Bob Obrohta

Executive Director

Bob Obrohta has over twenty years of experience in the college access field.  Prior to joining the Network, Obrohta founded Oasis College Connection, Middle Tennessee’s first dedicated college counseling center with a concentration on serving first-generation/low-income students. Obrohta has worked with numerous college access programs and organizations including Beloit College (Upward Bound), Peabody College - Vanderbilt (Gear Up), Oasis Center (Oasis College Connection), and The Ayers Foundation (The Ayers Scholars Program).  He has helped to develop numerous urban and rural college access initiatives and scholarships funded by private foundations, state funding, economic development organizations, workforce development organizations, and federal grants. Bob has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of St. Francis and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Bob has lived in Nashville with his wife (Lora) and two sons since 2000.  His sons attend local public middle and high schools.

(615) 427-9720


Wendy Blackmore

Senior Director of External Affairs

With ten years experience in college access and success, Wendy has worked with programs such as Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), the College Access Challenge Grant, KnowHow2Go and Race to the Top. Wendy earned a master's degree in public relations and advertising from the University of Alabama and a bachelor's degree in communication from Mississippi State University.