Meet the TRIO Pre-College Programs Crew


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Contact TRIO Pre-College Programs

Email: Click here to contact us electronically through this website

Phone: 906 487 7343

Toll Free: 1.800.682.7604, then ask for TRIO TS during regular business hours

Fax: 906 487 7516


David Kamrad
Director
TRIO Pre-College Programs

Dave has worked for three TRIO programs since 1988, namely TRIO Talent Search, TRIO Upward Bound, and TRIO Student Support Services and became Director in June, 2017.  He graduated from Michigan Tech earning a Master's degree in Mathematics, a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, and a state certification to teach Math and Science.  Being a first-generation college student Dave understands the important role that TRIO programs play in the successful completion of a college degree.  In his free time Dave enjoys golfing and softball in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.  He is married to Kristina and has two sons Zach and Josh and a granddaughter named Kendall.

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Emily Cibulka
Academic Advisor
TRIO Talent Search

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Brian Irizarry
Academic Coordinator
TRIO Upward Bound

Brian graduated from the University of Georgia, earning a degree in Romance Languages with an emphasis in Spanish and Italian. Brian also earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Governors University in Mathematics Education. Brian taught Italian I and III, 7th Grade Math, Algebra I, and Geometry at Aviano High School located in Aviano, Italy. Prior to teaching he was a stay-at-home dad and full-time college student for three years during his stay in Bamberg, Germany.

Brian is a former US Marine Corps Officer and in 2010 deployed to Helmand Provence, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Brian was a graduate assistant coach for the University of Georgia Women’s soccer team for two years.

Brian enjoys spending time with his family and taking advantage of all of the great outdoor activities that the Keweenaw has to offer.

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Dianne Goulette
Academic Advisor
TRIO Talent Search

Dianne has been with the TRIO TS program since the Fall of 2008. Prior to her position with TRIO TS she worked for the Greater Green Bay YMCAs in Green Bay, WI. The former cheese head moved to the UP to obtain a masters’ degree in school counseling from NMU. In 2007 she got engaged, bought a house, graduated, and got married all within a 6 month time span. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education, with a performance minor, from St. Norbert College. When Dianne is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, step-son, multiple family members living in the area, and the family dog.

 Dianne enjoys forming relationships with her students and keeping contact as they continue their success in high school. She is always happy to see her former students doing well and becoming positive contributors to their school communities.

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Kim Gundlach
Grant Coordinator
TRIO Pre-College Programs

Kim is a graduate of Calumet High School, Suomi College and McConnell Travel School.  She made her way to the TRIO family in April, 2002; married to Gregory; mother to Elizabeth and William (both TRIO UB alumnae); dog mom to Skittles and Reese’s.  

Kim loves to spend her pastime reading, listening to music, exploring cities, trying to eat healthy and spending time with family.  Working as the Grant Coordinator has given her the opportunity to work with a great group of people and she has made some lifelong friends along the way.  One of the neatest aspects of the job is being able to watch a young person enter the program as a shy, quiet, awkward freshman – and after four years of high school and Pre-College TRIO programs, blossom into confident, strong adults!

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Catherine Jordan
Academic Coordinator
TRIO Upward Bound

Catherine, a native of Hancock, earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Michigan Tech and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. She taught high school math in Texas and Wisconsin for many years before moving back to the area.

Catherine has always taken an interest in mentoring youth, both in and out of the classroom. She is excited to now be a part of the TRIO program, helping students pursue the opportunities of a post-secondary education.  

In her free time Catherine enjoys all sorts of year-round activities, especially those that involve being outside. Her favorites are hiking and atv-ing in the Keweenaw. She is married to Steve and has three sons Zach, Adam and Austin.

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Kailee Laplander
Academic Advisor
TRIO Pre-College Programs

Kailee joined the TRIO Pre-College Staff as a Talent Search High School Coordinator in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Psychology and Christian Vocation in December of 2012 from Finlandia University. Her previous work experience includes eight years of customer service, office management for a family practice clinic, and a year of service with the Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps (Americorps).

In her free time, Kailee enjoys reading, thrifting, and enjoying the U.P. through hiking and other adventures (such as zip lining, cross country skiing, swimming, etc). She is also a music connoisseur of many kinds, and particularly enjoys collecting a wide and odd variety of music.

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Marsha Salo
Academic Advisor
TRIO Talent Search

Marsha began with the TRIO TS program in September of 20016. She was born, raised, and graduated from high school in the Copper Country. Marsha graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She received her Master of Science in Education Degree from UW-Oshkosh (Reading Specialist). She has taught in New Mexico, Wisconsin and in Florida. She says, “There is no other place she would rather be than back in the Copper Country.”

When Marsha has free time she enjoys biking, walking, old movies, reading, and spending time with her family (including her fur baby, Bozzie). The exciting part of her job is helping students choose an academic path to becoming successful young adults.

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