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Meet the Upward Bound Staff



Ms. Hikes comes to us from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. where she directed the Upward Bound program for six years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in English and Psychology as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania.

For the last six years, Ms. Hikes has been a passionate leader and director, working diligently to help improve the lives of her students.  Education and social justice are cornerstones of her life. She has seen firsthand how the lack of education, exposure to poverty and other forms of injustice often act as barriers to future advancement.

Ms. Hikes loves working with high school students and truly feels there’s no greater joy than screaming and jumping up and down with a student as they receive their first college acceptance letter.  It is her goal here at CSULB Upward Bound to develop new relationships with youth and high schools throughout our target area, connect with students and address their various needs. Ms. Hikes understands the essential need for outreaching and networking with students, parents, mentors and educators affiliated with CSULB and the community.  Additionally, she wants to focus on helping each student recognize the value of his or her contributions and support them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

    James Johnson

    Assistant Director / Academic Coordinator


James Johnson (Jamie) has been with the program since 2007. Jamie has implemented many of the innovative and challenging curricular aspects of the program in order to prepare our students to be successful in high school and later in college. Jamie has a M.Ed degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific and a B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL). Originally from Minnesota, Jamie followed his college sweetheart to SoCal in 1996 and they live in Santa Ana with their two kids. Jamie enjoys  out-door activities like camping, kayaking, as well as cooking, eating, and reading things that challenge him. Jamie also is an advocate for immigrant rights and serves as the Co-Chair of the AB 540 Ally Training at CSULB.

   Latosha Reyna

   Program Coordinator


Latosha Reyna, has been the Program Coorinator for the Upward Bound Program  since 2006. She is currently attending UCLA pursuing a degree in Socology.

   Cadrena Heard

   Educational Career Advisor


   Cabrillo HS & Paramount HS


Cadren Heard is a recent graduate of Grambling State University, where she received her B.S. in social work.  Additionally she is a former CSULB Upward Bound participant.  She is currently pursuing a masters degree in social work at CSULB. Cadrena is committed to providing students and individuals with excellent academic and life learning experiences. It is her passion to help young people from her community attend and successfully complete college. As an education career advisor with the Upward Bound Program, it is her goal to make it known to every student she comes across has an opportunity to go to college.

  Roberto Montes

  Educational Career Advisor


  Jordan HS & John Glenn HS


Roberto Montes is a recent graduate of CSU, Long Beach, where he earned his M.A. in Applied Anthropology with an emphasis in Multicultural Education. Additionally, he has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Redlands in Sociology and Spanish. Roberto previously worked as an academic mentor for CSULB, Upward Bound and a college advisor with CSULB, Educational Talent Search. Roberto believes that every student can succeed, attend, and graduate from a four-year institution, regardless of their background. As a first-generation student himself, Roberto believes that it is his responsibility to provide students with all the resources necessary to succeed academically, as well as in life. He is committed to providing those resources necessary to not only successfully enroll into post-secondary education, ensure students are well prepared to graduate from one.

  Sandra Young

  Educational Career Advisor


  Centennial HS, Compton HS, Dominguez HS & Gardena HS

Sandra Young received her BA from California State University, Dominguez Hills in communications, with minor in sociology. Sandra has been with the Upward Bound family for seven years. Sandra worked for City of Long Beach Workforce Investment Act program (WIA) for six years as an Educational Career Coordinator. She is currently the Educational Advisor for Carson, Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, Gardena, and Lynwood high schools. She is also the Parent Support Group Coordinator for Upward Bound.