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Phillip Dirks: Project Director, BS, MA in English from Iowa State University, additional doctoral work in Religion & Social Ethics at the University of Southern California. Mr. Dirks has spent 23 years in TRIO, 7 with Student Support Services and 16 years with the pre-college programs, Upward Bound and ETS. Mr. Dirks has also served on the University of Washington TRIO Training Team for the last 12 years and the Sonoma State University TRIO Training team for two years.

Phillip Dirks
Project Director
Kononia House 203 

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Darryl Kelley joined us 6 years ago as a 9-10th Grade Educational Advisor for ETS and Upward Bound. Darryl holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from Linfield College where he was a first generation college student. He has experience working with TRiO-like students. Darryl ensures that 9th and 10th graders are receiving early information about careers, college admissions, and financial aid via field trips and college visitations.

Darryl Kelley
UBETS 6-10 Coordinator
Koinonia House 206

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Quan Nguyen works as our Upward Bound adviser and also as Talent Search adviser for Jason Lee K-8 and Madison HS 9th & 10th graders.  Quan graduated from Portland State with a degree in Psychology.

Quan Nguyen
UB Advising Coordinator
Koinonia House 110

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Hello Everyone! My name is Brenda I am one of the UBETS 6-10th Grade Coordinators, also serving 20 UB students. I attended Benson HS graduating in 2001. I then attended Portland State, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education with a Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies in 2006. 

Brenda Ramos
UBETS 6-10 Coordinator
Koinonia House 202

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