Director, Academic Success center at The Woodlands Center
Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University.
Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Reading Education, Sam Houston State University.
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Production and Logistics Management,
University of Houston.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) in General Studies, North Harris County College.
1971-1981: Various supervisory and managerial positions at companies who supplied wellhead equipment to major petroleum industry companies around the world.
1981-1991: DJ and Program Manager for five night clubs
1990-2003: K-12 public education school teacher—4th grade, 7th and 8th grade, 10th, 11th, and
1991-2003: Adjunct Instructor – developmental reading, and teacher education courses, including foundations of reading, reading assessment, language arts education, and writing education
2003-2014: Director, Reading Center and Developmental Reading Program
2014-2018: Director, Academic Success Center at The Woodlands Center
2006-2011: Chair, Reading SIG
2011-2012: Site Co-Chair and Conference Liaison (Houston)
2007-2012: Member, Scholarships and Awards Committee
2012-2016: Chair, Scholarships and Awards Committee
2007-2017: Emcee for the CRLA Social Hour
2017-2018: Member, Nominations Committee
2006-2017: Volunteer for preconference activities
Presented at various conferences throughout my membership with CRLA
It will be an honor and a challenge to be the President-Elect of CRLA. As President-Elect my goal would be to learn as much as I can to communicate and work with the Board to create a conference experience that is commensurate with the organization in which we are all involved. I will work diligently to develop meaningful interaction with the members of the Board to address immediate needs of the organization and think creatively and critically about its growth and future advancement. I will actively interact with the Board, Site Chairs, Professional Development Director, State/Region/Chapter (S/R/C) Coordinator and Leaders, SIG Chairs, the Management Company, and Exhibits Chair to enhance collaboration to ensure effective and efficient operations of the association. I will strive to develop strategies, along with the Board and other stakeholders, to develop and implement strong communication lines with all the organizations within the CLADEA consortium. Also, I will spread awareness of the ways the CLRA can be a vital resource through its professional development efforts, certification standards, and scholarly publications. As dedicated learning assistance, student success, and developmental reading professionals, we need to be intentional in our efforts to enhance the visibility and viability of CRLA.
Executive Director of Student Success, Sul Ross State University
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration, The University of Texas at El Paso
Dissertation: Developing Voices: A Study of Developmental Education Students and Their Perspectives of Individual and Institutional Attributes Necessary for Academic Success
M.A. in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, The University of Texas at El Paso
Developmental Education Specialist, Kellogg Institute/Appalachian State University
B.S. in Elementary Education, The University of Texas at El Paso
A.A. in English, Texas Southmost College
Executive Director of Student Success, Sul Ross State University, 2017-present
Associate Professor of English, Sul Ross State University, 2014-present
Director, Academic Center for Excellence, Sul Ross State University, 2008-present
Assistant Professor of English, Sul Ross State University, 2011-2014
Lecturer of English, Sul Ross State University, 2008-2011
Visiting Assistant Professor of English Education, The University of Texas at El Paso, 2007-2008
Director of the Tutoring and Learning Center, The University of Texas at El Paso, 2001-2007
Director of Developmental English, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1999-2001
Adjunct Faculty for English courses at Odessa College and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, 1998-1999
Adjunct Faculty for English courses, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1991-1998
Adjunct Faculty for English courses, El Paso and El Paso Community College, 1993-1998
Curriculum Coordinator/Provost’s Office, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1997-1998
Faculty Advisor, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1994-1998
Tutor, The University of Texas at El Paso, 1989-1991
2013-present: Secretary, CRLA Board of Directors
2017-present: CRLA Professional Mentor
2016-2017: CRLA Concurrent Session Proposal Reviewer
2006, 2008, 2012, 2016: CRLA Annual Conference Concurrent Session Presenter
2012: CRLA Karen G. Smith Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service Winner
2008-2012: CRLA Exhibits Coordinator
2008-2009: Texas CRLA, Past President
2007-2008: Texas CRLA, President
2006-2007: Texas CRLA, President-Elect
2002-2006 and 2009-present: Texas CRLA Membership Chair
As an organization, we had a marvelous time last year celebrating our fifty years of service to students, higher education, and each other. While celebrating our past, such anniversaries also challenge us to identify what new adventures we want to consider. My time on the CRLA Board as Secretary has helped me realize just how important our organization is in providing support to learning centers that wish to be certified, individuals new to our fields of service, and the research that is necessary for growth. That said, I have two primary goals. My internal goal for CRLA is to reach out to more of our colleagues and make sure that they know of the resources, comradery, and support that we can share with them. We need to grow as an organization and bring in more members. My external goal for CRLA is for our organization to be a stronger voice in the national discussions taking place around developmental education, learning assistance, and literacy. These issues are important to the future of our nation, and I want CRLA to continue developing its leadership role in these areas. I would be proud to be part of these efforts in service to you.