WESTOP Conference 2017

Monterey CA

Feb 25 - Mar 1, 2017

Welcome to the 39th Annual WESTOP Conference at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, CA.This year's theme, Tides of Change: Excellence in Educational Access and Opportunity, allows us to delve into areas of best practice, how to help our staff and how to help ourselves be better professionals. We will be pairing workshops to ensure that you are able to go in-depth with a particular subject matter.

On Monday, we will be having an Educational Summit that is open to all equity and access personnel, as well as any K-12 and Higher Education administration who wishes to attend. The Summit Theme: Creating a pathway for our students to complete their educational goals.

Dr. Ruth Zambrana, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, at the University of Maryland will be our plenary speaker. We have invited representatives from the three major educational systems in CA as well as from the California Department of Education. 

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David Chernew

Owner, ClearFocus Prep

Bio: David is passionate about teaching. 25 years ago he founded ClearFocus Prep, a different kind of test preparation company. A company that focuses more on the student than on the test. He has developed the unique performanceMind methodology, an approach that teaches content as well as conditions the student's innergame. The results are higher scores and a new sense of confidence for students. He has extensive experience working with TRiO programs.

Jon Haley

MSW Intern - Parent Advisory Council Facilitator, University of Nevada, Reno

Bio: Jonathon Haley is the parent involvement coordinator and Master’s of Social Work intern for the Upward Bound Programs at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alma College. He will complete his Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree in May 2017. Before coming to Upward Bound UNR, Jon worked in several non-profits focused on serving income-qualified, Spanish speaking children and families in the Reno/Sparks area. His areas of research interest include LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, and creating welcoming environments for all students. Jon presented at the Cultural Considerations in Health Care Conference in 2016 on “Why LGBTQ Individuals Don’t Come Out To Their Healthcare Provider.” In his free time, Jon enjoys hiking, downhill skiing and walking his miniature poodle—Harvey.

Lindsay McLeary

Academic Programs Coordinator, Pre-College TRIO Programs, University of California, Berkeley

Bio: Lindsay McLeary started his career in educational outreach in 2003, when he started working as a tutor for UC Berkeley Upward Bound program. He worked intermittently the UC Berkeley Upward Bound and UB Math-Science program for the next six years, while completing his graduate education at Stanford and USC, permanently coming on board as an academic coordinator in 2009. He also is an ordained Zen Buddhist monk, who has taught classes in meditation in Oakland and San Francisco, as well volunteering to lead mindfulness workshops for various outreach programs throughout the SF-Bay Area.

Maureen Hoyler

President, Council for Opportunity in Education

Bio: Maureen Hoyler has served as the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education since 2013. The Council is a nonprofit organization that advocates for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities who aspire to enter and graduate from college. The Council also provides professional development, program improvement services and research for the educators and institutions that serve these young people and adults. Ms. Hoyler began her career at the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University as an assistant to the then Director, Dr. Arnold Mitchem, the founding President of COE. Ms. Hoyler moved to Washington in 1981 to establish the Council’s office. Prior to becoming President, as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, she played an integral role in the growth of the organization. She received her B.A. and her law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Clementina Macias

Director-Farmworker Education & Advancement Program, Hartnell Community College

Bio: Clementina C. Macias is the Director for the Farmworker Education and Advancement Program at Hartnell College. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work from CSU Monterey Bay and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University. As a low-income and first generation college student she was fortunate to participate in TRIO and the Educational Opportunity Program. With that support, she was able to successfully graduate from college. For the last ten years, she worked for the Educational Talent Search TRIO program at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Directing the ETS program, she had the opportunity to give back to her community by providing opportunities for low-income and first generation high school students throughout the Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, in helping them graduate from high school and attend college. Although not currently working for a TRIO program she continues to be passionate and dedicated to furthering educational equity and college access for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Douglas Luffborough, III

Leadership Consultant & Author

Bio: Doug has spent over 25 years working with organizations as an educational consultant, social entrepreneur, and advocate for social change. Extremely devoted to youth development and family empowerment, he has created and directed social service programs throughout the United States and Asia. Along with being a TRIO Achiever, Doug was also recognized as a recipient of the esteemed San Diego Channel 10 Leadership Award as a caring resident “who goes above and beyond to make San Diego a better place to live by improving the quality of life for those who need it most.” His core values and belief in faith, discipline, action, and hard work led to special appearances at the Fleet Center (formerly the Boston Garden), the White House, the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, and the Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power” television broadcast, to mention a few. Doug’s life is a tale of inspiration and hope in the American dream that has impacted hundreds of institutions and thousands of people around the world.

