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Meet the Officers!

Chair:
Beth Chichester

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Beth first came to UT in 1988.  She double majored in Greek and English and graduated with special honors.  Beth has worked for the Department of Classics for the last 17 years, currently as the Graduate Program Coordinator.  She joined the Executive Committee for PEFSA in 2008.  She is the proud recipient of the Lynne Milburn Award for GLBTQ Achievements (2009) and the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award (2013). Beth loves obscure historical facts, dancing, and talking about her three kids.

Fun fact: Beth tried out for cheerleader in high school.  Let’s just say the vote was rigged.

Chair-Elect: 
Casey Butler

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Casey Butler is the Chair-Elect for PEFSA and leads the Programming and Events Committee.  They work as a Student Development Specialist in the First-Year Experience Office, helping coordinate the First-year Interest Group (FIG) Program across campus.  His academic background is in the social sciences, holding a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, & Society from the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in queer theory, performance studies, and ethnographic methods.  Ze is a member of UT’s Queer Services Committee, facilitates an interdisciplinary FIG entitled “Gender & Sexuality”, and enjoys volunteering with the Gender & Sexuality Center.  Casey is passionate about LGBTQ+ advocacy, public education, intersectional feminism, and community organizing.

Fun Fact: Casey loves to dance and has taken classes in jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical, ballet, Latin ballroom, belly, and improvisational dance.

Membership Committee Chair: 
Jennifer Herrity

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Jennifer Herrity is a Recruiting Services Coordinator for the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin with eight years of experience in human resources and talent acquisition.  In addition to her role as Membership Chair of PEFSA, Jennifer is also Co-Program Chair for Texas Campus Career Council, and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Moody College of Communication.  Since joining PEFSA in 2015, Jennifer has been focused on building knowledge and resources to be a strong ally.

Fun Fact: Jennifer enjoys playing Wednesday night trivia.  She is the go-to member on her team, “The Dead Squirrels,” in the Movie and Music categories.

Secretary: 
David Brown

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Born in Canada while his father, a US Air Force Officer, was stationed there. After moving from place to place in the US and finally settling in Albuquerque, NM, he moved to Austin to attend what is now UT’s School of Information, because after doing volunteer work, he wanted to work at a library. He earned an MLIS in 1997, and he has worked at the PCL for over 20 years.

Fun Fact: He, along with his mother, visited many places around the world, including London, Paris, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.

Webmaster/Historian: 
Amira Sounny-Slitine

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Amira Sounny-Slitine serves as a Career Coach at The University of Texas at Austin in the Liberal Arts Career Services office with over 3 years of experience guiding students with their job and internship search. Amira believes that to foster a climate of inclusion you must examine a student’s identities and perspective to provide a tailored coaching experience.  A graduate of Texas State University, Amira is a diversity champion, the historian and web-master for the Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association, Program Chair of TC3, and a LGBTQIA+ ally.

Fun Fact: Amira is an avid watcher of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has a mild obsession with Jinkx Monsoon and the BackStreet Boys.

Treasurer:
Robert Vega

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In 2006, Robert joined the GLBT & Allies Affinity Group – a coalition of faculty and staff from across UT Austin, led by Lynne Milburn, to discuss and advocate for domestic partner benefits on campus. In 2007, the group formally developed a constitution and became the association we know today: PEFSA. Since that time, Robert has been a proud member of the executive committee in his role as treasurer. When he’s not working to support PEFSA, Robert is the director of Liberal Arts Career Services – an office dedicated to helping Liberal Arts students develop professional skills and career strategies for success beyond the 40 Acres.

Fun Fact: Robert lived in Japan for three years and he loves everything about it. こんにちは!