McNair Program Staff
Jeannine Slater, DirectorJeannine Slater is a first generation, low-income student and an alumni of San Jose State University where she completed her Bachelor's in the Social Sciences and her Master's in Education. She worked with the ASPIRE Program and then moved to the McNair Program after the grant was awarded in 1996. In 1999, Jeannine was contracted by the Alum Rock School District to work with district representatives and local community organizations to design, coordinate and facilitate the National Children Health Initiative Program for the twenty-five schools in the district. She developed and implemented a school based outreach that became both a state and national model for the Department of Health and the Department of Education. After being awarded the Consumers' Union Award for Outstanding Service in Children's Health and a Recognition Award for Work with the Children's Health Initiative from President Clinton she toured California's school districts helping them set up a similar model. She then joined the team at National Hispanic University as their Director of Enrollment and Undergraduate Services. While there, she implemented a new Student Academic Assistance Center through a Title V Grant, Directed the Upward Bound Program, and taught classes for Teacher Education and the Summer Bridge Program. However, her love has always been TRiO Programs and SJSU, so she returned four years ago to be director for ASPIRE/McNair. Ms Slater also has served on planning committee of the Northern California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education for 16 years the last six as chair.
Dr. Maria E. Cruz, Assistant Director and Coordinator
Martha Toral (Administrative Coordinator) is a first-generation college student and studied Biology here at SJSU. She graduated from SJSU with a BS in molecular biology and minor in chemistry. Following Martha Toral’s first interview, I knew we had found a wonderful new addition to our office. Martha came to us from the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto, where she had worked for two years. Through a friend she heard about our position and applied. We are so very glad she did. She has reorganized the entire program.