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2019 Conference Guest Speakers 

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Hope Carter is a communications professional ( who specializes in content development, strategy, editing, and social media. Currently the Creative Producer for KHOU-TV in Houston, Hope has worked for Joel Olsteen, UPROXX and Day and a Dream.


Dr. Arnold Mitchem, President Emeritus of the Council for Opportunity in Education, has been a voice for low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities his entire career. Thanks to his work, the federally funded TRIO Programs have expanded by nearly 400% and now serve more than an estimated 790,000 students at 1,000 colleges and universities.


Dr. Richard J. Reddick is an award-winning Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy and Gameshow Mavin. He serves as coordinator of the Program in Higher Education Leadership, with courtesy appointments in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Warfield Center of African and African American Studies. Reddick is also a former Jeopardy! champion and Wheel of Fortune champion.


Kyle Ethelbah is currently the Director of Federal TRIO Programs at the University of Utah. He has extensive history with Federal TRIO Programs Kyle is the Chair for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities.

Maureen Hoyler

Maureen Hoyler has served as the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) since 2013. The Council is a nonprofit organization that advocates for low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities who aspire to enter and graduate from college. The Council also provides professional development, program improvement services and research for the educators and institutions that serve these young people and adults.

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