Adrian Vega ED.D
Dr. Adrian Vega is the Executive Director for the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. Before becoming Executive Director, Dr. Vega served in various school districts across the state of Texas and Arizona for 20 years. Dr. Vega began his career in the Dallas Independent School District as a bilingual teacher, elementary school assistant principal, instructional coach, and professional developer. Dr. Vega also served as a middle school principal in the Tyler Independent School District, where he brought Project Based Learning and Project Lead the Way to Boulter Middle School. While serving in the Ector County ISD, Dr. Vega was the founding principal of New Tech Odessa High School, an all-academic, college-prep, project-based learning high school. After serving in ECISD, Dr. Vega became the Deputy Superintendent for the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona. Returning to Texas, Dr. Vega served as the Superintendent of Schools of the San Benito CISD in San Benito, Texas. Dr. Vega has been married to Kathryn Vega since 1999. He and his wife are the proud parents of their son Avery, a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, and their daughter Della, an education major at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Kendall Gray joined the EPPB team as a Coordinator in August 2022. She is a lifelong resident of West Texas, having been born and raised in Odessa. Kendall left Odessa to attend college at Texas Tech University, where she received a degree in Marketing. Upon graduation in 2020, Kendall moved back to the Permian Basin to work for Midland Development Corporation as their Marketing & Administration Coordinator. She made the big move from Odessa to Midland once she began her career at MDC.
Kendall is eager to make a positive impact on her community through her involvement with EPPB and outside of the organization. In her free time, Kendall enjoys all things pop culture, baking, and spending time with family. If she is not traveling on the weekends, you can usually find her on the golf course.
Shelby Smith is a native West Texan. She was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. After high school, she attended Abilene Christian University where she received a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After her time at ACU, she moved back to Odessa where she began her career as Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant for Ector County ISD in 2014. Continuing in education, she began teaching third grade in a general education classroom for Midland ISD. She received a master’s degree in special education from Sul Ross State University in 2019. She has also worked as a Special education resource teacher, Diagnostician and most recently as a Child Find Coordinator for MISD.
Shelby has been married to Cade Smith since 2016. They are the proud parents of a son Luxton who is five, and a daughter Emmie who is two. Shelby has a passion for her community and is excited to continue to make an impact through the work of the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and attending Texas Tech sporting events.
Elana serves as Strategic Initiatives and Collaboration Manager for Education Partnership of the Permian Basin. Elana is a skilled communicator, having spent over six years as the Communications Officer for a city and large school district. Her public affairs experience spans public, private and non-profit roles in Midland, Austin, and Washington, D.C. Elana is passionate about building relationships to create opportunities for students and young people in the Permian Basin. She serves as the President of the Junior League of Midland. Elana holds a B.A. from Smith College.
Pakistani Immigrant. Advocate. Educator. My greatest passion is empowering others and creating pathways for all community members to receive equitable access to opportunities. To this end, I have worked in education for over a decade as a teacher, department leader, and instructional coach. In addition to my primary job functions, I was recognized for my commitment to education by being awarded Midland High School PTA Teacher of the Year, Student-Choice Teacher of the Year for 5 years, and the Texas Teacher Incentive Allotment.
My educational background includes a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of the Permian Basin and a postgraduate degree in Education Leadership from Lamar University. I spend my spare time enjoying time with my daughter, traveling, and building furniture.
I am extremely excited to embark on this new adventure as Director of PBIZ and work with the community to ensure all students have equitable access to opportunities that will not only propel them towards successful and sustaining futures but also bolster the local economies and communities.
Jennah McKinley, M.A.
Jennah McKinley, a Carlsbad, NM native and New Mexico State University graduate, has dedicated 15 years to enhancing education in New Mexico. With her Bachelor‘s in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Master’s in Online Teaching and Learning, Jennah’s experience spans from Parenting Education, Nutrition and Youth Development in community outreach settings to STEM, and CTE in secondary education. Jennah has also served as a leader in higher education where she managed and developed workforce training programs while fostering community-industry partnerships.
A standout achievement during Jennah’s teaching career was co-advising a victorious virtual school team at the New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge for four consecutive years, earning recognition from prominent organizations such as Facebook, Freeport-Moran, Deloitte, and Meow Wolf. As the founder of Arrowhead Services & Rentals, LLC, an oil and gas service company proudly serving the Permian Basin, she provides unique insights into the critical link between education and industry.
A passionate outdoors enthusiast, Jennah cherishes hunting and fishing with her family and cheering on her children at their sporting events and competitions. As a devoted community member, she is a member of the Delaware Association of Pipeliner’s and the Carlsbad Rotary Club where she gives back to her community and advocates for robust education-industry collaborations, aiming to empower learners and stimulate economic growth in the Permian Basin.