jared Cooke

Jared Cooke

Student Worker
jared49@k-state.edu

Jared is currently an undergraduate at K-State, pursuing a degree in finance with a minor in Leadership studies. With his degree he is hoping to get a job with Edward Jones. Jared has worked with the Student Access Center for one semester and has really enjoyed his time here. He looks forward to spending another semester with the office.