ULN Staff

Jennifer L. Smith, Ph.D.
Director

Dr. Smith oversees all aspects of the University Leadership Network (ULN) program and partners with program staff and university partners to provide a student-centered, four-year experience that promotes undergraduate leadership development and experiential learning. Dr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University and completed both her masters of education in college and university student personnel administration and doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. 


Jinane Sounny-Slitine, LMSW
Program Manager

Jinane coordinates the ULN Mentor and Ambassador programs and manages assessments within the ULN program. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences: Personal and Family Relationships at the University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Social Work: Direct Practice from Texas State University. Jinane has years of experience working within the fields of higher education and social work. She has an extensive background in establishing and coordinating undergraduate peer mentor programs and creating and delivering trainings and program curriculum across higher education and the non-profit sector and experience with academic advising.


Cierra Campbell, M.Ed.
Year 1 Coordinator

Cierra coordinates programming and manages program requirements for students in the first year of the ULN program. Cierra graduated with a bachelor's degree in applied learning and development and a master’s of higher educational administration, both from The University of Texas at Austin.


Katelyn Martinez, BS
Year 2 Coordinator

Katelyn coordinates programming and manages program requirements for students in the second year of the ULN program. She works with students in their second year students as they begin their experiential learning internships on campus and helps students complete their major exploration. Katelyn received her bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders here at the The University of Texas at Austin and will complete her master's degree in educational leadership and policy at UT Austin in May 2018.


Jay Guevara, BA
Year 3 Coordinator

Jay coordinates programming and manages program requirements for students in the third year of the ULN program. He also coordinates the annual ULN Leadership Summit held at the beginning of the fall semester and facilitates program assessment for third-year activities, events, and programming. Jay graduated with a bachelor's degree in history and minor in government from the University of Texas at Austin. Jay brings with him more than seven years of academic advising experience.


Byron Ceasar, MA
Year 4 Coordinator

Byron coordinates programing for students in their final year of college as they make transitions into life after undergrad — careers, graduate study, and service. He also assists with tracking ULN graduate data and building the ULN alumni community. Byron earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Iowa State University and master's degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC).