gear up advisory board


The Oklahoma GEAR UP Advisory Board brings advice and insight from the education field to the GEAR UP Leadership Team and helps the grant continue its successful mission. The advisory board is designed to build a bridge of communication, as well as create a forum for innovation and advocacy among higher education, public education, the business community, civic organizations and students. The education, business and community leaders from across the state have an influential role in helping prepare students for college.


Amber Clark, High School Counselor, Harrah Public Schools

Mario Figueroa, Student Representative, Guymon High School

Penny Gandy, Outreach Services Manager, Oklahoma College Assistance Program, Oklahoma City

Ashton Khoury, Student Representative, Checotah High School

Melonie Hau, Superintendent, Duncan Public Schools

Caryl Parsons, Parent Leadership Team, Woodward Public Schools

Jerrod Murr, Director of Leadership Development/Co-Founder, Paradigm Shift, Broken Arrow

Chad Wiginton, Vice President for Student Support Services, Western Oklahoma State College, Altus