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Staff Spotlight: Program Coordinator DeVanee Lasley

This is part of a monthly series featuring College Possible Leadership Team. Previous staff spotlights include Katie Cunningham, Susie Owens, Brian McNeill, Alisha Limoges, and Carly Wacker.

DeVanee Lasley

Position: High School Program Coordinator

Hometown: Bowling Green, KY

Alma mater: Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation Administration from Western Kentucky University; Master of Arts in Higher Education from University of Nebraska – Lincoln; and I’m currently pursuing my Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca Nazerene University.

Community Involvement: I serve on the leadership team for Urban League of Nebraska Young Professionals and am an active member of NIRSA Leaders in Collegiate Recreation.

Interests: I like to read and exercise on a daily basis. I love to travel and go visit parks/enjoy the outdoors. I like trying new foods.

What do you do? 

“I get the pleasure of connecting with schools and promoting our program to high school juniors and seniors, showing them the benefits that come with being  a part of College Possible.”

What do you love most about your job?

“I love getting to interact with and develop the five AmeriCorps members I supervise.”

What do you want to learn more about this year?

“I want to learn more about how students can access the resources they may need when facing tough times like the current pandemic.”

Why College Possible?

“I wanted to get the experience of working in a nonprofit that is dedicated to the success and betterment of helping students access college and graduate.

Our mission is important to me as I come from a low-income background and am also a first generation college student. Education is unheard of in my family and I was the first to go to college and graduate with a four-year degree.

Having the opportunity to help students who come from similar backgrounds get into college and graduate is something that is very rewarding. Letting them know that they can go to college and graduate with a four-year degree is important to me.”

Read more stories, spotlights, and news articles at collegepossible.org/omaha/news.

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