Georgette Hardy DeJesus is currently in her twenty-six 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 and a Master’s Degree from Howard 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 correlates 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.
Dr. Ben Kinard Associate Director
Dr. Ben Kinard
Dr. Benjamin Kinard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Lift Program. His primary focus will be infusing technology throughout Lift program processes, instruction and staff development.
Dr. Kinard came to the University of Maryland on a athletic scholarship from the Baltimore City College High School (Baltimore, MD), where he was an All-City, All-State, and High School All-American (honorable mention) football player. The Maryland State House of Representatives honored him by passing a House Resolution urging him to attend the University of Maryland. He then went on to become the first African-American quarterback to lead the University’s football team to an appearance in the Peach Bowl Classic in Atlanta, Georgia after a 20-year absence from post-season play.
After an unsuccessful attempt with professional football, Dr. Kinard put into motion his back-up plan by returning to the University of Maryland and earning three academic degrees. Along the way, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant in the College of Education and for various corporations such as IBM, Chrysler, and Northrop/Grumman.
Upon graduation with his doctorial degree, Dr. Kinard was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship working as a research scientist at the Bank Street College of Education’s Center for Technology in Education (CTE) in New York City. He then went on to join the faculty at Arizona State, Florida A&M, and Bowie State Universities. During his career, he has authored several journal articles, written two book chapters, and presented research findings at major international academic and trade conferences. In addition, Dr. Kinard has traveled to six out of the seven continents. He enjoys travel and feels that travel is the best form of self-discovery, fueling an insatiable desire for life-long learning and a quest for enlightenment.
Jonas Beaubrun Counselor
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.
Adrienne Miles Business Services Specialist
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 Human Resource Management at the University of Maryland Global Campuse.
Anthony Ross Tutorial Coordinator
Anthony Ross is a 2015 alumni of precollege programs and is serving as Tutorial Coordinator. Recent, 2019 graduate of University of Maryland, Anthony has been serving the pre-college programs in a number of positions serving as a student worker, tutor and reception. Anthony has completed his B.S. in Information Studies.