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Upward Bound Okanogan County

Meghan Carranza

Meghan Carranza, Manager

Meghan graduated from Concordia University-Portland in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in business administration.  Since then she has lived in Oroville working and volunteering in this great community.  ​Meghan is excited to be the manager of the Oroville, Tonasket, Omak and Okanogan Upward Bound programs.

Linda Wilson, Program Assistant

I am from Omak and love living here!!  I have explored the world and lived in Japan, New Mexico and Oregon in addition to Washington state.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State University and use my education daily in my work.  I was fortunate to be able return home in 2003 and am excited to work with our program!

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes, Program Assistant

Mary was born and raised in Tonasket, WA.  She is the youngest of 13 children. After graduating from Tonasket High School, she attended Trend Business College in Spokane, WA and received certification in legal secretary.  Her experiences include bookkeeping/accounting, banking, and office management.  She is happy to be supporting the youth of Okanogan Valley in reaching their goals of post-secondary education.

Academic Coordinators-Oroville and Tonasket

Alex Eppel

Alex Eppel attended UC Santa Cruz and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. He spent the last 12 years living in South Africa and working in youth and leadership development. He is trained in outdoor based experiential facilitation and enjoys creating adventures in learning for students. He is excited to bring that experience and a passion for unlimited growth to all the Upward Bound students on their journey towards college and beyond.

Academic Coordinators-Omak and Okanogan

Maranda McLean

Maranda graduated from Whitworth University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a minor in communication. She is an alumni of Okanogan County Upward Bound. With roots in Omak, she easily relates to the students and understand what life is like in a small community. She enjoys helping the students realize their potential, and that hard work is the key to achieving one’s goals.


Waylon Michel, Omak/Okangoaon Tutor

Waylon is a long standing resident of Omak. Attended Wenatchee Valley College-Omak for a transfer degree. He complete his Bachelors in Education and Masters in Special Education from Western Governors University. Since 2010, he has held the position of 3rd-7th grade Special Education Teacher at Paschal Sherman Indian School. He enjoys being apart of Upward Bound as a tutor and mentor.