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Carol Dochen Photo Dr. Carol Dochen is the Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC). She also serves as the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) coordinating prelaw advisor for Texas State and has taught University Seminar 1100 since 1994. Carol actively participates in state, regional, and national professional organizations for both developmental education and prelaw advising as a mentor, presenter, author, and consultant. She 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.

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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 such as the College Note Taking workshop for Bobcat Preview. Lindley assists SLAC’s Director with strategic planning and other projects that help SLAC meet its long term goals and objectives. She is a long-time teacher of University Seminar and serves as a Faculty Mentor to US 1100. Lindley holds a B.A. in Radio, Television, & Film and an M.A. in English from the University of North Texas. Over the years, she has worked in collaboration with New Student and Parent Orientation, the Emerging Stars Summer Bridge program, and has also taught Freshman Composition at the University level. Lindley began work at Texas State in 2005.

Rene Photo 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 writing tutor training and other trainings as needed. In addition, René is an official prelaw advisor and works in this capacity with students who are planning to go to law school. René teaches courses in Texas State's English and Honors departments, 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 is currently working on her Ph.D. in Developmental Education. She has been employed at Texas State University since 1989.

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Victor M. Capellan is SLAC’s SI Coordinator for STEM. He is responsible for the daily management of SLAC's SI program in Computer Science & Mathematics, as well as the Team Leader component of SI leadership. Victor graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed. degree in Higher Education Leadership. Victor is an active researcher and a former SI leader himself. He joined Texas State University in July of 2018.

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Catharina (Cat) Reyes is SLAC's newest staff member, serving as Coordinator of the Veteran Academic Success Center and Learning Lab Specialist. She supports tutors, lab assistants, and guides in the SLAC Lab, at the Athletic Academic Center, and at the Veteran Academic Success Center. Cat is a forever bobcat, as she obtained her Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Spanish as well as her M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Texas State University. She joined Texas State University in June of 2019.

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Lisa Whittaker is the Systems Support Specialist II and provides technical aid and/or supervision for the Learning Lab, the Supplemental Instruction program, Veterans Academic Success Center, the Online Writing Lab, and Distance Tutoring program for the Student Learning Assistance Center staff. Lisa also serves as the SLAC webmaster. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and has been working at Texas State since 1994.

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Michelle L. Villalpando is the Administrative Assistant III and directs the efforts of the Student Learning Assistance Center's office.  She manages all the office's clerical operations, supervises student employees, implements administrative policies, and initiates and coordinates all secretarial functions of the SLAC office. Michelle also serves as a mentor through the Bobcat Bond program. She received her BS in Recreational Administration and an M.Ed. in Education from Texas State University. Michelle joined Texas State University in 2014.

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Leela Schooler is the Graduate Assistant for the SLAC Learning Lab, assisting the Lab Coordinator, Learning Lab Specialists, and the Supervising Lead Tutors to ensure a smooth, cohesive lab experience. Leela has been a SLACer since Fall 2017, when she was hired as a Lab and Office Assistant. From there, she pioneered the Staff Assistant position, learning more about SLAC while cementing her love for the work that the organization does before assuming her current position. She graduated with her BA in Mass Communication from Texas State University in the fall of 2018, and is currently pursuing her MA in Communication Studies, with a focus in political and gender communication.

Samantha Photo Samantha Allred is the Graduate Assistant for SLAC's Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, working closely with Lindley Workman Alyea, Victor Capellán, and Senior Leaders to recruit, hire, train, and supervise the SI’s. Samantha received her B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is currently working on receiving her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Texas State University.

Taylor Photo Taylor Shelton is the Graduate 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. Taylor earned her B.A. in Integrative Studies, with a focus in English, Women and Gender Studies, and Counseling from The University of North Texas and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling.