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Meet Our Staff

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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 taught University Seminar 1100 from 1994 to 2020. 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 was awarded the Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2019, the Texas State University System Regent’s Staff Excellence Award in 2020, and the First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center at the First Year Experience (FYE) conference in 2020. Carol 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 Associate Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center where she coordinates the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program and oversees SLAC’s outreach and public relations components. Lindley assists SLAC’s Director with strategic planning and other projects that help SLAC meet its long-term goals and objectives. She is a longstanding teacher of University Seminar, has served as a Faculty Mentor to US 1100, and taught Freshman Composition at the University level. 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 Bobcat Preview, New Student and Family Orientation, and the Emerging Stars Summer Bridge program, among others. Lindley joined the Texas State family in 2005.


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David I. Beadle is the Assistant Director of the Student Learning Assistance Center where he coordinates the Learning Lab and the Veteran Academic Success Center (VASC). His primary role is to support the SLAC and VASC student leadership. David has taught Fundamentals of Human Communication and Business Communication and Professional Development at Texas State University; served as a presentation coach to student, staff, and faculty; co-facilitated small group research with CoSearch; co-curated a TEDx Texas State University event; and continues to collaborate with the Veteran Advisory Counsel. David earned a B.A.A.S in Interdisciplinary Studies and his M.A. in Communication Studies, both from Texas State University. David joined SLAC in April 2020..


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Victor M. Capellán 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 B.A. 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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Jade Figueroa is the Tutorial Services Coordinator for SLAC where she is responsible for supervising the Learning Lab, facilitating tutor trainings, and overseeing the private tutor referral program. Jade graduated from Texas State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Developmental Education. During her graduate program, she interned for Student Support Services at Texas State before beginning her professional career with the University in 2019 as an academic advisor in the McCoy College of Business. Jade joined the SLAC team in August 2021 and has happily accepted her fate of being a forever Bobcat!


Rene Photo René LeBlanc is the Writing Services Coordinator, supervising the Online Writing Laboratory (OWL) and providing writing tutor training and writing assistance 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; she also works with students applying to professional programs. 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 at Texas State University. She has been employed at Texas State University since 1989.

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Lisa Whittaker is the Systems Support Specialist II and provides technical support to the Learning Lab, the Supplemental Instruction program, Veteran Academic Success Center, the Online Writing Lab, 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. Lisa has been working at Texas State University 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 department. Michelle also serves as a mentor through the Bobcat Bond program. She received her B.S. in Recreational Administration and an M.Ed. in Education from Texas State University. Michelle joined Texas State University in 2014.


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Sarah Nebhut is the Graduate Assistant for Supplemental Instruction. She assists in the leadership of the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, focusing on recruitment, hiring, and training SI Leaders, assessing the program and planning events, . Sarah graduated in the spring of 2020 with a B.A. in Biology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and is currently working towards her M.Ed. degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University.


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Christopher Lang is the Graduate Assistant for Outreach. He is primarily charged with creating, coordinating, and presenting educational workshops for student organizations, advisors, faculty, and staff. Christopher will also be representing SLAC at events and on committees that are related to academic support outreach initiatives. He graduated with his B.S. in Mathematics for Teachers of Secondary School from the University of California, Riverside, in the spring of 2021, and is currently pursuing his M.Ed in Student Affairs and Higher Education through the SAHE program at Texas State.