Cleveland State University

TRIO McNair Scholars Program

McNair Staff

Valli Sarveswaran, Ph.D.
Director
Phone: 216.802.3391
Email: v.sarveswaran@csuohio.edu

 

 

 

 

Dr. Valli Sarveswaran received his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organometallic Chemistry from Cambridge University, England and his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Among his credentials are the following:

  • Education and Outreach Administrator - Environmental Molecular Science Institute, Univeristy of Notre Dame - 2004-07
  • Research Associate - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame - 2001-03
  • Research Associate - Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky - 2000
  • Research Associate - Department of Chemistry, University of Winnipeg, Canada - 1998-09

Astrid Hernandez
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 216.802.3360
Email: mcnairga3@csuohio.edu

 

 

 

 

Education: Astrid earned her Bachelors of Arts degree with Summa Cum Laude standing in the field of Psychology at Cleveland State University Fall 2013. Astrid is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Community Health, and aspires to earn a Doctorate in the Public Health Sector.

Activities: Astrid is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, Psi Chi International Society and was also a member in the McNair Scholars Program at Cleveland State University. When Astrid is not focusing on “changing the world”, she enjoys her spare time playing catch with her toy poodle Sophie.

Future Plans: Astrid’s next step is to obtain a Doctoral Degree in the Public Health Sector. After she receives her Doctoral Degree she plans to apply her knowledge in healthcare working internationally, primarily in high poverty stricken regions such as West Africa.

 

 


Ashley Poklar M.Ed.
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 216.802.3360
Email: mcnairga1@csuohio.edu

 

 

 

 

Education: Ashley completed her B.S. in Special Education at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in May of 2007. She taught in alternative school settings for three years before returning to school for her Masters of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which she obtained in May of 2013 from Cleveland State University. Ashley is currently pursuing her PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Activities: When not chasing her three small children around the house, Ashley is the chair of the mentor committee for Student Affiliates of Seventeen (the Counseling Psychology section of American Psychological Association-APA) as well as a student committee member of the Advocacy Committee housed in the Association of Child and Adolescent Counseling, a section of the American Counseling Association. Ashley was a South Carolina Teaching Fellow in her Undergraduate Studies and a member of various honors societies for both her undergraduate and Master’s level studies.

Future Plans: Ashley hopes to become a licensed psychologist and work with forensic youth populations. Ashley also plans to create a leadership program for individuals working with “at risk” youth to provide more effective support, treatment, and education to these youth.


Carlia Wilkinson
Graduate Assistant
Phone: 216.802.3360
Email: mcnairga2@csuohio.edu

 

 

 

 

Education: Carlia Wilkinson recently graduated with honors and earned her Bachelors of Social Work from Cleveland State University in fall of 2013. She is currently in the Social Work Joint Master Program at Cleveland State University with University of Akron and hope to continue her education to earn her doctorate degree in adult development and aging.

Activities: Carlia is an active member in her church, The Word Church. She also is a member of the National association of Social Work Student Club on campus at Cleveland State University. Whenever she is not working or in school she enjoys being home with her son and teaching him new things. Carlia also enjoys working out whenever she finds free time and loves shopping and hanging out with friends.

Future Plans: Ms. Wilkinson plans to attend a doctorate program at Cleveland State University after receiving her Masters in Social Work. Her long time goals are to work as a clinical social worker or a family counselor. She plans to be involved in developing, organizing, managing, shaping, and planning social polices related to families and children.  One day she hopes to inspire others and motivate them for lifetime changes, whether it’s through treatment programs, counseling, therapy sessions, education, mentoring, and so forth.