AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

Central Division

Welcome to the Central Division!

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AVID Showcases provide an opportunity for educators to see an AVID implementation, share best practices, and learn more about AVID hands-on. The Showcase experience includes AVID Elective and content class observations and a chance to speak with experienced AVID site team members and students.



If you want to know more about how AVID works for teachers and students to improve school culture and performance or are considering implementing AVID in your school or district, or are a current AVID school and want to gain insight from another AVID implementation, register for an upcoming AVID Showcase. To print a complete list of 2016-2017 Central Division AVID Showcases, click here.


Date Location School




Central Division


11910 Greenville Ave., Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone: (972) 591-2550
Fax: (800) 341-9487

Name Position Phone Email





Wendell Brown Senior Division Director (972) 591-2528 wbrown@avid.org
Rudy Martinez Assistant Division Director (TX ESC Region 20) (858) 380-4746 rmartinez@avid.org
Rachel Henley Division Liaison (858) 633-0117 rhenley@avid.org
John Gatica
Partner Engagement Manager
(858) 633-0150
Valerie Peterson
Partner Engagement Manager
(858) 633-0140
Frances O'Brien Administrative Assistant (972) 591-2531 fobrien@avid.org
Diana Mbugua Administrative Assistant (972) 591-2532 dmbugua@avid.org

Midwest Region (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, SD, OH, WI)

Name Position Phone Email





Jenifer Kuras Midwest Region States Director (SD) (407) 415-6990 jkuras@avid.org
Shannon Bailey Program Manager, Elementary (IA, IL, MN, ND) (858) 654-5019
Lee Felts Program Manager (IN, MI, OH) (817) 658-7245 lfelts@avid.org
Gina Gamnis Program Manager (MN)
(651) 470-6463 ggamnis@avid.org
Joseph Miske Program Manager (MN, ND)
Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell
Program Manager (IL)
(858) 654-5016
Karin Swainey Project Manager (IL, WI) (612) 709-9091 karno@avid.org
Rita Williams Program Manager, Elementary (KS, MO) (620) 655-1746 rwilliams@avid.org

Southern Region (AR, OK, TX)

Name Position Phone Email





Patrick Briggs Southern Region States Director (AR) (972) 591-2517 pbriggs@avid.org
Barbara Copeland Assistant State Director (TX ESC Regions 4, 5, 6) (972) 591-2525 bcopeland@avid.org
Pamela Carter Kirschner Program Manager (TX ESC Regions 12, 13, 15) (858) 633-0120 pkirschner@avid.org
Christie Martinez Program Manager (OK) (210) 685-9312 cmartinez@avid.org
Kassie McMillan Program Manager, Elementary (TX ESC Regions 7, 8, 10, 19) (469) 525-7123 kmcmillan@avid.org
Jeanne Mercer Program Manager (TX ESC Regions 1, 2, 3) (956) 393-9374 jmercer@avid.org
Mike Mozingo Program Manager (TX ESC Regions 9, 11, 14) (972) 591-2529 mmozingo@avid.org
Tiffany Tahu Program Manager, Elementary (TX ESC Regions 10, 16, 17, 18) (214) 755-0397 ttahu@avid.org
Amy Chapman Administrative Assistant (972) 591-2518 achapman@avid.org
Krista Curnutt Administrative Assistant (972) 591-2521 kcurnutt@avid.org

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