Our team includes long time TRIO members, an LPS teacher, a globe trotter and a public works employee, all of whom bring a potpourri of experiences to help students succeed academically through high school and in life.

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

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Director of TRIO Programs

Cameron Woodard, M.Ed.

  • mobile-phone-2(mobile-phones) 402-472-6080
  • fax-machine(phone) 402-472-9338
  • email-2(email) cwoodard5@unl.edu
  • location-pin-2(locations) 220 Canfield Administration Building

I am the Director of TRIO Programs at UNL. I oversee 4 TRIO programs including Student Support Services, Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math Science and Educational Talent Search. I am originally from Atlanta Georgia where I served professionally as an Academic Counselor at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. Prior to becoming the TRIO Director for UNL, I served as the Program Director of TRIO Student Support Services program at Broward College. I developed 6 new TRIO SSS, to which all 6 programs met the grant goals and objectives. I am a proud graduate of Augusta University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology, and have also obtained a Masters of Education in Counseling/Psychology from Troy University. I have worked in K-12 and Higher Education for over 15 years. I love supporting, assisting, and serving students towards pursuing their academic dreams and completion of a college degree. I am a first-generation college graduate and understand the importance of college access programs that support and assist students in overcoming barriers that can be a challenge in continuing their education.

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Project Director

Joan Mendoza-Gorham

I have been with the TRIO pre-college programs since 1990, and in 1999 I became the Project Director for both Regular Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science. I am a UNL and UNO first generation Alumni. I received my Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Counseling at UNO. My role as the project director is to serve as the liaison with Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln community agencies and centers, and UNL departments. As a grant-funded program, it is my responsibility to make sure we are in compliance with the Department of Education regulations. My career in the Upward Bound TRIO Programs has provided me with countless opportunities to advocate for young people as they prepare, enter, and complete a degree post-secondary education.

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Project Activities Coordinator

Le Nguyen

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  • fax-machine(phone) 402-472-9338
  • email-2(email) le.nguyen@unl.edu
  • location-pin-2(locations) 226 Canfield Administration Building

In addition to my Data Base programming responsibilities, as Project Activities Coordinator for the Regular Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science programs, 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 I have Bachelor of Science degree in Design: Architecture from Nebraska and Master of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Education Specialist

Ana Pecina

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  • fax-machine(phone) 402-472-9338
  • email-2(email) ana.pecina@unl.edu
  • location-pin-2(locations) 226 Canfield Administration Building

My role as the Education Specialist for the Regular Upward Bound Program is to provide various skill building workshops as well as individualized career and college exploration. I coach our students in developing the skills necessary to succeed in their future college and career aspirations. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018. As a former participant of the Upward Bound Program, I am committed to promoting diversity and activism in education and in the greater community.

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Curriculum Specialist

Greg Keller

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  • fax-machine(phone) 402-472-9338
  • email-2(email) greg.keller@unl.edu
  • location-pin-2(locations) 226 Canfield Administration Building

I am currently the Curriculum Specialist for the Regular Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math Science programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have been involved with Upward Bound intermittently since its first year at UNL in 1990. I first joined as an instructor and later helped run the summer residential program for two summers. I am recently retired from Lincoln Public Schools where I taught English and Journalism at Lincoln High School for the past 31 years. In my position as Curriculum Specialist, I work with students on their essays and written requirements for scholarship applications and financial aid. I also help students with ACT and SAT preparation, and I coordinate and maintain the website and social media accounts. I am an alumnus of UNL where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Tutor Coordinator

Dahltyn Farrar

  • mobile-phone-2(mobile-phones) 402-472-8887
  • fax-machine(phone) 402-472-9338
  • email-2(email) dahltyn.farrar@unl.edu
  • location-pin-2(locations) 226 Canfield Administration Building

As the Tutor Coordinator I organize the after school study hall sessions at the three schools we serve and any one-on-one sessions between our high school students and tutors. I also work with other Upward Bound staff members and LPS teachers to best serve our students and help them achieve their academic goals. I am also pursuing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development and Family Science with minors in Education, Math, and Sociology.

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Graduate Assistant

Kyly Baxter

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  • fax-machine(phone) 402-472-9338
  • email-2(email) kyly.baxter@unl.edu
  • location-pin-2(locations) 226 Canfield Administration Building

As a graduate assistant for the Upward Bound Programs, my role includes working with our Senior Education Specialist to support our senior class of students. I assist our students in applying to colleges, applying for scholarships, and preparing them for their future college endeavors. As a TRIO alum, I have participated in the Regular Upward Bound Program, Student Support Services, and the McNair Scholars Program. Through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I received my Bachelor of Psychology and Classical Studies degree with a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Counseling Psychology degree.