Outreach Staff

Samuel Moore, Director of Outreach and Diversity
Oversees the GeoFORCE program.
slmoore@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 471-1396
Sam is from Rockford, Illinois and earned his PhD in Communication from The University of Texas at Austin. He has held appointments in higher education at the department, college, and central administration level.  For more than 20 years he has provided leadership in engaging faculty with K-12, undergraduate, and graduate.  He has worked with STEM industries and government agencies to develop successful STEM diversity initiatives at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty level.  Sam serves as the chief administrator of GeoFORCE and is responsible for raising financial support, strategic planning, implementation and accountability for the program. He also oversees Jackson School outreach programs to increase participation in the Geosciences and promote a diverse future student body.

Edgar GarzaEdgar Garza, Program Coordinator
Primary contact for general questions; assists with the high school and college programs & works with transitioning high school seniors to college.
egarza@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 471-0316
Edgar is from Austin, TX and has a BA in Computer Science from Texas State University-San Marcos. He has worked with the Jackson School of Geosciences since 2008 in many capacities.  Edgar has experience in in working with outreach programs relating to STEM and Latin America.

Matt Hofer, Coordinator
Manages the high school program; Primary contact for the SW region and Caribbean.
mhofer@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 232-8089
Matt is from Austin, TX where he attended Austin High School and then the University of Texas at Austin, earning his Bachelors degree in Social Work in 2006. Before joining GeoFORCE, he worked for a group foster home here in the Austin area for three years. Matt has been a part of several non-profit organizations benefiting young people and has coached at a free boxing gym for at-risk youth.

John Hash, Coordinator
Primary contact for general questions; GEAR-UP partner; Assists the college program & works with transitioning high school seniors to college.
jhash@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 475-9428
John is from San Antonio, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Government and History. Before joining GeoFORCE, John worked with Advise TX as a College Adviser at Roosevelt HS in San Antonio, where he assisted students in SAT/ACT Prep, College Applications and Financial Aid.

Summer Outreach Staff


Tiffany CaudleTiffany Caudle
Bureau of Economic Geology

9th Grade Academy, 10th Grade Young Geo


Jeff PaineJeff Paine
Bureau of Economic Geology

11th Grade Academy


Peter Flaig
Bureau of Economic Geology

10th Grade Academy


Educational Coaches

Michael Arratia
10th, 11th and 12th Grade Young Geo & Academy




Karla Auzenne
9th – 12th Grade Academy




Lauren Oefinger
11th Grade Academy


  • GeoFORCE 11th Graders visit Big Obsidian Flow in Oregon Summer 2014

    “The most significant thing that GeoFORCE has taught me goes far beyond any scientific knowledge that I’ve acquired.  Through GeoFORCE I have learned that there are far more possibilities in life than I could ever have imagined.”