Meet Our Staff


Steven Fernandez
Student Opportunity & Accessibility Resources (SOAR), McNair Scholars Program & Student Financial Literacy Director and Avanzando Co-Director

Avanzando Through College

Michelle Gonzales
First in Line Program Manager and Avanzando Co-Director

McNair Scholars Program

Rachel Bay
McNair Scholars Program Coordinator

McNair Graduate Students

Student Financial Literacy

Tyler Ellis
Student Financial Literacy Coach
Dual MBA/MSIS candidate at Baylor University who is focusing on data analytics. Tyler received his bachelors degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Baylor University in 2017. He enjoys working with numbers and finance, but his main passion is positively impacting the lives of other people.

Noureen Husnani
Student Financial Literacy Coach
MBA (Business Analytics) and MS Information Systems student with 3+ years of hands-on experience in Human Resource Management. She has been involved in community service, mentoring and coaching young girls on personal development and money management issues.

Rasheeda Daugherty
Student Financial Literacy - Marketing & Outreach
Rasheeda is currently an MBA Healthcare student with 7+ years of hands-on experience in the nonprofit sector as a Fundraising professional, and most recently worked as a Community Relations Manager for an assisted living community. She has spent time working in her community serving in leadership roles within her local church and serving in various volunteer roles with her hometown Chamber of Commerce.

Melissa Leon Norena -
Student Financial Literacy - Student Worker
Melissa is a junior McNair Scholar working on her B.S in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology while minoring in Great-Text and Environmental Science. She grew up in San Antonio but was born in Colombia and plans on pursuing Biological research that will assist under-developed communities.