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For almost ten years Laura Elaine Payne has been a passionate advocate for access to affordable and equitable higher education in Texas. She currently serves as a Student Success Coach for Dual Credit Programs at Dallas College. Ms. Payne has been working with Dallas College since 2015 as an advisor, program coordinator, and adjunct professor. She also brings experience and expertise from previous positions with Alamo Colleges, Angelo State University, Coastal Bend College, and the University of Texas at Dallas throughout her career in higher education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Texas A&M in College Station, a Master’s in Education in Student Development and Leadership and certificate in Academic Advising from Angelo State University.

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Greetings, I am  Kathleen Cater, M.Ed, As a Higher Ed. professional, I love walking the path with students from day one to graduation. I received my Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida and have been in higher education for almost ten years. I enjoy the service and commitment each day to students and their successes. You'll see my love of llamas when you walk into my office, and you can catch me near beaches or lakes with friends and family on my days off.

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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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Email: texaan@texaan.org

Mailing Address: 

2400 McCullough Ave, #15882

San Antonio, TX 78212

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