Community Leadership Mentors



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.

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She has worked as an internal auditor with University Auditing at Yale University.

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Jon Herrin

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.

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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.

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Jeffrey Mayo

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.

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LaVerna Fountain

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.

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Taylor McCain

She is an osteopathic physician who practices full spectrum family medicine at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Alpine, TX.

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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.

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Suzanne Solensky

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.

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Liliana Wilson

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.

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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.

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Sarah Stayton

She is currently an Advising and Completion Specialist and an Adjunct Professor of English at Austin Community College- Round Rock Campus

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