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


Joe Zerbst
Director
TRIO Pre-College Programs

Joe has been with the TRIO team as a professional staff member since the start of the 2007 school year.  Previous to joining the crew, Joe taught in Nome, Alaska.  In addition to being a full time staff member, Joe worked for TRIO Upward Bound during summer programs and was a participant in the same program during his days at Dollar Bay High School.  He attended Michigan Tech earning a BS in Accounting, a minor in Social Sciences, and obtained a state certification to teach Business and Social Studies. Additionally, Joe obtained a MAE from Northern Michigan in Secondary Education.  Joe is married to Melinda, has a son, and two dogs. 

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David Kamrad
Assistant 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.  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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Lee Luoto
Assistant Director
TRIO Upward Bound

Lee has been with the TRIO Upward Bound program since the 1995-1996 school year.  Prior to TRIO Upward Bound, Lee resided on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and worked in home health, as a youth court counselor and in protective services.  Her passion has always been to help young people to succeed with personal goals and to achieve their academic dreams.  She attended Northern Michigan University, earning a bachelor’s degree in social work, and later earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Lee is married and has 2 children, 2 grandsons, 2 step-children and a family dog, Buddy.

Lee has enjoyed working with the students and staff of TRIO Upward Bound.  She particularly enjoys seeing the students come into the program as freshman and maturing throughout their high school years to be successful young adults.     

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Regan Antila
Academic Coordinator
TRIO Upward Bound

Regan began working with the TRIO Upward Bound program in 2014.  Her prior employment experiences include Literacy Specialist at BHK Child Development, Training/Prevention Specialist at Copper Country Mental Health, and Dean of Students at a boarding school in New York.  As a college student, she worked as a Residential Tutor/Counselor with the UB program in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  She completed both a BS in Secondary Education (English, Psychology) and an MA in Education (Reading Specialist) at Northern Michigan University and an MS in Education (School Psychology) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.  In her spare time, Regan enjoys outdoor recreation, reading, creating art projects, and watching way too much reality television.

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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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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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