GeoFORCE Staff


Samuel Moore, Director of Outreach and Diversity
Oversees the GeoFORCE program. | (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.

Eleanour SnowEleanour Snow, Associate Director
Oversees the academic programs and the GF Grads program. | (512) 471-4968
Eleanour has a PhD in geology, and has been a professor, university instructor and advisor for over 20 years. She is a native Oregonian who moved to Texas from Florida with her family in 2005. Her role with the GF Grads program encompasses college preparation and application, and advice and mentoring through college.  She also mentors Fort Valley transfer students, coordinates teacher workshops, and works on the academic content of GeoFORCE events.

Ann Merriman, Program Assistant
Primary contact for college students, and corporate and foundation sponsors. Se habla Español. | (512) 471-0506
Ann is from Dallas, TX and has a BA in Economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  Before joining GeoFORCE, she worked for Walgreens in the Marketing Department as a Business Analyst.  She also worked as a Study Abroad Coordinator for the University of California-Illinois program in Barcelona, Spain.

Lindsay Stephens


Lindsay Stephens, Program Coordinator
Oversees the high school programs and is primary contact for Houston. | (512) 471-7807
Lindsay is from Flagstaff, AZ 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 with accelerated math.

Matt Hofer, Coordinator
Primary contact for the SW region. | (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. | (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.

Lisa Aguiñaga, Coordinator
Primary contact for general questions. Se habla Español. | (512) 471-4360
Lisa is from Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a BS in Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. Before joining the GeoFORCE family, she was in the restaurant business and also contributed to several publications as a business feature columnist. Lisa has been involved with outreach, mentorship, cultural preservation & education specifically aimed at Latino Youth through various non-profit organizations in Northern Arizona.

  • 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.”