Administrative Services Team

Brandi Renton, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services

Brandi Renton photoBrandi oversees a team that proactively addresses and responds to organization behavior by providing division-wide assessments, and facilitates improved planning, training and communication. The Risk Management Services and Transportation Services departments within the Division of Finance and Administration also report to her. Prior to her current position, Brandi was the UNT Human Resources Campus Director. Previously, she worked in human resources for United Methodist Retirement Communities, the Lear Corporation and Collins & Aikman. Brandi received a BS in Industrial Health and Safety from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan; and an MBA from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.

Brandi can be reached at or 940-369-7827.

Ashley Reyes, Business Operations Trainer

Ashley Reyes photoAs a Business Operations Trainer, Ashley supports employee training through the creation and facilitation of live training sessions as well as the development and distribution of eLearning courses. Prior to joining UNT, Ashley worked for a Fortune 100 Financial Services company where she focused on building and cultivating business relationships. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at the prestigious University of California, Riverside.

Ashley can be reached at or 940-565-2145.


Daniela Valdez, Senior Business Process Analyst

Daniela Valdez photoDaniela is the project manager for UNT's Contact Tracing program. Prior to joining UNT, Daniela worked at McDonald’s Corporation as a Consultant and most recently at NTT Data Services as a Senior Consultant in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Vassar College with a bachelor’s degree in Art History, Daniela obtained a MBA from Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Daniela can be reached at or 940-565-4311.


Jerri Grant Robertson, Director of Business Operations Training

Jerri Robertson photoAs the Director for Business Operations Training, Jerri leads training initiatives campus-wide and supports university initiatives by developing, coaching, and providing leadership and compliance training via workshops, eLearning, and Instructional Design. Jerri’s team manages the UNT Learning Management System (LMS) for the Denton Campus. Prior to joining UNT, Jerri founded and operated a professional-development firm based in Dallas and held key positions in several Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Pitney Bowes, and American Airlines. She is a published author who earned her bachelor's degree in Business from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Master's Degree in LTECH from UNT and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies. Jerri holds multiple certifications including but not limited to Everything DiSC, Meyer-Briggs, and Franklin Covey.

Jerri can be reached at or 940-565-4915.

Margarita Venegas, Senior Communications Strategist

Margarita Venegas photoMargarita supports the goals of the Administrative Services team and the Division of Finance and Administration with printed and electronic materials about the activities and accomplishments of the people and departments in these areas. Previously, Margarita worked with UNT as the News Manager for the University Relations, Communication and Marketing division. Her background is in journalism and she worked for newspapers in Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey and Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in news journalism.

Margarita can be reached at or 940-565-2169.

Nadia Guevara, Youth Protection Program Director

Nadia Guevara photoNadia leads the University’s program on the protection of minors. She oversees the policy implementation and compliance across all colleges and divisions of the University. She also serves as point-of-contact for establishing and maintaining best practices to cultivate safe and healthy environments for the protection of minor participants in camps, programs, and activities. Previously, she led business operations teams in the assessment of internal processes to identify improvement opportunities and streamline processes. Nadia has experience managing small and large-scale process improvement projects in both non-profit and for-profit settings. She has a bachelor’s degree from Langston University and master’s degree from Southern Nazarene University.

Nadia can be reached at or 940-565-2813.

Stephanie McDonald, Director of Policy and Administrative Services

Stephanie McDonald photoStephanie helps with the administration and management of the University’s policy program. Previously, Stephanie worked as an Associate Commissioner of Institutional Services for the Southland Conference, a Division I FCS athletic conference, located in Frisco, Texas. After graduating from Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Business Administration, Stephanie went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law.

Stephanie can be reached at or 940-565-4535.


Emily Gautraud, Youth Protection Program Coordinator

Emily Gautraud photoEmily provides administrative support to both the Director of the Youth Protection Program as well as the Director of Policy. Her goal at the University is to provide outstanding customer support and service to campus through creating and implementing efficient and effective processes. Prior to her role in Administrative Services she worked in the University Budget Office, and hopes to continue her professional career at UNT for many years to come. She is a UNT alumna with a bachelor’s degree in English-Linguistics..

Emily can be reached at or 940-369-6460.