Reinette KingReinette King ’73 BA (pictured right) was appointed by the City of San Antonio in June 2015 to the City Zoning Commission. She has served as president of the El Dorado Homes Association since 2011.

Antoinette Mulvaney ’78 BA is the director of accreditation and teaches law in the College of Business at Lamar University.


Elizabeth Verhelst ’81 BS is an employee at Nix Healthcare and working towards her Master of Healthcare Administration from Webster University.

Joe Libby ’85 BA is an entrepreneur, working as a ventriloquist and comedy magician. Libby fully supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, inspired by his niece who attends Incarnate Word High School. There will be a community event in October to raise money and awareness for CFF. The event will be a family-friendly comedy show, and it’s also designed to help the youth of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. For more information, please email joelibby@att.net.


Maria Goodwin (Diaz) ’90 BA submitted her proposal to the University Research Review (URR) this fall. The title of her research proposal is “Parental Self-Efficacy and Feeding Practices and Styles and Obesity in Mexican-American Children.” She is scheduled to become a Ph.D. candidate in public health next quarter.

Phyllis Gordon ’90 MSN was recently named the president of the Society for Vascular Nursing.

Linda Calvert Jacobson ’90 BA and her husband, David, opened the Linda Calvert Jacobson Wildflower Art Gallery in Wimberley, Texas, on Feb. 14, 2015. Jacobson is represented in several national galleries and her wildflower art has been licensed for products internationally.

Laura Alaniz ’92 MA has been named the new principal of Harvard Elementary School in Houston, Texas.

Lynette GrayLynette Best Gray ’93 BA (pictured left) started a resale prom dress, shoe and accessory collection known as PROM REDEAUX in June of 2014 and was able to help almost 400 girls go to prom this year. She intended to help girls in Wilson and Guadalupe Counties but had so many dresses she was able to help girls in need at six area San Antonio schools. Gray works at River City Waste in San Antonio and is the co-owner of Bear Wash in La Vernia and Best Waste in Seguin.

Raul SolisRaul Solis ’94 MBA (pictured right) retired from the United States Air Force Reserves on May 31, 2015 after over 37 years of service.

Charles Olmsted ’96 MA published his second book, “The Good, the Bad, the Butlers: Story of a Texas Pioneer Family.” It tells about a family’s move to Texas in 1852 and how they became part of the multi-billion dollar cattle industry.

Elise Smyrl Lopez ’98 BA just completed an M.A. in theatre arts from the University of Houston in May 2014. Lopez is now enrolled at Texas A&M-San Antonio to complete an M.A. in educational leadership and pursue an administrative leadership position in 2017.

Lety Villarreal ’99 BA has been working on an Ernst & Young South America project since October of 2014. Business meetings have included trips to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; Mexico City, Mexico; and Santiago, Chile. Upcoming trips include Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Travis Turner ’00 BA is owner/partner at Piper Burnett Turner Bollier Miller, PLLC law firm in Austin, Texas.

Jeff Martinez ’01 BS has just begun employment at Abbott Vascular as a clinical education specialist. After five great years in New York City, N.Y., he’s accepted the position in Houston, Texas.

ThorntonLinda (Villa) Thornton ’01 BA and her husband Jonathan Thornton finalized adoption of their son (pictured left), Logan Ash Thornton, on May 29, 2015.

Tracy Gies ’05 MAA has been admitted to the Doctor of Education program in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University.

Jennifer GonzalezJennifer (Balleza) Gonzalez ’05 BA accepted a position with the City of San Antonio as an event coordinator/house manager for the Carver Community Cultural Center.

Lina Garza ’06 MBA started her career with New York Life Insurance Company in 2009 as the first senior associate for the Hispanic Market Initiate in the San Antonio General Office. She helps develop and form many of the programs the departments utilize to help support the general office through various strategies such as recruiting, agent training and development, and community marketing and support. Garza was recently promoted to Latino Market field manager for the West Central Zone for New York Life Insurance Company. She will continue to serve the Latino community by building awareness about the importance of life insurance and financial planning. She will also continue to search for candidates seeking the opportunity for a rewarding career working in the Latino community.

Xochitl Hinojosa ’06 BA was recently named the director of coalitions press for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Hinojosa served at the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Tom Perez for almost two years prior to joining Clinton’s campaign.

Kenneth ChapmanKenneth Chapman ’08 MBA (pictured left) retired November 2013 from active military service with the rank of major after 22 years of dedicated service to the country. He continues to serve our country in government civil service as one of five chief operating officers (COO) for the U.S. Army regional Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) overseeing 13 Army EFMP sites. He works diligently to ensure medical services are available for service members’ families with special needs around the globe.

Jessica Martinez ’09 BS earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the University of Texas of Dentistry in Houston, Texas, and will be a registered dental hygienist practicing in Houston.

Rachel Walsh ’09 BA recently accepted a faculty co-op coordinator position at Northeastern University College of Engineering in Boston, Mass.


