Cohort 5 – Hosted at Central Texas College, TX

Cherie Beltran

Cherie Beltran has served as the Associate Vice President of Administration at Ranger College since May 2014. While in this role, she has been the Accreditation Liaison for SACS-COC, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Liaison, coordinated institutional effectiveness activities and directed the online and dual credit programs. Under her leadership, Ranger College became the only institution in Texas to be invited to participate in the Dual Credit Pell Grant Experiment, in 2016. Prior to her current position, Ms.  Beltran was the Director of Library and Learning Resources at Ranger College. In this capacity, she supervised the transformation of the library program, to include more targeted information literacy instruction, and an expansion of resources and services.

In addition to her administrative work, Ms. Beltran has been an enthusiastic member of professional associations, including the Texas Association of Community College Teachers (TCCTA), and the Texas Library Association (TXLA), where she is a member of the Distance Education Learning Round Table (DELRT). Ms. Beltran is also an active member of her community and currently works with the Boy Scouts of America in Eastland County, Texas.

Cherie is working on her Doctor of Education degree in the Community College Leadership program at National American University - Roueche Graduate Center in Austin, Texas. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Mars Hill University in North Carolina.

Tammy Calhoun

I have been working on my Doctorate degree from National American University since January of 2016.  I hold a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of North Texas.  My bachelor degree in mathematics is from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.  I also have additional graduate hours from Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas.  I have been working as a mathematics instructor for Hill College for the last 21 years.  The classes range from traditional to online.  Before Hill College, I worked for Texas State Technical College in Waco.

Currently, I also work for Columbia College at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas.  I have been teaching at the reserve base for over 10 years.  I teach mathematics in traditional and online for Columbia College. I had looked for several years at different graduate schools.  The usual problems occurred.  The school was too far, required too many face-to-face class sessions at distant locations, did not fit the schedule, and the price.  Finally, I decided to further my education with National American University.  NAU offered the classes at convenient times and locations.  The staff and instructors have been extremely helpful and encouraging.  I enjoy learning new ideas and concepts from well know instructors.

Andrea Liner

Andrea “Andi” Liner is the Dean of Admissions and Records/Registrar at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas.  She began her career in higher education as a transcript evaluator at Tyler Junior College in spring 2000. Within a year of being hired at Tyler Junior College, the college completed a reorganization. This reorganization added embedded advising positions in three new academic divisions. She was able to secure a position as an academic advisor for Allied Health and Nursing in summer 2001.  The knowledge and skills gained through this position led her to be named as the Coordinating of Marketing and Advising for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Texas at Tyler in August 2003.  She served as coordinator of advising and admissions for the college and gained knowledge in working with undergraduate and graduate admission for special admission programs.  The organization and leadership needed for this position led her to be selected as Registrar at Tyler Junior College in December 2008. She was able to implement several new software solutions at Tyler Junior College during her tenure. These implementations and solution knowledge helped in securing her current position at Blinn College in March 2013.

Andi Liner is a graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness in May 1999. She completed her graduate degree while working in Tyler from the University of Texas at Tyler in August 2011. She has a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership from National American University and anticipates graduating in December 2018.

Andi Liner is very active in the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO). Her involvement in this organization has led her to be named the Vice President of Records and Registration for TACRAO for 2016-2018. She has served in several leadership capacities within committees for TACRAO, as well. She is a member of the Blinn College Alumni Board and chairs a volunteer committee associated with fundraising activities for the board. She is a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce and is currently completed the Washington County Leadership Development program associated with the chamber. She is actively involved in an annual fundraiser which raises money for a battered woman’s shelter in Bryan, TX. She hopes to bring her experience with fundraising to her career and personal activities.

Laura Marmolejo

Workforce Project Manager & Lead Instructor, Corporate Training Solutions

Continuing Education, Austin Community College

Mrs. Marmolejo has over 10 years industry experience with Aluminum Company of America and Applied Materials.  At these companies, she worked extensively in multiple areas involving process control, material evaluation, Equipment optimization, quality improvement, electronic controls and many more.  Mrs. Marmolejo has taught at Austin Community College for 18 years teaching technical topics for credit in the Electronics department.   She has also taught at many local companies through ACC’s corporate training department.

Currently, Ms. Marmolejo is managing a team of over 12 ACC instructors to develop and deliver training in advanced technical topics to a major corporation in the Austin area.  The training is funded through a skills development fund which is designed to enhance the skill set of the local workforce.

Mrs. Marmolejo has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education in Community College Leadership.

Jacquelyn Messinger

Jacquelyn (Jacque’) Messinger is the Director of Institutional Research at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, she began her career as a teaching assistant in research methodology in fall of 1996.  She advanced to graduate student instructor, also in research methodology and was placed into the Applied Research Center at CSU Bakersfield as a research associate.  Jacque’ relocated to Texas, where she began her career in Institutional Research. Currently, she is increasing her responsibility in accountability and IE measurement and serves on the IRB.

She returned to college as a single parent with three children, becoming a first generation, non-traditional returning student, ultimately completing two Associate of Arts degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Anthropology/Behavioral Science with an emphasis in research, symbolic anthropology and women’s studies.

Jacque’ is currently enrolled at the John E. Roueche Graduate Center at National American University in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) with an expected graduation date of December 2018.  She is a Margaretta B. Mathis honors scholar.  She is a member of the Association of Institutional Research, the Texas Association of Institutional Research and serves on several working committees at Tyler Junior College.

Terry Rigsby 

I was born in Georgetown, Texas.  Spent most of my younger years in Irving, Texas.  Moved around some in my early adult life, Texas to California, to South Carolina, to Venezuela and back to Texas.  Presently, I reside in Meridian, Texas with my dog Freckles and 4 cats.  I have one child, Danielle, who lives in Austin, Texas.

I received a BS with an emphasis in international management from California State University – Fresno in 1988.  Shortly thereafter, we moved to South Carolina and then to South America.  I came back to the states in 1992.  I received an MBA, with an emphasis in computer science and management, from Tarleton State University in 1996.  In 2004, I earned an MS in information systems from Tarleton State University. I have worked for Hill College for the past 21 years as a computer science instructor.  Currently, I am the degree advisor to programming students, both academic and technical.  In 2003, I was the NISOD recipient winner, from the technical area.

Ryan Ruda 

I currently serve as the Vice-President for Instruction and Student Services at Garden City Community College in Kansas. I have been at the college since 1999, serving in various capacities including Director of Counseling and Advising, Dean of Student Services, Athletic Director, and the current capacity. I have been involved in leadership roles within ACT, American Counseling Association and currently serve as the chair for the Kansas Council of Student Affairs Administrators. I am married and have three daughters: Madison, Nicole, and Malia. Our family enjoys camping and traveling.  My personal goal is to complete this program and seek a community college presidency.


Kathy Statos 

For nine years Kathy Statos has served at Austin Community College as an adjunct professor of Psychology in Austin, Texas.  In 2005 she earned a Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, where she focused on leadership, and teams and organizations.  She also has earned Bachelors in French from Principia College.  Currently, Kathy participates in the Adjunct Faculty Association at ACC on the executive council as a campus representative.        Kathy is an active member in community affairs, local service organizations, and the arts.  She volunteers for CASA, ECHO, and Brides against cancer. Kathy also volunteers as a job coach for autistic young adults.  Since moving to Austin in 2009, she has given lectures within her community and is a strong advocate for children, citizens with disabilities and education.