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Leticia Duncan-Brosnan

Dr. Leticia E. Duncan-Brosnan

Executive Director, Tomás Rivera Center
Email: Leticia.Duncan@utsa.edu

Executive Director, Tomás Rivera Center

Email: Leticia.Duncan@utsa.edu

Dr. Duncan-Brosnan has been with UTSA and the Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success for twenty years and specializes in academic support and student retention programs. Prior to UTSA, she spent four years working with the Department of Education Federal TRIO program, Project: Stay, Inc. as a College Placement Counselor and middle school Program Coordinator. She also worked as an Adjunct Counselor with San Antonio College's Women's Center for 5 years. She received her B.A. from St. Mary's University, an M.A. from UTSA in Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M, College Station. Her areas of research interest are developmental education, the P-20 education pipeline, and underserved/first generation student success. During her tenure with UTSA, she has received the Student Affairs Star Award, The Presidential Award for Support of Diversity, the AMBER Award for service to UTSA students, and the Richard S. Howe Team Award for Excellence in Service to undergraduate students. She was also a graduate of Leadership UTSA 2011 cohort and the Women’s Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy in 2012.

 

Pat Machts

Pat Machts

Senior Administrative Associate
Email: Patricia.Machts@utsa.edu

Senior Administrative Associate, Tomás Rivera Center

Email: Patricia.Machts@utsa.edu

Pat Machts, born and raised in San Antonio, has worked at UTSA for eleven years, and a majority of that time has been spent assisting the Tomás Rivera Center team. Without Pat, many student workers would find themselves without their paychecks! Amazingly Pat, among many other duties, is responsible for completing payroll for over 170 student workers including tutors, SI leaders, and work-study students. Along with being a staff member at UTSA, Pat is also a student. She is a senior psychology major hoping to one day use her degree to work with young children. When not at work or at school, Pat spends much of her time with her wonderful grandchildren. She has four granddaughters, a grandson, and one great granddaughter! Along with keeping active with her grandchildren, Pat also enjoys reading and gardening.

 

Melanie Bently

Melanie Bentley

Senior Administrative Associate
Email: Melanie.Bentley@utsa.edu

 

Access College and Excel (ACE) Scholar Program

Assistant Director

Email: Leticia.Fisher@utsa.edu

Leticia Longoria-Fisher was born and raised in Kingsville, Texas. She obtained her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas A&I University and her M.Ed. in Adult Education from Texas A&M-Kingsville. Before joining the Tomás Rivera Center, Leticia taught K-12. She joined the TRC team in 2012. Leticia is currently the Assistant Director for the TRC-Downtown Campus and oversees the Access College and Excel Scholar Program. Her passion is helping students succeed in their academic journey. In her spare time, Leticia enjoys spending time with her husband, baking and cooking, and dancing (Zumba) in her exercise class three times a week.

 

Linda Hernandez

Linda Hernandez

Administrative Associate I
Email: Linda.Hernandez@utsa.edu

Administrative Associate I

Email: Linda.Hernandez@utsa.edu

Linda Hernandez is the Administrative Associate I for the Downtown TRC.  A native of San Antonio, she graduated from John F. Kennedy High School.  Linda worked for Kelly AFB for 15 years until it closed.  She had to consider a new career.  She attended Texas A & M Extension Service and received a certificate of completion as an Accounting Clerk.   She came to UTSA to work for the Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse from May 1999 until May 2007.  She came to work for the Downtown TRC since May 2007. Linda loves sports, dogs and keeps informed with current events.

 

Academic Success Coaching & Assessment

Lisa Johns

Lisa Johns, M.A.

Director, Academic Success Coaching & Assessment
Email: Lisa.Johns@utsa.edu

Director of Academic Success Coaching & Assessment

Email: Lisa.Johns@utsa.edu

Lisa Johns, a native South Texan, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas State University-San Marcos, formerly Southwest Texas State University, and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to coming to the TRC, Lisa’s professional experiences included working as a therapist at UTSA Counseling Services and conducting research for the Texas Medication Algorithm Project. Since joining the TRC in 2001, Lisa has enjoyed providing services to students and collaborating with staff in a variety of roles. She graduated from Leadership UTSA with the 2015 cohort and currently leads the TRC Academic Success Coaching & Assessment Teams. She is very excited to be a part of the TRC leadership recognized with the Richard S. Howe Team Award for Excellence in Service to undergraduate students and the President’s Distinguished Diversity Award. For fun, Lisa enjoys dancing with her husband, playing with her children, and spending time with friends.