Alavarado, ChrisChris Alvarado ’10 PharmD, who graduated in the Feik School of Pharmacy’s (FSOP) inaugural class of 2010, was recently named the 2015 Pharmacist of the Year by the Texas Pharmacy Association. The award recognizes a pharmacist who has made outstanding contributions to the Texas Pharmacy Association and its mission during the past year. In September, Alvarado was recognized for the award by the San Antonio City Council.

He currently works as pharmacy manager at Oakdell Pharmacy’s Quarry location. Alvarado serves as chair of the Texas Pharmacy Association Political Action Committee, board of director for West Texas Pharmacy Association, immediate past president of the Bexar County Pharmacy Association, president of the UIW-Feik School of Pharmacy Alumni Network, and on the UIW Alumni Association board of directors.

Alvarado was awarded the UIW-Feik School of Pharmacy APPE Preceptor of the Year in 2013, Texas Pharmacy Association Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2013, and the Oakdell Pharmacy “O” Award in 2012 for Loyalty, Leadership and Excellence in Management.

“I have always had a passion for pharmacy, helping patients and giving back to those less fortunate, but as a San Antonio native I did not want to leave this great city,” said Alvarado. “I am grateful to the University of the Incarnate Word-Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. (Arcelia) Johnson-Fannin, Dr. (Louis) Agnese and former Chancellor Dr. (Terry) Dicianna for providing me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of becoming a pharmacist. I will strive to put FSOP on the map as one of the best pharmacy schools in the United States.”

Juan AcunaJuan Acuna ’10 BS (pictured left), Texas A&M Forest Service meteorologist, was just named the new lead-analyst/meteorologist for the Texas A&M Forest Service in College Station, Texas.

Esther (Sandoval) Guerra ’10 BA was hired at Lytle ISD as the new CATE: AV tech/ graphic design teacher.

D. Anthony Miles ’11 PhD is an entrepreneur with his own consulting practice and venture acquisition firm. Miles’ current job entails business modeling, new venture development and turnarounds. He also does venture capital acquisition for undervalued business ventures. Miles develops business ventures for high net worth individuals. View his interview with CBS Houston by visiting: houston.cbslocal.com/2015/04/26/business-educator-helps-houstonians-create-successful-ventures/

ZZach Chapman - WotF2015 - podium 1ach Chapman ’11 BA (pictured left) from San Antonio, Texas was honored April 12 at the 31st Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. The event celebrated the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where Chapman was one of twelve winners chosen from several thousand applicants to the international competition. Chapman’s story was published in the bestselling science fiction anthology series, L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 31.

Meagan Jacobs ’08 BS ’12 PharmD is working on getting her nonprofit The Giving Spot up and running. The nonprofit is a new type of coffee shop, giving 50 percent of all its profits to Haitian orphans through FEPE (Foyer Espoir Pour Les Enfants). The coffee shop uses two suppliers for their authentic Haitian coffee. For more information, visit www.thegivingspot.com/

Tiffany Leavelle ’12 BFA is a part of the online exhibit “Autism Ambitions: Creating Careers for Individuals with Autism,” where her art is displayed and available for purchase. The organization, Autism Ambitions, helps adults with autism to become financially independent. View her paintings at www.autismambitions.com/#!tiffany/cswr

Garrett Anderson ’13 BA is now a literary associate with Samuel French in New York City, N.Y.

cvi Ylianna GuerraYlianna Guerra ’14 BA was crowned Miss Texas USA 2015 in August in a competition that featured 114 contestants throughout the state. Originally from McAllen, Texas, she represented the Tropics of Texas in the pageant. Guerra then went on to represent Texas in the 2015 Miss USA pageant, where she finished first runner-up. The pageant was held in Baton Rouge, La., in July and broadcast on the Reelz Channel. Recently, she was employed as assistant director for media at EnviroMedia in Houston. EnviroMedia is a full-service public relations firm specializing in improving public health and the environment.

Ellyse SanchezEllyse Sanchez ’14 MA (pictured left) is now working at the University of Texas as a financial assistance officer. Before graduating in December 2014 with a Master of Arts degree, she worked as a graduate assistant for University Events and Student Programs in Campus Life at UIW.

Kristen Amaro ’15 BS is a new missionary with Incarnate Word Missionaries (IWM). She is joined by Yvonne Moynihan, who is an educator from Cork, Ireland. Amaro learned of IWM through a Dublin-based partner, Viatores Christi of Dublin. They will spend time in formation and fellowship with the CCVI Sisters and Women’s Global Connection (WGC). In Chimbote, Peru, Amaro, who is interested in medicine, will work at Hospice in the Verbo Encarnado Sistema de Salud, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word founded by Sr. Juanita Albracht.

Amber Rhea Ferrand ’15 DPT was honored during the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference & Exposition. She received the APTA’s Mary McMillan Scholarship Award bestowed on physical therapy students who exhibit superior scholastic ability and potential for future contributions to the physical therapy profession and the American Physical Therapy Association.

