Who We Are:
"Study Texas is a group of educational and training organizations in the state of Texas, whose broad purpose is to connect international students and professionals with quality education and training." (Article II, Sec. 1, Study Texas Bylaws)
Study Texas was established to enable schools in the State of Texas to work together to market the advantages of receiving an education in Texas. Study Texas is a group of educational organizations in the state of Texas, whose broad purpose is to connect international students and professionals with a quality education. Members include appropriately accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both private and public. Study Texas institutions offer thousands of degrees to choose from. Come explore Texas and find out why it is a great place to live and learn!
Jessica Guiver, Chair
Jessica is the Director of International Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has worked in the field of international education for more than 15 years. She earned a master’s degree in international education from New York University and her first IE role was in education development in Central Asia. Prior to joining UTSA in May 2016, she spent 11 years in the UK and Austria working in international admissions, marketing, recruitment and partnership development. While in higher education the UK, Jessica was on the board of BUILA – the British Universities’ International Liaison Association – and coordinated their professional development/annual conference events.
Justin Ball, chair-elect
Justin R. Ball is currently serving as the Interim Director of International Programs at Sam Houston State University. Before joining SHSU, Justin was the International Student Coordinator at Navarro College for 8 years. He has now been with SHSU for over 5 years. His duties include serving as the PDSO/RO for SHSU, SEVIS monitoring, immigration advising (F-1, J-1, and H1-B), authorizing all international travel by SHSU representatives, coordinating OPT/CPT workshops, editing the SHSU International webpage, and overseeing the English Language Institute and Study Abroad. Justin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University – Commerce, a Master of Science degree in Family Studies from Amberton University. Justin recently earned his Education Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce in 2018.
Dr. Evie Myers, Past ChaiR
Eveadean Morrison Myers currently serves as Special Advisor to the President for International Programs at Prairie View A&M University. She oversees campus wide efforts to create a campus community actively committed to inclusion and pluralism.
She previously served as the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Global Outreach at North Dakota State University for seven years. Myers served as a member of the President’s Cabinet and was NDSU’s first executive director and chief diversity officer.
Currently, Myers serves NAFSA as the co-chair for the MIG BMcPie, Region III Diversity & MSI Liaison, the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Council and as a Mentor for the Diversity Impact Program. Myers also serves on the Diversity Abroad Advisory Board.
Shannon Bedo, TREASURER
Shannon Bedo is the Director of International Student Services at Houston Baptist University, where she leads efforts for recruiting, admissions, immigration, and programming for the international student population. She has previously served at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas A&M University, as well as in the private sector. She has a Masters of Agricultural Education and a Bachelors of Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University, where she also studied abroad in both Vietnam and Tunisia. Shannon is an active member of NAFSA and is on the chair stream of the Houston Forum.
Jennifer Davis, Secretary
Jennifer Davis serves as the Director of International Studies at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. This role leads global engagement efforts to enhance the university’s internationalization endeavors. She focuses on expanding the global mindsets of students, faculty, and the community by overseeing international student recruitment and retention, study abroad development, and the intensive English program.
Davis completed her M.A. in International & Intercultural Communication at the University of Denver. She is currently enrolled in Lamar University’s Ed.D. program focusing on global educational leadership.
Steven Garrett, Advisor
Steven Garrett is a Senior International Trade Specialist with the U.S. Commercial Service in Houston, an office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to arriving in Houston in August 2015, Steven served seven years in the Office of the Middle East and North Africa at Commerce Department headquarters in Washington DC. Since graduating from the University of Georgia in 1999, Steven’s professional experience includes work as an aide for two U.S. Senators, a civilian at the U.S. Department of Defense, and soldier for the U.S. Army serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Steven received his Master’s in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University in 2009.
Lisa seeley, at-large member
Dr. Lisa Seeley serves as the Director of Global Education, the Director of the Great Commission Center, and a professor of missions in the School of Christian Studies at East Texas Baptist University. She leads ETBU in the areas of international student recruitment, admissions, and student services while also spearheading short and long-term study abroad efforts across campus. In addition, Dr. Seeley coordinates community service partnerships in the Marshall area where ETBU students serve on a weekly basis throughout their time at the university. She came to ETBU from Dallas Baptist University where she served as an adjunct professor of History while she completed her PhD in Leadership. She earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she served for 11 years in the missions department. Dr. Seeley is active in both local and international missions, travels internationally on a regular basis and serves on both the Administrative Council for Mission Marshall and for the Board of University Educators for Global Engagement.
Kelley coleman, at-large member
Kelley Coleman serves as the Director of International Enrollment Development and Outreach at Texas Tech University. Kelley’s role focuses on expanding the global footprint and outreach efforts for the university by providing oversight for recruitment of all international students, admissions for international undergraduate, and sponsored student programs. In addition, she directs the K-12 Global Education Outreach unit, marketing, IT, and facilities operations for the Office of International Affairs.
Kelley has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas Tech University and is working to complete her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Higher Education and Business.
GREG THOMPSON, FOUNDER
Greg Thompson is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the North Texas U.S. Export Assistance Center - an office of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Dallas, Texas. He has been with the North Texas office since August 1998. Prior to that appointment, he was a Senior Import Compliance Specialist with the Department in Washington, D.C. Mr. Thompson obtained his MBA in International Marketing from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1992. His undergraduate work in finance, accounting, and economics was completed at the University of Kentucky.