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 well-being plays a significant role in college success. In her free time, Brittany can be found being "mom" to her two sons and cheering on the Crimson Tide!
Program Manager: Operations
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.
Program Manager: Communications, Marketing, & Design
Ashley Rose Marino is a Jersey girl that was raised in the heart of DFW. She graduated from Baylor University in 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts; while there, she became a member of Phi Beta Kappa Zeta of Texas and was a chaser on the quidditch team. During the pandemic of 2020, she virtually graduated from Texas Tech University with her Master of Science in Environmental Design. Ashley is the unofficlal "creative director" of RISE, leading multi-faceted campaigns (backed by stats and science) to best communicate healthy lifestyles to the TTU and LBK communities. In true millennial fashion, Ashley's interests include traveling to the most interesting corners of the world, hanging out with her dog and (literal) 75 house plants, reading poetry in hammocks, and creating works for local art shows.
Program Manager: Peer Education and Outreach
Alex attended Cal State Fullerton where he obtained both his B.S. and M.S. in kinesiology
with a focus in gerokinesiology and health promotion for aging populations. After
graduation, Alex moved into corporate wellness for nine years where he provided wellness
programming for organizations such as Boeing and Shell Oil and Gas. In 2017, Alex
moved into academia where he worked in campus recreation at Rice University and was
an adjunct faculty member teaching fitness and health classes. Alex has recently joined
RISE in May 2021 and is happy to be part of the team. In his free time Alex enjoys
creative writing, yoga, weight lifting, gardening, cooking and hanging out with his