About EOC

The Educational Opportunity Center is provided by a TRIO 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 Burleson with his wife and two kids. 

Hannah Sutton

Assistant Director


Hannah is from Arlington, Texas, and earned a B.A. in Anthropology from University of Texas at Arlington. She has over seven 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.

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 eight years of professional experience working with students in educational & travel settings, six of those years as part of an Upward Bound program. Quien also has experience as a Behavior Interventionist/Teacher in the public school system. 

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.

Robin Mayhew

College Access Advisor


Robin is a graduate from University of Texas at Arlington, with a B.S. in Political Science. She retired from Burleson ISD, after working as the district dyslexia interventionist for 23 years. However, she could not stay out of education for long. Robin returned to tutor students for Upward Bound in 2017, and then transitioned into an advisor role with the Educational Opportunity Center, where her years of teaching and education experience have allowed her to make a positive impact assisting adults in the community as well.

Erin dugan

Office Manager


Erin graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, with a B.B.A. in Marketing. She previously worked as an accounting specialist for the City of Temple and as key support staff for the administration at Belton ISD. Erin's background in accounting and finance makes her an incredibly effective Office Manager. She not only supports the EOC program, but also the two Upward Bound and two Upward Bound Math and Science programs at ORS as well. Erin lives in Itasca with her husband and two children.