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‌Jan Perry Evenstad, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Elementary, Linguistically Diverse, K-12 and Secondary Education. She teaches an Educational Psychology and Philosophy class as well as, Issues in Multicultural Urban Education. She also serves as the CO-Principal Investigator of the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center. She has worked in the area of educational equity for many years at two regional Equity Assistance Centers and the Colorado Department of Education as a race and gender Equity Specialist. She was one of the co-founders of the Colorado Chapter of NAME. Jan has a Ph.D. from the University of Denver in Education Administration where her doctoral research focused on educational equity and student assessment. Her areas of research and professional development have been in: diversity, assessment, gender equity, Title IX, Indian Education, bullying and sexual harassment. She is a national trainer for GESA (Generating Expectations for Student Achievement), SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), Olweus Bully Prevention Program and Aggressor Victims and Bystanders.



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Full-Time Staff

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MO

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118

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63

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PhD, Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Master’s in Nonprofit Management, Regis University

BA Philosophy, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Colorado College

Dr. Hernandez is a Mexican-American bilingual daughter of immigrants with over sixteen years of experience in the education and nonprofit and sectors. Her previous employers include the Gill Foundation, the Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the Westminster Public Schools Foundation.

Nancy is adept at working with first generation students and their families as they work their way through the education pipeline in pursuit of higher education. Her doctoral research is on Latino/a students who earned less than a 3.0 GPA in high school and who successfully earned a college degree. As a college readiness, higher education access and scholarship expert, she provides training and information for educators, staff, and community advocates who want to support underrepresented students and families in education. She has organized bilingual outreach campaigns and has presented in English and Spanish on topics such as guiding Latino families through the higher education process, accessing FAFSA and financial aid, supporting DACA students, and working with first generation, low income students.

Doctorado en Educación, Liderazgo, Investigación y Política en la University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Maestría en Dirección de Organizaciones Sin Fines de Lucro de Regis University

Licenciatura en Filosofía de Colorado College, Cum Laude, Sociedad Honorifica Phi Beta Kappa

La Dra. Hernández es Mexicoamericana bilingüe de padres inmigrantes con 16 años de experiencia en educación y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. Sus previos empleadores han incluido la Gill Foundation, Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center (CPIRC), Hispanic Scholarship Fund, y Westminster Public Schools Foundation.

Nancy tiene experiencia trabajando con estudiantes de primera generación y sus familias mientras ellos navegan su jornada educativa en busca de educación superior. Su tesis doctoral es sobre estudiantes Latinos que obtuvieron un promedio académico de menos de un 3.0 en la preparatoria (high school) y quienes lograron recibir un título universitario. Como experta en preparación universitaria, acceso a la universidad y en becas, ella ofrece entrenamiento e información para educadores, personal, y miembros comunitarios quienes desean apoyar estudiantes y familias subrepresentados en la educación. Ella ha organizado campañas de vinculación comunitaria en inglés y español y ha presentado en temas sobre como guiar a familias Latinas por el proceso universitario, como llenar la FAFSA y obtener ayuda financiera para la universidad, como apoyar a estudiantes con DACA, y como trabajar con estudiantes de primera generación y de bajos recursos.



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MO

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107

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63

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Dr. Jesse is an Equity Specialist Coordinator and has over 30 years of professional experience as an educational researcher, evaluator, and technical assistance provider. He was the Principal Investigator and co-Lead of the Native American Education Research Alliance at REL Central, where he led a 5-year program of work articulated by regional stakeholders to improve American Indian/Alaska Native achievement. Dr. Jesse was the Principal Investigator for the RMC Denver subcontract with the West Comprehensive Center at WestEd, where he co-directed the Indian Education Initiative. In the past he provided research, evaluation and analytical technical support a wide range of equity-related projects, such as the Arizona Migrant Education Program comprehensive needs assessment and compliance monitoring efforts, the Colorado Department of Education’s comprehensive needs assessment process for federal programs, and served as the evaluation director for two educational Equity Assistance Centers. In addition to extensive experience with Equity Assistance Centers, Comprehensive Centers and Regional Educational laboratories, Dr. Jesse has developed significant expertise in school improvement, district improvement, and instruction in reading, mathematics and science. Dr. Jesse has conducted hundreds of classroom and school visits over the span of his career, and has been involved in a number of school improvement efforts. He has participated in five Broad Prize site visits. He was a Monitoring Team leader for the U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program, and was a team member for monitoring the Nevada School Improvement Grant program. Through the Southwest Comprehensive Center at WestEd, he worked with State Systems of Support (SSTs), Title I Compliance Monitoring Systems, and Educator Effectiveness. He was the project director of the Colorado Consortium for Data-Driven Decisions (C2D3) evaluation, the Western State College Rural Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant evaluation, three Philadelphia Character Education evaluation projects, and the Washoe County School District School Improvement project in Reno, Nevada. He also served as the co-director of the New Mexico Reading Excellence Act evaluation. Dr. Jesse earned his PhD in Educational Leadership and Innovation at the University of Colorado Denver, his MA in experimental psychology at New Mexico State University, and his BA in psychology and recreation at Metropolitan State College in Denver.



