MEET THE STAFF
Jennifer M. Martinez
, BA, TRiO Student Support Specialist, is a 2007 Graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. During her studies at OLLU, she was also a part of the Trio Program and feels that because of that she understands the importance of being a first generation college student with the hopes of obtaining a college degree Jennifer enjoys working with students and strongly believes in the Education she has received from OLLU and the guidance and support she received from the TRiO program.
Annalisa Mendiola, Ed.D., is Director of TRiO Programs at Our Lady of the Lake University, which includes the Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program in undergraduate research and Student Support Services (SSS). Annalisa is a former Interim Director at UTSA’s Early College High School. She also has taught in graduate-level courses in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, she has over 17 years in the PK-12 school system in various roles including teacher and instructional steward. In 2006, Annalisa was named a David L. Clark Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as an emerging researcher in educational leadership, administration and policy. Annalisa has a special interest in solo vocal music, and holds bachelors and master’s from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in music education and applied voice, respectively. She is a frequent adjudicator at vocal contests including the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Recently, Annalisa was invited to sing at a private gala in Mexico City. She maintains a private voice studio, and her former students are receiving national and international platforms. Annalisa’s research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis, college readiness, mathematics education and initiatives, particularly as it applies to college readiness.
Jennifer R. Latta, BGS, TRiO Administrative Secretary, joined the OLLU TRiO team in July 2013. She has worked in higher education administrative support for over 5 years with community outreach and TRiO programs. As a first generation college graduate, she understands the populations that TRiO serves and appreciates the impact TRiO Programs can have for first generation and underserved student populations. Jennifer earned a Bachelors of General Studies with an emphasis on Women’s Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.