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Kate Childress serves as a Student Success Coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) and has been in this role for 3 years. She advises undecided students, and oversees the Generation Jacks (GenJacks) Program for First-Generation College Students, and the Smith-Hutson Scholarship Program. She also serves as a first-generation course professor for SFAS 1101: Freshman Success Course, SFAS 1110: Career Readiness, and SFAS 2150: Graduate Practicum. Kate is a two-time SFA Alumna earning a Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Higher Education in 2019 and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2017. 

As a first-generation graduate, Kate is passionate about helping students succeed, intentional programming, and mentoring first-generation college students. She is an active member of the Texas Academic Advising Network (TEXAAN) and NACADA: the Global Community for Academic Advising.  

Chair Elect

Karen Ward is a higher education professional with experience in admissions, advising and student services. She started her career at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, in the President's Office, while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Leadership and Management. She moved to Angelina College in 2019, starting as a Student Success Coach before promoting to Assistant Director of Academic Success in 2021. She will earn her M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership in August 2022. Karen is an advocate for affordable, accessible higher education for all students. She is an East Texas native, has an adorable fur-baby named Axle, and spends her free time reading, binging Netflix, and gaming on her Xbox. She is very excited for the opportunity to serve the mission of TEXAAN as the East Region Chair Elect.

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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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