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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-San Marcos 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 PAWS 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 Learning Lab Coordinator for the Student Learning Assistance Center and is responsible for the training and work of the Center's tutors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University. Meghan recently moved to Austin after spending 4 years as a Director for a National Sorority Headquarters based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. She 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 Theresa Hoang is the Doctoral Assistant for SLAC Learning Lab. She earned her B.A. in Theology from the University of St. Thomas in 2009 and her M.Ed. in Developmental Education with a concentration in reading in 2013. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Education with a concentration in math. Before coming to SLAC, she taught high school math for two and a half years and then assisted in a developmental reading course at Texas State for a year.

 SLAC Staff Raechel Friedman is the Graduate Research Assistant for SLAC's Learning Lab, assisting the Learning Lab Coordinator in current and future projects. Raechel earned a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University in May 2012. Before she was accepted into the graduate program, she worked as a SLAC office assistant for three years. She is currently working on a M.Ed. in Educational Technology and will be certified to teach Secondary (8-12) Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science courses.

SLAC Staff MK Kennedy is a Graduate Research Assistant for Outreach for the Student Learning Assistance Center. She primarily handles presentations focusing on time management, test taking, study skills, and various other helpful tips to promote success throughout students' academic careers. MK earned her B.A. in Broadcasting/Mass Communications from Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, OH) in May 2013. Currently, she is working toward earning her M. Ed. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.

SLAC Staff Laurie Guerra is the Graduate Research Assistant for SLAC's Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, working closely with the SI Program Coordinator and undergraduate supervisors in current and future projects. Laurie earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University in 2010 and is certified to teach grades EC-6th and ESL. Prior to accepting the position as the GRA for the SI Program, Laurie worked as a political science SI Leader for three semesters during her studies at Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Technology with a minor in Educational Leadership and Administration.