GEAR UP Staff | Casper College, Wyoming


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Fax: 307-268-3002

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Ray Pacheco, GEAR UP Regional Director:
Ray holds a Master in Social Work degree from the University of Wyoming and B.S. degree in Political Science from Carroll College in Helena, MT. Ray has four children, two boys and two girls. All teens, yes teens. His wonderful wife Susie keeps him organized and sane, which is a monumental task. Ray loves to stay active in the community by serving on city council and volunteering with various organizations. When he has time, Ray loves to read, go to movies and spend time with friends and family. His favorite superhero is Superman for obvious reasons.

Andrea Covert, GEAR UP Assistant Director: 
Andrea holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming. Andrea has been with the GEAR UP team for five years and has spent the last ten years assisting students in their preparations for college and beyond. In her spare time, Andrea loves relaxing with her beautiful puppies Karma and Nirvana, reading, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Tasha McMillion, GEAR UP Student Success Advisor:
Tasha received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Wyoming in 2016. She has been a part of GEAR UP for five years and was the Student Support Assistant for the GEAR UP program at Laramie County Community College in Laramie. Her passions consist of family/friends, life longer learning, and Disney. Tasha enjoys listening to music, baking delicious desserts, reading, and spending time with loved ones.

Anna Skimbova, GEAR UP Assistant:
Anna has been the main Administrative Support person at GEAR UP for the past 5 years.
With her background in numerous Microsoft applications, she maintains a detailed database of students and families while supporting the GEAR UP team. She attended a Climb Wyoming program to get a career that she wanted and to support her family. She was born in Ukraine and is fluent in 3 languages: English, Russian and Ukrainian. She truly loves working with students, their families, and our GEAR UP partners. Her main passion is her two children. They enjoy bowling, roller-skating, bicycling, fishing, and anything outdoors.

Maria Perez, GEAR UP Work Study:
Maria is attending Casper College, working on her degree to become a social worker. She has been in GEAR UP since 7th grade, she was born and raised in Evanston Wyoming and is bilingual. She worked at the boys and girls club in Evanston as a mentor. Maria likes working with kids, and considers GEAR UP a second family and home. She received many opportunities from GEAR UP, like going to Washington D.C. for the Youth Leadership Summit and has met many wonderful people through this amazing program.