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Meet our Team

Brittany Todd, M. Ed. (she|her|hers)

Todd, Brittany


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 four year old son and cheering on the Crimson Tide! 


Elena Sánchez-Freeman (she|her|hers)

Program Manager: Health and Wellness


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 Trade, concentrating her studies in Communication and 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 business, led Elena to Texas where she became the Community Development Assistant for the Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers Double-A Affiliate Team) followed by the position of Community Coordinator for Athleta of Dallas. 

Elena holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Health through the TTUHSC School of Biomedical Sciences. Now a Red Raider, Elena is proud to be a member of the RISE office as she is passionate about a holistic approach to prevention education. If you do not see her at the office, she is probably at the gym, exploring the outdoors, or hanging out with Kelsey.  


Kelsey Lueck, M. Ed. (she|her|hers)

Program Manager: Violence Prevention & Peer Education


Kelsey, a Kansas native, attended Pittsburg State University (home of the Gorillas) in Pittsburg, Kansas obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in recreation. Kelsey received her Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University in May 2018. Kelsey found her love for Risk Intervention at Pitt State being a Peer Educator for Gorillas In Your Midst. From the transition from a Gorilla to a Red Raider Kelsey is proud to be working for RISE and helping educate other Red Raiders and affiliates about dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, consent education, and much more. In her free time, Kelsey can be found powerlifting at local gyms, playing with her three-legged therapy dog Ringo, or hanging out with Elena.


Chris Carrillo (he|him|his)

Graduate Assistant for Alcohol and Other Drugs chris

Chris Carrillo is a Lubbock native and Texas Tech alumni. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Sports Science with a minor in nutrition. Chris has worked in the substance abuse and wellness field for 6 years. He believes in the importance and centrality of human relationships. Chris is currently pursuing his master's degree in Social Work through the Texas Tech University Graduate School of Social Work. In his free time, Chris can be found enjoying life with his family and friends.



Ashley Marino (she|her|hers) ashley

Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Design

Ashley, representing the slightly fabulous Mansfield, TX, received her Bachelor's degree with concentrations in Psychology and ASL Interpreting from Baylor's University Scholars program. During her undergraduate career, she interned with Lesley Myrick Art + Design and found her calling for making more interiors more beautiful. After dabbling in the fields of social media marketing, virtual interior design, blog writing, and flip home design, she decided that going back to school was the next big step for her career. Seeing that there was a need in the field, she joined the TTU family determined to spark a conversation about making residential interiors more inclusive for people, particularly with depression and anxiety, focusing on improving quality of life.

When she's not drafting for hours on end or reading article after peer reviewed article, she can be found hanging out with her pup, Alfie, satisfying her inner wanderlust, or in a hot yoga class.

Ashley is currently pursuing her master's degree in Environmental Design from TTU's College of Human Sciences.


Matthew Koehl (he|him|his) mknew

Student Assistant / President, RISE Peer Educators

Matthew is a senior Human Development and Family Studies major from San Antonio, TX. As an undergraduate researcher, Matthew has focused on research through a social justice framework. Matthew is passionate about education as a way of uniting people and navigating sensitive subjects. He has worked with RISE as a peer educator and across campus as a leader of student organizations and an avid activist for social justice. Outside of work and school, Matthew enjoys travelling, cooking, time outdoors, and spending time with his two dogs, Jayce and Louis.


Dane Rivas (he|him|his) 


Student Assistant, Marketing and Design

Dane is a senior Agricultural Communications student from Tahoka, TX. At TTU Dane has been involved in a multitude of organizations. Currently, he is involved the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Agricultural Council and Picador Creative as the graphic design intern. Dane is passionate about changing and effecting lives. He loves knowing the lives of the people he interacts with and where they aspire to be in life. In his free time, he loves to find new music, hang with friends and loved ones, and discover new things.