Where access to higher education
empowers future generations.

STAFF

Aramis Gutierrez

Director New Brunswick/Piscataway

aramis.gutierrez@rutgers.edu

Aramis Gutierrez provides university-wide leadership for the Rutgers Future Scholars program. As part of the strategic mission as director since 2008, Aramis develops and cultivates academic alliances with key school, university, community, government and corporate partnerships.

He also works closely with program and university personnel in creating a culture of support and excellence, developing curriculum focused on mentoring and academics, strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, fundraising, and exploring program replication on a national level.

Rutgers Future Scholars has served over 2000 first generation students from low-income households and has helped over 90% of its Scholars enroll into college. As of Fall 2017, nearly 400 Scholars are studying at Rutgers on a full tuition-free Scholarship. He has helped raise nearly 20 million dollars, guided numerous institutions to launch similar college access programs, and is leading the development of a best practices toolkit to share with the field.

He has a background as a certified elementary teacher and high school counselor providing service to communities throughout the socio-economic spectrum. Aramis has received numerous awards for his contributions to leadership, teaching, and learning. Prior to Rutgers Future Scholars, he served as Associate Director of the Career Equity Resource Center at Rutgers University, as a Community College academic advisor, High School counselor, and as an elementary classroom teacher.

Kim Williams

Associate Director, Access & Administration New Brunswick/Piscataway

kgw@futurescholars.rutgers.edu

Kim Williams serves as a Associate Director, Access and Administration at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S.W. in Administration, Policy and Planning at Rutgers University. A proud alumna of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program, Kim has in turn devoted years to recruiting, providing access, and academic support to underrepresented populations as an advisor within the Rutgers College EOF program.

Mario Tano

Project Coordinator New Brunswick/Piscataway

mario.tano@rutgers.edu

Mario Tano supports the Rutgers Future Scholars and Enrollment Management teams, providing full coordination and administration of programs, projects, and financial/accounting budgets.

Mario is the main contact for Spanish speaking families and Scholars.

Mario earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Labor and Employment Relations from Rutgers-New Brunswick. While enrolled, he was involved as Hermano of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., an Ambassador for the Multicultural Community at large while serving as the Latino Student Council Co-Chair, and a Resident Mentor for the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Summer Institute for first-generation, low-income students.

Mario facilitates professional development workshops on campus, mentoring at-risk undergraduates in résumé-building, cover letters, interviews, career fairs, internships, and diversity student engagement. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Labor & Employment Relations with a concentration in Diversity and Inclusion.

Dr. Eve Sachs

Program Coordinator New Brunswick/Piscataway

sachs@futurescholars.rutgers.edu

Dr. Eve Remsen Sachs was invited to come out of retirement in October 2007 to start up the inaugural Rutgers Future Scholars program of 200 7th graders, the Class of 2017.

She has served for more than 11 years as Rutgers Future Scholars Program Coordinator, along with her previous 25 years as the Educational Opportunity Director at Rutgers College, her two years creating an American school in Egypt for students K-12 and her Peace Corps service in Liberia. Dr. Sachs is also committed to assuring a successful life for her beloved first-generation, richly diverse Rutgers Future Scholars!

Brittany Pryor

Student & Community Affairs Coordinator New Brunswick/Piscataway

brittany.pryor@rutgers.edu

Brittany Pryor is the Student and Community Affairs Coordinator (SCAC) for the New Brunswick Piscataway Campus.

She began her journey with the Rutgers Future Scholars program in 2009 as a work study student, mentor and assistant coordinator to her current position and title. Some of her responsibilities include maintaining contact with students who transfer from their original districts, application process for the new cohorts, summer programming and Scholar workshops.

Brittany graduated from Rutgers with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is currently working on her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Her passion for the program exudes through her dedication and commitment to the Scholars and her colleagues.

She truly believes in the mission of the program and works diligently to guide the Scholars on their paths to higher education and beyond.

Aaron Reevey

Mentoring Coordinator New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus

aaron.reevey@rutgers.edu

Aaron Reevey’s extensive experience working with youth throughout the region is utilized in his position as the Education and Mentoring Coordinator in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

Aaron has helped to train hundreds of undergraduate students in the areas of leadership, mentoring, and youth development. Aaron coordinates the Rutgers Future Scholars Mentoring program for all of the high school Scholars while also leading quarterly workshops for our 8th grade students.

In addition, he is responsible for developing our mentoring curriculum and course curriculum. Prior to joining the Rutgers Future Scholars team, Aaron was a radio personality with Universal Music Group and served as an AmeriCorps College Access Coordinator at Rutgers University. This has prepared him for his current role of instructing Mentoring as a Public Service I & II, and Supervised Community Service Placement through the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers University. He also serves as a liaison and mentor himself to area colleagues and undergraduates.

