The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Business Affairs Office and its division business partners seek to ensure DDCE business practices, procedures and individual contributions of work, meet and align with the University of Texas at Austin’s policies and standards of work excellence.
Krystal Mullins joined the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in 2017. As the Senior Operations Associate, she handles procurement duties, as well as event and meeting coordination. Previously, Krystal worked in Business Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business, in marketing and events at the Austin American-Statesman, and also served on the staff of the Texas Association of Builders. Krystal has a degree in Creative Writing/English from Texas Tech University. A lifelong Texan—originally from a tiny farming community in West Texas—Krystal and her husband have enjoyed nearly a decade in South Austin. In her spare time, she loves exploring Austin’s foodie scene, practicing collage art and writing for her blog.
Emma Middleton is the Senior Administrative Associate for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). She provides administrative and management support for the Center for Community Engagement. She has served in this capacity since August of 2015. Prior to joining the Center for Community Engagement, she served as administrative staff at the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, Longhorn Center for School Partnerships, and the DDCE Development Office.
Emma has 23+ years of service and experience at The University of Texas at Austin. She served 11+ years at the Counseling and Mental Health Center as an Administrative Associate before joining the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence in July of 2009. In 1994, she earned a Small Business Management certificate from Austin Community College. She is a 2008 graduate of the Free Minds Project of Austin, a program of Foundation Communities affiliated with The Clemente Course in the Humanities. Emma is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies.
Emma has lived in Austin for over 30 years and is a native of Hallettsville, Texas. She is married to Larry Middleton with a family of four blended children and four grandchildren.
Nadia Faran was born and raised in Houston, TX. She attended UT Austin as a first generation student and received a Bachelor’s degree in Youth and Community studies. She began her career working on campus as a student worker at the Population Research Center, where she first gained experience performing numerous accounting and financial related tasks on *DEFINE. She later on joined DDCE in January 2019, where she was able to put those skills to use by providing basic accounting support for the 7 units within the DDCE Chief of Staff. She is also responsible for assisting Human Resources with hourly appointments, including performing workday roles of timekeeper and HR associate. Fun fact, during her undergrad she had the wonderful opportunity to serve as an intern in a Kindergarten classroom at UT Elementary. She loves working with students, faculty, and staff and is committed to DDCE’s mission of cultivating an inclusive campus culture. In her free time, she enjoys running, hanging out with friends, and trying different vegan food.
Sakena Sounny-Slitine serves as the Associate Director of Business Operations for the Academic Diversity Initiatives and the Business Affairs Office in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Sakena works directly with leadership and staff responsible for budget administration, financial reporting, forecasting, business improvement, procurement, compliance, grant support, strategic planning, troubleshooting, staff development and team building. Sakena is a committed supporter of diversity initiates, inclusivity, human rights, indigenous rights, immigrant rights, and is a feminist and an Ally. When not working Sakena enjoys spending time with her family, going on nature walks, vacationing on the beach, traveling internationally, and loving art and music. Sakena refers to herself as dog lover and tree hugger.
Eileen Drake serves as the Assistant Director of Finance in the Business Affairs Office in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. In 2008, she started her career at UT in the Human Development and Family Sciences department and was with the department for 7.5 years. Eileen moved to the Longhorn Center for Academic Equity (then Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence) in 2016 as a Senior Administrative Associate. In 2017, Eileen moved to the DDCE Business Affairs Office. Eileen is responsible for financial reporting, budget administration, business contracts and special agreements, gifts/endowments/pledges management, records management, voucher processing requirements, as well as Workday payroll management. In her downtime, Eileen enjoys two-stepping, watching movies, spending time with friends and her church family, and enjoying the fabulous chocolate espresso torte from Chez Zee.
Bob Micks started with the university in 2004 in the Office of Research Support and Compliance. Bob then worked for Information Technology Services, UT Global, and now the UT Charter School System since 2013 where he handles HR, purchasing, and is board secretary for the two school district boards. Before UT, Bob worked for Rutgers University (his alma mater), Dell, and Southwest Airlines. He grew up in Wayne, NJ and have lived in the Austin area since 1999. Bob spent his childhood summers in San Marcos visiting his maternal family, so Texas was always his second home. He is currently juggling his two kids’ remote learning paired with volleyball and band. Bob’s side gig is background acting, appearing on HBO’s “The Leftovers,” AMC’s “The Son” and recurring on “Fear the Walking Dead,” and also two upcoming feature films, Robert Rodriguez’s “We Can Be Heroes” and Richard Linklater’s “Apollo 10 ½” (on which his daughter also worked a scene too!).
Amy Gilbert has over 20 years’ experience with the university. She started in the Contracts and Grants section of the Office of Accounting, which is now OSP-SPAA. She left the university briefly then returned to work in the Inventory section of the Office of Accounting. Amy then worked at the Dana Center as an Accountant II then was a Financial Analyst for the Department of Chemical Engineering and then Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is now the Business Manager for the UIL. Amy has a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Accounting and Technology from Texas State University. She is also a licensed CPA.
