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Pre-College Programs Staff

Georgette Hardy DeJesus, Executive Director for Pre-College Programs

Georgette Hardy DeJesus is currently in her twentieth year serving as the Executive Director of Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland College Park campus. She holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. Hardy DeJesus continues to perform innovative outreach in her specialty areas of clinical psychology that includes trauma related stress, self-esteem development in adolescents and adults and career development of minority adolescents. Research interests for Dr. Hardy DeJesus are keenly focused on adolescent development and correlations between self-esteem, racial pride and career choice.

Dr. Hardy DeJesus remains active in numerous professional associations and served as a panelist for the Presidential National Advisory Council on "Education of Disadvantaged Children." She is presently co-authoring a book on coping with rejections. Current research includes exploring the relationship of self-esteem, African self-consciousness, gender and age as they relate to career aspirations of African American adolescents and the use of self-narratives in understanding student achievement.

She facilitated several workshops on campus helping organizations deal with post-traumatic stress associated with the events of 9/11 and was featured in Kaplan/Newsweek's How to get into College (Fall and Spring Editions) in the article, "First in the Family" where she was cited as an expert on the obstacles and successes among first generation college goers in The United States. Dr. Hardy DeJesus co-authored, "The N-Word in Academia: The Psychology of Employing an Epithet" which appeared in Black Issues in Higher Education (March 28, 2002) and was featured in The Chronicles of Higher Education (May 3, 2002) article "Upward Bound's Slippery Slope" where she was interviewed for trailblazing initiatives taken under her direction of The University of Maryland's Pre-College Programs. In addition, Dr. Hardy DeJesus continues to operate her consultant agency that specializes in staff development and teambuilding workshops. Also, she has been a consultant with the Department of Education since 1986 where she evaluates and recommends proposals for funding.

Campus Address: 4111 John S. Toll Physics Building University of Maryland College Park, MD 20782
Phone: 301-405-6776

Nicassia Belton, Associate Director of Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science

Ms. Belton serves as the Associate Director for our Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math and Science programs at the University of Maryland College Park campus. She is currently an E.d.D. Candidate in the area of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University, holds a Masters of Science in Mathematics, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from Morgan State University.

Ms. Belton has a long history of service and leadership, having served as the Director of the Actuarial Science Program, Summer Academy of Math and Science, and Summer Training Academy in Robotics and (Cyber) Security Programs at Morgan State University. She also currently serves at the Chair of the International Association of Black Actuaries' Education Committee.

Carla E. Partlow, Research Coordinator for Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park

Carla E. Partlow, SPHR serves as the Research Coordinator for the Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She brings over 23 years of experience to the role. Prior to transitioning to college and career planning on a full-time basis in 2006, Ms. Partlow worked in Organization Development & Training for organizations such as Honeywell, Watson Wyatt and Conservation International. Since that time, her work in college and career planning has included elementary age students through working professionals and she has worked at Montgomery Blair High School, Robert H. School of Business, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy and Partlow Educational Consulting. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. She also earned a BS in Commerce with concentrations in Marketing and Management and a major in Spanish from the University of Virginia. Additionally, she earned a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension.

Ms. Partlow is very passionate about helping young people to recognize their strengths and gifts and then helping them to begin their career journeys by matriculating to and graduating from a right-fit college where they can grow and begin to discover their true potential. Ms. Partlow also feels led to share with students the need to have a global perspective in today’s society and strongly encourages international learning experiences. Finally, it is important to Ms. Partlow to share with young people the importance and necessity of giving back. As one of her mentors put it, “We are here to serve.” and she lives by that mantra. In her spare time, she has enjoyed serving as a Girl Scout leader since 2004 and is very active in her church.

Adrienne Miles, Business Services Specialist for Upward Bound

Adrienne Miles is the Business Services Specialist for Upward Bound - Ms. Miles has been working with the Upward Bound Program since 1999. Prior to coming to the Upward Bound Program, she worked for a government-consulting firm on Capitol Hill. Ms. Miles is currently working on her B.A. in Psychology and Speech Communication, and a certificate of study in Spanish at the University of Maryland University College.

Ryan Hill, Academic Counselor for the Upward Bound Math-Science Program (Bell H.S, Fairmont Heights H.S., Potomac H.S., Watkins Mill H.S.)

Ryan Hill, Academic Counselor for the Upward Bound Math-Science Program, brings over ten years of experience in working with students. He received his Master's of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Mr. Hill served as the Director of Graduate Support at Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD between 2002-2008. There, he developed a number of programs and initiatives to increase the number of students from underrepresented populations attending college.

Moya Malcolm, Academic Coordinator and Advisor for the Upward Bound Program (High Point H.S. and Northwood H.S.)

Moya Malcolm serves as the Academic Coordinator and Advisor for Upward Bound (High Point H.S. and Northwood H.S.). She holds a Master of Education degree in school counseling from University of Maryland, College Park and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, D. C. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland; her research interests center on college access for immigrant students. Ms. Malcolm brings to Pre-College Programs several years of experience working with students and families in the Maryland public school setting.

Shauntaye Hardy, Administrative Assistant for Upward Bound Math-Science Program

Shauntaye Hardy is the Administrative Assistant for Upward Bound Math-Science Programs - Ms. Hardy joined The University of Maryland Upward Bound Programs in May of 2010. She provides general administrative support to all programs such as, UB, UBMS & LIFT. Ms. Hardy attended Prince George's Community College taking Business courses. She has worked with Resource Connections of Prince George's County for many years serving students with intellectual disabilities & supervised work-study students at Flowers High School in Prince George's County.

Janis Arrindell, Counselor with the Upward Bound Program (Bladensburg H.S. and Parkdale H.S.)

Janis Arrindell is currently serving as Counselor with the Upward Bound Program (Bladensburg H.S. and Parkdale H.S.). She currently holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Howard University. Dr. Arrindell has twenty years of clinical experience working with a diverse population. Her areas of expertise include Anger Management, Anxiety, and Mood Disorders. Prior to her tenure with Pre-College Programs, Dr. Arrindell was employed as an Organizational Psychologist with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for nine years. As a clinical consultant she works with individuals, families, couples, and groups.

Jonas Beaubrun, Counselor with the Upward Bound Program (Central H.S. and Northwestern H.S.)

Jonas Beaubrun is currently serving as Counselor with the Upward Bound Program (Central H.S. and Northwestern H.S.). He currently holds a Bachelors in Psychology and Music from Rollins College and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. Jonas has been a part of the Upward Bound team for over 14 years, his areas of expertise include group, family and individual counseling. Jonas is also involved in the visual and auditory arts and remains active via countless ongoing community initiatives throughout the Washington Metropolitan area as well as internationally.