Meet the Team
Sylvia T. Gonzales, M.Ed.
Director, DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Mrs. Sylvia Gonzales serves as the Director of DHSI STEM IMPACT Program in University College at Texas State. Her position establishes inspiration, connection, and research with STEM faculty, staff, and students alike. Mrs. Gonzales represents the college across campus in the area of STEM program collaborations and improving retention and graduation rates for Hispanic and limited income students.
Sylvia T. Gonzales has been an administrator in higher education for seven years, serving at several 4-year public institutions in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, earning her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Eastern New Mexico University. As a leader willing to develop and partake in conceptual programming and grassroots program development, she serves as an advocate and mentor to the scientists of tomorrow.
Nina B. Wright, M.Ed.
Activity 2 Associate Director, DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Nina Wright is an Associate Director for the DHSI STEM Impact Program, overseeing the STEM Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Nina brings skills and experience in building multi-disciplinary partnerships and a passion for helping underrepresented students succeed in college to her work in this position. Prior to joining the DHSI STEM Impact Program, she was the Executive Director of the College for All Texans Foundation and Senior Director of Development for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Nina earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance here at Texas State University. She is married to Loyd Wright, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, and has a large and growing family, two beloved cats, and a sizeable rock collection. Come by to chat in Nueces 220; she’s always available to students and would love to hear about your research interests and career aspirations.
Margaret G. Garry, M.A.
Activity 1 Associate Director, Student Development Specialist, PACE Advising Services/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Margaret Garry comes to the DHSI STEM IMPACT Program from PACE Advising Services, where she worked as an Academic Advisor and Student Development Specialist from September 2014 until July 2018. Prior to working at Texas State, she served as a Residence Director for three years at St. Edward’s University, where she earned a master’s degree in College Student Development. She grew up in Coupland, Texas and earned her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, where she completed a curriculum focused on the careful reading and discussion of primary source texts in fields including Philosophy, Mathematics, Literature, Greek, French, Physics, Chemistry, and Music.
Research Analyst, University College
Student Development Specialist, College of Science & Engineering/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Paige Peschong serves as a Student Development Specialist for the College of Science and Engineering for the DHSI STEM IMPACT project. Her position helps with coordination of Activity 1, which includes Academic Advising, IMPACT Days, and serving as a liaison for transfer students in the Junior College/Community College pipeline, which ultimately serves to improve retention and graduation rates for Hispanic, low income, and first generation students.
Prior to the role of Student Development Specialist, Paige Peschong was an Academic Advisor I for the College of Science and Engineering for over 7 years. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and then a Masters in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration. She enjoys problem solving and helping students determine the best path that they should take to help them achieve the goal of graduation.
Academic Advisor I, College of Science & Engineering/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Monica Cruz serves as an Academic Advisor I with the College of Science & Engineering for the DHSI STEM IMPACT program. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Texas A&M University – San Antonio and is taking courses to begin her Masters of Science in Data Analytics and Information Systems here at Texas State University. She is passionate about education and working with students to navigate through college successfully.
Maria I. Beltran-Rodriguez
Grant Senior Secretary, PACE Advising Services/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Maria comes from West Texas and started her university career with Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Uvalde as an Extension Secretary and advanced to District Office Manager. She moved to the San Marcos area after 5 years of service. In 2005, she continued her university career with Texas State University in the School of Social Work. Maria has transferred from the College of Health Professions, Department of Respiratory Care with 13 years of experience at Texas State University.
SURE Ambassador, College of Science & Engineering/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Michael is a Physics major and an Applied Mathematics minor at Texas State University and serves the HSI STEM IMPACT program as a SURE Ambassador. This new position within the program bestows responsibilities to former SURE participants as facilitators with communication to new students as well as staff.
His research revolves around young stellar objects (YSOs) and their evolution within the Orion Nebula Cluster (ONC) and conducts said research with Dr. Blagoy Rangelov. The travel, hotel, and registration to present his SURE research at the 223rd American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting in Washington, D.C. was all paid for by the SURE program. Once he graduates from Texas State in the Spring of 2019, he will pursue a Ph.D in Astrophysics.