College Success is Our Life and Our Mission
Preppy seeks to help all students succeed in college by providing access to high-quality college planning advice to students and their families. We aim to ensure that all students are knowledgeable, confident and excited about their college choices regardless of background, family income or race.
What makes us different?
Our holistic approach makes us different. What’s part of of our holistic approach? We address both internal and external factors that can affect students’ college planning decisions and impact chances of college completion.
Meet Preppy's Founders
Our destiny was set in motion in February 2005 at Southeastern Louisiana University, when we joined our illustrious sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. Not only did we have height in common (13 & 15 of 15), we realized that we both were nerds that loved science, snacks and science fiction. Our lifetime bond started instantly. About 12 years later, we realized that we had something else in common: our passion for helping students succeed in college.
Erin R Wheeler, PhD
I am a small-town country girl who hails from Amite (pronounced a-meet), Louisiana. Although my parents never graduated from college, they never made college an option for me--it was a requirement. I excelled in high school and found scholarships to fully cover my college education. As a lover of science, I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2007. Not only did I have my head in the books, I was heavily involved on campus, worked as tutor and volunteered as a mentor. I while I loved science, I loved helping students succeed in science more. Immediately after receiving my bachelor’s degree, I entered a dual degree program at Southern University Baton Rouge to complete a Master’s of Science in Biology and a PhD in Science & Math Education. After completing my terminal degree, I choose a career of removing barriers and providing resources to students to complete their college degree. I am currently an Assistant Vice President of Student Success and Retention at Kentucky State University. I help create programs, services and policies that ensure students are successful in college. When I am not working, I enjoy helping parents figure out the maze of preparing their students for college and mentoring students to find personal success. It’s my way of giving back what was given to me. I find happiness in traveling to new places, reading the latest celebrity gossip, watching the latest movies, finding good food, and hanging with my family (especially my two little, handsome nephews).
Ebony Blackwell, M.S.
I am a child of the Army, born in Colorado and proudly raised in the STL (St. Louis). I’m am a product to military parents that humbly served their country for years. In high school, I was an average student that found myself in and out of trouble with mediocre grades; until I found a new group of friends and discovered track and field. The bonds I forged through track encouraged and motivated me to apply for college. After high school, I made the bold choice to leave my home state to attend Southeastern Louisiana University. I decided to major in Biology to help me pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. Instead of going into veterinary medicine after I completed by bachelor’s degree, I decided to obtain a Master’s in Science in Biology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During this time, I stumbled upon something I loved more than animals--helping college students succeed through academic support. I am currently, pursing my PhD in Higher Education Administration at University of New Orleans so that I can impact the way colleges provide services to students. In addition to furthering my education, I am the Biology Resource Center Coordinator at Xavier University of Louisiana. While I am not working or in class, I am taking care of my precious daughter, blogging together as a mother-daughter team, training for several marathons, and mentoring local students as a board member of Youth Run NOLA.