COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP MENTORS
Cephas Archie obtained his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education) from the University of Houston Clear-Lake, and his MS in Counseling and BA in English, both from Loyola University New Orleans.
Juan Cruz has a Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Antioch College.
She has worked at a community college, a public four-year institution, and two private universities, and her administrative experience includes admissions, orientation, academic support, and advising – as well as presentations and other types of involvement in professional associations.
Luzelma G. Canales holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pan American University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas – Pan American, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University – College Station.
In 1977, she visited the United States and subsequently settled in Austin, Texas. She studied drawing at Austin Community College, and painting at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States, Mexico, and Italy.
Coello is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee and an investor in the fund. Maria is the founder of U.S.A. Aseguranza, an insurance company. U.S.A. Aseguranza provides car, home and commercial insurance inside supermarkets throughout Dallas-Fort Worth.
She is a longtime Chicana activist icon from San Antonio.
Kathy Zarate is Senior Fellows Coordinator with Texas OnCourse, a college and career preparedness initiative housed at the University of Texas at Austin. Kathy manages a fellowship for secondary counselors to promote college and career initiatives in Texas to ensure that all students graduate high school prepared for post secondary success.
Benavidez is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Georgia. She investigates and develops new cases with our affiliate and national partners. She also helps manage our legal caseload through research and writing for active litigation, including appeals.
She is currently an Advising and Completion Specialist and an Adjunct Professor of English at Austin Community College- Round Rock Campus
Kevin A. Christian received his certification in addiction counseling from The College of Southern Maryland before receiving his Master of Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.
She has worked as an internal auditor with University Auditing at Yale University.
Presently, he teaches for South Texas College (Starr County) where, in addition to teaching, he serves as a peer mentor and researcher for Catch the Next, Inc. He and his wife live on the US/Mexican border in south Texas where they work with the least- and under-served in education and community services.
Ana María Arumí is a perceptive, inventive, empathetic, and strategic researcher, focus group moderator, writer, and producer with nationally recognized quantitative and qualitative study design, analysis, and Emmy award-winning reporting skills.
As Senior Academic Program Coordinator in UT Austin’s First-Year Experience Office, Dr. Mayo develops programs to support transfer students during their academic transition to campus.
Rick Chavolla earned his B.A. from Boston University and his M.A. from Boston College. In 1987 Rick gained his first appointment in higher education at Northern Arizona University becoming the director of Student Support Services, a comprehensive program for first generation, low-income Native American and Latino students.
She is Vice President for Strategic Communications and Construction Business Initiatives at Columbia University Facilities and Operations. Under her direction, Fountain has led the University's initiatives to expand opportunities for minorities, women and local (MWL) businesses and construction workers to do business with Columbia.
She is an osteopathic physician who practices full spectrum family medicine at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Alpine, TX.
Elvira Duran has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Yale University and a degree in Nursing from Southern Connecticut State University
After graduating from Palestine High School, Syble Davis moved to Houston to attend Texas Southern University. Her initial major was Criminal Justice, but she enjoyed all of her English courses
Eileen Galvez is a first- generation college graduate and second- generation immigrant. Her passions lie in social justice and the impact that an education can have on individuals and community groups.
Erin Doran, Ed.D., was born and raised in El Paso to a family of educators, including her parents who are both K-12 principals. She attended UTSA as an undergraduate, where she earned a B.A. in 2006 and M.A.
Marco A. Davis received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University, and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Kelly Fayard Kelly Fayard (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) earned her BA in cultural anthropology and religion from Duke University, and a certificate in museum studies as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Judge Manuel Del Valle graduated from Yale Law School and the London School of Economics. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Princeton.