Expo Coaches

SXSWedu 2016 Expo photo by Josh Martinez

Knowledgeable coaches will be on hand, Tuesday, March 7, for attendees to meet with, one-on-one or in small groups, to explore college and career related conversations. These meetings are an opportunity for mentorship and guidance as students, parents and attendees think about their learning goals.

Get to know the coaches confirmed for March and stay tuned as additional voices are added to the lineup.

Angie Nelson Angie Nelson
Producer, Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing

    Talk to me about:
  • I attended University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor in Journalism.
  • I've worked in the advertising industry for 11+ years. I started as an intern in Account Service and now I'm a broadcast/video producer.
  • Hobbies include: running, cycling, hiking, knitting, sewing, attending concerts and watching sports.
  • I love helping others. I do charity runs and rides and volunteer when I can. My job also allows me to make a difference in our community and state.
  • I'm an animal lover. I have two rescue dogs: Dexter, the Boston Terrier and Mookie, a lab mutt.

Antonio Mendez Antonio Mendez
Student, Southwestern University

    Talk to me about:
  • First Generation College Student
  • Southwestern University
  • Performing Undergraduate Research
  • Biology Major
  • Working Part-time in College

Bridget Cook Bridget Cook
Student, Texas State Technical College, Cyber Security

    Talk to me about:
  • I would like to talk to students about what made me decide to further my education
  • First Generation college student
  • about my Hobbies
  • Where I currently attend college
  • What steps I felt where necessary to get where I am now.

Brittney Villareal Brittany Villarreal-Honn, RN
Pediatric Oncology / Hematology Registered Nurse Pediatric Chemotherapy Certified, University Health System

    Talk to me about:
  • What being a nurse truly means.
  • How I choose my speciality and why I work with children.
  • Challenges of working night shifts.
  • Working full time as a nurse while attending school full time.
  • Hobbies: Traveling, dancing and spending quality time with family(including my dogs).

Chris Prinz Chris Prinz
Student, University of Texas at Austin, Management Information Systems

    Talk to me about:
  • I dropped out of school for a semester to found a tech startup
  • I'm a professional photographer
  • I'm a drummer for a rock band
  • I used to be a film maker
  • I grew up in Austin

Connor Towns Connor Towns
Student, Texas State University - San Marcos, Music Education

    Talk to me about:
  • Applying/Auditioning for a University
  • Life at Texas State, as a student and as a musician
  • Making the most of summers/breaks between semesters
  • The importance of hobbies/rest amidst a full, busy schedule
  • Touring, teaching, performing professionally

De'Marian Wright De'Marian Wright
Student, Concordia University, Communications / Public Relations

    Talk to me about:
  • Being a first generation student
  • What it's like going to a small, private university.
  • Coming from a low income family that can't really support me finically and how I manage my money because of this.
  • How hobbies and interests we all think are useless actually help us gain opportunities. (Such as my interest in social media, starting in middle school, ended up becoming the career field I want to pursue.)
  • What kind of relationships are built in college. (Business, friendship, and professor wise)

Frederico Geib Frederico Geib
Teen Programs Coordinator, Mexican American Cultural Center

    Talk to me about:
  • Getting into a creative career
  • Developing a Portfolio
  • Multicultural challenges and opportunities
  • Social Activism for Youth
  • Self confidence and personal branding

Jason Finkelman Jason Finkelman
Immigration Lawyer, Finkelman Law

    Talk to me about:
  • University I attended and college life
  • How to find a major/career you might be interested in and why its ok to switch to a different career path
  • Law school
  • What its like to be a lawyer
  • What its like to be an immigration lawyer
  • What does the future hold for me as an immigrant in the United States

 Jennifer A. Follen Jennifer Follen
Student, University of Texas at Austin, Anthropology and Information Studies

    Talk to me about:
  • Transfer process from community college to a four-year university
  • My experience as an adult student finding academic, social, and financial support for non-traditional students
  • GRE and graduate school preparation
  • Career options in information studies (librarianship, archive management, museum studies, user experience design)
  • Photography and visual ethnography

Joy Welborn Joy Welborn
Senior Account Executive, Trendkite

    Talk to me about:
  • I did paid for my own schooling through scholarships
  • George Washington University
  • Greek life, study abroad experience - Pi Beta Phi, no study abroad but I've traveled to Russia, Japan, and most of Europe
  • Hobbies - Politics, running, writing
  • I did a ton of internships in DC and can speak to finding those opportunities

Judith L. Job Judith Job
Student, Huston-Tillotson University

    Talk to me about:
  • Balancing time
  • Being an international student
  • College life on an HBCU campus
  • Finding the right major for you
  • How to make friends/colleagues in college

