Regular Upward Bound office, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The Hub
Regular Upward Bound
226 Canfield Administration North
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Staff & Contacts

We have on our staff long time TRIO members, an LPS teacher, a globe trotter, and a public works employee, all of whom bring a potpourri of experiences.

It is the bag of experiences that we bring to the table that help us equip and encourage our students to stay and succeed both in school and life. While we have our main offices at the Canfield Administration Building, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we also have a strong presence in the Lincoln Public Schools we serve.

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.

Joan Mendoza-Gorham

Joan Mendoza-Gorham Project Director



In my role as the RUB and UBMS Project Director, I manage the day-to-day operations, administrative functions and supervision of staff and service to participants. I administer the final recruitment and selection of both RUB and UBMS project participants. I serve as the liaison with LPS staff and administrators, faculty and community agencies. I am also responsible for RUB and UBMS's Annual Performance Reports and Department of Education's policy compliance, budgets and grants.

Le Nguyen

Le Nguyen Project Activities Coordinator



As Project Activities Coordinator for the RUB and UBMS programs, apart from my administrative and programming responsibilities, I help our high school seniors apply to, enroll in, and find funding for the postsecondary institution of their choice. I have been a part of the TRIO family for most of my life – as a participant of Educational Talent Search in middle and high school, and the McNair Program both at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have worked professionally with the Upward Bound programs since 2005, and have degrees in Bachelor of Science in Design: Architecture from Nebraska and Master of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen Tutor Coordinator



As Tutor Coordinator for the RUB and UBMS programs, I work in collaboration with high school students, professional staff, tutors, and teachers. I coordinate tutoring for each school that we serve and seek out college students to tutor our high school students. Our goal is to help provide UB students the academic tools that they need to succeed in school. At the same time, I am a graduate student, pursuing my Master of Arts in International Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I also received my Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.

Kyly Baxter

Kyly Baxter Juniors Coordinator



As a graduate assistant for the Upward Bound Programs, I assist our high school juniors in preparing for their upcoming senior year. Through various workshops and one-on-one meetings, I help students build their resume, research their career and major interests, and identify the experiences they may need to strengthen their future college applications. In addition to being a TRIO alum, I received my Bachelor of Arts in psychology and classical studies with a minor in women's and gender studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2018.

Jacob Johnson

Jacob Johnson Accounting Technician



I am the Accounting Technician for all four TRIO Programs. I maintain the budgets, handle the federal grants, and process the payments for events and financial aid. I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2016 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting.

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Regular Upward Bound
220 Canfield Administration Building
P.O. Box 880498
Lincoln, NE 68588-0498



There are 2 metered parking 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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