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.

Natasha Donaldson – Secretary

I was born in Lima, Peru where my parents were missionaries, and lived there until the age of 11. I grew up speaking English at home and Spanish with my friends. Our family then moved to Paraguay where I attended school until I graduated in 2008. After I graduated from high school, I came to Pennsylvania, getting a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree in applied sciences to be an executive secretary. Growing up in different cultures has given me a more global perspective and a deep appreciation for the diversity of culture.

I am looking forward to using all that I have learned in my position as the Upward Bound Program secretary. I believe that learning is a lifelong process and I look forward to both sharing my knowledge with and learning from the parents, students, and staff of the Upward Bound Program.

Miss Donaldson can be reached at ndonaldson@racc.edu.

Laura Kruse– Upward Bound Director

John M. Duggan – Upward Bound Advisor