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.

Justin Aguilar

College Access and Success Advisor - Road to Success

Justin Aguilar was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. He is a graduate of South San high school and earned an Associate of Liberal Arts at Palo Alto College. Justin is currently working on completing his Bachelor’s Degree in multi-disciplinary studies at UTSA. Justin is a first-generation college student that strives to help everyone. He believes that a “Can Do” attitude can anyone’s dreams come true. Justin loves music and singing his heart out. He is typically writing music, singing or humming away throughout the day. He also likes to quote movies and talk about random pop culture.

Jared Alamazan

College Access and Success Advisor - cafecollege

Jared joined the cafécollege team as a College Access and Success Advisor in April of 2018. Born and raised in San Antonio, he is a first-generation college graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University, where he obtained a B.S. in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology. He is currently seeking his teaching certification for the Middle School and High School level.

Mayra Barrera

College Access and Success Advisor - cafecollege

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.

Ana Delgado

Intake Specialist - cafecollege

Ana is an intake specialist at cafécollege. She is a native San Antonio, Texan and attended the University of the Incarnate Word. At UIW she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Previously she taught high school science courses and very much enjoyed working with her students. She loves her faith, family, friends, education and sweet tea. Ana is delighted to be a part of the cafécollege team and working for her community.

Britney Esparza

College Access and Success Advisor - Road to Success

Britney Esparza was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. She is a recent graduate of Texas A&M – San Antonio, where she majored in education. Britney is excited to continue mentor and coach students through their educational and career decision journey. She understands how positive mentors make all the difference in a student’s life. was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio. She is a recent graduate of Texas A&M – San Antonio, where she majored in education. Britney is excited to continue mentor and coach students through their educational and career decision journey. She understands how positive mentors make all the difference in a student’s life.

Angelica Flores

College Access and Success Advisor - cafecollege

Angelica Flores joined cafécollege in October of 2018 as a College Access and Success Advisor. Prior to joining the Partnership, she gained experience in college admissions, financial aid and student support services during her three years with the GEAR Up program at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she also attended for her undergraduate degree. Born and raised in San Antonio, she loves and embraces the Texan culture.

Christopher Goldsberry

College Access and Success Advisor – Upgrade

Dr. Christopher Goldsberry has worked in higher education for over a decade, serving most recently as Interim Assistant Director at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Chris also serves as UTSA’s foster care liaison. His primary areas of expertise are financial aid and foster alumni in college. Chris is well-trained and actively involved in many other areas of both Strategic Enrollment and Student Affairs, such as Undergraduate Admissions, Registrar, Orientation and Family Programs, and Housing and Residence Life. Moreover, Chris served as the Chair for the 2011-2012 UTSA Staff Council and as Co-Chair of the Financial Aid Council of San Antonio from 2012-2014. He currently serves as President of Education Reach for Texans, a state-wide non-profit organization that trains foster care liaisons on how to assist foster alumni in college successfully complete their degrees.

Chris completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio in Fall 2018. He will serve the San Antonio Education Partnership Upgrade program part-time in collaboration with UTSA. In his spare time, Chris is an avid and voracious reader, especially of David Eddings novels and historical works on the ages of Imperial Russia and Tudor England. He also enjoys cooking, historical documentaries, and traveling, especially in his recreational vehicle.

Nayeli Gomez

College Access and Success Advisor - cafecollege

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.

Sarah Gonyea

College Access and Success Advisor - Road to Success

Sarah Gonyea is a recent addition to the College Access and Success Adviser team with the SAEP. She is originally from Michigan and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Michigan State University in 2017.
Upon graduation, she served with the Michigan State University College Advising Corps (MSUCAC) as a College Adviser.
Ms. Gonyea is excited to continue her work in the college access movement. Being a first-generation college student herself, she feels fortunate to be able to guide similar students through the college-going process. Ms. Gonyea has four cats.

Krystal Lazaro

College Access and Success Advisor – cafecollege

Krystal Lazaro joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in January of 2019 as a College Access and Success Advisor with Cafe College. She is a Southern California native and received a B.A in Sociology from The University of California, Santa Barbara. After graduating, Krystal joined Teach for America, San Antonio and taught middle school English for four years. Krystal is excited to continue combating educational inequity by providing college access to her community.

Anaiah Lupton

College Access and Success Advisor – Gear Up

Anaiah was born and raised in San Antonio. She has traveled quite a bit, but San Antonio still remains her favorite city. Anaiah is a recent graduate from Trinity University where she majored in Anthropology and minored in visual art. She is currently working on an image gel transfer process that combines her sculpture work with photography. Anaiah is passionate about working with students and helping them wherever that are on their educational journey.

