Sarah Cartwright, Learning Skills Specialist, Academic Skill Development
Sarah earned her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences—Child and Family Services from Marshall University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education at SMU. Before joining SASP, Sarah loved working in childcare and the K-12 sector but now loves supporting college students. Sarah enjoys traveling and experiencing new things, and is passionate about her faith, family, and food.
Gracy Herrera, Academic Counselor, Academic Skill Development
Gracy, a first-generation student, earned her BA in Psychology from Texas A&M University. While living abroad with her husband and two children, she worked as an academic coach for student-athletes. During this time, Gracy received her MS in Sports Psychology from California Southern University. She also served as team manager for the United Arab Emirates Falcons and Dubai Barracudas American football programs. In her free time, Gracy enjoys travelling, running, and spending time with her Maltese pup.
Chris Meyers, Director of the First Generation Initiative, Academic Skill Development
Chris received his B.A. in Communication at Texas A&M University and his M.A. in Dispute Resolution at SMU. Before joining the A-LEC, he worked as a Life Development Coach for Innovation 360, modeling healthy behavior, encouraging change, and providing hope for people struggling with substance abuse, mental health crisis, academic failure, and a variety of other issues. Chris enjoys sports, camping, hiking, and all outdoor activities. He loves spending time with his wife doing said activities, watching movies, and traveling. As Chris' faith is the most important component in his life, he enjoys spending time with his community group and serving his church and community.
Makenzie Moriarty, Academic Counselor, Academic Skill Development
Makenzie received her B.A. in Anthropology, with a minor in Business Administration, from Baylor University and received her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Before joining SASP, Makenzie worked as an adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College teaching a course in Student Success and as a dance teacher teaching students aged 3 to 18. She loves to try new restaurants, explore new places, and play card games.
Abbie Short, Graduate Assistant for Student Success, Academic Skill Development
Abbie earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender studies from Texas A&M university in 2020. She is currently a SMU grad student pursuing a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience in child development, sales, and marketing. Abbie enjoys being with her family, watching movies, and doing anything that involves being creative.
Becca Umobong, Director, Academic Skill Development
Becca earned her B.A. in Communication from Washington State University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education from Dallas Baptist University. Becca is a HDEV 1210 and HDEV 1211 lecturer, facilitates learning strategy workshops, and provides students with individual academic counseling. Becca enjoys hiking, swimming, reading and coaching her children's sports teams.