Educational Talent Search staff, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Team
Educational Talent Search
Office of TRIO Programs
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Staff & Contacts

Our team comprises of seasoned members with varied experience equipped to aid our middle and high school participants succeed.

We have a TRIO veteran, who has served in various capacities and multiple TRIO programs over the past few decades. This combined with having a TRIO alum on board equips us to better relate to the students we work with. Our constituents are spread across nine Lincoln Public Schools and we work out these schools as well by taking the services to where our students are.

Cay Yamamoto

Cay Yamamoto TRIO/SSS Director



As the TRIO Director, I oversee and coordinate the ETS, RUB and UBMS projects. As the SSS Project Director, I handle student admissions into SSS. Please contact me, if you are a University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate and have questions about applying/eligibility to become an SSS participant. You can also contact me if you are a prospective/current SSS student to know more about the services we offer and how we can help you succeed in college.

Vaughn Robertson

Vaughn Robertson Project Director



I am originally from Texas. I graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, earning degrees in education and guidance and counseling. I have worked for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in many capacities, currently serving as the Project Director for ETS. My wife Sandi and I have one daughter named Phylicia and a granddaughter named Raquelle.

Beth Jacobson

Beth Jacobson Project Activities Coordinator



I graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and later received a Master's degree in Counseling from UNO. I have worked with ETS in many capacities, currently serving as Project Activities Coordinator. My husband and I have three children--Grace, Brandt, and Cash.

Dion Gaston

Dion Gaston Education Specialist



By way of California, I received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State College, Nebraska and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have many years of TRIO experience. Currently, I serve as an Education Specialist with ETS. I work with students at North Star, Dawes, and Goodrich schools.

Jerry Washington

Jerry Washington Curriculum Specialist



As a TRIO alum, I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts and a Master's degree in Educational Administration. I have been an Education Specialist with ETS for almost 10 years. I am assigned to Mickle and Culler middle schools and Lincoln High School.

Natalie Frederick

Natalie Frederick Curriculum Specialist



Originally from Missouri, I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in education. I taught in Missouri and Iowa before becoming a Curriculum Specialist with the ETS program. Currently, I serve students at Lefler Middle School, Park Middle School, and Lincoln Northeast High School.

Ying Yu

Ying Yu Accounting Technician



As an Accounting Technician, I oversee budgets and manage federal grants for all four TRIO programs, and process payments for all events and financial aids. I am originally from China, where I got my bachelor's degree in Japanese Language and Literature. I came to the United States with my husband in 2005 and started my accounting major at UCLA Extension in California. I'm currently a graduate student majoring in Accounting at the College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My husband and I have two children Grace and Kate.

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Educational Talent Search
220 Canfield Administration Building
P.O. Box 880498
Lincoln, NE 68588-0498



There are 2 metered lots close to Canfield North:

  • 14th & R Street - Southeast and across the street from the Nebraska Union
  • 15th & S Street - East of the Gaughan Center

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