PLP Student Directors

Mario Navarrete


Mario is an undergraduate senior at the University of North Texas (UNT) and majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a double minor in Math and Physics. He will be serving as President for the Professional Leadership Program (PLP), and is also a member of NT40. Mario is an Eagle Ambassador for UNT, where he gives tours for prospective students interested in attending the university. He likes meeting new people and having a fun environment around him. Upon graduation, Mario wants to pursue a career in engineering in which he wants to make prosthetics, and where he will combine medical knowledge with technical expertise.

Thomas Dority

Vice President

Hello, my name is Thomas Dority a Student Director and Vice President with the University of North Texas’ Professional Leadership Program. This coming year I will complete my undergraduate education with honors, majoring in Finance and minoring in Professional Business to Business Selling. Prior to my graduation in May 2018, I will be continuing my work as a business development consultant with C.H. Robinson, finishing my last two semesters of classwork and trying to balance a social life!

Before I began my academic career at UNT, I graduated from Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas. This is where I grew up with my mother and brother, Will, who just recently graduated high school and is now on his way to the University of Arkansas. Additionally, I frequently make trips south towards Austin, Texas to visit my father whom I am also very close with.  Outside of class, work, and the Professional Leadership Program I enjoy spending my free time playing golf, working out at the gym and writing music with my rock band. This year I have also made it a goal to spend more time reading—particularly books about American History and Financial Investments.

Servant-leadership is a quality I take great pride in possessing myself as well as seek to instill in others. The reason I decided to return this year to PLP is to assist and engage new members and the community at large in the pursuit of servant-leadership education. I very much look forward playing an active leadership role with the Professional Leadership Program during the 2017-2018 academic year and can not wait to meet our new members this fall!

Kaitlyn Abraham

Vice President

Kaitlyn Abraham is a Junior at UNT and studying Marketing with a focus in Professional Selling. She currently holds the Vice President position for PLP. Kaitlyn also works at Sephora inside JCPenney and has been with the company for 5 years. In her free time she loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoys the outdoors. 

Alex Aldiab

Facilitator Liaison

Alex Aldiab is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas currently pursuing a BBA in Finance with a minor in Marketing. He has also studied abroad at The American University of Sharjah in Dubai this past summer. Alex is entering his second year in the Professional Leadership Program serving as Facilitator Liaison. He is the Executive Vice President of the American Marketing Association and the Red Bull Student Brand Manager for UNT. In his free time, Alex enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family.

Diego Enriquez

Project Manager

Diego Enriquez is serving as a Project Manager for the 2017-2018 Professional Leadership Program. He ;is an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelors in Mechanical and Energy Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He serves on the executive board of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Diego is also an Eagle Ambassador for UNT where he gives tours of the university to prospective students. Outside of class and work, he enjoys running and spending time with friends and family.

Benjamin Nolde-Hurlbert

Project Manager

Benjamin Nolde-Hurlbert is a senior pursuing an undergraduate bachelors' degree in Finance.  He serves as a Project Manager for the Professional Leadership Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  He is also an active member of the foremost professional fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and serves on the exec board as a VP.

He spends a lot of his time off campus coaching.  He is entering his fourth year as a coach at Lakeland Christian Academy in Lewisville, Texas, his alma mater.  Currently, he is the Head Coach for the Middle School Football and Basketball teams, but has also coached Elementary Basketball, Tennis and Track and continues to be an assistant with Varsity Football Team.  He has grown tremendously through this role/job and loves spending time with the kids, helping them grow both on and off the field.  He feels it is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.  He is also honored to play a small part in the lives of these boys and their maturation process into young men.  He also volunteers as a Youth Mentor at his church, Coppell Bible Fellowship, and is part of the A/V Team on Sunday mornings.

"I have many passions and goals for my life, mainly wanting to make a positive impact on those around me and those whose lives I can be a part of.  I strive to start my own company someday, whose mission is not on creating a product or delivering a service, but on impacting the world for the better and creating positive change."

Kinjal Desai

Marketing Coordinator

Kinjal Desai serves as the Marketing and Communications Student Director for the Professional Leadership Program. She is also a member of the nation's leading professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. She is an undergraduate senior pursuing a BBA in Entrepreneurship with a focus in Hospitality Management, and plans to graduate in Spring of 2018. Upon graduation, Kinjal hopes to become a corporate event planner, and pursue an MBA in Strategic Management. She has previously held intern positions are Peterbilt and Tyler Technologies, and has a passion for events marketing and education. In her spare time, Kinjal enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Her hobbies include crafting, cooking and baking.

Dasjaevian Dixon

Marketing Coordinator

Dasjaevian Dixon is an undergraduate student at the University of North Texas studying Marketing with a double minor in Decision Sciences and Psychology. He will be serving as a Marketing coordinator for the 2017-2018 School Year. Dasjaevian serves as the Vice President for The Presidential Men, an organization he helped implement here at UNT. He is also a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Dasjaevian is currently interning for The Walt Disney Company. Outside of the classroom, he likes to workout, read, travel, and spend time with family and friends. He aspires to one day own his own business. Dasjaevian plans to reach high altitudes in life. As a millennial, he is building on his personal and professional skills to become a valuable asset in the business field.

Sola Babatunde

Volunteer Coordinator

Sola Babatunde is a Biology major with a minor in Spanish and Chemistry at the University of North Texas. She will serve as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Professional Leadership Program. During her undergraduate career, she has served as the Director of Outreach for the Black Student Union and has been a member of the Medically Dedicated Students Organization. For the upcoming school year, she will be a site leader for Alternative Service Break with the Center for Leadership and Service, as well as a Black Student Experience (BSE) Facilitator.

Upon graduation, Sola is looking to attend graduate school to become a Physician's Assistant. She hopes to channel her passion for working with children and focus her career on pediatrics. With her immaculate listening skills and previous work with young girls, Sola plans to include counseling young girls in her future aspirations.

Jonathan Best

Social Coordinator

Jonathan was born and raised in Garland, Texas, is a biology major minoring in chemistry and psychology. He is also a resident assistant for the Department of Housing here in campus. When he's not working he enjoys photography, cooking and tennis. As one of the two social coordinators, Jonathan looks forward to helping build strong relationships between the members of PLP.

Jena Chakour

Leadership Council Coordinator

Jena is an undergraduate Honors and Emerald Eagle senior at the University of North Texas (UNT), pursuing a double major in Anthropology and Applied Behavior Analysis with a double minor in French and Classics. She will be serving as the Leadership Council Coordinator for the Professional Leadership Program (PLP), also serving as the Vice-President of the Anthropology Student Association.  Jena is the Lead Maker at The Factory Makerspace in Willis Library, and the Program Mentor for the North Texas in D.C. (NTDC) Internship program; both positions allow her to engage with students about exciting subjects, which makes her very happy! She likes hiking, storms, reading, and has a serious weakness for both Thai food and sour candy. After graduation, Jena will pursue graduate degrees toward a career in sustainability and public policy.