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. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and also is also serves on the Governing Board for Early Head Start. Previously, Cory served on the Board of the Directors for the United Way, the Volunteer Center of Lubbock the American Diabetes Association, and the African American Leadership Forum, amongst others. An advocate for students, he is 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".
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.
Coordinator Lett Hernandez joined the Mentor Tech staff in September 2017. She provides
oversight of the protégés and Protégé Advisory Committee leaders in the program. Lett
is a native Wilson, TX and is currently completing her studies in Human Development
and Family Studies and minoring in Theatre Arts.
Lett a proud sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc, of which is served as President. She is the owner and founder of LAW Basketball League, a local adult league. In her free time Lett enjoys coaching her mini cheer squad, meeting new people, and learning. Her future goals include pursing a graduate degree, expanding her basketball league to new cities, and continuing to humbly serve the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities.
Mica Curtis-Wilson joined the Mentor Tech staff as a Coordinator in July 2018. She hails from Dallas, Texas and holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish from Texas Tech University. Mica's responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating activities related to the program's upperclassmen. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in recreational sport leagues and volunteering within the Lubbock community. Mica's future goals include earning a Master's degree and impacting the community of Lubbock through diligent service. Her mantra is “Be the person you never had”, which she strives to live by each and every day.