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Part-Time Staff

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MO

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63

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Ms. Miller works out of Arizona and joined the WEEAC in 2016 as part of the Region IV grant. Her past experiences include time as a school administrator and work with the previous Equity Assistance Center in her region. She has consulted with school districts and state departments of Arizona, California and Nevada to ascertain and define need and problem areas and determined scope of investigation required to obtain solution. Ms. Miller has used her expertise to obtain and analyze survey data to advise and recommend solutions, utilizing knowledge of theory, principles and field of specialization. Her work also includes writing, designing and producing professional development programs and training modules for students, teachers, paraprofessional, parents and school administrators in identified needs. She has continued to advise clients on alternate methods of solving needs and problems, and recommended specific solutions based on training in family/school issues of substance use, prevention of child abuse and neglect.



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Full-Time Staff

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MO

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105

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63

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Dr. Darlene Sampson lives by her late parent’s mantra: “Giving back to others is in your DNA-you must respect and honor the shoulders you have stood on.” With that thinking in mind, Dr. Sampson has maintained a space of social justice and cultural humility as she works across the education and social work fields as an administrator, leader, equity specialist, and counselor. Dr. Sampson joined the Equity Assistance Centers after working as a Clinical Field Faculty in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her previous work in schools as a Director of Culturally Responsive Education, coupled with teaching and social work in schools rounds out her professional experiences. Her lived experiences as a Black woman assist her in infusing empathy for others particularly around the intersectional spaces of gender and race. Dr. Sampson’s professional goals are to infuse culturally responsive consciousness, promote inclusive pedagogy, integrate equity infusions, and promote systemic change for all. She has been a social worker, program manager, consultant, and educator for 30+ years. Her call to teaching, consulting, and community-based practice occurred as a result of the many mentors in her life who demonstrated excellence in regard to communities of color. In addition to many professional mentors, Dr. Sampson was influenced by her nine siblings, and the spiritual foundation instilled by her parents as a young child. Dr. Sampson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver. Her research and published work is focused in the areas of academic performance specifically relating to Children of Color. Specialties include parent engagement, program review, trauma-informed care, racial bullying, culturally responsive social work and mental wellness, authentic engagement in schools, disproportionality and equity reviews, equity trajectories, consultation, and culturally responsive curricular augmentation. In her spare time, Dr. Sampson travels abroad, loves Mexican food, enjoys her large extended family, loves to ride her cruiser bike, and enjoys nurturing her two grandchildren.



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Full-Time Staff

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MO

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63

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Dr. Wambalaba works out from Portland, Oregon and joined the WEEAC in late 2016 as part of the first year of our current grant. Prior to this appointment he was a Senior Program Advisor for fifteen years (1999–2015) with Region X EAC at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon, which served Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands. Dr. Wambalaba provided training and technical assistance in key areas of school desegregation that include creating equitable teaching and learning environments; federal anti-discrimination laws, policies and compliance; minority faculty/staff recruitment and retention; immigrant and refugee student and family education issues; countering and preventing school based harassment and violence; culturally responsive teaching and multicultural education; Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP); and school, community, and family engagement. Dr. Wambalaba coordinated the Region X EAC’s Pacific region activities, served as the liaison for Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and provided extensive technical assistance to agencies in this region.



