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 Staff Contact

Norris “EJ” Edney III, Ed.D.


Pronouns: he/him/his

EJ Edney graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with a bachelor of arts in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology, in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education/ Student Personnel, and in 2019 with his Doctor of Education in Higher Education. 

EJ’s work and research focuses on mentoring and its capacity to affect issues of equity and access for marginalized student groups. His work has received numerous awards including the Donald Cole Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2016) from the University of Mississippi Black Student Union and the Laws Innovation Award from the University of Mississippi School of Education (2018). 

EJ has worked in various areas on campus, which have provided him a broad set of experiences. Prior to joining the CICCE staff, EJ served as Program Coordinator for the Luckyday Scholarship Success Program and as a Coordinator for National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities. EJ’s professional experiences have helped to galvanize his passion for supporting and promoting equitable access to student success. As such, he has been a consistent fixture on numerous committees and working groups assembled to approach issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

EJ is a mentor, scholar, educator, and leader.  He is also a proud father to Norris “Rocky” Edney IV and Nora Eden Edney and life partner to Adrienne Edney. 


Sarah Piñón, M.S.Ed

Assistant Director for Cross Cultural Engagement & Programming

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Sarah worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Fraternity & Sorority Life Specialist, a Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Western Technical College, and an Admissions Counselor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking and eating, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, trivia, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new places.


Lauren Jones, M.A.

Assistant Director for Retention, Mentoring & Student Engagement

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Lauren Jones graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership and in 2015 with a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Personnel.

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Lauren worked in several capacities at the University of Mississippi. She worked as an Academic Mentor with the FASTrack Learning Community and as an Admissions Counselor in the Office of Admissions. She also worked at the University of South Carolina in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as the Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment and Outreach.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, traveling, and watching Ole Miss sporting events.


Karrye Tynes, M.Ed.

Assistant Director for Access and Recruiting Initiatives

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Karrye Tynes graduated from The University of Mississippi in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and received her Master of Education in Counselor Education in 2014 from Delta State University.  

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Karrye served at Northeast Mississippi Community College as a Student Services Counselor for seven years. She also worked as an adjunct instructor in the Social/Behavioral Sciences Division and Test Coordinator for the National and On-Campus ACT. 

Karrye and her husband, Bryant, have two children: Braxton and Bryce. In her free time, she enjoys doing nails, outdoor cycling, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and singing at church. 


Isaiah Wilson

Program Coordinator, LGBTQIA+ Programming

Pronouns: he/him/his

Isaiah Wilson graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Prior to joining the CICCE team, Isaiah worked in Boston as a Case Manager working with the Department of Children and Families involved transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth, and cisgender men who were at risk for or had been previously exploited. In 2020, Isaiah moved to Taiwan to teach English and learn Chinese.

In his free time, Isaiah enjoys his dog sitting business, being active in rec leagues and rock climbing, traveling domestically and abroad and collecting stickers from exciting new places.




Graduate Assistants

Bréanna Foreman

UM Pathway IMPACT Program Graduate Assistant

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Breanna graduated from Old Dominion University in August of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a double-minor in Exercise Science and Health and Wellness.  During her undergraduate career, Breanna was involved in a variety of leadership, wellness, and student engagement opportunities.  She worked in the fields of wellness and behavioral therapy for less than two years when she relocated to Oxford, Mississippi.

She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Public Health and is expected to complete her degree in May of 2022.  Breanna also teaches group fitness classes in the South Campus Recreation Center.  She currently serves on the following advisory boards for the University of Mississippi Graduate School: Mental Health and Well-being; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her goal is to work in the private sector of Public Health on projects focused on at-risk communities through DEI and urban planning initiatives.  She plans to return to her roots of student wellness and higher education at some point in her career.

In her personal time, Breanna enjoys being active, trying new restaurants, watching movies, and attending game nights with friends and family.


Yakia McKinnie

 Graduate Assistant for Access and Recruiting Initiatives 

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Thomas Lee

 Graduate Assistant for Academic Excellence and Student Support Services 

Pronouns: he/him/his


Erin Geist

 Graduate Assistant for Cross Cultural Engagement & Programming

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Student Assistants

Eustace Apolonio

Devan Williams

Asia Eichelberger