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Jarvis Taylor, MBA | Founder & President, Independent College Counselor

Jarvis is a college admissions expert who specializes in navigating academically marginal low-income students and their families through the college choice process.

Growing up in Houston's Kashmere Garden and Sunnyside neighborhoods, Jarvis Taylor was expected to attend college; however, he did not have access to personalized college guidance needed to navigate the complexities of preparing for and applying to the right colleges. Consequently, he made choices that led to many shortcomings before eventually earning two college degrees.

Jarvis felt compelled to make professional college counseling services accessible to poor and working class families when 14 years after graduating from high school he learned that minority college-bound students still lacked access to personalized college guidance. Jarvis believes that lack of access to quality college counseling services is a human dignity issue. Therefore, he has dedicated his life to navigating the most vulnerable families through the college choice process. Having worked in undergraduate admissions and taught collegiate level courses, he became highly knowledgeable about higher education from an insider’s perspective.

Jarvis is a member of SACRAO (Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers) and TACAC (Texas Association for College Admission Counseling) and is currently completing a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.

Jarvis received a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership from College of Biblical Studies-Houston and earned an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce where his capstone project focused on competition among Texas public university systems.

Jarvis is married to Monique Taylor, a caring, and competent nurse. They are proud parents of twin boys Aiden and Caleb Taylor.


Paul Gosling | Treasurer

Paul is an engineer who enjoys working with students at all grade levels in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He has experience mentoring and coaching at the college and professional entry level with resumes, applications, and interviews, as well as personal experience navigating financial aid processes from his time as a self-funded college student.

Paul is motivated to support the next generation of students as they tap into their interests and talents, and to help them develop a vision for achieving their goals. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 with a BS in Physics.

Paul is married to Christina Gosling; also an engineer and they have two children Wyatt and Amelia.


Rakeda Sharber | Secretary


Ashley Patterson | Board Member

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  • BLMHTX
    BLMHTX

    In the wake of recent violence and brutality against black lives that continues to sweep the nation, BLMHTX formed as a locally-based, and Houston-founded, activist organization and collective of researchers, activists, artists, religious leaders, and community organizers that aims to educate, empower, and build coalition in order to address issues that impact black lives in the city of Houston.

    Our mission is to spark critical visions of a world where black lives matter while working toward making this a concrete reality here in Houston. In all of our work, we emphasize three core tenets: creative imagination, critical dialogue, and coalition building--all in the pursuit of intersectional social justice.

    BLMHTX employs an Ella Baker model of community organizing, a model which brings people together for sustained and coordinated strategic action for social justice. As such, in addition to direct actions and political engagement with local civic leaders, we are committed to building community through programming, trainings, community meetings, and conferences that combine critical dialogue and the arts in ways that creatively highlight and confront issues of racism and social injustice. These community building efforts are central to our aim of curating spaces for disparate members of the Houston community to collaborate, come together, and think about how to contribute to the valuing of black lives through their own areas of interest and influence.

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