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Jesse Jalomo, Managing Director


Jesse Jalomo, former US Marine, comes to Upward Bound from LISD where he served as an Administrator in Lubbock ISD for more than 16 years. Born and raised in Lubbock, TX, Jesse is graduate of the UB program and recently was acknowledged as a TRiO Acheiver in 2012. He holds a Master's Degree in Education (Instructional Technology), a Bachelor's in Spanish/Marketing, and Principal's and Teacher's Certifications.


Sylvia Gonzales , Associate Director


Sylvia Gonzales has served as the Associate Director since January 2011 and has worked with several TRiO Programs for the past 12 years at other universities in New Mexico and Texas. She holds a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration and two Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Spanish.

Gabriel Omar Gonzales

Gabriel 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.

Juan Chavez

Juan Chavez, Select Coordinator


Juan Chavez is currently the Select Coordinator for the Texas Tech Upward Bound program. Graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Human Resources. Serve 14 years in United States Marine Corps reaching the rank of Captain. He has been a resident of Lubbock for over 2 years.


Robert Guerrero, Discover Coordinator


Robert Guerrero is currently the Discover Coordinator for the Texas Tech Upward Bound program. Graduated from Texas Tech with a BS in History/Physical Ed. and a Masters in Mid-Management. Taught/coached 13 years and was a school administrator for 18 years in Lubbock ISD and 4 years in Lubbock-Cooper ISD. He has been a resident of Lubbock for 57 years.

America Rios

America Rios, Bridge/AP specialist


I have been a part of Upward Bound since 2005 as an Upward Bound student at Texas Tech to a resident advisor at the South Plains College Upward Bound. I have a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Psychology and Minor in Spanish from Texas Tech University.