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Staff

Danielle J. Davis - Director

Crystal Hardeman - Associate Director 

Amy Fonseca - Administrative Assistant 

Jasmine Jones - Graduate Assistant

Nijesh Dangol - Graduate Research Assistant

Emil Miralda - Student Assistant

Faith Patton - Student Assistant

Katelynn Clark - Student Assistant

Brian Winter - Student Assistant

Elora Das - Student Assistant

Danielle J. Davis

Danielle J. Davis serves as the Director of the Leadership Engagement and Development Department (L.E.A.D.) and Serving Engaged Empowered & Diverse Students (S.E.E.D.S.), where she is responsible for helping with curriculum design and development, and assisting in the planning for the {I}Experience Leadership Retreat, Summer Leadership Summit, and the Extraordinary Leadership Series. In addition to the above duties, she is furthering the L.E.A.D. initiative of developing multi-year/multi-tier leadership programs that will prepare all students to be change agents in their community.

Prior to joining the L.E.A.D. Department, Danielle worked for a Fortune 500 company as an Internal Auditor.  A two-time graduate from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Danielle earned a Bachelors of Science from the College of Business in Accountancy and a Masters of Education in Higher Education. Currently, her professional interests include leadership education and development, social change leadership and strengths-based leadership.  In her free time, Danielle enjoys working out, playing with her dogs, Prince and Oreo, and traveling. She is passionate about cooking and reading. Her goal is to change the world one student at a time.

Crystal Hardeman

Crystal Hardeman serves as the Associate Director of the Leadership Engagement and Development Department (L.E.A.D.), where she is responsible for the recruitment, selection, curriculum development and evaluation of a year-long living learning community; development, teaching and maintenance of the First Year Leadership Class (FLC) and the FLC mentor program. She is also responsible for the coordination, recruitment, selection, logistics, training and evaluation of the {I}Experience leadership conference; as well as assisting in the planning for the Summer Leadership Summit.

Crystal is a two time graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts, emphasis in education, a certificate in International Student Services and a Master of Arts in Education degree in Student Affairs. She has 6 years of nonprofit experience and 10 years of Higher Education experience in different capacities. She is committed to serving all students and very passionate about leadership development, diversity and social justice education. Crystal loves to travel and learn about different cultures. A quote that guides her life is “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Dr. Maya Angelou

Amy Fonseca

Amy Fonseca is the Administrative Associate for the L.E.A.D. and S.E.E.D.S. department. She assists the students, staff and others in the department in order to regulate and oversee department activity. Amy is originally from the Dallas area and completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology with a minor in Inter Disciplinary Studies here at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Amy is currently working on her Masters in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs. Amy has a passion for helping people and looks forward to being a resource for the students involved with the L.E.A.D. department and beyond.

Amy is a firm believer that life will go on without you even if you’re not living it. You have to work for your dreams and take action or the fears and insecurities will limit your ability to change and succeed. Amy has a desire to lead by example. In her spare time, Amy enjoys reading, anything outdoors – especially being in the water or on the lake, spending time with family and friends, and of course dancing.  

Gaby Torres

Gaby Torres serves as the Graduate Assistant of the Leadership Engagement & Development Department (L.E.A.D.). She is responsible for the programming, planning, and marketing of the Dare2Roar (D2R) programs. Gaby contributes to the planning and facilitation of various leadership and development initiatives aimed at personal strength building and goal achievement for TAMUC students.

Prior to joining the L.E.A.D. department, Gaby was heavy involved within many student organizations as an undergrad. Serving as the President of the Multi-cultural Greek Council and the Vice President of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., helped her discover her passion for working with students and helping them create the BEST version of themselves. She received her Bachelors of Social Work here at Texas A&M University - Commerce and is now pursuing her Masters in Higher Education with a special focus in Student Affairs. One of her favorite quotes is, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”  

Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones serves as the Graduate Assistant of the Leadership Engagement & Development Department (L.E.A.D.). She is responsible for the programming, planning, and marketing for the Extraordinary Leadership Series (ELS). Jasmine’s programs encourage students to challenge themselves as leaders, to think differently and gain a greater understanding of what it means to be a leader.

