Leadership Team

Mariluz Garcia | Director

Dean's Future Scholars Program DirectorMariluz Garcia was born and raised in Elko, Nevada, but her father is from Spain, and her mother is from Mexico.  After high school, she moved to Reno and attended the University of Nevada, Reno and received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's Degree in School Counseling, and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Equity and Diversity. Mariluz has 14 years experience working with low-income, first-generation students in a variety of settings.  She was an Americorps volunteer for one year in Colorado, worked with Dean's Future Scholars as a graduate assistant for three years, was a middle school counselor at Dilworth STEM Academy for four years, and an elementary school counselor at Glenn Duncan STEM Academy for one year. Mariluz has had the honor and pleasure of serving as the Director of the Dean's Future Scholars program for five years.

Jill Fontana | Administrative Assistant III

Dean's Future Scholars Program Administrative Assistant Jill is a 5th generation native Nevadan born and raised in the Reno/Sparks Area. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1991. She has over ten years of experience in Student Services including admissions, advising, and student recruitment. She has worked extensively with students at Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada-Reno, and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. While working on a second Bachelor's Degree at UNR in Interior Design, her passion for design was ignited. She moved to the Dallas /Ft. Worth Metroplex to pursue an Interior Design career for the past eight years. The draw of family and friends brought her back to Nevada last October. In the past, she has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations to volunteer on various design projects. She still pursues design and remodeling activities and is looking forward to "flipping" property in the Reno area. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, kayaking, hiking, and cycling and she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Allison List | GEAR UP Student Parent Involvement Facilitator

Allison was born in Montana and relocated with her family to Elko, NV as a young child. She attended UNR and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Allison taught as an elementary school teacher and was also a Dean of Students before leaving for Oregon State University to seek a Master's degree in School Counseling. While in graduate school Allison worked as a behavioral specialist with at-risk students. After obtaining her Master's degree she moved back to Washoe County and served as an elementary and middle school counselor for seven years, primarily in Title I schools. Allison is currently working with the GEAR UP grant and the Dean's Future Scholars Program. She is looking forward to working with students and families to increase their access in opportunity for higher education. Allison enjoys being back on her campus of origin and taking on new challenges. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Counselor Education.

Samuel Rosales | Program Coordinator

Samuel also known as Sammy, has lived the majority of his life in Reno, NV. He is currently a graduate student working towards his Master's Degree in School Counseling. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno as well as a minor in Psychology in May 2017. He was recommended to the Dean's Future Scholars program from Echo Loder Elementary School in the 6th Grade and has since been involved with the Program as a participant, a student mentor at Vaughn Middle School, High Desert Montessori Middle School, Earl Wooster High School, and now as a program coordinator. In addition to his work with DFS, Sammy has worked with the Washoe County School District as a Teacher Assistant for the Team Up after-school program at Rita Cannan Elementary. Sammy enjoys Cheesecake, spending time with his friends, and going to the movies. His mottos include "Do It For The Kids" and "#Sammyproblems". 

Ohanna Turcios-Ramirez | Program Coordinator

DFS Grad Assistant Ohanna Turcios-Ramirez was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, but her father is from Honduras and her mother from a small town in Mexico. She is currently a graduate student working towards a Master's Degree in School Counseling. Through her seven years at the University of Nevada, Reno she was involved in Greek Life, sports, and received her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Family Studies in May 2016 and a Master's of Arts in Educational Leadership. She was recommended from Roger Corbett Elementary, graduated from Wooster High School and has since been heavily involved with the Dean's Future Scholars Program for as a participant, two years as a student mentor, and currently on her third year as a program coordinator. In her spare time, she is involved in organized sports of all kinds and enjoys binging on Netflix with her dog Rosie.