ETS Staff & Contacts

Our team is comprised of seasoned members with varied experience equipped to aid our middle and high school participants in their academic pursuits.

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.

Reach Our Office
  • 501 N 14th Street
    220 Canfield Admin building
    P.O. Box 880498
    Lincoln, NE 68588-0498
  • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST

Professional Staff

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Trio Director

Moises Padilla

I am the Director of the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy and TRIO Programs. I am a first-generation and low-income college graduate, receiving both bachelor's and doctorate degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I received my master’s degree from Colorado State University. I am passionate about expanding college access and supporting student success.

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Project Director

Beth Jacobson

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, and am currently the Project Director. I love spending time with my husband, four children--Grace, Brandt, Cash, and Hazel, and family. I also enjoying reading, working out, and watching my kids sporting events.

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Project Activities Coordinator

Brooke Sullivan

I am a Southeast Community College graduate with an associate’s degree in Academic Transfer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Management and Psychology, and University of Nebraska at Kearney graduate with a master’s degree in Student Affairs. I have been with ETS as a student staff member, general office staff member, graduate assistant, and currently Project Activities Coordinator. I have also worked at UNL as a mentor and intern for College of Business’ DREAMBIG Academy and as a Transfer Peer Mentor for Academic Transfer students. I’ve also worked at SCC as an intern with TRIO Student Support Services. I’m involved in the Lincoln community as a participant in Leadership Lincoln Advocates 13. I have a cat named Tater.

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Education Specialist

Selma De Anda Gallegos

In my present role as an Education Specialist I work with TRIO ETS Scholars at Lefler Middle School, Park Middle School, and Lincoln High School. I am a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in Education and Human Sciences majoring in Nutrition Exercise and Health Science. I currently serve on the leadership team for the Multicultural Professionals Network (MPN) at UNL. I am a first-generation college student and a coffee fanatic. I enjoy helping youth explore many academic and career opportunities. I am also bilingual in Spanish. Feel free to contact me if you would like to join Educational Talent Search or partner with our program!

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Educational Specialist

Claire Bartels

As an Educational Specialist, I work with students at Mickle and Culler Middle Schools and Northeast High School. I am a first-generation college student and graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Global Studies. After graduation, I completed two years of service in AmeriCorps for College Possible as a High School Coach supporting senior students through the college admissions process. My favorite aspect of my position is being able to help students explore their interests and passions. In my spare time, I enjoy visiting local coffee shops, thrift shopping or hanging out with friends and family.

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Education Specialist

Joe Morrison

I am a graduate of Southeast Community College with an associate degree in Academic Transfer, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in CYAF with a specialization in Youth Development. As an Education Specialist, I help students at Dawes, Goodrich, and North Star pursue education beyond high school. I love being around my wife, family, and friends in my free time. I am also a member of the Rosebud Lakota Tribe.

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Graduate Assistant

Kristlin Bright

I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and I am currently in my second and final year of earning my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at UNL. After I graduate and obtain licensure, I want to provide psychotherapy at my own private practice. As the graduate assistant with ETS, I work with all ETS seniors in assisting them with their post-graduation educational goals. In my free time, I like to go on walks with my husband, Casey, our dog, Nusa, and our cat, Ivy.