• Meet our Student Success Team

    Our mission at The Hub is to join forces for student success. We do this by partnering with students, faculty, and staff across campus to assist students in meeting their goals and persisting to graduation. Our skilled student success professionals regularly reach out to and meet with students to offer Success Coaching and other services. To speak with a member of our team, contact us at thehub@leeuniversity.edu, or visit us on the third floor of the Paul Conn Student Union. To learn more about our team, click their names below. 

    STUDENT SUCCESS TEAM
    Erin Looney
    Erin Looney

    Director of Student Success and Retention

    Erin came to Lee as a first-generation college student in 2002. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry in 2005 and immediately started working full-time in the Records Office at Lee. She continued working full-time as she completed her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, graduating in 2009. Erin transitioned to the role of Assistant to the Registrar, then Assistant to the AVP of Research and Records, where she was heavily involved in an earlier Title III grant to improve processes and implement a new student information system. She became the Director of Academic Services in 2013 and served in that role until Lee was awarded a Title III grant to create a Student Success Center, after which she transitioned into the role of Director of Student Success and Retention. Erin is passionate about student success and wants to see students accomplish their goals and thrive in both their careers and personal lives after college. She met her husband, Aaron Looney, at Lee and they have three beautiful girls named Raina, Emerald, and Isla. Erin’s strengths are Strategic, Learner, Futuristic, Individualization, and Input.

    Amber Taylor
    Amber Taylor

    Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Success and Retention

    Amber is a 2016 alum of Lee, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with an emphasis in Business. She graduated after finishing her career as a nontraditional student, taking classes and working in Academic Services, while at the same time balancing her role as a single mom of two children named Jenna and Carson. Amber is from Cleveland and she grew up around the campus, so Lee feels like home to her. She enjoys interacting with students, both current and prospective, as well as their families. Her key strengths are Developer, Empathy, Belief, Restorative and Individualization.

    Kelsey Baker
    Kelsey Baker

    Coordinator of Coaching and Mentoring

    Kelsey Baker serves as the Coordinator for Coaching and Mentoring for the Student Success Center. She is passionate about partnering with students to help them realize their strengths and reach their goals. She deeply enjoys creating opportunities for students to thrive and to lead, both on campus and in their future endeavors. Kelsey’s Lee story began as a first generation college student and transfer student. She now holds an MS in Higher Education Administration, and a BA in Psychology. Her own college experience as well as her background in Residential Life have given her a unique perspective on the challenges that students overcome on the path to graduation. Her signature strengths are Developer, Belief, Intellection, Connectedness, and Achiever.

     

    Christie DeHart
    Christie DeHart

    Coordinator of Learning Support

    Christie’s path to Lee began in the spring of 2003 when she was hired to serve as secretary to the directors of Field Experiences and Teacher Education. While working as a secretary at Lee, she enrolled as a non-traditional transfer student to ultimately earn her degree in Human Development, Business Emphasis. The grace, compassion, and love of learning that was displayed by the faculty and staff in the Helen DeVos College of Education made a significant impact upon Christie, and in 2007 she left her position as a secretary to complete her bachelor’s degree. Her goal in every step of her educational journey was to serve the Lord and make her professors in the College of Education proud. When she graduated in December of 2008, DeHart immediately enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Lee. Since her passion has always been to share her love of learning and to pass along the mission of Lee University to the greater community, Christie taught English language arts in grades six and eight at two local middle schools while serving as Language Arts Department Chair during her tenure at both schools. As a lifelong learner, DeHart earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2010 and her Education Specialist degree in 2014 while working as a classroom teacher. In the fall of 2017, Christie felt it was time to return to the Lee family as Coordinator of Learning Support. She believes that her experiences as a first-generation college student, a public educator, and a former staff member in the College of Education give her a unique perspective into the needs of learners. It is her sincere desire to find pathways that encourage all students to believe in themselves and in doing so, find satisfaction in reaching their highest potential. Her signature strengths are Learner, Achiever, Connectedness, Input, and Strategic.

    SUCCESS COACHES

    Chris Gates
    Chris Gates,
    Student Success Coach

    Chris Gates serves as a Student Success Coach for the Student Success Center. He strongly believes in the power of relationships, and their ability to change peoples’ lives – one conversation at a time. He values the opportunity to come alongside students, regardless of where they are in life, and help them see their own potential, especially in the academic setting. For Chris, “there is no greater joy then to see students graduate and be proud of the work they put in to get there.” Chris transferred into Lee University and completed his undergraduate degree in Youth Ministry. He is currently in Lee’s Masters of Business Administration graduate program and expects to graduate May of 2018. He has worked outside of Lee in different roles, including counseling adolescents and their families. He also worked in Residential Life & Housing for two years prior to starting this role. His signature strengths are Positivity, Activator, Belief, Developer, and Strategic.

    Whitney Thompson
    Whitney Thompson,
    Student Success Coach

    Whitney Thompson serves as a Student Success Coach for the Student Success Center. Her hope is to assist students in accomplishing their goals as they strive towards a college degree. She is excited to be a part of a team that has such a strong passion for guiding students towards achievement. Whitney has an AS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cleveland State Community College and a BS in Education from Tennessee Wesleyan University. Whitney’s Lee story began with her husband, who is a Lee alumni and former member of the golf team. They loved the atmosphere so much that they decided to get married at the university chapel. Whitney has gained experience working with college students and college readiness through her time with TRiO (Upward Bound) at Hiwassee College and a position in the business office at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Her objective at Lee University is to provide a source of guidance that will be a benefit and comfort to all students. Her signature strengths are Connectedness, Restorative, Discipline, Context, and Belief.