Brothers on the Rise

Brothers on the Rise is the University of Toledo’s Faculty and Staff mentorship group committed to the success of Black and Brown male students. We understand that COVID-19 has significantly altered your Spring Term, however, we wanted to provide you with some encouragement as you make informed decisions for the remainder of the term.

Brothers on the Rise (BOTR) is the University of Toledo’s Faculty and Staff mentorship group committed to the success of Black and Brown male students.  We are thrilled to have you back for Fall 2021. COVID-19 brought many changes, and continues to impact us. However Brothers on the Rise is committed to being here for you.  BOTR is also making some changes to better serve our students as well as make more significant impact. Look for updates and events here on our website throughout the semester. In the meantime, feel free to contact any of the men listed below for assistance.

David Young

David Young, BA

Director, Toledo EXCEL and Special Projects

"The Faculty and Staff in BOTR remain committed to your success.  We have been meeting regularly working to solve many of the unforeseen problems that COVID -19 has uncovered.  We understand that Spring 2020 has brought unique challenges to your semester. We hope the contents of this webpage can help you successfully navigate the remainder of the term. Below, we have included links to resources that you may find useful in navigating these difficult times. Please know that you have our support and we are here to help. 

Feel free to reach out to me directly at or 419.530.3815."

Sammy Spann

Sammy Spann, Ph.D.

Interim Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

"Many of you may be feeling the financial impact of this pandemic.  I wanted to remind you that Rockets Care and we are here to assist you with lifes challenges.  Please remember the food pantry remains open and staffed for you as well as our counseling center.  The Rocket to Rocket emergency aid is available for you to apply for financial assistance.  Lastly, if you are having concerns please reach out and ask for help to me directly or fill out a Rocket Care form

Of course, you can always call me 419.530.8852 or email at"

Demya Wimberly


Success Coach, Center for Success Coaching

"As Program Manager in the Center for Success Coaching, I work primarily with students within the College of Health and Human Services, College of Nursing, and Student-Athletes. As a Success Coach, we help students be proactive and empowered through course-related challenges and help refer to academic support services and other campus resources. Your success coach will be with you from orientation to graduation. 

If you need to speak with your specific Success Coach immediately call 419.530.1250 or email"

Kenneth Brown


Advisor, TRIO Student Support Services

"As an advisor in TRIO Student Support Services, I provide social and academic support, and assist in the needs of first generation, low income, disabled, and military connected students. TRIO SSS offers tutoring, mentorship, career advising, social support, financial literacy, etc. Does this sound like the support and family atmosphere you would like to be a part of? Apply for admittance today.

Please feel free to contact me at 419.530.3850 or email at"


Craig Turner


Advisor, College of Business and Innovation

"Career Advisor, Business Career Programs
Available to assist business majors with a variety of personalized career development services such as resume creation/reviews, job search techniques, networking, Interview coaching, Internships and full-time job placement. Your success is our success. Feel free to reach out anytime at or Visit our website.

Career Services provides comprehensive career planning services for all UToledo students and alumni. Virtual appointments and online resources that address all professional development needs are available including: resume, CV and cover letter writing assistance, mock interviews and job search strategies. Feel free to reach out to or and visit our website.

The Shah Center for Engineering provides Co-Op assistance to the College of Engineering. Shah Center Co-op directors will assist with all your professional development needs to prepare you for your co-op experiences. Feel free to reach out to and visit our website."



Anthony J. Pattin, PharmD

Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Antonio Allen, MA

Interim Senior Hall Director
Ottawa House

Demond L. Pryor, MA


Office of Recreational Services


James Townsend, MA

Clinical Counselor
University of Toledo Counseling Center Main Campus

Jon-Jama Scott, MA

Academic Advisor
Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science Programs

Kennedy Doro, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


Shingi Mavima, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of History
College of Arts and Letters
RM 5210B, University Hall


William L. Pierce, MA - '99, '09

Associate Vice President
Alumni Engagement
Executive Director
UToledo Alumni Association



Last Updated: 10/28/21