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Kyle Ethelbah

Kyle Ethelbah, MPH
Director of University of Utah TRIO programs

Hometown: Whiteriver, AZ
Study Areas: BA, Anthropology; Master Public Health-Health Promotion 
Languages Other Than English: Spanish & Western Apache 
About TRIO: TRIO has been a big part of my overall growth and development. Despite the hardships I have faced, TRIO staff always showed compassion and expert guidance in my lifetime. Because of TRIO I started my career in higher education and I'm very grateful that I did!
Hobbies/Interests: Taking dogs to dog parks, especially ones where they can run and enjoy the water.
Interesting Fact: Once officiated a wedding in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada.

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Kenny Quintanilla

Kenny Quintanilla
Administrative Assistant

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Study Areas: BA, Geography, Spanish 
Languages Other Than English: Espaňol
About TRIO: I love the Annex and working with an array of students.
Hobbies/Interests: movies, Lakers & Liverpool FC fan, futbol, basketball, cartography and hiking
Interesting Fact: I write poetry and I've been to over half of the 50 states.

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Upward Bound

Chris Macias

Chris Macias
Academic Advisor

Hometown: Kearns, UT 
Study Areas: Human Development & Family Studies
Languages Other Than English: Espaňol and Portuguĕs
About TRIO: TRIO is a family. All of our services are specifically intended to serve and help students succeed. TRIO works!
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy listening to all kinds of music, playing ukulele, training Capoeira, hiking, mountain biking, and love cars and car shows.
Interesting Fact: I once won a sandwich naming contest at a local cafe.

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Luis Lopez 
Academic Advisor

Hometown:  Santa Ana, CA
Study Areas:  B.A. in Latin American Studies with Minor in Chicano Studies
Languages Other Than English: Spanish, Spanglish and some Nahuatl
About TRIO: TRIO allows me to do what I love, which is helping students achieve their academic and personal goals through college preparation and access to resources.
Hobbies/Interests: Collecting records, traveling, Mesoamerican culture, and making beats. “Rap is something you do, hip hop something you live!” – KRS ONE
Interesting Fact: In middle school I thought I could turn into a super saiyan, but was too scared of my potential power to actually try.

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Graduate Assistant/
TRIO Mentor for UB



Hometown: Rose Park 
Study Areas
B.A. in Sociology & Graduate Student for the Education, Leadership, Policy (ELP) emphasis in Student Affairs
Languages Other Than English
About TRIO
I really like that TRIO centers its program around students and their needs for success in higher education.
Major Hi Hop Head & Major Basketball fanatic!
Interesting Fact:
I enjoy writing poetry!


Student Support Services

Aris Papadopoulos

Aris Papadopoulos, PhD
Math Instructor

Hometown: Greece 
Study Areas: Theoretical Physics 
Languages Other Than English: Greek 
About TRIO: The opportunity to help our students achieve their academic goals, especially students who may have a hard time navigating a complex institution like the U and students who have lacked the opportunities to reach their goals.
Hobbies/Interests: I like science, teaching, reading literature, watching movies.
Interesting Fact: I like attending the opera.

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Donna Jordan-Allen

Donna Jordan-Allen
Academic Advisor & Coordinator of Tutoring

Hometown: Las Vegas (the original) New Mexico 
Study Areas: Social Work, Graduate Candidate in Guidance & Counseling 
Languages Other Than English: Understands "un poquito Espaňol"
About TRIO: Seeing the huge smile on my students face upon achieving their goal 
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with the Lord and loved ones, arts/crafts, being outdoors (especially the mountains), Danielle Steel books, movies, horseback riding, going for long walks, getting wood, cleaning house, entertaining guests, writing love letters, learning about my family history, cooking, baking, lend a helping hand, making people laugh, I am a Bears, Lakers, Pirates, Utes and Rugby fan.
Interesting Facts: I have two beautiful adult children: a son (UofU student) a daughter (leap year baby). Have 4 siblings: twin brothers, younger brother and a sister. My parents and brothers are Marines, the youngest retired. I had 2 pet alligators. I would like to write a book, visit my brother in Ireland, have a family reunion with ALL my family members, attend Rugby 7s, obtain a MA or Ph.D., take my mom to the Holy Lands, tour the world with my children, buy a house, own a Chevy Camaro and restore a '57 Chevy pickup like my pops had, scuba dive, sky dive and one day sponsor a scholarship. Recipient of the Perlman Award

