An alumnus of Texas Tech University, Mr. Cory Powell cofounded The Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program, (Mentor Tech) in 2002. Since that time the San Antonio native has diligently worked to ensure that the program continues to provide mentors and protégés with support, opportunities, and relevant resources. Cory is very active in numerous community organizations including the Boards of Directors for Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. Additionally, he served on the Board of the Directors for the United Way, the American Diabetes Association, and the African American Leadership Forum, amongst others.
An advocate for students, he currently serves as the campus advisor for the Visions of Light Gospel Choir, the Mentor Tech Student Association and the Texas Tech United Way student organization. He is the recipient of a myriad of awards, including the 2015 Top Techsan Award. Additionally, he was selected as one of Lubbock's "20 under 40" by the Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock in 2009. In 2012, Cory co-authored a chapter on Mentor Tech in the published book, "Dimensions of Mentoring: A Continuum of Practice from Beginning Teachers to Teacher Leaders".
Edna Rodriguez is a Coordinator for The Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program (Mentor Tech). Edna is responsible for overseeing mentors and Mentor Cluster Leaders by ensuring they have the tools, resources, and guidance necessary to assist and prepare protégés for their educational success. She brings more than 10 years of experience working within the Texas Tech University System to the Mentor Tech team. Edna's vast experiences include advising students for professional careers.
Edna has also been involved with various student organizations such as the Pre-Medical Society, the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and the American Medical Women Association. She is optimistic that her love for assisting students as a mentor will be a positive experience. She is also excited to utilize her expertise to provide the mentors within the program in enhancing their relationships with their protégés.
Edna has enjoyed traveling from the shores of North Carolina to the farthest western point of Texas including El Paso, as a Navy wife. She and her husband, John Paul decided to return to Lubbock after his honorable discharge from the Navy. The decision was easy since Edna is a Lubbock native. She indicates her life is most enjoyable when she is spending time with her family and close friends.
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Queta Whitfield's responsibilities include providing administrative, clerical, and accounting support for the Mentor Tech Program. An ardent sports enthusiast, Queta is a native of West Texas and is very active in her church. Additionally she is an advocate for the Go Red for Women (American Heart Association) and the American Diabetes Association. Prior to joining the Mentor Tech team, Queta worked as an Administrative Support Tech for Workforce Solutions of the South Plains.