Meet Our Staff
The College of Liberal Arts does not assign students to a specific advisor. All advisors are cross-trained to advise all Liberal Arts majors; however, some advisors specialize in majors within a certain department.
New students will first meet with their academic advisor during New Student Orientation.
PACE students are advised by the PACE Advising Center.
Manda Anderson, M.Ed.
Manda Anderson is the Director of Academic Advising for the College of Liberal Arts. She recieved her Master's Degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education in December 2010 from Texas State University. She also received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies in May 2006 from Texas State. Ms. Anderson joined the Liberal Arts Advising Center as an Academic Advisor in November 2006. In addition to academic advising, she has also served on numerous University committees, chaired the Advising Assessment Team, supervised Liberal Arts Advising Center interns and taught University Seminar.
Manda is a general Liberal Arts advisor housed within the Advising Center in Flowers Hall. Among other benefits of being in Academic Advising, she enjoys building relationships with students and helping them develop into well-rounded individuals. She feels that working on a college campus is always an exciting adventure and every day brings about opportunities to impact, connect, and relate to college students.
Christina Fleuriet, M.A.
Christina Fleuriet received her Master of Arts in Communication Studies in May 2010 from Texas State University. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mathematics in August 2002 from Texas State. As an undergraduate, she held several student worker positions at Texas State University. Ms. Fleuriet worked as a math tutor for the Student Learning and Assistance Center (SLAC), a grader in the Math Department, and a teaching assistant in the Psychology Department. During her graduate years, she was a satellite Liberal Arts Advisor in the History Department from 2006-2010.
Christina is a general Liberal Arts advisor housed within the Advising Center in Flowers Hall. She finds the most rewarding part of academic advising is being a resource for students--planning students’ educational careers and guiding them toward academic success. She enjoys interacting with students—helping them with important decisions and options toward graduation.
Dr. Nancy Grayson, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy J. Grayson was appointed Associate Dean of Liberal Arts for Student Academic Affairs in 1998. She works with students who have academic problems by tracking their progress toward graduation, and with the Liberal Arts Advising Center on various policies, procedures, and activities. She coordinates the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship in the Humanities, Liberal Arts Awards Day, and the Liberal Arts scholarship committees (Graduate, Upper-Level, University Scholars). In addition, she is involved in editorial projects, and she serves on the Liberal Arts Advisory Council (LAC) as a non-voting member. Dr. Grayson received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and joined the Texas State English faculty that September. She directed the composition program for six years and the sophomore literature program for three. From 1987 to 1993, she chaired the Texas State Department of English. She served as its Director of Advanced Studies from 1993 to 2005. She teaches graduate courses in the English Romantics and courses in children's cinema classics. She enjoys travel, opera, poetry, novels, movies, plays, musicals, literary theory, CNBC, the New York Times online—and helping students improve academically.
Anna Cadriel received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology August of 2016. During her undergrad, she was a student assistant at the Liberal Arts Advising Center, which was then followed by an internship with the center, Summer 2016. After receiving her degree, she then became the Administrative Assistant II in the fall. Anna began working as an Academic Advisor for the Liberal Arts Advising Center in June 2017.
Anna is a general advisor, and meets with all majors within the College of Liberal Arts. Anna enjoys helping students from all backgrounds and stories along their college journey. She hopes to provide students with support and resources for students’ academic and personal successes.
Claire Cremeens, M.M.
Claire is an English advisor housed within the Department of English in Flowers Hall. The most exciting thing Claire finds about advising is getting the opportunity to guide students down the most enjoyable and efficient path toward their academic and career goals.
Glenda Jurek-Rahe, M.S.I.S.
Glenda Jurek-Rahe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with double majors in Psychology and Anthropology in December of 1997. Ms. Jurek-Rahe worked in the University Seminar Office and in the Department of Anthropology before coming to the Liberal Arts Advising Center. She graduated with an MSIS degree with a major in Occupational Education in December 2011.