 

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Deborah Corley

Administrative Associate I
Email: Deborah.Corley@utsa.edu

 

Rebecca Garza

Rebecca Garza

Administrative Analyst
Email: Rebecca.PendellGarza@utsa.edu

Administrative Analyst

Email:Rebecca.PendellGarza@utsa.edu

Rebecca is originally from Flushing, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, after having spent two years at the University of Michigan. Her early career was with Aetna Life and Casualty in Grand Rapids, in 1978-1981. In 1981, she accepted a promotion/transfer to San Antonio, as a customer service representative for the medical/dental claims department. In 1985, she decided to change careers, and became a private school elementary teacher until 1990. She began her career at UTSA in 1991 working for Dr. Patricia Graham in the Testing Center. About a year later, she was transferred to the Academic Success Coaching Center, which at that time, was just a small office area in the Science Building. 24 years later, she enjoys her responsibilities as an Administrative Analyst.

 

Emma Hashman

Stefanie Gonzalez-Lopez, Ph.D.

Student Development Specialist II
Email: Stefanie.Gonzalez-Lopez@utsa.edu

Student Development Specialist II

Email: Stefanie.Gonzalez-Lopez@utsa.edu

Stefanie earned her doctorate in Political Science from Texas Tech University as well as her master’s degree in the same discipline. She is originally from Pharr, Texas and came to San Antonio where she earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Political Science and a master’s degree in Public Administration. Stefanie has experience working with students in a variety of positions that include being a visiting professor for the Political Science Department and Residence Life as a Graduate Hall Director. She has a genuine interest in student development and believes her new position as an Academic Coach is a great marriage between teaching and student development! She has completed four full marathons, nine half marathons, enjoys reading fiction novels, spending time with her husband and puppy (Sophia), and volunteers monthly at the San Antonio Food Bank.

 

Heather Frazer

Heather Frazer

Student Development Specialist I
Email: Heather.Frazer@utsa.edu

Student Development Specialist I

Email: Heather.Frazer@utsa.edu

A native San Antonian, Heather returned to UTSA in 2011 as a post-traditional student to complete her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, graduating Magna cum Laude in 2013. During her undergraduate work she received the Martinello Award for Interdisciplinary Inquiry. Heather joined the TRC in 2011 as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for Texas Politics and Economics, and also enjoyed the roles of Senior Leader and Graduate Assistant with the SI Program before joining the Academic Success Coaching team. She is excited to work with a program that allows her to pursue her passion for student development. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Student Development and Leadership and in her spare time enjoys the outdoors; whether gardening, hunting, fishing, or swinging in her hammock.

 

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Shannon S. Johns, M.A.

Student Development Specialist I
Email: Shannon.Sczech@utsa.edu

Student Development Specialist I

Email: Shannon.Sczech@utsa.edu

Shannon Johns is a Student Developmental Specialist I with the Tomás Rivera Center for Student Success at the University of Texas San Antonio, where she provides Academic Coaching services to Undergraduate and Graduate students. Mrs. Johns earned a BFA in Theatre Arts from Texas State University-San Marcos and earned her Master’s degree in Adult Learning & Teaching from University of Texas-San Antonio.

 

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Victoria Miller

Student Development Specialist I
Email: Victoria.LacyMiller@utsa.edu

Student Development Specialist I

Email: Victoria.LacyMiller@utsa.edu

Victoria Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in English and mass media from Angelo State University and will complete her master’s degree in English literature from UTSA in the fall of 2017. Previously, she taught Freshman Composition I at UTSA as a Teaching Assistant II, and is excited to continue helping students be as successful and efficient as possible in their academic careers.

