STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Center Staff Biographies

 

Evelyn Waiwaiole

Evelyn Waiwaiole

Evelyn Waiwaiole is the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Prior to coming to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, Evelyn was the Suanne Davis Roueche NISOD Director and Lecturer in the College of Education at UT from 2007 to 2011. In 2006, she led the Bridges to Opportunity initiative, also at UT. She has also served as associate director of NISOD, project manager for the MetLife Foundation Initiative on Student Success, college relations coordinator for the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), and policy analyst for the Center for Community College Policy at the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

Recognized as a 2002-2003 Associates Fellow with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, Evelyn is known for her keen awareness of policy leadership and its impact on higher education. She has also served on the ETS National Community College Advisory Committee and the CCSSE National Advisory Board and is the author of articles related to student success, retention, and persistence. In 2009, Evelyn was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of UT's Community College Leadership Program.

Evelyn earned a Doctorate from UT in higher education administration, with a specialization in community college leadership; a master's in economics from The University of Oklahoma; and a bachelor's in psychology from Texas A&M University.

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Jeff Crumpley

Jeff Crumpley

Jeff Crumpley is Director of Operations at the Center. He had previously served as a senior research associate for the Center from 2002–2007.

Jeff supervises multiple aspects of operations of the Center's research initiative on three national surveys, including oversight of procedures of survey instrument development, registration, sampling, shipments, administration and scanning, institutional reporting, and website development.

He is responsible for responding to questions about survey research and results, working with researchers from national organizations and other universities on special projects, and presenting conference sessions/workshops on survey results and uses of data to improve the quality of undergraduate education.

Jeff provides leadership for special projects, supervising staff, data analysis, and reporting procedures. He also oversees computer and technical support as well as equipment acquisition and maintenance for project operations and staff. He assists the Center director with general administration, including budget development and monitoring.

Before coming to the Center, he conducted program evaluations for the Texas Council on Early Childhood Intervention, the Texas Department of Human Resources, and the Texas Education Agency. He has teaching experience as an instructor at both the college level and K–12. Much of Jeff’s focus in teaching has been working with students with special needs.

Jeff earned his M.A. in experimental psychology and his M.Ed. in special education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He also holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University.

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Courtney Adkins

Courtney Adkins

Courtney Adkins is the Center's Assistant Director of Publications. She provides guidance to the Survey Operations team and manages all publications and website content for the Center. In addition, she represents the Center at various national conferences and workshops. Courtney previously served as College Liaison and Survey Operations Coordinator at the Center.

Courtney holds a BA in English Education and an MA in English Literature from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While in graduate school, she taught as an adjunct faculty member at South Louisiana Community College. Before coming to the Center, Courtney taught English full-time at Baton Rouge Community College. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College.

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E. Michael Bohlig

E. Michael Bohlig

Michael Bohlig is the Center's Assistant Director of Research. Mike has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on tests and measurement and with expertise in psychometrics, item response theory, structural equation modeling and longitudinal data analysis. He has extensive experience in applied statistical research in the areas of epidemiology, community-based clinical trials in behavioral research, and pharmaceutical clinical trials which provides him with an excellent understanding and knowledge as well as extensive skills in conducting rigorous scientifically-based research.

Dr. Bohlig supervises the Research and Data Analysis team which is responsible for data management and reporting for the Center's three national surveys. He is also responsible for psychometric analysis of the Center's instruments and statistical analysis of the Center's extensive data base on over one million community college students.

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Linda García

Linda Garcia

Linda García is Assistant Director of College Relations at the Center. She oversees the Center’s community college relations and serves as a point of contact for state leaders, funders and national higher education organizations.

Linda previously served as the Vice President of Community College Relations at National American University from 2012-2016. She has also worked at Lone Star College, Maricopa Community Colleges and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Linda’s experience includes student development, instructional support and teaching.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and a Doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is from The University of Texas at Brownsville. Linda also serves on the board of the National Council on Student Development, an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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Brenham Adams

Brenham Adams

Brenham Adams is an Administrative Assistant at the Center. He primarily works to support the California Guided Pathways Project, attending six two-day Institutes to provide assistance. His duties include: editing participant registration and ensuring accuracy; preparing correspondence with college leaders, coaches, and Institute participants; creating new materials for each institute; and serving as support for the front-office receptionists when necessary.

