Meet the Staff
Kerri Ressl currently serves as the Director of The Leadership Center at UT Arlington. She has been with the University for almost 15 years and brings extensive student development and alumni affairs experience having served with the UT Arlington Alumni Association and the Office of Development. Prior to that, she was part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth’s Development and Marketing team. She received both her BA in Communications and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy from UT Arlington. Kerri has been a leadership facilitator and trainer since 2000 presenting locally and nationally on topics such as True Colors, Resume Writing, Body Language, Communication Skills, and Mission Statement Writing. Kerri is a member of UT Arlington’s 1895 Society, the Nedderman Society, and the UT Arlington Alumni Association. She also serves on the Leadership Arlington Board of Directors and is an active member of Junior League of Arlington. Kerri's favorite leadership quote is a Chinese Proverb that says "A leader without followers is someone just taking a walk."
Loretta Pequeño-Griffin currently serves as the Associate Director of The Leadership Center at UT Arlington. A social worker by training, she holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Loyola University of New Orleans, and earned an M.A. in Administrative Social Work and Public Policy from the University Of Chicago School Of Social Service Administration. Loretta spent over 10 years working in the not-for-profit sector working with homeless services in Chicago and advocating for policy changes for working families. Before coming to UT Arlington, she was the Volunteer Coordinator at Xavier University of Louisiana. She relocated from New Orleans to the Metroplex during Hurricane Katrina and supervised the disaster case management program at the Salvation Army DFW Metro Area Command. She enjoys working with students as they embark on their leadership journey and supporting them as they encounter both the highs and lows of leadership. Loretta believes that the best leader is one who is self-aware and comes to the table with a strong awareness of both their personal strengths and challenges. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Arlington Life Shelter and resides inArlington with her husband Brian Griffin and their precocious kitty cat, Cleophus.
Cassie Kimbrough, M.ED.
Cassie Kimbrough currently serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington Leadership Center and EXCEL Campus Activities. Cassie is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a BS in Communications, and received her MA from Sam Houston State University in Higher Education Administration. Cassie’s career at UT Arlington began in the Recruitment Office as an admissions counselor, helping students from all over Texas gain admissions to UT Arlington. After 6 years of helping students through the admissions process, Cassie has made the jump to the Division of Student Affairs now working for both the Leadership Center and Student Activities. While wearing her “Leadership Center” hat, she advises the UTA Volunteers and Alternative Breaks Programs. Cassie is a member of Leadership Arlington, and is the chair for the Leadership Arlington Youth Education Program. Cassie believes that the best leadership is demonstrated through service to others. “A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.”-Nelson Mandela. Cassie lives in Arlington with her beloved dog Ellie.
Veronica Guzman, M.ED.
Veronica Guzman currently serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington Leadership Center advising the UTA HOSTS! Mentor program, Freshman Leaders on Campus, and the Leadership Learning Community at the UTA Heights on Pecan. During her professional career she has worked with Freshman Orientation, Commuter Student Programs, and Family Programs at the University of Texas Dallas, and taught fourth grade in her hometown of Harlingen, TX. As an undergraduate at UT Arlington, Veronica received the Sophomore Leader of the Year and Junior Leader of the Year awards for her involvement with EXCEL Campus Activities and other organizations. While receiving her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UT Arlington, Veronica gained Student Affairs experience with the Tarrant County College Career Center, New Maverick Orientation, UTA Student Activities, and the UTA Leadership Center. In recognition of her accomplishments she received the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region III. While working to inspire students and in her own life, Veronica strives to follow the wise words of Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Veronica lives with her husband, Joe and their little Maltese, Oliver.
Timalina Scott is an Administrative Assistant for The Leadership Center University at UT Arlington. Prior to joining UT Arlington in October of 2008, she worked at a global leader in motion & control technologies corporation in Tucson, Arizona. As Administrative Assistant for The Leadership Center, Timalina brings over twelve years of administrative assistant experience to the UTA organization. A Philadelphia native and a member of International Association of Administrative Professionals, she is interested in the arts and enjoys baking creative cakes,painting, swimming and watching pro football and has quickly learned that being a huge fan of the Oakland Raiders isn’t necessarily a good idea in this part of the country.
Julia is pursuing her Masters in Social Work from UT Arlington. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of North Texas. She is a member of Delta Gamma fraternity and served as a Collegiate Development Consultant for Delta Gamma prior to coming to UT Arlington. Julia works with our leadership events and helps advise UTA Volunteers in addition to assiting with the Alternative Breaks program. She also assists with technical and administrative duties.
Cindy is responsible for daily departmental fiscal management for The Leadership Center, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Campus Activities & Community Programs, University Events, Homecoming and Student Activities departmental accounts within the Division of Student Affairs. She has been with UT Arlington since 2004 and had previously resided in Chicago, Illinois while working as an executive assistant for a vice president in a major steel corporation for ten years. She also serves on the University Parking Appeals committee and the Division of Student Affairs External Funding committee. Cindy enjoys working with our students and her door is always open for anyone who needs guidance or just a safe place to talk. She also enjoys volunteering her time at University programs, events, and community wide when the need arises. She and her family reside in Grand Prairie with their three dogs, Baby, Prince and Gypsy.