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Meet the Presenters

Leadership Institute

Daniel Guerrero

A native of San Marcos, Daniel Guerrero is a graduate of San Marcos High School and has an undergraduate Mass Communications degree from Texas State University. He has earned a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward's University and multiple certifications from Austin Community College.

Mr. Guerrero has served as an elected official for the City of San Marcos. He served as a city council member from 2004-2008 and was elected as Mayor from 2010-2016. During his time in office, San Marcos was recognized as the Fastest Growing City in the United States by the Census Bureau, saw significant growth in economic development and investments in infrastructure and public safety.

Mr. Guerrero currently serves as the Director for Special Programs for the Virtual Trade Mission Foundation whose goal is to develop and sustain a Global Learning for Global Leadership program between Texas State University and the San Marcos CISD. He also serves as Texas State University’s Assistant Dean of Students for Student Development and Leadership Programs.



Leadership Institute

Laramie McWilliams

Laramie McWilliams graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in sociology in 2008, followed by a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education in 2014.  She has worked in the Dean of Students Office since 2004 and currently serves as the Coordinator for the Leadership Institute. Laramie advises the Student Leadership Board, Women in Leadership and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. She is passionate about student success, leadership development, and advocacy for underrepresented groups. 

Norma Guerra Gaier

Norma Guerra Gaier is the director of career services at Texas State University. Prior to her time at Texas State, Norma was at St. Mary's University in San Antonio as director of the university’s career center and director of the university’s school of law career center. Norma is the President-Elect of the 2017-18 NACE Board of Directors. She is a graduate of St. Mary's University, where she earned a B.A. in English-communication arts and an M.A. in communication studies.

G.O.A.L. Program

The G.O.A.L. PROGRAM stands for Group Oriented Achievement and Learning. 
The program is based on Experiential Education principles and philosophy using initiatives and activities that are socially, mentally, physically, and environmentally challenging.  Activities are designed to strengthen group cohesiveness, communication, trust, group processing, interpersonal relationships, individual members' self-awareness and confidence level.

Dr. Christy Nolan

Dr. Christy Nolan was named an associate athletic director/director of campus recreation in the summer of 2010.  He added ticket responsibilities in October 2012.

He joined the WSU staff in December of 2003 as the Director of the Mort Harris Recreation & Fitness Center. Nolan is a past State Director of the Michigan Intramural Recreational Sports Association (MIRSA) and a member of the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) in which he served as a member of the NIRSA Outdoor Committee 2005-2007 and the committee chair 2008-2009. Nolan is also a member of the NIRSA Assembly.
Nolan is a 1992 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Business Minor.  In 2002, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master's in Public Administration. Nolan earned his EdD. in Ed Leadership & Policy Studies from Wayne State University in 2013.

He and his wife Terra reside in Livonia with their children, Shawn, Liam, Aidan, and Quinn.

Dr. Sherri Benn

Dr. Benn is the Asst. Vice President for Student Affairs/Director of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion and is Texas State University’s ADA Coordinator.   She has 20+ years of experience in higher education, where she has served in multiple capacities.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters in Education Administration from Texas State University, and her doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. 


Dr. Benn loves to read, eat, bike, do anything that has to do with Star Trek and play call of duty zombies with her son when he’s home from college.

Students are one of her most delightful inspirations.  She believes that her life is a beautiful adventure designed to stretch, grow and deepen her character, as she seeks to spread joy, love and hope.  She counts everyday as a blessed gift never to be taken for granted.