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Chairperson

Jana McCarthy is a Master Advising Specialist for Austin Community College. In that role, she serves as the Team Lead for the Online and Distance Education Advising for the college. She is also an Advising Trainer for ACC, and leads Colleague Peer Mentor training each semester in line with the ACC

Coaching Certification program for Advisors. Jana enjoys working closely with students and further serves as the Staff Advisor for the Honors Student Organization, for which she was awarded Organization Advisor of the Year in 2021. Jana earned a Bachelors in History and a Bachelors in Psychology in 2012 from the University of Houston, with a minor in Creative Work. She is currently completing her MA in Higher Education Administration with Sam Houston State University and will graduate from that program in December 2022. Outside of work, Jana enjoys spending time with her husband, gaming and going to concerts. She has two pets, her cat Bella Rose and the (arguably) best dog in the world, Maximillian Von Pupperstein. She is always available for brainstorming and collaboration and would love to connect with you on LinkedIn.

Chair Elect

Ariel Flores

Ariel Flores is a Master Advisor at the Austin Community College- Riverside Campus where she serves as the SEM and Computer Science/CSIT Advisor. She also works with the Ascender and Career Scholars programs which are dedicated to providing support to first-generation and non-traditional students throughout their time at ACC. In addition, she serves as a mentor and trainer as a part of the ACC Coach training team. Ariel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Biology and Government from the University of Texas - Austin. Her favorite things include reading, napping, working out, and drinking iced coffee. She has a fat cat named Renly who loves nothing more than to be a part of Zoom meetings aside from sleeping. She looks forward to serving the TEXAAN Central Region!"


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TEXAAN serves as a professional representation of academic advising in Texas by providing professional development, networking, recognition, and dissemination of information. Our goals are to (1) establish a communication network for academic advisors at institutions of higher education in Texas, (2) assist with the implementation of professional standards as defined by NACADA core values of Academic Advising, (3) serve as the liaison for Texas professional, governing, and education agencies, (4) maintain active affiliation with NACADA both regionally and nationally, and (5) offer an annual conference for Texas academic advisors, counselors, and higher education professionals.

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San Antonio, TX 78212


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