Ruth Zambrana

Director, Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Professor Women's Studies - University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Ruth Zambrana, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, Interim Director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at University of Maryland Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other contextual variables in disparities in the provision of public health, human services and education with an emphasis on Latino women, children, and youth. Emerging scholarship is on inequalities in racial/ethnic women’s health and disparity, knowledge production and public policy. Co-authored books include Health Issues in the Latino Community (2001); Drawing from the Data: Working Effectively with Latino Families (2003), and an anthology (Forthcoming, 2008) entitled Emerging Intersections: Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice. She has published extensively in her field, has served on several editorial boards including the American Journal of Public Health and Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. She has served on several national and state boards and committees and recently served as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Agenda Committee, Office of Public Health Research, Health Information Services and Health Equity Champions Workgroups (2005) and the State of Maryland Governor’s Transition Task Force on Higher Education (2006). She was honored by Hispanic Business Magazine as 2007 Elite Woman of the Year for her commitment and dedication to improving the Hispanic community through her service and scholarship.

Amy Ogden

Educational Leadership Director, Paradigm Shift

Andrea Chambers

Director, Outreach Services, Upward Bound Programs

Archie Carreon

Academic Adviser, Northern Arizona University Graduate Student Government

Arnoldo Guerra

Outreach Coordinator, Palomar College

Cuauhtemoc Solorio

Director, California Lutheran University

Dave Ferguson

Director, TRIO Training, Sonoma State University

Diana Tapia-Wright

Director of Grants, Reedley/Madera College

Perry Fittrer

Assistant Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, University of Nevada Reno

Emily Bangham

First Year Pathways Student Success Coach Lead XL and International Coaches, Pasadena City College

Jack Friedman

Owner, Study Smart Tutors

Kevin Snyder

Director of Partnerships, Study Smart Tutors

Kyrstie Lane

Associate Director, TRIO SSS & SSS STEM-HS, CSU Monterey Bay

Marc Meinhardt

Owner/Principal, Tried & True Tutoring

Sandra Jimenez

Assistant Director, University of Nevada-Reno

Matthew Benney

Associate Vice President - Academic Services, Sonoma State University

Nikki Hernandez

Program Ambassador NCEOC, Palomar College

Omar Murillo

Program Director, AANAPISI, Mission College

Priscilla Mosqueda

Career and Academic Advisor, Northern Arizona University

Robert Hernandez

Director, Veterans Upward Bound, Truckee Meadows Community College

Ryan Eller

Lead Facilitator, Paradigm Shift

Shannon Smith

Program Director, Sonoma State University

Silvester G. Mata Jr.

Graduate Research Fellow, College of Education; University of Houston

Steven Baumann

Presenter - ECMC

Bio: Steven Baumann is the Director of Learning Resources and the Chief Assessment Officer in the Office of Professionalism, Accountability and Assessment at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is also adjunct faculty in the Prescott College (AZ) Teacher Certification Adult Degree Program. Prior to his current position, Steven was the Associate Director of the University of Utah TRiO Programs. While in TRiO he served in numerous state, regional, and national leadership positions. Steven has developed, implemented and taught workshops and courses for students at the middle school, high school, and college levels. Topics of these workshops and classes have included “College Readiness”, “Strategies for Academic Success”, “Show Me the Money” and “Higher Ed Resources: Who, What, Where, How”. Steven is currently a trainer for the Realizing the College Dream training team, and is actively involved in his church and community. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah in 2003.

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