Meet our Team
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!
Program Manager: Safety 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.
Program Manager: Peer Education and Violence Prevention
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.
Stephanie, a West Texas native, attended Texas Tech University obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Stephanie taught young children for 25 years in both public and private schools and finished her teaching career at the Child Development Research Center, located on Texas Tech Campus. While working at the CDRC, Stephanie worked with Texas Tech students on a daily basis and found that not only working with young children was her passion, but working with college students was also a true enjoyment. To continue that love of working with college students, Stephanie joined the RISE team, and will continue to follow her passion there. In her free time, Stephanie can be found working with the Texas Tech Feral Cat Coalition as an advisor, volunteering with many animal rescues, supporting her two daughters, and spending time with her wife, Jennifer.