Meet the Team

Baraka Corley

Director for Horizons Student Support Services Program

Baraka (pronounced Barack-Ah) Corley joined Horizons in June of 2017.  Baraka has worked in higher education for 16 years. He previously served as the Program and Facility Manager for Purdue’s Black Cultural Center. His role was to provide administrative leadership in the areas of student development, community engagement activities and facility management of the Black Cultural Center.

Prior to arriving at Purdue University, he received his Master’s degree in Liberal Studies at the State University of New York (Empire State College) where he served for 9 years as the Outreach and Recruitment Specialist for the Long Island region. During his time at Empire State College, he was fortunate to serve a non-traditional student population made up of working adult students.

Ultimately, it was during his undergraduate experience at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York that he discovered his purpose and passion for education, leadership, student development and the holistic approach to helping navigate the college experience. As a first generation college student, Baraka was accepted into the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Similar to Horizons (TRIO), HEOP provides academic support and financial aid guidance and assistance to young people who might not meet all of the traditional college admissions criteria, but show promise of succeeding in college. Students accepted into HEOP are required to participate in an intensive six-week summer program to prepare for their freshman year of college. It was during this summer that he learned appropriate study skills, organization, time-management, public speaking techniques, and inter-personal communication skills. This program provided him with the foundation for success personally, academically and professionally. More importantly, this program provided his first set of role models, in the program staff members, that Baraka could emulate. The staff was made up of men and women from different race and ethnic backgrounds, who each brought their own skills, personality, and levels of expertise to the program. Baraka credits multiple facets of his personal and professional success to having dedicated, outstanding staff members. They also served as mentors, readily available in the student support services program. Baraka would graduate with his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hofstra University, and a strong commitment to provide the same high quality service to future students that had been provided to him. His experience with his student support services program is what led him to a career in higher education administration.

Ronnell DuBose

Ronnell DuboseAssistant Director for Academic Success

Ronnell (pronounced Ron-Nell) DuBose joined Horizons in June of 2016 after finishing his third year at Kansas State University as the Residence Life Coordinator in Housing and Dining Services. Prior to K-State, he received his Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Ball State University where he served as the Resident Manager for the Ball State University Apartments. Also during his time at Ball State, he was fortunate to serve as a practicum supervisor for 21st Century Scholars.

It is during his undergraduate experience, at Oakland University, in Rochester, Michigan that he discovered his true passion for mentoring, advising, and building relationships with college students. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ronnell was a part of Horizon Upward Bound program and that is where he understood his potential as a scholar. Growing up in a single parent household, he began to understand the value and importance of education from his mother. With her support and Horizon Upward Bound program, he built his confidence and allowed him to see himself attending and completing college. During his undergraduate experience, Ronnell wanted to invest in college students so he worked as a student mentor for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) through Pre-College Programs for two years. His experiences in Upward Bound and GEAR UP allowed him to have access to mentorship from various faculty and staff and with their guidance, and relationship building he was able to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management with minors in International Management and Communications as a first generation college student.

It is through his upbringing and various experiences working with underrepresented college students that led Ronnell to want to continue to mentor and provide resources for students who have similar stories in order to bring out their full potential in their college years and beyond. Ronnell brings a calm yet passionate feel to Horizons and is looking forward to building relationships.

 Josh Milligan

JoshCareer Counselor

Josh has served Horizons since August 2012. He received his Bachelor of Art Degree and his Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to joining Horizons he served as a guidance counselor at Jackson Creek Middle School in Bloomington, Indiana where he provided social and emotional counseling for students as well as educational assistance. While in this position he also oversaw a leadership program for at-risk, income eligible students. Additional professional experiences include serving as a social worker for Project SUCCESS in Greene County Indiana, focusing on middle school and high school students who were at-risk for drug and alcohol abuse, as well as pioneering a peer mentoring program. Josh also worked as a staff member for Young Life of Newburgh, Indiana, a non-profit organization that focused on outreach and mentoring for area high school students.

Josh holds his Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certificate, Strong Interest Inventory Certificate, and Intercultural Development Institute Qualified Administrator Certificate and interprets these assessments for all students in Horizons. In his role he has taken instruction to a competitive level with his effective teaching ability and career development knowledge. He has created the Career Development Course for upper classmen and played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of the Global Leadership course that took place during the Horizons study abroad in Valencia, Spain, Thessaloniki, Greece, Granada, Spain, Meknes, Morocco, and Havana, Cuba.

Ronell Joseph “RJ” Eisma

RJ PhotoSTEM Program Specialist

RJ joined the Horizons team in January 2016 as a recent graduate of Michigan State University, earning his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program. RJ was a student participant in the MSU Diversity Programs Office and later became an academic coach where he remained for four years. RJ hosted regular one-on-one and group tutoring sessions for various STEM courses. During his time studying abroad in the Philippines, he volunteered with the Palawan Peace Corp in the survey, planning and design phase of a youth rehabilitation center.

In his graduate tenure, he worked with the Center for Highway Pavement Preservation and K-12 Outreach departments in their efforts to educate the community on the importance of pavement preservation, participating in events such as Metro Detroit Youth day and local school outreach activities to engage students in civil engineering. RJ brings an enthusiastic desire to serve the Horizons community and believes in fostering an environment where students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas can achieve their full potential.

Junia McDole

Junia McDole PicFinancial Aid Administrator

Junia joined the Student Success Department as a Financial Aid Administrator in May 2016.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. As an undergraduate, Junia served in the Business Office for Student Organizations at Purdue, providing student organization account management services.

With her degree, Junia began her career as an Investigator for the State of Indiana where she provided assistance to low-income populations, serving as a mediator for children in poverty that had been abused. Junia aided families in receiving services and education for their emotional, developmental, and financial needs to better their life circumstances.  While in this position Junia discovered her desire to serve this particular demographic.

Prior to joining Purdue University, Junia served as a Financial Aid Analyst at Harrison College. Her primary role was the education and guidance to students and families regarding financial aid and the application process. Junia found the most fulfillment working with 21st Century scholars, nontraditional populations, and veterans due to her own background. She was a first generation student, low income student who came from a family of sixteen children. She attended her undergraduate journey while a mother to three children all while managing a full time job. She is familiar with the plight of underserved populations and is empathetic in advising students from these backgrounds.

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Angela Braga

bio-pictureAdministrative Assistant

Angela was born and raised in a rural area in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She lived in the city of Belo Horizonte, worked while acquiring her degree as a Social Worker from the Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais. She married, and moved to Austria, Rhode Island, Germany, and in 1998 to West Lafayette. She has two sons, and lives with her husband, and her therapy dog in West Lafayette. While her sons were in school she volunteered at West Lafayette Schools, and she has been working with her dog in a therapy group for the past 11 years. Most recently, she lived in Arlington, VA, and besides working in therapy dog groups, she volunteered at the local library, and obtained a certification as Food Master Volunteer and participated in the Extension Program to reach more Virginians with up-to-date, research-based knowledge on food preparation, nutrition, food safety, and physical activity. Currently, Angela is involved with the Immigration Clinic at LUM (Lafayette Urban Ministries), and her therapy dog group.

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