Alabama's Public Liberal Arts University

ASPIRE/Student Support Services

Our Staff

The ASPIRE/SSS staff is available to assist program participants with both academic and personal concerns. All students needing academic assistance are encouraged to come to our offices, meet with our staff and learn about how the ASPIRE Program can contribute to their college success.

Students may make appointments or simply drop by our offices to talk with staff members. We are here to help students achieve success at the University. Meet our staff!


Dr. R. Denise Myers, Director

Dr. Myers is responsible for the overall operations of the ASPIRE/SSS Program. She provides leadership, creativity, and direction to the team. As a first generation college student from a low-income family, Dr. Myers appreciates the importance of a strong network of support for academic success, and is a strong advocate for student empowerment.

Ms. Erica Tabb, M.S.C.E., Project Specialist

Ms. Tabb provides advising and career development activities. She also plans and schedules academic and other seminars as well as cultural activities. Ms. Tabb works closely with Dr. Myers to assure compliance with federal regulations and grant performance.

Mr. Joshua Barronton, Coordinator of Instruction

Mr. Barronton coordinates tutoring, provides training and support for tutors, develops resources on study skills-related topics, and facilitates academic success workshops. Mr. Barronton also provides academic advising and counseling assistance, and updates on the ASPIRE/SSS website.

Ms. Jean Patterson, Office Manager

Ms. Patterson provides secretarial and office support functions for ASPIRE/SSS Program and Disability Support Services staff and students.