Texas Tech University

Parent & Family Relations Think Tank

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The purpose of the Parent & Family Relations Think Tank is to provide feedback for Parent & Family Relations (PFR) to enhance its communication strategies and program offerings for Red Raider families.

Meet our current Think Tank Members:

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Noelle Andring
Garland, TX

Photo of Cathy Boeker

Cathy Boeker
Brenham, TX

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Derek Brocklebank
Plano, TX

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Serena Bumpus
Liberty Hill, TX


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Jennifer Davis
Rockwall, TX


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Meredith DeBorde
Bardwell, TX

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Redina Franklin
Lubbock, TX

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Sonia Gilmore
Rosharon, TX

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Ginger Gonzales
Dexter, NM

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Christie Goodman
Helotes, TX

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Callum Graves
San Antonio, TX

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Jon Kelly
Aspen, CO

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David MacWilliams
Cloudcroft, NM

Photo of Tonia Mervis

Tonia Mervis
Melissa, TX

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Stacey Richardson
Houston, TX

Photo of Donna Smith

Donna Smith
Childress, TX


Former Think Tank members - Thank you for your service to Texas Tech Famlies!

Sonya Battle, DeSoto, Texas
Susan Beard, Meridian, Idaho
Judy Carpenter, Sugar Land, Texas
Jennifer Colehower, Buda, Texas
Karen Vine Fuller, Houston, Texas
Linda Hardin, Lino Lakes, Minnesota
Terri Johnson, Loveland, Colorado
Michael Lovejoy, Berleson, Texas
Brad Mayer, The Hills, Texas
Michelle Mayo, Irving, Texas
Michale Moore, Roswell. New Mexico
Heaher Nieporte, Dallas, Texas
Marie Parrish, Chester, New Jersey
Janie Reyes, Dallas, Texas
Jose Smith, Denton, Texas
Karen Sneed, Corpus Christi, Texas
Valerie Tessitore, Rockwall, Texas
Eren Testa, Dallas, Texas
Polly Warring, Houston, Texas
Lynelle Williams, Fresno, TX

Benefits, Requirements, Responsibilities, and Application Process:


  • Support your student's university by helping shape parent/family-specific communications and programming
  • Make connections with Texas Tech University staff and other Red Raider families
  • Recognition on the Parent & Family Relations website

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be the parent or family member of an undergraduate student currently enrolled at Texas Tech University
  • Must be willing to meet the responsibilities outlined below
  • Must be available for scheduled Zoom meetings.  The Fall 2023 Think Tank meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th at Noon Central.


  • PFR Think Tank members will be asked to review and provide feedback on various electronic and printed communication pieces as well as programs offered by the department. Publications for review will be shared via email, Google Drive or other electronic means, and feedback will be submitted electronically through a survey form provided by PFR.
  • Members will be asked to commit to providing at least one (1) contribution to department communications, such as tips for new Red Raider families in our newsletter or joining a webinar to share a family perspective.
  • Attend monthly Zoom Meetings during the Fall and Spring semesters and once in the Summer (September, October, November, February, March, April, July).   Meetings will last approximately one hour and are normally at Noon Central.  Additional communications will occur via email. Attendance at 5 out of 7 meetings is expected. 
  • Term of service will be a maximum of two years, as long as your student remains enrolled at Texas Tech. For example, if your student is nearing their senior year and you cannot serve for two years, we would still appreciate your membership in the Think Tank.

Application Process:

 Applications are currently closed. We will recruit new members in Summer 2024.