The Team

Meet Our Advisors

Marilyne Tamayo, M.A

Program Coordinator
South LA Upward Bound

Washinton Prep High School

213-821-2438

marilynt@usc.edu

Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Marilyne attended Canoga Park Senior High School through a magnet program aimed at providing Los Angeles students with additional academic opportunities in high schools outside the Los Angeles area. After commuting each day for over 3 hours in LA traffic, Marilyne graduated Canoga Park HS with high honors and attended the University of California Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!). As an undergraduate at UCSB, Marilyne was part of the TRIO UCSB McNair Scholars program and conducted extensive undergraduate research with faculty for over two years. After graduating from UCSB with honors, Marilyne earned her Master’s degree in Anthropology and a Higher Education Administration graduate certificate at the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!). As the program coordinator for the USC Upward Bound program, Marilyne enjoys working with all program students, but especially enjoys working one on one with her George Washington Preparatory HS students, in guiding and helping them cultivate their own academic, career, and personal goals. Outside of work, Marilyne is an avid baker, runs and trains for marathons, travels and visits different countries when she can, is a devoted Dodgers and baseball fan, and is a proud dog momma to Luna, her golden retriever. Visit her office, Dodgers Baseball, Luna, and Washington Prep students decorate her walls. 

Katherine
Nuñez

Program Coordinator
Southeast Upward Bound

Fremont & Santee High Schools

213-821-2418

nunezvel@usc.edu

Empowering students to reach their academic goals provides Katherine with enormous gratification. Katherine Nuñez is the Program Coordinator for Upward Bound and Advisor to students attending Santee Education Complex and John C. Fremont High School. Her passion for working in education can be traced back to her own experiences as a student. Katherine attended Manual Arts High School and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME in 2017. Whether it was in Los Angeles, or thousands of miles away – Katherine’s passion to cultivate higher education among first-generation and low-income communities is displayed daily in her direct contact with stakeholders and contributors. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her Siberian Husky Stormi and is a world traveler.

Orlly
Solis

Program Coordinator
Southwest Upward Bound

Dorsey & Jordan High Shools

213-821-2814

osolis@usc.edu

Orlly Solis graduated from Huntington Park High School and attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies. She obtained her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She also obtained her master’s degree from USC in Educational Counseling. Some of her hobbies are travelling, hiking, skiing, being a foodie, listening to K-pop and Spanish music, and watching K-dramas. Some of her interests include education, politics, fashion, and interior decorating. She is committed to advocate for educational equity among underrepresented student populations. 

Prisila Cisneros Vasquez

Academic Advisor
South LA Upward Bound

Crenshaw High

213-821-2419

prisilac@usc.edu

Prisila Cisneros Vasquez is a Los Angeles native who graduated from Manual Arts High School located in South Central Los Angeles. She went on to obtain her BA in Sociology with a minor in Education Studies from University of California, Los Angeles(UCLA) in 2019. As a USC Upward Bound/TRiO alum, Prisila is excited to build strong relationships with students in order to support them on their paths to higher education. In her spare time, you can find Prisila enjoying quality time with her loved ones, seeking out new cuisine experiences, and learning about investment opportunities.

Veronica Estrada-Edeh

Academic Advisor
South LA Upward Bound

Manual Arts High School

213-821-2408

veronice@usc.edu

Veronica Estrada-Edeh is the Upward Bound Advisor for Manual Arts high school. She is a South Los Angeles native and graduate of the Foshay Learning Center. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Southern California and earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Veronica is an active member of her community and enjoys giving back by assisting students to further their educational journeys at various K-12 and postsecondary institutions. Veronica also graduated from USC’s Rossier School of Education with a Master of Educational Counseling. While there, she was awarded the The Order of Arête for making notable contributions to the university. 

Diana
Torres

Academic Advisor
Central Upward Bound

Jefferson & Los Angeles High Schools

213-821-2418

dianator@usc.edu

Diana Torres is our Academic Advisor for USC Upward Bound. She oversees students that attend Los Angeles High and Jefferson High. She went to high school at Marysville High. She later attended University of California, Santa Barbara where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in History. She then attended USC to get her Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA). She loves going to movie theaters, fitness, reading, and working within the community.