Meet our Team
Director- Brittany Todd, M. Ed.
Brittany, an Alabama native, holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from The University of Alabama, a Master's degree in Higher Education from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education from Auburn University. When she first arrived in Lubbock in 2013, Brittany was skeptical about a place so flat and dry with so few trees. However, it didn't take long for Brittany to realize that the friendliness and hospitality of West Texans made her feel right at home. Brittany became passionate about prevention and wellness education while working in the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness Services at Auburn University and believes strongly that holistic wellness plays a significant role in college success. In her free time, Brittany can be found chasing her three-year-old son or cheering on the Crimson Tide.
Alcohol & Other Drugs Coordinator- Joseph Pfund
Joseph Pfund is a St. Louis native with a West Texas heart. While growing up in Missouri, he spent a lot of time with his grandparents in Abilene. Following a high school career in competitive swimming, Joseph joined the United States Army. While as a member of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Joseph was stationed at Schofield Barracks on O'ahu. During his time in Hawaii, he was sent on multiple training operations as well as deployments, as well as worked with the Department of the Army's Alcohol Education/Substance Abuse and Sexual Harassment Assault programs. Following his assignment at Schofield, Joseph decided to enroll at Texas Tech University. After spending a year helping the ROTC program, he was honorably discharged from the United States Army and remains a member of the National Infantry Association. Though he is no longer on the front lines of our nation's battlefront, he chooses to help fight and advocate for another important cause. While completing his degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech's College of Media and Communication, Joey looks forward to working with RISE through his position as Alcohol & Other Drugs Coordinator.
Safety & Wellness Coordinator- Elena Sánchez-Freeman
Elena, a bilingual native of Upstate New York, attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and International Business concentrating her studies in Health Science. It was at Oswego that Elena began her health and wellness journey by becoming a Personal Trainer and Fitness Center Manager. Her experience with fitness and sports, coupled with her knowledge of event management, led Elena to Texas where she became the Community Development Assistant for the Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers Double A Affiliate Team). Now a West Texas resident, Elena is proud to be a member of the RISE office as she is passionate about a holistic approach to prevention education. Elena is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Health through the TTUHSC School of Biomedical Sciences.
Marketing 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.
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- Ryan Galliger
Ryan is a junior Accounting major from Katy, TX looking to eventually become a Certified Public Accountant. During his sophomore year, Ryan became more involved on campus by becoming the Director of Health, Safety, and Wellness for Murray Hall's Complex Council, and served as a member of the TechSafe Committee for RHA. Ryan enjoys managing his fantasy sports teams, hiking with his friends, volunteering at Saving Grace Pit Bull Rescue, and keeping up with Game of Thrones. He looks forward to further strengthening his skills with his position at RISE.