Diana Sanchez, DDCE Administrative Manager, assists on everything from serving our university resource groups with administrative needs to acting as the DDCE’s inventory contact. Sanchez joined the DDCE in February 2017 and previously worked at the College of Pharmacy and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. From San Benito, Texas (hometown of Freddy Fender!) Sanchez came to Austin in 2002 to embark on her college career as a Longhorn and has been here ever since. What she has enjoyed most about the DDCE has been the welcoming and friendly environment that permeates the division. “Everyone I work with has been so helpful and happy to share their knowledge to accomplish the division’s important mission,” she says. Away from work, Sanchez’s free time mostly consists of spending time with her daughter and finding fun weekend activities for the family. She also enjoys gardening and cooking.
Matthew McKibben was born and raised in Houston, TX. After graduating high school, Matthew joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served a Marine Bandsmen with duty stations in Norfolk Virginia, Okinawa Japan, and 29 Palms California. After leaving the military in 2000, Matthew enrolled at the University of North Texas where he double-majored in Sociology and English, although he likes to say his third major was college activism due to his work with Men Against Violence and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance student groups. He moved with his wife (then girlfriend) to Austin in 2005 and began working at the University of Texas with the Gender and Sexuality Center in 2006. He left the GSC in 2011 for stops at the School of Architecture and Dell Medical School. He returned to DDCE in 2018 as the Senior Administrative Associate with the Gender and Sexuality Center and the Multicultural Engagement Center. Matthew enjoys watching movies and television, reading books (and occasional comic books), and enjoys discussing a wide array of topics with his friends and family. He enjoys running and doing occasional (light) strength training. More than anything, he enjoys being a dance dad for his daughter and a soccer dad for his son.
Jenny Davis is the Director of Finance and Federal Programs for the University of Texas Charter School System, where she has worked for 15 years. She completed her undergrad work and obtained her MBA from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. She maintains a certification as a Certified Texas School Business Specialist (CTSBS) with a specialty in accounting. She is married with two sons.
A Northern California transplant, Heidi Johnson spent most of her childhood abroad. She joined the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement family in October of 2013 as the Executive Assistant to DDCE’s Vice President. Prior to coming to the University of Texas at Austin Heidi worked for the City of Austin and the Travis County Healthcare District as the Executive Assistant for CommUnityCare. In her role she also was the Board Liaison for FQHC Board of Directors at CommUnityCare. As Executive Assistant to DDCE’s Vice President, Heidi directly supports Dr. Leonard Moore and his office on the day to day operations. Additionally, she has the pleasure and opportunity to work with numerous faculty, staff, students, and community members within the UT family and Austin community on various projects and events. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters and husband.
Katherine Greene was born and raised in Austin. In fact, she is a 6th generation Austinite, and the 4th generation of her family to work at UT. She has worked at UT for 18 years. Currently Katherine is a Senior Administrative Associate with Services for Students with Disabilities. In her roll at SSD she manages the administrative operations for 15 full-time staff members, Student Assistants, Graduate Assistants and interns. Prior to SSD she worked at University Health Services where she was the medical records manager. She loves working with students and it gives her great satisfaction seeing a student start as an incoming freshman, unsure of the challenges college life will bring, and then seeing them graduate as a confident adult ready to face the world. She is proud that in a small way she was part of that journey. When she is not working Katherine enjoys sewing, cooking and spending time with her family and her two miniature dachshunds, Rowdy and Slinky. She considers her strengths to be her sense of humor, positive attitude and work ethic. She takes pride in her roll within the DDCE, a division of the university that cultivates an inclusive campus culture.
Crystal Viagran is Director of Finance and Operations for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. In this role, she oversees the foundation’s fiscal operations including grants management, accounting, procurement and endowments, and works with IT services, archives and office management. She has been with the foundation since 2013 and was most recently in the position of Assistant Director of Finance & Operations. Previously, Crystal worked throughout Texas as a political campaign consultant after ten years with the McCombs School of Business. She has also served in a volunteer capacity for Austin Pets Alive!
Joanna Drake was not born but definitely raised in Austin, TX. She attended UT for her undergraduate degree in Business Management, with a minor in Marketing. She began her career working on campus for the Department of Economics where her foundation and curiosity in financial management and program support emerged. After 6 years within that department, she found her way to the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and has provided financial and program support to both the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) and the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships (LCSP). Her core strengths include connectedness, intellection, developer, harmony, and empathy (StrengthsFinder). To that end, she believes in authentic relationships both professionally and personally and feels most connected and engaged when she is mentoring young people both in the workplace and outside of it. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, fostering boxers, being engaged with her church community, reading, and writing poetry.
Ricard “Rico” Gonzalez is originally from Houston, TX and has lived, studied, and worked in a variety of places. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio for his undergraduate degree in Politics and for nearly 8 years was the program coordinator and then director of the CSTEP New York State education grant program at Cornell University’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. During his time at Cornell, he successfully co-lead the writing team to bring a McNair program, renewed the CSTEP grant two times, and co-founded the Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) program. Just before his new role with Project MALES, he earned his master’s degree in Student Affairs, worked with PACE Peer Mentoring, and served as the Coordinator for Special Projects for the Dean of Students at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Rico currently lives in Austin, TX with his wife and has 10 years of higher education experience with interests in mentoring, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx identity, and justice.