Meet the Officers!
Tessandra Lancaster, Chair
Tessa (she/her/hers) is an Academic Advisor in Radio-TV-Film within the Moody College of Communication. She obtained both her BA in Philosophy and her MA in College Student Development from St. Edward’s University. In addition to her role as chair of PEFSA, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the Austin community on best practices in trans* and gender non-binary health and wellness. Tessa is many things: a flower child, a nerd, a storyteller, a geek, a Taoist, and probably something new by the time you read this.
Fun Fact: Tessa sometimes hosts a workshop that helps trans* and gender non-binary folks use or create gender-affirming and gender-neutral meditations.
Ashley Clark, Chair-Elect
Ashley Clark (they/them or she/her) is an Academic Advisor in the Bridging Disciplines Programs office. Originally from the Chicago area, Ashley is very happy to be living in a place where there are always good tacos and no one has to drive in the snow. Ashley’s hobbies include playing the ukulele, coloring, cooking, camping, photography, writing, singing show tunes, and being overly affectionate. They live with their partner and their three equally affectionate cats Link, Marco, and Annie. Ashley believes in the power of community, creativity, and authenticity in creating change.
Fun Fact(s): Ashley performed as a drag king for 10 years, and placed 6th in a national pageant for male illusionists/drag kings in 2013! She is working on a photography project that will bring awareness to trans/non-binary bodies in public restrooms, and they often perform in local storytelling shows as well.
Ryan Nelson, Treasurer
Ryan Nelson (he/him/his) is the treasurer for PEFSA and an Academic Advisor in the College of Education. He is an avid movie and TV nerd. He is mostly into the whole sci-fi, action, fantasy genre but likes a good drama and romance here and there. Ryan loves to act and do musical theatre. He has a bachelors is in Radio/TV/Film/Theatre with a minor in Spanish and history from UNT and a Masters of Science in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Ryan is looking forward to working with the PEFSA Exec team and members to Make This Campus LOVE Again!
David Brown, Secretary
David Brown (he/him/his) is the Secretary for PEFSA. He was 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 Perry-Casteñeda Library 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.
Lin Winton, Membership Chair
Lin Winton (she/her/hers) is the PEFSA Membership Chair, and the coordinator for the Independent Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning Flags in the School of Undergraduate Studies. Her childhood as a mixed, questioning kid in rural Texas makes her ever-thankful for the accepting, diverse community that PEFSA provides. Since arriving at UT in 2005 for her Ph.D. in molecular biology, she has been a graduate student, a teaching assistant, faculty, and staff. She believes in trying most things and failing often.
Fun Fact: Lin is physically incapable of ice skating.
Olyvia Moriarty, Communications Chair
Olyvia Moriarty (she/her/hers) is the Communication Chair and a Student Development Specialist for the Discovery Scholars Program in the School of Undergraduate Studies. She received her Bachelor’s in Spanish Literature & Culture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Olyvia is a self-proclaimed nerd and avid reader; mostly Young Adult, but she’ll read almost anything. Olyvia was involved with a Gay-Straight Alliance in high school and the Pride student org in college and she felt in only made sense stay involved with the LGBTQ staff community on campus.
Kris Dillon, Programming and Events Chair
Kris Dillon (she/her/hers) is the Programming and Events Chair for PEFSA and a Senior Administrative Associate in the College of Natural Sciences Office of Diversity & Inclusion Student Programs. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and Production with a focus on Management from Texas State University and has over 12 years of production experience in educational, community, and professional theatre. Born and raised in Austin, she strives to give back to the community in any way she can. She is passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, especially when it comes to youth. Kris started working at UT a few months before the Pulse tragedy and found solace and community with PEFSA shortly after. She is forever grateful to have found her UT family.
Fun Fact: Kris co-hosted a radio show called Out Loud on KTSW for 2 years in college playing LGBTQ+ artists.
Sarah Shannon-Wildt, Service Chair
Sarah Shannon-Wildt is the Service Chair for PEFSA and an Administrative Assistant in the Registrar’s Office. She hails originally from Michigan, but has lived in Austin for 6 years, where she received her Master’s in Divinity. In addition to working full time at UT, Sarah works part time for a local church and is going back for a second master’s degree in counseling. Her future goals and passions are focused on the reconciliation of spirituality and sexuality, especially for the Queer community. This passion for LGBTQIA+ rights is what brings her to PEFSA, and she is very grateful she found them so soon into her time at UT.