Zach Magallanez

College Access and Success Advisor – cafecollege

Zack Magallanez is a proud native of San Antonio, Texas. He is a first-generation college graduate from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and is currently a Public Administration graduate student at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Public Policy. He has worked for various nonprofits in San Antonio relating to education, civic engagement, digital equity and inclusion, and affordable housing. He believes that each and every student should have access to higher educational opportunities and resources. Zack enjoys being active in his community, sports, walking his pup, and freshly brewed coffee. Fun fact: he has run two marathons and plans to one day compete in the Boston Marathon.

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.

Roxana Miranda

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Roxana Miranda joined San Antonio Education Partnership in January 2017. 

Roxana is a native of San Antonio and graduated from St. Mary’s University. She has supported multiple student-based programs, including TRiO Upward Bound and GearUP. She truly enjoys serving students in her community and helping them make informed decisions when it comes to their personal and educational goals.  In her free time, Roxana likes to try new restaurants, attend local art/music shows, and visit state parks. Her true love is mint chocolate chip—anything J, and once while travelling, she was brave enough to try Llama meat!

 

Mozelle Moreno

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success​

Mozelle Moreno joined San Antonio Education Partnership in August 2017. 

Mozelle graduated from The University of New Mexico with her B.A. in English. She was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and is passionate about giving back to her community. As a former TRiO student, her passion for helping first generation students stemmed from her high school experiences. Before working for the partnership, she worked for TRiO- Upward Bound through UTSA for three years. In 2016, Mozelle had the opportunity to serve as a legislative intern during the legislative session which sparked her interest in public policy, specifically within education. She plans to attend law school in the near future. 

Ilse Reyes

College Access and Success Advisor - cafecollege for Upgrade

Ilse Reyes is a College Access and Success Advisor with the San Antonio Education Partnership through the program Upgrade. She initiated her career in the nonprofit sector after studying business at St. Mary’s University. After graduating college she served two years with AmeriCorps through City Year, a nonprofit organization that works with at-risk students in the following areas: attendance, behavior, and coursework. Following her years of service with City Year, she accepted a College Advisor position with AVID, an organization that promotes college readiness and higher education. Through her career, Ilse has worked with more than 150 high school students, throughout the city of San Antonio, in their transition to post-secondary education. Ilse enjoys supporting those with their educational goals and will be working with the Upgrade program as a College Access & Success Advisor to returning adults.

Catherine Rizo

College Access and Success Advisor - cafecollege​

Catherine Rizo joined the San Antonio Education Partnership as the cafécollege Intake Specialist in September of 2018.  She is an alum of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

Rosemary Rodriguez

College Access and Success Advisor - Road to Success

Rosemary Rodriguez is born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of Southside High School and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she balanced working two jobs; one at Palo Alto College in different departments such as Admissions & Records, the Welcome Center and the HSI SEEDS STEM Grant and the other working at Cox Media Group for four years.

Rosemary is a first generation student and believes “You can do anything you set your mind to.” She is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals while making their dreams a reality. She joined the San Antonio Education Partnership because she believes there is no such thing as a road block to a student’s success.

A fun fact about Rosemary to know is her dance moves. She likes to dance like no one is watching. She was on the Red Jackets Dance team at her high school for three years. She was the Captain her junior year and made Colonel her senior year.

Elizabeth Velarde

City of San Antonio Liaison – Upgrade

Elizabeth Velarde​ is originally from Dallas, TX and moved to San Antonio in September. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Studies in 2012 from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Ms. Velarde also received a Master’s in Public Health in 2018 from the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX.
Between earning two degrees, she served as the community educator for a non-profit in Dallas focused on preventing child abuse in Dallas County.
The majority of her experience comes from working in various non-profit organizations.
Outside of work, she enjoys watching movies, reading, and spending time with her daughter exploring San Antonio.

Arlin Yazzie

College Access and Success Advisor – Road to Success

Arlin Yazzie joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in October of 2018 as a College Access and Success Advisor with the Road to Success team.  She is currently serving 3 local high schools.
Arlin was born on the Navajo Reservation and was raised in New Mexico and Colorado.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College.  
She has a passion for educating students with the knowledge on how to navigate their high school academic career in the hopes of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree with as little cost as possible.  
In her downtime, she enjoys photography, specialty coffee tasting, hiking, and venturing out with her two dogs.