Christa is from El Paso, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, followed by a master’s degree in Educational Administration (Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education), from Texas A&M University. In 2010, she completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. Prior to her arrival at UNT in July 2011, she worked in student activities at both Missouri State University (2001-2004) and the University of Central Florida (2004-2011). When she’s not at work, Christa enjoys playing volleyball, watching TV, and going to the dog park (with her dogs).
Meet the Staff
Tracy is from Wylie, TX, but has called Denton her home since 1997. She received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, followed by a master’s degree in Higher Education, and she is currently finishing a second master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, all from UNT. Tracy has previously worked in Housing and Residence Life as a Hall Director and as a Coordinator in Student Activities. Fun Fact: Tracy and her husband Eugene were married at Bruce Hall in the Happy Little Courtyard! Tracy LOVES dogs and has 3 fur-babies. In her spare time she plays World of Warcraft, obsesses about Harry Potter (Go Hufflepuff!), and watches anime.
Tina was born in Denver with her formative years spent in the DFW area. She earned her AAS, before starting a family that eventually led them to the Denton area in 2002. Several years in Early Childhood Education, followed by several years as a Research Specialist in the Staffing Industry; She decided merge the educational aspect with the corporate experience into one career, landing her at UNT. When not working you can find her spending time with her family and friends, enjoying live music or the many activities Denton has to offer.
Alexandria is a native of the DFW area growing up in Desoto, TX. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from here at UNT. Afterward she decided to pursue a career in Higher Education. She earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington where she also worked as an Academic Advisor. She is happy to be back in the UNT community and working to create programs and be an advocate for students who live off campus. Outside of work, Alex is a fan of anything geeky: video & table top games, anime, and anything else you could see at Comic Con. She also loves to travel and hopes to visit more places around the globe.
Cheltzie is a proud Midwesterner, born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services, and her Master’s degree in Post-Secondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI, she worked primarily in Student Life and Event Services, planning and implementing a variety of events, while working with student leaders. Outside of work, she enjoys working out, exploring Denton and other Texas cities, and trying new restaurants.
Kally is originally from Grand Forks, ND. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication and International Studies from the University of North Dakota in 2013 and master’s degree in Educational Leadership – Higher Education from Southern Methodist University in 2016. While at SMU, she worked in Community Engagement and Leadership, planning their campus-wide days of service and serving as a Staff Trip Advisor for Alternative Breaks; in Residence Life and Student Housing with summer conferences; and in Student Activities as an advisor to the late-night programming group, Social Crew. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending concerts and sporting events, and catching up on the newest TV shows.
Spirit Group Staff
Brittani Richards was born and raised in South Florida. As a graduate of Florida State University, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Sciences while a 4-year member of the FSU Golden Girls Dance Team. In her professional dance career, Brittani was a Redline Lady Panthers Cheerleader for The Florida Panthers Hockey Club as well as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers, the only coed Hip-Hop dance team in the NFL. She is an accredited judge for the Universal Dance Association as well as the National Dance Alliance through the Varsity Spirit Corporation. In 2014, Brittani returned to her alma mater to serve as the Head Coach for the Florida State Golden Girls Dance Team for three years. In April, she began serving as the North Texas Dancers Director and is excited to lead the program with pride and professionalism.
Dani is in her 3rd year as Assistant Coach of the Mean Green Cheerleaders and is a recent graduate of UNT. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is taking on a permanent sub position in Keller, TX. One day Dani hopes to be an owner of a competition cheerleading gym. She is extremely excited to be a part of the cheer program and loves being a part of the new era of North Texas Cheer. She loves to be on the field in the Mean Green stadium as Assistant Coach and as a proud member of the North Texas Cheer Program!
Tracie is an alum of UNT completing her BBA in Marketing in 1999 and her M.Ed in 2003. She spent eight years coaching at John Horn High School in Mesquite where she achieved many years of success. Tracie was awarded the coveted NCA Texas High School Cheer Coach of the Year award from NCA in 2008, but attributes all of her success to her teams. Tracie is currently the National Sales Director for Cheerleading.com, but her favorite role is being a mom. She has two sons, Kaden and Cooper, that are very involved in sports. Tracie is excited to start a new era of North Texas Cheer that is geared towards making an impact in the new Mean Green stadium, cherishing past NTC traditions, making new traditions, and developing a program that the University of North Texas can be proud of!