David Hernandez ’15 BS is now a lab technologist at QualTex lab.

Lillian NguyenLillian Nguyen ’15 DPT (pictured left) was honored during the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference & Exposition. She received the APTA’s Minority Scholarship Award acknowledging academic excellence, participation in minority affairs activities and services, the potential for superior achievements in the profession of physical therapy, and display of professionalism as a future physical therapist.

Weddings and Anniversaries

Patsy Baros Camp ’68 MRA and husband Roger celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Torres weddingDiana Blank-Torres ’98 BA (pictured left) married Michael Torres on May 4, 2013.

Stephen Michael Walker ’75 MA and Linda Hartman married on Sept. 11, 2015

quintana wedding 2015Frank Quintana ’06 BBA and Gilda Aldaco Quintana (pictured right) renewed their vows and blessed marriage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, on June 5, 2015, with Fr. Francis McHugh, St. Pius X, San Antonio and witnesses, Andrea Quintana  and Alonso Ortega.

Future Cardinals

Baby MariDiana Meneses Iwai ’02 BA (pictured left) and her husband Casey are headed back to live in Arizona as new parents to Mari, born Aug. 12, 2015.

Incoming Cardinals

Olga Clark’s ’07 BA ’14 MAA daughter Alexis will be graduating from high school in June and will be starting at UIW next fall.



UIW Alumni Board of Directors 2015-2016

Executive Board of Directors:

Edward Leos ’93 BA, president

Rebecca (Ohnemus) Penaloza ’10 BA ’12 MAA, vice president

Tina Siller ’04 BS ’07 MBA, president elect

Lilya Matos ’07 MBA, secretary

Tracy Avery ’96 BA ’12 MBA, immediate past president

Board of Directors:

Christopher Alvarado ’10 PharmD

Crista Branch ’94 BA

Jessica Davila-Burnett ’05 BA ’05 MAA

Corey Franks ’13 BBA

Margaux Gonzalez-Huckabay ’08 BA

Ann Islas ’08 BA ’10 MA

Malik Jabier ’13 MA

Martha Jasso ’11 BA ’13 MAA

Cynthia Montoya ’13 BA

Charlotte Ximenez-Nelson ’88 BBA

Lillian Nguyen ’15 DPT

Martin Padron ’11 BBA

Sonia Penn ’11 BBA

Denise Stout ’75 BA

Hector Valdez ’06 MBA

Veronica Wong ’14 DO

Ex-Officio Board of Directors:

Dr. Jennifer Cook ’91 MBA

Kimberly Ibarra,

current UIW student

Dr. Lisa McNary ’86 IWHS ’91 BA ’95 MA, dean of alumni and parent relations

In Memoriam

Leatrice Joy Joeris, mother of Gary Joeris, benefactor

Sr. Anne Marie McCaffrey, CCVI ’57 BA

Mary Owens Schermerhorn ’69 BA

’77 MA, Alumna of Distinction 1991

William F. Swinny, friend and member of Extended Run Players

James A. Delaney, parent of former student and benefactor

Carol Louise Grasley Bucklaw, ALSR ’51 BSN

Sr. Mary Alyce O’Neal, CCVI ’64 BSN

Robert R. Biechlin, benefactor

Wilma Zalesak Perry ’68 BSN

Frances Sacco Harris ’46 BA

Travis Randolph Gotthardt ’13 BA

Ruth Jean Scharlack Gurwitz ’54 BM

Anne L. McClanahan ’74 BA

Mary Isobel Dorgan Travers, former student and donor

Vanessa Angelica Botello ’05 BBA

Frances M. Botello ’70 BSN

Bradley W. Lewis ’10 BBA

Stella Teresa Salazar ’54 BSN, RN SRNC

Dr. Catherine Kenney Carlton ’33 BA

Agnes McCracken, benefactor

Nathan Ubogy ’73 BS

Margaret Pickering “Papoose” Douglass ’42 BA

Vanessa G. Puente ’04 BA

Jimmy Lee Henson Davis ’62 BS

Elizabeth Snell ’45 NDS

Sr. Mary Angela Gawlik ’61 BA

Fleurette “Neanie” Eugenie Rinearson ’63 BSEd

Clarice Arbetter Meer ’37 BM

Frieda Virginia Bludau ’70 BS

Deborah L. Campbell ’02 BBA

Rose M. Vasquez ’03 MAA

Mary Frances Berry ’41 BA

Dr. Maria Thayil (Maria Madhu Chunkapura) ’11 PharmD

Joy Marion Koch Smith ’47 BA

Virginia Pechacek Altwein ’55 BSN

Leroy Gilbert Denman, Jr., benefactor

Norma Jean Baker ’74 BSN

Elizabeth (Libby) Dowling Ludolph Bond ’46 BA

Anne Candler Ham ’55 BSN

Robert “Bob” Sanchez, employee