ULN Staff

Jennifer L. Smith

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 Master 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

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 at 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.


Veronica Heiskell

Veronica Heiskell, M.A.
Senior Placement Representative

Veronica has worked in a variety of student affairs positions, including diversity centers, housing, advising, and career counseling. She most recently worked for nearly five years here at UT helping undecided and exploratory students as a career counselor, teaching a career course, and coordinating the graduate practicum program. She is excited to help ULN students find meaningful experiential learning opportunities and to collaborate with many on- and off-campus partners. Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in psychology with a minor in LGBT studies and her Master of Arts from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in Counseling and Guidance in Higher Education. She currently is pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at UT.


Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark, M.Ed.
Texas '19 Coordinator

Ashley has experience in academic advising at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, career exploration advising and internship coaching, mentoring, and developing student programming. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Illinois State University and completed her Master of Education with a focus on human relations at Plymouth State University.


Reyna Flores

Reyna Flores, M.Ed.
Texas '20 Coordinator

Reyna has experience coordinating and developing student programs to promote student success, specifically with underrepresented and underserved groups of students. Reyna earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edward’s University and a master’s degree in higher education from Texas State University.


Karissa Rodriguez

Karissa Rodriguez, M.Ed.
Texas '21 Coordinator

Karissa has experience in coordinating peer mentor programs, academic success planning, and leadership development. She is passionate about helping students succeed and find their passion through experiential learning opportunities. Karissa earned a Bachelor of Business in Management from Texas State University and a Master of Education in Higher Education from Texas Tech University.