Gina was born in Cali, Colombia and raised in Houston, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Human Resource Management from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Currently, she is working on her Master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs here at UNT. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the outdoors, watching movies, and eating pizza and tacos.
Jessica was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She is an alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Graduating cum laude, she received her Bachelor’s degree in English with a Sociology minor in 2017. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education at UNT. What draws her to Student Affairs is the emphasis on fostering an environment for social, intellectual, and leadership development. In her free time, she loves watching the Food Network channel and trying out new foods, ingredients, and recipes with her family.
Skyla was raised in Melissa, TX, a small town just north of the McKinney area. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017 from UNT and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Management with concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. She was a 4-year veteran on the North Texas Cheer team, with the experiences she has encountered during her time as a cheerleader being some of her fondest memories from college. Aside from cheering on the Mean Green, in her spare time she enjoys reading, dancing, and exploring Denton with friends!
Campus Life Ambassadors
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Year in School: Junior
Organizations: N.O.T.E.S.U., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, BSU
Best thing about being involved on campus: Being involved causes your perspective and perception of things to be broadened. The people you meet when your involved help challenge your thinking and that gives you an edge when you apply those experiences to something your passionate about.
Hometown: Denton, TX
Year in School: Junior
Major: Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
Organizations: Kappa Delta, Eaglethon, American Marketing Association, & Greek Community Council
Best thing about being involved on campus: I love the ability to network and interact with other people who have the same or different values than me.
Hometown: Southlake, TX
Year in School: Junior
Major: English/Political Science
Organizations: American Sign Language & The Learning Center
Best thing about being involved: One of the things that I enjoy about being involved on campus is the amount of people that I get to interact with on a daily basis. It makes me really happy to see people become involved and to become acquainted with new people everyday!
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Year in school: Junior
Major: Sociology & Spanish
Organizations: Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, Multicultural Greek Council, Big Event, & Alternative Service Break
Best thing about being involved on campus: You get to share experiences with groups of strangers that eventually you start to call friends and learn about their personal journey. Getting involved makes you a better version of yourself cause you learn to improve your skills from those that surround you as well as always having a support system.
Hometown: Mansfield, TX
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Psychology & Criminal Justice
Organizations: SGA, PBSO, Kappa Kappa Gamma, The Lost Generation, Greek Community Board
Best thing about being involved on campus: Being involved surrounds me with people who want to succeed and grow to be the best versions of themselves.
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Non-Traditional Student Representitive
Matthew was born in Oakland, California and grew up in Raleigh, NC; Dallas, TX; and Fountain Valley, CA. He is currently finishing up his bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Philosophy, and contemplating Graduate school. His goal as the Non-Traditional Student Representative is to help make the UNT campus a warm and welcoming environment for the entire student body.
Mycaela grew up in Austin, Texas, and eventually moved to Denton to peruse her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design. She is currently a junior in the program and plans on graduating in May of 2019. After graduating she hopes to work for a studio that excels in branding and typography. Outside of work she spends her time cooking, dancing, or spending time with her 6 roomies + pup, Dexter.
Mai-Ly is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing, and plans on graduating in May 2018. In addition to her studies, Mai-Ly is the President of UNT’s American Marketing Association, serves on the Council of Business Students for the College of Business, and is a recent inductee of Mu Kappa Tau (a marketing honor society). In her free time, Mai-Ly is a devoted world traveler and looks for any opportunity to take a trip!
Zachary was born in Charleston South Carolina and moved to Arlington Texas with his family when he was very young. At the age of twelve he discovered the power of the video camera and began making stop motion Lego short films. This grew into a passion for filmmaking that will never cease. He is currently a Junior seeking a BA in Media Arts and plans to move to LA after he graduates. Outside of his studies, he is the marketing officer for UNT Short Film Club and he films and edits video for his freelance videography company Rigid Motion Films. When he is not working he is spending time making memories with his friends, playing the guitar, or eating spicy food.