Prior to joining the center, Brenham earned his B.M. in Music Performance from The University of Texas.

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Amina Benchouia

Amina Benchouia

Amina Benchouia is the Center's Administrative Manager. In this capacity, Amina manages invoicing and payments for Center survey membership and other Center services. She also coordinates arrangements for the annual meeting of the Center’s National Advisory Board. Amina previously served as the Center’s College Relations Coordinator for several years.

Before joining the Center in early 2009, Amina served as an editor for the Saxon Phonics and Spelling program at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental Publishers in Austin and as a copy editor, wire editor, and designer at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in South Texas. Amina earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in print media in 2006 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she edited for The Daily Texan and served as president of the Society of Professional Journalists (UT Austin Student Chapter).

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Colleen Bullock

Colleen Bullock

Colleen Bullock is a Research Associate at the Center. In this role Colleen is responsible for creating and explaining data used by the center, and for developing data used in the web reporting system. Colleen has analysis experience in epidemiology, demography, econometrics, and has used her knowledge of informatics to assist in developing web data query systems. Prior to joining the Center, Colleen worked as a research manager for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, where she provided, analyzed, and explained maternal and child health data to researchers, legislators, and the general citizenry.

Colleen earned her Master's degree in medical informatics and completed doctoral coursework in educational psychology/psychometrics at the University of Missouri, Columbia. While at the university, Colleen worked for the Center for Distance and Independent Study, where she analyzed exams using quantitative and qualitative psychometrics and assisted students in understanding test results.

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Chris Cosart

Chris Cosart

Chris Cosart is a Senior Developer/Analyst at the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

Chris previously worked as a database developer and data manager at the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency and at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Houston Community College and Lone Star College – Montgomery.

He has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Catherine Cunningham

Catherine Cunningham

Catherine Cunningham is the Center's Publications Associate. Catherine assists with publications, reports, and advertising for the Center.

Catherine received her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in Latin American Studies and her M.S. in Geography at Texas State University, with a focus on public participation in community planning along the U.S.-Mexico border. She previously worked as a College Liaison for the Center. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a research associate for the University in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education on a number of research grants in conjunction with the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program and the Department of State Health Services in Texas.

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Emilio Delboy

Emilio Delboy

Emilio Delboy is a College Liaison for the Center. As a liaison, Emilio helps member colleges navigate the survey administration process.

Prior to joining the Center, he worked in recruitment for the CUNY Start Program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as part of a random assignment study to evaluate the program’s impact. Before this, Emilio worked in field research for a statewide health survey and in data collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned a B.A. in Political Science.

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Zach Garcia

Zach Garcia

Zach Garcia is the Center's College Relations Coordinator. In this role, he is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of all activities that further the Center’s outreach functions, including communications, event planning, and publications.

While at the Center, Zach has provided support to multiple special-focus projects, including the Initiative on Student Success, Identifying and Promoting High-Impact Educational Practices in Community Colleges, Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion, and Improving Outcomes for Men of Color in Community Colleges, as well as assisting with the publication of the Center’s first book — Students Speak: Are We Listening?

Before joining the Center, Zach served the UT community at Payroll Services from 2008 to 2011. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza

Alicia is an Accounting Technician for the Center. Previously she has worked for the University of Texas in the Office of the Dean of Students and in Executive Education in the Red McCombs School of Business. Additionally, she has taught American history, contributed to The New Handbook of Texas, and organized fund raisers for her favorite charities.

Alicia earned her M.A. in history at The University of Texas — Pan American and her M.B.A. in finance is from St. Edward’s University.

During her free time Alicia enjoys gardening, hiking and martial arts.

