Student and Alumni Recognition

Featured Alumni

 

Porshè L. ChilesPorshè Chiles

MEd in Higher Education, 2013

Assistant Director for Cross-Cultural Engagement
Wake Forest University

How did your UNT Higher Education degree help you get your current position?

My degree prepared me for my current position in several ways. It gave me the opportunity to engage supportive faculty who have assisted my professional journey. It allowed me access to many great graduate assistantships and internships, including in the UNT Multicultural Center, the Study Abroad Office, the North Texas in DC program, and at the U.S. Department of State, which gave me the pedagogical skills needed in my current position.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

My current role is multifaceted. I am responsible for curriculum design and instruction of three study abroad focused courses. As a graduate student, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate a couple of undergraduate courses. That experience increased my confidence and proficiency in course design, course instruction, and classroom management.

Bill CoppolaBill Coppola

PhD in Higher Education, 1999

MEd in Vocational Education, 1989

President, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Arlington, TX

How did your UNT Higher Education Degree help you get your current position?

The most valuable part of my education degree was the one-on-one collaboration with my professors and colleagues. I received a broad education the helped me develop my path to the presidency.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

Having my doctorate in higher education from UNT has given me a good base that covers all aspects of higher education, especially leading a college of 15,000 students.

Jose Da SilvaJose Da Silva

PhD in Higher Education, 2017

Vice President of Student Affairs
Walla Walla Community College
Walla Walla, WA

How did your UNT Higher Education degree help you get your current position?

The quality of education and instructional rigor of the UNT higher education program, including the community college leadership certificate program, prepared me to be an effective leader and higher education practitioner. Additionally, the mentorship and guidance that I continue to receive from the faculty in the higher education program still serve as a pillar of support to me in my profession.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

In addition to utilizing the various research papers as a platform to making data and research-based decisions, my degree is also helping me on a path to become a community college president in the future.

Greta DavisGreta Davis

PhD in Counseling, 2007

Clinical Assistant Professor
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

Career Counselor
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Career Management Program
Dallas, TX

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

Graduating from a highly reputable, CACREP-accredited program with a specialization in career counseling and development helped me competitively apply for a counselor educator position at SMU. In addition, coursework and practical experiences enabled me to earn the Master Career Counselor designation from the National Career Development Association. This credential and the program experiences served as a strong foundation for my concurrent work as a Career Counselor at the FDIC.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

Through exceptional coursework, close faculty supervision, and an encouraging environment, the Program prepared me to become a counselor educator and practitioner with strong teaching, supervisory, and clinical skills. Every day I use the skills I learned to facilitate growth and development with students and clients. Additionally, and more personally, my minor in play therapy helped me understand how children use play to express themselves and prepared me to be a better parent to my children, Samuel and Margaret.

Cyndi (Brinkman) DoyleCyndi Doyle

MEd in Counseling, 1995

Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor
Co-Owner and Practitioner, Pecan Branch Counseling, Denton, TX
Founder, Code 4 Couples
President, Texas Counseling Association, 2017-2018

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

Although my degree was the culmination of my program, it was the coursework and the professors that instilled the components of foundational counseling skills and ethics, stretching me into uncomfortable areas. The result was my professional growth, including the value of giving back to my community and advocating not just for our clients but for our profession through involvement in professional organizations. These components are what underscore my journey and success as a clinician, business owner, and advocate for our profession.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

As a private practitioner, I utilize all of the foundational skills I learned at UNT to facilitate the growth of my clients. My LPC-Interns benefit from the knowledge and values that I gained from the program as I, like my professors before me, challenge them to stretch and mentor them through their own journeys of professional identity.

Lee ForestLisa Forest

MEd in Counseling, 2005

Director, GLBTA Pride Center
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

The search committee -- two of whom were counselors themselves -- quickly recognized that the knowledge and skills I acquired from my studies at UNT were exactly the qualifications they were seeking in a candidate. My UNT Counseling degree enabled me to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of identity development and the ability to create a safe environment that would support students' psychosocial growth.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

Not a day goes by that I do not draw upon my counseling skills. It is my responsibility to educate the campus community on the often sensitive topics of gender and sexuality. I attribute my success in this role in large part to the skills I developed at UNT, such as active listening, establishing effective relationships, and sustaining constructive discourse.

