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  • Upward Bound Staff
  • Upward Bound Staff

    Gabe Lucero
    Gabe Lucero

    Director


    A Pueblo native and former Upward Bound student, Gabe was a 2001 graduate of Central High school. He is a first generation college graduate and received both his BSBA-Business Management and MBA from Colorado State University-Pueblo. He has been working in education since 2009 and has been part of the PCC family since 2014 where he has worked in numerous departments including; CETD, Advising, Concurrent Enrollment, Recruitment and now his current role as the Director of TRIO Upward Bound. Gabe is highly involved in the Pueblo community and has served on numerous committees, councils and non-profit boards. He is a graduate of the Leadership Pueblo class of 2012 and most recently, he was the co-chair for the Pueblo Youth Empowerment Council. He is passionate about student success and access and has dedicated is career to serving underserved youth.  


    Chrystina Medina

    Program Specialist


    Originated in California and moved to Pueblo in 1996. She is a TRIO alumni of Southern Colorado Education Opportunity Center. As a non-traditional first generation college graduate she received her Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences with an endorsement in Chicano Studies from Colorado State University - Pueblo. She is a life-long learner who currently has two Master’s degrees from Adams State University and is pursuing another in human behavior. She has been working in education since 2004 and has been part of TRIO since 1996 where she was a database technician along with advisor. Through various position in education: teaching, coordinating, teacher coach, club sponsor and softball coach she has stayed active in the community advocating for students. Her educational philosophy is students learn and thrive when supported with their learning style and pace as the guide. 

    Upward Bound Grant 1


    Alyssa Casias
     
    Recruitment and Retention Advisor


    Alyssa is a Pueblo native who graduated from Pueblo East High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Criminology / criminal Justice and a minor in Legal Studies. Alyssa is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education. She is a first generation college graduate. Prior to working for TRIO Upward Bound, she worked as an academic and scholarship advisor for first year students at Colorado State University- Pueblo. Alyssa is very passionate about supporting students in their pursuit of a higher education and realizing their own potential.

    John Wooten
    John A. Wooten

    Academic Advisor
    East, Central, DHPH 


    Originally from Colorado Springs, he moved to Pueblo in 2009 to attend Pueblo Community College where he received an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Business Management. In 2013, he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management and a minor in Finance from Colorado State University Pueblo. He is currently attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to pursue a Master’s of Arts in Student Affairs Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership and will graduate spring of 2019.  He is a 2016 graduate of the Greater Chamber of Commerce/ El Pomar Foundation Leadership Pueblo program. He has been a part of the TRIO family since 2010 and is an alumnus of both the Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University-Pueblo TRIO Student Support Services programs.  Since 2014, he has been the Career & Academic Coach for the TRIO Upward Bound program at Pueblo Community College and is passionate about making an impact with students and the community.

    Upward Bound Grant 2

    Tracy Neve
    Tracy M. Neve
    Academic Advisor
    Centennial, County, DHPH, South 


    Originally from Trinidad, Colorado, she moved to Pueblo in 1997 to attend Colorado State University-Pueblo where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion and a minor in Public Relations. In 2013, she received her second Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado, with the anticipation of becoming a Registered Dietitian. Though she loved the science field, her true calling has always been working with disadvantaged and underrepresented student populations, which she has done for twenty years.  She is currently attending the University of Colorado Colorado Springs to pursue a Master’s of Arts in Student Affairs Higher Education with a concentration in Leadership and will graduate spring of 2019.  Since 2011, she has worked at Pueblo Community College as a TRIO Upward Bound advisor and prides herself on being a true advocate for students as well as making an impact in the Pueblo community.


    Jason Prescott
    Recruitment/Retention Advisor


    Jason is a Texas native and moved to Pueblo in 2007, when he was assigned to Fort Carson. I retired from the Army after 20 years of service in December of 2012. For 15 years he served as photographer and videographer. During the 15 years he spent 7 years in Germany at the Joint Multi-National Readiness Center. He had the opportunity to photograph two Presidents of the United States the Queen of England arriving in Virginia in 2007 and multiple NFL football games. Jason was also assigned to three different Special Forces Group and supported them in garrison and in Iraq. During his last 5 years of service he was as a paralegal at Fort Carson CO. After retiring from the Army in 2012 he attended CSU-Pueblo and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Electronic Media in 2015 and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Art with an emphasis in Photography in 2017. While in college Jason worked as a student intern in the Office of Student Activities as an event planner, the Director of Student Videography for the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Department, a video reporter for the CSU-PuebloToday.com and the Sports Director for Rev 89.5, the CSU-Pueblo radio station. After being in Pueblo for a little over a year he got involved with youth sports and served as a football coach at Liberty Point International Middle School and as a baseball coach with the Pueblo West Vipers. Jason has a passion for sports and ensuring that all the youth of Pueblo have an opportunity to succeed in life.

    Upward Bound Math and Science

    Alixandria Aguilar
    Alixandria Aguilar

    Recruitment and Retention Advisor
    Centennial, Central, County, DHPH, East


    Alix is a Pueblo native who graduated from Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School. She attended Colorado State University-Pueblo, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting Major and Master of Business Administration. Alix is a first generation college graduate and an alumna of the TRIO Upward Bound Program at Pueblo Community College. She feels strongly about the importance of making a college education accessible toall students, especially those in her own community. She has been a part of the Upward Bound team in various roles since 2012 and became the Recruitment and Retention Advisor for the Upward Bound Math and Science in March of 2018.

    Chris Javornik
    Chris Javornik

    Academic Advisor
    Centennial, Central, County, DHPH, East 


    Chris is a Pueblo native and Central High School alumnus. He is a first-generation college graduate who received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy in 2008 from the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU). Chris later chose to study science at CU and earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2014. As part of his graduate dissertation, Chris worked on a vernal pool plant restoration project on Travis Air Force Base in California. Through this collaboration he studied the effects of annual weather variation on native and non-native plant community composition in reconstructed vernal pools. These research findings were published in the Journal of AquaticBotany and help inform vernal pool conservation and management efforts. While working on his Master’s degree Chris also helped teach biology labs at CU including General Biology I & II and Microbiology. After completing his Master’s degree, Chris taught General Biology and Botany at Front Range Community College and also worked for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and a private fish hatchery. Chris is passionate about STEM education and became the 11thand 12th grade Math and Science Academic Advisor in November 2018.