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Catherine Hartman

Catherine Hartman

Catherine Hartman is a Graduate Research Assistant for the College Relations team at the Center. In this role, Catherine aids with the Center's publications, reports, and advertising.

Catherine is a doctoral student in PHEL at UT Austin. She received a B.A. in English and M.Ed. in Higher Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Catherine's research interests include community college student success, student transfer from two-year to four-year schools, linguistically diverse students, and diversity initiatives on campuses for underrepresented student populations.

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Kyle Lovseth

Kyle Lovseth

Kyle Lovseth is a Research Associate for the Center. Kyle earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Kansas, where he studied language and emotion processing in general and special populations. He then studied at McGill University in Montreal, where he investigated language processing and earned a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology. In addition to his research at McGill, he developed a passion for statistics and statistical programming, which he now utilizes at CCSSE.

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Kristine Massey

Kristine Massey

Kristine Massey is a Graduate Research Assistant for the High-Impact Practices and Men of Color Initiatives at the Center.

Kristine began her career in an urban, public high school in the Bay Area, California, where she taught English and managed the school's A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Kristine then accepted a teaching position at a private high school in Istanbul, Turkey, where she was appointed curriculum leader and advised student projects in Antakya (Antioch), Turkey as well as in Nepal, and Bhutan. Her teaching experiences and her travel to 28 countries are what inspired her to pursue graduate work examining the intersections of curriculum, school leadership, and school culture.

Kristine is currently a doctoral student in Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin as well as an Editor for the Texas Education Review's scholarly journal. She earned her B.A. in British and American Literature, cum laude, a Single-Subject Secondary Teaching Credential, and a M.A. in Comparative Literature and Composition Studies at California State University, East Bay.

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Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell

Katie Mitchell is the Center's Survey Operations Coordinator. Katie guides member colleges through the survey process including pre- and post-survey administration.

Upon completing her B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish at the University of Kansas, Katie joined Teach for America and spent three years teaching bilingual students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, training local teachers and facilitating community development projects in education and infrastructure. After a year coordinating Peace Corps Nicaragua’s pre-service training, Katie returned to the U.S. to pursue an M.A. in Sociology at Illinois State University’s Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development.

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Mandi Mobley

Amanda Mobley

Mandi Mobley is an Administrative Associate at the Center. In this role, Mandi is a member of the Survey Operations team, and is a lead supervisor of the production area. She organizes student worker schedules, oversees the packing and shipment of the CCSSE and SENSE surveys, and is the primary operator of the OpScan scanners. She manages the shipment of Center reports and conference materials as well.

Prior to joining the Center in 2010 as a student worker, she worked with non-profits based out of San Diego and Washington D.C., and was able to travel across most of the US. Outside of work, Mandi enjoys watching movies at Alamo Drafthouse and playing with her dog at the park.

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Coral Noonan-Terry

Coral Noonan-Terry

Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry is the Program Manager of Special Projects at the Center. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Vice President and Dean of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University (NAU), overseeing NAU’s master’s programs. She also served as the Interim Director, Associate Director, and Conference and Partnership Coordinator at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Under her leadership, NISOD’s Conference was the largest conference to focus on community college issues in the country for six years consecutively. She directed the Technology Leadership Academy, a Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Catalyst grant. Under her leadership, the Technology Leadership Academy was recognized as a model online learning community by the U.S. Distance Education Report. Dr. Noonan-Terry is a teacher at heart and has taught bilingual special education through graduate levels, and her expertise is in working with limited English proficient students with disabilities. She started her teaching career as a Developmental Communications (ESL) instructor at Austin Community College.

Dr. Noonan-Terry earned her Bachelors of Science degree in elementary bilingual special education; Master of Arts in Multicultural Special Education; a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration, in the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at The University of Texas at Austin and was named a Distinguished Graduate of the CCLP; and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

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Sabrina Olivarez

Sabrina Olivarez

Sabrina Olivarez is an Administrative Assistant at the Center. In this role, Sabrina is responsible for travel arrangements and reimbursements, serves as front-office receptionist, and provides office-wide administrative support.

