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Meet the Staff

Jennifer T. Wood
Assistant Director | Parent and Family Relations | jenniferwood@txstate.edu

After graduating as a first generation college student, Jennifer found her passion in college admission and higher education, where she could use her knowledge to serve diverse families to and through the college process. She is a passionate event planner, a master at jigsaw puzzles, and loves vacation time with her husband and son.

Tips for Visiting San Marcos
Eat local when you are in town! Enjoy Mediterranean food at Nostimo Café, or Italian Garden for the best margarita pizza in Central Texas.

Tip for Parents & Family Members
As your student transitions to and through college, ask them about their own expectations of college. Their needs might change while in college, and expectations might change as well. Finding a balance between your expectations and their expectations can help ease conflict or emotions on both sides. Open up a dialogue to best hear and support your student.


Tamara Corbier
Student Development Specialist II | Parent and Family Relations | tcorbier@txstate.edu

Born and raised locally, Tamara is a proud Texas State alum. She feeds her love for event planning by coordinating events for the parents and families of Texas State students. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her family and friends or her weenie dog, Hank.

Tips for Visiting San Marcos
Take a walk around Texas State's beautiful campus! Go see the ducks and turtles that hang out by the Theatre Center. After taking in the nature, visit the Premium and Tanger Outlets to conveniently shop at hundreds of stores all in one stop.

Tip for Parents & Family Members
Come back to campus for Family Weekend! Spend the weekend on campus with your Bobcat enjoying activities planned for the whole family. The weekend will entail a welcome dinner, tailgating, a home football game, and many other activities.


Gabby Riviere
Graduate Assistant | Parent and Family Relations | gabbyriviere@txstate.edu

As an only child, Gabby has been figuring out the best practices of communicating with parents since birth. She is always on the go, exploring the great Texas outdoors, planning her next trip, telling stories about those adventures, or eagerly trying to keep her patio garden alive.

Tips for Visiting San Marcos
Visit Root Cellar Bakery for a coffee and a pastry, then drop by Paper Bear to get a giggle from their quirky gifts. Check out the river that runs through Sewell Park. For lunch or dinner, go to Taproom. They have the best burgers, and they’ll change the channel to whatever football game you want to watch.

Tip for Parents & Family Members
Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter! They are made with love each month, and hopefully they help you feel connected to and informed about campus.


Our Parent and Family Team

To ensure that we can support you and your student all over campus, Parent and Family Relations has team members from offices around Texas State. We collaborate together to put on Family Weekend and serve families year round. 

Name Department Title
Jen Beck Retention Management and Planning Director
Bridget Sarbu Career Services Customer Care Coordinator
Gabby Riviere Retention Management and Planning Graduate Assistant
Jacob Sloan Department of Housing and Residential Life Residence Director
Jennifer Wood Retention Management and Planning Assistant Director
Jill Trujillo Student Support Services Grant Specialist
Julie Velasquez Rural Talent Search Grant Specialist
Kendra Wesson Dean of Students Office Student Development Specialist II
Keri Axelrod Department of Housing and Residential Life Residence Director
Melissa Johnson Department of Housing and Residential Life Coordinator
Ray McKinney University Police Police Officer
Rosanne Proite Department of Housing and Residential Life Director
Sylvia Reyes LBJ Student Center Student Development Specialist II
Tamara Corbier Retention Management and Planning Student Development Specialist II
Trevon Walker Department of Campus Recreation Assistant Director