Jarett Fields was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he was a Ronald McNair Scholar. After leaving UWM, he earned his first Master’s degree at UCLA. While there, he helped pilot a program designed to recruit high-performing, minority and low-income students into UCLA and its Ronald McNair program.
Jarett returned to Wisconsin and earned his second Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin. At UW, he worked for the PEOPLE Program and the Posse Foundation. His passion for underserved students led to positions at Marian University, UWM, and Marquette University before becoming the Director of Upward Bound at Beloit College. As Director of Upward Bound, Jarett is committed to ensuring students become positive leaders and change their world.
Vanessa BeckhamAssistant Director
Vanessa grew up in both Beloit, WI and Tampa, FL. She graduated from Beloit Memorial High school in 2005, and decided to continue her education at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. There, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Management.
During college, she gained extensive knowledge of college opportunities with her campus involvement in Residence Life, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Greek Life. She has spent the last 4 years working at Upward Bound, and is excited to help high school students get on the right path to continuing their education at a post-secondary institution.
Cruz RodriguezAcademic Coordinator
Cruz was born and raised in Beloit, WI. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 2011 and was a participant and graduate of Beloit College's Upward Bound Program. In addition, he was also a summer mentor for Beloit College's Upward Bound/Help Yourself Summer Programs from 2011 to 2013.
Cruz attended Dominican University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Digital Cinema in 2015. During college, he gained extensive knowledge of college opportunities with his campus involvement in Residence Life and Student Involvement. He is excited to be attending graduate school in Arizona in August 2017.
Maggie StoryProgram Coordinator
Maggie Story is a graduate of Beloit College earning her degree in Psychology. She returned several years later to Beloit where she earned her teaching degree. She then spent close to 20 years in education, 13 of them at the School District of Beloit. She loves working with Upward Bound and seeing students reach their highest potential.