Our staff members strive to be advocates for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally community by facilitating collaborative relationships and communication between the student, faculty, staff, and the broader Bryan/College Station community.
Chad Mandala serves as the Program Coordinator for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life at Texas A&M University. He firmly believes education serves as the surest path toward liberation and self-actualization. He can often be found with a cup of coffee, a book, or trying to convince himself that carrot cake is, indeed, a vegetable. Prior to joining the Aggie family, Chad received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Dramatic Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University. He also spent time supporting the fraternity and sorority community as well as the on campus residential population at Virginia Tech before transitioning into his current role in Aggieland. Chad maintains an active membership in the Consortium of LGBT Higher Education Professionals and serves ACPA – College Student Educators International as the Chair for the Coalition for Graduate Students and New Professionals as well as the Member at Large, Entry Level, on the Governing Board.
Howdy! I am Samantha Ruelas, a Graduate Assistant for the GLBT Resource Center. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a double minor in Biology and Women’s Studies from Texas State University in May of 2017. I was an Advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline before attending Texas A&M to purse my Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government. I feel such gratitude to work at the resource center, promoting equity, safety, and support to our A&M GLBT community.
Howdy! My name is Olivia Corneau and I am a Graduate Assistant for the resource center. I was born in Savannah, Georgia, but call Rockwall, Texas my hometown. I graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science double-major in Sociology and Psychology, and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I am a graduate student currently pursuing a Master of Science in Educational Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education (SAAHE) at Texas A&M University. Through my work in the resource center, I am able to fulfill my passion of educating and supporting student development and success. If I am not working resource tables around campus, giving educational presentations, or reading material for my classes, I am most likely snuggled up with my Great Pyrenees, Rudder, and watching Grey's Anatomy or The Office.
Javier Morales, Student Worker
Howdy! My name is Javier Morales and I’m originally from Brownsville, TX, which yes is the birthplace of Harambe the gorilla. I’m currently pursuing a BS in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Sociology, and I plan to later obtain a PhD in Psychology. I’m still unsure as to what branch I will be going into, but I’m passionately considering Counseling Psychology and Neuropsychology. I love to be somewhere that allows me to give people something they need, a resource, directions (which I’m horrible at by the way since I have no sense of direction but I try), even something as seemingly simple like a listening ear (which can make all difference in the world). I’m also proud to say I’m a part of the Student Counseling HelpLine, A&M’s own line for anyone to call about anything that may be on their mind, so if you can’t visit the GLBT Resource Center and you need someone to talk to, give the HelpLine a call, “We’re here”. I hope I can give something to the community through the GLBT Resource Center, and I look forward to doing everything I can to make sure I do. I can’t wait to make this a great year!
Coleman Posey, Student Worker
Howdy! My name is Coleman Posey and I am from the small town of Burnet, Texas. I am currently pursuing a B.A. in Communication with a minor is Business Marketing. My goal is to become a large scale Corporate Event Coordinator. Upon coming to TAMU, I was under the impression that I would not fit in. With the help from some friends, I jumped head first into the community and was overwhelmed with the love and support that I received from those around me. I am excited to be working for the GLBT Resource Center because I want to have the opportunity to give the same love and support back. I am proud to be part of this community and I am proud to be an Aggie! I hope to continue to help others on their journey and I am excited for what this year has in store for us!
Erik Fontaney, Student Worker
Howdy! My name is Erik Fontaney Jr., and I am a student worker for the Resource Center! I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and came to Texas A&M to pursue a B.S. degree in Engineering. As of now, I am debating between going on to the Biomedical or Computer/ Electrical route, but whichever I choose I know I want to work with electronics. Whether that be for a technology giant like Apple or Google, or working with a hospital to incorporate the use of technology in everyday operations/surgeries. I began working for the GLBT Resource Center to get involved with the queer community on campus and give the same support to Aggies that was given to me! A fun fact about me is two of my favorite TV shows are Ru Paul's Drag Race and Big Brother, which I am always down to talk about or have watch parties. Other than that I look forward to meeting people and having a fantastic year at the Resource Center!
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GLBT Resource Center • Texas A&M University • College Station, TX 77843-1257
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