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FSS Diversity Committee

Barbara Burns

Alma  | 512-245-2154

I settled in the fine town of San Marcos area in 1990 and consider it my home. I began working at Texas State University in June of 2014 after being self employed as a house painter for over 20 years. I worked in the paint department for several years before moving to the Facilities Maintenance shop late in 2017. I look forward to the opportunity of contributing and working with the FSS Diversity Committee in the years to come.  


Zindi Castillo

Zindi  | 512-245-3986

Zindi graduated from Texas State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. Currently, I am working towards my Master of Accountancy through the University of Oklahoma (online master’s program). I have been a part of the Student Business Services team since 2016. I look forward to being a part of the FSS Diversity Committee and contributing to efforts toward an inclusive and diverse community.


Rocio De la Rosa

Zindi  | 512-245-2297

I am a proud second-generation Bobcat! I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas State University. I have had the pleasure to with the university for 10 years. I began my career as a Lead Buyer for apparel & gifts with the University Bookstore. Now, I am currently working in the ID Services office assisting students with obtaining their BobcatCard and meal plan selection. I look forward to serving on the FSS Diversity Committee in hopes to make a positive impact in our Bobcat Community.


Anna Edmonds

Anna Edmonds  | 512-245-2244

I moved to San Marcos in 2007 to attend Texas State University and graduated in December 2012 with a degree in Middle Eastern and African studies. I found my way back to the University in 2016 as a staff member and greatly enjoy all the opportunities to interact with students and staff across campus. I look forward to serving on the diversity committee and hope to learn a lot.

Nathan Lawrence

Richard | 512-245-2709

Nathan Lawrence moved to the San Marcos area in 2002 and started working for Texas State University in 2006.  He received a bachelors in Agricultural Business Management with a minor in Horticulture from Texas State University.  He is a certified arborist going on 12 years and enjoys watching over the tree canopy here at Texas State University.  In his free time, he raises Boer cross goats, and promotes good river stewardship as one of the founders of The Eyes of The San Marcos River.

Officer Ray McKinney

Richard | 512-245-2887

Officer McKinney is currently employed by the Texas State University Police Department, as a master level Police Officer. Officer McKinney is currently assigned to the crime prevention unit, as a safety awareness and public affairs Officer.  Moreover, Office McKinney is a certified TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) instructor and has taught a series of classes on Cultural Diversity.  In addition, Officer McKinney has been an ordained credentialed Minister/Elder for many years, and currently serves as the Chaplain for the University Police Department.   

Carmelita Mendoza

Diversity | 512-245-2776

I have been working with the University for over 20 years.  Currently, I am with the General Accounting Office, Financial Reporting & Analysis. I look forward to serving as part of the FFS Diversity Committee for many years


Mackenzie Mitchell

Diversity | 512-245-2075

Mackenzie Mitchell joined Texas State University in the Spring of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has been working with the EHS&RM department as a certified Professional Continuity Practitioner on the Universities Business Continuity Plan for Emergency Preparedness. Mackenzie and her dog Muggsy are excited about being bobcats and are looking forward to being part of the diversity committee for many years.


Charlie Salas

diversity | 512- 245-1614

I currently serve at the Associate Director for Operations for the LBJ Student Center. I just recently served as the Chair of the Diversity Committee for the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS). I have been active in many multicultural activities, programs and services. I am currently working as the 2009 Chair for the NACAS International Conference. I volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and have served in numerous official positions for several national organizations.

Cleve Thorn

CO-Chair  | 512-245-3850

I joined Texas State University in April of 2017. Raised in a small West Texas town of approximately 1,000 people. I served in the United State Marine Corps where I traveled to several countries in the Mediterranean both in Europe and North Africa, several counties in the Far East and Asia and several in Central and South America. Experienced a multitude of cultures with immense diversity.  I received my bachelor’s degree in accounting at then Southwest Texas State and master’s in accounting at the University of Phoenix. Currently, a Budget Analyst with the Budget Office.  My wife, Elsa, also works at Texas State and we have three daughters, the oldest of which will soon join us as an alumna. I have three grandsons, and a son-in-law currently serving in the United States Navy. I am looking forward to taking my life experience both in rural West Texas and throughout the world and contributing to the continued diversity at my new home, Texas State University.

Jessica Turnbow-Cao

CO-Chair  | 512-716-2991

Jessica received a bachelor's degree in education from Western Governors University and worked in the ABA field prior to joining the Bobcat team as Facilities Operations Admin II at the Round Rock Campus in the summer of 2018. Inclusivity is an issue to close to my heart and I work with organizations in my community to foster relationships between people through live storytelling other volunteer-based events. As the Round Rock delegate to the Diversity Committee, I am excited to encourage the people I work with to focus on the things we have in common with others.