Leadership Team

Meet the Officers!

Beth Chichester

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 18 years, currently as the Graduate Program Coordinator. She joined the Executive Committee for PEFSA in 2008 and loves being a part of this wonderful community. Beth enjoys 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.

Amira Sounny-Slitine


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.

Membership Committee Chair: 
Lin Winton

Lin Winton is the PEFSA Membership Chair, and the coordinator for the Independent Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning Flags in 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.

David Brown


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.

Ryan Nelson

I am an avid movie and TV nerd. I’m mostly into the whole sci-fi, action, fantasy genre but I like a good drama and romance here and there. I love to act and do musical theatre. My bachelors is in Radio/TV/Film/Theatre with a minor in Spanish and history from UNT. I have a Masters of Science in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. I look forward to working with the PEFSA Exec team and members to Make This Campus LOVE Again!

Programming & Events Chair:
Kris Dillon

Kris Dillon is the Programming and Events Chair for PEFSA and a Senior Administrative Associate in the Accounting and Financial Management office. 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.

Service Chair:
Victor Casas

Victor Casas is the Administrative Services Coordinator for Career Services at the Moody College of Communication. Often referred to as “the glue”, Victor uses his organizational, design, and marketing skills to promote and establish the services and programs of CCS. As Service Committee Chair, Victor hopes to bring inclusiveness, social awareness, community, and fun to PEFSA and UT-Austin.

 Fun Fact: Victor taught himself basic sign language and continuously strives to develop those skills with friends and family. His favorite phrases include “Google it”, “I can make that”, and “I accidentally ordered Papa John’s… again.”

Communications Chair:
Ashley Clark

Ashley Clark (she/her/hers) is an academic advisor in the Bridging Disciplines Programs office. Originally from the Chicago area, she is very happy to be living in a place where there are always good tacos and she never has to drive in the snow. Her hobbies include playing the ukulele, coloring, cooking, painting, photography, writing, singing showtunes, and being overly affectionate. She has an equally affectionate cat named Annie. Ashley believes in the power of community, creativity, and authenticity in creating change.

Fun Fact: Ashley is a drag king in a local troupe called the Boiz of Austin, and performs as her alter ego Frankie Apollo. She placed 6th in a national pageant for male illusionists/drag kings in 2013!

Action Chair:
Tessandra Lancaster

Tessa serves as PEFSA’s Action Chair, and hopes to achieve the long-term goal of changing university policy to be more LGBTQ inclusive for faculty, staff, and students. She obtained both her BA in Philosophy and her MA in College Student Development from St. Edward’s University. She currently works as the Academic Advisor for the Moody College of Communication’s new major, Communication & Leadership. She is a flower child, a nerd, and a geek, so she’s happiest when camping near some water while talking about philosophy or anime (or better yet, both!)
Fun Fact: Tessa is an occasional writer and has performed pieces at Austin local shows such as Bedpost Confessions and Queer Mountain.