A K-12 outreach program of the Jackson School

GeoFORCE Staff

GeoFORCE Staff

Leah HeadshotLeah Turner, Ph.D., Program Director

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

Leah earned her Ph.D. 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 minoritized 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 the GeoFORCE pipeline program and has a passion for creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture at the Jackson School.

John Headshot (3)John Hash, Senior Program Coordinator

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

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 has been a GeoFORCE Coordinator for over 10 summers. He is a GEAR-UP partner and leads budgeting, safety, and communication with professional mentors for the summer academies.

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Carlton Lloyd, Outreach Coordinator

clloyd@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 471-0316

Carlton earned his BA in Geology from the University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis on thermochronology, and his Master’s specializes in geoscience education research, specifically bridge programs (i.e., GeoFORCE). Prior to his education at CU, he served in the Marine Corps for five years as an intelligence specialist, taught as a wilderness skills instructor at a youth camp, and served as a backpacking guide in the Sierras. He has worked in STEM and youth education for over five years, ranging from 2nd grade to undergraduate students. He is a coordinator for the GeoFORCE Program and leads student engagement events (GeoFORCE Challenges & Symposium), research initiatives, and the Math and Science Institute.

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Jennifer Pena, Outreach Coordinator

jennifer.pena@jsg.utexas.edu |

Jennifer is from Eagle Pass, Texas and earned her BS in Geology from the University of Texas at Austin. While at the Jackson School, she workshopped the creation of a science, society, and ethics website for college students to discuss ethical issues within their field of study. She was selected as a student participant in the GeoFORCE Texas program in 2014. Jennifer is passionate about giving back and since finishing the program in 2017, she served as an Educational Coach In Training (ECIT), Math & Science Institute Peer Learning Assistant (PLA), and as a member of the GeoFORCE Longhorn group.


ImageMitchel Lambert,  Outreach Coordinator

mitchel.lambert@jsg.utexas.edu |

Mitchel graduated from Louisiana State University (LSU) *Geaux Tigers*, with a Sport Administration degree. He has ten years of youth development experience as a soccer coach, gymnastics coach, summer camp counselor, youth leader, and most recently as the Young Adult Development Director with Project Transformation Rio Texas. His hands-on experience with children and college-age young adults will be a strength as he joins the GeoFORCE team. When he is not working, Mitchel spends his time immersed in the soccer world, playing video games, and spending time with his incredible wife Theresa.

“I am excited to join the GeoFORCE team, and to experience the full extent of the program. I am looking forward to getting to know the participants and creating an environment they will enjoy this summer.” – Mitchel


ImageEleanor Cote, Outreach Coordinator

eleanor.cote@jsg.utexas.edu |

Eleanor earned her BS in Geology from The University of Texas at Austin. She spent two years as an Undergraduate Researcher studying paleoclimate data collected from corals. She is also passionate about science communication and was involved in several outreach projects throughout college. Eleanor participated in GeoFORCE while in high school and graduated from the program in 2017.


Jackson School Supporting Staff

Tim Weiss, Director of Student Services – JSG Scholarship, UT admissions, Acceptance into JSG

Jennifer Jordan, Career Services Director – JSG student internships, resume review, interview preparation, etc.

Dana Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Academic Program Coordinator

For ALL Alumni of GeoFORCE: RTX Undergraduate Reseach Experience
dthomas@jsg.utexas.edu | (512) 471-0506

Kristen Tucek, Associate Director of Corporate Relations

Nikolas White, Financial Officer