Aside from our awesome students and donors, who makes up The Greeley Dream Team? Keep reading to learn more about our Academic Advisors and Admin Team!

ADMIN TEAM

 

Elizabeth Barber – Executive Director

What do you love about Dream Team?
Our students, my favorite part of working with them is seeing their growth over the years in the program and how their small choices along the way amount to a big success!
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love baking!
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Starbucks
Where did you go to college?
UNC


Jessica Blackburn – Deputy Director

What do you love about Dream Team?
I love seeing the difference the Dream Team makes in the lives of our students. It is truly inspiring.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I am the mother of two small children and we love to go camping as a family in the summer.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Starbucks for sure! While not exactly coffee, I do love a good London Fog.
Where did you go to college?
Southwest Minnesota State University


Miranda Ochoa – Program Coordinator

What do you love about Dream Team?
One of my favorite things about the Dream Team is seeing those special bonds our students have with their advisors. I love being able to see when a student is excited and eager to be at workshops or on field trips.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I was a McNair Scholar and the only time I traveled outside of the country and needed a passport was when I walked across the border to Canada and watched fireworks over Niagara Falls. This was during our trip to Buffalo, NY to present our research.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
If it’s a drive thru, hands down The Human Bean. Although I may be biased because I used to work there for the better part of college. If I want to sit down and hangout, The Blue Mug.
Where did you go to college?
I went to UNC. Go Bears! Also, side note fun fact. Throughout high school at Greeley West, college and now at The Dream Team, my colors have always been some sort of blue and gold/yellow. 🙂


Brianna Hardy – Administrative Assistant

What do you love about Dream Team?
I love getting to hear the success stories of students, the little victories of getting to all of their classes or doing really well on a pop quiz and the giant ones like getting accepted to college or landing a great job.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve drunk water directly out of a mountain stream in Switzerland! (Don’t worry, that spot was cleared for drinking! 😊)
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Either Human Bean or Zoë’s
Where did you go to college?
Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Roll Tiges!


Gisselle Delgado – Intern

What do you love about Dream Team?
I love the interaction between the staff and the students. And how much time and care the staff puts into each one of their lives.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I am a thrill seeker. Anything that gives me an adrenaline rush, I am up for. I’ve been zip lining and skydiving.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Human Bean or Dutch Bros
Where did you go to college?
Currently attending UNC 😊


 

ACADEMIC ADVISORS

 

 

Moriah Alaniz – Advisor at Early College Academy and the University of Northern Colorado

What do you love about Dream Team?
I enjoy building relationships with the students and making an impact on their lives by helping them reach their goals 
What’s a fun fact about you?
I was in Dream Team in High School
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Human Bean
Where did you go to college?
UNC

 


Kendra Aragon – Advisor at Greeley Central High School and Heath Middle School

What do you love about Dream Team?
I love the relationships advisors build with students and when students are excited to share good news about their academics or other accomplishments.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love to draw.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Dutch Bros.
Where did you go to college?
UNC


Edith Gonzalez – Advisor at Greeley West High School and Prairie Heights Middle School

What do you love about Dream Team?
What I love about Dream Team are the connections I build with students on a day-to-day basis. They remind me of the difference one person can make in helping achieve their goals.
What’s a fun fact about you?
Fun fact about me is that I love to travel! Near and far, I hope to continue exploring new places.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
I’m not picky, I enjoy coffee from anywhere really!
Where did you go to college?
I am a proud UNC Bear!


Alicia Nava-Ortiz – Alumni Advisor at Aims Community College

What do you love about Dream Team?
I love working with the students and getting to know them.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love watching Harry Potter & Avatar the Last Airbender.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
The Human Bean – but for smoothies, not coffee
Where did you go to college?
UNC

 


Hailee Tilton – Advisor at Northridge High School and Franklin Middle School

What do you love about Dream Team?
I love working with students and seeing how much they can change and improve in such a short amount of time.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve gone scuba diving in the middle of the ocean at night.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
Ziggi’s
Where did you go to college?
Boise State University

 


Jaz Tranquilino Santacruz – Advisor at Jefferson High School and Brentwood Middle School

What do you love about Dream Team?
My favorite part of working with students is seeing how much they grow and getting to know them. It’s amazing how much you learn from them and how open they can be.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I love to ice skate and rearrange things
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
I don’t really drink coffee, but when I do I like Human Bean or Starbucks
Where did you go to college?: CSU

 


Eric Trujillo – Advisor at Bella Romero Academy, Chappelow Arts and Literacy Magnet School, and Winograd K8 School

What do you love about Dream Team?
Getting the chance to help students realize their potential and helping them to understand that their future is in their own hands. They can be whatever they want as long as they try.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I know a little about a lot of things.
Where’s your favorite place to get coffee?
In Greeley, Dutch Bros, in Fort Collins, Dazbog
Where did you go to college?
Colorado State University