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 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!
Zoe was born in Ghana and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UNT in 2017. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA), also at UNT. One day, Zoe hopes to own and manage her own Non-profit Organization. In her free time, she enjoys working out, trying new foods and traveling to various places.
Alexandra (Alex) Harrel was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a B.A. in English. Afterwards, she spent six months in the Disney College Program working for Mickey Mouse. Currently, Alex is pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education-Student Affairs here at UNT. Her favorite part about growing up by the ocean was reading at the beach. In her free time, Alex likes to roam around bookstores, travel, explore the outdoors, cook and bake, and volunteer at Church. She is looking forward to experiencing all that UNT has to offer!
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!
Lauren was born in Santa Maria, California and raised in Chandler, Arizona. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies and has minors in Biology and Disability Studies from Northern Arizona University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus in Student Affairs. In her free time, Lauren works with high school cheer teams to help prepare them for game day and competition season. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, and exploring her new Texas home.
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: Fort Worth, TX
Year in School: Junior
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with Special Education Certificate
Organizations: SGA, UPC, Zeta Tau Alpha, and HSA
Best thing about being involved: I love meeting new people and being able to learn from student leaders around campus and make those connections on a daily basis. I am able to challenge myself and grow as a student leader but also a person by being surrounded by amazing people!
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: Killeen, Texas
Year in school: Junior
Organizations: Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated, UNT Bigs, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Best thing about being involved on campus: Being involved on campus has allowed me to meet many different people not only in the organization but throughout campus. Making connections from community service/ volunteering and going to different events has been something that will be irreplaceable. As a Marketing student, it is all about the experience that you have and the networking that you have done when job searching.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Year in School: Sophomore
Organizations: Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant, BSE, Filipino Student Association, FSA Choreoblock Dance Team, PBSO
Best thing about being involved on campus: Involvement on campus provides the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life. Being able to relate to others based upon a common interest provides an area of growth within yourself that allows you to give knowledge and experiences to others in the future!
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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.
Jamar is from Waco, TX and is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Integrative Studies with focuses in Marketing, Communications, and Learning Technology. He will be graduating in May 2019, and plans to continue work as a Marketing Professional. The things he enjoy outside of work are binge watching TV, traveling, and playing sports.
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.
Xavier was born in Irving, Texas and grew up in Richardson. At a young age he discovered film through West Junior High School. Since then, he realized his passion and never looked back. In pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts with a minor in Marketing, Xavier plans on becoming a cinematographer in the advertising world of New York City. Xavier is part of the Production Workshop Committee for the short film club and works as the Assistant Vice President of Advertising for the American Marketing Association. Outside of his studies, Xavier works as a freelance filmmaker and photographer, is an avid sports watcher, enjoys videogames, and spending time with friends.