Before committing to the L.E.A.D. team, Jasmine was a student worker for the undergraduate admissions department, helping students on their journey to start their legacy as a lion. Fall 2016 she received her bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Counseling, now seeking a Masters in Higher Education, Student Affairs. Jasmine enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching television and movies, traveling, as well as partaking in home cooked meals. She is excited about working with students and producing events that they can grow and develop from.

Nijesh Dangol

Nijesh Dangol serves as the Graduate Research Assistant of the Leadership Engagement & Development Department (L.E.A.D.). He is the Chapter Manager for The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). He is responsible for the planning, organizing and managing all the events of NSLS in the local and online chapter of Texas A & M University-Commerce.

Before becoming the Chapter Manager for the NSLS, he was the E-board member for the NSLS which helped him develop his leadership skill and he developed his passion for the NSLS and passion to help other student to become a leader. Prior to joining L.E.A.D. department he was the student worker under the Head of Department of Computer Science. He received his Bachelors in Computer Information System here at Texas A & M University – Commerce and now is pursuing his Masters in Computer Science. Nijesh enjoys running, playing Guitar, listening to music, travelling, watching movies and spending time with his friends and family. 

Emil Miralda

Emil Miralda is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). As a student assistant Emil helps to manage the environment in the L.E.A.D. suite and he is one of the graphic designers at L.E.A.D. responsible for marketing. 

Emil is a part of the First Year Leadership Class of 2020 and also a mentee in the Latino American Mentorship Program. Emil is currently working on getting his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communication - New Media. Emil hopes to one day be a video game designer and work for Kojima Productions or Naughty Dog. In his spare time Emil is an avid gamer, loves dogs, and is an amateur movie critic. 

Faith Patton

Faith Patton is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). As a student assistant, Faith assists by helping with daily tasks that make the environment of the L.E.A.D. suite welcoming and keeps the department running smoothly. 

Before joining the L.E.A.D. department, I worked as a student teacher at the Children’s Learning Center working in the preschool department. I am currently working towards my bachelors in Psychology and will work towards my masters in Counseling after that. I plan on becoming a high school counselor and proceed to work my way up to opening up my own practice specializing in children ages 5 to 12. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, watch movies and catch up on my television shows, and hang out with my family and friends.

Katelynn Clark

Katelynn Clark is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). As a student assistant, Katelynn assists by helping with daily tasks that make the environment of the L.E.A.D. suite welcoming and keeps the department running smoothly. 

Katelynn Clark is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in History with a minor in General Business. Her goal is to become an analyst or archivist for a museum. During her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. 

Brian Winter

Brian Winter is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). As a student assistant, Brian assists by helping with daily tasks that make the environment of the L.E.A.D. suite welcoming to anyone who visits the department. 

Brian is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Gender Studies. Upon graduation he intends on returning to the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.) where he is from and working with the Office of Gender Affairs for a few years until he decides to pursue his Master’s in Gender and Development. His goal is to raise LGBTQI+ awareness in the B.V.I and become an activist for their civil rights. During his spare time he thoroughly enjoys going to beach, reading, listening to music, and singing. His favorite quote is: “God dwells within you, as you.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

Elora Das

Elora Das is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). As a student assistant Elora helps to manage the environment in the L.E.A.D. suite and assist the directors of the department by working on a diverse set of assignments and projects.

Elora is a Sophomore in the Honors College, is a senator  and the parliamentarian in Students Government Association, a sister of the Kappa Delta Sorority, a peer educator of Lion Peer Educator, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and a Supplement Instruction Leader for Business Mathematics. . Elora is currently working on getting her Bachelors of Business Administration in Business Analytics. Elora aspires to be an entrepreneur in the future after she has worked as a Business Analyst for a few years. In her spare time, Elora loves to watch movies, read books and catch up with friends from her country.