About

A K-12 outreach program of the Jackson School

GeoFORCE Staff

Samuel Moore, Ph.D., Director of Outreach and Diversity

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 oversees Jackson School outreach programs, including Broader Impacts in Geoscience Education Research and the GeoFORCE & STEMFORCE Programs.


Leah Turner, Ph.D., Program Director of GeoSTEM Career Exploration and Workforce Development

leah.turner@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 475-6564

Leah earned her PhD in Higher Education from Ohio University as a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar. Her primary academic interests involve research on the college choices of under-served and under-researched student populations to address prominent higher education issues such as access, retention, degree completion, student involvement, and satisfaction. Her portfolio includes positions in career development, K-12 outreach, student affairs, athletics, and academic affairs.  Leah oversees all of GeoSTEM, including the GeoFORCE & STEMFORCE Programs, and assists in other Jackson School outreach programs.


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

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

Dana grew up in Baton Rogue, 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. She’s the primary contact for GeoFORCE/STEMFORCE graduating seniors and college students. She is also in charge of developing and evaluating learning experiences for GeoFORCE students and educators.


Lindsay Stephens, Operations Coordinator

lstephens@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 232-8089

Lindsay is from Flagstaff, Arizona and has a BS in Psychology from Northern Arizona University. Before joining GeoFORCE, she worked with Grand Canyon Youth as a guide and teacher of environmental studies. She has also taught English for elementary through high school students in Ecuador and has volunteered to help elementary school students in accelerated math. She is the primary contact for questions relating to Broader Impacts.


John Hash, Conference Coordinator

jhash@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 475-9428

John is from San Antonio, Texas. 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. John is a GEAR-UP partner and coordinates for the GeoFORCE & STEMFORCE Programs.


Jasmine Gulick, Conference Coordinator

jasmine.gulick@utexas.edu | (512) 471-0316

Jasmine is an Austin native. She earned a BS in Psychology with Multidisciplinary Honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. She has worked in elementary education and taught writing workshops & summer camps through the Austin Public Library. She coordinates for the GeoFORCE & STEMFORCE Programs and is the chief editor and writer of the newsletter GeoFORCE Monthly.


Sandra Photo 3Sandra Vasquez, Senior Administrative Associate

vasquezs@mail.utexas.edu | (512) 471-0362

Sandra grew up in Seguin, TX. She studied music at Texas State University. She’s been working in the UT system for 19 years. Sandra coordinates all aspects of the accounting and is the human resources contact for the department and all of its programs.