Office of the President Staff
Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President of Administration
As Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for Administration, Grace Hernandez reports directly to the President and serves as the liaison between the President and other members of his senior staff. In addition, Human Resources, the Office of Communications & Marketing, the Title IX office, and the President's Performance Series report to Grace. She has a long history working in higher education and previously served as Chief of Staff to the President and Affirmative Action Director at The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Prior to UMKC, she served as the Director of Diversity & EEO Office at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Grace earned her B.A. in English from UTSA and received a M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster University. She is also an active member in the Lubbock community and has served on the board of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Science Spectrum, United Way and CASA of the South Plains.
Executive Assistant to the President
Mikki Ross serves as the Executive Assistant to the President and supports the needs of the President and administrative needs of the Office of the President. Mikki is a graduate of Texas Tech University, with a B.A. in English, and began her career with the university in 1996. She served in executive assistant positions for the vice presidents for Administration and Finance, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, and Institutional Diversity, before joining the President's Office in 2012. Mikki is married to Christopher, her college sweetheart, and she cherishes the time she gets to spend with her family. She and Christopher love to share life traveling to new places, exploring their interests, and having adventures.
Executive Administrative Associate
Lori Ann Ortiz-Guerrero serves as the Executive Administrative Associate to the Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President of Administration. She supports many administrative functions, human resource needs, the university's preparations for Board of Regents meetings, executive position searches and other administrative duties. Lori has previously assisted other administrative leaders in the President's Office. Prior to arriving in the President's Office, Lori was the Executive Associate to the Director of Athletics. Previously, she worked for the Associate Vice President for Operations as well as in the office of Quality Service & Professional Development, where she began her Texas Tech career in 2008. She serves as a mentor in the Mentor Tech program and volunteers her time and talents in other events throughout the university. Her passion is to serve in many capacities related to her faith and in her daughter's school, and other extra-curricular activities. The loves of her life are her two beloved and beautiful daughters, her grandson, her family and all her cherished friends.
Senior Event Coordinator
Sarah Stracener is the Senior Event Coordinator in the Office of the President at Texas Tech University. In her role, Sarah is responsible for coordinating events hosted by the President as well as overseeing projects within the office, assisting with the President's written correspondence, and serving as the advisor for President's Select. Sarah has been employed by Texas Tech since she was a student assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She has been in her current role in the President's Office for four years. Sarah is a May 2012 Texas Tech graduate with a bachelor of science in agricultural communications. Outside of her professional interests, Sarah enjoys watching baseball, being outdoors and spending time with her husband, Sky, and baby girl, Ryan Jane.
Senior Administrative Associate
Janice serves as the Senior Administrative Associate in the Office of the President. She works directly with the Senior Assistant to the President for Regional Partnerships and Latin American Initiatives, the Executive for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Health Security Initiatives and the Director of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. Before joining Texas Tech University, Janice worked in the home construction industry and as a public school teacher. She is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and University of Texas-Dallas with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Janice and her husband, Kent, are members of Raintree Christian Church. In their spare time, they enjoy camping, boating, playing golf and spending time with their eleven grandchildren.
Carla Lovelace is an Event Coordinator in the Office of the President. Carla assists in planning, coordinating, publicizing and implementing special events hosted by the President. Carla also represents the President's Office by serving on committees such as the Lubbock Lights committee, the Official Texas Tech University Ornament committee and the Presidential Scholarship committee. Prior to arriving in the President's Office, Carla was Senior Administrative Assistant to the CEO of Texas Tech Physicians at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where she assisted with all operational functions related to the School of Medicine Administration. A former Tech student and a proud Tech parent, she supports functions related to athletic activities, academic enhancement, and direct student involvement in the President's office and personally enjoys both athletics and the academic environment at Texas Tech. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, she had extensive administrative experience in the banking and legal professions. Carla enjoys spending time with family, including her three delightful grandchildren.
Director, Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, & External Relations
Jo Moore serves as the Director of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series and External Relations for the Office of the President. A graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas with a B.A. in English, she has been an avid supporter for the arts throughout her career. Prior to her work with Texas Tech University as an arts presenter offering vibrant and relevant lectures, concerts, dance performances and theatrical experiences by world class artists, she pursued a 15-year career in Dallas, Texas, her hometown, in film and video production, working with celebrities and crews on television commercials and feature and network productions, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Relocated to the Lubbock area in 1993, she connected with Lubbock's cultural community through her work as community relations manager for Barnes & Noble, assistant director for TTU's Outreach Education and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and as marketing coordinator for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Her interest in enriching the cultural landscape of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, the surrounding South Plains community and West Texas with programs that are distinctive and diverse and committed to the educational and cultural needs of multiple populations has been a personal mission which mirrors not only that of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, but is reflective of her work on various non-profit boards and committees, such as the Texas Tech University System Public Art Committee, Ballet Lubbock, and L.I.S.D. Partners in Education.
Title IX Administrator
Kimberly Simón serves as the Title IX Administrator at Texas Tech, working to ensure a safe environment for the campus community. The office collaborates with various stakeholders across the institution to provide resources and remedies, campus-wide education on policies and procedures, and crucially, a fair and equitable process for all parties involved in a Title IX matter. Having been at the university for over a decade, Kimberly has had the opportunity to serve in several roles, including as an instructor in the College of Human Sciences, and working with the Student Activities Board. In 2015, Kimberly became the first director of the Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) Office, laying the groundwork for the prevention and wellness education and outreach for Tech students. Kimberly earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Texas Tech, and holds a B.S. in human development from Virginia Tech. Kimberly was proudly recognized as a 2017 Top Techsan and awarded the 2017 Paul Michael Rogers Activist Award for service to the Lubbock LGBTQ community.