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Staff

Danielle J. Davis - Director

Crystal Hardeman - Associate Director 

Katy Williams - Assistant Director

Dawn Orlove - Administrative Associate 

Robert Segura  - Graphics Designer/ Student Assistant

Elora Das - Student Assistant

Jada Jones - Student Assistant

Brianna Chapman - Student Assistant 

Courtney Fields - Student Assistant/ Marketing Assistant 

Anna Orio- Student Assistant 

Vacant - Associate Director (S.E.E.D.S.)

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 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.

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

Katy Williams

Katy Williams serves as the Assistant Director of the Leadership Engagement and Development Department (L.E.A.D) where she is responsible for programming, planning, and marketing for the Extraordinary Leadership Series (ELS) and Dare2Roar (D2R) programs. Katy is also responsible for the planning, organization, and management of all the events of the National Society of Leadership and Success in the local and online chapter of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Katy completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from Austin College and a Master of Science in Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication from Texas A&M University. Her professional interests include service learning, student volunteerism, and civic leadership and engagement. Katy passionately believes service and civic engagement create awareness, develops leadership, and facilities social change. In her free time, Katy enjoys playing sports, maintaining "favorite aunt" status, traveling, hanging out with family, and watching movies.

Dawn Orlove

Dawn Orlove serves as the Administrative Associate 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 the “behind the scenes” functions that keep the offices running smoothly.

Dawn is originally from Central Illinois with years of experience, including eight in higher education.  She’s currently working towards earning her bachelors degree.  Dawn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her 90 pound Boxer (Judge, a.k.a. “Little” Mister), traveling, and cooking.  

Robert Segura

Robert Segura is a student assistant/Graphic Designer for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.) and Serving Engaged Empowered & Diverse Students. As a student assistant and graphic designer, Robert helps manage the L.E.A.D. suite environment and and assists the directors on a variety of tasks and projects.

Robert is a brother of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. spring 2017- present, the President of the Multicultural Greek Council, a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi National Society of Leadership and Success. Robert is a Junior working towards his degree in Visual Communication in New Media, which he aspires to work for Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney and more. Some of Robert’s hobbies include drawing, puppies, shopping, running, trying new foods, and embracing his latin heritage.

Elora Das

Elora is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.).Elora is a Junior in the Honors College, a former senator and parliamentarian in Students Government Association and 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. She is also the Vice President of the Bangladeshi Student Association and the treasurer of the Marketing and Business Analytics student organization. I am currently seeking summer internship opportunities.In her spare time, Elora loves to watch movies, read books and catch up with friends from her country.

Jada Jones

Jada Jones is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). She's a junior majoring in Social Work, aspiring to become a Trauma Social Worker or Geriatric Social Worker.  In her spare time, the Dallas native loves to shop and hang out with friends, including her pet turtle, Mister. 

 Brianna Chapman 

Brianna Chapman is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). As a student assistant, Brianna helps manage the L.E.A.D. suite environment and assists the directors on a variety of tasks and projects.

Brianna is a member of the FLC class of 2017-2018, the President of the Secret Drawer Society student organization, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies, and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.  Brianna is a Sophomore working towards her degree in Music Education, which she aspires to apply to her future career as a Band Director. Some of Brianna’s hobbies include playing French horn, animals, trying new foods, road tripping, and watching Good Mythical Morning.



Courtney Fields 

Courtney is a student assistant for the Leadership Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.). Courtney Fields is a senior majoring in Global Education and is also working on her Master’s in Marketing.

Courtney works as our Marketing assistant and soon after she graduates with her masters plans on doing something in that field. Courtney is very involved on campus and in serving her community. In her free time she likes to have fun and play basketball with friends. Fun fact she played on the women’s basketball team here at the University for three years.

Anna Orio

Anna is a student assistant for the Leadership, Engagement and Development department (L.E.A.D.), helps manage the L.E.A.D. suite environment and assists the directors on a variety of tasks and projects. Anna is a senior, working towards her Bachelor's of Science with a Concentration in Biology- 7-12 Life Science Education.

Anna plans to attend graduate school and teach high school biology. She is a sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., a Learning Assistant for the Introductory Biology class, the Public Relations Officer for CaribSA. In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new food, reading, painting, being outside and playing with her puppy Jaxx.