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Staff and Contact Information

Organizational Chart

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Meet the Staff

  Penny Acrey

Penny Acrey, LMSW, Director

(817) 272-3364
Email:  pacrey@uta.edu

Penny Acrey, LMSW, currently serves as Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities. She is a proud alumna of The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work where she focused on Direct Practice in Mental Health. Her areas of interest are Disability and Trauma. Penny began her career at UTA in 2004 with Disability Services, and then went on to serve as Assistant Dean for Student Success in the School of Social Work. Penny returned to the Office for Students with Disabilities in 2010 as Director. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and currently serves on several Advisory Boards for area agencies serving people with disabilities.

Education includes the following:

  • BSW from The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work in 2002
  • MSW from The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work in 2004

  Demarice Dumerer

Demarice Bowling, MS, CRC, Associate Director

(817) 272-3364
Email: demarice@uta.edu

Demarice Ferguson currently serves as the Associate Director for the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and has worked for the State of Texas as well as in private industry assisting persons with disabilities with return to work issues. Demarice has been involved in the field of rehabilitation, education and counseling since 1995 with experiences ranging from transition and vocational counseling, job placement, workplace accommodations and community advocacy. She also has 6 years of experience as a human resource manager where focus was placed on interviewing, hiring and development of staff. Areas of interest were labor relations, workers compensation, workplace accommodation and return to work issues.

Education includes the following:

  • BA in Psychology from The University of North Texas, 1993
  • MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from The University of North Texas, 1995

  Elvira Smith

Elvira Smith, MA, CRC, LPC, Disability Specialist

(817) 272-3364
Email: esmith@uta.edu

Elvira Smith currently serves as the Disability Specialist for the Office of Students with Disabilities. She began her career in 1995 working with children with disabilities, followed by her work coordinating services for adults with disabilities. Originally from Arkansas, Elvira moved to Texas in 2009 and worked for the state of Texas assisting persons with disabilities return to work. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and has experience in advocacy, case management, vocational counseling, assistive technology, job accommodation and job placement. She has also been involved in the field of domestic violence and prevention.

Education includes the following:

  • BA in Criminal Justice from The University of Arkansas Little Rock, 2000
  • MA in Counseling from The University of Arkansas Little Rock, 2009

  Shatavia Thomas

Shatavia Thomas, LMSW, LCDC, Disability Specialist

(817) 272-3364
Email: shatavia@uta.edu

Shatavia Thomas, LMSW, currently serves as a Disability Specialist for the Office for Students with Disabilities. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) has experience in higher education, teaching, case management, counseling, child abuse advocacy, substance abuse, mental health and working with the homeless population within the community. Set apart from her role at the University of Texas at Arlington, Shatavia provides youth and their families with intensive support in their homes, school and community through a wraparound-advocacy model for a nonprofit organization. She is a former UTA Academic Advisor and proud alumna of UTA School of Social Work where she focused on Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Education includes the following:

  • BS in Psychology from Texas Woman's Texas, 2009
  • BSW from The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, 2013
  • MSW from The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, 2015

  Marcy Garcia

Marcy Garcia, BBA, Office Manager

(817) 272-3364
Email: marcyg@uta.edu

Mrs. Garcia Currently serving as the Office Manager for the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). Marcy has been an employee of The University of Texas at Arlington since 2002. Professional background includes working at an elementary school, manufacturing, and higher education. Marcy is a supporter of the National Kidney Foundation and the Alzheimer's Association. Marcy continues her support of student life by advising three student organizations.

Education includes the following:

  • BBA in Management from The University of Texas at Arlington, 2009

Contact Us

Box 19510, University Hall,
Room 102

601 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76019-0355
817-272-3364
Fax 817-272-1447

Administrative Offices
Suite 102, University Hall
Email OSD at osd@uta.edu

Adaptive Resource Center
Suite 101, University Hall
Email ARC at arc@uta.edu

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