Meet the 2021-2022 PEFSA Officers!
Paul Mannie, Co-Chair
Paul Mannie (he/him) is a Senior MBA Recruiting and Admissions Officer for the Full-time Program in the McCombs School of Business. Paul has previously worked in Undergraduate Admissions and Student Success Initiatives. He received his BA from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing his M.Ed in Higher Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas. Paul has been a champion for access and inclusion at UT-Austin since his time as an undergraduate student and is excited about the opportunity to be in community with the LGBTQIA+ community through PEFSA.
Valerie Esparza, Co-Chair
Valerie Esparza (she/her) joined The University of Texas at Austin in August 2020. She is Director of Operations and Programs for the Center for Women in Law. Prior to the Center, Ms. Esparza was with Ascension Seton as Director of Strategic Operations overseeing Workforce Development, Diversity & Inclusion. She has also served in various leadership roles, including 7 years as an Executive HR Director with Whole Foods where she was responsible for organizational development, talent management, learning and development, employee relations, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. Between 1998 and 2005, Valerie practiced law, primarily employment and labor litigation while serving as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. Valerie is a proud alumna of The UT School of Law. She has also earned recognition as a Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) as well as a National Diversity Council Certified Diversity Professional (NDCCDP).
Benjamin Rodriguez, Treasurer
Benjamin Rodriguez (he/him), is the Library Manager for the Library Storage Facility out at Pickle Research Campus. Benjamin works as the steward for over 2 million items owned by the University’s Library System, Harry Ransom Center, The Briscoe Center for American History, and the Tarleton Law Library in cool storage for preservation. We provide UT and worldwide services to these items such as loans or scanning, and research projects.
David Brown, Secretary
David Brown (he/him) 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 25 years.
Fun Fact: He, along with his mother, visited many places around the world, including London, Paris, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand.
Marica Kelley, Service Chair
Marica Kelley (she/her) is the Program Coordinator for the Victims Advocate Network (VAN) at the University of Texas at Austin Police Department. In that role, Marica recruits, trains, and supervises more than 20 UT employee volunteer advocates, as well as staff and Social Work graduate student interns who support any student, staff, or visitor at UT who receives a police response following a crime or distressing event. Marica has worked with victims of crime in a variety of capacities since 2015. She received her BSW from Texas A&M-Central, and her MSW from UT’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work in 2019, where she specialized in program development and leadership. Marica is passionate and vocal about the need for innovative solutions and multidisciplinary collaboration with Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals in the field of first response. She is excited about the opportunity to support the LGBTQIA+ community here at UT-Austin, and foster opportunities for service to the community in her role as Service Chair in PEFSA.
Tiffo Carmichael, Programming & Events Chair
Larrimie “Gordon” Gordon, Membership Chair
Gordon (he/him) is the Program Coordinator for the Employee Engagement Program in the Facilities Services (FS) department. He has been with Facilities Services since April 2018 and at UT since 2011 in Athletics. In his role, he advocates on behalf of all FS employees; assists employees with professional growth and personal development, navigating and understanding HR related processes, and navigating and awareness of campus resources; and leads the FS Employee Engagement Council. “The purpose of my position is to be available 24/7 for all FS staff, to remove barriers, and help people become better versions of themselves every day.” He is excited about the opportunity to support the LGBTQIA+ community here at UT-Austin, and foster opportunities for campus engagement in his role as Membership Chair in PEFSA.