Meet the Team

The College Readiness Coach, LLC team are proven higher and postsecondary education professionals who are committed to offering services to families, schools, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and community groups dedicated to educational obtainment. College Readiness Coach, LLC believes a holistic approach is necessary to foster an environment of success for each of our clients and the way to properly support each student and their personal aspirations.

Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., Ed.D.
Founder and Managing Member

Dr. Gabriel Escontrías, Jr., is the Founder & Managing Member of College Readiness Coach, LLC. In addition, he is a Faculty Associate in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He has served in various academic, student affairs, and research professional capacities within higher education over the last fifteen years. He is committed to ensuring equality, access to higher education, and student success. Dr. Escontrías earned his Doctor of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Omar A. Contreras, MPH, DrPH(c)
College Readiness Coach Affiliate

Mr. Omar A. Contreras is currently the Director of Policy Research for a national higher education non-profit organization. With over 15 years of biomedical and public health expertise, Mr. Contreras has extensive experience in public health programming, quantitative analysis of large and small datasets, policy analysis, and population health. Mr. Contreras has designed and implemented novel health programs at the federal, state, and local government levels devoted to the elimination of health disparities in vulnerable communities. Mr. Contreras is an adjunct faculty with the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona, in which he teaches the Health Services Administration course for master of public health and medical students. He holds a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology, a master of public health in infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, and currently pursuing his doctorate in public health policy and management from the University of Arizona.

Antonia O. Franco, Ed.D.
College Readiness Coach Affiliate

Dr. Antonia O. Franco serves as the executive director of a national nonprofit organization devoted to increasing diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. She leads a community of 20,000 students, scientists, and educators including 115 chapters nationwide in the movement to build a critical mass of diverse scientists with advanced degrees and in positions of leadership in STEM. Dr. Franco’s career has spanned nearly two decades in higher education and philanthropy working on issues of educational access, equity, and college completion in underrepresented communities. She also has extensive experience in developing educational and community based partnerships. Dr. Franco earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

 

Sharon Yee, Ph.D.
College Readiness Coach Affiliate

Dr. Sharon Yee serves as the lead Sociology faculty member at a local community college where she teaches both college students and co-enrolled high school students. She has over eight years of teaching experience at a variety of levels, of which courses have included a college success and preparedness class at a large, public university. Dr. Yee's career has spanned nearly two decades in higher education working in student success and services, academic advising, academic affairs, curriculum, academic planning, and teaching. Dr. Yee has also specialized in tutoring and mentoring diverse and "at risk" students. Dr. Yee earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.