Meet our Staff
Director - Ramon Ortiz
Phone: (262) 472-6207
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 Pre-College 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 UWW 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 Pre-College is dedicated to assisting you on your journey...
Program Associate - Mike Wessely
Phone: (262) 472-1126
I’m Mike Wessely, and I’m excited to be in PreCollege Programs! My experience with UW-Whitewater began as a first generation undergraduate student. The college experience was a new one for my family, but they encouraged my educational goals. As a student, I worked at the University Library and found that I enjoyed the campus atmosphere and getting to meet so many people. I participated in several student organizations here, including the Forensics Team, Student WEA, Muse Magazine, and the English club. I completed my BSE in English Education with a minor in History Education, and was hired in Human Resources and Diversity shortly thereafter. In my spare time, I’m working on a Master of Science in Communication from UW-W. I’m happy to help you have an enriching and rewarding experience in your educational pursuits.
Associate Director - Pamela Warren
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.
Interim Program Coordinator (UB) - Tiffany Adkins
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.
Summer Coordinator - Kevin Hardy
Phone: (262) 472-1119
Hello- my name is Kevin Hardy, and I would like to welcome and thank you for visiting our PreCollege Programs website. I have had the opportunity to work for the Office of PreCollege Programs for the past three years. During my journey through PreCollege, I have served as a tutor counselor, a coordinator, and now I am a program coordinator for Summer Academic Camps. Working with students during summer camps gives me the opportunity to assist them with successful future goals which I was never exposed to. Being a first generation college student, I was not knowledgeable of the opportunities that PreCollege offers, which gives me a greater desire to help, assist, and tutor the students I come across within the program. My main objective is to make sure PreCollege students are taking advantage of everything that we present to them. What I would love to see is PreCollege students succeed in life and make something of themselves in the future. I know that if I can do it without the resources, PreCollege students can definitely do it, and I look forward to seeing the end result.
Graduate Coordinator - Debbi Pacheco
Phone: (262) 472-1129
Thank you for taking the time to visit the UW-Whitewater PreCollege programs website! It brings me great pleasure to introduce myself to you. My name is Debbi Perlita Pacheco. I graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Chicano Latino studies from California State University of Long Beach. I am proud to say that I am the youngest of six, and daughter of two hard working Mexican immigrant parents. As a first generation migrant student, I was fortunate to participate in PreCollege programs from all different angles, such as the Academy of Healing Arts, Migrant Student Leadership Institute, Migrant Mariachi Program, College Assistant Migrant Program, and Summer Bridge, to assist, motivate, and aid me in my educational pathway to success. I am truly grateful to have had access to these programs and to know that funding and preparation for college was not all dependent on my parents. Because of programs like these, all of my brothers and sisters were able to attend universities, and get the education we deserve. I am here to provide the same opportunities for students as a Graduate Coordinator and will do my best to motivate, listen, and guide students through their college endeavors. Together we can achieve our highest potential. Si se puede! Yes you can!
Graduate Coordinator - Arie Montgomery
My name is Arie Montgomery. I received my Bachelor’s degree here at The University of Wisconsin Whitewater in Studio Arts and Women’s Studies. I am currently a graduate student pursuing my Master’s in Special Education with a focus on learning disabilities. Here at the University, I have been heavily involved in the Black Student Union, TIFU Cultural Ensemble, Sister to Sister, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I also participated on the Women’s Basketball and Track team before suffering from a major knee injury. I take pride in my work as a volunteer as a coordinator at a small community center in Racine, WI. There I work with young girls from the ages 7-15, and it has truly been a life changing experience. I feel with guidance, support and encouragement we can educate the youth, and I will continue to work to the best of my abilities to assist them. I am pleased to be working with the PreCollege program because we prepare minority students for higher education. My goal is to serve as a role model and recruit more students so they can take advantage of this program.
Graduate Coordinator - Kyle Supianoski
My name is Kyle Supianoski and I'm very excited to be a part of the PreCollege Program here at UW-Whitewater. I had a great experience in Upward Bound as a youth and am anxious to pass on that experience to other young adults. I earned my undergraduate degree in Health and Human Performance from UW-Whitewater in 2010. Currently, I am pursuing a graduate degree in the Master of Science and Education and Professional Development here at Whitewater. I am also currently an assistant coach with the UW-Whitewater football program. I have extensive experience teaching youth the benefits of playing sports and football in particular and now I am very excited to bring that passion to help others in their academic pursuits.
Graduate Coordinator - Ruchita Patel
Hello!! My name is Ruchita and I am a graduate coordinator for PreCollege. I am a very optimistic individual and filled with tons of energy and enthusiasm and many times, it can be contagious! I graduated with my bachelor's degree from UW-Whitewater in 2010 and soon enrolled in the Master's of Counseling graduate program. I was a first generation college student and because of that, I carry with me many experiences that many other college students may not. I have had to learn everything on my own, or learn how to find and utilize my resources because my parents were not familiar with the school systems in America. Some would consider that as disadvantageous, but I don't. I see it as being experiences that now let me help others easily who are in the same predicament I was in. I have been blessed with the gift to be able to connect with people easily and I spend much of my time doing that, especially in the counseling realm. I absolutely love helping people and seeing them succeed in life, especially academically. I have been brought up in a home where academics, work ethic, and family were the three main priorities and many of those values have been instilled in me and I wish to pass on my knowledge to others. I am very approachable and kind so if you see me around, stop and say hi! :-)