T’Ebony Torain, Director
T’Ebony Torain is the Director of Upward Bound and GO College at Kentucky State University. She has worked with Upward Bound since 2008 as an Academic Counselor and stepped into the role of Director of both Upward Bound and GO College Programs in 2013. She believes in the power of TRIO programs such as Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Student Support Services, etc. in helping students attend and graduate from college. A product of a TRIO program herself, Ms. Torain was a participant of the Ronald McNair program which she credits in helping her achieve success as an undergraduate student.
Receiving her undergraduate degree at Fisk University with a major in History and Masters in Public Administration at Kentucky State University in 2011, she has a true joy and appreciation for the power of education and preparing youth from at risk population to succeed in their future. T’Ebony has received numerous awards, honors, and accomplishments; such as graduating Fisk with a grade point average of 3.64 and graduating with a 3.91 from Kentucky State University’s Masters of Public Administration program.
However, she is most proud of growing in her faith in Christ and helping students graduate from high school and attend college. Ms. Torain is a part of KAEOPP (Kentucky Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel) where she served as Service Member at Large for two years.
Sherrick O’Quinn, Academic Coach
Sherrick O’Quinn is a GO College Academic Coach at Fern Creek Traditional High School in Louisville, KY. He has worked with GO College since July 2012. He enjoys being able to impact and empower youth to strive for personal and academic success. He takes particular pride in working with at-risk youth because he knows the impact that loving support can make on kids firsthand.
Mr. O’Quinn received his undergraduate degree from Beloit College in 2010. He graduated cum laude while double majoring in Creative Writing and History. He has prior experience providing student support via peer-mentoring and student leadership programs that he created during his time at Beloit. Mr. O’Quinn also gained useful experience serving students as a paraprofessional staff member with the Beloit College Residential Life Department.
When Sherrick is not working with students, he spends his time engaging in the performing arts and serving on various ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church. His motto is “everything we do has a purpose”. He believes that all of his successes are due to incorporating God, pride, and passion in all of his endeavors.
Brandon Gatson, Academic Coach
Brandon Gatson is currently an Academic Coach at Fern Creek Traditional High School where he serves over 150 students to carry out his heart’s passion to empower the youth. Mr. Gatson has an extensive background working with youth and the underprivileged.
For over 10 years, he served as a volunteer for R.F.M (Resurrection Family Ministries), a non-profit organization that caters to the needs of families by providing assistance to the homeless, low income, special needs, and single parent households. While severing, he was able to inquire skills that helped him to impact the lives of those he served.
Brandon also empowered youth of all ages by facilitating plays, conducting one on one sessions dedicated to problem solving. He also used his basketball skill development to teach life lessons, provide mentoring, and motivational speaking for character development.
The passion in his heart to serve and help the youth led him to volunteer for 5 years in community outreach with Kentucky State University P.Y.C.E (Promising Youth Center for Excellence) and Student Life/Campus Ministry. Through these organizations, he was able to encourage students from ages 7-25, using life skills, resources, passion, and experience.
Mr. Gatson is a graduate of Kentucky State University where he received his degree in Liberal Studies.