About EOC

The Educational Opportunity Center is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is held by Opportunity Resource Services (ORS). ORS is a 501c3 nonprofit community-based organization that is committed to community engagement. We secure long-term investments for local communities, which provide resources and create opportunities for constituents to achieve educational, financial and personal success. 

Meet Our Staff

James Jesse

Program Director


James was a first generation, low-income student from Eastland, TX & earned a B.A. in English & Philosophy at Hardin-Simmons University. James has over 10 years of professional experience leading & managing federal grant programs, and enjoys community outreach and grant development.  He currently lives in Fort Worth with his wife and two kids. 

Quien Lister

College Access Advisor


Quien was a first generation, low-income student from Bryan, TX. Quien obtained a B.S. in Sociology from Texas Wesleyan University and an M.A. in Sociology & Psychology from Kaplan University. She has 8 years of professional experience working with students in educational & travel settings, 6 of those years as part of an Upward Bound program. Quien also has experience as a Behavior Interventionist/Teacher in the public school system. 

Hannah Davis Sutton

Program Coordinator


Hannah is from Arlington, Texas, and earned a B.A. in Anthropology from University of Texas at Arlington. She has over five years of professional experience in nonprofit & higher education settings, including three years of experience working in college admissions. Both of her parents were first-generation, non-traditional college students, returning to school as adults. Hannah comes from a family of educators and now resides in Cleburne with her husband and son.

Ikisha Cross

College Access Advisor


Ikisha Cross, a native of Washington, D.C., understands the value of education. Having been raised in a single parent home, she watched her mother go from being on public assistance with only a high school diploma to earning four degrees, including a doctorate in theology. Ikisha holds degrees in business administration, biblical studies, and theology. She believes that education is the key to unlock doors of unlimited possibilities. Ikisha is now a resident of Cleburne, with her husband and four children.

Liz Lopez

Outreach Assistant


Liz is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to Keene, TX eight years ago where she now resides with her two children. She is fluent in both Spanish and English, and has five years working as an educator in the public school system. Liz is passionate about about helping others and loves to be out in the community assisting anyone who would like to continue their education.