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WH Thompson Scholars Staff


Ms. Kelli King

Bio coming soon!

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center | 1505 S Street Room 139 |402.472.5523 |

Dr. June Griffin
Faculty Coordinator

I am an Associate Professor of Practice in the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  My scholarship and teaching in the field of Composition and Rhetoric focuses on using technology to enhance reading and writing and on understanding the ways technology changes literacy practices.

As the Faculty Coordinator for the Thompson Scholars, I arrange the courses offered through the learning community, provide teaching development opportunities and support to faculty teaching W. H. Thompson courses, facilitate conversations between students and faculty, and assist students in locating additional academic support as needed.

Andrews Hall Office 106 |402.472.1886 |

 Emira Ibrahimpasic, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

I am a higher education professional and educator with a local connection and a global perspective.  As a graduate of Lincoln High School, I have strong roots to Lincoln and Nebraska.  Even though I am rooted to Lincoln, Nebraska my career and educational choices have led me across the globe. I completed my Bachelor of Arts at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN in Anthropology and Philosophy and my graduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  My experiences studying anthropology and philosophy in Minnesota and New Mexico fueled my passion for sharing knowledge and global engagement.

As a Senior Assistant Program Coordinator with the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community I work to make the student experience positive and engaging.  Attending University is a deeply transformative experience, and I am dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. My personal love for traveling and working outside inspires my efforts in helping students explore international education and getting involved on and off campus. 

Program Areas of Concentration: Transfer Students, Study Abroad, Career/Post-Graduation Development, Community Engagement and Fellowships/Research Opportunities.

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center |1505 S Street, Room 137 |402.472.5540 |

Malika Yadgarova, M.S.
Assistant Program Coordinator

My name is Malika Yadgarova. I was born and raised in Khujand, Tajikistan. Shortly after finishing middle school, we moved to Lincoln, NE and I have come to think of Lincoln as my second home. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education with emphasis on Leadership at UNL. I also got my Master's Degree in Leadership Development here at UNL with hopes of working with students.

As an Assistant Program Coordinator for William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, my passion is to have a positive impact on students that I meet, and help them with any needs they have throughout their college career here at UNL. I hope that students know that I am always open to listen, talk, and get to know them. I also want to help students in their academic success, support in building their mentorship experience, and guide their future careers beyond UNL.

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center |1505 S Street Room 135 | 402.472.5790 |

Amy Fellhoelter, M.A.
Assistant Program Coordinator

After changing my major seven times during my undergraduate education at Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, I decided to pursue a degree in higher education in order to positively impact college students’ experiences throughout their college career. Moving six hours across the state of Nebraska, I completed graduate school at UNL and obtained a M.A. in Educational Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs. While in grad school, UNL and the City of Lincoln became my home and I work to assure students feel part of campus and the local community.

As an Assistant Program Coordinator for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, my passion is to assist students in their transition from high school to college, help them connect to the University, succeed in their academics, and build mentorship relationships that will last throughout their time at the University and beyond. My goal is to encourage students to take risks, challenge themselves, and engage in opportunities that will help them grow and develop into diverse individuals.

Program Areas of Concentration: Program Areas of Concentration: High School to College Transition, Event Planning, Time Management, and Academic Support

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center |1505 S Street Room 133 |402.472.5674 |

Kriston Burroughs
Assistant Program Coordinator

My name is Kriston Burroughs and I am from St. Louis, Missouri. As a First-Again College Student (my grandmother was a kindergarten teacher for over 30 years) education has always been something that I have been exposed to but I never realized that it was an underlying passion of mine that until a few years ago. I am a first-generation Husker and my numerous experiences as an undergraduate at Nebraska lead to the pursuit and attainment of a M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Specialization in Student Affairs.

As an Assistant Program Coordinator for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, my desire is to help students reach their full potential in all areas of personal & academic excellence.  Leadership development is a big passion of mine and while I am with the program, I hope to plant seeds of wisdom in everyone I work with.

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center |1505 S Street Room 142 |402.472.1989 |


Samantha Beltran
Administrative Technician

I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at UNL and went on to work for the Lancaster County Court for over four years.

As an Administrative Technician for the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, I am determined to help students achieve their educational and scholarship expectations. I assist students in successfully navigating their transition to college, direct students to take advantage of W.H.Thompson’s programs as well as other opportunities on campus and work to promote students in their academic success.

Program Areas of Concentration: Website Design, Course Monitoring/Planning, Event Planning & Retention, Accounting, Events Calendar, Data Collection and Analysis, Mentor/Tutor Time Payroll, Dept. HR.

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center |1505 S Street Room 138 |