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FSS Diversity Committee

Alma Apodaca

Alma | 512-245-8339

I am a native of San Marcos.  I have worked at Texas State University for 14 years.  I am currently an Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Director of Parking Services.  In 2012, I earned my bachelor’s degree from Texas State.  I have enjoyed my time here at Texas State as both an employee and a student and continue to enjoy meeting new people.  I look forward to many more years serving the university in my department and on the FSS Diversity Committee.

Leticia Gaitan

Richard | 512-245-4992

I have been with the University since 2012. I am currently an Accountant 1 for Student Business Services. I look forward to being a part of the FSS Diversity Committee and working with all involved.

Alec Lucio

Richard | 512-245-2709

I have been working for Texas State going on 5 years this September, my first four years I spent my time with the moves & events department, and the other year I accepted a Inventory Control Clerk position within the Property Management Department. I enjoy watching the San Antonio Spurs & Dallas Cowboys. I love spending time with my family. I am also very proud to be added as a member to the FSS Diversity Committee  

Mackenzie Mitchell

Diversity | 512-245-2075

Mackenzie Mitchell joined Texas State University in the Spring of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has been working with the EHS&RM department as a certified Professional Continuity Practitioner on the Universities Business Continuity Plan for Emergency Preparedness. Mackenzie and her dog Muggsy are excited about being bobcats and are looking forward to being part of the diversity committee for many years.


Charlie Salas

diversity | 512- 245-1614

I currently serve at the Associate Director for Operations for the LBJ Student Center. I just recently served as the Chair of the Diversity Committee for the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). I have been active in many multicultural activities, programs and services. I am currently working as the 2009 Chair for the NACAS International Conference. I volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and have served in numerous official positions for several national organizations.

Cleve Thorn

CO-Chair  | 512-245-3850

I joined Texas State University in April of 2017. Raised in a small West Texas town of approximately 1,000 people. I served in the United State Marine Corps where I traveled to several countries in the Mediterranean both in Europe and North Africa, several counties in the Far East and Asia and several in Central and South America. Experienced a multitude of cultures with immense diversity.

I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting at then Southwest Texas State and master’s in accounting at the University of Phoenix. Currently, a Budget Analyst with the Budget Office.

My wife, Elsa, also works at Texas State and we have three daughters, the oldest of which will soon join us as an alumna. I have three grandsons, and a son-in-law currently serving in the United States Navy. I am looking forward to taking my life experience both in rural West Texas and throughout the world and contributing to the continued diversity at my new home, Texas State University.

Fermin Torrez

CO-Chair | 512-245-2181

I joined the university in June 2007 and currently serve as the Custodial Supervisor for Custodial Operations. Prior to coming to Texas State I had the wonderful opportunity to travel and live in many different parts of the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia as a member of the United States Air Force. My years in the service were very valuable and provided me with a rich learning experience, some quite different from those I had encountered growing up in Nordheim, Texas with a population of 406. After leaving the Air Force I entered the Hospitality Industry and again was given the opportunity to travel, meet and work with many different people throughout the United States. Later, as a franchisee in the industry, I continued this experience.

Diversity can be defined as the differences in values, attitudes, cultural perspective, beliefs, ethnic background, sexual orientation, skills, knowledge and life experiences of each individual in any group of people. The opportunities I have had throughout the past 35+ years certainly have broadened the vision and understanding of a small town South Texas kid who grew up on the ranch!

I have never met a person who did not have a contribution to make and I will always look at every person I meet as an opportunity to learn, share and grow.