Meet Our Staff

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Brenda Sweeten

Position Title: Clinical Associate Professor


Phone: (940) 369-6991

Location: Chilton Hall, Suite 300

Brenda Sweeten, LCSW is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of North Texas Department of Social Work and serves as UNT’s Foster Care Liaison Officer. Brenda earned a MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and a BSW from Baylor University. Brenda has 24 years of practice experience in the child welfare and judicial system serving child and families. Brenda is very engaged in the local and statewide community serving on a number of boards and advisory councils including Education Reach for Texans, a non-profit that brings together higher education and child welfare professionals from across Texas to share ideas, generate original research, policy and practice recommendations. Brenda, along with a group of amazing foster care alumni students at UNT founded Persevere UNTil Success Happens, or PUSH, in 2012. In her free time, Brenda enjoys watching her daughter play club volleyball, going to the movies, and spending family time with her husband, two children, and their dachshunds.


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Taylor Thompson

Position Title: Special Projects Coordinator, PUSH Co-Advisor


Phone: (940) 369-8324

Location: Union 376G

Taylor Thompson is the new Coordinator of Special Projects. She recently obtained her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Originally, Taylor is from a small town in Kansas. Prior to attending UNT, Taylor obtained a B.A in Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish from Kansas State University. In her free time, Taylor enjoys rock climbing, embroidery and listening to music. Her all-time favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice and she is currently re-watching “This Is Us”.


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Samanta Matamoros (she, her)

Position Title: Graduate Assistant, PUSH


Location: Union 376

Bio: Sam is the Graduate Assistant for PUSH: Foster Care Alumni Program at the University of North Texas. She is pursuing a Master of Education in Higher Education - Student Affairs and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with EC-12 Teaching Certification. Sam is passionate about helping students connect to campus and reach their personal definition of success. During her free time, Sam enjoys taking her Pomeranian to dog parks and listening to podcasts. 

Favorite location on campus: The Union Rooftop
Favorite tradition: Mean Green Friday
Favorite traditional: The annual tree lighting