Dr. Israel Nájera earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University and has Masters in Counseling and Guidance and Counseling & Consulting Psychology from the University of Texas/ Pan American and Harvard University, respectively.
Dr. Nájera currently serves as a Senior Staff member with the Texas State University Counseling Center and has previously been employed as a public school teacher and guidance counselor. He has worked as a counselor and licensed child care administrator in residential treatment centers in Texas. He has also been employed as a university adjunct faculty member at several universities in the fields of education and psychology. Dr. Nájera is a former Texas School Board member.
Dr. Nájera has conducted numerous presentations in the areas of multicultural sensitivity, mental health, leadership development and college student adjustment. His most recent work has involved working with retention programs for first generation college students.
Dr. Najera has also presented for the Graduate School and the Office of Minority Affairs at The Ohio State University on issues of retention and graduation of under-represented students. Dr. Nájera’s research interest is the acculturation of Hispanic students and their adjustment to university settings. Dr. Nájera has presented at numerous conferences on issues of mental health and student retention.
Dr. Najera is the founder of the First Generation Student Organization (FGSO) and the Hispanic Policy Network (HPN) at Texas State in San Marcos. Dr. Nájera has been an advisor for several student organizations while at Texas State University.
HPN Duties: Oversees HPN organization, website and membership drive committee.
Direct Line: 512-245-2208
Michelle López is the Associate Director for Student Development and Retention in the Campus Activities and Student Organizations office of the LBJ Student Center at Texas State University-San Marcos. She is an alumna of Texas State from 1996, having received her M.Ed. in Counseling & Guidance with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Ms. López also holds a B.S. in Government with a minor in Spanish from Texas Woman’s University in 1993. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Texas A&M University in Higher Education Administration.
Her experience in higher education has included management roles in the areas of campus activities, cultural programs, leadership development, Greek life, college union administration and residence life. In addition, Ms. Lopez has taught graduate and undergraduate courses, encouraging future generations of students to utilize their leadership skills and talents within and beyond university life.
She holds professional memberships in the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) and Association of College Unions International (ACUI). At Texas State, she has been an active member of the Hispanic Policy Network (HPN) since 2005 and has served as the Co-Chair of the Fiesta de Cien Anos in 2006 and Vice President of the organization from 2008 to present.
Ms. López is also actively involved in her community serving as the District 1 Representative to the Kyle City Council and current Mayor Pro Tem, Executive Committee and Board Member to the United Way of Hays County, President of both the St. Anthony’s Ladies Altar Society in Kyle, Texas, and the Austin Alumnae Panhellenic Association. She enjoys traveling and is married to Ruben, her husband of 12 years. They are proud parents of their two adorable furry children, blue heelers, Jake and Samantha.
Office Line: 512-245-3219
Bio: Steve received his BBA from Texas State University-San Marcos. He is the Technical and Application Support analyst for the Registrar’s office. He provides student and historical ad-hoc informational reports for departments and colleges as well as provides student lists for freedom of information requests. Steve is a Member of AACRAO-American Association of College Registrars and Admissions officers as well as the state affiliation of AACRAO which is TACRAO. He is also a current member and officer of the San Marcos GI Forum.
HPN Duties: Treasurer, Interim Secretary, Conference Planning Committee, Membership