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Ron Cox

Ron Cox

Research Professor and Extension Specialist

Ronald B. Cox, Jr. received his B.A. in Psychology from Harding University in Searcy, AR, his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Louisiana, Monroe and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Family and Child Ecology. He currently holds a joint appointment at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and as the Family Science State Specialist in the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services. His research involves contextual factors as risk regulators in the development of high-risk behaviors and resilience in adolescents with a focus on Latino youth. His most recent projects include studies on substance abuse among adolescents in Venezuela, the development of social competence among Mexican youth, a needs and resource assessment of Latinos in Oklahoma, and school dropout among Latino youth in Oklahoma.

Elber Arroyo

Elber Arroyo

Project Coordinator

Elber Arroyo, originally from Huntington Park, California, graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors in Social Science, emphasis in Psychology. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Elber joined Teach For America - Massachusetts, where he spent the next two years at New Bedford High School working as a Math Teacher. He is currently attending Boston University, where he is working on his Masters in Education: Curriculum and Teaching. Elber now works as the Program Coordinator for ¡Unidos Se Puede!, overseeing the day-to-day operations for the program.

Amairani Perez Chamu

Alma Arredondo Lopez

Success Coach

Alma is the Success Coach at Will Rogers Jr High and High School as well as Hale Jr High. Alma was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and came to the U.S. with her family when she was 3 years old. She grew up in Paris, Arkansas and attended the University of the Ozarks where she graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2019. As a DACA student, Alma wants every Latino student to be empowered like she was with the knowledge and confidence to achieve their personal and academic goals, despite their financial, social, or immigratory situation.

David Casas

David Casas

Event Coordinator

David, a former success coach, is the event coordinator for Unidos Se Puede! David works with various community partners and other organizations to produce events that will be a benefit and resource for the Latino community. David graduated from Chihuahua State University with a degree in Marketing and Graphic Design. He is currently he is working on his masters in Theological Studies at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Vivian Castillo

Vivian Castillo

Field Coordinator

Vivian, a former Success Coach, is the Field Coordinator for ¡Unidos Se Puede! Vivian, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, moved to Tulsa in 2009 to attend Oral Roberts University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s and Masters in Theology. Outside of the program, Vivian is part of the music team at Iglesia Hispana Victory where she plays drums. She loves working with the Latino community and being a resource to those that need help.

Felipe Cela Jr.

Felipe Ceja Jr.

Success Coach

Felipe is a Success Coach at East Central Jr. High and Edison Preparatory. He was born and raised in Los Angeles county, California and relocated to Tulsa in 2013 to study at Oral Roberts University. Felipe graduated with a Bachelors in Theology in 2017. He then worked as an Enrollment Counselor at ORU, where he guided high school students through the college application and enrollment process for several years. Felipe and his wife, Erin, are proud parents to 3 dogs and are active youth leaders at their church. Felipe is passionate about helping and seeing more Latino students achieve their dreams.