About

The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin serves our common goal of helping all students, early childhood through high school, achieve their academic potential. IPSI provides high-quality professional learning opportunities and technical assistance to public school districts and charter schools primarily through two types of initiatives: (1) those that directly support students, and (2) those that equip and empower educators and leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare diverse student populations for college and career success in the 21st century. IPSI serves many of the educational and professional development (PD) needs through cultivated strategic partnerships with state agencies, education service centers, local education agencies, public charter schools, and other institutions of higher education.

Leadership

Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson

Executive Director

Karen Nelson, MS, CCC/SLP, currently serves as executive director for the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at...

Matt Orem

Matt Orem

Director

Matt Orem has led public relations, philanthropy, outreach, and service programs for The University of Texas for 16 years. He secured grants...

Genise Henry

Genise Henry

Director

Genise Henry, PhD, serves as the director of Academic Foundations for the Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) at...

Staff

Cathy Moak

Cathy Moak

Educator Outreach Coach
Chelsea Roser

Chelsea Fernandez

College and Career Readiness Specialist
christina-nash

Christina Nash

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Dawn Filer

Dawn Filer Ciranna

Senior Administrative Program Coordinator
Debra White

Debra White

Senior Human Resource Coordinator
Diana Madrid

Diana Madrid

Senior Field Trainer
dolores-tovar

Dolores Tovar

District Literacy Liaison
Gibson Holmes

Gibson Holmes

College Preparation Specialist
Joanna Oliver

Joanna Oliver

State Literacy Liaison
Julie Koepke

Julie Schmal

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Kristyne Blackburn

Kristyne Blackburn

GEAR UP Match and Contracts Analyst
La'Ryon Witherspoon

La’Ryon Witherspoon

College Preparation Specialist
Malena Castillo

Malena Castillo

College Preparation Advisor
Meg Birk

Meg Birk

District Literacy Liaison
Michael King

Michael King

GEAR UP Outreach Specialist
Michelle Lambert-Yuhasz

Michelle Lambert-Yuhasz

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Michelle Sims

Michelle Sims

Administrative Manager
Natalya White

Natalya White

Administrative Program Coordinator
Natasha Rodriguez

Natasha Sankovich Rodriguez

College Preparation Specialist
Noe Benavidez

Noe Benavidez

College Preparation Specialist
Phyllis Broz

Phyllis Broz

Administrative Program Coordinator
Rosalyn Hodge

Rosalyn Hodge

District Literacy Liaison
Theresa Sands

Theresa Sands

Senior Field Trainer Analyst
Tricia Perez

Tricia Perez

District Literacy Liaison
Victoria Castillo

Victoria Castillo

Administrative Associate
Virginia Avina

Virginia Avina

District Literacy Liaison
Willie Castrejon

Willie Castrejon

College Preparation Specialist