Meet our Staff
MICHELLE KISER, Ed.D.
Senior Director - Support Operations For Academic Retention
Community College Transfer Relations
Dr. Kiser is the Senior Director of Support Operations for Academic Retention (SOAR), Raider Ready, and Community College Transfer Relations. She received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Doctorate of Education at Texas Tech University. Dr. Kiser has worked with Texas Success Initiative for five years before becoming Director of SOAR in May 2009. Currently, Dr. Kiser manages Community College Transfer Relations, Raider Ready, and four programs within the department of SOAR; The Learning Center, Supplemental Instruction, Texas Success Initiative, and Programs for Academic Development and Retention. Dr. Kiser has worked at Texas Tech University for 17 years. Dr. Kiser is an active CASA volunteer for seven years, loves Red Raider sports and Texas Tech University, and she will always be a Red Raider! Wreck'Em Tech!
Assistant Director - Texas Success Initiative
Bonnie Cordell is the Assistant Director of The Texas Success Initiative. Originally from Roswell, NM, Bonnie is a proud Tech alum who received a dual BA in English and German from Texas Tech University and an MA in English Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition from the University of Wyoming. She served as the Senior Membership and Network Coordinator at the University of Wyoming Alumni Association before returning to Texas. Bonnie is passionate about working with TSI students to help prepare them for success at Texas Tech and after graduation. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and fishing with her husband and their dog Molly.
TSI Math Instructor - Texas Success Initiative
Paul Pierce served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board TSI Assessment Standard Setting Committee and has been teaching mathematics for over 20 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Texas Tech University. He has taught a range of courses, covering basic math to Calculus I. He has taught at Texas Tech University, Midwestern State University, and South Plains College. Paul is currently the TSI Mathematics Instructor at Texas Tech University. He has also published multiple textbooks on developmental mathematics.
Instructor -Texas Success Initiative
Osariemen Osaghae is originally from Lubbock, TX and of Nigerian descent. She served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board TSI Assessment Item Review Team as a faculty member who reviewed the items on the new TSI Assessment. She has taught in higher education for seven years. Osariemen holds a Master's in Education from Texas Tech University. Currently, she is working on her doctorate in Educational Psychology with an interest in academic self-efficacy, underserved populations, and academic retention. Osariemen has contributed to academia in the form of two publications and a presentation at SERA. In addition to work in higher education, she is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and holds both local and area positions.
Senior Advisor - Texas Success Initiative
Serena Sosa is the Senior Academic Advisor of the Texas Success Initiative. She is originally from San Angelo, Texas. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling from Angelo State University. During her time at Angelo State University, Serena participated in numerous research projects and presented her findings at the Association for Psychological Science Convention in San Francisco, California. In her spare time, she enjoys playing golf and spending time with her dog Layla.
Academic Advisor - Texas Success Initiative
Ashley Ross is the Academic Advisor of the Texas Success Initiative. Originally from Graham, Texas, Ashley received both a B.A. in Mathematics and an M.A. in Sociology from Texas Tech University. Before joining the Texas Success Initiative team, she worked as a math tutor in The Learning Center and as a graduate teaching assistant for the Sociology department. Ashley enjoys working with students and helping them achieve academic success inside and outside of the classroom. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, and keeping up with the Goin' Band from Raiderland.