Ms. Jurek-Rahe advises all Liberal Arts majors and minors. Her most satisfying moment as an advisor is watching the graduation candidates as they gather in Jowers Gym for the highly anticipated Commencement Ceremonies that occur each May, August and December. She feels she has done her job well as she greets the many smiling faces of students she has helped to successfully navigate their educational experience at Texas State University.
Amy Oakes recieved her B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Anthropology from Texas State University in 2014. Before joining the Liberal Arts Advising Center as an Academic Advisor in January 2016, she worked previously advising abroad, in refugee services, and as an ESL teacher. As an undergraduate, she worked at Albert B. Alkek Library in the Specialized Collections department.
Amy is the Political Science and Public Administration advisor housed within the Department of Political Science in the Undergraduate Academic Center. She enjoys working with students on an individual level; building relationships with students while helping them realize and achieve their goals until that great day that they walk across the stage.
Kirk Petrash received his B.B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Marketing from Texas State University in 2012. During his undergrad, he worked as a Resident Assistant for the Department of Housing and Residential Life. Before joining the Liberal Arts Advising Center as an Academic Advisor, he worked as a Free-lance Photographer for a few years.
Kirk is a Psychology advisor housed within the Department of Psychology in the Undergraduate Academic Center. He looks forward to helping students realize and obtain their goals in an enjoyable and efficient manner.
DrewAnn Reyes received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Texas State University in May 2017. During her undergrad, she worked with New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader, a Student Assistant at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Communication Studies. DrewAnn began working as an Academic Advisor for the Liberal Arts Advising Center in June 2017.
DrewAnn is a general Liberal Arts advisor housed within the Advising Center in Flowers Hall and meets with all majors within the College of Liberal Arts. DrewAnn is excited at the opportunity to build relationships with students while celebrating their success and being a resource for them throughout their academic career. She looks forward to watching the graduation candidates as they gather for the commencement ceremony to walk across the stage and receive their diploma!
Anne Sullivan, M.S.
Anne Sullivan received her B.A. with a double major in European History and Film & Television Studies from Dartmouth College in 2007, and her M.S. in Sport & Fitness Management from Troy University in 2016. Prior to joining the advising team at Texas State she worked as an academic mentor for student-athletes at UT Austin, and as a coach of women's rowing at Dartmouth College, Santa Clara University and UC Berkeley.
Anne is a general Liberal Arts advisor housed within the Advising Center in Flowers Hall. Anne enjoys building relationships with students, and celebrating the growth and achievement that comes with personal accountability and consistent effort.
Laela Wilson, M.S.I.S.
Laela Wilson received two degrees from Texas State – a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology in December 2003 and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) degree in December 2010. Ms. Wilson began her employment at Texas State as a student worker in the College of Science in 1999. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree she began working full-time at Texas State. Before joining the Liberal Arts Advising Center team, Ms. Wilson worked in the Testing Research-Support and Evaluation Center, the College of Health Professions and the College of Applied Arts.
Laela is a general Liberal Arts advisor housed within the Advising Center in Flowers Hall. As an advisor, she enjoys the opportunity to develop a relationship with students and be a resource for them while they are achieving their academic goals.
Honesty Witmer, M.A.
Honesty Witmer received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in December 2013 from Texas State University. Before joining the Liberal Arts Advising Center as an Academic advisor in March 2015, she was working as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Sociology. As an undergraduate, she held several student worker positions at Texas State University. She worked with New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader and was later promoted to Student Coordinator. She served as a Student Assistant at the Liberal Arts Advising Center, a Peer Assistance Leader (PAL) for PAWS Preview, and was a University Ambassador. Honesty is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Sociology.
Honesty is a general Liberal Arts advisor housed within the Advising Center in Flowers Hall. Honesty feels that this job is very rewarding because it allows her to help students successfully navigate the academic portion of their college experience. She enjoys learning about students’ diverse journeys at Texas State and desires to offer resources and encouragement to students.