Yvonne Garza-ChavesYvonne Garza-Chaves

PhD in Counseling, 2004

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Play Therapy Training Institute
Department of Counselor Education
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

During the interview for my job position, the search committee commented on the excellent training and experience that was detailed in my vita; experience in teaching, supervision, as well as grant work were particularly noted as factors that helped me stand out amongst other applicants.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

I teach Theories of Counseling, Basics of Play Therapy, and Advanced Play Therapy. Professors at UNT influenced the very essence of who I am as an instructor and mentor. The structure of my UNT theories class is how I outline my theories class now. I also have gained the confidence to spread my leadership wings: I developed Sandtray Therapy as one of our electives and developed Child and Adolescent Counseling as an online offering to better meet the needs of a diversified group of students. I created the PT Training institute at SHSU where students can earn a certificate in Play Therapy. I have continued to work with UNT to obtain my credential as an approved Supervisor of Child Centered Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Training, enabling me to offer supervision to students who are unable to move north for specialized training.

Davis GoodwinDavis Goodwin

MS in Counseling, 2014

Program Administrator of Jail Diversion Services
TCOOMMI Program Director
Collin County, TX

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

UNT provided such a well-rounded education, including diagnosis, assessment, proper documentation, ethics, and expectations and understanding of community mental health services in Texas. All of this, and more not listed, allowed me to feel prepared and confident in taking on more responsibilities with my organization.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

There isn't a day I don't use something I learned from UNT. As a program administrator I have my hands in numerous projects, which requires a breadth of knowledge in many different areas. At UNT I got more than just a 'foundation for my future'; I truly don't think I would be where I am today if I had attended a different Counseling program.

Kizuwanda Gayden GrantKizuwanda Grant

PhD in Higher Education, Community College Leadership, 2005

Vice President, Academic Affairs
Paul Quinn College
Dallas, TX

How did your UNT Higher Education Degree help you get your current position?

My career in high education can be traced back to an internship I started at North Central Texas College while a student in the higher education program.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

I believe my degree taught me to boldly ask questions and to use data to support the decision making process.

Keith LambKeith Lamb

PhD in Higher Education, 2010

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Midwestern State University
Witchita Falls, TX

How did your UNT Higher Education Degree help you get your current position?

The education I received aids in my understanding of higher education's complex environment with many moving parts. This understanding and ability to apply concepts learned at UNT were necessary to obtain my current position.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

The quality of the Higher Education program and the experience of the faculty allowed me to apply concepts from the classroom directly to my professional position. In addition, the network created with faculty and fellow students has proven to be important to my current position.

Deborah Lintz-HillDeborah Lintz-Hill

MEd in Counseling, 2011

Director, Project Hope
The Storehouse of Collin County

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

I was amply prepared for a leadership position during my time in the UNT Counseling Program. My education is an important resource in our everyday operations here at The Storehouse of Collin County.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

My degree is an invaluable asset as we seek to respond holistically to our community outreach clientele. It also gives me a window into each of our clients and their individual needs.

Kiersten RapstineKiersten Rapstine

MEd in Counseling, 2004

Clinical Supervisor, The Renfrew Center of Texas
Independent Counselor, Private Practice

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

My degree laid the foundation for me to become a Texas LPC-Supervisor and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist – credentials vital to my work both at The Renfrew Center and in my private practice.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

The seeds planted at UNT continue to prove fruitful for me professionally. I draw every day from my education in UNT's Counseling Program. I also LOVE returning to campus a few times a year to talk in Dr. Giordano's addictions class about the field of eating disorders treatment, and I am able to see the quality education and the professionalism of UNT Counseling Program students who complete their internships at The Renfrew Center.

Angela Sheely-MooreAngela Sheely-Moore

PhD in Counseling, 2008

Associate Professor, Counseling
Director, PhD Program in Counseling
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

My experiences as a doctoral student involved the appropriate balance of service, teaching, and research. During my job interviews, faculty search committees seemed most impressed with the degree of involvement I'd had in research beyond my dissertation study.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree(s) in your current position?

As a faculty member, the applications of my earned degree are endless. Through service learning at UNT, I encountered tremendous personal and professional growth, and it is my hope to provide the same types of experiences for my students while simultaneously serving the needs of the community.

Cara WalkerCara Walker

MEd in Higher Education, 2010

Coordinator of Student Activities
Tarrant County College -- Northeast Campus

How did your UNT Higher Education degree help you get your current position?

My degree helped me get my current position by ensuring thorough study of numerous responsibilities involved within Student Affairs. While at UNT I was also given the opportunity to do a special project on Community College Student Affairs, which was very helpful in securing my position.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

I am so thankful to have received a quality education that has guided me in my position, particularly being devoted to student learning outcomes and connecting theory to our work. I am passionate about the “why” of what we do at TCC, and it is all due to what I learned at UNT.

