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Yvette Barreno - Director grew up in Pecos, TX and graduated from Pecos High School.  Yvette was a first-generation student and knew that getting an education was within reach if she was willing to make the commitment, be self-motivated and stay dedicated.  “I always knew I wanted to go to college.”  So after high school graduation, she attended Midland College for a year and then transferred to Odessa College Fall of 2002.  She received her Associates Degree in General Studies, December 2003 at Odessa College.  Yvette started working for the UB program as secretary in September 2004 when she started attending the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.  In 2006, she earned her BA in Political Science and became the Academic Advisor.  Yvette received her Master’s in Public Administration/Leadership in 2008 from UTPB; the first in her family to earn a Master’s degree.  She will soon begin working on her Masters of Art in Education/Counseling degree.  As director, she serves as a liaison to the target schools and coordinates the administration of the program.  Yvette hopes to inspire students to set and reach their goals of obtaining a post-secondary education. She has two children, Isaiah & Lauren.  They continue to be her inspiration and her heart.  Yvette enjoys spending time with her family, enjoys traveling/relaxing, watching movies and shopping.  She has a wonderful family who has always been very supportive and continue to play an important role in her life.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
-- Frank Outlaw

"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it."
-- Mother Teresa

Tracy Renae Gomez was born on January 3, 1979 in Pecos, TX. She grew up and was raised inOdessa since the age of eight. Tracy graduated high school from Permian High School in 1997. Tracy continued her education and received her Associate in Arts degree, the Fall of 1999. She then transferred to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she achieved a Bachelor in Arts-Humanities degree in 2005. Tracy went above and beyond, and in the Fall of 2008 accomplished a Master of Arts-Education Counseling degree. Tracy was a first generation student who showed the world that obstacles and differences cannot impede what you most aspire to accomplish. Tracy has a son named CJ that inspires and motivates her to always strive for the best. Interests include Notre Dame Football, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing. Gomez believes that determination and hard work make the impossible, possible.

Edith Silva- Secretary was welcomed into the world on November 20, 1972. Born in Alpine, raised in Odessa, Edith spent the first five and a half years of her life in Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. After graduating from Odessa High School, she attended Odessa College, married, and gave birth to her pride and joy, Sebastian. Sebastian is now eight and attends elementary school in Odessa. In the meantime, Edith has continued to work on her Associate's degree and expects to complete her requirements by December 2007. Like many others in the program, Edith is a first generation college student of immigrant parents and identifies closely with the Upward Bound participants. She plans to continue her academic career by completing a Bachelor's and Master's degree. She is delighted to be a part of Upward Bound and invites any and all questions about the program.

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles F. Kettering


If you have any questions or comments email ybarreno@odessa.edu.