Dads Rally ‘Round The Dreams

Jose L. Rodriguez of Fathers Active in Communities and Education (FACE), is an unassuming, self-effacing man; one who might not immediately strike you as a leader.
However, the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) in Washington, D.C., recognized him this July as being one of the top five Parent Leaders in the nation.
FACE President Alphonso Rincon submitted Rodriguez for the award.

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Stateʼs Top Higher Education Board hosts FACE Leadership Team

Two dads and a mom from the FACE GEAR UP STAR Father/Student Leadership Team addressed a statewide audience of 170 public and higher education leaders who gathered in Austin on October 6.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board invited the three parents, José L. and Alicia Rodríguez and Arnold Carrillo Jr., to provide the luncheon presentation during the agency’s P-16 Councils Institute. The three parents made up a 5-member team which also included Alphonso Rincón, FACE President/Founder, and Amy B. Koenning, GEAR UP STAR Implementation Director from the Pre-College Outreach Office of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

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Posing for a photo during a break in the P16 Councils Institute in Austin, October 6 are, from left, Alphonso Rincón, President, FACE; Dr. Judy Loredo, Assistant Commissioner, P16 Initiatives, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Arnold Carrillo, FACE GEAR UP STAR Father /Student Leadership Team; Chris Alvarado, Director of P16 Outreach, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; Kristen Reynolds, Project Director, GEAR UP STAR Partnership, Texas Education Agency; José L. and Alicia Rodríguez, FACE GEAR UP STAR Father /Student Leadership Team; and Priscilla Martínez, Program Director, P16 Initiatives, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.