Alejandra Barajas

Program Coordinator Camden

alejandra.barajas@rutgers.edu

Alejandra works to leverage educational opportunities for Camden youth. Her work with the program allows her to live out her mission to increase the representation, persistence and successful college matriculation of traditionally underrepresented students in higher education.

Alejandra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies, Political Science and Spanish from Swarthmore College. She launched her professional career as an Admissions Counselor for her alma mater where she was able to fashion, organize, and execute diversity initiatives. Her time at Swarthmore allowed her to gain experience in higher education with a lens towards educational equity.

In her work with Rutgers Future Scholars Alejandra facilitates the College Access courses for juniors and seniors to ensure they can successfully navigate the college application process and have opportunities to develop existing cultural, social and academic capital.

Brian Phillips

Program Coordinator Camden

brianph@camden.rutgers.edu

Brian Phillips is a proud product of Camden, New Jersey. As a professional, he has dedicated his life to aiding Camden by educating and uplifting its youth and families. Early in his life, Brian noticed the crippling disparities that plagued his beloved city so he decided to help transform it by helping individuals realize their potential to become self-reliant, self-motivated, and most importantly, more civically engaged.

Brian attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick, N.J. where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Studies with a Minor in Teaching Science Education. Brian returned home to Camden, N.J. and began his professional career at his former high school. There he served as a coach for the Boys Basketball and Baseball Teams from 2010 until 2016 and ended his tenure as a College Access Coordinator.

Brian is currently pursuing his Master’s in Public Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. Brian is committed to the holistic growth of Camden youth and families. He empowers students and families by creating pathways for them to pursue their passions, by providing professional and personal growth outcomes, and by using daily dilemmas as teachable moments. Brian is truly committed to the growth of Camden, its youth, and its families.

Ashley Douglas

Program Coordinator Rahway

ashley.douglas@rutgers.edu

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” This quote from C.S. Lewis highlights a goal worthy of our best efforts: a goal Ashley Douglas is passionate about.

Ashley is the Program Coordinator for Rutgers Future Scholars-Rahway. She maintains the strategic partnership with the Rahway school district, delivering a high quality program experience for Scholars at Rahway’s 7th and 8th Grade Academy and Rahway High School during the summer and academic year.

Ashley has a professional background in higher education, non-profits, community based organizations, and preparing youth for personal and academic achievement. Ashley excels in uncovering motivation and providing the necessary support for social and emotional development during Scholars’ formative years.

Ashley holds a B.S. in Advertising Communications from St. John’s University and M.A. in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University.

Kimberly Brown

Student & Community Affairs Specialist Newark

kimbrown@futurescholars.rutgers.edu

Kimberly Brown serves as the Student and Community Affairs Coordinator (SCAC) for the Rutgers Future Scholars program at Rutgers-Newark.

She has worked with the program in various capacities since 2008, previously under the title of Mentor Coordinator. As the SCAC, Kimberly is responsible for implementing the yearly recruitment and enrollment processes and serves as the liaison for Newark’s public schools.

She also oversees the mentoring components of the program, which focuses on enhancing Scholars’ academic, interpersonal and professional skills through team building and college readiness workshops and seminars. Kimberly is a graduate of Rutgers University-Newark and is currently enrolled in the School of Public Affairs and Administration pursuing a Master’s in Public and Nonprofit Performance Management.

Tania Tabora

Business Administrator New Brunswick/Piscataway

ttabora@futurescholars.rutgers.edu

As part of the business team she provides support in a wide range of fiscal functions as well as administrative support for the program at large. She ensures that day-to-day programming logistics are achieved keeping in line with the mission of the Rutgers Future Scholars. She is a native Spanish-speaker and serves as a liaison for any Spanish-speaking families.

Tania earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a concentration in literature and culture from Rutgers University. As the first in her family to pursue higher education she credits the Education Opportunity Fund (EOF) with supporting her throughout her collegiate career and acknowledges the remarkable opportunity that college access programs afford.

As an undergrad she was involved with the Center for Latino Arts & Culture as part of various student organizations on campus and through her involvement in the New Brunswick community she developed an interest in the field of education.

Danielle Don

Business Manager New Brunswick/Piscataway

ddon@futurescholars.rutgers.edu

Danielle works with the Program Director and Staff across all campuses to ensure business operations, logistics, and day-to-day programming run smoothly. She guides and implements the annual budget for the program. She provides fiscal, policy, and internal control management in support of the mission of Rutgers Future Scholars and Rutgers University.