Executive Director of Campus Activities and Leaderships Intiatives
Leah Mulligan, Director of Student Activities, is originally from Crockett, Texas. She received both her bachelor's degree in psychology in 2000 and her master's degree in counseling in 2002 from SHSU and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education. 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 is married to a SHSU Alumni David Mulligan. They recently welcomed a future bearkat into their lives, McKenzie. They also have four dogs: Sam, Bella, Whiskey and Chloe.
Angie Taylor, Associate Director for the Department of Student Activities, is originally from Comanche, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2003 with a BBA in Information and Operations Management and from SHSU in 2005 with a Master of Education degree in Instructional Leadership. Angie oversees the coordinators for Leadership/Service, MISS and Program Council. She also serves as the coordinator for student organizations and assists the office in assessment and budgetary matters. Angie serves on the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Initiatve, the SHSU Homecoming Committee, the Official Ring Committee and the SHSU Memorial Museum Board of Directors. Outside the office, Angie is a member of University Heights Baptist Church, Seven Hills Running Club and enjoys running, reading, working in the yard and playing piano. She is married to Trey Taylor, teacher and varsity boys soccer coach at Huntsville High School.
Brandon Cooper, Assistant 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 serves as the advisor for the SHSU Panhellenic Association, the coordinator for Leadership/Volunteer efforts at SHSU, and the coordinator for Bearkat Alley for Student Activities. He is also a member of the SHSU Homecoming Committee, the American Democracy Project, and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Initiative. Currently he is an active member in the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the board of directors for CASA of Walker County, and a member of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. Brandon is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from SHSU.
Leadership and Service Coordinator
Rommel Abad, Program Coordinator for Leadership and Service Program, is originally from the country of the Philippines. In the mid-80s, he emigrated from the Philippines to San Diego, California. He earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Management Information Systems at San Diego State University in 2001. In 2003, Rommel graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Science in Higher Education/Student Affairs Administration. Rommel is responsible for developing leadership development and service programs within Student Activities.
Donielle Miller, Multicultural Coordinator, is originally from Houston, Texas, As an alumnus of Sam Houston State University she double majored in Management and Marketing obtaining her degree in the Spring of 2009. After graduation Donielle accepted the position, Coordinator of Multicultural and International Student Services. Donielle advises several student organizations such as SAMentors, Students on a Quest for Unity and Diversity (S.Q.U.A.D.), and Diversity Council, which hosts the annual Diversity Leadership Conference on the SHSU campus. Donielle is now pursuing her Masters in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration.
Program Council Coordinator
Chuck Collins, Program Council Coordinator, began working at Sam Houston State University in the fall of 2007. Before arriving at SHSU, Chuck graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science and minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Chuck advises Program Council, which is the SHSU student programming board. As a group, they plan all on-campus, general student activities delivering a variety of programming varying in focus from entertainment to multicultural to educational. Chuck is also the chair of HAVEN, a GLTBQ safe zone program and is concurrently pursuing his Master’s degree at SHSU in sociology.
Spirit Programs Coordinator
Brian McColpin is entering his second year as the Spirit Programs Coordinator. Prior to arriving at Sam Houston State University, McColpin was the Spirit Coordinator for Iowa Western Community College. McColpin is a staff member for Universal Cheerleader's Association (UCA). He has worked for UCA for the last eight years. He is currently a head instructor and member of the UCA College Staff.. 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. McColpin says he is "very happy about becoming a part of the Bearkat Family!"
Staff Assistant III
Alexis Haecker, Staff Assistant III for Student Activities, was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Texas at a very young age. She graduated high school from Trinity ISD in Trinity, Texas. She is currently enrolled at Sam Houston State University working toward a degree in Finance and Banking. Alexis is married to Jason Haecker of Georgetown, Texas and they currently reside in Huntsville. Hobbies include competitive barrel racing, raising and training competitive coon hounds, working out, and reading. Alexis is very excited to be a member of the SHSU Bearkat family!