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Grace Kerestly is an Academic Advisor at The University of Texas Permian Basin where they work with undergraduate psychology students. Grace grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan but has been living in West Texas for the past 13 years. They graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2021 and began their career in Academic Advising in July of 2022. When they are not working, Grace enjoys spending time with their friends, husband, and two dogs (named Muffin and Pancake). 

Chair Elect

Kayla Meaders, Midwestern State University 

Hello, I’m Kayla Meaders, excited to serve as the Region 6 Chair-Elect this year! Originally from Oklahoma, I've called Texas home for over a decade. I enjoy working in higher education and aim to continue for many years. For the past eight years, I have been an academic advisor at Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls, TX, supporting students from freshman to senior year in the West College of Education. Additionally, I am involved in assessment and accreditation processes within the college, coordinating admission, retention, dismissal, and certification of candidates in all Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved certification programs. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Arkansas State University. In my free time, I volunteer with the local Junior League chapter in Wichita Falls and other local non-profits. When not on campus or volunteering, I enjoy gardening or spending time at the lake.

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