Staff

Welcome to UT Austin GEAR UP.  UT Austin GEAR UP is spearheaded by the Institute of Public School Initiatives housed at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.  Currently, we hold 2017 and 2018 GEAR UP Partnership Grants funded by the Department of Education.  We serve 12 school districts in the Greater Austin, San Antonio, and East Texas Regions.

UT Austin GEAR UP’s goal is to ensure that our students are prepared for, pursue and succeed in postsecondary education whether that be a bachelors degree, associates degree, certificate, apprenticeship, and other training.

UT Austin GEAR UP Staff

cathy-moak

Cathy Moak

Educator Professional Development Project Manager

Jeri-Ashley Bremer

Educator Senior Field Trainer

Kelli Taylor

Educator Senior Field Trainer

Candy Vera

Educator Senior Field Trainer
Noe Benavidez

Noe Benavidez

Project Manager for Industry Development and Higher Education Liaison
Willie Castrejon

Willie Castrejon

College Admissions and Aid Specialist
Chelsea-Fernandez

Chelsea Fernandez

College and Career Readiness Specialist
bomin_kim

Bomin Kim

Research Program Coordinator
Kristyne Blackburn

Kristyne Blackburn

Finance Manager
Phyllis-Broz

Phyllis Broz

Administrative Program Coordinator

Margarita Gomez

Administrative Assistant / Data Clerk
Natalya White

Natalya White

Administrative Program Coordinator

2017 UT Austin GEAR UP Coordinators and Administrative Assistants

Mary Hernandez

GEAR UP Coordinator, Del Valle ISD

Cheryl Rimes

GEAR UP Coordinator, Del Valle ISD

Dominique Simmons

GEAR UP Coordinator, Del Valle ISD

Crystal Watts

GEAR UP Coordinator, Del Valle ISD

Brock Chase

GEAR UP Coordinator, East Central ISD

Harrison Kogl

GEAR UP Coordinator, East Central ISD

Pamela Salazar

GEAR UP Coordinator, East Central ISD

Jesse Alvarado

GEAR UP Coordinator, Edgewood ISD

Lizet Casas

GEAR UP Coordinator, Edgewood ISD

Natalie Hernandez

GEAR UP Coordinator, Edgewood ISD

Samuel Marquez

GEAR UP Coordinator, Lockhart ISD

Mary Perez

GEAR UP Coordinator, Lockhart ISD

Elyssa Castillo

GEAR UP Coordinator, Manor ISD

Morgan Brooks

GEAR UP Coordinator, Manor ISD

Greer Del Rio

GEAR UP Coordinator, San Marcos ISD

Megan Mossman

GEAR UP Coordinator, San Marcos CISD

Jessica Hernandez

Administrative Assistant, San Marcos CISD

Melanie Thompson

GEAR UP Coordinator, Somerset ISD

2018 UT Austin GEAR UP Coordinators and Administrative Assistants

Jenny Bush

GEAR UP Coordinator, Livingston ISD

Chelsey Stephens

Administrative Assistant, Livingston ISD

Nick Mercado

GEAR UP Coordinator, Lockhart ISD

Gerra Murray

GEAR UP Coordinator, Lockhart ISD

Carrie Smith

Administrative Assistant, Lockhart ISD

Layla Perez

GEAR UP Coordinator, Navasota ISD

Kaitlynn Bell

Administrative Assistant, Navasota ISD

Brittney Posey

GEAR UP Coordinator, San Marcos CISD

Amadeo Villanueva

GEAR UP Coordinator, San Marcos CISD

Cynthia Aguayo

GEAR UP Coordinator, South San Antonio ISD

Aileen Camacho

GEAR UP Coordinator, South San Antonio ISD

Gissella Quezada

GEAR UP Coordinator, Southside ISD

Amalia Salas

GEAR UP Coordinator, Southside ISD

Melissa Pesina

Administrative Assistant, Southside ISD