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.
Ryan was born and raised in Dallas, TX. When he began at UNT as a student in 2010, he discovered his interest in higher education, specifically student services. He hopes to provide encouragement and aide students in achieving educational success. His ultimate goal is to earn a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration focusing in Student Affairs. When he is not working, you can find him with friends, family, at church, or enjoying a series on Netflix.
Courtney was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia & Dallas, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science: Business & Technology from the University of Tennessee. She has many years of experience in Higher Education and completed her master’s in Higher Education: Student Affairs at UNT. She describes herself as fun & quirky and has a passion for creating educational access for all students.
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!
Michael was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music from Sam Houston State University in 2016. Currently, he is working on his Master’s degree in Higher Education in Student Affairs here at UNT. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his dog and binge-watching Netflix.
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.
Dani was born in Dallas, TX but raised in Edinburg (the very, very, very tip of Texas). She moved back to Dallas to receive her Bachelor’s degree in English from Southern Methodist University. Currently, she is working on her Master’s degree in Higher Education: Student Affairs here at UNT. In between work, school, and internships, Dani loves hanging with her pet, watching Game of Thrones, and playing Pokemon.
Clo was born in Whitehouse, TX, about 2 hours southeast of Dallas. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from UNT in 2016 and is currently working towards a Master’s of Business Administration degree, focusing on Finance. Between work, class, and cheering on the Mean Green, she enjoys traveling, hanging out with family and friends, spending time outdoors, and trying new foods!
Campus Life Ambassadors
Hometown: Ovilla, TX
Year in School: Senior
Organizations: Phi Beta Sigma, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Black Student Experience
Best thing about being involved on campus: Being involved helps you gain skills that you wouldn't regularly learn in the classroom that are vital when seeking employment post-college. It also pushes you to break out of your comfort zone and be the leader that we all are able to be!
Hometown: Monroe, LA
Year in School: Senior
Organizations: Iota Phi Theta
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: Houston, TX
Year in School: Senior
Organizations: SGA, Homecoming Crew, Progressive Black Student Organization
Best thing about being involved: Getting to connect with all aspects of the University! I get to get student involved and connect with what they truly love and their love also grows for the university.
Hometown: Denton, TX
Year in School: Junior
Major: Integrative Studies
Organizations: SGA, University Program Council, Homecoming Crew
Best thing about being involved on campus: Being involved lets you meet so many people and hopefully make a difference in their lives. I believe in making the most of your college experience, and being in organizations and making a difference on campus is one way you can do it!
Hometown: Killeen, TX
Year in school: Junior
Major: Integrative Studies
Organizations: Talons, Big Event
Best thing about being involved on campus: I love being involved on campus because I get to meet new people, make connections, and I get to help people by giving advice or being a mentor.
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.
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.
Mark was born and raised is Milwaukee, WI. He is a junior and Public Relations major in the Mayborn School of Journalism, double-minoring in Sociology and English. Mark is the president of the Green Tones, UNT's co-ed a cappella group, and is a member of the Filipino Student Association's Choreo Block, FSA's modern dance team. In between work, school, an internship and student organizations, Mark spends his time on the arts, eating at cool restaurants with his favorite people, road tripping with friends and catching up on his favorite Netflix shows while diffusing essential oils.
Julia is originally from San Antonio, TX. She is currently a Marketing major and will be graduating in May 2017. Julia enjoys being involved on campus and is currently the president of the American Marketing Association and a College of Business Ambassador. In her spare time, you can find Julia exploring new places, going out to eat with friends, or napping.
Jon is a sophomore currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts with a concentration in Film, and a minor in Philosophy. He hopes to utilize his photography and videography skills towards a career as a filmmaker and writer. In his spare time, Jon enjoys watching films, reading, playing & listening to music, writing, and creating short films with the Short Film Club.