About Us


Board Chair

Kaye Monk-Morgan Kaye Monk-Morgan
Assistant Dean for Students, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wichita State University
Lindquist Hall - LAS Dean's Office, Room 203C, 1845 Fairmount Street, Box 005, Wichita, KS 67260-0005
Phone: (316) 978-6559, E-mail: (Click Here to Reveal Address)

V. Kaye Monk-Morgan currently serves Wichita State University as the Assistant Dean for Students where she is responsible for recruitment and retention efforts, STEM outreach, student academic issues, liasioning with TRIO programs and advising college-based student organizations. For 20 years prior, she directed the TRIO Upward Bound Math Science Center (UBMS). Mrs. Morgan’s cumulative 25 years of service in Student Affairs have given her the opportunity to work with and gain expertise in student development, campus and residential life, programming, student recruitment and volunteerism. Her dual passions for university administration and student advocacy was created during her undergraduate years, when she served as the Residence Hall Supervisor for the very UBMS program she current administered. A staunch advocate for college access and educational opportunity, Mrs. Monk-Morgan has served her chapter in several leadership positions, including chair of the tristate chapter of MO-KAN-NE Board of Directors. Additionally she has served the EOA (formerly Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel) for 10 consecutive years. During that time she has served on several committees, planned the regional conference, served as the board parliamentarian and continues to advise current leaders. Kaye earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry/Business in 1993, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with Emphasis in Higher Education Administration (1996) and a certificate in Higher Education Administration in 2017, all from Wichita State University.

Past Board Chair

Michelle A. Danvers Foust Michelle A. Danvers Foust
Director, TRIO Pre-Collegiate Programs, CUNY, Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue, GRH 517, Bronx, NY 10453
Phone: (718) 289-5855, Fax: (718) 289-6346, E-mail: (Click Here to Reveal Address)

Michelle Danvers Foust is the director of TRIO Pre-Collegiate Programs (Upward Bound Classic; Upward Bound Math/Science, Educational Talent Search Programs) on the campus of Bronx Community College and has served in this capacity for the past twenty-nine years. She has served at the regional level, on the Board of the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education (AEEE) as president, treasurer and Board member-at-large. Ms. Danvers Foust currently serves on the TRIO CUNY Council, which was convened with CUNY Central support, as a vehicle for TRIO programs within the City University of New York to come together to: increase visibility; share best practices; provide professional development; build relationships across university programs; strengthen the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs; and develop TRIO learning outcomes. As a member of the CUNY Foster Care Collaborative, Ms. Danvers Foust represents TRIO programs to best serve the needs of foster care youth in the Metro New York area and within the City University of New York. Michelle also served as a regional coordinator of the Northeast Consortium, which was funded by Brookhaven National Laboratories, the Department of Energy, General Electric in collaboration with Bronx Community College and Clarkson University; to introduce STEM, project based experiential learning to middle school youth. Her educational credits include a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Ithaca College, and a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School. Michelle is a skilled grant writer and has authored many successful competitive educational grants.

Board Chair-Elect

Kristian Wiles Kristian Wiles
Executive Director of Retention and Academic Support Programs, Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington,
141 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352805, Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: (206) 543.2938, Fax: (206) 685.8299, E-mail: (Click Here to Reveal Address)

Kristian Wiles is the Executive Director of Retention and Academic Support Programs in the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity at the University of Washington (UW). In this role at UW, Mr. Wiles oversees programs and teams of professionals that provide advising and academic support to over 5,700 students annually, including students participating in two TRIO Student Support Services (TRIO SSS) programs. Over his career, Kristian has focused his efforts in higher education and community settings toward supporting underrepresented and TRIO eligible students through direct service and larger collaborative initiatives. This includes oversight and administration of TRIO SSS programs in Arizona and Washington for the past 11 years. As a first-generation college student, Kristian is proud to hold a Bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University, a Master’s degree from University of Delaware and to have served on the Board of Directors for Washington State TRIO Association, the Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs, and nationally with the Council for Opportunity in Education, all representing TRIO.


Jeff Kahlden Jeff Kahlden
Director, Upward Bound, Weatherford College
225 College Park Dr., Weatherford, TX 76086
Phone: (817) 598-6485, E-mail: (Click Here to Reveal Address)

Jeff Kahlden is the director of Upward Bound at Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX since September 2006. He has previously served as Upward Bound director at University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and many different positions in Upward Bound at his alma mater, Tarleton State University. Jeff holds a B.S. in agricultural services and development with a minor in animal science and an M.S. in agricultural education from Tarleton State University. Jeff is a graduate of SWASAP's Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), former president of TASSSP, parliamentarian for SWASAP, and has chaired or co-chaired numerous committees; most recently co-chair SWASAP's ELI and Student Leadership Conference committees. Jeff also serves in his community as an assistant coach for flag football and baseball, clock operator at WC Basketball games, member of TSU TTP-TTS Alumni board, and numerous other organizations.


Christie Hardbarger Christie Hardbarger
Director, Talent Search, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Room 515, McCarthy Hall/Moomaw Center, 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Phone: (540) 863-2874, E-mail: (Click Here to Reveal Address)

Christie Hardbarger is presently serving as Director of the Educational Talent Search Program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, a position she has held for the last 8 years. Prior to that, she worked as a Talent Search Counselor and as the transfer counselor for Student Support Services at DSLCC. Christie has worked in education her whole life and her experience includes teaching high school French, teaching foreign language in the Talent and Gifted Program, and serving as chairman of her local school board. Christie has served as state President in Virginia and has also held various committee chairs in the state organization. She was the conference chairman for the last two VAEOPP Conferences held in Virginia and has been active in re-vamping the Emerging Leaders' Institute in Virginia. Her graduate studies are in Leadership and she particularly enjoys working with groups in terms of developing leadership, resolving personnel issues, and team building in the workplace. She is currently serving as President of her regional association, MEAEOPP. Christie enjoys spending time on her family farm in Virginia and traveling to Atlanta to visit her children and grandchildren.


Maureen Hoyler Maureen Hoyler
President, Council for Opportunity in Education
1025 Vermont Avenue N.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 347-7430, Fax: (202) 347-0786, E-mail: (Click Here to Reveal Address)

On October 1, 2013, Maureen Hoyler assumed the position of President of the Council for Opportunity in Education, a nonprofit organization that provides professional development, program improvement, and advocacy for nearly 2,800 federally funded college opportunity programs at almost 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide. Ms. Hoyler has been a voice for low-income, first-generation students and individuals with disabilities. As President, she oversees management of the Washington office and the fiscal affairs of the Association also while serving as the primary liaison between the Association and the United States Congress, the Executive Branch, all Governmental Agencies. She is the official representative of the Association with all other postsecondary educational associations.

She began her career at the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University as an assistant to the then Director, Dr. Arnold Mitchem. Ms. Hoyler moved to Washington in 1981 to establish the Council’s office. As the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, she has played an integral role in the growth of the organization over the past 33 years, which started with a staff of just one full-time professional in 1982. Ms. Hoyler has lectured widely on federal law and regulations. Her publications include “Collaboration to Widen Participation in Higher Education” (The European Access Network) and “Expanding College Access and Success: The Chicago Model” (with George Lowery). Over the years, she has received numerous awards from TRIO-based associations. She received her B.A. and her law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Please note, COE's Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from its affiliate regional associations.

Members and Bylaws

The current Board of Directors members list is available for download Document is available for download (.pdf), as well as the Board Bylaws Document is available for download (.pdf).