OME created the Coaching Initiative to connect program directors, coordinators, and other program staff with a link to successful and experienced directors who provide guidance and share best practices on any given aspect of a program’s management.

An OME Coach is a person with good communication skills, strong skills in providing feedback, demonstrated proficiency in grant management, and ability to share from professional experiences to assist other professionals with challenges. As a thought partner and resource, a Coach advises HEP and CAMP project directors on solutions and strategies to address project issues. A Coach is assigned one to two topics relating to: Eligibility and Identification and Recruitment; Student Services and Coordination; Student Placement and Continuation; Administrative Management; Program Implementation; Evaluation; Budgets; and Preparation for Site and Desk Review/Audits. Each Coach is available via telephone, webinar or virtually to assist HEP and CAMP project directors as needed.

2018-2019 Coaches

Bocchetti_Miriam MIRIAM BOCCHETTI
CAMP Director
Central Washington University

Background
Miriam has served as Director of CAMP since 2007 and as Principal Investigator for HEP since in 2013. Miriam has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in English Literature and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Miriam serves in the HEP/CAMP Association National Conference Planning Committee and is also the Secretary for the Association’s Board of Directors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budget
  • Administrative Management
  • Student Placement/Continuation
  • Preparation for Site/Desk Reviews
  • Student Services
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation
  • Data Collection and Evaluation

Contact Information
miriam.bocchetti@cwu.edu
(509) 963-1708

Olga_web OLGA CONTRERAS MARTINEZ
HEP/CAMP Director
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Background
Olga comes from a family of farm workers. Growing up, she attended 12 different schools as her family followed the seasonal harvest in the states of Florida and Georgia. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and in her current role she oversees all federal grant programs at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administrative Management
  • Student Services
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation

Contact Information
ocontreras@abac.edu
(229) 391-4877

Andrew ANDREW DALTON
CAMP Director
Kansas State University

Background
Andrew has been involved with HEP and CAMP since 2001. He has been the CAMP Director at the University of Kansas, Interim HEP Director and HEP Site Coordinator at Kansas State University, and currently CAMP Director at Kansas State University. Andrew has helped establish  three other HEP and CAMP programs and considers himself an expert in budget matters and program implementation. He serves in the HEP/CAMP Association National Conference Planning Committee and the HEP/CAMP Internship Committee. Andrew is currently pursuing an EdD in curriculum and instruction at Kansas State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budget
  • Administration Management
  • Preparation for Site/Desk Reviews
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation
  • Data Collection/Evaluation

Contact Information
daltona@ksu.edu
(785) 207-2014

Ofelia OFELIA GAMEZ
CAMP Director
California State University, Fresno

Background
Ofelia is a California State University, Fresno CAMP alumnus and has been the CAMP Director for the past 18 years. Prior to becoming the director, she held other roles within the program, such as Student Peer Advisor and Academic Advisor.  Ofelia is actively involved in the HEP/CAMP Association. She currently serves the role of Past President and has served in the Board of Directors, on different capacities, for the past 14 years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budget
  • Administrative Management
  • Preparation for Site/Desk Reviews
  • Student Services
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation
  • Data Collection/Evaluation

Contact Information
ofeliag@csufresno.edu
(559) 278-4768

Jackqueline JACKELINE GONZALEZ DE OROZCO
HEP Director
Mendocino College

Background
Jackeline has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. She has years of experience teaching K-12, college, and adult basic education. In 2008, she participated in a bi-national teacher summer program for migrant students. In 2009, she moved to the United States and in 2012 she started working for the Migrant Education Program. in 2014, Jackeline became the director for the Mendocino College HEP program.

Areas of Expertise

  • Student Placement/Continuation
  • Student Services
  • Program Implementation

Contact Information
jorozco@mendocino.edu
(707) 468-3000 Xt 6662

Beto NORBERTO “BETO” ESPINDOLA
HEP Director
Portland Community College

Background
Beto was a migrant, along with his parents and siblings, for about eight years and until he was 20 years old and then a seasonal farm worker for another five years, when he was finally able to settle down a bit. His parents dedicated their entire lives to farm work until their retirement just a few years ago. It has been a while since Beto has done farm work but he still has family members doing this line of work. Beto credits everything that he is today to the work and lessons that he learned in the fields and the people he worked along with all those years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administration Management
  • Student Services
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation
  • Data Collection & Evaluation

Contact Information
norberto.espindola@pcc.edu
(971) 722-7760

maria MARIA LAFUENTE FISTER
HEP Director
Wake Technical Community College

Background
Maria has a Bachelor or Arts Degree in Leadership in the Public Sector and a Master of Education in Training and Development, both from North Carolina State University.
Maria has been with the Wake Tech HEP Program since it was first awarded in 2001. Over the past 17 years, she has been the program’s Office Assistant, Recruiter, Tutor, Technical Assistant, Instructor, Coordinator, and Director. Because of the many roles that she’s had at the Wake Tech HEP program, she has knowledge and experience in every aspect of the grant and this is the reason why she has volunteered again to be an OME coach: to offer her guidance and experience, just as other HEP and CAMP colleagues have done for her in the past.

Areas of Expertise

  • Budget
  • Administrative Management
  • Student Placement/Continuation
  • Student Services
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation

Contact Information
melafuente@waketech.edu
(919) 866-5850

Jaime JAIME MIRANDA
CAMP Director
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Background
Jaime has been a director, coordinator and counselor for over 20 years. He has experience in running the daily operations of federal grants and is sensitive to the needs of students, staff, and clients. He has have been a licensed social worker in Texas and is also a retired citizen soldier with the Texas Army National Guard, having served federal tours for Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Jaime has experience in managing, motivating and leading staff. He has worked for TRIO Talent Search and Upward Bound grants and most recently has served as the CAMP Director for UTRGV Edinburg for over 10 years. He has been an external evaluator for grants, a peer grant reviewer and moderator, and has served as a coach since the inception of the program. Jaime has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Master’s in Education, and a postgraduate certificate in Communication, Training, and Consulting, all from the University of Texas Pan American.

Areas of Expertise

  • Administration Management
  • Student Services
  • Eligibility, Identification, and Recruitment
  • Program Implementation
  • Data Collection & Evaluation

Contact Information
jaime.miranda@utrgv.edu
(956) 665-5335

EQYacono ESTHER YACONO
OME Coaching Initiative Point of Contact

Background
Esther  earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso and later her Master of Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She has worked with migrant students at the CAMP program at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas between 1994 and 2016.

Esther is one of the original developers of the training modules for OME’s Mentoring Initiative, which started in 2008. After Esther retired, OME reached out to her and asked her to update the initiative model and provide assistance to HEP/CAMP directors by becoming the point of contact for the Coaching Initiative. Esther truly enjoys working with HEP and CAMP directors to promote successful programming and support our exemplary community of migrant students.

Contact Information
esthery@stedwards.edu
(512) 569-7096

Travel Request

The Office of Migrant Education has limited funds for programs to visit with approved coaches. If you are interested in visiting a coach or have a coach visit your program, please fill out a Travel Request Form and submit it via email at esthery@stedwards.edu. 

Please note:

  • Requests must be approved by OME
  • Once approved, you will be notified so that you can make appropriate travel arrangements
  • Hotel stays are limited to two nights
  • All travel must be completed by the end of February 2019