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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.

Barbara Burns

Alma  | 512-245-2154

I settled in the fine town of San Marcos area in 1990 and consider it my home. I began working at Texas State University in June of 2014 after being self employed as a house painter for over 20 years. I worked in the paint department for several years before moving to the Facilities Maintenance shop late in 2017. I look forward to the opportunity of contributing and working with the FSS Diversity Committee in the years to come.  


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  

Officer Ray McKinney

Richard | 512-245-2887

Officer McKinney is currently employed by the Texas State University Police Department, as a master level Police Officer. Officer McKinney is currently assigned to the crime prevention unit, as a safety awareness and public affairs Officer.  Moreover, Office McKinney is a certified TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) instructor and has taught a series of classes on Cultural Diversity.  In addition, Officer McKinney has been an ordained credentialed Minister/Elder for many years, and currently serves as the Chaplain for the University Police Department.   

Carmelita Mendoza

Diversity | 512-245-2776

I have been working with the University for over 20 years.  Currently, I am with the General Accounting Office, Financial Reporting & Analysis. I look forward to serving as part of the FFS Diversity Committee for many years


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.

Justin Tello

CO-Chair  | 512-245-2293

I have been with Texas State University since 2010. I work for Print & Mail Services as a Mail Clerk II. I look forward to contributing to the FSS Diversity Committee. I enjoy working for Texas State University and I look forward to numerous years here.

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.