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Shelby Boseman, University Attorney and Chief Legal Officer
Mr. Shelby Boseman joined UTA in April 2014 as its first in-house counsel and serves as Chief Legal Officer and University Attorney. He is an expert in higher education law and provides legal advice to UTA’s administration on a myriad of issues affecting UTA. He oversees the Office of Legal Affairs and the Title IX Office. Prior to joining UTA, Shelby served as Senior Associate General Counsel at Lone Star College System in The Woodlands, Texas and In-House Counsel at the Houston Housing Authority in Houston, Texas. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Weber State University, Ogden Utah and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas.
Deanna Belknap, Associate University Attorney
Ms. Deanna Belknap joined UTA in May 2016 as its second in-house counsel. She is a generalist managing various types of higher education issues including transactional, employment, student conduct, disability, and civil rights issues and provides legal advice and assistance to the campus community. Deanna is also UTA’s Clery Compliance Officer and oversees the production and publication of UTA’s Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. Prior to joining UTA, Deanna was an Assistant County Attorney in Hood County, Texas and a Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Northwest Texas in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas and a Juris Doctor Degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas.
Katharine Adams, Assistant University Attorney
Ms. Katharine Adams joined UTA’s growing Office of Legal Affairs in February 2018 as its third in-house counsel. She works primarily on transactional matters affecting students such as affiliation agreements and student affairs services and also assists with other transactional issues and providing legal advice and assistance to the campus community. Prior to joining UTA, Katharine served as a Career Services Coordinator at Texas A&M University School of Law, in Fort Worth, Texas and a Trust Officer at U.S. Trust in Dallas, Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Baylor University, Waco, Texas and a Juris Doctor Degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas.
Karen Phillips, Policy Analyst II
Ms. Karen Phillips joined UTA in January 2008. She now serves UTA as a Policy Analyst II providing support services including research, drafting and maintenance of UTA’s policies, procedures and forms. She also maintains the State of Texas certified records retention schedule. Prior to joining UTA, Karen served as Records Management Officer and Director of Process Support Services for the Dallas County Community Colleges and worked in general management consulting, health care management, and records and internal consulting in municipal government. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Records Management from Texas Women’s University, Denton, Texas.
Tiffany Gonzalez, Public Information Coordinator
Ms. Tiffany Gonzalez joined UTA in August 2013. She serves as UTA’s Public Information Coordinator and manages all requests for information submitted under the Texas Public Information Act and through other means such as subpoenas. In addition, Tiffany frequently serves UTA as a Maverick Service Excellence Trainer. Prior to joining UTA, Tiffany managed Outback Steakhouse and was the lead hospitality trainer. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Calculus from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida.
Jenny Kimball, Paralegal
Ms. Jenny Kimball joined UTA in October 2016. She provides a range of paralegal services for the Office of Legal Affairs’ attorneys ranging from case management to litigation support. Prior to joining UTA, Jenny worked in several Texas school districts, state and federal appellate courts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas and a Master of Professional Studies in Paralegal Studies from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Daphne Baker, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Daphne Baker joined UTA in February 2014. Daphne serves as an Administrative Assistant II and manages the administrative functions of the Office of Legal Affairs. Prior to joining UTA, Daphne was a Human Resources Manager in Chicago, Illinois, and an entrepreneur who owned and operated Angelic Sweetz Bakery also in Chicago. Daphne is a proud U.S. Army Veteran who holds an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Science from Draughons Junior College in Clarksville, Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.