Staff

WEP has a four-person full-time staff, one half time Administrative Associate, one half-time Graduate Assistant; faculty, alumni and industry advisors; and an extensive staff of student workers and volunteers.

IMG 1951 small for webL-R: Katie Ray, Chelsea Marks, Gina Higby, Ana Dison, Tricia Berry

Tricia Berry
Director

Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, Tricia Berry leads efforts to recruit and graduate women in the Cockrell School of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She concurrently serves as Collaborative Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), leading the dissemination of STEM best practices and informal curriculum across Texas in coordination with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Through both roles, she connects and supports organizations and individuals working to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields across Texas and beyond.

Berry is also Co-Founder and Executive Vice President for 825 Basics and the co-author of You Can’t Eat Your Degree: Combine Your Passions and Philosophies to Create the Story of Your Future and Exceeds Expectations: Take Control of Your Performance Review. Previously, Berry worked as a Process Engineer and a Product Development Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. Berry received her BS Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin in May 1993 and her MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in May 1999.  Berry is a Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Life Member and a member and Past President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).

In addtion to the STEMconnector recognition, Berry has been recognized for her efforts in gender equity and STEM with the 2011 SXSW Interactive Dew Winburne Community Service Award, 2014 Girl Scouts of Central Texas Women of Distinction Award, 2014 WEPAN Founders Award and 2014 Skillpoint Alliance Unlocking the Potential Award.

Contact Tricia: triciaberry@utexas.edu

Ana Dison
Assistant Director

Ana Dison is the Assistant Director in the Women in Engineering Program and coordinates all current student programming including the First Year Initiative, Kinsolving Learning Community, Leadership Seminar, Graduates Linked with Undergraduates in Engineering (GLUE) research program, the Peer Assistance Leader (PAL) program and the Women In the Second year of Engineering (WISE) program. She typically teaches 3-4 classes a semester and is currently teaching in the newly created Ramshorn Scholars Program, the WEP Leadership Seminar and the GLUE undergraduate research seminar. Ana supervises full and part-time staff and oversees the business and personnel operations of the office. She has been with the WEP Office since 2006.

Ana earned her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992 in Kinesiology and a master's degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University in 1994. After working for two years at the University of Maryland in Recreation Services, Ana returned to the University in 1996 and was Assistant Director in the Division of Recreational Sports, coordinating Membership Services and Satellite Facilities as well as overseeing a very large part-time student staff.

After joining the Cockrell School in 2000, Ana served as an Academic Advising Coordinator in the Engineering Student Services office, advising thousands of students and coordinating a wide variety of student programs. Additionally, she served as the degree evaluator for the Cockrell School for four years. Ana has served on numerous committees across campus, has been President of the Academic Counselor's Association and served for three years in the inaugural group of the UT Staff Council. Ana co-chaired the Provost's Council on Student Advocacy for three years and was just recently called to serve and was elected as President Elect of the Academic Counselors Association. She continues to be active in service to the UT community working with peer and professional mentoring programs. She has presented to numerous groups on a variety of leadership and career focused topics.

A member of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) since 2006, Ana completed a two year appointment to the WEPAN Board of Directors as Communications Director in July, 2015but continues to serve WEPAN as Communication Director.

Ana received the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Excellence Award and the Eyes of Texas Award in 2011 and the University's Outstanding Staff Award in 2012. After serving 20 years as a high school volleyball official in the central Texas area, Ana retired from the Texas Association of Sports Officials in 2011. Since 2003, Ana has been designing and creating custom jewelry and loves to golf in her spare time.

Contact Ana: anadison@utexas.edu

Gina Higby
Outreach & STEM Education Senior Program Coordinator

Gina Higby is the K-12 Outreach and STEM Education Senior Program Coordinator for the Women in Engineering Program. She works with high school recruitment and on-campus outreach programs including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Women Engineers at UT (WEatUT), and WEP Engineering Ambassadors. Gina earned a BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and is currently pursuing her MBA at Texas State University. She has worked previously as an academic advisor in Computer Science at UT and in International Admissions at UTSA before joining WEP in 2013.

Gina is the Communications Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project, managing statewide efforts as part of the National Girls Collaborative Project to connect individuals, organizations, companies and government entities working to interest more girls in STEM fields. She travels nationally to present to STEM educators about best practices for messaging and outreach to K-12 students in STEM education.

Gina received the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Excellence Award and the University's Outstanding Staff Award in 2016.

Contact Gina: gina.higby@utexas.edu

Chelsea Drake
First Year & Leadership Collaborative Program Coordinator

Chelsea Drake is the Program Coordinator for first year student intiatives and the advisor for the 12 student organizations within the Women in Engineering Program. She works with all current students, advising student organizations and coordinating First Year Initiatives. Chelsea earned a BS in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on Adolescent Development from The University of Missouri in 2012. She then attended The University of Texas at Austin, earning her Masters of Education in College and University Student Personnel Administration in May of 2014. While in graduate school, she served as a graduate assistant in the Office of New Student Services and the Leadership and Ethics Institute at UT. She worked previously as an Admissions Counselor for the Office of Admissions serving the Central Texas area before joining WEP.

Contact Chelsea: chelsea.drake@austin.utexas.edu

Susan Stanford
Administrative Associate

Susan processes accounting documents, voucher payments, travel and various other business functions for WEP. She also works part-time for the Equal Opportunity in Engineering Office. Susan attended UT and worked as an Advisor in the Civil Engineering department for several years. Her favorite color is purple and she loves queso!

Contact Susan: Susan.Stanford@austin.utexas.edu

Katie Ray
Graduate Assistant

Katie Ray is the Graduate Assistant for student support programs for the WEP.  She coordinates the Residential Learning Community in Kinsolving,  is a Teaching Assistant for the WEP Leadership Seminar, and coordinates one First Year Interest Group (FIG).  Katie graduated from the University of Texas in May of 2015 with a degree in Government and History.  As an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant, as well as a summer teacher for the nonprofit Breakthrough Collaborative.  She is currently enrolled in the Higher Education Administration master’s program at The University of Texas.

Contact Katie: katherine.ray@austin.utexas.edu