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SLAC Staff Dr. Carol Dochen is the Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center. She also teaches courses in both University College and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Dr. Dochen earned a B.S. in Psychology/Guidance Studies and an M.Ed. in School Psychology from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, with a minor in Educational Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been employed at Texas State University since 1974.

SLAC Staff Lindley Workman Alyea is the Assistant Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center where she coordinates the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program and oversees SLAC’s outreach and public relations components, including collaboration with New Student and Parent Orientation, Emerging Stars, and Bobcat Preview. Lindley assists SLAC’s Director with strategic planning and other projects that help SLAC meet its long term goals and objectives. She also teaches courses in the Department of English and University College. Lindley holds a B.A. in Radio, Television, & Film and an M.A. in English from the University of North Texas. Lindley began work at Texas State in 2005.

SLAC Staff Meghan Parker is the Assistant Director for the Student Learning Assistance Center, where she leads training and provides primary direction and oversight to the Center's 50 plus tutors, including supervision of the Center’s private tutoring and veteran tutoring veteran program . In addition to serving as the Tutoring Lab lead, Meghan conducts regular study skills consultations with individual students. After furthering her education in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University, Meghan spent 4 years as a Director for a national intercollegiate sorority organization based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Upon moving to Texas, Meghan served as the Assistant Coordinator of the Learning Center at St. Edwards University where her primary responsibility was guiding the Supplemental Instruction Program. At Texas State, Meghan is a sitting member of several committees including the President’s Staff Council, the International Programming Committee, Greek Life Steering Committee, and the Probation Advisory Council. Meghan began working at Texas State in 2010.

 SLAC Staff René LeBlanc is a Student Development Specialist I and assists both the Learning Lab Coordinator and the Instructional Programs Coordinator. She also supervises the Online Writing Laboratory and provides verbal tutor training. René teaches courses in Texas State's English department, too. René received a B.F.A in Studio Art and an M.A. in English from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, specialization fiction, from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. She has been working at Texas State since 1989.

 SLAC Staff Lisa Whittaker is the Systems Support Specialist II and provides technical aid and supervision for the Learning Lab, the Supplemental Instruction program, the Online Writing Lab and for the Student Learning Assistance Center staff. Lisa earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and has been working at Texas State since 1994.

SLAC Staff Kathi Ritch is the Administrative Assistant III and organizes, plans, and directs the efforts of the Student Learning Assistance Center's office staff.  She manages all of the office's clerical operations, supervises student employees, implements administrative policies, and initiates and coordinates all secretarial functions of the Center's office. Kathi worked at Southwest Texas State University from 1980-1998. After a brief absence, she returned to Texas State in August, 2006.

 SLAC Staff Burel Ford is a Student Development Specialist for Title V Programs who works closely with SLAC in guiding and supporting freshmen students through their academic coursework. He also works in collaboration with New Student and Parent Orientation and Emerging Stars. In addition, he also teaches courses in the University College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Michigan State University with a major in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Park University. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous work in higher education since 1993. He has worked at Los Angeles Valley College, University of Saint Mary (KS), Park University (MO), The Pennsylvania State University, and the George Fox University (OR). He was also a Professional Transition Coach with the Langston DuBois Institute (Phoenix, AZ). He has been working at Texas State since 2011.
 SLAC Staff Elijah Guerra is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC’s Learning Lab. He works with the Learning Lab Co-coordinator and assists the tutors. Elijah earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in literature at Texas State University. Currently, he is pursuing his MA in Literature.

SLAC Staff Jamie Rae Parker is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, working in tandem with Lindley Workman Alyea and Senior Leaders to recruit, hire, train, and supervise the SIs. Jamie Rae received her Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from New Mexico State University. Currently, she is working on receiving her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.

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Emerald Crayton is the Graduate Research Assistant for SLAC Outreach, serving as primary coordinator for all outreach programming related to SLAC. She provides educational workshops for student organizations, advisors, faculty, and staff and represents SLAC on committees directly related to outreach, such as Bobcat Preview and New Student Orientation. Emerald has earned a B.S in Kinesiology Exercise Science from Texas Lutheran University and is currently working on her M.Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.

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