2018 CRLA Election and Candidate Information

 Voting period opens March 12, 2018 and closes on March 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm.


Candidates for President-Elect

Wally Barnes Election

 Wally Barnes

Present Position:
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
12th grade
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

CRLA Activities:
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

Goal Statement:
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.


Kathy Stein Election

Kathy Stein

Present Position:
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

CRLA Activities:
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

Goal Statement:
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.


Candidates for Secretary 

  Marissa Loon Election

Marissa Loon

Present Position:
Associate Director of Academic Support, Jacksonville University

M.A. in English, Boston College
B.A. in English and History, Assumption College

I began my professional career in learning support in 2009 as the Writing Specialist at Providence College (RI). In 2010 I became the Director of the Academic Resource Center Nichols College (MA). As the ARC Director I oversaw the peer tutoring and writing fellows programs, and had additional responsibilities as the institutional assessment specialist. I oversaw the Center’s renovation, increased tutoring attendance, ITTPC Level III re-certification, and the ARC’s first self-study report for the College’s program review process. In January 2018 I moved to Florida where I am now working as the Associate Director of Academic Support at Jacksonville University.

CRLA Activities:
2015-present: CRLA Public Relations Director
2016-2017: CRLA Professional Mentor
CRLA Northeast Secretary, 2014-2016
2015: 48th Annual CRLA Conference Sessions Evaluator

2016-present: International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) Reviewer
2015-present: Pulications Committee Member
2014-present: CRLA Annual Conference Proposal Reviewer

2014 and 2016: Concurrent Session Presenter at CRLA Annual Conference
2014-2015: Concurrent Session Presenter at CRLA Northeast Regional Conference
2013: 46th Annual Conference Hospitality Co-Chair




Lisa Sharfstein Election

Lisa Sharfstein

Present Position: 
Lisa currently serves as the Academic Support Coordinator for the Center of Academic Achievement at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. In this role, she oversees a 50+ Peer Tutor and Work Study staff, and develops the CRLA-certified training sessions. In addition, she teaches courses in first-year composition and has recently developed a new course, The Composition of Happiness, as a part of Carlow’s Contemplation and Action core curriculum.

M.S. (English Education), C.A.S. (Reading), Syracuse University

B.A. (English), Ithaca College

Experience and CRLA Activities:
Lisa has been a member of CRLA for five years. She is a member of the Learning Assistance Center Management, College Reading, and College Writing SIGs. She has attended three conferences, and participated in the inaugural (2016-2017) CRLA Mentor Program. From 2016-2017, she also served as the On-Site Chairperson for CRLA’s 50th anniversary conference in Pittsburgh. In this role, she worked with CRLA Board members on a regular basis to coordinate activities, locate venues, and promote the success of the 2017 CRLA Conference. Lisa is eager to continue serving CRLA by bringing her organization and writing skills to the CRLA Secretary position.


Leticia Villareal Election

Leticia Villareal

Present Position:
Assistant Director, Center for Academic Student Achievement, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC)

M.S. in Guidance & Counseling, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 1997
B.A. in Psychology, Texas State University-San Marcos, 1991

Twenty-four years working in higher education. Initially, in admissions, then developmental education in an administrative and advising capacity. Last six years responsible for the design, leadership and implementation of the Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Programs, including training peer tutors and SI Leaders with College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) guidelines. Obtained ITTPC certification and recertification for the Tutoring Center Program (Levels I-III). Served on various committees, including orientation, Bridge Program, Disabilities Advisory Committee, and First Year Student Advisory Committee. Assisted as a Study Abroad Researcher on Spain 2015 for TAMU-CC. Best practices presenter at SI International and Regional Conferences.

CRLA Activities:
Member of CRLA, participating in conferences throughout the years as my departmental budget allowed. The CRLA conferences, journal and members have been an exceptional resource and support to my professional development. Participated as SRC Leader for the CRLA Conference, 2016 and as a volunteer at the 50th Annual CRLA Conference, 2017. Served as Texas College Reading and Learning Association (TxCRLA) Regional President Elect 2014-2015, President 2015-2016 and Past President 2016-2017. Served as Site Co-chair for the College Academic Support Programs (CASP) 2016 Conference, TxCRLA Elections Coordinator, 2016, Scholarship Recipient Coordinator, 2016, and CASP Program Co-chair, 2017.