Meet the Staff

Jerry WrightJerry Wright is the Director of Student Support Services at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He has been in his current position for the past 16 years. He has also held TRiO positions as the Assistant Director of Upward Bound at NIU and Elgin Community College and Counselor with the Educational Talent search Program at Northeastern Illinois University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Western Illinois University and a Bachelors' Degree in Community Health from Eastern Illinois University.

Jerry served as President of the Illinois Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (ILAEOPP) in 2000 and is a current Executive Board member. In 2006, Jerry was inducted into the Eastern Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame for his football playing career. He is the Treasurer of the DeKalb Youth Football League and Pastor of The Rock Christian Church in DeKalb.


Ramona Walton

Ramona Walton serves as the Associate Director/Counselor at TRiO Student Support Services (trio SSS) at Northern Illinois University. She has over twelve years of higher education experience. While at TRiO SSS, Ramona has acquired an abundance of skills working as the faculty advisor for three student organizations. Not to mention, she has provided professional development opportunities for department interns, graduate assistants, and support professionals. Recently, she has assisted with securing financial support for various student support organizations at Northern Illinois University.

Ramona believes in networking and staying committed to professional development for evidenced based practices in retention and student success support. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She also serves as the Director of public relations, for Parent Education Workshops (PEW), and faculty advisor for TRiO’s College Parent Group student organization. In addition, she is an institutional member of HEAASC (Higher Education Alliance of Advocates for Students with Children), ASCA, ACA, MAEOPP, and a distinguished member of NSCS (The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society).

Over her professional career, she has received several honors as the faculty advisor of the year, from several organizations including: the College Parents Group, NIU NSCS, and the Mortar Board for outstanding faculty and distinguished member award. She truly enjoys providing supportive services to students.


Genesis White

“Genesis Nicole White is the Graduate Academic Counselor and Career Specialist of TRiO Student Support Services at Northern Illinois University. She also teaches TRiO’s Career Planning course (CAHC 211). Genesis completed her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. Currently, she is pursuing her M.S.Ed. in counseling at NIU. Prior to coming to SSS, Genesis worked as a group home manager, employment specialist, and case manager at Association for Individual Development. She has also interned as a High School Guidance Counselor from 2014-2015. Genesis has a strong background in advocacy and support services for special needs and under-represented populations. Genesis serves as the co-creator and staff advisor for NIU's TRiO Disability ALLy & Advocacy ASsociation (DALLAS). She believes in ALL students' ability.

Genesis is a proud member of Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) an International Honor Society in Education, American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and National Black Graduate Student Association (NGBSA). She also serves on the Illinois TRiO Legislative Committee. Genesis enjoys international travel and her hobbies include playing sports, studying foreign language, reading, and spending time with family and friends.”



LaBrian CarringtonLaBrian Carrington was born and raised in Elgin Illinois, where he was born the last of eight kids. His Mom also adopted three more kids and took in her brother’s oldest son which added to the Carrington family. Of all the children in the family he was the only one to graduate with a four year college degree. It was May of 2003, when he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Art in General Studies.

Shortly after graduating LaBrian started his first career working in Student Support Services at Roosevelt University (RU) in June 2003. He has always enjoyed working in TRiO because it made him feel like home. He feels he grew up in TRiO. His mentor is Pastor Jerry Wright also the Director of SSS. Mr. Wright has shown how to positively influence young people by being available, open and honest. As a college student working in Student Support Services he has learned also how to lead young college leaders. There is where he developed the "MAKE IT HAPPEN" philosophy. His years as a college student had not always been the greatest; but he never quit.

It is great to have Mr. Carrington back at NIU since November of 2010. After working at RU for almost eight years, he had an opportunity to come back to Northern Illinois University to work in SSS, as an Academic Counselor, to a program that has shown him so much. And even now being at NIU Mr. Carrington makes it his priority to connect with as many students as he can. He sees the role SSS plays in the lives of our young people. If you are ever in a bind he has always had and continues to have an open door policy and all students are welcome to visit.