Kathleen Pedersen Kathleen Pedersen
Publisher, Book in a Box

    Talk to me about:
  • Study/work abroad or gap year
  • Startups and Tech
  • Rocking interviews
  • Picking your major/career
  • Finding the dream job/internship

Kayla Torres Kayla Torres
Student, Concordia University, Communication

    Talk to me about:
  • First generation college student
  • Applying for study abroad
  • Mental stability, Finding new ways to cope w/ stress
  • Being away from home for the first time, new friends, new places and staying connected to friends from home
  • Being a big spender and learning how to save money now that your on your own. Working off campus and balancing school

Kenneth Eke Kenneth Eke
Student, University of Texas at Austin, Computer Science

    Talk to me about:
  • Senior Computer Science - Transfer Student
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Work in Chicago, New York City, Silicon Valley
  • CODE2040 Fellowship
  • Hobbies: DJing, Music Production and Audio Engineering, Photography

Laura Senio Blair Laura Senio Blair
Professor of Spanish and Latin American and Border Studies, Southwestern University

    Talk to me about:
  • What are the liberal arts? (Southwestern University)
  • Student athlete
  • Study abroad
  • Social Justice
  • Time management

Mattie Cryer Mattie Cryer
Student, Southwestern University, Spanish & Religion

    Talk to me about:
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Southwestern University
  • Study Abroad
  • Community Engaged Learning/Campus Leadership
  • Greek Life (and particularly at a small school).

Michael Scherotter Michael S. Scherotter
Principal Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

    Talk to me about:
  • Leveraging an education in one field in another field (I studied architecture yet made my career in software)
  • Combining your personal interests with your career
  • Finding and developing your superpower
  • My avocation: Journaling
  • Figuring out what drives you – what do you need in a job that will make you happy

Michael Wilson Michael Wilson
Student, Austin Community College, Nursing

    Talk to me about:
  • Nursing
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Cycling
  • Staying Motivated in School
  • Volunteering

Mike Mitra Mike Mitra
Senior Art Director and Photographer, Drumroll

    Talk to me about:
  • Getting involved
  • How to fake it 'til you make it
  • Finding inspiration beyond your creative discipline
  • Internships that are seemingly random
  • Continued learning outside of the classroom

Quirino Silva Quirino Silva
Director of Culinary Operations, Flyrite Chicken Inc.

    Talk to me about:
  • University of Texas Alumnus, class of 2001
  • BA in Sociology
  • Minor in History & Government.
  • Why I chose to work in the restaurant industry
  • Working with a great staff

Sarah Bernfeld Sarah Bernfeld
Online Channels Lead, Campus - Americas, Google

    Talk to me about:
  • Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated with a degree in Linguistics and a Minor in Spanish.
  • Worked at Omni Hotel Downtown, where I remained until I graduated.
  • Has worked for Start Up companies as well as Fortune 500; the majority of my career has been spent at F500 working for Dell and, currently, Google. I have worked in a variety of HR roles including Recruiting, HR Technology, and Contingent Workforce Management.
  • Plays piano, have written some music, enjoy cooking and entertaining.
  • Married with a 23 year old stepdaughter and a three year old son and we love to spend time outside, preferably on the water. I have a great dane and two siamese cats and am volunteer director for an organization called Puppy Mill Awareness Day, TX.

Sarah Brashear Sarah Brashear
Student, University of Texas at Austin

    Talk to me about:
  • Applying to college
  • Choosing a major
  • The University of Texas
  • Getting involved on campus/Greek Life/Spirit Groups
  • Band/music

Shane Lemanski Shane Lemanski
Student, Texas State University - San Marcos, School of Music

    Talk to me about:
  • Greek life (I am in 2 music fraternities)
  • Instrument doubling (I play all sorts of instruments)
  • Time management (I've been on the dean's list every semester)
  • Professional development (I am in a professional music organization as well as teach at several schools)
  • Foreign studies (my professor is from bulgaria and I housed a russian music student for a semester)

Tera Hogan Tera Hogan
Talent Channels Lead, Google

    Talk to me about:
  • Attended University of Texas, majored in Business
  • Worked in Consulting, Recruiting, and High Tech
  • Manages a team and passionate about growing their skills and careers
  • Loves to cook and bake
  • Likes to spend time playing outside with her husband and dog

Yaneli Rubio Yaneli Rubio
Marketing Specialist, HomeAway

    Talk to me about:
  • First generation college student
  • The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, marketing
  • Study abroad (France/Europe)
  • Long distance running
  • Internships and volunteering



SXSWedu 2016 Expo photo by Josh Martinez.