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Mentor Biographies

Doug Garner, M.S., M.Ed.

Doug Garner

Doug is the Head Coach for the UTA Movin’ Mavs and Asst. Director of Campus Recreation for Adapted Sports and Recreation. Doug served 15 years as Commissioner for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Junior Division developing programs around the country and as an International Wheelchair Basketball Classifier for the International Wheelchair Basketball Association. He has also served as an advisor for the USA Men’s and Women’s Paralympic teams and National Junior Team since 2005 after serving as the Head Coach for the USA Under 20 Team that won Gold Medals in 2001 and 2003 at the Australian National Games for the Disabled. Doug taught Psychology and Sociology at a Junior College in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 15 years and has written several articles for different publications about the benefits of sport participation for students with disabilities and Wheelchair Basketball. In 2015 Doug was selected as a White House Champion of Change for his work in Post-Secondary Education related to disability services and disability sports. He and his wife Becky have two sons who are both college students. Tyler is a Ph.D. Student and Assistant Clinical Professor for UTA after playing 5 years for the Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Team. Mike is a graduate of Wichita State University at Wichita State in Wichita, KS with a degree in Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Greg Shirley

Greg Shirley

Dr. Greg Shirley currently serves the Assistant Director for Career Services and Operations for the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center. His duties include serving as the outreach liaison for the LMCDC to partner with departments both within and outside of the Division of Student Affairs as well as academic colleges and units; oversee marketing initiatives for the LMCDC; meet with students, organizations, and classes to discuss major and career exploration, job search assistance, interview preparation, and resume and cover letter creation. Dr. Shirley has close to 10 years of professional experience working in student affairs, which includes serving as an adjunct at the University of North Texas at Dallas as an instructor for graduate counseling students. He currently serves as the President for the Metroplex Consortium of Career Centers (MAC3), which is a 38-member organization consisting of college career centers at 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education in the DFW Metroplex. A fun fact about Greg is that he is an avid fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael is his spirit animal J), and he has a twin brother (Dr. Zach Shirley) who is the Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Cincinnati.

Brent E. Sasley, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Brent Sasley

 Dr. Sasley received his PhD from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec. He has been the graduate adviser for political science since September 2013, and has served as adviser to various student organizations since arriving at UT Arlington in 2007. He and his family are "foster failures" and have adopted two pugs that we were fostering from DFW Pug Rescue.

Dr. André Fortune

Andre Fortune

Dr. André Fortune joined The University of Texas at Arlington as an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs in August 2015. He has previously served in several higher education leadership roles. He is dedicated to supporting student development and enhancing student success. Dr. Fortune co-chairs the Behavioral Intervention Team, and is responsible for managing an array of campus life initiatives by providing administrative oversight of six student affairs departments including: orientation, multicultural affairs & the LGBTQA program, parent & family center, student media, international education, and the disability services office.

Dr. Fortune is a first-generation college graduate, native of Kansas City, Kansas, and proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in educational leadership and higher education from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His research interests include student retention & persistence, and higher education leadership. His family, his Sigma brothers, and a host of higher education administrators provided him with a blueprint to reach his goals. Dr. Fortune strives to do the same for the next generation of leaders.

Dr. Fortune enjoys spending time with his wife and their three wonderful children. When not spending time with family or on campus, he likes volunteer coaching, reading, golf, basketball, and amusement parks.

Delcenia Collins

Delcenia Collins

Delcenia Collins is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She attended Mississippi State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in English. She furthered her education at the University of Central Arkansas and obtained a Master’s of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration. After Delcenia received her master’s, she worked at Kansas State University as a Residence Life Coordinator in the Department of Housing and Dining Services for four years. Thereafter, she accepted an Assistant Director of Residence Life role at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Department of Apartment and Residence Life. Delcenia has been working at UTA as an Assistant Director for over three years. While working full-time, Delcenia is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, amusement parks, and traveling.

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Title: Residence Director
Summary of Experiences: I am in my sixth year of being a full time Residence Director here at UTA. Before coming to UTA I was a Graduate Residence Director while I completed my M.Ed. at the University of Oklahoma. Over the course of my career I have been involved various regional and national organizations for Higher Education as well as Housing, and have served as both a member and a committee chair.
Fun Fact: I love to coupon!

Dr. Johnny Robinson

Dr. Johnny Robinson currently serves as the Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UT Arlington and is native Texan originally from Stephenville, TX. He has also previously served in roles within student conduct, residence life, leadership programs, and new student programs. As an undergraduate, Johnny was very involved with new student orientation and extended orientation, fraternity/sorority life, student government, and served as an intramural supervisor. These experience led to his passion for student development and working with college students.

As a higher education researcher, Dr. Robinson’s interests include leadership behavior, generational leadership, and student affairs leadership, and student development. He has published articles on student affairs assessment, strategic planning, and leadership behavior. Dr. Robinson also serves an Alumni Board member and national alumni volunteer for his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha. As a first generation college student, Johnny earned his bachelor and master degrees from Tarleton State University and his Ed.D in higher education administration from the University of North Texas. He resides with his partner Kerin in Fort Worth, TX. In their free time they enjoy traveling, working on projects around their home, and attending various sporting events.

Seth Ressl

Seth Ressl

Seth is the Senior Director of Involvement & Engagement at UT Arlington, and has worked with student development at UT Arlington since 2001. During his tenure, Seth has had a direct hand in transforming UT Arlington's campus environment to provide a traditional student experience for countless Mavericks. Seth's passion for volunteerism and service was the catalyst to many of UT Arlington's service-learning and volunteer programs. He also oversaw and produced countless of events and programs such as Homecoming, the Maverick Art Project, the Big Event, as well as expanding the fraternity and sorority community for UT Arlington.

Seth earned his bachelors in communication from UT Arlington and he holds his masters in education from the University of North Texas. He is an Arlington native who enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two children.

Jenna Sundholm

Jenna Sundholm is from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and just recently moved to Texas. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration in 2017. As an undergraduate, Jenna spent her time as the Vice President of Internal Affairs of Student Government Association, a Peer Mentor for the First Year Leader Scholar Program, and an on-campus student employee in the bookstore. After meeting so many students and hearing their concerns in regards to diversity and inclusion on her campus, Jenna was a founder and Chairperson of the Social Justice Committee. She is an advocate for social justice and really enjoys the diversity at UTA. Currently, she works as a Career Consultant for the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center at the University of Texas at Arlington. In her department, she serves on the Marketing Committee and she also serves on the Student Employee Training Committee for the Division of Student Affairs. Her favorite part about her job is the campus environment and meeting new students every day. In her free time, Jenna enjoys reading, participating in Taco Tuesday and playing with her puppy, Duke.