Meet the Center Team

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

Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Director of College Relations at the Center. 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 serves as a coach for the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways 2.0 and 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.

Jeff Crumpley is Director of Operations at the Center. He had previously served as a senior research associate for the Center from 2002–2007.

Jeff supervises multiple aspects of operations of the Center’s research initiative on three national surveys, including oversight of procedures of survey instrument development, registration, sampling, shipments, administration and scanning, institutional reporting, and website development.

He is responsible for responding to questions about survey research and results, working with researchers from national organizations and other universities on special projects, and presenting conference sessions/workshops on survey results and uses of data to improve the quality of undergraduate education.

Jeff provides leadership for special projects, supervising staff, data analysis, and reporting procedures. He also oversees computer and technical support as well as equipment acquisition and maintenance for project operations and staff. He assists the Center director with general administration, including budget development and monitoring.

Before coming to the Center, he conducted program evaluations for the Texas Council on Early Childhood Intervention, the Texas Department of Human Resources, and the Texas Education Agency. He has teaching experience as an instructor at both the college level and K–12. Much of Jeff’s focus in teaching has been working with students with special needs.

Jeff earned his M.A. in experimental psychology and his M.Ed. in special education from Stephen F. Austin State University. He also holds a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University.

Courtney Adkins is the Center’s Assistant Director of Publications.

She provides guidance to the Survey Operations team and manages all publications and website content for the Center. In addition, she represents the Center at various national conferences and workshops. Courtney previously served as College Liaison and Survey Operations Coordinator at the Center.

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 the Center, 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 the Center’s Assistant 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 the Center’s three national surveys. He is also responsible for psychometric analysis of the Center’s instruments and statistical analysis of the Center’s extensive data base on over one million community college students.

Brooke Belsher is a member of the Survey Ops team, and helps to keep the productions floor moving. She assists Jasmine in the day to day processes in productions and is a primary operator of the OpScan scanners. She is also involved in the packing and shipment of the CCSSE and SENSE in addition to reproducing documents needed for the survey packets.

Prior to working at the center, Brooke earned her Associate of Arts in General Studies at Tarrant County College. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dog, collecting old/ odd cameras, and completing chalk typography projects.

Amina Benchouia is the Center’s Administrative Manager.

Amina manages invoicing and payments for Center survey membership and other Center services. She also coordinates arrangements for the annual meeting of the Center’s National Advisory Board. Amina previously served as the Center’s College Relations Coordinator for several years.

Before joining the Center in early 2009, Amina served as 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).

Colleen Bullock is a Research Associate at the Center.

Colleen is responsible for creating and explaining data used by the center, and for developing data used in the web reporting system. Colleen has analysis experience in epidemiology, demography, econometrics, and has used her knowledge of informatics to assist in developing web data query systems. Prior to joining the Center, Colleen worked as a research manager for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, where she provided, analyzed, and explained maternal and child health data to researchers, legislators, and the general citizenry.

Colleen earned her Master’s degree in medical informatics and completed doctoral coursework in educational psychology/psychometrics at the University of Missouri, Columbia. While at the university, Colleen worked for the Center for Distance and Independent Study, where she analyzed exams using quantitative and qualitative psychometrics and assisted students in understanding test results.

Chris Cosart is a Senior Developer/Analyst at the Center for Community College Student Engagement.

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.

Catherine Cunningham is the Center’s Publications Associate. Catherine assists with publications, reports, and advertising for the Center.

Catherine received her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in Latin American Studies and her M.S. in Geography at Texas State University, with a focus on public participation in community planning along the U.S.-Mexico border. She previously worked as a College Liaison for the Center. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as a research associate for the University in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education on a number of research grants in conjunction with the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program and the Department of State Health Services in Texas.

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

Prior to joining the Center, 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.

Alicia Garza is the Business Manager for the Center. 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&nmdash;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.

Marisol Garza is currently a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Community College Student Engagement. In this role, she works alongside the CCCSE research team and aids in compiling research to support new and ongoing projects.

Marisol earned an associate of arts from Lone Star College, a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Houston, and a master of education in counseling and guidance from Texas State University. Marisol has worked in community colleges as a student services professional for over 15 years. She started in higher education as a work-study student in the financial aid office at Lone Star College then went on to hold several positions in student services at Lone Star College, Austin Community College, and Houston Community College. Just before beginning her journey in the Program in Higher Education Leadership at UT, she served as Associate Dean of Student Success and Engagement at Houston Community College. During her time at HCC, she served as member of the Guided Pathways Implementation Team, Achieving the Dream Taskforce, and Core Curriculum Council. Marisol’s research interests are centered around identifying culturally relevant methods for improving educational outcomes for Latina/o community college students.

Micaela Jimenez is an Administrative Assistant at the Center. In this role, she is responsible for maintaining databases, processing CCSSE and SENSE survey registration, and being the primary point of contact for Center guests. She also serves as office-wide support.

Micaela earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. She joined the Center as a student worker in 2016 while pursuing a degree in history.

While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her dog and crafting.

Dani Lindo is a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy studying Education Policy and Planning. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Southern California and an M.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dani was a secondary science educator teaching in traditional public schools in Los Angeles and Austin. Her personal and professional experiences inform and inspire her interests in gentrification, student displacement, school segregation, teacher self-efficacy, and teacher labor markets.

Kyle Lovseth is a Research Associate for the Center. 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.

Mandi Mobley is a College Relations Specialist at the Center. 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 the Center 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 the Center. Prior to joining the Center, 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.

Fazia Rizvi is the Center’s Webmaster. In this role, Fazia is responsible for providing maintenance, oversight, compliance, and continuity for the Center’s website. She administers and maintains a large repository of web pages representing multiple projects and participates in email marketing and online survey administration.

Prior to joining the Center, Fazia served at Texas State University, in roles ranging from training and documentation to quality assurance on software development teams. She served first as University Webmaster, beginning in 1999, developing the university’s initial guidelines for website accessibility for the elderly and visually/mobility challenged. She also 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 also volunteers as the social media director for the Texas Water Safari, a 260+ mile canoe and kayak race from central Texas to the Gulf of Mexico every June, and for Guide Dogs of Texas, an organization that breeds and trains quality guide dogs for Texans who are visually impaired. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Texas State University.

Myndi Swanson is a College Liaison at the Center. Myndi assists member colleges in the survey administration process.

Myndi also served as a College Liaison at the Center during 2012 and 2013. Prior to re-joining the Center, 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 a Senior Administrative Associate at the Center. Jasmine is a member of the Survey Operations team, and is the lead supervisor of the production area. She organizes student worker schedules, oversees the packing and shipment of the CCSSE and SENSE surveys, and is a primary operator of the OpScan scanners. She manages the shipment of Center reports and conference materials as well.

Jasmine earned her Bachelors of Science in Applied Learning and Development at The University of Texas at Austin. She joined the Center 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.