Monica J. Williams earned a Ph.D. in Performance Psychology from Grand Canyon University, as well as a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. She also has a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences and holds two bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology from Texas Tech University. Between 2006-2009, Monica lived in California where she designed, implemented, and managed for-profit and federally funded non-profit K-12 supplemental learning programs. Monica returned to Texas in 2009 and worked as a Unit Coordinator of Academic Success for the Texas Tech University Lauro Cavazos and Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program (Mentor Tech), where she was responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and graduate student mentors. While at TTU, Monica also taught a Programs for Academic Development and Retention strategies course for academically underperforming students. Monica later accepted a position to serve as the Chief Operating Officer and Grant Accountant for the Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) programs through 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grants authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (Title IV, Part B, 2015) with Communities in Schools of the South Plains. Monica joined the LCU Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences in the fall of 2015 as an adjunct. In 2017, Monica became an Assistant Professor. She now serves as an Associate Professor, External Evaluator for federally funded programs, and works as a Mental Performance Psychologist with competitive athletes. More importantly, Monica has two incredible children, Soraya and Asher Williams.