Texas Tech University

Upward Bound Team

gabriel-gonzalesGabriel Omar Gonzales

Q.U.E.S.T Unit Coordinator


Gabriel Gonzales has in some way been connected to Upward Bound Programs every year since his Sophomore year of high school. In 2011 he received his degrees in Advertising and Spanish. Gabriel worked with the South Plains College Upward Bound for three years prior to coming to work for the TTU UB Program. Currently, he serves as the QUEST Unit Coordinator.


todd-hollandTodd Holland

Discover Unit Coordinator


Todd Holland has been helping high school and college students prepare to achieve their education and career goals for 18 years through various workforce and post-secondary programs including the Upward Bound program at UT Brownsville. He has a passion for working with First Generation College Students and is excited to be serving as the Discover Unit Coordinator.


AnnamariaAnnamaria Short

Select Unit Coordinator


Annamaria Short came to us with 5 years combined experience working for the Trio Programs at ENMU. In 2011, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Psychology. Her passion is working with at risk youth and is excited to be serving as the Select Unit Coordinator


MichelleMichelle Beltran Tijerina

Office Coordinator


Michelle Tijerina is currently the office coordinator for Texas Tech Upward Bound Program. She has worked for Texas Tech system for 15 years and looks forward to working in the Upward Bound Program.



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