Office of the President Staff
President's Office Leadership
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 Garcia 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. Early in her university career, 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. Her passion is to serve in many capacities related to her faith and other extra-curricular activities. The loves of her life are her husband, her two beloved and beautiful daughters, her grandson, and her family and all her cherished friends.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Rachel Guel Anthony is a Senior Administrative Assistant and will be the first person one encounters when entering the suite. In her multi-faceted role, she supports Dr. Kimberly Simón, Title IX Administrator; Dóri Bosnyák, Lead Administrator to the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series; and Dr. Stephen Balch, Director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. Rachel also supports the suite staff by welcoming all guests into the suite, answering the main phone line, purchasing material for the office, and an array of other administrative duties. She previously worked as a Business Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Conduct where she directly supported the Managing Director and other professional staff. In her role, Rachel prepared Cognos financial reports, assisted in budget prep, budget revisions, and quarterly budget reports on all departmental FOPs among other duties. She has been with Texas Tech University since November 1, 2012.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and also plays in a women's tennis league for fun.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Anne Ogas is a Senior Administrative Assistant and plays an important role in the daily operations of the President's suite. She is one of the first staff members guests will encounter when entering the President's Suite. In her multi-faceted role, she supports Lori Garcia, Executive Administrative Associate; Mikki Ross, Executive Assistant to the President; Carla Lovelace, Senior Event Coordinator and Isabel Torres, Event Coordinator. Anne also supports the suite staff by welcoming all guests into the suite, answering the President's main phone line, office procurement, reconciling business transactions, and an array of other administrative duties.
Prior to joining The Office of the President at Texas Tech University, Anne served as an Internal Auditor, Accountant, Executive Administrative Assistant, and many other roles for Red Raider Outfitter; a local and alumni owned retail store for Texas Tech merchandise. She also has extensive banking experience as a Lead Teller with Wells Fargo, along with general customer service experience in the food and beverage industry as well.
Anne's passion is to serve in as many capacities related to her faith and core values when the opportunity arises. In her free time outside of those events, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She remains active by chasing around her 5-year-old son who is big into dinosaurs, trains, and outdoor playtime.
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.
President's Office Events
Senior Event Coordinator
Carla Lovelace is the Senior Event Coordinator in the Office of the President. Carla plans, coordinates, publicizes and implements 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.
Isabel Torres is an Event Coordinator in the Office of the President. Isabel plans, coordinates, and implements student-focused events sponsored by the Office of the President. Isabel also represents the Office of the President by serving as the Advisor to President's Select Ambassadors. In this role, Isabel advises and assists the President's Select Officers in recruitment for the University, scheduling visits on behalf of the Office of the President, and coordinating presidential events with ambassadors.
Isabel is a proud Texas Tech alumna. She graduated in 2019 with a B.B.A in Information Technology and is currently enrolled in an MBA program. Prior to arriving in the President's Office, Isabel was an IT support Specialist at IT Help Central at Texas Tech. Isabel currently serves on the fundraising committee of a local non-profit organization and participates in other faith-based activities when the opportunity arises.
Isabel comes from a large family and enjoys spending time with them, but especially enjoys time spent with her husband and three children. She loves getting to know people and learning about different cultures.
Lead Administrator to the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
Dóri Bosnyák is the Lead Administrator to the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series and is thrilled to serve as an arts presenter, offering vibrant and relevant lectures, concerts, dance performances and theatrical experiences by world class artists to the greater West Texas community.
She hails from Budapest, Hungary, which Hungarians consider the “Heart of Europe”. Growing up in such a distinctive cultural & historical hub, she gained an appreciation for the visual and performing arts early on. She made her way to the U.S. in 2011 where she received her two BA degrees in Film, Theatre and Performance Studies and International Studies at Graceland University (Lamoni, IA). After entering the performing arts field in Kansas City, MO, she made her way to TTU after thorough research for the best arts management degree. She is now a proud alumna of TTU's MFA Arts Administration program in the School of Theatre & Dance, which enabled her for success with PLPS through myriad hands-on opportunities and Lubbock connections. She feels incredibly fortunate to have found a home and a growing & inspiring arts community in Lubbock and she is giddy to build upon the PLPS vision.
In her free time, Dóri continues to further develop her long-time passion: solving all the mysteries of arguably the most important Hungarian creation, the Rubik's cube.
Director of Centennial Coordination
Blayne Beal serves as Director of Centennial Coordination and in that role, he is responsible for the planning and execution of Texas Tech's Centennial Celebration in 2023. He will be charged with implementing a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy, event management and carrying out the day-to-day charges of the Centennial Planning Committee that is being co-chaired by Chief of Staff and Associate V.P. Grace Hernandez and Honors College Associate Dean/Professor Aliza Wong. He has spent 20 years on the Texas Tech University campus, including 15 years in athletics where he served as Associate Athletics Director for Communications.
Prior to joining the Office of the President, he served as Director of Marketing & Communications for the College of Arts & Sciences. Over the course of his career, he has been honored to receive numerous professional accolades from entities such as the American Advertising Federation, the Football Writers Association of America, The Telly Awards, Texas Tech University and PRSA (Public Relations Society of America). An active member of PRSA, Blayne currently serves the organization on the National Nominating Committee, holds the position of secretary of the District Council and is past chair of the Southwest District.
Blayne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He earned his APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) from the Universal Accreditation Board in November 2019.