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Meet our Staff

Jen loves higher education and the opportunities it creates for students to learn and more importantly grow. From developing programs, talking one on one with students, teaching in the classroom or finding resources for the next new way to better serve students, she believes Texas State walks the talk to remain student-centered. She also enjoys time with her family on road trips, walks along the beaches to pick up shells, and exploring the great outdoors. Her current favorite quote: Keep Calm and Make It Happen.

Dr. Jennifer Beck


After graduating as a first generation college student, Jennifer found her passion in college admission and higher education, where she could use her knowledge to serve diverse families to and through the college process. She is a passionate event planner, a master at jigsaw puzzles, and loves vacation time with her husband and son.


Jennifer Wood
Assistant Director

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Born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México and raised in Palacios, Texas, Miguel is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a degree in Psychology. As a first-generation college graduate, DACA recipient, gay, Mexican immigrant, Miguel understands the challenges of underrepresented students in higher education. It is for this reason that he now serves college students to fulfill their educational and professional goals while enjoying the beautiful scenery Texas State University and San Marcos have to offer.

Miguel Arellano Arriaga
Student Development Specialist II

Coordinator for: Student Success Outreach Program (SSOP)Bobcat Bond Mentoring Program (BBMP), Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES) Program


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Ruth is a Texas State Alumni who is thrilled to be back on campus! She is a first-generation college student who has worked outside of the collegiate realm for over 20 years. She loves the energy and enthusiasm that the Texas State Students bring to the University and to her job. To relax, Ruth enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating out, rom-com movies with especially happy endings, yoga and walking. She is currently eating her way through the entire Torchy’s menu…one taco at a time.

Ruth Mordecai
Administrative Assistant II


Terence Parker

Terence is a country boy at heart from Rockdale, TX, who is motivated by the opportunity to serve others. Mentoring is a big part of who he is. He loves working at Texas State because of the students, faculty, staff and alumni. As an alum himself, he loves that even though TXST is large, he still gets that family feel. Outside of work, he likes to walk, watch sports (football and basketball especially), watch movies, and hang out with family and friends.

Terence Parker
Associate Director


While Brandi is known for keeping our office in line and on track, she also enjoys turning her music up and jamming out when no one is watching. Her passion for football is possibly surpassed only by her love for Mr. Pibb. Although Brandi spends much of her time outside of work zooming her three kids to one activity or another, she also loves burying herself in a good book and can always offer a recommendation or two!

Brandi Martinez
Administrative Assistant III


Born and raised locally, Tamara is a proud Texas State alum. She feeds her love for event planning by coordinating events for the parents and families of Texas State students. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her family and friends or her weenie dog, Hank.


Tamara Corbier
Student Development Specialist II

Coordinator for: Parent & Family Relations, Students Who Are Parents (SWAP) Program


Graduate Assistants

Josh Skinner

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G.A. for Bobcat Bond

Joshua comes to us from Dallas, TX. He is a graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at Texas State. He loves helping students find their way while being away from home. Joshua is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University- Commerce with a degree in Psychology with a concentration in child and family development. He loves reading self-help books. His number one book recommendation is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  

Hannah Fields

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G.A. for Brilliant Bobcats

Hannah was born and currently lives in Austin, TX. She is a graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education MEd program at Texas State. She is a recent graduate from St. Edward's University with a degree in Biology. Hannah loves academics and working with students to achieve their own version of success. When she's not on campus, you can find Hannah petting her two cats, traveling around the country with her friends, or listening to Taylor Swift. 

Cat Williams

G.A. for Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES)

Cat is currently a Master's student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Texas State University. Originally from Kansas, Cat earned her MA in English and Cultural Studies from Kansas State University and worked as a college writing teacher for three years. As a first-generation student and former foster care recipient, Cat is dedicated to breaking barriers for underrepresented students in higher education. On weekends, you can find her relaxing at local coffee shops or exploring bookstores with her partner and son. 

Gracie Singer

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G.A. for Parent & Family Relations and Students Who Are Parents (SWAP)

Gracie is a first-year graduate student in the Student Affairs & Higher Education M.E.d. program. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Communication Studies and is excited to be continuing her education at Texas State. Gracie is looking forward to working with students and their families to help make the most out of their Texas State University experience. In her free time, you can find her planning her next trip or concert and hanging out with friends (and hamster, Frank).