Ball State Program Coordinators

Dr. Lori Byers

Dr. Byers is the Associate Dean for the College of Communication, Information and Media. She works as the head of the college's diversity committee and works closely with the program director to facilitate the PhD Pathways Program.

Dr. Susan Johnson

Dr. Johnson is the Associate Dean for the College of Sciences and Humanities.

Dr. Sharon Paulson

Dr. Paulson is the chairperson of the Department of Educational Psychology.

Dr. Melinda Messineo

Dr. Messineo is the Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and Interim Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity

Student Program Coordinators

Allison Cipriano

Allison Cipriano

Allison Cipriano is a Masters of Social Psychology Student in the Department of Counseling Psychology. She graduated from the Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her aspirations include earning a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and conducting social psychological research on issues surrounding prejudice and discrimination. Allison is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Ph.D. Pathways program and hopes to help students reach their education goals and facilitate quality mentoring relationships.

 Maegan Pollonais

Maegan Pollonais

Though she is originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, Maegan Pollonais graduated with her BA in Sociology and Music from SUNY Plattsburgh in New York and her Masters in Music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she was the recipient of the Winifred O. Stone Presidential Scholarship. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Music with a concentration in Educational Psychology. Maegan is excited to be part of the Ph.D. Pathways Program, where she plans to use her gifts and skills to bridge music, diversity, leadership and education together. She is very passionate about helping students find their voice, identifying what makes them unique and manifesting those characteristics into leadership and excellence.

Paulina Wojtach

Paulina Wojtach

Paulina Wojtach graduated from Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, with minors in English and Social Media. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Paulina plans on continuing on in a Ph.D. Program in either Clinical Psychology or Social Psychology when she completes her Masters degree at Ball State. Her ultimate goal is to be a part of the trifecta of psychology: serving as a university professor, clinical therapist, and avid researcher. Paulina is very excited to work with the Ph.D. Pathways Program and to utilize her experiences and knowledge to help students who also want to pursue higher education.

Jordan Foster

Jordan Foster, Graduate Assistant for Miller College Dean' s Office and Ph.D. Pathways Program. I'm Indiana born and raised, originally from Columbus, Indiana. Upon coming to Ball State University I have gotten very involved on campus with school as well as with campus ministry as a Worship Leader for Cru. I enjoy playing music, sports, and helping others achieve their goals. I am very excited to be a part of the Ph.D. Pathways Program and look forward to the impact it will have on the lives of students and staff on Ball State's Campus. BS in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Minor in Six Sigma Graduated 2017 Currently Studying for my MBA Focus in Logistic