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Matthew Ruf, Executive Coordinator 

(480) 727-9880 

Matthew Ruf serves as the Executive Coordinator for the CompuPower program.

He was born and raised in Wisconsin and loves his hometown teams – Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badgers.  Matthew began his college education at St. Cloud State University where he earned his BA in social studies education.  After graduating, Matthew accepted a full-time position in Colorado Springs, CO teaching 7th and 8th-grade social studies and serving as his school’s Athletic Director.

As a teacher, Matthew learned that there is no excuse for poor quality instruction and that every student is capable of success.  Recognizing the importance of leadership in education, Matthew earned his Master's of Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs with the goal of helping his students and staff reach their full potential.

Matthew looks forward to joining the CompuPower team and is excited to work with all the amazing people involved in the program. 

Gabrielle Swindle, Educational Outreach Specialist 


Gabrielle Swindle is a “Lonestar Cajun" having spent her adolescent years moving back and forth between Texas and Louisiana. A proud Louisiana State University graduate, Gabrielle earned a BA in English, Secondary Education. While at LSU, Gabrielle acted as a researcher and co-teacher in the development of Humanities Amped (HA), an innovative program built around critical participatory action research and culturally sustaining pedagogies at McKinley Senior High School. After college, Gabrielle served for 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, South America. While serving as a Community Education Specialist, she developed a school library, assisted with Girls Leading Our World youth camps and clubs, and worked alongside the regional Department of Education in rural outreach initiatives.

Gabrielle’s passion for community engagement, education reform, and gender equity led her to CGEST. She is excited to work in spaces that actively strive to dismantle systemic inequity and to collaborate with inspirational leaders in the field.