 

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams

Instructor of Special Programs (Spring only)
Email: Amanda.Williams1@utsa.edu

 

Sarah Price

Sarah Price

Program Manager, Roadrunner Transition Experience
Email: Sarah.Price@utsa.edu

 

Soe Than

Soe Than

Web Specialist
Email: Soe.Than@utsa.edu

 

Tutoring

Cyndi McCowen

Cyndi McCowen

Director, Tutoring Services
Email: Cynthia.McCowen@utsa.edu

Director of Tutoring

Email: Cynthia.McCowen@utsa.edu

Cyndi McCowen moved from the New Jersey shore to San Antonio in 1978 and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, here in San Antonio. After marrying her wonderful husband and having a daughter, Ms. McCowen started college here at UTSA in 1996. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology in 2001 and a Master of Arts in History in 2003. Cyndi plans on starting the master´s program in higher Education Administration this summer. Ms. McCowen joined TRC in 1997 as an undergraduate Supplemental Instruction Leader for History. Cyndi has enjoyed working different positions with the Supplemental Instruction Program over the years and is currently one of the Program Coordinators. Ms. McCowen enjoys working with students, faculty and staff connected with the program and beyond.

 

Javier Cervantes

Javier Cervantes

Senior Program Coordinator
Email: Javier.Cervantes@utsa.edu

Senior Program Coordinator

Email: Javier.Cervantes@utsa.edu

Javier Cervantes is a Senior Program Coordinator with the Tomás Rivera Center, Tutoring Services. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas with roots in northern Coahuila, Mexico. Locally, he graduated from Sam Houston High School and San Antonio College. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. Before joining UTSA, he was an elementary school bilingual teacher and a campus minister at St. Mary’s University. He has worked with youth and young adults in the San Antonio area through different non-profit organizations, including Life Directions and JOVEN. He is currently an active volunteer with the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM).

 

Tracy Lawson

Dr. Tracy Lawson

Senior Program Coordinator
Email: Tracy.Lawson@utsa.edu

Senior Program Coordinator

Email: Tracy.Lawson@utsa.edu

Dr. Tracy Lawson was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. After graduating from Huntington High School in 1987, he joined the United States Army where he served on various national and international assignments. In 2011, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4) with over 24 years of active military service. While on active duty, he earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Colorado Technical University. In 2008, he completed his Master’s degree in Marketing and in 2009 he completed his second Master’s degree in Healthcare Management at Colorado Technical University. He received his Six Sigma Green Belt certification from George Mason University in 2012. In 2106, Dr. Lawson received his Doctorate of Management with a concentration Organizational Development and Change. Dr. Lawson joined the TRC family in the spring of 2012. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, working out, hiking, boating and traveling.

 

Debi Garza

Debi Garza, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator
Email: Debra.Garza@utsa.edu

Program Coordinator

Email: Debra.Garza@utsa.edu

Debra Garza, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Natural Science with a core in Biology from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 2003 and a Masters in Adult Education and Training from the University of Phoenix in 2016. She taught in Catholic Schools in the San Antonio Urban area for ten years. While she taught grades three through eight, her passion is Jr. High. After moving of from teaching, she worked as a Y-teen supervisor for the YMCA. Although her time there was short, she believes it to be one of the best experiences she’s had working with teens. After leaving the YMCA, She worked as the Director of Religious Education (DRE) in her parish. In this position, she coordinated the religious education and sacramental programs for K4-12. Debra joined the Tutoring Services Team in 2012 as an Administrative Associate. Currently, she works as a Program Coordinator where she coordinates the Math, Physics, and Engineering Tutors, the Course Prep and Chemistry Camp, and SSS/TRIO Tutoring Programs. She also co-coordinates the Q-Lab Reception Team and teaches a College Success Seminar. In her spare time, Debra is an active member in her church community where she teacher RCIA, lectors and volunteers with St. Vincent de Paul.

 

Elizabeth Pople

Elizabeth Pople, M.A.

