Campus Activities Staff

Dr. Leah Mulligan

Executive Director of Campus Activities and Leadership InitiativesLeah Mulligan

Dr. Leah Mulligan is the Executive Director of Campus Activities and Leadership Initiatives. She received both her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2000 and her master's degree in counseling in 2002 from SHSU and graduated with her Ed.D. in Higher Education in 2011. Leah strategically manages both the Student Activities and Leadership Initiatives departments.  She serves on many committees across campus and advises several student organizations. While working to obtain her graduate degree, Mulligan worked for Career Services as the on-campus recruiting coordinator and was in charge of the MonsterTRAK system. Previously, she worked as the assistant director for Alumni Relations and has lived in Huntsville since 1996. Leah enjoys running, sewing and spending time with her family. She is married to a SHSU alumni David Mulligan and they have two future Bearkats, McKenzie and Harper. They also have two dogs, Bowers and Chloe.

Brandon CooperBrandon Cooper

Associate Director of Student Activities

Brandon Cooper, Associate Director for the Department of Student Activities is originally from Huntsville, Texas. He obtained his bachelors degree in Journalism/Public Relations with minors in Mass Communication and French from Sam Houston State University in 2005. Brandon oversees the planning and implementation of several University Special Events. He is also a member of the SHSU Homecoming Committee, the Battle of the Piney Woods Committee, the University Special Events Committee and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Initiative. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. Brandon received his Master's degree in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from SHSU in May of 2011.

Rachel ValleSammy Bearkat Headshot

Assistant Director of Student Activities 

Rachel Valle, Assistant Director of Student Activities, oversees Multicultural Student Services and the SHSU Program Council. She attended the University of Saint Thomas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Rachel received her master’s degree in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University in 2011 and is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership. She enjoys learning about history and politics.

Brian McColpin

Assistant Director of Spirit ProgramsBrian McColpin

Brian McColpin serves as the Assistant Director for the Department of Student Activities. Prior to arriving at Sam Houston State University, McColpin was the Program Coordinator for Iowa Western Community College. McColpin is was a staff member for Universal Cheerleader's Association (UCA). He is a native of Wichita, Kansas and earned an associate’s degree from Coffeyville Community College. He transferred to Morehead State University and received a bachelor’s degree in University Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies in 2005. He is married to Melissa McColpin and they have recently welcomed a new baby girl to their family.

Steven Begnaud

Program Coordinator for Special Events

Steven Begnaud, Program Coordinator, is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2011 from SHSU. He currently oversees Bearkat Alley and Sammypalooza, as well as serves on the New Student Convocation Committee. Outside of work Steven enjoys watching football, playing with his dogs, and traveling. He plans to get his MBA from SHSU in the near future.


Multicultural Student Services Coordinator

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Courtney Sutton

Orange Pride Dance Coach

Courtney is in her ninth year as a Universal Dance Association Instructor. She is originally from Knoxville, TN where she has also been coaching dance teams and working at several local dance studios specializing in teaching jazz and hip hop. She very excited to be a Bearkat!


Administrative Coordinator

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Casey Davis

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Clerk II

Casey Davis, Clerk II for the Department of Student Activities, is originally from Huntsville, Texas. She graduated with an Associates Degree from Lone Star College. She previously worked at the the Texas Workforce Commission where she held the position of Financial Aid Specialist. Casey is currently pursing a degree in Business Administration and plans to obtain her master's degree in the future.




Angie Taylor

Leadership Initiatives Staff

Angie Taylor

Director of Leadership Initiatives

Angie Taylor is the Director of the Department of Leadership Initiatives at SHSU. She received a BBA from Texas A&M University, a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership from SHSU and oversees the strategic management of the Center for Leadership and Service, Student Organizations, and the Student Services Student Employee Leadership Institute. Angie champions assessment efforts across the division and within the department. She serves on several initiatives for the Strategic Enrollment Management committee, the SHSU Ring Committee and the SHSU Memorial Museum Friends of Museum Board. Outside the office, Angie serves at University Heights Baptist Church as a small group leader and enjoys running, reading and playing piano. She is married to SHSU alumni Trey Taylor, a teacher and head men’s soccer coach at Huntsville High School. They have two daughters, Reagan Elise and Clara Grace.

Meredith Conrey

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Meredith Conrey, Associate Director of Leadership Initiatives, is originally from Houston, Texas. She received both her bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication in 2004 and her master’s degree in Educational Administration with a focus in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education in 2006 from Texas A&M University. Prior to working at SHSU, Meredith worked at Baylor University in Campus Living & Learning. In her free time, Meredith enjoys watching basketball and football, reading, baking, and spending time with family and friends.


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