Eduardo A. Juarez, M.A, NCC, LPC, Director
Eduardo Juarez joined the EOC as a counselor in August of 2003. During the last six years in this role he developed a passion for helping adults gain access to higher education. His beliefs about education are twofold: (1) everyone should get an education irrespective of income, race, disability, etc., and (2) education should continue throughout a person's life. Eduardo became the director of Penn State's EOC in Philadelphia in August of 2009. He welcomes the challenge and opportunity to continue to be part of a program whose main goal is to help others achieve a postsecondary education.
In 1998, Eduardo earned a bachelor of arts degree in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Penn State Abington, and in 2001 a master of arts degree in Community Counseling from Arcadia University.
Eduardo was born in Philadelphia, raised in the suburbs, and is one of six children. His parents moved to the United States from Nicaragua in the early 1970s to improve the quality of life for themselves and their children. Eduardo was married in February 2003 and he and his wife Amy have been blessed with the opportunity to have their own family. They have both a healthy son and daughter.
Oscar Almodovar, M.Ed., Assistant Director
Oscar Almodovar joined the EOC team in January 2001. He was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, and raised in North Jersey. He is proud of the values that his parents have instilled in him, especially those of hard work, helping people, and using common sense. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in Behavioral Psychology from Widener University. He completed his his master of education degree in Adult and Organizational Development at Temple University in 2006.
The resources he brings to the EOC are his twenty-two plus years in the fields of education, counseling, community outreach, and impeccable bilingual/bicultural skills.
Oscar avidly states, "My philosophy is to explore as many options as possible, make a decision, and accept the consequences, both good and bad. Also, to keep working toward the outcome one wants to achieve. I am ready to assist you in exploring your options. If you are ready to make the decision to further your education and quality of life, call me!"
Darlene Hatch-Tripp, Administrative Support Assistant