TRIO Talent Search - Our Team/Advisors

Our team and advisors

Wendy JavierWendy Allsbrook Javier
Director and Advisor for Big Picture High School
(970) 903-7754

Big Picture High School

B.A. in English Literature & Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, GA
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Alaska at Fairbanks

Adventuring with my husband, Rob, and my 8-year-old, Elias, rock/ice climbing, backpacking, reading good books, writing, and traveling

Years association with TRIO:
Summer of 2000 (Upward Bound in Alaska)
Summer of 2003 (Upward Bound in Alaska)
December 2003-2012 (Talent Search Advisor)

Favorite Quote:
“You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”
- Wayne Gretzky


LaVonne GravesLaVonne Graves
Academic Advisor for Pagosa Springs and Ignacio
(970) 903-7753

Pagosa Springs Middle/High School, Ignacio Middle/High School

B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Organizational Communications
Minor in Business Administration from Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, CO

Scrapbooking, cooking, road trips, listening to music, keeping in touch with my friends

Years association with TRIO:
2006 Alumna of TRIO Talent Search

Favorite Quote:
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson



Diane McCarthyDiane McCarthy
Rigorous Curriculum Coordinator
(970) 903-1431

Schools: All

K-8 teaching from University of MD
MS in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University

Years Association with TRIO:
2012 TRIO Talent Search

Favorite Quote:
"You can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes, well, you might find you get what you need."

Kelly BrushKelli Brush
Durango Academic Advisor

Durango High School, Escalante Middle School

B.A. in Anthropology, Political Science Minor and Cultural Resource Management Certificate from Fort Lewis College

Years Association with TRIO:
FLC Alumna, former FLC Admission Counselor (2012-2015)

Mountain biking, skiing, back country

Favorite Quote:
"It builds character."
~Calvin and Hobbes


Wolf CramerWolf Cramer
Cortez and Mancos Academic Advisor

Cortez Middle/High School
Mancos Middle/High School

B.A. in Sociology from Fort Lewis College

Years Association with TRIO:
2006-2011 TRIO Talent Search
2011-2015 Program for Academic Advancement
2015-2016 Talent Search Office Manager

Climbing, camping, paddle boarding, mountain biking and hiking.

Favorite Quote:
"Life is short so love the one you got"
-Bradley Nowell

Cathie TurekCathie Turek
Office Manager

Degrees: B.A. in Secondary Education/Foreign Language from Bethany College; M.A. in Early Childhood Education from University of Colorado-Denver; ESL Certification from Fort Lewis College.

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, learning about other cultures/languages, hiking, crosswords.

TRIO Super Skills:  Spanish speaker; former Instructor in Fort Lewis College Teacher Education Department.

Favorite quote:  "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"  - Mary Oliver

Fort Lewis College
Educational Talent Search

1000 Rim DR
Durango , CO 81301
(located on the top floor of Reed Library)

Phone: 970-247-7348
Fax: 970-382-6995