Student Development Specialist I
Email: Elizabeth.Pople@utsa.edu

Student Development Specialist I

Email: Elizabeth.Pople@utsa.edu

Born an East Texan, but a South Texan at heart, Elizabeth Pople received a B.A. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, and is completing an M.S. degree in Architectural Research, with a concentration on Historic Preservation & Urban Planning from UTSA. She enjoys researching San Antonio's history, architecture, and people. She has worked with Tutoring Services for over eight years as a tutor, NCB facilitator, and currently Student Development Specialist. She coordinates the Non-course Based Instruction program and the College Success Seminar. She also teaches Anthropology at Northwest Vista College. In her spare time she spends time with her nieces and nephews, as well as reading science fiction and fantasy books!

 

Mark Davila

Mark Davila

Administrative Assistant
Email: Mark.Davila@utsa.edu

Administrative Assistant

Email: Mark.Davila@utsa.edu

Mark joined the TRC in 2017, and is responsible for the payroll and application process for our tutors and work-study students. He also works with Human Resources to make job record changes for our valuable employees. Mark also assists our Program Coordinators in their respective areas (College Success Seminar, Individual Tutoring, Non-Course Based Program, and Math Matters). Prior to working at UTSA, Mark proudly retired from the United States Air Forces serving in the capacity as an Information Manager. Then he became a Teacher/Coach/Athletic Director for St John Bosco School in San Antonio, TX; where he taught 4th/5th Grade Math and also Physical Education for 1st – 8th graders. Besides working at UTSA, he also works at the YMCA-OP Schnable Park; assisting coaches and parents provide a positive learning experience for school age children through sports. Mark is also a member of the VFW Post 76.

 

Supplemental Instruction

Maggie Jackson-Floyd

Maggie Floyd

Director, Supplemental Instruction
Email: Margaret.Floyd@utsa.edu

Director
Supplemental Instruction

Email: Margaret.Floyd@utsa.edu

Maggie Floyd graduated with honors from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 1998 and a Master of Public Administration in 2004. She joined the Tomás Rivera Center in January of 2000 as an SI leader for Introduction to American Politics and has served in progressively responsible positions with the SI program culminating in her current position as Director of Supplemental Instruction. During this time, Maggie developed expertise with collaborative learning techniques, student development, academic success strategies and leadership development. She has been chosen to participate in various leadership development programs at UTSA to include Leadership UTSA and the Women’s Professional Advancement and Synergy Academy. Her commitment to collaboration, inclusion, and excellent student service has contributed to the successful growth of the SI program and earned her the Diane Abdo Advisor of the Year Award, two Amber Awards and recognition as part of the TRC group awarded the Richard S. Howe Team Award for Excellence in Service to Undergraduate Students and the President’s Distinguished Diversity Award. During her personal time, Maggie enjoys volunteering, reading, and cooking for friends and family. She is blessed to share her life with a wonderfully supportive spouse and two amazing daughters. ”

Janet Perez

Administrative Associate II, Supplemental Instruction
Email: Janet.Perez@utsa.edu



Tiffany Sullivan

Assistant Director
Email: Tiffany.Sullivan@utsa.edu

Assistant Director
Supplemental Instruction

Tiffany received her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business Management from UTSA in 2003. While a student, Tiffany worked as a SI leader for History and Texas Politics beginning in 2001 and rejoined the TRC family as a Program Coordinator in 2006. She is currently working on her mastrer's degree in Adult Learning and Teaching. Tiffany enjoys spending her free time with her family and surf fishing on the beaches of Padre Island.


Position Vacant

Program Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction

Program Coordinator
Supplemental Instruction

 

Position Vacant

Program Coordinator, Supplemental Instruction


Stephen Rodriguez

Stephen Rodriguez

Student Development Specialist I
Email: Stephen.Rodriguez@utsa.edu

 

Daisy Rios

Daisy Rios

PC Specialist
Email: Daisy.Rios@utsa.edu

PC Specialist

Email: Daisy.Rios@utsa.edu

Daisy is a native to the Rio Grande Valley. She attended UTSA as a first-generation student where she received her B.A. in Political Science. She is an Administrative Associate I for the Tomás Rivera Center. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, hiking, and is an avid reader.

 

 

Vacant Position

First to Go & Graduate Program Manager
Email:

 


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