Student Recognition

Brittany Ankeny (Higher Education, Master’s Student) - 2016 Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administration’s Virtual Case Study Competition - First Place

Elizabeth Burgin (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2017 Pat Tillman Foundation's Scholarship; 2017 Association for Play Therapy's Mining Report Editor

Marjorie Marie Brown (Counseling, Master’s Student) - 2018 National Board for Certified Counselors’s Minority Fellowship - Youth

Ah Ra Cho (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2015 National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals's Graduate Student Enrollment Management Research Grant; 2016 American Education Research Association (AERA) Division J Post-secondary Education's Graduate Student Member-at-Large; 2017 AERA Division J Post-secondary Education's Senior Graduate Student Representative; 2017 Association for Education Finance and Policy's Practitioner Subsidy Conference Grant

Kimberly Faris (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2016 National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students’s Dissertation of the Year Honorable Mention

Janice Hicks (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2017 American Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

Kirsten Kram (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2018 Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling’s Dissertation Research Grant; 2018 Texas Association for Play Therapy’s Dan E. Homeyer Research Grant

Kelsey Kunkle (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2018 NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Research Grant; 2018-2020 NASPA New Professionals and Graduate Students Knowledge Community’s Doctoral Student Professional Development Co-Coordinator

Sahar Loseu (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2018 UNT Nominee to the CGS/Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award competition (Social Sciences category)

Brittany Markowitz Landau (Higher Education, Master’s Student) - 2016 Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administration’s Virtual Case Study Competition - First Place

Victoria McWilliams (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2017 City of Arlington Travel and Sports Legacy Foundation's Board of Directors Founding Member; 2018 Texas TRIO Association's Secretary

Consuela Perez Mitchell (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2015-16 Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators's Training committee chairperson; 2017 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators's Forward50 committee member

Citlali Molina (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2018 National Board for Certified Counselors’s Minority Fellowship

Catherine Olivarez (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2015 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education's Graduate Student Fellowship; 2018 American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education’s Kurt M. Landgraf Outstanding Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

Marianna (Mia) Oller (Counseling, Doctoral Student) – 2019-20 Association for Humanistic Counseling’s Emerging Leader

Pedro Portillo (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2016 Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education’s Graduate Fellowship

Ana Guadalupe Reyes (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2018 Chi Sigma Iota Rho Kappa Chapter’s Outstanding Doctoral Student Award; 2017-2018 National Board of Certified Counselors’s Minority Fellowship Program  (Doctoral Fellow); 2017-2018 Chi Sigma Iota International’s Leadership Fellow; 2016 Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Advocacy Grant 

Rochelle Ritzi (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2015 University of North Texas's Research Grant; 2015-18 Texas Association for Play Therapy's President Elect/President/Past President

Nydia C. Sanchez (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2015 Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education's Graduate Fellowship Award for Dissertation Research; 2015 American Educational Research Association Division J's Postsecondary Education Emerging Scholar; 2016 UNT's Golden Eagle Award; 2016 NAEd/Spencer Foundation's Dissertation Fellowship; 2017 Student Portraits Symposium for North Texas Educators's 1st Place Poster Award; 2017 UNT's Student Innovator Award

Ariana Stern-Luna (Counseling, Master’s Student) - 2015 University of North Texas Multicultural Scholastic Award Program’s Scholarship

Coleman Sulak (Higher Education, Master’s Student) - 2016 Southwest Association of College & University Housing Officers’s’ Bob Huss Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Jose Tapia-Fuselier (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2018-19 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Graduate Student Representative

Nicholas Tapia-Fuselier (Higher Education, Doctoral Student) - 2016-19 ACPA-College Student Educators International's Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice Chair; 2017 ACPA-College Student Educators International's Annuit Coeptis Award for Emerging Professional; 2018 NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Research Grant 

Shelby Todd (Higher Education, Master’s Student) - 2018 NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Region 3 Board's Graduate Student Representatative

Katherine von Rosenberg (Counseling, Master’s Student) - 2018 Northern Metro Counseling Association’s Scholarship

Braden Weinmann (Counseling, Master’s Student) - 2018 Northern Metro Counseling Association’s Scholarship

Mickey White (Counseling, Doctoral Student) - 2016 Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 's Research Grant; 2018 Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling's Research Grant; 2018 Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling’s Emerging Leader (Doctoral student category); 2018-2020 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s Emerging Leader