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, 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".
Cindy DeAnda is a native of West Texas. 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. Cindy is actively involved in the community having served on the boards of the South Plains Girls Fast Pitch Softball and Talent Plus Gymnastics. She is currently the President of the Upward Bound Parent Council. Cindy is also a member of the PTA for Waters Elementary and the Monterey Softball and Cheer Boosters. She volunteers with Women's Protective services and is an advocate for the Diabetes Association and American Cancer Society. Prior to joining Mentor Tech, Cindy worked for Texas Tech Human Resources as a Human Resource Advisor. Cindy is actively pursuing her degree in Human Sciences.
Khabirat Abioye is native of Houston, Texas. Her responsibilities include oversight of all programming for protégés within Mentor Tech, provided oversight of the Protégé Advisory Committee Leaders, and other duties related to protégé engagement. Prior to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in December 2013, Khabirat was a protégé and member of the Protégé Advisory Committee. She was the recipient of 2012-2013 Protégé of the Year Award. Khabirat is very active with the Mumineen Office of Measurement, Statistics, and Strategy at her Masjid in Houston. Khabirat also serves on the Executive Board of the National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organization Advanced Platform Committee.
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.
Senior Business Assistant
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.