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Leadership and Staff

Discovery Guides, our peer educators, serve as mentors for Start Sooner and our sister program, Sooner Discovery. These undergraduate students plan evening activities, tutor, edit papers, work in the Start Sooner office, and make Start Sooner a fun and educational experience for all of our students. Each Discovery Guide is a leader on campus and excels academically. They are selected from a competitive pool of student leader applicants and participate in an extensive training prior to the program.

Applications to serve as a Discovery Guide are now open! You can find the job listing on, #230237.

Discovery Guides

Start Sooner Leadership Team


Associate Director of New Student Programs

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

Undergraduate Degree: Business

Masters Degree: Adult and Higher Education

Anna Litton

Start Sooner Graduate Assistant

Hometown: Tomball, TX

Undergraduate Degree: Psychology

Masters Degree: Adult and Higher Education

William Blessing

Pre-College Programs Coordinator

Hometown: Allen, TX

Undergraduate Degree: Journalism

Masters Degree: Adult and Higher Education

2022 Start Sooner Staff

  • Allison Byrd
  • Andy Ramirez
  • Azman Abdulla
  • Colaney Laws
  • Destiny Gregory
  • Heidi Heitfeld
  • Jackson Rigdon
  • Jadyn Davis
  • Joey Talaoc
  • Kalista Magana
  • Leilani Wilson
  • Lucy Coleman
  • Nkatheko Mafu
  • Stephanie Joseph
  • Trystan Williams
  • Wyatt Pauli

If you have any questions about the program or registration process email or call 405-550-3659.