Prior to joining the Center, Sabrina earned her B.A. in English from Texas State University. While earning her degree, she worked as a Peer Mentor for the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration Center at Texas State University. During her free time she enjoys volunteering, and spending time with her husband and their dog.

 

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Jessica Pinto

Jessica Pinto

Jessica Pinto is an Administrative Associate at the Center. Jessica provides administrative support with planning, logistical arrangements, and registration for meetings and special events, including on-site support for six 2-day institutes for the Pathways Project.

Prior to joining the Center, Jessica served in several roles at The University of Texas at Austin. She worked as an Accounting Clerk II in Facilities/Business Services, Senior Administrative Associate with the Office of Internal Audits, and Administrative Associate at the Center for Identity. She also worked for 14 years in California for Options, a child care and human services agency. Jessica earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2013-2014, Jessica took a year-long sabbatical and traveled the globe—5 continents, 24 countries, and numerous cities.

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Fazia Rizvi

Fazia Rizvi

Fazia Rizvi is the Center's Webmaster. In this role, Fazia is responsible for providing maintenance, oversight, compliance, and continuity for the Center’s website. She administers and maintains a large repository of web pages representing multiple projects and participates in email marketing and online survey administration.

Prior to joining the Center, Fazia served at Texas State University, in roles ranging from training and documentation to quality assurance on software development teams. She served first as University Webmaster, beginning in 1999, developing the university's initial guidelines for website accessibility for the elderly and visually/mobility challenged. She also served as a web developer and software training specialist for University of Houston and as a web developer for a telecommunications company.

An actor appearing in independent short and full-length feature films, Fazia also volunteers as the social media director for the Texas Water Safari, a 260+ mile canoe and kayak race from central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico every June, and for Guide Dogs of Texas, an organization that breeds and trains quality guide dogs for Texans who are visually impaired. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University.

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Stephanie Vargas

Stephanie Vargas

Stephanie Vargas is an Administrative Associate at the Center. In this role, Stephanie maintains all contact information databases in support of Center-wide communications, serves as front-office receptionist, assists with report preparation and distribution, and maintains all college files.

Prior to joining the Center, Stephanie earned her B.A in English-Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked as an Administrative Assistant at a law firm part-time while attending UT. She also has experience working in a medical front office assisting patients with radiological exams at an imaging facility. During her free time she enjoys working out at the gym, and spending time with her husband.

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Jasmine Venzant

Jasmine Venzant

Jasmine Venzant is an Administrative Associate at the Center. Jasmine is a member of the Survey Operations team, and is a lead supervisor of the production area. She organizes student worker schedules, oversees the packing and shipment of the CCSSE and SENSE surveys, and is a primary operator of the OpScan scanners. She manages the shipment of Center reports and conference materials as well.

Jasmine earned her Bachelors of Science in Applied Learning and Development at The University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Center as a student worker in 2011 while earning her degree and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. Outside of work, Jasmine likes to play sports and spend time with friends and family.

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John Weafer

John Weafer

John Weafer is the Center's Business Manager. His responsibilities include financial reporting, budgeting, contracts, grants, and related business processes.

He has 20 years of business experience in both public and private organizations. His previous higher education experience includes the UT Dean of Students Office, UT Quality Center, UT Institute for Geophysics, and ten years as the Business Officer for the UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (formerly the Division of Community and School Relations).

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Hongwei Yu

Hongwei Yu

Hongwei Yu is a Research Associate for the Center. His work focuses on survey validation, web-based reporting, and descriptive and multivariate analysis of survey data. Hongwei received comprehensive training in quantitative research methods (e.g. structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, multiple regression, ANOVA, and propensity score matching) and had research experience in analyzing large-scale datasets from NCES (e.g. IPEDS, BPS), and GALLUP (e.g. academic cheating survey). Prior to working at the Center, Hongwei worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Baylor University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Hongwei Yu received his PhD degree in Higher Education Administration and Policy at the University of Florida. In his dissertation, Hongwei studied factors associated with community college student persistence and degree completion.

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