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.
Gabriela Hernandez is born and raised in West Texas. A native of Crosbyton, TX, she decided to pursue her undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University. She earned a Bachelor’ degree in Spanish and her minor was Public Relations. While a student, Gabriela studied abroad and is passionate about travel and learning other languages and experiencing different cultures.
Gabriela’s responsibilities include the supervision of the Protégé Advisory Committee, as well as, providing assistance to protégés and overseeing protégé engagement for Mentor Tech. She also serves as a volunteer for the Margaret Talkington School for Young Women Leaders. Prior to joining the Mentor Tech team, she worked in with TTU Parent and Family Relations.
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Isaac Colmenero graduated from Texas Tech with a BA in University Studies May 2013. His responsibilities include data analysis and assisting with special projects and programs, including recruitment and retention initiatives. He is currently finishing a Master of Science in Geography, researching culture and music in Latin America. As a student he served as the founding president for the Project Management Institute at Texas Tech and the founding president of the Tech Geographic Society. He is currently starting Red Raider Records, a vertically integrated student run record company open to all majors.
Before enrolling in Texas Tech, Isaac worked in music. He has over 20 years of experience in production for large format concerts and festivals in the US and Latin America, touring exclusively for AB Quintanilla from 1998-2004. He currently continues to offer technical and strategic consulting for businesses and organizations. Isaac also has served in the US Army Reserves since 2004 with four years of active service and one year of service in Iraq. Originally enlisting as a construction equipment operator in the Corp of Engineers, he cross-trained onto work on civil works projects, convoy security operations, and an instructor in tactics and urban operations.
Isaac enjoys cooking, camping, shooting sports, riding mountain bikes, and walking his dog.
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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.