Jones Learning Center Staff


Our dedicated staff represents decades of collective experience in helping students with learning disabilities to find their paths to a brighter future. All of our academic support coordinators hold master’s degrees, and each of our talented team members is committed to helping students maximize their learning potential.


  • JULIA FROST

  • DODY PELTS

  • LISA INNESS

  • JOEY HUGHES

  • DEBBIE CARLTON

  • LOU CHAPMAN

  • VANESSA HOLLOWELL

  • DEBBY MOONEY

  • MELODYE STICKLEY

  • MATTHEW EUBANKS

  • FELICIA ATKINSON

  • SAMANTHA HOING

  • CARRIE CALLAHAN

JULIA FROST

DIRECTOR

“The JLC is like a tight-knit family. Since becoming the director in 1994, I’ve seen the profound impact that personalized guidance from our staff has on students with learning disabilities, helping them reach their potential.”

DODY PELTS

Assistant Director

“As part of the JLC for 13 years and in my seventh year as assistant director, I take pride in getting to know students individually and helping them utilize the life-enhancing JLC system of support.”

LISA INNESS

Office Manager

“I’m proud to be part of a program that provides a unique scaffolding of support and gives students who learn differently what they specifically need in order to be successful in college.”

JOEY HUGHES

Associate Director of Enrollment Management

“Our students find unique ways to overcome obstacles. We support them and provide them with strategies for success. The students who utilize the JLC are leaders on campus, and it makes me proud.”

DEBBIE CARLTON

Academic Support Coordinator

“My 10 years at the JLC have been rewarding. I have the privilege of helping students who struggle with learning disabilities to obtain a college education that they often did not think was possible.”

LOU CHAPMAN

Academic Support Coordinator

“As a member of the JLC family, I have a passion for learning and love to work with students who have LD, ADD/ADHD, or ASD to gain confidence, achieve their academic goals, and become college graduates.”

VANESSA HOLLOWELL

Director of Auxilary Services

“As I enter my seventh year at the JLC and 13th at Ozarks, I pair tutors and note-takers with students to ensure the right ‘fit’. This partnership helps students to reach their full potential.”

DEBBY MOONEY

Academic Support Coordinator

“I’ve been with the JLC for over 30 years and am also an Ozarks graduate. It is rewarding to help students who have struggled all of their lives to earn a college degree and to have the positive future they deserve.”

MELODYE STICKLEY

Assistant Director of Auxilary Services

“I wanted a job where I could make a difference. Working with students with learning disabilities, seeing their challenges, and their perseverance in overcoming obstacles has been very rewarding.”

MATTHEW EUBANKS

Coordinator of Autism Spectrum Disorder Services

“After 10 years working as a counselor in various mental health settings, I am so excited to have joined the JLC family here at Ozarks. In my role with the Living and Learning Community (LLC), I partner with students to help them identify and develop the social, communication, and stress management skills they need to succeed not only in college, but in life.”

FELICIA ATKINSON

Learning Disabilities Assistant

“I am particularly drawn to working with students individually, and my position as Learning Disabilities Assistant allows me to do just that. I find great satisfaction in assisting students in diverse subjects as they build their skills in research, writing, and studying and watching their confidence grow throughout the process.”

SAMANTHA HOING

ACADEMIC SUPPORT COORDINATOR

“I have the opportunity to work with students on an individual basis in my position as an Academic Support Coordinator. The students with whom I meet every day have overcome many challenges to make it to this stage in their academic careers. I have so much respect for them and what they are able to accomplish. Helping them grow both personally and academically is an honor”

CARRIE CALLAHAN

Writing Specialist

“On days when I think I cannot do enough, I see one of these students do something – finish a paper, sing with the choir, make a friend, graduate – I want to do more.”

WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

JLC recognizes 2016-17 outstanding tutors

The Jones Learning Center (JLC) honored its outstanding student tutors for the 2016-17 academic year during a special ceremony on May 3.

In Memoriam: Debbie Williams

The University family mourned the passing Friday morning of beloved friend and colleague Debbie Williams, an academic support coordinator in the Jones Learning Center.

Frost to present at international learning disabilities conference

Julia Frost, director of the University of the Ozarks' Jones Learning Center, will make several presentations at the 2017 Learning Disabilities Association of America's (LDAA) international conference in Baltimore, scheduled for Feb. 16-19.