Meet Our Staff

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Rachel Hoover              

Director of STAR Services

Phone: (409) 880-7202                      

Education: B.A. and M.A. in Sociology, Texas Tech University

Experience: Fifteen years in various higher education roles, starting as a tutor as an undergraduate and transitioning to a coordinator and director of multiple academic support programs, including supplemental instruction, tutoring, mentoring, first-year experience, and peer-assisted learning.

What she does for STAR Services: Rachel Hoover creates, implements, oversees and assesses a variety of programs designed to help students succeed at Lamar University. 

More about Rachel: Quotes serve as a great inspiration for me and I love to share them.

 “What you get by reaching your destination is not nearly as important as what you will become by reaching your destination.” ~Unknown


Tanya Hearn             

Administrative Associate, Sr.

Phone: (409) 880-7218                      

Education: Background in Elementary Education/English

Experience: Twenty-three years as a small business owner and fifteen years in children's ministry and youth mentoring.

What she does for STAR Services: Tanya Hearn provides administrative support and oversees the daily functions of the STAR Services main office.

More about Tanya: A few of my favorite things include spending time with my family, board games, fishing, and embroidery. My heartbeat is working with sugar, especially making cakes, cookies and candies for my family and friends.

 “The best thing about working with sugar is you get to eat your mistakes.” ~Tanya Hearn


Celine Hodge

Assistant Director, Cardinal Communities

Phone: (409) 880-8115

Education: M.A. in Medieval History, University of Toulouse Le Mirail (France), M.A. in International Relations, University of New Orleans

Experience: A dedicated Student Services professional with over 10 years in higher education.

What she does for STAR Services: Celine Hodge designs and implements the Cardinal Communities learning community program and oversees all professional and peer mentors.

More about Celine: I love statement glasses. One of my favorite hobbies is bicycle riding in Old Town with my two year old and my husband.

Coordinator of LU Success and REDtalks

Reba Daniels

Coordinator, LU Success and REDtalks

Phone: (409) 880-7209

Education: B.S. in Psychology, College of Charleston; M.A. in Student Affairs and Higher Education, Stephen F. Austin State University

Experience: Over 4 years of experience supervising student and professional staff in Residence Life. Has served as an intern with Athletic Academic Services and has conducted grant funded research.

What she does for STAR Services: Reba Daniels is responsible for the continued development and implementation of REDtalks and LU Success. She works closely with faculty, staff and students to bring new and engaging presentations for REDtalks each semester. She also supervises our Peer Success Partners who aim to provide academic success coaching to help students achieve academic goals. 

More about Reba: I love board games, sports and the outdoors. GO CARDS!


 Misty Song

Misty Song

Coordinator, Tutoring Services

Phone: (409) 880-7283

Education: Earned three degrees from China in the engineering field and Interior Design, and Liberal Studies, Thomas Edison State University, and M.Ed. in Higher Education, Enrollment Management, Abilene Christian University

Experience: 17 years of civil engineering experience, including 5 years on international projects. Over 5 years of higher education experience in tutoring, advising and teaching. 

What she does for STAR Services: Misty coordinates our tutoring services and manages the recruitment, selection and training of tutors for the LU Tutoring Center. In addition, she works closely with faculty and staff to connect students to academic resources. 

More about Misty: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."  ~ Confucius


Theressa "Carol" Matherne

Administrative Assistant, The LU Tutoring Center

Phone: (409) 880-7526

Education: B.B.A. in Office Administration, Lamar University

Experience: Twenty-three years in administrative support positions in private and state organizations and sixteen years of substitute teaching, tutoring, and assisting in public and private preschool and elementary education.

What she does for STAR Services: Carol Matherne serves as a receptionist and provides administrative support in The LU Tutoring Center.

More about Carol: I am a band mom. I love spending time with my family, and one way to accomplish that is Friday night football in the fall. It makes for a fun date night and mom support. GO HAWKS!!!!


Demetrial Graham

Coordinator, LU Outreach & Support

Phone: (409) 880-8029

Education: B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Management of Technical Education, Texas State University

Experience: Ten years of higher education experience as a tutoring lab assistant, peer mentor, career services intern, academic coaching graduate assistant, in-classroom support for first year experience course, academic advisor, and now a program coordinator.

What she does for STAR Services: Demetrial Graham coordinates programming that provides outreach and support to targeted groups of students to connect them with academic support resources, workshops, and events designed to help them succeed at Lamar University.

More about Demetrial: I love all things fine arts and poetry is my favorite!

"Remember, there are multiple ways to achieve your goals. You can never fail as long as you are true to yourself." ~Jordan R. Holmes

Le' Toria Trahan

Le' Toria Trahan

Academic Specialist

Phone: (409) 880-7289

Education: B.S. in Psychology, Lamar University

Experience: Nine years of higher education experience as a student assistant, peer mentor, group tutoring facilitator, and Academic Advisor.

What she does for STAR Services: Le' Toria Trahan is responsible for providing comprehensive academic support for students. She works with students individually and in groups to help them build the necessary skills to succeed at Lamar University.

More about Le' Toria: I love helping people learn more about themselves.


Kandice Boatwright

Academic Specialist

Phone: (409) 880-7668

Education: B.S. in Speech and Hearing Therapy and English, M.Ed. in Special Education, and Specialist of Education in Reading, Louisiana State University

Experience: Twenty-eight years in higher education as an undergraduate instructor of developmental reading and study skills and an academic support specialist.

What she does for STAR Services: Kandice Boatwright is responsible for providing comprehensive academic support for students through the LU Outreach & Support program. She works with students individually and in groups to help them build the necessary skills to succeed at Lamar University.

More about Kandice: I enjoy working with and teaching students, as well as all outdoor pursuits.