Upward Bound Staff

Joyce M. Ballaban – Upward Bound Advisor

When I was in high school I couldn't wait to get out. I talked myself out of going to college with the excuse that my family didn't have the money. The real truth was I didn't know what I wanted to do and I didn't have the confidence that I was smart enough to go to college. After working at a low-skill and low-paying job, I began to think that I needed more than a high school diploma. Once I learned there was financial aid to pay for college and that it wasn't necessary to know exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I started going to Penn State University.

I was the first in my family to go to college and once I started I was hooked. I've been going to colleges and universities for over 20 years and I finally have a Doctorate! Will I stop? Heck NO! I'm already looking for the next class to take. I am a life-long learner.

It is my hope you too will develop a love for knowledge. Upward Bound is a great program to begin exploring and developing your academic potential!

Dr. Ballaban can be reached at jballaban@racc.edu.

Rhonda Cosgrove – Secretary

My driving force during my high school years was to do as little as possible to get the grade that would reward a diploma. As an adult, I view education in a whole new light. Education is a lifelong process that is to be enjoyed every step of the way. Take it all in every moment of every day.

Now, I’m glad I have the opportunity to assist the Upward Bound Program in their pursuit to encourage and educate students to strive and excel in their schooling and throughout their lives — the perspective I wish I had when I was in high school. 

Mrs. Cosgrove can be reached at rcosgrove@racc.edu.

Laura Kruse– Upward Bound Director

David Nazario – Upward Bound Advisor

As a Reading native, it brings me great joy to work as an Upward Bound advisor at Reading High School, assisting students with their pursuit of a higher education. I had the pleasure of graduating from Reading Highin 2002. After graduating, I went on to earn a bachelor's degree from West Chester University. I am currently a candidate for a master's degree in Public Administration from Kutztown University pending the successful completion of my thesis.

It is my belief that the future of this city is dependent upon the ability of our young people to dream big and receive an education beyond a high school diploma. Fortunately, programs like Upward Bound exist to help these dreams become a reality.

Mr. Nazario can be reached at dnazario@racc.edu.