2013 – 2014 Board Biographies

 

President - Andrew Harper

Employer Relations Manager - St. Edward’s University

Andrew David Harper has served on the Executive Board of Directors for TxCEIA since July 2012 and chaired the 2103 annual conference.  Andrew has worked in the Career Services Office at St. Edward's University since 2007 in the positions of Internship Coordinator and Employer Relations Manager. He has developed and taught career management courses, advised undergraduate and graduate students on internship and job searching, administered a nonprofit community internship program, served as a liaison to The Washington Center Program, and implemented interactive recruiting events with employers to assist students with career exploration and professional networking. Andrew also serves as the co-advisor to PRIDE, the campus LGBT student organization.  Prior to joining the career services team at St. Edward's University, Andrew worked as a Career Services Advisor at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Austin. 

 

Andrew has been dedicated to advancing career development and experiential learning in higher education through his involvement in several professional associations. Through the National Association of Colleges & Universities (NACE), Andrew has completed the Management Leadership Institute (MLI), currently serves on the Honors & Awards committee and is a member of the 2013-14 Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) cohort.  This past year, he joined the Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) Social Media committee.  He also has presented a several regional and national conferences for the Southern Association of Colleges & Universities (SoACE), Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA), Directors of Volunteers in America (DOVIA) - Austin Chapter, and the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Scholars (HSC) Program.  

 

Andrew is active in the Austin community as a grant reviewer for the Greenlights for Nonprofit Success 501 Council and member of the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC) Programs Advisory Council.  

 

Andrew earned his B.A. in English Writing & Rhetoric and Master of Liberal Arts in Social Sciences at St. Edward’s University. In addition to working in Career Services, Andrew has taught American history courses at St. Edward’s University and Austin Community College.

 

Vice President & 2014 Conference Chair - Araceli “Sally” Pérez-Ramos

Internship Coordinator - St. Edward’s University

 

Araceli “Sally” Pérez-Ramos is currently the Internship Coordinator for the Office of Career Services at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Sally has worked in Career Services since 2006 beginning her career in higher education at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). She works with students throughout the duration of their internship search process, helping students in locating internship opportunities and preparing them to apply to internships with resume and interviewing assistance. Sally also manages a variety of internship programming such as the HEB Community Internship Program, the St. Edward’s University Community Internship Program, the Externship/Job Shadowing Program, the St. Edward’s University Work Study Community Internship Program and the Washington Center Internship Program.

 

Sally graduated from UTPA in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in College Student Development at St. Edward’s University. Prior to her career in Career Services, Sally gained extensive knowledge working within local, state and national government offices and political campaigns. It is through her college and professional experience that she came to understand the importance of professional development at the collegiate level. Because of this, she has pursued higher education as her career and enjoys the impact she and her office make – one student at a time.

 

Sally is an active member of the Social Media Sub-Committee for the Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA), Texas Cooperative Education and Internship Association (TxCEIA), National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE). She is currently the Vice President and Conference Chair for TxCEIA.

 

Past President - Carole Coleman

Engineer Coop Coordinator – University of Texas at Arlington

 

Carole Coleman came to the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005 as the Engineering Cooperative Education and Internship Coordinator. Previously she worked as a Human Resource Consultant and Unemployment Coordinator, for a DFW employee leasing company. In that position, she earned her Professional in Human Resources Certification. Before that, she worked as an Employment Director and Specialist for two private vocational schools in Seattle WA. She has also worked in the temporary employment industry as a recruiter.

 

She has served as President for the Texas Cooperative Education and Internship Association (TxCEIA) in 2012 and VP/ Conference Chair in 2011.

 

Vice President of Organizational Development – Chris Offield

Associate Director of Internships & Operations – University of Texas-Dallas

 

Chris is the VP of Organizational Development for TxCEIA, and is originally from Midland, Texas. After high school graduation, he spent 11 years in the Navy, and then used the GI Bill to complete his Bachelors in Business at Texas State University. Chris began his time at CSO Research as an intern while completing his degree, and has been with CSO for 6 years. He lives in Austin with his wife Amy and ridiculously-spoiled cat, Rowdy.

 

Secretary - Bob Foley, MBA

Assistant Director of Experiential Education - Texas A&M University

 

Currently, the Assistant Director of Experiential Education at Texas A&M University in  College Station, TX.  Have been with the Career Center at Texas A&M for four years.  Primary roles include advising students, primarily engineering students, including co-ops and students, regardless of degree program, interested in federal employment. Have been a member of TxCEIA for four years and am serving as Secretary for the Association for the third year.

