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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.

Vice President

Vice President
Lee Williams III
Texarkana College
Texarkana, TX

Educator, mentor, leader and motivational speaker, Lee Williams III has passionately been involved in higher education for the last fifteen years. He is the Director of Admissions and Educational Opportunity Center at Texarkana College in Texarkana, Texas. Upon arrival in 2012, Lee realigned the admissions processes, redeveloped student orientation, implemented a communication plan for prospective students, and coordinates two graduation ceremonies each year. Known for his ability to mobilize people, Williams has assisted hundreds of adults both young and old discover their potential through education.

Determined to be different, Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio; the nation’s oldest private historically black college. While at Wilberforce University, Williams was active in student government and student affairs; developing a passion for strategic planning, implementation, and management. It was no surprise that after graduation he was sought after to restructure enrollment services; becoming the youngest director at the institution and increasing student enrollment by 42.4% in one year.

A proven leader, Lee has assisted colleges and universities in establishing best practices, logistical planning and programming for student orientation and large-scale campus events. While Williams has coordinated large scale student events including concerts, student organization fairs, community, and church related events, his biggest joy is working on orientation and graduation as they are the entrance and exit events for colleges and universities; creating key milestones in the life of a college student.

Fighting a childhood speech impediment, Lee has had the opportunity to speak in front of thousands throughout the United States promoting the importance of striving for excellence in all aspects of life. Williams is determined to prepare the next generation of leaders to be active and engaged citizens in a swiftly changing society.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lee is the son of a Baptist minister and retired social security representative who both modeled the importance of integrity, hard work and commitment. Unique in every sense of the word, Williams is the father of one dog, Simba and resides in Texarkana, Texas.

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)