Olga joined the IDEAL team in April of 2016. In the two years before joining the IDEAL team, she served as an outreach coordinator for the Texas Tech Chess Program. She coordinated all outreach efforts for Texas Tech Chess, including K-12 programs, on-campus events and workshops, summer camps, and community engagement. In her current role, Olga is responsible for the support and planning of all events and programs. She oversees related budgets and financial reporting, as well monitors ongoing projects. Olga earned her Bachelor Degree in Financial Economics from UMBC and received her MBA in Finance in 2010. She speaks and writes both English and Russian.
Gabriel Gonzales is the Program Manager for the Office of K-12 and IDEAL. He is from Slaton, TX and received both his Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Spanish in 2011. He has been an active advocate for higher education through various college prep programs and his work with SPC Upward Bound Program and the TTU Upward Bound Program. Gabriel currently serves as a campus advisor to various Multicultural Greek Council organizations and is also a Staff Senator for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. While out of the office, he enjoys drawing, painting, and playing basketball during his free time.
Ariana Hernandez is the Coordinator for the Office of K-12 & IDEAL. Her duties are assisting with, organizing, and presenting at events that the Office of K-12 & IDEAL may have throughout the year. Ariana is from Veribest, Texas and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas Tech University in 2015. Organizations that Ariana has been accepted into include: Phi Kappa Phi, the most prestigious national honor society recognized; Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honor Society; and Sigma Delta Pi, a National Spanish Honor Society. While in Lubbock, she has played City League Volleyball and volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ariana is currently enrolled in the Guidance Counseling Master’s program. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and going on adventures with friends and family.
Efren Gomez is a Coordinator within the Office of K-12 and IDEAL. He is a native of Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors in Public Relations. Efren manages On and Off Campus Visits and is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships within the Lubbock and Lubbock-Area communities. In his earlier years, Efren was on his way to become one of the first in his family to attend college and graduate. He was active in organizations like Upward Bound, Shake Hands with your Future, and Project Future during high school. He hopes to inspire new students to do the same by joining organizations and after school programs. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about science, eSports, and playing strategy games.
For the past 2 years, Steven has served as a student assistant for the Office of K-12 & IDEAL at Texas Tech University. He is from Hale Center, TX and graduated with the class of 2015 from Hale Center High School. Steven is currently a Texas Tech Senior Majoring in Kinesiology and Minoring in Psychology. Steven’s responsibilities in the office include: assisting in organization and planning of events, being the liaison to any other departments we may work with, and last but not least, being the friendly face who welcomes our guests. In Steven’s free time, he likes to play board games and card games along with exercising, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Marisa Casillas is a student assistant for the Office of K-12 & IDEAL at Texas Tech University. She is from San Angelo, Texas. Marisa is currently a senior at Texas Tech majoring in Fine and Studio Art and minoring in Spanish. Marisa's duties in the office include assisting with tasks related to departmental programs such as Super Saturdays and Summer Camps, as well as performing daily tasks such as clerical work and maintaining organization in the office. Marisa is involved in Painting Club and in the Texas Tech Catholic Student Association. In her free time, Marisa enjoys reading, being outdoors, and enjoying life surrounded by friends and family.
Kendall Payne is a student assistant for the Office of K-12 & IDEAL. He is from DeSoto, Texas, and graduated with the class of 2014 from Bishop Dunne Catholic School. Kendall is currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology and plans to attend medical school after earning his degree. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and practicing his photography skills. His responsibilities include handling the logistics of IDEAL events, updating the community on IDEAL projects, and being the designated IDEAL photographer.
Tunde Leshi joined the Office of K-12 & IDEAL staff in June 2016 and is a native of Cypress, Texas. He is currently in his senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Tunde is a member of many student organizations on campus. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He is also a part of African Student Organization, National Society of Black Engineers, the Collegiate 100, and Black Student Association. He personally believes that everyone should lead by example and that it is very important to give back to the community. "Be the change that you want to see in the world" – Mahatma Gandhi
Rohan Agarwal joined the Office of K-12 & IDEAL staff in August 2016 and is an international student from India. He is currently a senior, pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics. Rohan has a passion for learning about other cultures, is actively involved in student campus life, is a member of several student organizations including, but not limited to: The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Students for Global Connections, and SPE International. Although he is pursuing an engineering degree, he also has a strong suit for economics and finance. He hopes to pursue a career in Energy finance.
Olivia Espinosa joined the Office ofK-12 & IDEAL in August 2016 and is from Hale Center, Texas. She is currently in her Sophomore year, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Spanish. Olivia is a proud Latina who wishes to show others what is possible through hard-work and strong relationships built with others. Sometimes life gets difficult, and it is our duty to shine our light upon those who are lost. She hopes to inspire others to put in the extra effort in their studies as well as life. Olivia is actively involved in Trio Support Services such as S.S.S. as well as a former Upward Bound student. She is a First Gen student and hopes to show others that college can be for everyone with hard work and determination. Olivia plans on continuing her schooling to receive a Masters in Occupational Therapy where she can mix her passion of sports as well as helping others.
Demetri Board joined the Office of K-12 & IDEAL in September 2016. While he was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, he has lived his four years of High School in Garland Texas. Demetri is enrolled as a Sophomore and curently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with a minor in Computer Science. On campus, he is actively involved in the First Year AVID program, First Generation College Student, and Mentor Tech. Demetri is currently at Texas Tech University because of the camp he attended during the summer of his junior year of high school: RaiderLife. It is a program that is run by the Office of K-12 & IDEAL, in which the experience has been a positive influence on Demetri's outlook on college and success. He is extremely excited to be a part of the same office in which he can be put into a position to change the lives of students, k-12th grades, in a way his life was changed when he was a student in high school.