Dr. Leslie HulingPrincipal Investigator and Project Director
Dr. Kristina Henry CollinsCo-Principal Investigator & Senior Advisor
Dr. John BeckSenior Advisor
Dr. John Beck is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, and serves as Senior Advisor with the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative project. His research and writing interests include teacher education, instructional technology, and educational leadership.
Dr. Beck holds degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Ph.D./Ed.S./MAT), University of Washington – Seattle (B.S.), and Southwest Texas State (B.S.). He holds Texas educator credentials in High School Mathematics and Physics, Principal, and Superintendent.
Stacey SandersBudget and Finance Coordinator
Stacey Sanders is the Budget and Finance Coordinator for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education & Research. She manages post-award administration, and provides project management support to grant funded programs. Her research and professional interests include higher education administration, inclusion in business practice, and organizational development.
Karen FabacGrant Specialist (Operations Manager)
Ms. Fabac, CPM, co-manages post-award administration and provide project management support to federally funded grant projects within the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, currently with the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA EPDC), and the Texas State University Round Rock STEM-for-All Partnership (RRSAP).
She holds Bachelors of Applied Arts & Sciences, Texas State University. Certified Public Manager® (CPM) designation; Texas State University, William P. Hobby Center for Public Service Professional memberships: American Academy of Certified Public Managers (AACPM); Texas Society of Certified Public Managers; and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).
Dr. Virginia RestaEvaluation Specialist
Virginia Resta, Ph.D., serves as an Evaluation Specialist for the MUREP Educator Institute (MEI) initiative at Texas State University. She holds a BS in Elementary Education from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, a MA in Elementary Education and PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of New Mexico. Prior to her retirement, she served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education and the Assistant Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University. Her research interest has focused on induction, mentoring, and retention of beginning teachers.
Janice EllisGrant Travel Assistant
Janice Ellis spent several years as a bookkeeper and accounting clerk. Later receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art at the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Visualization Science (computer animation) at Texas A&M.
Janice taught animation in Houston and Phoenix then returned to Texas to help her son in his newly inherited business. She serves as the travel coordinator for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.
Edgar GomezSenior NASA Interface IT Specialist
Edgar Gomez, CPM, serves as Senior NASA Interface IT Specialist and he is responsible for reporting and managing NASA and Texas State University equipment and systems. He provides training to faculty, staff and students in the use of new technologies with explicit concern for the unique teaching and learning needs of science, technology, engineering and math learners and educators.
Mr. Gomez serves as an information technology, web/media and distance learning technology support specialist for Texas State University’s LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research and its major grant-funded initiative known as the “Texas State NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative” (NASA EPDC). He is the main technical support interface with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) webmaster, EPDC Education Specialists and technology subcontractors.