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Mateo Arteaga

Mateo Arteaga
Central Washington University
Program Director
Yakima, WA

Mateo Arteaga, Master in Education, comes from a migrant background in the state of Washington in the Yakima Valley.  Mateo has been the director of a CWU-TRIO-Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) since 1999 at Central Washington University (CWU).

Mateo graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1972 and went into the US Army for three years.  Afterwards attended Yakima Valley College (YVC) automotive program where he became the first Hispanic Student Body President in 1977. At Eastern Washington University he received his teaching degree in 1982.  Taught for eight years then became a vice principal at Wapato High School and finally a principal with Yakima School District.  Worked for five years with Opportunities Industrialization Center of Washington (OIC) and finally was offered a job with CWU to start and develop the TRIO-EOC program.

Mateo served on several state-wide boards, Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP), Latino Civil Alliance (LCA), Washington State Educational Coalition for HB 1079 students, past president of the Mount Adams Foundation, past president of NASP and past Chair of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) board 2010-2011 and currently the President of National Educational Opportunity Centers Association (NEOCA) 2018-2020.   He has been a supporter for TRIO, Gear UP, HEP and CAMP funding as a well as supporting the Dream Act.  His background also includes working in the K-12 system with ten years at the high school and middle school level that has given him a reason to fight for our TRIO/GEAR UP and migrant students who just want to go to college and give back to their community.

Mateo’s parents-Ramon and Antonia Arteaga came to Sunnyside in 1950 with his grandfather Mateo Hernandez to cut asparagus and they stay and raised their family until they both passed away.  He has seven brothers and two sisters who have all done well in their respected trade.

Mateo is married to Dora O’Brien and they have five grown children. Dora is a second-grade teacher with the Yakima School District.

Kate Trombley

Vice President
Kate Trombley
Genesee Community College
Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC)
Batavia, NY

Kate Trombley has a Master in Adult Education, Master in Executive Leadership and Change, and was recently accepted to the Ph.D. program in Educational Culture, Policy and Society at the University of Buffalo.  Kate has been the Director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center (AEOC) at Genesee Community College for nearly two years. Prior to this, Kate comes from the non-profit sector assisting underserved and hard-to-reach populations in obtaining their life goals, including independent living, education, and workforce as a grant writer and program administrator.  Kate also serves on the NY Association of Continuing and Community Education as the Vice President of Events, Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc. (AEEE) as a Regional Rep, and the SUNY Food Insecurity Taskforce.

Serving low-income, first-generation, minority students is extremely important as she grew up feeling similar stress that her students face.  Her goals include publishing research which proves the legitimacy of TRiO programs and to help get additional funding through policy and legislation to assist adults as they navigate the colleges and technical education that they need to reach their long-term career goals and financial familial needs.  As a mother of four amazing young-adult children, Kate strives to provide a strong foundation as a role model for her children. It is her goal to show they that you can achieve anything, if you put your mind to it.

Ansley Booker

Ansley Booker
Mercer University
Interim Director
Educational Opportunity Center
Macon, GA

Ansley Booker, Ph.D. is a native of Eatonton, Georgia. She attended Georgia Southern University and earned a BA in biology. In 2007, she was selected for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Program at GSU. Ansley later earned a Master’s degree from the University of Georgia in science with certificates in clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Recently, she successfully defended her dissertation at Mercer University in Higher Education Leadership program. Currently, Ansley Booker is the Interim Director for the Mercer University Educational Opportunity Center (TRiO Programs). In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor and an advisor for Mercer University’s National Pan-Hellenic Council and Golden Key International Honour Society. Lastly, she is a recipient of Georgia Southern University’s 40 under 40 Alumni Award as well as the STAR Award from Mercer University’s Student Affairs Division in 2016.

Tonya Harris

Tonya K. Harris
Director EOC and ETS
Arkansas Northeastern College
Blytheville, AR

Tonya Harris has served as Director of TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) and Educational Talent Search at Arkansas Northeastern College since 2012.  She was an Education Advisor for EOC from 2003-2011.  Tonya earned an AA and AAS from Arkansas Northeastern College, a Bachelor of Science Management-Human Resources for Arkansas State University, and a Master of Science in Operations Management- Human Resources.

Past Officers


Past President
Cyndi Harrelson
Trident Technical College
Educational Opportunity Center
Charleston, SC
Secretary (2011-2012)
Vice President (2012-2014)
President (2014-2018)