Meet the Team
Dr. Daniel A. Brown
Principal Investigator, Dean of University College
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.
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.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
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.
Activity 1 Associate Director, Student Development Specialist, PACE Advising Services/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
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.
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, where she completed a curriculum focused on the careful reading and discussion of primary source texts.
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.
Amy Perry, M.A.
Academic Advisor I, Grant Specialist, PACE Academic Advising/DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
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.
Student Development Specialist for DHSI STEM IMPACT Program/ PACE Academic Advising
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.
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.
Graduate Assistant for Strategic Initiatives
Faraz is a graduate student at Texas State University. He earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering management systems from the Amirkabir University of Technology; one of the most prestigious universities in Iran. He began his engineering master’s in August of 2018 and has a 4.0 GPA. He is active in research as well and he has had three main publications in 2019. His interests are mainly in Economic Analysis, Model Development, Financial markets, and Market Research.
Professionally, Faraz co-founded two startups in his home country in the fields of Startup Investment and E-Learning. Since coming to the US, he has worked with the NASA STEM EPDC project on the topic of “Water on Mars”. He is currently a graduate research assistant at Texas State's University College department and he is involved with the SURE program and Grant Data Analysis.
Social Media Coordinator/Student Worker for DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
Samantha graduated from Dripping Springs High School in 2014. She then went to Austin Community College to complete basic coursework and transferred to St. Edward's University. After a year at St. Edward's she transferred to Texas State University to study Communication and Spanish. She spent the Summer of 2019 doing an internship for Taylor Collective Solutions, getting experience in PR and Social Media. Now she is a full time student and a part time Student Worker/ Social Media Coordinator for DHSI STEM IMPACT.
Event Coordinator/Student Worker for DHSI STEM IMPACT Program
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.