Staff

Carla O’Connor, Ph.D

Director

Carla is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing improvement of the Wolverine Pathways initiative. Her team works with targeted school communities to provide enrichment and exposures that aim to increase the likelihood that promising young people apply, attend and graduate from the University of Michigan.

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Adrienne Hill

Associate Director

Adrienne, a proud advocate for college access, serves as the Associate Director of Wolverine Pathways. She was born and raised in Benton Harbor, MI and received her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Sociology from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership: Higher Education Student Affairs from Western Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University. Adrienne began her career in education and college access in 2014 as an advisor for the University of Michigan College Advising Corps. Since then, she has remained committed to helping first-generation and underrepresented students prepare for and navigate the transition to and matriculation through higher education. Most recently serving as the Director of Lake Michigan College TRIO Upward Bound Program, Adrienne previously held positions as college academic advisor, student life advisor, academic coach to support first-year transition to college, and college preparatory instructor and consultant for TRIO programs.

Davee Hunter

Assistant Director

Davee is directly responsible for managing business operations in the areas of administration, finance, facility operations, human resources, support services, special events and parent engagement initiatives; and oversees transportation and internships. She manages the administrative team and supports the program director in planning and pacing of high-level special projects and the associate director and senior program manager in streamlining initiatives administratively throughout the department, and is also a member of Wolverine Pathways executive team. She enjoys Wolverine Pathways because the team works diligently on programming, and uses an integrated approach to foster student success; and it is enlightening to see everything come to fruition and to make a difference in the lives of our scholars and families.

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Tyra High

Data Manager

Tyra is responsible for supporting the Wolverine Pathways and ODEI Evaluation and Assessment teams in capturing, organizing and storing student and parent information. She has worked to develop effective information systems for educational institutions and non profit organizations since 2013. Tyra is passionate about increasing information system efficiency to increase accessibility for underrepresented communities. Tyra enjoys hiking, exploring cultures through food, and enjoying her hometown Detroit.

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Brenda Vasconcelos-Ramirez

Assistant Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives

Brenda is responsible for Wolverine Pathways’ remote programming outside of Southeast Michigan and is a success coach to scholars in the program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies and Latino Studies from the University of Michigan. Brenda is passionate about supporting underrepresented communities through mentorship and resource sharing to increase generational wealth and knowledge in those communities. She enjoys knitting, Studio Ghibli films, and the great outdoors in her spare time.

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Dzifa Adjei

Program Coordinator for Attendance and Records
Dzifa is responsible for coordinating student attendance and records at Wolverine Pathways. She is from Ann Arbor, MI and is passionate about supporting young people in Southeast Michigan through education and outreach. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Wooster and previously served as Family Program & Outreach Manager at a nonprofit in Louisville, Kentucky. She enjoys baking, discovering new music, and spending time with her dog.
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Adriana Garcia

Program Coordinator and Success Coach

Adriana Garcia serves as a program coordinator and success coach at Wolverine Pathways. She was born and raised in Southwest Detroit and graduated with her Bachelors in social work from Eastern Michigan University. Her passions include providing access to college success for youth and implementation of equity and inclusion in underrepresented and marginalized communities. Prior to working at Wolverine Pathways, she was a college access and success coach at a nonprofit organization in Southwest Detroit working hands on with youth to achieve their views on success and generational growth. In her free time, she loves to bake and enjoys experiencing new foods. She also appreciates bird watching and fishing!

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Ashley McCain

Program Coordinator and Success Coach

Ashley is a program coordinator and success coach at Wolverine Pathways. She was born and raised in West Philadelphia and is enthusiastic about all things Philly, especially the Philadelphia Eagles, Abbott Elementary, and the science of the perfect cheesesteak. Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she began teaching English, advising, and coaching at K-12 schools in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Michigan while obtaining a Masters of Arts in English. Prior to joining the Wolverine Pathways team, Ashley served as an out-of-school time program director in Detroit and created college preparatory writing curricula for Upward Bound and TEAK Fellowship. With experience teaching students in sixth grade through college, Ashley is passionate about nurturing joy and critical thinking in young people. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, traveling, gardening, and eating her way through Metro Detroit.