Meet Our Team
Cory S. Powell
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. He is the recipient of a myriad of awards and was 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".
Marissa L. Bell
Marissa Bell is a West Texas native. Her responsibilities include oversight of all programming for mentors within Mentor Tech, provided oversight of the Mentor Cluster Leaders, and other duties related to mentor engagement. Marissa is volunteers for several organizations within the community such as Assistant Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 6130, the Hispanic Association of Women Vice-President, volunteers at her local church as an offering counter, she is also an advocate for March of Dimes, Running to Rescue, Diabetes Association and others. Prior to joining the Mentor Tech team, Marissa worked in the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center where her role was to increase diversity enrollment and promote student success. Additionally she was responsible for several local, regional, and national diversity, equity and community engagement initiatives. Marissa has an Associate's degree in Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Family and Addictions Services.
Kayla A.R. Randolph
Unit Coordinator Kayla Randolph is a South Texas native and Texas Tech alumna. Her responsibilities include oversight of all programming for Mentor Tech protégés, supervision of the Protégé Advisory Committee, and other duties related to student activities. Kayla is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, and volunteers with Stork's Nest, March of Dimes and Relay for Life. Prior to joining the Mentor Tech team, Kayla worked in the Department of Plant and Soil Science where her role was to work closely with distance students pursing online degrees. Kayla completed her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in August 2013.
Aisha N. Nealy
Senior Business Assistant
Aisha Nealy is the Senior Business Assistant for Mentor Tech and also the PEGASUS program . She is native to West Texas and joined the Mentor Tech team in January of 2013. Aisha received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Prior to moving to Lubbock, she worked in Ector County Clerk’s office as a Deputy Clerk in Odessa, Texas.