Gabriella (Gabby) Davis is the MMESC PI/Director. She oversees, supervises and coordinates all center activities and staff. Mrs. Davis is a Cum-Laude and Phi Kappa Phi graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and a minor in Technology. She is a native of Mexico and a fluent speaker of both Spanish and English. Mrs. Davis has over twenty-five years of experience teaching English and Spanish as a second language, training and translating. Additionally, she has extensive experience as a consultant, translator and interpreter for various corporate companies in the USA and in Mexico. Ms. Davis is also nationally certified as an occupational Spanish instructor through Command Spanish Inc. She has been a part of the Migrant Education Program serving in different capacities since 2007 and she is dedicated to serving migrant students and families in the state of Mississippi.
Monika Lorinczova is the Parental Involvement Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center at Mississippi State University. Ms. Lorinczova is a native of the Czech Republic and speaks fluently Czech, English and Spanish. She studied Medicine, Translation and Interpreting, and Political Science at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and Political Science at Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She graduated from Charles University in Prague with a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. Lorinczova has over thirteen years of experience in teaching English as a second language, eight years in teaching Spanish as a second language, has provided translation and interpreting services for medical facilities, law firms and other businesses and organizations in the USA and abroad, has collaborated with various non-profit organizations dealing with human rights issues, and worked with refugees and mentally challenged youth in former Yugoslavia.
Starsha Jamerson is the Educational Services Coordinator for the Migrant Education Program at Mississippi State University, in which she develops strategic statewide initiatives to decrease the achievement gap among migrant prekindergarten through high school students. She is certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and has extensive P-16 teaching experience in the U.S. and South America. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University and is dedicated to advancing progressive policies to promote equitable educational opportunities for underserved populations.
Maggie Villarroel is the MMESC Identification and Recruitment Coordinator. She is responsible for the identification and recruitment efforts of all eligible migrant students. She works closely with the recruiters in an effort to find and enroll migrant students into the program.
Some of her experience includes working with Database as a Cost Auditor for the Operations Accounting Department for Garan Manufacturing. Ms. Villarroel is a native of the Republic of Venezuela and speaks fluently Spanish and English. She received an Associate’s Degree in Computer Programming in 1995. Then, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Mississippi University of Women in 2010. Maggie became part of the Migrant Education Program team in October of 2017. She is very joyous to participate and contribute to the migrant community in Mississippi.
Ramona Spencer is the Data Analysis Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (MMESC). After a rewarding career in the travel industry, she immigrated to the United States in 2014. Her experience as an Office Associate at the Office of the Dean in the College of Education and later as the Business Coordinator for the Migrant Center lead her to her new position as Data Analysis Coordinator. She is responsible for creating reports and maintaining field research records for the Migrant Education Program, up-to-date, meaning all current data files and records of migrant students and their families in the State of Mississippi.
Ms. Spencer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from the University of Timisoara, in her native country of Romania. Her experience primarily lies within the areas of customer service, PR, photography, event planning, sales and business operations. Ms. Spencer is multi-lingual, experienced in worldwide travel, and has exposure to a multitude of cultures. She loves to travel and is passionate about acting, fashion and photography as she also attended an Advanced Photographic Art Course. She looks forward to using her experiences to make valuable contributions in support of the migrant community, as she loves to help others. She is happy for the opportunity to join the Migrant Service Center Staff.
Chloe Berry is the Business Coordinator for the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (MMESC). She provides administrative support maintaining a general accounting system for the center and performing a variety of accounting duties. She works closely with the director of the center.
Mrs. Berry is a 2016 graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion with a minor in Gerontology. Mrs. Berry has gained valuable experience in the business side of Mississippi State since her employment with the University in 2017. She joined the Migrant Center in 2018.
Chloe is honored to be the Business Coordinator for MMESC.
Maria A. Rios
Born in: Maracaibo, Venezuela, married with three daughters.
Associate Degree in Business Administration: Universidad del Zulia, (LUZ), Maracaibo, Venezuela—1979
Recruitment Area: Central West
Significant Work Experience: First-hand experience with multi-cultural differences while working with Mississippi Consortium for International Development as a Program Manager for several USAID—funded training programs for leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, Central Europe, Russia, Central and Eastern Asia, and African countries. Also, serves as an advocate/translator for the Hispanic community as well as Spanish/English Interpreter and Translator for individuals and local businesses in Mississippi. Additionally, have worked as a Recruiter for the MEP since 2006. I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to help people break the cycle of poverty by offering educational and supportive services through the Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center.
Interests: music, reading, dancing, history, and cooking.
Recuritment Area: North/Delta Recruiter
Kevin Johnson is the North/Delta Recruiter. He is originally from Honduras. He earned a degree as an Industrial Engineer from the Catholic University of Honduras. He has been living in the United States since 2013, and as an immigrant, being a recruiter for the Migrant Program is an opportunity to bring his skills to the community and population the program serves. He enjoys spending time with my family and friends, playing soccer, and most of all learning more about the cultures in the different regions of Mississippi. He is very grateful to be part of my Migrant Education team and the support he receives from them. He looks forward to growing in this career and in this path as a servant of those in need.
Recuritment Area: Southeast/Coast Recruiter
Doris Peacock is a native of the Republic of Panama and is fluent in Spanish and English. She studied Law and Political Science at University of Panama and graduated with a B. A. in Law and Political Science. Additionally, she was part of the Teacher Education program, Science of Education at the University of Panama. She practiced law for many years in her native country always trying to help those in need. As an assistant and translator in the ELL Program in Southern MS, Mrs. Peacock has many years of experience working with migrant workers, immigrants, and EL students. Her experience translating allows her to interact with people of various descents and Spanish speaking countries. She faithfully believes that education is the key that opens all doors.
Inez Melendez is the recruiter/advocate for the Delta North Central part of the state. She is originally from Belize, yet she grew up in Vardaman, MS. She received an Associate's of Arts Degree (2003) from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. Ms. Melendez was awarded a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Spanish (2006) from The University of Mississippi. She currently resides in Oxford, MS. She has had the opportunity to utilize her Criminal Justice Degree as a Sergeant at the Marshall County Correctional Facility, as an Immigration Specialist/Community Outreach Coordinator for Catholic Charities, Inc., as well as at the Immigration Clinic Northeast Office, Diocese of Jackson. I now, have currently been accepted in the Mississippi State University Graduate School. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Spanish with a minor in Public Policy and Administration. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and she loves SEC Football and Baseball.
Wilson Kendrick has been a teacher and a pastor for the last 26 years. Wilson has served as a state level recruiter and advocate for the Alabama State Department of Education out of Montgomery. He has served as an associate pastor in Paraguay for the many medical and dental groups that came to work in the indigenous communities of the Guarani and Toba tribes. Wilson also mentored and taught student pastors through the Instituto Bíblico Teológico Metodista de Asunción. He has extensive experience teaching part time as an ESL/gifted teacher at the elementary level and teaching Spanish, speech and computer applications courses at the high school level. Wilson also has taught Spanish for ESL educators and for medical personnel at UWA and later at EMCC. Wilson holds a BA (Spanish), MHS (Hispanic Studies), and MDiv.
Wilson has always had a strong calling and vocation to serve in the Latino community in one capacity or another. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity again as a migrant recruiter and advocate at MMESC and throughout the state of Mississippi.