Meet the CCCSE Team

Linda García is the Executive Director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Director of College Relations at CCCSE. Previously, Linda was Vice President of Community College Relations at the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, and she has worked at Lone Star College, Maricopa Community Colleges, and The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Linda’s experience includes student development, instructional support, grant writing, and teaching. She served as a coach for the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 and continues in this same role for the Texas Pathways Project.

Linda earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in broadcast and a doctorate in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership from The University of Texas at Austin. Her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is from The University of Texas at Brownsville.

Courtney Adkins is CCCSE’s Associate Director of Publications.

She supervises CCCSE’s survey operations, supports CCCSE’s general operations, writes for publication, and manages all publication and website content for CCCSE. In addition, she represents CCCSE at various national conferences and workshops. Courtney previously served as College Liaison and Survey Operations Coordinator at CCCSE.

Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in English education and a master’s in English literature from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She earned a doctorate in English literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While in graduate school, she taught as an adjunct faculty member at South Louisiana Community College. Before coming to CCCSE, Courtney taught full time at Baton Rouge Community College and also taught part time at Southern University. She has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College.

Mike Bohlig is CCCSE’s Associate Director of Research.

Mike has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on tests and measurement and with expertise in psychometrics, item response theory, structural equation modeling and longitudinal data analysis. He has extensive experience in applied statistical research in the areas of epidemiology, community-based clinical trials in behavioral research, and pharmaceutical clinical trials which provides him with an excellent understanding and knowledge as well as extensive skills in conducting rigorous scientifically-based research.

Dr. Bohlig supervises the Research and Data Analysis team which is responsible for data management and reporting for CCCSE’s three national surveys. He is also responsible for psychometric analysis of CCCSE’s instruments and statistical analysis of CCCSE’s extensive data base on over one million community college students.

Chris Cosart is CCCSE's Associate Director of Information Technology.

Chris previously worked as a database developer and data manager at the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency and at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Houston Community College and Lone Star College – Montgomery.

He has a B.A. from Rice University and an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Brooke Belsher is a Senior Administrative Associate at CCCSE.

She is a member of the Survey Ops team and oversees the day to day processes in productions, as well as the packing and shipment of the CCSSE and SENSE. She manages CCCSE’s student workers, and is involved in creating promotional materials for CCCSE’s web presence and online survey administrations.

Prior to working at CCCSE, Brooke earned her Associate of Arts in General Studies at Tarrant County College and is currently pursuing a degree in Visual Communication. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dog, reading, and gardening.

Amina Benchouia is CCCSE’s Administrative Manager.

In addition to providing comprehensive operational support to CCCSE’s Executive Director and leadership team, Amina manages pricing, invoicing, and payments for survey membership and other CCCSE services. She also coordinates activities related to CCCSE’s National Advisory Board. Amina has previously served as CCCSE’s College Relations Coordinator, among other roles.

Before joining CCCSE in early 2009, Amina was an editor for the Saxon Phonics and Spelling program at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Supplemental Publishers in Austin and as a copy editor, wire editor, and designer at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in South Texas. Amina earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in print media in 2006 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she edited for The Daily Texan and served as president of the Society of Professional Journalists (UT Austin Student Chapter). Amina appreciates being able to employ her journalism and editing background as part of CCCSE’s editorial pursuits, including national research reports and journal articles.

Outside of work, Amina enjoys consuming culture (music, film, art, food, etc.) and exploring new places. She is also partial to recharging at home, which she shares with her husband, two children, and “les dames blondes” (their weenie dog companions). In spare moments, she finds great happiness in making jewelry and reading novels.

Emilio Delboy is the Survey Operations Coordinator for CCCSE. Emilio helps member colleges navigate the survey administration process.

Prior to joining CCCSE, he worked in recruitment for the CUNY Start Program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as part of a random assignment study to evaluate the program’s impact. Before this, Emilio worked in field research for a statewide health survey and in data collection at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also earned a B.A. in Political Science.

Reyna Flores is a Graduate Research Assistant for CCCSE.

Reyna is a doctoral student in the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a first-generation student, Mexican American, and daughter of migrant and seasonal farmworkers who grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, the southern border region of Texas.

Reyna earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edward’s University and master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance with an emphasis on Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University. Through her participation in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at St. Edward’s, Reyna gained interest in educational inequities that led her to pursue a career in higher education. Outside of work and school, Reyna enjoys life with her partner and dogs and visiting her family in the Valley.

Alicia Garza is the Business Manager for CCCSE.

Previously she has worked for the University of Texas in the Office of the Dean of Students and in Executive Education in the Red McCombs School of Business. Additionally, she has taught American history, contributed to The New Handbook of Texas, and organized fund raisers for her favorite charities.

Alicia earned her M.A. in history at The University of Texas—Pan American and her M.B.A. in finance is from St. Edward’s University.

During her free time Alicia enjoys gardening, hiking and martial arts.

Kyle Lovseth is a Research Associate for CCCSE.

Kyle earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Kansas, where he studied language and emotion processing in general and special populations. He then studied at McGill University in Montreal, where he investigated language processing and earned a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology. In addition to his research at McGill, he developed a passion for statistics and statistical programming, which he now utilizes at CCSSE.

Abby McAlister is a College Liaison at CCCSE.

