Heather H. Martinez, Ph.D.
As the Associate Director of the Office of Community Engagement, Dr. Martinez is responsible for implementing new programs and advancing existing programs dedicated to serving communities and engaging Texas Tech faculty, staff and students in activities which improve communities. Prior to her current position, Dr. Martinez served as the Executive Director of the Elite Branding and Advocacy Group. Dr. Martinez has also held executive positions in the fields of economic development and medical outsourcing.
Dr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University, a Master of Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University and obtained her Ph. D. in Higher Education at Texas Tech University. Her research interest focuses on the impact of culture on the college choice process and experience among minority female students.
Dr. Martinez is an alumna of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc, a member of the Hispanic Association of Women, and a member of the Texas Tech Latino Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association. She enjoys music, theatre, reading and vocal performance.
Isaac Flores, M.P.A.
Section Coordinator, K - 12 Programs
As the K-12 Programs Coordinator for the Office of Community Engagement, Isaac is responsible for implementing all K - 12 programs to provide college readiness and exposure to students not only in the surrounding communities but in the state as a whole. These outreach efforts are aimed to create dialogue and conversations pertaining to college and the value of obtaining a degree of higher education.
Before joining the Office of Community Engagement, Isaac was employed at Texas Tech University Upward Bound Programs where he served as Unit Coordinator. Isaac oversaw and provided college preparation services to 150 high school students in 50-mile radius of Lubbock. His experience allows him to provide the tools, skills and motivation to college going students that is necessary to obtain a higher education.
Isaac holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University. Isaac is always looking to give back to the community and stays actively involved by serving on several boards and committees.
Unit Coordinator, Special Event Planning and Programs
As the unit coordinator in the Office of Community Engagement, Nick is responsible for organizing and executing special events and programs for K-12 and Texas Tech University students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the local and surrounding communities. These programs help to support Texas Tech University's strategic commitment to outreach and engagement and create teaching and learning moments that inspire conversations about the value of higher education.
Before joining the Office of Community Engagement, Nick was employed at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio where he served as a head coach for cross country and assistant in track. His experience in higher education provided him numerous opportunities to plan events, promote outreach and work with students on a regular basis.
Recently relocated to Lubbock, Nick and his wife Leigh have two dogs and a cat and just recently added a baby girl to their family. Nick and Leigh enjoy swimming, biking and running and well as walking their dogs. Nick holds a Bachelor of Administration in Business Management from Ashland University and has begun work on his Masters.