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Pre-Collegiate Programs Staff

Meet the Pre-Collegiate Programs Staff!

Upward Bound

Kimberly Blaise

Kimberly Blaise

Program Director of Upward Bound

Rosen Family Center


B.S. University of Pheonix-Business Management, 2005
MHR Candidate Rollins College

Kim Blaise will serve as the Director for Pre-Collegiate Programs.  Kim has been with the Rollins College Upward Bound Program for the past 3 years. She has served as Program Coordinator, Assistant Director and now the new role as Director where we know she will excel. She comes from Orange County Public Schools where she has dedicated 10 years to teaching, most recently as an AVID Coordinator. She is a product of OCPS and a proud Evans High School alumni determined to return and give back to her community as she inspires the next generation. As an AVID Coordinator she gained her passion to assist students with post secondary education success!

In the classroom she was known for building relationships and motivating the toughest students and has continued the relationship building with our Upward Bound students. She has taught grades 6-12 in Reading, English and is ESOL Endorsed by the FLDOE.  Her experience in the classroom and with the AVID program has given her the wealth of knowledge needed to take our Upward Bound program to the next level.


Jessica Maner

Jessica Maner

Assistant Director


B.S. Tuskegee University Political Science, 2013                            M. Ed Grand Canyon University Educational Leadership 2016 

Jessica Maner will serve as the Assistant Director for Pre-Collegiate Programs. A resident of Central Florida and graduate of Edgewater High School. Jessica had the pleasure of attending the program while in High School. Participating in the program while in High School sparked a personal connection and passion for TRIO programs within Jessica. She has served years within the program as a Head Residential Advisor and Independent Studies Instructor. After graduating from Tuskegee University Jessica had the opportunity to work in Higher Education as an Inclusion Admissions Specialist and as an English Instructor with Orange and Osceola County Public Schools.

Her passion for assisting students with their post secondary educational success stems from her own education journey. Through her own personal triumphs and educational background Jessica is committed to serving Upward Bound and pushing the program and its participants to success. 

Julie Brant

Julie Brant

Program Assistant

Rosen Family Center


B.A. Rollins College, 1993

Hello! I’m Julie Brant, Program Assistant for Rollins Upward Bound. It has been my pleasure to work for the UB program since 1999. I grew up in the Winter Park-Orlando area and have lived here most of my life. I completed my BA with an English major from the Holt School. My passions are reading, sci-fi and action movies, all kinds of music, and my pets – currently four dogs, a rabbit, two birds and two fish.