Meet Our 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.|
|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.|
|Dr. Carl Van Aacken is the Lab Coordinator for the Student Learning Assistance Center, where he coordinates the Tutoring Program, including supervision of the Center’s private tutoring and Veteran Tutoring Veteran Program. Carl is a graduate of Texas State University with a Ph.D. in Adult Education. Prior to starting doctoral studies, Carl completed more than twenty-five years of military service in the U.S. Army. His military service included three combat theater deployments and duty as a Drill Instructor, Pre-Ranger Instructor, and CSM Instructor. His current areas of research interest focuses on postsecondary student success, elements that influence learning, and the role of emotions in learning. Carl joined the team at Texas State in 2016. Military experiences.|
|René LeBlanc is the Student Development Specialist III 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.|
|Annette A. Gutierrez is the SI STEM Coordinator. She is responsible for daily management of SLAC's SI program in the College of Science & Engineering. Annette graduated with a BS degree in Biology form Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. After graduation, she received her teacher’s certificate and taught science and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) at the high school level. Inspired by her students, Annette later graduated with a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Soon after she served as the Pre-Health Professions Advisor at St. Mary’s University. She began working at Texas State University in 2016 and is excited to be a Bobcat!|
|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.|
|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.|
|Bernadine Asias is the Doctoral Assistant for SLAC’s Learning Lab. She works with the Learning Lab Coordinator and assists the tutors. She earned her B.S. in Kinesiology - Exercise Science at the University of Houston. Currently, she is working on her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.|
|Brenda Lopez is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC’s Learning Lab. She works with the Learning Lab Coordinator and assists the tutors. Brenda earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Technical Theatre at Texas State University. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Ed for Student Affairs in Higher Education.
Catharina (Cat) Reyes is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC's AAC/End Zone location. She works with the Learning Lab Coordinator and assists tutors at the AAC/End Zone. Cat obtained her Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish at Texas State University. Currently, she is pursuing her M.Ed. in Secondary Education.
|Catherine Gonzalez is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC’s Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program, working closely with Lindley Workman Alyea, and Senior Leaders to recruit, hire, train, and supervise the SI’s. Catherine received her B.S in Psychology and Counseling from Southwestern Christian University, in Bethany, Oklahoma. Currently, she is working on receiving her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.|
|Jake Michalski is the Graduate Research Assistant for SLAC Outreach, serving as primary coordinator for all outreach programming related to SLAC. He 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. Jake earned his B.A. in Human Communication and Organizational Leadership from Butler University and is currently working on his M.A. in Communication and certificates in Corporate Training and Development and Argumentative Dispute and Resolution.|