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DSP staff member Lily DoñesLily Doñes
Student Development Specialist
liliana.dones@austin.utexas.edu

Lily is a student development specialist with the Discovery Scholars Program. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2013 and has a B.A. in both psychology and theatre and dance. Before joining the Discovery Scholars Program, she served as a college advisor for the Advise TX College Advising Corps. In her role as a college advisor, Lily provided resources to a diverse population of high school students and guided them through the college application process.


DSP staff member Scott GaryScott Gary
Student Development Specialist
scott.gary@austin.utexas.edu

Scott is a student development specialist with the Discovery Scholars Program. He has a professional background built upon advising college students with a relationship-driven approach. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in business administration in 2013. Before joining the Discovery Scholars Program, he served as an AmeriCorp member with the Austin-based non-profit College Forward, where he worked with students at Texas State University as a college completion coach.


DSP staff member Will LeonWill Leon
Administrative Associate
waleon@austin.utexas.edu

Will is an administrative associate with the Discovery Scholars Program. He has prior experience in several departments at The University of Texas at Austin, including the University Development Office, KUT Public Media, and University Libraries. Will earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and will graduate with an M.B.A. from Concordia University Texas in August 2016.


DSP staff member Tivra MarksTivra Marks
Student Development Specialist
tivra.marks@austin.utexas.edu

Tivra is a student development specialist with the Discovery Scholars Program. Tivra received her master’s degree in educational leadership and policy, with a specialization in post-secondary adult continuing education from Portland State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in child and family studies with an emphasis in youth work also from Portland State University. Prior to joining the Discovery Scholars Program, Tivra held positions in academics, athletics, social work, and youth counseling.


DSP staff member Emily SchroederEmily Schroeder
Associate Academic Advisor
emily.schroeder@austin.utexas.edu

Emily joined the Discovery Scholars Program as an academic advisor in December 2012. She earned her M.Ed. in student personnel in higher education from the University of Florida in April 2011, and holds a B.S. in human resource development from Texas A&M University. She has a broad range of experience in higher education, including peer mentoring, orientation, housing and residential life, and health and promotion services. In her free time, Emily enjoys country western dancing and a delicious Tex Mex meal.


DSP staff member Phaedra WhitePhaedra White Abbott
Senior Program Coordinator
phaedra@austin.utexas.edu

Phaedra has been employed at The University of Texas at Austin since 2001 and has been with the School of Undergraduate Studies since its inception. She received her bachelor of music education degree from Louisiana State University and a master of education degree in college student personnel from Loyola University Chicago. She has spent her entire professional career working with college and post-graduate students and loves assisting students in getting the maximum out of their educational experience. Phaedra was raised in Tallahassee, Florida, and loves to travel and experience different cultures.