About Us

Meet The Staff

Executive Director

Ramon Ortiz
McCutchan 322
Please allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born into a humble family of eight; I am the third of six children. My father had a sixth grade education and my mother was slightly more fortunate, having completed the eighth grade. My first experience with post-secondary education began in 1987 at the age of 13, when I attended a residential computer camp sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Office of PreCollege Programs. This was a defining experience in my life that instilled in me the desire to eventually go on to college. Five years later I was on the UW-Whitewater campus as a college freshman.

I eventually graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics, worked in the private sector, and later returned and completed an M.B.A. in Finance. Since my return to the University, I have had the privilege of working with students like myself: students who may not have come from the most affluent background but have a wealth of ambition and desire to succeed. I encourage all students to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities offered at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and develop to their fullest potential. But most importantly "always remember that your life is yours to mold as you choose" and the staff here at PreCollege is dedicated to assisting you on your journey...

Associate Director

Pamela Warren
McCutchan 323
Phone: (262) 472-1677
Welcome to PreCollege Programs at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater!

I started at UW-Whitewater as a student majoring in psychology where I had countless rewarding educational and leadership experiences. Shortly after graduation I began working on campus full time with various offices including: Latino Student Programs, College of Business & Economics, Student Support Services, Academic Standards, Residence Life, and now, PreCollege Programs. During this time I also received my Master of Science degree in Curriculum & Instruction - Higher Education. While growing up, I was very lucky to have parents supportive of my education, but as a first generation student, I couldn't always turn to them for the help I needed navigating through college. There were many staff members at UW-Whitewater that showed me the ropes and assisted me in the rough patches. I still turn to these staff members for professional guidance and appreciate the generosity of their time and caring. I sincerely hope we can be that support system for you as you explore the world that opens up through education.

Program Coordinator (UB)

Tiffany Adkins
McCutchan 324
Phone: (262) 472-5740
Welcome to the Office of PreCollege Programs Website. My name is Tiffany Adkins. I've had the privilege to do my undergrad here at UW-Whitewater and pursue my Master's in Educational policy and Analysis here as well. During my undergrad I participated in several student organizations on campus. I was on the Executive Board for the Black Student Union for several years in different capacities. I was the creative coordinator for T.i.F.U Cultural Ensemble, in which I was the first to serve in that position. Also I served as Vice President and Treasurer for my sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Through each of those organizations a great deal of networking came along, which ultimately lead me to PreCollege Programs. I have been working for PreCollege since 2006, as a Tutor counselor, office assistant, and Lead coordinator/ program coordinator. There is not a greater honor than it is to work with students. I look forward to assisting and working with them every year. As a first generation college student, my goal is to make sure that I am not the last college graduate and to ensure each student I come across through PreCollege takes advantage of the opportunity and transform into a successful college graduate in the years to come.

Operations Program Associate

Kara Sellers
McCutchan 321
Phone: (262) 472-1126

My name is Kara Sellers. I have been working with PreCollege Programs since 2015. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where I worked for four years as a Resident Assistant for University Housing. I moved to Wisconsin in 2014 with my husband and three children.

 I enjoy working behind the scenes here in the Office of PreCollege Programs. I have also enjoyed lending a helping hand to Latino Student Programs and the student organization Latinos Unidos here on campus.