Melissa Gattuso

 Melissa GattusoMelissa Gattuso has over twenty years of experience in the education field, primarily in GEAR UP grant management. Melissa understands the complex and various roles within college access communities and provides technical support across multiple levels of project teams with grant strategies, program design, operational plans, and implementation. Melissa is passionate about analyzing data…

Catherine Villnave

 Catherine VillnaveCatherine Villnave believes that educational equity is critical to securing a prosperous future for everyone and that program evaluation is a valuable tool. She has contributed to leveling the playing field in a variety of roles including after school provider, classroom teacher, district administrator, GEAR UP program manager, and program evaluator. She loves exploring…

Aly Cropley

 Aly CropleyAly’s work in education began in the Special Education Department at my local school district supporting education for ALL students K-12th grade. While in Special Education Aly was motivated to work alongside GEAR UP in changing the culture of rural Maine to provide post-secondary aspirations for ALL Maine students no matter their economic challenges.…

Comfort Afolabi

 Comfort AfolabiComfort Afolabi is responsible for providing evaluation and data-related support to GEAR UP grantees across the country. As a seasoned professional, she has served in various data management and evaluation roles, generating statewide data reports and visualizations. She most recently served as Internal Evaluator for GEAR UP Georgia, where she led data collection, management…

Julie Jaramillo

Julie JaramilloJulie Jaramillo has faithfully served students, families, educators, and administrators in cultivating a more collaborative, data-centric environment.  She leads participatory evaluation, fostering data literacy among stakeholder and supporting data-informed decisions.Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Managing Information Systems and a Master of Science in Data Analytics, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in…