A K-12 outreach program of the Jackson School

Outreach Staff

Samuel Moore, Ph.D., 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.

                                        Dana Thomas, Ph. D., Coordinator for College Transition, Student Success, and Learning Experiences

Primary contact for graduating seniors and college students; develops and evaluates learning experiences for students and educators

DThomas@jsg.utexas.edu |  (512) 471-7807  

Dana Thomas grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana enjoying the outdoors and taking road trips to National Parks with her family. She discovered geology as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University and fell in love with it as a way to tell stories about our planet. While obtaining her PhD in Geological Sciences from Stanford University, she was involved in teaching and outreach, developing a TA training program for graduate students and participating in community science events.



Edgar 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.


Part Time Outreach Staff


Alison Hansen, Senior Administrative Assistant

ahansen@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 471-0362

Primary contact for Human Resources 

Coordinates all aspects of the accounting and human resources process to ensure the program runs smoothly.


Selene Alba, Media Coordinator

Selene@austin.utexas.edu | 512-471-4360

Primary contact for Digital and Print Media

Selene is from Arlington, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington. Before joining GeoFORCE, Selene worked with at Central Development and The Liberal Arts School at UT Austin. Selene assist in all aspects of media for GeoFORCE, including, video content, digital design, social media and website design.


Daniel Campos, Office Assistant

danielcampos@utexas.edu| 512-471-4360

Maintains office operations by handling logistical and organizational support tasks. Ensures trip supplies and equipment are properly maintained and serviced.


Summer Instructional 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