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TRiO Staff

Dr. Mark Cotter, Director
(865) 539-7266

Mark Cotter came to TRiO at Pellissippi State in August of 2007 with great hopes to inspire a love of learning in the students here. He has strong ties to East Tennessee with three degrees from the University of Tennessee where he served as a faculty member in Collaborative Learning after six years with the TRiO program there. Dr. Cotter has conducted research on the TRiO program that he was able to present in Edinburgh (Scotland), Prato (Italy), and Budapest (Hungary). His research and publications also include Creative Drama and Problem-Solving.

 Dr. Cotter and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters who have graduated college.  His interests include fencing (he is the advisor for the fencing club), hiking, kayaking, running, and travel. He has also been involved in Children’s International Summer Villages, the East Tennessee Council on Children and Youth, and the Tennessee Association for Arts in Therapy.



Fonda Vickery, Retention Coordinator
(865) 694-6441

Fonda came to TRiO Student Support Service in June of 2011. She has 9 years of TRiO experience, working in both Student Support Service and Upward Bound at another Tennessee college. Although Fonda has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Tennessee Wesleyan College, she truly enjoys working in the education field. “Nothing is more gratifying to me than helping a student accomplish their educational goals.”

Fonda lives in Madisonville and has a son, a daughter & son-in-law, and a brilliant grandson. In her spare time she loves to travel, dabble in photography, cook, and most importantly spend time with her family & friends.


Constance Cook, Secretary 2
(865) 539-7267

Constance joined the TRiO staff in September 2015 after being employed as Workroom Manager with New Student Orientation.  She has also worked as a work study student with other departments here on campus.  Ms. Cook has experienced several bucket-list adventures while attending Pellissippi State, including TNCIS traveling to South Africa; meeting President Obama, Vice- president Bidden, and Jill Bidden; and appearing in radio and TV advertisements  for the college.   Constance graduated from Pellissippi State in July 2014 with her A.S., and, she plans to begin coursework summer 2016 towards a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. 

Constance lives in Lenoir City and has 3 sons.  Her hobbies include baking, sewing, dancing and bowling.