Texas Tech University

Meet Our Team


Sharon Gonzales M.Ed.

Director - Pathways for Access, Success, and Equity (PASE)                                           


Assistant Director, College Connect

Sara Martinez, M.Ed.


Program Manager, College Connect

Sara Martinez grew up in Meadow, Texas.  She is a 2002 Graduate of Monterey High School. In December of 2010, she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University. She completed an Alternative Certification program and became an elementary teacher. For the past 9 years she has enjoyed time spent in the classroom educating our youth.   During her time as an educator, she graduated from Texas Tech University for a second time and earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.  Her love for students and education have driven her to this new beginning. She has worked greatly to ensure all students under her instruction feel included by providing each student the same opportunities. 

Matt Ministrelli

Promo and Outreach Student Liason

Matt Ministrelli joined the College Connect team in August 2021, after originally participating as a Camp Counselor in the summer of 2021. He is from Tyler, Texas, and is currently a junior at TTU working towards a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. His goal is to earn a Doctorate in Psychology to counsel children and adolescents struggling with depression and anxiety. In his current role for College Connect, his duties include hosting campus tours, providing support to other departments within the DDEI, and managing office tasks. In his free time, Matt enjoys swimming, playing guitar, and spending time with his friends.

Matt Ministrelli

Cassandra Perales

Student Lead Liaison

Cassandra Perales joined the College Connect team in September 2021. She is a first-generation Hispanic woman from Houston, Texas. She is currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. She then wants to attend graduate school and obtain her Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering. Cassandra's role in College Connect consists of her aiding with campus visits and completing clerical duties. With this role, she hopes to inspire younger generations to pursue higher education. Some of her personal hobbies include watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her friends.

Cassandra Perales\

Isabella Falcon Gonzalez