Texas Tech University

Meet our Team

Director- Kimberly Simón, PhD


Support Coordinator Military & Veterans Liaison

Dr. Simón has been part of the Texas Tech family for over a decade. She moved from Virginia (go Hokies!) to complete her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy... and never left! With experience in addiction and recovery, collegiate substance use, relational and sexual violence, and campus programming, Dr. Simón is passionate about the possibilities that the RISE Office brings to campus.

Dr. Simón has been teaching courses in the Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences department since its creation, and will be a RaiderReady instructor this fall. She has worked in outpatient treatment programs, inpatient treatment centers, and juvenile justice facilities, providing individual, group, and family therapy for clients. Dr. Simón is also a trained crisis specialist who worked in a domestic violence shelter and served as a Sexual Assault Advocate.

Kimberly Simon

Assistant Director- Anneliese Bustillo, MA


Support Coordinator

Anneliese has been with Texas Tech University since 2014 where she began working in the Student Union & Activities office. Prior to relocating to Lubbock, Anneliese worked and completed her Master's at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. While at GW, she was with the Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service's Civic House community. There, she gained experience in working with non-profits addressing poverty, violence against women, hunger and homelessness, and addiction recovery. At both Tech and GW, Anneliese has most enjoyed working with student leaders to develop a diverse and engaging culture on campus. Anneliese is eager to see how the RISE Office will help shape Texas Tech.

Anneliese Bustillo

Student Assistant- Gabrielle Easton


Gabrielle is a senior at Texas Tech University. She is a Lubbock native and chose Texas Tech for that reason- because it was close to home. She is studying within the College of Human Sciences with a major in Community, Family, and Addiction Services, and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Gabrielle hopes to continue on to work within marriage and family therapy. She is excited to be involved in the RISE Office and Texas Tech Community.

Student Assistant- Courtney Lanham


Marketing Student Assistant- Matthew Martinez


Matt is a senior Media Strategies student from Arlington, TX. Prior to becoming a part of the RISE department, Matt had experiences as a former Vice President of Communications and Marketing and Special Programs Coordinator for the Tech Activities Board, working in the Student Union & Activities office. There he gained experience in student programming, including valuable knowledge of numerous advertising and marketing skills. He is excited to help launch the various social media and marketing campaigns for RISE.


Risk Intervention & Safety Education