Abby assists member colleges in the survey administration process. She helps with the Dual Enrollment survey project, as well as other special projects.

Prior to this role, she served at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina, where she worked with dual enrollment students and matriculating high school seniors. Abby began her career teaching high school chemistry and AVID in Dallas Independent School District as a Teach for America corps member.

Abby earned a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University and a Masters of Education in Education Policy and Leadership from Harvard University.

Mandi Mobley is a College Relations Specialist at CCCSE.

In this role, Mandi supports the College Relations team with marketing, recruitment, and membership services. She also provides administrative support with logistical arrangements and registrations for meetings and special events.

Prior to joining CCCSE in 2010 as a student worker, she worked with non-profits based out of San Diego and Washington D.C., and traveled across the US and abroad. Outside of work, Mandi enjoys playing with her dog and weekly board game nights with her husband and family.

Coral Noonan-Terry is the Program Manager of Special Projects at CCCSE.

Prior to joining CCCSE, she was the Vice President and Dean of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University (NAU), overseeing NAU’s master’s programs. She also served as the Interim Director, Associate Director, and Conference and Partnership Coordinator at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Under her leadership, NISOD’s Conference was the largest conference to focus on community college issues in the country for six years consecutively. She directed the Technology Leadership Academy, a Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Catalyst grant. Under her leadership, the Technology Leadership Academy was recognized as a model online learning community by the U.S. Distance Education Report.

Dr. Noonan-Terry is a teacher at heart and has taught bilingual special education through graduate levels, and her expertise is in working with limited English proficient students with disabilities. She started her teaching career as a Developmental Communications (ESL) instructor at Austin Community College.

Dr. Noonan-Terry earned her Bachelors of Science degree in elementary bilingual special education; Master of Arts in Multicultural Special Education; a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration, in the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) at The University of Texas at Austin and was named a Distinguished Graduate of the CCLP; and a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College.

Michael Reid Jr. is a doctoral student in the Education Policy and Planning in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael has had previous experience as a research assistant in education research environments and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the ScHOLA2RS House learning community at the University of Connecticut. Through his experience as a McNair Scholar, Michael developed a passion for using quantitative research methods to produce knowledge on complex education problems.

Both degrees were obtained from the University of Connecticut, Michael earned a bachelor’s in English and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in research methods, measurement, and evaluation. Michael’s research focuses on conducting data-driven policy analysis to leverage effective policy solutions that support impoverished and at-risk students. In his free time, Michael enjoys writing, photography, community service, and basketball.

Fazia Rizvi is CCCSE's Webmaster.

Besides the website, she also provides technical support to CCCSE staff, develops and maintains the Qualtrics-based surveys, and is involved in many of the audio and video projects.

Prior to joining CCCSE, Fazia served at Texas State University as their first University Webmaster, beginning in 1999. Growing the university’s web presence, developing policies and procedures, and the university’s initial guidelines for web accessibility, her roles eventually ranged from training and documentation to quality assurance on software development teams. Before Texas State she served as a web developer and software training specialist for University of Houston, and as a web developer for a telecommunications company.

An actor appearing in independent short and full-length feature films, Fazia spends her free time spinning wool and weaving on one of her five looms. She currently serves as Vice President and Program Director for the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin (WSSA). She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University.

Hailey Sullivan is an Administrative Assistant at CCCSE.

In this role, Hailey assists the production team with survey operations and maintains contact databases in support of communication efforts and publication distribution.

Hailey earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Sam Houston State University and her associate degree in 3D Animation at Austin Community College. In her free time Hailey enjoys reading, exploring restaurants, and nature walks.

Myndi Swanson is a College Liaison at CCCSE.

Myndi assists member colleges in the survey administration process.

Myndi also served as a College Liaison at CCCSE during 2012 and 2013. Prior to re-joining CCCSE, Myndi lived and worked overseas for four years. While overseas, Myndi consulted with an international NGO and a local consulting firm. She has also worked on two other research projects at the University of Texas at Austin, including the Institute for Organizational Excellence. Myndi earned her BA in English and MS in Social Work, both at The University of Texas at Austin.

Jasmine Venzant is the Accounting and Finance Associate at CCCSE.

Jasmine is a part of the administrative and accounting teams. In this role she assists the business manager in her many duties and also supports the administrative team in keeping the Center functioning smoothly.

Jasmine earned her Bachelors of Science in Applied Learning and Development at The University of Texas at Austin. She joined CCCSE as a student worker in 2011 while earning her degree and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. Outside of work, Jasmine likes to play sports and spend time with friends and family.

Hongwei Yu is a Research Associate at CCCSE.

His work centers on data management and cleaning, web-based data reporting and analysis for national surveys such as Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE).

Hongwei’s work at CCCSE centers on data management and cleaning, as well as web-based data reporting and analysis for CCCSE’s national surveys (CCFSSE, etc.). Prior to joining CCCSE, he worked as Associate Researcher and Survey Director of the National Survey of College Internships (NSCI) at the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before CCWT, he worked as a Research Associate at CCCSE, and he held postdoctoral fellowships at Baylor University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hongwei obtained his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from the University of Florida. Hongwei specializes in analyzing large-scale datasets using multivariate analysis techniques. His research focuses on student learning and engagement, academic transfer, college internships, and institutional policies.