Board of Directors
Ms. Audra Barrett
Audra Barrett works as Vice President of Instruction at Cedar Valley College. Audra received her education in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentrations – English, Psychology, and Linguistics. Master Thesis: Computer Assisted Language Learning. She is currently working on her Ed.D. in Community College Leadership. Audra also teaches English Composition 100% online as an adjunct instructor. Audra was awarded best teaching practices for bringing technology to the ESOL classroom. Also, she won Innovation of the Innovation of the Year Award in 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2013-2014, 2014-2015. She was nominated for Administrator of the Year in 2012.
Dr. Ryan Beard
Dr. Ryan Beard is responsible for providing oversight of Prairie View A&M University’s accreditation and assessment activities for the purposes of program development and effectiveness. In addition, he provides leadership for initiatives focused on improving student learning and supporting faculty and staff on the design and completion of all stages of assessment. Dr. Beard has also worked with assessment efforts at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He holds a J.D. from Texas Southern University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Toni L. Blum
Toni Blum is the Assistant Provost for Accreditation and Assessment at the University of Texas at El Paso and has been leading the assessment and accreditation processes at UTEP for the past three years. She served formerly as University Assessment Coordinator and as Senior Associate Dean of General Education and Assessment at Stetson University in DeLand Florida. She has acted as a SACSCOC onsite reviewer and has been active in presenting her assessment work at venues such as the AAC&U General Education and Assessment Conference and the Association for Institutional Research annual conference.
Dr. Terry DiPaolo
Terry serves as Executive Dean of Online Support Services at Dallas County Community College District’s LeCroy Center. He moved to Texas three years ago having spent a decade as an academic at the UK’s Open University. He’s a specialist in online learning and teaching and has also served as the LEAP Texas Hub Director where he has overseen the development of the Faculty Hub. Terry has worked for Dallas County Community College District for three years on a range of projects covering online learning, teaching, assessment and student success where his work has twice been recognized with District Innovation Awards.
Dr. Chris Duke
Chris Duke is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Accreditation and Assessment at San Jacinto College and currently serves as a LEAP Texas Assessment Fellow. Chris’ has almost 15 years of higher education experience in a variety of roles including work in assessment, curriculum, classroom teaching (adjunct faculty), instructional design, educational technology, and faculty development. He has facilitated at San Jacinto a full-scale, core-curriculum wide implementation of the LEAP VALUE rubrics to assess the Texas core objectives; that annual project is augmenting a culture of assessment among faculty and improving pedagogy across the College. Chris also serves as a LEAP Texas Assessment Fellow in which he co-facilitates the first LEAP Texas inter-institutional assessment project. He has presented at national and regional conferences on assessment and faculty development; and he holds a doctorate in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Kathleen Fenton
Dr. Fenton coordinates general education assessment and curriculum development as Associate Dean of Academic Services at Collin College. She implements LEAP’s use and adaptation of AACU-based rubrics for annual Assessment Days. Recently, Dr. Fenton and Dr. Larry King conducted a statewide analysis of core curriculums and assessment plans at public institutions. She is active in the North Texas Consortium of Community Colleges, and has done several presentations on Prior Learning Assessment, Core, and ways to develop a continuous improvement culture with students, using the AACU-based rubrics. She earned a Masters in Communication Research at UT-Austin and a PhD in Research Methodology at Virginia Tech.
Ms. Karen Mongo
Karen Mongo has over 20 years of experience in higher education (at both the community college and university level) that includes teaching and administration. Her accomplishments consist of course and program development, curriculum alignment, assessment of learning outcomes, training, compliance, and HIPs (specifically learning communities, service learning, and collaborative assignments/projects). Karen serves as the Dean of Curriculum and Assessment as well as the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas where she is currently working closely with faculty/coordinators who are aligning program level learning outcomes with the Degree Qualifications Profile. Karen Mongo serves on the Steering Committee of the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives Grant for LEAP Texas, funded by the Lumina Foundation.
Dr. Catherine Parsoneault
Catherine Parsoneault is currently Clinical Professor of Music and Assistant Dean for Assessment in the School of Arts and Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to September, 2015, she served at Texas Tech University as Accreditation Liaison to SACSCOC, while holding the positions of Associate Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment, and Associate Vice Provost for Accreditation and Compliance. During twenty years of service at the THECB (1989-1992, 1996-2013), she contributed to all three statewide core curriculum implementations (1989, 1999, and 2014), staffed the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee and the Transfer Success Advisory Committee, and provided support to every public college and university in Texas in general education, core curriculum, and transfer success. She organized meetings that facilitated the development of the LEAP Texas initiative, and looks forward to continuing to support this important endeavor.
Mr. Jeff Roberts
Jeff Roberts is the Director of Assessment at Sam Houston State University where he oversees university-wide programmatic assessment, core curriculum assessment, and assists with university accreditation efforts by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Jeff has over a decade of experience in higher education, with almost 8 years of assessment related experience. Additionally, he has made numerous presentations on programmatic and general education assessment at various state and national conferences. This range of knowledge and experience has allowed Jeff to guide and improve assessment process across his campus, and within the broader assessment community as a whole.
Dr. Jeanne Tunks
Dr. Tunks has an outstanding record of student success across her areas of interest and research including receiving an AERA-SIG award for her work with professional development school research and serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Curriculum Development. In regards to LEAP Texas, Dr. Tunks has lead core curriculum and assessment at the University of North Texas between 2014-16, has been highly engaged in LEAP Texas during the first years of the organization, and is currently a LEAP Texas Faculty Fellow focused on the Signature Assignment Institutes to be delivered 2017-2018.
Dr. Kristina Wilson
Dr. Kristina Wilson serves as the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX and has over 10 years of experience in higher education. She previously served as the Associate Dean of Curriculum & Student Learning at South Texas College in which she supervised the development and revision of all program curricula and led the institution’s student learning outcome assessment process. Dr. Wilson holds a Doctorate of Education from Lamar University, a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Texas Pan American, and a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of the Texas at Austin.