Dr. Marling’s research and service activities focus on improving higher education transfer policies and practices. Her previous experiences in higher education encompass personal and career counseling, peer mentoring, leadership, learning support, and orientation and new student programs. She has been involved as a Project Director and/or Co-Principal Investigator for two research grants from the TG Benefit Grants Program. Marling is an affiliate member of the Council for Standards in Higher Education (CAS) board of directors and acted as lead content expert in the collaborative effort to develop the standards and recommendations for Transfer Student Programs and Services. Dr. Marling holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of North Texas, a M.S. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. in psychology from Texas Christian University.
Judith Brauer has worked with NISTS since October 2013. She is passionate about supporting transfer student professionals and has over ten years’ experience in higher education, including working at both two and four year institutions. Her experience includes designing and delivering professional development to faculty and staff, as well as successfully securing over $10 million in grant funding. She is a certified grant professional, has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Clemson University, and a master of science degree in Educational Research from Georgia State University with a focus on higher education research.
Lara DeBlois graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2000 with a BBA in Management. She returned to North Georgia in 2008 as the University’s grant accountant, where her role involved working with student tuition and accounts. When NISTS relocated to the University of North Georgia, she began working as the office administrator.
Victoria graduated from Heard County High School in 2013 and, because of dual enrollment at her high school and the University of West Georgia, she began college at UNG as a sophomore in the fall of last year. She is majoring in political science with a concentration in pre-law. Active on campus, Victoria serves as an orientation/FYE leader and as a Resident Assistant. At NISTS, Victoria assists with preparation efforts for our annual conferences and helps maintain our Pinterest account.