We succeed because of our amazing College Access and Success Advisors

Meet the College Access and Success Advisors who provide the 5 key services to students and their families.

Jared Alamazan

College Access and Success Advisor

Mayra Barrera

College Access and Success Advisor

Mayra Barrera joined cafécollege in October of 2013, as a College Access and Success Advisor.

Prior to joining the Partnership, she gained experience in college admissions process as well as financial aid during her 5 years experience with the TRIO Program for the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Ms. Barrera is originally from Eagle Pass, Texas, yet made the move to Houston, then San Antonio to pursue her academic career.

Ms. Barrera received her Associate’s of Arts degree from Lone Star College–CyFair then transferred to and graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio, with a Bachelor’s of Science.

As a first-generation college student, she is familiar with what other first-generation college and transfer students may encounter. This knowledge comes in helpful when she advises students with similar situations. She is also eager to help students and/or parents who would need translation services in Spanish.

Karina Castro

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Succes

Karina is originally from Sinaloa, Mexico and raised in San Antonio. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies and Social Work from Lee University in Tennessee.

During her undergraduate studies, she served students in the Southeast, New York City, and Chicago. After graduating, Karina served as Refugee Advocate Coordinator with RAICES, connecting newly arrived asylum seekers with local resources. She joined SAEP because she is passionate about helping students from diverse backgrounds access higher education. She currently serves as the SAEP liaison for the San Antonio Mexican Consulate and is extremely excited to help families succeed and reach their goals.

In her downtime, she enjoys painting and exploring new cities.

Antonio Cerda 

College Access and Success Advisor

Antonio Cerda joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in spring of 2016 as a College Access and Success Advisor.

He’s a graduate of Highlands High School and received a Bachelor’s from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Mr. Cerda plans on pursuing his Master’s in Business Administration or Masters in Education.

Mr. Cerda had opportunities in the past to advise individuals and work with students through UTSA’s office of P-20 GForce Program.   By providing these resources, students will be more informed about their options after high school and their future

Eric Estrada

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Eric Estrada joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in August 2015 as the Intake Specialist for cafécollege. He is now a College Access and Success Advisor with the Road To Success team serving 4 local high schools.
He has a passion for working with the city’s youth and helping them to see that college is attainable for them. As he is a first gen college student himself, he uses that to show students that it can be done. Eric is a graduate of Texas A&M University-San Antonio, where he graduated with his Bachelors in Criminology. Eric plans to get his teaching certificate from TAMUSA as well.
Eric is an avid sports fan and even has season tickets to San Antonio’s pro soccer team, SAFC.

Nayeli Gomez

College Access and Success Advisor

Nayeli Gomez joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in August 2017 as the Intake Specialist and is now a College Access and Success Advisor. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and loves that she can give back and serve immigrant and first-generation students through her position at cafecollege.

She is originally from El Monte, California and made the move to San Antonio in 2006 where she completed her high school and college education. Nayeli graduated from Wagner High School and received her Bachelor’s of Art in Mathematics from Texas A&M University-San Antonio in 2016 and is working on her Master’s in Applied Statistics at UTSA.

She has extensive data experience; she was District 23’s Data Director for the Texas Democratic Party during the 2016 federal election cycle. Nayeli also served as the Director of Operations for the San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement (SAIYM) for four years.

Keren Jimenez

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Keren Jimenez has been a part of the San Antonio Education Partnership since December 2014. She is currently serving as the Lead Advisor for the Road 2 Success Program.

Keren is an alum of Texas State University-San Marcos, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in December 2010. She then went on to pursue her Master’s in Education in December 2014 from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Keren is originally from the Houston/Galveston area, but has made a home here in San Antonio where she has become a Spurs fan! Keren loves to play racquetball and has entered into tournaments in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Rachel Maldonado

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Rachel E Maldonado has her Associates Degree from San Antonio College and her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity University. She also completed 9 hours at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for her Teacher’s Certification.  Ms. Maldonado has been the in the field of college admissions, recruiting and financial aid for 29 years.  She currently is College Access and Success Advisor for the San Antonio Education Partnership since 2009.  She enjoys working with students and parents in opening the doors to higher education.  A fun fact she climbed Mt Sinai and rode a camel.

Diego Mancha

College Access and Success Advisor

Diego Mancha joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in January 2017

Jennifer Martinez

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Jennifer Martinez joined San Antonio Education Partnership in December 2016.

Roxana Miranda

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Roxana Miranda joined San Antonio Education Partnership in January 2017.

Mozelle Moreno

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success​

Juan Venegas

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Juan Venegas joined San Antonio Education Partnership in December 2016.