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JSSB

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440

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Myron Anderson serves Metropolitan State University of Denver as the Associate to the President for Diversity. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Anderson is the University's Chief Diversity Officer responsible for articulating and resolving current and future issues related to diversity. He is responsible for investigating complaints and mediating fair settlements between aggrieved faculty, staff and students throughout the institution. In addition, Anderson identifies campus climate trends that may assist in developing strategies to pro-actively promote “inclusive excellence.”

After starting in 2007, MSU Denver has seen its enrollment of students of color increase by more than a third, making up 28 percent of the student body in fall 2010.

Dr. Anderson has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, in both administrative and academic positions. He also carries the rank of associate professor of education technology. Prior to his current position, he was the associate chair of the teacher education department at MSU Denver, and a faculty member and administrator at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). His areas of expertise are instructional technology, distance education and inclusive excellence.

He is the past co-advisor of the Student National Education Association Scholarship Committee and has been involved in national workshops to discuss and develop strategies and solve problems around diversity. He currently serves as a board member for the national organization, the American Association for Affirmative Action AAAA, as the Elections Chair.

Dr. Anderson earned a Ph.D. in instructional technology and a bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech, and a master of science in curriculum and instruction from Radford University.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
102

Campus Box Number:
63

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Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
101

Campus Box Number:
63

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Isaac Garcia is a Denver Colorado native. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Adams State University and his Master’s degree in School Counseling at the University of Phoenix. Isaac has worked in the Higher Education field for over seven years, specializing in providing individualized support and guidance to underrepresented students. His passion for higher education and compassion to help students has provided him with the tools and training to support students in reaching their life goals.  Before joining the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center, Isaac served as the Colorado Challenge Counselor for the Colorado Department of Higher Education.  Prior to that, he worked in various academic advising roles within Student Affairs at MSU Denver and CU Denver.  Isaac has a passion for student support, empowerment, and engagement and is excited to continue his work with the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center.



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Dr. Holt is a consultant with the WEEAC Team that works out of Tucson Arizona, and he began his work with the WEEAC in the spring of 2018. In addition to his role with the WEEAC Team, Dr. Holt has been working with Tucson’s largest school district which includes 89 schools. Within the district, his role is to oversee Bullying Prevention and Harassment. He is known as an expert in the Arizona Region in Bullying Investigations, Intervention, Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Restorative Practices. Dr. Holt is a Certified Mental Health and Trauma Crisis Specialist through the American School Counselor’s Association. His work and research is focused on how Chronic Stress, Complex Trauma, PTSD, and Long-Term Grief can have neurological affects and can impair brain development on infants, toddlers and teens. Dr. Holt does professional development training on Trauma Informed Care for school districts, department of education agencies throughout the west coast region to promote racial equity, culturally responsive awareness and social emotional support to students who struggle with aggressive behavior and with academic deficiency. Research shows that trauma can have negative effects on students biologically, neurologically, emotionally, and psychologically. Dr. Holt believes that we can’t improve a child’s Cognitive, Intellectual, and Academic Capacities until we first address the brokenness and the trauma that has compromised the child socially and emotionally.

Dr. Holt has a MS in Christian Counseling in Mental Health, Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University and a doctorate in Theology from Inter-Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Holt has additional certifications as a Certified Trainer-Consultant with Olweus Bullying Prevention, Bullying Prevention Specialist from American School Counselor’s Association, Certified Title XI Coordinator with ATIXA, and a member of the Association of Black Psychologist.



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Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
MO

Office Number:
104

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Mike Marquez, M.Ed., has worked in education for over twenty years with a focus of serving underrepresented groups in the classroom and surrounding community. As a licensed Social Studies teacher Mike has taught high school students in the rigorous curriculum of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. His experience includes twenty-two seasons as a high school football coach in the Denver Metro area. Early in his career Mike worked in the field of Human Services as a counselor in youth placement centers and has devoted most of his professional attention to students labeled “at risk”. In recent years’ higher education has been an area of focus as Mike has worked as an administrator in athletics and as a student advisor.

All of Mike’s education and experience has occurred within the Denver boundaries. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from MSU Denver with a focus on secondary education. Mike obtained his teaching license and a Master’s Degree in Education from nearby Regis University. His commitment to students as an educator in Denver Public Schools and the Adams 12 school district has motivated students to pursue higher education opportunities. As the Associate Director of Policy and Finance, Mike will the oversee the finance and policy structures of the WEEAC and help advance the program mission of promoting equitable education opportunities for all students.  



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