National Advisory Committee Formed

admin | Monday, May 22, 2017

Career & College Clubs has formed a National Advisory Committee to help guide the program’s evolution to a 7th – 12th grade college and career readiness program.

The Committee will advise staff during the curriculum expansion process, ensuring the final curriculum is effective at preparing students for success in high school, college, and career; and responsive to the needs of the schools, GEAR UP programs, and nonprofit organizations who will implement it.

Members of the Committee represent current users of Career & College Clubs, as well as NCCEP constituents in the GEAR UP community.

For more information on the Committee, or to offer your own suggestions for program expansion, please contact us.


National Advisory Committee

Martha Atencio
Assistant Director
The Bronx Institute at Lehman College
Bronx, New York

Martha Atencio currently serves as the Assistant Director of The Bronx Institute at Lehman College, where she has worked for 15 years. She is a longtime educator whose work in recent years has been focused on generating strategic initiatives, services, and educational programming that benefits students and their families throughout the New York City borough of The Bronx. In her role as Assistant Director, she supervises a diverse staff and manages implementation of the Institute’s GEAR UP initiative. Through her work with the GEAR UP program, Martha strives to expand college access and narrow the achievement gap among the students of The Bronx.


Marcia  Cole
Instructional Specialist
Hugh M. Browne Education Campus
Washington, DC

Marcia Cole is a Technology Instructional Coach and Middle School Mathematics LEAP (Learning Together to Advance Our Practice) Leader with the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) at Hugh M. Browne Education Campus (Pre-K-8) in Washington, D.C. She has over a decade of classroom experience, in elementary education, and seven years of instructional coaching experience in both curriculum and instruction and blended learning at the middle school level. A firm believer in exposing students to college and career options in their formative years, Marcia was tapped to lead the first “Career and College Clubs” pilot within DCPS middle schools along with a summer pilot program “D.C. Meets Washington” that introduced D.C. public school students to promising careers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Hugh M. Browne Education is in their third year of implementation of “Career and College Clubs” and Marcia continues to serve as program liaison in partnership with DCPS’ Office of College and Career Education. Marcia is a certified educator (K-6) and has a dual master’s degree in Elementary Education and Museum Education, a Masters of Social Work in addition to a Masters of Professional Studies in Middle School Mathematics.


Sherry De Fontenelle
Academic Counselor
Ellen Ochoa Learning Center
Los Angeles, California

Scherazade De Fontenelle is an academic counselor at Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, a school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior to joining Ellen Ochoa, Sherry was an academic counselor at South Gate Middle School, an elementary teacher at Fishburn Elementary School, and a teaching assistant at Miles Avenue Elementary School. In 2012, Sherry started the Career & College Club at Ellen Ochoa, which was recognized as “Club of the Year” in 2014.


Adrienne Enríquez
Transitions Specialist
Oregon GEAR UP
Corvallis, Oregon

Adrienne Enríquez is a program manager for Oregon GEAR UP, responsible for coordinating statewide initiatives and assisting schools as students make key transitions throughout the middle school to college journey. Prior to joining the Oregon GEAR UP team, Adrienne served as the director of multicultural recruitment in two college admissions offices, was a high school math teacher, and ran an afterschool program for middle school students. Adrienne holds a B.A. from Grinnell College and an M.A. from the University of Miami. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Oregon College Access Network, as a member of Portland Public School’s Citizens Budget Review Committee, and the Oregon ACT Council.


Lisa Henderson
Project Director
GEAR UP Kansas
Kansas City, Kansas

Lisa Henderson is the Director of the University of Kansas GEAR UP Programs, currently engaging 1,600 high school students in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. She is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, and a true Jayhawk, having graduated from Sumner Academy and earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kansas. Lisa has been an educator for 27 years, with a passion for math, science, and S.T.E.M. She considers herself truly blessed and beyond excited to be back in the community in which she grew up, helping students to reach their goal of a college education.


Heather Hindin
Associate Director
The Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center
Durham, North Carolina

Heather Hindin is the Associate Director of Elementary and Middle School Programming at the Emily Krzyzewski Center in Durham, North Carolina. Heather joined the Center in early 2008, shortly after it opened, and has played a large role in growing the Pioneer Scholars program (1st -8th graders) and in designing and implementing the Scholars to College program (9th -12th grade). Prior to her transition to the nonprofit sector, Heather served as an Exceptional Children’s teacher in both Virginia and North Carolina for 9 years.


Dr. Marsha H. Savage
GEAR UP Site Facilitator
Birmingham City Schools
Birmingham, Alabama

Dr. Marsha H. Savage is a Site Facilitator – West Area for GEAR UP Birmingham, a grant funded program designed to create a college going culture within schools. Dr. Savage holds several degrees—Bachelor of Science from Miles College, Master of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Educational Specialist and Doctor of Education from Samford University, and she has worked in various positions during her tenure within the Birmingham City Schools system – seventh grade language arts teacher, Literacy Support Teacher K – 12, R.E.A.D.S. Support Teacher, Reading/Language Arts Support for grades 6-8, Alabama Reading Initiative Plan for Adolescent Literacy LEA Secondary Literacy Coach, Reading Intervention Specialist, and high school English teacher. Additionally, she has worked as a consulting Mentor Teacher for the Center of Urban Education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Savage is a committed educator who is passionate about the success of students and teachers within urban school districts.

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