Dr. Heather Martinez currently serves as the Senior Director of the Office of Community Engagement, the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners, and the Office of Academic Enrichment which are all a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at Texas Tech University. Through her office she is responsible for implementing and overseeing programs and partnerships which serve the community, engage faculty, promote learning and encourage conversations about the value of higher education. Prior to her current position, Dr. Martinez held executive positions in the fields of education branding and advocacy, economic development and medical staffing and outsourcing.
Dr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Wayland Baptist University, and obtained her Ph. D. in Higher Education administration at Texas Tech University. Her research interest focuses on the impact of culture and social identity on the college choice process and experience among minority female students in higher education.
Dr. Martinez is a proud alumna of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., a member and former officer of the Hispanic Association of Women, a member of the Texas Tech Latino Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, a member of the University Women's Club and a member of the Texas Tech University Gender Equity Council.
In addition to her duties in the role of director, Dr. Martinez is also an instructor, presenter and motivational speaker. She has taught courses in Women’s Studies and Integrated Studies, has presented at several conferences and seminars and has served as a motivational speaker for various organizations including several independent school districts, Upward Bound programs, the Women’s Leadership Forum, the Latina Leadership Initiative and the statewide Texas A & M University MEDALS conference.
Shaymah K. Ali-Kparah serves as the Unit Supervisor for the Office of Community Engagement.
She is a proud Alumna of this amazing institution, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in
Psychology and minored in French which she is fluent in. Shaymah has also obtained
her Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Public Administration,
Education and Business Administration.
Shaymah is charged with the responsibilities of "changing lives" through college readiness programing, summer camps, conferences and life lessons. She does that, not only at work but through her involvement in the community through various organizations such as the East Lubbock Community Alliance, Mentor Tech and Voices of Hope. She finds great pleasure in helping out those in the community and being another African American woman that those younger than her can look up to and understand that there dreams can be achieved as well.
Shaymah hopes that through her efforts she can have the students that she comes in contact with believe in themselves and understand not to let small minds convince them that their dreams are too big. Her personal motto is "Be the person you wish you had".
Brian Garibay joined the Office of Community Engagement in November 2015. Within the OCE, Brian implements and conducts college readiness programs in local and rural communities which promote the importance of higher education. Brian also works to establish new and ongoing partnerships with community organizations and school districts. Born and raised in Hale Center, Texas, Brian holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Texas Tech University. Prior to joining the Office of Community Engagement, Brian was the Director of Federal Programs for the non – profit agency Communities In Schools. Brian's professional experience has allowed for him to implement federal grants that offer before/after – school programs focused on academics, enrichment, parental involvement, and college readiness. Brian is active with the Volunteer Center of Lubbock, Literacy Lubbock, Bridge of Lubbock and has served as a committee member for the Texas Education Agency ACE Communication Network.
La'Ryon Witherspoon, also known as Spoon, has been servicing both IDEAL and The Office of Community Engagement since August 2015 as a Unit coordinator doing outreach & engagement in the Lubbock community. La'Ryon, from Arlington, TX, holds a Masters degree Counselor Education as well as a Bachelors in Psychology at Texas Tech University. While being involved in many on-campus activities, such as Mentor Tech, Black Student Association and The Collegiate 100; he is very active in speaking with different students and schools in the Lubbock community. He also hosts events and activities for various groups in his spare time.
Tunde Leshi joined the OCE staff in June 2016 and is a native of Cypress, Texas. He is currently in his senior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Tunde is a member of many student organizations on campus. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. He is also a part of African Student Organization, National Society of Black Engineers, the Collegiate 100, and Black Student Association. He personally believes that everyone should lead by example and that it is very important to give back to the community. "Be the change that you want to see in the world" – Mahatma Gandhi
Rohan Agarwal joined the OCE staff in August 2016 and is an international student from India. He is currently a junior, pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics. Rohan has a passion for learning about other cultures, is actively involved in student campus life, is a member of several student organizations including, but not limited to: The Society of Petroleum Engineers, Students for Global Connections, and SPE International. Although he is pursuing an engineering degree, he also has a strong suit for economics and finance. He hopes to pursue a career in Energy finance.
Pedro Silvestre joined the OCE staff in the spring semester of 2017. He is a transfer student from Wisconsin Lutheran College but originates from Houston TX. He is currently a sophomore, pursuing his Bachelors in Kinesiology and a minor in Business Administration. Pedro has a passion for the fitness industry and hopes to one day open his own gym. He is involved in student organizations including, Mentor Tech, where he hopes to own day become a mentor himself. He is passionate about others and likes to help others in any way he can. Upon graduation, he would like to become a high school teacher and coach.
Olivia Espinosa joined the Office of Community Engagement in August 2016 and is from Hale Center, Texas. She is currently in her Sophomore year, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Spanish. Olivia is a proud Latina who wishes to show others what is possible through hard-work and strong relationships built with others. Sometimes life gets difficult, and it is our duty to shine our light upon those who are lost. She hopes to inspire others to put in the extra effort in their studies as well as life. Olivia is actively involved in Trio Support Services such as S.S.S. as well as a former Upward Bound student. She is a First Gen student and hopes to show others that college can be for everyone with hard work and determination. Olivia plans on continuing her schooling to receive a Masters in Occupational Therapy where she can mix her passion of sports as well as helping others.
Dymashea Williams is a freshman at Texas Tech University. She is pursuing her degree in Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is originally from Houston Texas. An interesting fact about Dymashea is: since the age of 10, she has been planning a non-profit organization, which she aims to open one day. Her dream job is to open up her own accounting firm in New York City. Dymashea started working for the Office of Community Engagement in August of 2016. Her personal motto is "If you don't like a situation change it, and if you can't change it, change your attitude".
Demetri Board joined the Office of Community Engagement in September 2016. While he was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, he has lived his four years of High School in Garland Texas. Demetri is enrolled as a freshman and currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Economics with a minor in Computer Science. On campus, he is actively involved in the First Year AVID program, First Generation College Student, and Mentor Tech. Demetri is currently at Texas Tech University because of the camp he attended during the summer of his junior year of high school: RaiderLife. It is a program that is run by the Office of Community Engagement, in which the experience has been a positive influence on Demetri's outlook on college and success. He is extremely excited to be a part of the same office in which he can be put into a position to change the lives of students, k-12th grades, in a way his life was changed when he was a student in high school.