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Jill Hendricks

Director of Upward Bound Projects

M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2006.
B.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2002.

Jill began working for the UBMS Academy as a summer intern in 2005, and soon joined the full-time staff in July as Target School Liaison. Jill worked as the Target School Liaison from 2005-2009 before being hired as the Director of Upward Bound Projects. She supervises all operations and implementation of objectives for the UBMS and UB programs.

Kao Vang

Target School Liaison

M.S., Arkansas Tech University, 2014.
B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2012.

Kao began working for the UB Projects in September 2012. She was hired as the Target School Liaison for the Upward Bound Math and Science Academy in 2013. She is an alumna of the Arkansas Tech University Upward Bound Math and Science Academy. Kao was a tutor and summer counselor for the Upward Bound Projects from 2009-2012. She is responsible for advising and mentoring all UBMS participants from Danville, Dardanelle, Two Rivers and Western Yell County.

Mary Bolen

Administrative Specialist III

Mary joined the UBMS staff in December 2005. Her past experience with the Department of Human Services and marketing/sales has been the perfect enhancement to the UB administration. Mary is responsible for all record keeping systems of the program, as well as managing the central Upward Bound office.


Julia Smith

Graduate Assistant, Tutor Coordinator

M.S., Arkansas Tech University, pending
B.A., Arkansas Tech University, 2015.

Julia joined the Upward Bound Projects staff in January 2016 as the Tutor Coordinator. Julia is an alumna of the Arkansas Tech University Upward Bound Classic program . As Tutor Coordinator, Julia will oversee the Upward Bound tutoring programs.