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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Serena Bumpus
Liberty Hill, TX

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Judy Carpenter
Sugar Land, TX

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Jennifer Davis
Rockwall, TX

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Karen Vine Fuller
Houston, TX

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Ginger Gonzales
Dexter, NM

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Linda Hardin
Lino Lakes, MN

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Jon Kelly
Aspen, CO

Photo coming soon

Melinda Lozano
San Antonio, TX

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David MacWilliams
Cloudcroft, NM

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Michelle Mayo
Irving, TX

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Tonia Mervis
Melissa, TX

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Michael Moore
Roswell, NM

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Heather Nieporte
Dallas, TX

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Marie Parrish
Chester, NJ

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Janie Reyes
Dallas, TX

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Stacey Richardson
Houston, TX

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Eren Testa
Dallas, TX

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Polly Warring
Houston, TX

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Lynelle Williams
Fresno, TX



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

Sonya Battle, DeSoto, Texas
Susan Beard, Meridian, Idaho
Jennifer Colehower, Buda, Texas
Terri Johnson, Loveland, Colorado
Michael Lovejoy, Berleson, Texas
Brad Mayer, The Hills, Texas
Jose Smith, Denton, Texas
Karen Sneed, Corpus Christi, Texas
Valerie Tessitore, Rockwall, Texas


Applications to the Think Tank are closed at this time.


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 2022 Think Tank meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th 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 Zoom Meetings once per semester (Fall, Spring, once in the Summer) – PFR Think Tank meetings will occur three times a year via Zoom. Meetings will last approximately one hour and are normally at Noon Central.  Additional communications will occur via email.
  • 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 to the Think Tank are closed at this time.