Our Advisory Committee

And the work they are doing

After years of growth and change, HESC decided that to further distinguish ourselves throughout the community as leaders in educational outreach services and to develop stronger, more significant programs, it was vital that we create an Advisory Committee of local community leaders, innovators and higher education professionals to help us “rebrand and renew” our efforts.

In April 2014, an HESC Outreach Advisory Committee was formed to provide guidance related to future outreach programs and activities to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and impact. The Advisory Committee has changed through the years. The current focus areas are:

  • Programs - discuss the current services provided to determine any changes to avoid duplication of efforts and maximize resources in the community of re-branding the outreach efforts of HESC under a different moniker and detail supporting efforts for effective promotion
  • Partnerships & Fund Development - strengthen our role in the community by partnering with others to supplement their work with our college-going message; improve communications to avoid scheduling conflicts while supporting other community partners’ programs; and foster partnerships for funding opportunities that positively impact our community
  • Scholarship Program - assist with a scholarship program for college work-study students serving as mentors in our program
  • Mentor Recruitment & Training - assist with mentor recruitment, participate in mentor training sessions, and bring other business and community leaders to the table for mentoring or presentation opportunities

Advisory Committee

Stephanie Buduhan


Audit Manager

Dr. Stacy Burrell

Fort Worth ISD

Director of Grants Compliance & Monitoring

Cynthia Carter

Sam Houston High School

High School Guidance Counselor

Jennifer Castrillo

Mansfield ISD

Post Secondary Readiness Coordinator

Cindy Dao

The Dao Group


Stacy Garcia

Arlington Public Library

Library Service Manager, College & Careers

Eric Phillips

Arlington ISD – Parent and Community Engagement Department

Family Engagement Specialist

Vanna Ngo

Tarrant County Commissioner’s Office

Community Outreach Coordinator