Staff

Meredith Conrey (she/her)

Director 

CliftonStrengths Top Five Themes of Talent: 

Strategic / Responsibility / Positivity / Communication / Maximizer

Dr. Meredith Conrey provides administrative and strategic leadership for the Department of Leadership Initiatives at Sam Houston State University. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education, including housing, student conduct, student activities, leadership development, service-learning, and teaching. Before joining SHSU in 2011, Meredith worked at Texas A&M University and Baylor University. Meredith earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership from Sam Houston State University, and she has a B.A. in Speech Communication and a M.S. in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University. Meredith is actively involved in NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). She has served as a regional board member, and she co-chaired the 2017 NASPA Region III Summer Symposium. Additionally, Meredith is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Outside of the office, Meredith enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, and traveling.

Meredith Conrey

Emily Figueroa (she/her)

Associate Director

CliftonStrengths Top Five Themes of Talent: 

Competition / Input / Significance / Command / Strategic

Emily Figueroa, Associate Director for Leadership Initiatives, is initially from George West, Texas.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University. After graduating with her bachelor's degree in 2016, Emily joined the Department of Leadership Initiatives as a Program Specialist and is quickly moving up in ranks to meet her goal of one day ruling the world. While not working, Emily enjoys attending concerts with friends and is studying hard for her second master's degree in History with an emphasis in Rights and Identities.  

Emily Figueroa

Mikayla White (she/her)

Program Specialist

CliftonStrengths Top Five Themes of Talent:

Responsibility / Deliberative / Harmony / Developer /  Input

Mikayla White, Program Specialist for Leadership Initiatives, is originally from Dayton, Texas.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and is currently working on a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.  Mikayla began her higher education career with Leadership Initiatives as a student employee in 2016, then transitioned into a full-time Academic Advising position at SHSU. Mikayla rejoined the Department of Leadership Initiatives in 2021 as a Program Specialist overseeing Service-Learning Programs and helping with student organizations.  While not working, Mikayla enjoys movie/game nights and going on adventures with friends and family.

Mikayla White

Gabby Sauceda (she/her)

Program Specialist

CliftonStrengths Top Five Themes of Talent: 

Individualization / Activator / Strategic / Belief / Ideation

Gabby Sauceda, Program Specialist for Leadership Initiatives, is initially from Angleton, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2018 from Sam Houston State University, and is currently working to obtain her master's degree in Higher Education Administration from SHSU. As a Program Specialist, Gabby oversees leadership development opportunities and helps with student organizations. Outside of the office, Gabby enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending concerts, and cuddling dogs.

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