Roundtable Participant Biographies


Emani, a recent graduate of the Milwaukee School of Languages, is the first person in her family to be born within the United States of America and will be the first person in her family to have ever gone to college. The road there wasn’t an easy one. With no one pushing her at home to complete applications or to receive letters of recommendation, her College Possible coach led her through, helping her decide what school would be the best fit for her. This fall, Emani will attend Marquette University.

Kaylee’s life has been full of instability, but she has never let hardships weigh her down. She balances challenging classes at David Douglas High School in Portland, Oregon, College Possible, and her school’s cadet program in hopes of building up a competitive resume. In her junior and senior years of high school, Kaylee has taken two advanced placement classes, maintained a 3.6 GPA and improved her ACT score by 22 percent. Kaylee has decided to attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and was awarded $6,000 in scholarships from the Horatio Alger Scholarship and Education First.

Nick is a recent graduate of Papillion-La Vista South High School in the Omaha metro area. He will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha majoring in Music Technology. With the help of College Possible, Nick raised his score 8 points on his ACT. Nick is a first-generation college student and wants to serve as an example for his younger siblings.

Zerbine is graduating from Harding Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota and will be attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the fall.

College Graduates

Goldhmong Vang is a recent graduate of Tufts University. As a first-generation college student, she entered college with a social justice mindset and became involved in student activism on campus on topics surrounding race. After graduation, she will be serving with College Possible as a college coach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her hopes are to provide as much support as possible for college students, as she has gotten tremendous support from her College Possible coaches.

Vincent Henry Jr. graduated from Augsburg College in May with a degree in Business Administration and Economics. In August he’ll join the College Possible Service Corps as a high school coach.

College Possible Staff and Corps

Jim McCorkell is College Possible’s CEO and Founder. Jim’s motivation for founding College Possible stems from his own experience. His parents did not graduate from high school—though they ultimately earned G.E.D.s—and he experienced first hand the disadvantage of attempting to navigate the admissions and financial aid process as a low-income student. Through the help of his family, teachers, friends, and several scholarships, however, he was able to receive a first-class higher education and all the opportunities it affords. Through College Possible, he now wants to help give that same opportunity to other disadvantaged students across the country.

Bethany Krueger is College Possible’s Director of Programs. Bethany has over 13 years of experience working with College Possible, helping develop the organization’s innovative model of pairing low-income students with AmeriCorps coaches.

Jessica Butzman serves as an AmeriCorps High School Coach with College Possible Milwaukee.

Laura Miller serves as an AmeriCorps High School Coach with College Possible Portland.

Seth Rueter serves as an AmeriCorps High School Coach with College Possible Omaha.

Patrick Snyder serves as an AmeriCorps High School Coach with College Possible Twin Cities.

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