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Meet the Team

Dr. Daniel A. Brown

Principal Investigator, Dean of University College

Phone: 512.245.3579

About Dean Brown

Dean Brown established the framework for Personalized Academic & Career Exploration (PACE): A Focus on Freshmen, which is Texas State's Quality Enhancement Plan. Before joining Texas State, Dr. Brown served as Dean of University College at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Dr. Brown earned both a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Oklahoma State University. 

Since joining University College as Dean in August 2011, Dr. Dann Brown has coordinated programs enhancing the success of new students, directed the university's Quality Enhancement Plan, and obtained external funding in support of initiatives serving Hispanic and low-income students.

Sylvia T. Gonzales, M.Ed.

Sylvia T. Gonzales, M.Ed.

Director, DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

Phone: 512.245.3080 

About Sylvia

Sylvia T. Gonzales is the HSI STEM Impact & MAESTROS Director, member of the Hispanic Policy Network, and US1100 faculty.  Sylvia is the first in her family to go to college and is working on her Ed.D. in Positive Organizational Leadership from Abilene Christian University.  Sylvia continues to ensure the undergraduate student experience is authentic as she has served as an advocate, mentor, and leader to underrepresented college students for 21 years.  She has helped with the grassroots development of 6 federal grant programs in TX/NM, including Title III, V, and TRIO grants. She is also an active member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutional Educators and helped establish the Bobcat Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) certificate program and serves as co-chair on the First Gen Proud Working Group at Texas State University.  Sylvia has received numerous awards and recognition for her contributions, including Angelika Lester Wahl Diversity Award, HPN’s Latinx Star Award, a “Program to Watch” designation by Excelencia in Education, Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, and NASPA’s & Studer Foundation First-Gen Forward designation. 

Nina B. Wright, M.Ed.

Nina B. Wright, M.Ed.

Associate Director, DHSI Programs

Phone: 512.245.3150 

About Nina

Nina Wright is the Associate Director for the DHSI Initiatives, including the HSI STEM Impact and Maestros grants. 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 Initiatives, 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 big, beloved standard poodles--Charli the ball-lover and Barkley the clown. Come by to chat in Nueces 220 and and see her sizable rock and mineral collection.  She’s always available to students and would love to hear about your career aspirations.

Nicholas Weimer

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Phone: 512.245.3579

About Nicholas

Nick Weimer is the Director for Strategic Initiatives for the University College, supporting the goals for research and sponsored programs in the College.  He brings over 12 years of experience directing federal and local grants and leading student success efforts in higher education. Prior to joining the University College at Texas State, Nick was the Assistant Vice President of Student Success and Director of the Title V grant funded by the Department of Education at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Nick earned his Master of Public Administration at The University of Texas-Pan American and his Masters of Business Administration at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Nick is passionate about developing programs and targeting initiatives that enhance the success of our students.

Margaret G. Garry, M.A.

Associate Director, DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

Phone: 512.245.2834 

About Margaret

Margaret Garry serves as Associate Director of the DHSI STEM IMPACT Program. In her role, she works with the program's collaborative partners across campus, organizes professional development for grant-funded student employees, and coordinate's the program's transfer outreach efforts. When Margaret is not working on the HSI STEM Impact Program, she is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests focus on cultural change at institutions of higher education that have recently received an HSI designation. 

Margaret came to the DHSI STEM IMPACT Program from PACE Advising Services, where she worked as an Academic Advisor and Student Development Specialist. Prior to working at Texas State, she served as a Residence Director 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.

Paige Peschong

Student Development Specialist, College of Science & Engineering/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

Phone: 512.245.1315 

About Paige

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.

Monica Cruz

Academic Advisor I, College of Science & Engineering/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

Phone: 512.245.1315 

About Monica

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.

Amy Perry, M.A.

Academic Advisor I, Grant Specialist, PACE Academic Advising/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

Phone: 512.245.7223

About Amy

Amy Perry is the Academic Advisor I for the grant in PACE Academic Advising. She is passionate about guiding students through their first year at Texas State, and also assisting with Academic Visit Days, HSI events, and transfer student outreach.

Amy graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree, both in Political Science. She has lectured in the Department of Political Science for several years, and additionally lectures in the University Seminar course for first-year students. A supporter and champion of student athletes, Amy was awarded the SunBelt Conference 2019 Faculty Member of the Year for Texas State University.

Brittany Trosky, M.A.

Brittany Trosky

Student Development Specialist for DHSI STEM IMPACT Program/ PACE Academic Advising

Phone: 512.245.7223

About Brittany

Brittany Trosky is a Student Development Specialist for the DHSI STEM IMPACT program in PACE Academic Advising. She is passionate about higher education and helping to foster an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and valued on campus. She assists with Academic Visit Days, HSI events, archival research, and transfer student outreach. 

Brittany graduated from Saint Edward’s University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a double minor in Criminology and Forensic Science. She then earned her Master’s in Counseling. She was a PACE Academic Advisor for 3 years prior to becoming a Student Development Specialist. She knows that every student has their own path to follow and being there to help be supportive and encouraging is priceless.

Kristina Ayala

Grant Senior Secretary, DHSI Programs

Phone: 512.245.1775 

About Kristina

Kristina is a San Marcos native. She started her career at Texas State University working at the LBJ Student Center and then transferred to the Materials Management department, where she has worked for the past eight years, working closely with Accounts Payable and Procurement. She is actively involved with the Texas State community and currently serves as a member of the Staff Resources Committee. Presently, Kristina and her family reside in New Braunfels, TX where they enjoy the beautiful Central Texas countryside and spending time in the great outdoors.

Elizabeth Smith

Graduate Assistant for Strategic Initiatives

About Elizabeth

Asanti McGowan

Asanti McGowan

Social Media Coordinator/Student Worker for DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

About Asanti

Asanti McGowan is the Social Media Coordinator/Student Worker for DHSI STEM Impact Program. Asanti is a sophomore studying International Studies with a minor in Military Science. 

Isabel Lozoya

Event Coordinator/Student Worker for DHSI STEM IMPACT Program

About Isabel 

Isabel Lozoya serves as the student worker, event coordinator. She has an Associate's Degree in Arts from Houston Community College. She is currently studying Political Science with minors in International Studies and Spanish at Texas State University.

Dominique Ocampo

SURE Ambassador

About Dominique

Dominique Ocampo is a senior studying Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. In the summer of 2020, she was a part of the SURE program and was able to conduct research with a faculty member at Texas State. She is now a student worker for the SURE program and aids in outreach and planning for the next SURE cohort.