We are ready and eager to help you make the most out of your time at Inver Hills. TRIO is about academic success and so much more. You’ll make connections with other students and have a direct line to this inclusive and supportive community.
Alicia has been working as a TRIO SSS Academic Advisor since December, 2013, and knows she has the best job in the world because of the students she works with. Alicia’s favorite event on campus is TRIO’s End of Year party because the staff get to celebrate their students’ hard work and send students off on their next great academic adventure. When not working, Alicia enjoys spending time with her two children, reading, running, and watching Sci-Fi shows.
Alicia’s educational journey, in some respects, echoes a similar footprint as many of our students. She began her educational journey at Inver Hills and then transferred to Hamline University where she majored in German K-12 and Social Studies 5-12 Education with minors in both Education and History. She completed half a Master’s degree but put it on pause until her two children are grown. She chose to come back to IHCC because she benefitted from the excellent education she received while a student and firmly believes in the power of the community college system.
Matt has been the Director of TRIO Student Support Services at Inver Hills since March of 2014. Prior to his time at Inver Hills, he was an advisor for TRIO Upward Bound at Dakota County Technical College, advising students at Henry Sibley and South St. Paul high schools as they prepared for college. Matt also previously taught middle school English and Social Studies in Phoenix, Arizona. Matt earned both a bachelor’s in political science and master’s in secondary education from Arizona State University. In addition, he has a Certificate in Multicultural Postsecondary Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota.
Matt's favorite thing about TRIO is getting students connected to each other and to other opportunities to learn and explore their dreams such as volunteering, internships, research opportunities, or study abroad experiences. He lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his partner, Anneli, and their son, James. He loves to be outdoors watching a baseball game, hiking, biking, kayaking, running, or gardening. Matt also enjoys reading, especially modern fiction, as well as cooking, traveling, and seeing live music.
Marsadie goes by Sadie (she/her/hers). She is a TRIO student mentor at Inver Hills Community College. Sadie has been attending Inver Hills since the Fall of 2020.
She plans to enter the nursing program and then get my BSN. Her passions include painting, hiking, biking, baking, and finding new places to explore. Said looksforward to getting to know TRIO students and helping them towards their academic goals.
Advises: A.A. students who are first generation and students in TRIO
Catima joined the US Air Force directly after high school. After serving 4 years in the military, she worked to obtain her Associate of Liberal Arts, Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Educational Leadership. She gives credit to St. Paul College, Metropolitan State University and St. Mary's University of Minnesota in helping her achieve these accomplishments. She discovered her love for education while working in the TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at a school in North Minneapolis, MN.
Catima enjoys the opportunity to participate in TRIO SSS events, help serve TRIO students, and build positive relationships with staff and students at Inver Hills. During her time off, Catima enjoys playing sports, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Nitaila (she/her) is a TRIO student mentor at Inver Hills Community College. Nitaila has been attending Inver Hills since the spring of 2021. She is in the business transfer program and is set to finish her associate degree here at Inver in the fall. Nitaila hopes to get her bachelors in marketing but has yet to decide where she will be transferring after the fall semester. Her passions include music, fashion and art. She also really enjoys going to kpop concerts and watching kdramas. Some of her favorite artists she has seen include: Bts, Nct 127, and Monsta x. Nitaila looks forward to getting to know TRIO students and helping them towards their academic goals.