 

1969 Graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.  Bachelor’s degree in Economics with emphasis in Mathematics.  Following graduation, spent five years as a combat pilot in US Air Force.  Viet Nam veteran.  After fulfilling military commitment, worked thirty years in the petroleum industry for Conoco Inc. as a manager in multiple management positions including project, operations, commercial, administration, and regulatory.  Earned Masters of Business Administration at the University of Houston while working for Conoco.  Following retirement from Conoco, earned teaching certificate and taught middle school math for six years.

 

Employer Representative – Jerry Alexander

Assistant Dean for Intern/Co-Op Programs at the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

 

University Representative – Mohammed Rahman

Associate Director of Internships & Operations – University of Texas-Dallas


Mohammed is the Associate Director of Internships and Operations. He worked as an internship coordinator for almost three and a half years before moving into his new role. He has worked as an Intake Officer at Richland College with the TRIO Educational Talent Search program and Health Profession Division and as Program Coordinator in the Career Services office at the University of Central Arkansas, UCA.

 

He is UT Dallas alum and has earned his Masters of Science degree in College Student Personnel Services and Administration from UCA.

 

"I realize that for a student's career dreams to materialize is to earn a college degree. This understanding provides groundwork for me when I am working with students. Tapping into students' potential and guiding them to success during the internship process makes it a rewarding experience for me."

 

University Representative – Lauren Booe

Student Services Associate – University of North Texas Health Science Center

 

 

Two-Year College Representative - Monica Miranda

Coordinator of Career Services - Tarrant County College – South Campus

Monica Miranda serves as the Coordinator for Career Services at Tarrant County College South Campus.   She has earned two Master degrees from Sul Ross State University in Public Administration and Counseling, respectively.  She has been in higher education for the last 17 years including that of Academic Advisor and Student Intervention Specialist with a Title III Program at Sul Ross State University.  Prior to her work in higher education, her experience evolved within the realm of social services with an emphasis on domestic violence, sexual assault and alcohol and drug abuse counseling. 

Two-Year College Representative – Tracy Williams

Coordinator of Career Services - Tarrant County College – Northwest Campus

 

Tracy Williams is the Coordinator of Career Services at the Northwest campus of Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas.  Previous to becoming the coordinator, she was a counselor and academic advisor at the college. She received her MS and BA in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

 

Jimmie Henslee - Treasurer

Faculty - El Centro College

 

Jimmie J. Henslee, Treasurer, TxCEIA, INC.  I started attending the TxCEIA meetings in 1976.  He is semi-retired from El Centro College, Dallas.  Jimmie started teaching at El Centro when it opened in 1966 and is presently the only original faculty member still teaching.  Although he retired in 2007, Jimmie went back and signed a three year contract and completed it and now teaches two days a week.  Jimmie has also served TxCEIA as two year board member, vice president, president and past president.  Recently, he received the highest CEIA Award, the Herman Snyder Award.  For CEIA, Jimmie has served as Treasurer of since 2000.

 

Steve Sellars - CEIA Region 5, Vice President

Experiential Education Coordinator - West Texas A&M University

 

Steve Sellars is the Experiential Education Coordinator at West Texas A&M University.  He has worked with college students for more than 17 years.  He has a passion for helping them reach their career goals and uses internships as the primary tool for doing this.

 

Steve teaches a freshman success course each year and makes various career presentations across campus and within the community.  He is a past president for the Texas Cooperative Education & Internship Association (TxCEIA) and has previously served the CEIA board in various roles.  He also enjoys teaching English as a Second Language through his local church.

 

Steve has a B.B.A. degree in Marketing from West Texas A&M University and a M.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

 

Brett Hobby – Webmaster

Director of Employer Services & Recruitment - Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

 

Brett is from Orlando, FL originally and completed his college education in Georgia. He has over 16 years’ experience in Career Services. Currently, he is Director of the Employer Services team for the Rockwell Career Center at the Bauer College of Business where he designed their on-campus recruiting program that launched in Spring 2010. In addition, he also advises the Bauer Ambassadors student organization. He is a Past-President of TxCEIA and served on many Board roles prior to that. He continues to serve as their webmaster. In 2011-2012, Brett was an Ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), where he achieved lifetime membership status.

 

Prior to coming to UH, Brett was at Texas A&M in College Station, where he headed up Employer Development for the Co-op and Internship Programs in the central Career Center and he also co-advised the Co-op Honor Society, Kappa Theta Epsilon as well as administering the Disney College Program for the campus. He was elected as a member of the Advisory Board for the Walt Disney World College Program and served in that capacity for 5 years.

 

Prior to coming to Texas, Brett was in the central Career Center at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL where he served students with specific majors in regards to full-time, internship, and Co-op positions as well as events for these majors such as Career Fair and the Business Etiquette Dinner. He also headed up statistics for the office and even published the "FIU Survey of Graduates" which assisted the University in maintaining SACS accreditation.