Ms. Deltha Colvin, Associate Vice-President for Campus Life and University Relations, Special Programs
Deltha Q. Colvin, has over 38 years of experience with TRIO programs. She has a unique knowledge of the needs of the participants in that she is a former Upward Bound student. Ms. Colvin is the assistant vice president for campus life responsible for Upward Bound and monitoring of eight other TRIO programs on the campus.
She has been dedicated to providing services to low-income and first-generation students all of her professional life. Colvin is an active member of professional associations and has held offices in the TRIO associations. Attendance at training sessions has helped Colvin to remain abreast of trends in education. She has attended numerous training workshops, trained colleagues and given presentations. Ms. Colvin is dedicated to the goal of equal access and equal educational opportunity for low-income and first-generation individuals.
Rhonda Hicks, Director Upward Bound Wichita Prep
Rhonda Hicks started with the Upward Bound Wichita Prep program in September 1999. Ms. Hicks past experience as a Wichita State Admissions Representative and Development Coordinator (fundraiser) for the American Heart Association gives her the tools to bring enthusiasm and motivation to the Upward Bound students and to the Upward Bound program. Ms. Hicks graduated from South High School, Wichita, KS where she participated in the Project Discovery program.
She was a first generation; limited income student who was not sure if she would attend college until her high school counselor introduced her to the Project Discovery program (a TRIO program). Once she continued to meet with her Project Discovery representative, she was empowered to attend Wichita State University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in Marketing. Ms. Hicks received her Master's in Management Information Systems from Friends University in January 2006. Ms. Hicks is a member of the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.
Jaya Escobar, Associate Director
After high school graduation from Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Jaya Escobar attended Wichita State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Ms. Escobar’s professional employment has been in service organizations advocating for youth and families. Employers have included Junior Achievement, SER Corporation, Wichita Acts on Truancy & USD 259 at John Marshall Middle School, Catholic Charities-St. Anthony Family Shelter, Hope Street Youth Development, and, currently serving as Associate Director at WSU’s Upward Bound Wichita Prep. Ms. Escobar has always been involved in her community through volunteer efforts, educational endeavors, event planning, and advocating for others.
Ms. Escobar has been a member of and held leadership positions with: Students Activities Council at WSU, Hispanic American Leadership Organization at WSU, MANA de Wichita, North End Celebrations & Grand Fiesta Patria Planning Committees, and the Hispanic /Native American Coalition. Ms. Escobar has had the privilege of serving on the Boards of Directors/Advisory Boards/ or Board of Trustees for: Campus Activities Center at WSU, Wichita ACTS on Truancy, Hispanic Opportunities & Potential Exploration Services, Institute of Minority Health Education & Research, the USD 259 Hispanic Advisory and currently the WSU College of Engineering Hispanic Advisory. Additionally, Ms. Escobar is currently serving as the board chair of Hunter Health Clinic. Ms. Escobar has also served the City of Wichita through the following boards: District VI Advisory, Short Term Housing Grant Review, Long Term Housing Grant Review, Community Service Block Grant Review, 21st Street Revitalization, Sedgwick County Department of Corrections, and currently the City Manager Review. Workshop topics Ms. Escobar enjoys facilitating include: Teams & Leaders, Goal Setting, Volunteering, and the Power of Words.
Travis Feeney, Academic Program/ Database Coordinator
Mr. Travis Feeney is the Special Programs Assistant and Statistician for the UBWP Program. He has held a position with the program for over 13 years now. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at WSU and began working for the program as a student assistant. Later, he also became the part time statistician while continuing his studies in Business Administration. Upon completion of his degree, he began working full time as the special programs’ assistant. His responsibilities include keeping the student database, providing statistical data for the program, and organizing and printing many of the program’s forms and publications. He recently assumed the position of Academic Coordinator in addition to his other duties.
Charlie Jenkins, Saturday Sessions Coordinator
Mr. Charlie V. Jenkins, Jr. has been with the Upward Bound program for over 33 years serving as teacher/counselor and now as Saturday Session Coordinator. He was a teacher of Government, American History and Black Studies with USD 259 Wichita Public Schools. His expertise in the area allows him to be the U.S. Government instructor for the 6-week summer residential program each year. This course is offered for credit and is approved by the Wichita Public Schools.
Lisa Perkins, Administrative Specialist
Lisa Perkins grew up in Sitka, a Tlingit Indian community in Southeast Alaska. Her family was very civic-minded and she developed a passion for politics at an early age. After earning a degree in Political Science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, she worked for a number of years for Alaska’s Legislature, Governor, and Congressional Delegation, both in Alaska and in Washington, D.C. She has a passion for learning about the world and has travelled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central America.
While raising her children, Ms. Perkins lived in several remote Yu’pik Eskimo and Athabascan Indian villages. During these years, she became increasingly focused on literacy promotion and the need to encourage young Native Alaskans to pursue higher educational opportunities. This led her to Alaska’s Upward Bound Program where she worked to further the program’s laudable goals and mission. She went on to direct a small public library where she spent many hours tutoring students and sharing her passion for books, reading, and learning. Ms. Perkins earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2007. She is enjoying Kansas and is happy, once again, to be a part of the Upward Bound family. She is a member of the American Library Association.