Program Director Karina Moncayo-Michel
Karina Moncayo-Michel, M.S.

Program Director







Adrianna Gordey, M.A.

Academic Development Coordinator

Adri tutors McNair scholars and helps them improve their writing ability. She also connects scholars to academic support services. As a first-generation student and former McNair scholar, Adri endeavors to help first-generation students find the support -- both personal and academic -- they need to succeed at the graduate level. Beyond McNair, Adri loves to read, write young adult fiction, and watch the trendiest reality TV with her partner Ben and their dog, Rudy.

Emily Vieyra, M.A.

Program Services Coordinator

Emily coordinates recruitment, outreach, and engagement programming for the McNair Scholars Program and the new McNair Explorers initiative. She enjoys meeting and working with students of all ages and backgrounds. Her teaching experience includes K-12 Visual Art, post-secondary Composition, Creative Writing, and Theatre Appreciation, as well as “paint and sip”-style classes for adults. When she’s not at McNair, she loves spending time with her kids, fiction writing, and making visual art—currently papier-mâché cardiac sculptures and original Lotería paintings and illustrations.

A photo of Jayla Simms
Jayla Simms, B.A.

Graduate Assistant

Jayla helps with program promotion, recruitment, and community building. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and crafting.

Emeritus Staff

Dr Greene
Kathleen Greene, Ph.D.

Emeritus Program Director

Dr. Greene directed TRIO programs at K-State including Educational Supportive Services, McNair, and the Student Support Services Program on the Salina campus. She wrote K-State's first McNair grant in 1995 and directed the program through her retirement in June 2022. In total, Dr. Greene spent 41 years at K-State supporting student success and promoting equity.