Annual Conference

TACRAO Conference


Meet the TACRAO Executive Committee

Jamie Hansard
Texas Tech University

Sofia Montes
Past President
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Nancy Faris
Vice President of
Records & Registration
Dallas County Community College

Jennifer Beal
Vice President of Admissions
North Central Texas College

Bobbie Brown
Vice President of Technology
Texas Tech University

Melinda Carroll
North Central Texas College

Kristin McDonald-Wiley
Amarillo College

Anne Delgado
Local Arrangements Chair
University of Texas San Antonio HSC

Alejandra Holt
Local Arrangements Chair
University of Texas San Antonio


Conference Schedule

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Session Type:  Admissions |  Registrar |  Admissions & Registrar


10:00 am – 10:45 am

Newcomers Session

This session is for all new members, for those not-so-new members, and those who are interested in learning more about our great TACRAO organization. This session will provide in-depth details about the history of the TACRAO organization and how to get involved. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about TACRAO and what our organization has to offer.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Conference Kick-Off & Townhall

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions


M.1.01 - How to Keep Students in Texas…There’s No Place Like Home

Session Description: TBA

Dorinda Byley
Processing Coordinator
Stephen F. Austin State University


M.1.02 - Legislative Issues Committee

Come hear about the ongoing impacts of new legislation affecting higher education that passed in the last legislative session and get insights on what may be coming in the future. Bring your questions and plan to interact.

Chris Reed
Executive Director of Admissions
Texas A&M University

Dr. Sam Carrell
Associate Registrar
University of Texas at Tyler


M.1.03 - Health-Related Institutions Recruitment and Admissions

Session Description: TBA

Rebeca Perfecto
Director of Admissions
University of North Texas Health Science Center 

2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions


M.2.01 - COVID Conversations with Admissions Policies

Session Description: TBA

Samantha Taylor
Director of Admissions Operations
University of North Texas


M.2.02 - CBM Reporting Updates

Session Description: TBA

Victor Reyna
Director of Strategic Planning
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


M.2.03 - So You Want to be a Registrar

Session Description: TBA

Rebecca Griffith
District Director of Admissions and Records
Tarrant County College District

Mary Kincannon
University Registrar
Texas Christian University

Cynthia Blanco
South Texas College

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

Concurrent Sessions


M.3.01 - COVID Conversations with Recruitment

Session Description: TBA

Dara Newton
Associate Vice President of Strategic Enrollment
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


M.3.02 - COVID Conversations with Registrars

Session Description: TBA

Rebecca Griffith
District Director of Admissions and Records
Tarrant County College District

Bobbie Brown
Texas Tech University

Darla Inglish
Midwestern State University

Irene Robinson
Alvin Community College

Scott Branum
Director of Admissions and Registrar
Galveston College

Troy White
East Texas Baptist University

Dr. Blanca Guerra
University Registrar
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


M.3.03 - Making Data Driven Recruitment Decisions Post COVID-19

Session Description: TBA

Andi Scott
Associate Director of Outreach
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


Session Type:  Admissions |  Registrar |  Admissions & Registrar


9:00 am – 9:50 am

Concurrent Sessions


T.1.01 - Budget Management Post COVID-19

Session Description: TBA

Lee Williams
Executive Director of Academic Services
Texarkana College

Toney Favors
Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Recruiting
Texas A&M University-Texarkana


T.1.02 - Enhancing Higher Education Opportunities for Foster Care

The presentation will introduce the attendees to Education Reach for Texans, a statewide organization seeking to eliminate barriers to success and build support programs for alumni of foster care attending public colleges and universities in the state of Texas. Additionally, the presentation will introduce the attendee to the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission, which is a statewide, multi-disciplinary collaborative body that includes high-level membership from the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of Texas government, along with child welfare partners in the private sector. This presentation will focus on the Children’s Commission Education Committee. Finally, the presenters will discuss the role of the Foster Care Alumni Liaison at public institutions of higher education in Texas.

Dr. Javier Flores
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Angelo State University

District Judge Rob Hoffman
452nd Judicial District of Texas


T.1.03 - Commencement Ceremonies During a Pandemic

Session Description: TBA

Bobby Lothringer
University Registrar & Executive Director of Enrollment Services
Southern Methodist University 

Paige Bussell
Texas A&M University-Commerce

10:00 am – 10:50 am

Concurrent Sessions


T.2.01 - It’s a Virtual World of Enrollment Management

Come hop on and hear about engaging your students in the virtual world. We will discuss how Texas Tech University & the University of Texas at Arlington have implemented virtual events and high school recruitment through the last 6 months. The topics will include marketing, engagement, programming, outreach, and helpful tips. This new form of recruitment has been challenging for all of us, but it has allowed us to think outside the box and implement programs to keep after the pandemic.

Jessica Cravens
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Texas Tech University

Anam Iqbal
Assistant Director
University of Texas at Arlington


Session T.2.02 - FERPA: Ready, Set, Go!

Session Description: Join us in this interactive session where you not only have the opportunity to engage in fun games that will test your knowledge of fun FERPA terms, but also test your memory of our favorite FERPA definitions! Will it be like Scrabble, Memory, or your favorite puzzle? It’s anyone’s guess – a great opportunity to have fun and “ripoff and redevelop” training tools for your staff.

Brandy Piner
Associate Registrar Senior
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


Session T.2.03 - AACRAO Federal Regulations Update

Join a representative from the AACRAO Board of Directors for an update on what is transpiring in Washington, DC. Some of the topics that will be discussed include important legislation for higher education, differing education priorities between the House, Senate, and the White House, as well as new regulatory changes that may be implemented.

Dr. Sherry Wells
Assistant Vice President
Lamar University

11:00 am – 11:50 am

Concurrent Sessions


T.3.01 - How Has COVID-19 Changed DACA/First Time in College Recruitment?

Session Description: TBA

Andrea Yen
Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Jesus Buitron
Outreach Representative
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


Session T.3.02 - Articulation of Transfer Credit and Practices

Session Description: TBA

Sheila Hayes
Director of Information Technology
University of Texas at Dallas

Andrea Ervin
Business Technical Analyst
University of Texas at Dallas


T.3.03 - How the Student Mindset has Changed and How It Effects Recruitment in a World of COVID-19

When COVID-19 arose, it drastically changed higher education recruitment. Campus tours, high school visits, and college fairs all adapted quickly to offer college search information to students in a virtual world. However, COVID-19 also changed the way high school students think and their outlook on the college search, college admissions and higher education process in general and this has also affected recruitment. This session will focus on how we are seeing the student mindset change since COVID-19 and how it affects college recruitment.

Molly Niemczyk
Admissions Counselor
Texas Tech University

Chandra Morgan
Admissions Counselor
Texas Tech University

Elliot Savoie
Admissions Counselor
Texas Tech University

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Business Meeting


9:00 am – 11:00 am

GREAT Outcomes for Students: Reverse-Engineering Strategic Enrollment Management

GREAT is an acronym that stands for Graduate, Retain, Engage, Admit, and Tell. It is an organizing framework that reverse-engineers the strategic enrollment management process by beginning with the end in mind and working backward to develop activities supporting student success outcomes. This workshop will equip participants with strategies for an integrated and aligned approach to strategic enrollment management, including developing action plans that focus on GREAT outcomes for students.

Dr. Boyd Bradshaw
Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Chief Enrollment Officer
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis




  Virtual 5K Fun Run
Proceeds Benefitting the Fred Russell Scholarship