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, 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
Amairani Perez Chamu is the Field Coordinator for the Unidos Program. She is currently studying at Oklahoma State University, where she is a senior and majoring in American Studies. During her time at Tulsa Community College, she received an Associates of Arts in Film Studies. She is the current Vice-President of OSU-Tulsa Hispanic Student Association, Dream Act Oklahoma-Tulsa and a member of the President’s Leadership Society.
Data Collection Supervisor
Hector Nolasco obtained his Master’s degree in psychology (general experimental) from California State University Northridge in August of 2017. He is currently attending Oklahoma State University as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Hector is the data manager of ¡Unidos Se Puede! and was recently designated the data collection supervisor. With his newest appointment, Hector is in charge of training, supervising and assisting in data collection.
Vivian Castillo is a Success Coach for ¡Unidos Se Puede! where she works as a mentor for students at Tulsa Met and Edison Preparatory School. Vivian graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Theology. Outside of the program, Vivian also works with Iglesia Hispana Victory where she is the Academic Coordinator for the Bible Institute.
David Casas is a Success Coach for ¡Unidos Se Puede! where he works as a mentor for students at Rogers Junior High School. 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.
Nadia Sanchez is a Success Coach for ¡Unidos Se Puede! where she works as a mentor for students at Rogers and East Central Junior High. Nadia recently graduated from Jenks High School and is currently attending Tulsa Community College where she will be majoring in Music.