Meet the Upward Bound Team
Joann has worked in higher education for over 20 years, establishing programs and partnerships that foster access, opportunity, and success in higher education. As the Upward Bound Program Director, she is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the federally funded college preparatory program. In her work with students, Joann often draws from her own experiences as a first-generation college student and Upward Bound alumnus. Inspired by her own experiences with multiple opportunity programs, she is committed to improving educational outcomes for students, especially underserved student populations. When she is not working, you can find her running along the Delaware River waterfront or planning her next travel adventure. Joann earned a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Urban Education from New Jersey City University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from Fordham University.
Ms. Thomasina helps students to stay on track so they can participate fully in all that UB has to offer. She’s the go-to person about submitting any important documents, report cards, and receiving a stipend!
Brendan is responsible for providing individualized case management for the students enrolled in Upward Bound, which includes conducting counseling sessions and workshops pertaining to students’ educational and vocational goals; to develop a comprehensive, college guidance program to empower students in navigating the college application, admission and financial aid processes; to monitor student progress and communicate with parents and school faculty for holistic support and development; and network with colleges and universities in advocating for our students’ admittance and transition.