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Maria Creasey-Baldwin

Maria Creasey-Baldwin
Academic Advisor & Coordinator of JumpStart/Bridge Program

Hometown: Connecticut/Pennsylvania 
Study Areas: Psychology, Graphic Design
Languages Other Than English: Understand Greek with some reading & writing, a little Spanish 
About TRIO: Have worked in TRIO, first as Upward Bound advisor and then as SSS advisor. I love to hear students stories and their self discoveries. Watching them graduate is immensely heartwarming!
Hobbies/Interests: life long learner, making art, physical active especially outdoors, keeping up to date with world events, enjoy all types of music (maintains my sanity), spending time with family and friends, growing veggies. 
Interesting Facts: Honored and humbled to recieve the 2017 Phillip and Miriam Perlman award.

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Diana Bahena new Diana Bahena Coronel
Graduate Assistant/
TRIO Mentor for SSS

Hometown: San Diego, California
Study Areas: Psychology & Spanish/Currently in the Education, Leadership, Policy (ELP) with an emphasis in
Student Affairs
Languages Other Than English: Spanish
About TRIO: I really enjoy that everyone in TRIO cares about you and treats you like family. I also enjoy helping students navigate the higher education journey. Seeing them grow and succeed is one of the greatest joys! It is programs like TRIO that helped me access and graduate from a university and I am so excited to be part of TRIO to pay it forward!  
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy listening to music but the genre depends on my mood; spending time with my family and friends, hiking, going to the beach, dancing, going to new places. 
Interesting Facts: I have a 24 year old sister and a 3 year old brother!

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SSS Student Staff

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Brian Villasenor
Student Office Assistant

Hometown: Bellflower, CA
Study Areas: Graphic Design
Languages Other Than English: Spanish
About TRIO: TRIO cultivates a wonderful, diverse community. The TRIO office is the only place on campus where i feel at home.
Hobbies/Interests: "Charlie work", basketball, movies, drawing, chess and cars
Interesting Facts: Feet advocate and rising vegan

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Teresa Rubio
Student Office Assistant

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Study Areas: Social Work, I hope to work with youth in the juvenile system such as detention centers.
Languages Other Than English: I'm fluent in Spanish and know enough French to have a SIMPLE conversation.
About TRIO: Over the years the TRIO office has become like my second home. TRIO is like my campus family.
Hobbies/Interests: I love Zumba, coooking, baking and music.
Interesting Facts: I LOVE going to the dentist!

SSS Tutors


 Staci Jewkes
SSS tutor

 Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Study Areas: Chemical Engineering
Languages Other Than English: Korean
About TRIO: Everybody is friendly and caring.
Hobbies/Interests: Snowboarding and camping
Interesting Facts: I looooove cats!


Ali Rajabali
SSS Tutor

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Study Areas: Mechanical Engineering
Languages Other Than English: Farsi
About TRIO: I love TRIO because it gives me an opportunity to share my knowledge, and help students achieve their goals.
Hobbies/Interests:I love watching/playing football and basketball.  My favorite teams are the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angles Lakers.  My favorite players are Kobe Bryant and Patrick Peterson.  I also love Nike and Jordan apparel.
Interesting Facts: I'm left handed

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Kelly Corbray
SSS Tutor


HometownYakima, Washington
Study Areas:
B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric Studies 
Languages Other Than English:
Gibberish (yes, it is a “language”- sort of) 
About TRIO:
Trio is a great place to get involved in and familiar with campus activities. There are some amazing support systems here and some even more amazing people!
Hobbies/Interests: I’m seriously addicted to K-Dramas. It’s a problem. Anything to do with being in the woods like hiking and camping. People often say they love the ocean. I’m not an ocean person. It’s pretty, and smells good, but give me sunrise in the mountains and the smell of fresh morning dew and moss any day of the week.
Interesting Facts
My mom and dad met because she got a chicken bone stuck in her throat at a picnic and had to go to the E.R. True story!

Last Updated: 12/8/17