Upward Bound Staff

Upward Bound Staff



Tony Bentley



M-F; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office: E127


Tony Bentley is the Director of the Carl Sandburg College Upward Bound program.  Tony started out with the program in January of 2000 as the program Curriculum Coordinator/Advisor, becoming the full-time permanent Director in July of 2007.


Tony provides direct support to program implementation and direct professional services to Upward Bound Scholars. Services include those related to increasing the likelihood of Scholars achieving success and remaining in high school, and then having UB Scholars enroll in an institution of higher education upon graduation.



Amanda Mann



M-F; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office: E125


Amanda Mann is the program counselor.  Amanda joined the Sandburg UB program in January of 2015 as the program's full-time counselor.


Amanda's purpose is to advise students to achieve academic success, remain in high school, and enroll in an institution of higher education upon graduation. She also instructs during College Saturdays and the annual summer program.


Administrative Assistant

Sara Gross



M-F; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Student Success Center


Sara Gross is the Sandburg UB Program Administrative Assistant.  Sara joined UB in the 2013 program year.


The purpose of the UB Administrative Assistant is to provide support to the program staff and assist with the daily operations of the program. The duties involved with the position include publishing the monthly newsletter and annual yearbook, contacting program participants and families when needed, sending out correspondence, accounting and distribution of monthly stipends, and assisting with the record keeping, filing, and program reports. There are a number of other responsibilities that the Administrative Assistant undertakes that keep this program up and running.


Study Lab Coordinator/Tutor

Ashley LaGrow



M-Th; 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Student Success Center


Ashley LaGrow is the Sandburg Upward Bound Study Lab Tutor for the Spring '16 semester.  Her duties include assisting students when requested with school work, test prep, etc.  She will also supervise the online tutoring component of the program. 


Ms. LaGrow is a former Upward Bound and ROWVA student who graduated from Augustana College in May of 2015.  Ashley is in her first year as an elementary teacher with District #202.