Rita Shaw Reindl ’60 BSN was nominated and accepted into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The induction ceremony took place in October at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, in Houston, Texas. The principal celebrant was His Eminence Daniel Cardinal Dinardo, KGCHS.

Mary Evelyn Wright King ’66 BS, MS, RHIA recently retired as division chair for Allied Health and department chair for Health Information Technology at Wharton County Junior College. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor for the college.

Teddy JonesTeddy Jones’ ’66 BSN novel “Jackson’s Pond, Texas,” was named a finalist in contemporary fiction in the Women Writing the West’s Willa Award competition. Her novel, “Well Tended,” was released in December by MidTown Publishing.


Joanne Denham ’71 BSN retired from a career as a geriatric and catastrophic injury or illness nurse case manager and is also a five-plus-year survivor of mesothelioma cancer of the lungs. She says a supportive family, including UIW, and the prayers of many have emphasized the value and gift that is each day.


IMG_9940 alabiAnthony Abayomi Alabi ’80 BS came to America 45 years ago from Nigeria in search of the American dream with $400 to his name. Alabi, 59, worked as a cashier at 7-Eleven while pursuing a triple major at UIW. Alabi earned his degree in medical technology. In the 1970s, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He eventually went on to manage several stores and to become a district manager before 7-Eleven sold its San Antonio stores in 1989. Alabi managed a Tetco, Inc. flagship convenience store for eight years until the acquisition of Tetco, Inc. outlets by 7-Eleven. In August, he became the owner of the very store he managed and the first 7-Eleven owner in San Antonio since it re-entered the market in 2012. With the average franchise price tag of $191,000, he invested his life savings in securing his own store. In Nigeria, Alabi’s family owned a store and he worked there when he was young. Recently, Alabi’s son, Terry, returned to San Antonio after attending college in Iowa to learn the family business.

“Coming to America is a chance to have a better life and education. However, attending UIW was an experience of a lifetime,” said Alabi. “I owe a debt of gratitude to UIW for teaching me to believe in myself and aim high.”

Richard and Karen JonesrevisedRichard Jones ’86 MA and Karen Jones ’79 BA ’86 MA play characters in the recently, critically acclaimed release “Boyhood.” “Boyhood” is a 2014 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film was shot intermittently over the course of a 12-year period, 2002-2013, and depicts the adolescence of a young boy in Texas growing up with divorced parents. The film was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress. It also received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and acting nominations for Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. The couple play Annie’s father and mother in the film.

Scott Hill ’87 BM is headmaster at Jefferson Academy in Kearneysville, W.Va. The academy’s student body numbers 56 students and he teaches music to kindergarten through fourth grade.

Janie Barrera ’87 MBA, LiftFund CEO and president, has been selected by Junior Achievement of South Texas as an inductee to the 2015 San Antonio Business Hall of Fame.

debra-justice3-mug-100614Dr. Debra J. Justice ’89 BA has been named general manager of the Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, home to the Houston Symphony and Society for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Frank Lucido ’89 MA is currently serving as associate dean and professor for the College of Education at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.


Desiree Wiseman ’90 BBA is currently a marketing segment manager at a local financial institution after years of working in Hispanic advertising.

Anne E. Ohlrich ’92 BA celebrated the one year anniversary of the new location of her law firm on Oct. 21, 2014. The Ohlrich Law Firm specializes in family and business immigration issues. Mary Nell Ohlrich Costello ’74 BA was on-hand to celebrate.

Chris Sauter ’93 BA is one of three San Antonio artists to have his art featured in the exhibit “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Ark.

Lisa Marie Gonzales ’94 BA was appointed by former Mayor Julian Castro and the San Antonio City Council to the position of Municipal Court Judge for the City of San Antonio.

Julie Anne Badilla ’94 BSN ’05 MSN is the acute clinical manager at Southland Management Group, Inc.

Sylvia Rincon ’97 BA is working as the director of communications at Southside Independent School District.

Jenifer Richardson ’98 BBA is currently serving as the director of community engagement with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood through United Way.

Cynthia Yost ’99 BAAS recently transferred to San Antonio to work as a transportation security inspector-aviation with the Transportation Security Administration.


9781480810587_COVER.inddJJ Persis ’00 BA recently published her first book, “Zodiac Lovers,” through Archway Publishing.

Jorge Gabriel Reyes ’00 BA is now serving as principal of Del Norte Heights Elementary in El Paso, Texas.

Jennifer Theiss Lagundido ’02 BA started working at the Signature Theatre in New York, N.Y., as their development and special events associate.

Tava Herring ’03 MEd ’13 PhD is currently serving as the executive director of the Antioch Community Transformation Network.

Eve Rodriguez ’03 BSN just successfully defended her dissertation at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Ya'Ke Smith HeadshotYa’Ke Smith’s BA ’03, 2011 Alumnus of Distinction for Professional Achievement, short film, “Dawn,” screened Feb. 1 on HBO Go, the cable network’s online video service, and premiered on HBO Zone Feb. 5. The film will air throughout 2015.

Clarence LeeDr. Clarence M. Lee, Jr. ’05 BS was recently named a 40 under 40 winner by the Sacramento Business Journal.

Ida Gonzales ’07 BA is currently teaching fifth grade students at Guerrero-Thompson Elementary School to be college-ready.

Pablo PenaPablo Pena ’06 BBA ’08 MAA is working on his Ph.D. He recently retired from H-E-B after 20 years and now lives in Houston, Texas, working for Cardtronics as financial services account manager and is responsible for over 5000 ATMs.

Paola Pino Queipo ’06 BA ’10 MA has moved to Miami, Fla., with her family to continue working with Creative Eyedeas, a graphic, Web and creative marketing design business. She had worked with NEISD for the last seven years teaching graphic design and illustration and audio and video production at the Design and Technology Academy High School, while working on side projects for her business.

Lauren Sides ’09 BA recently started a new position as communications director for San Antonio City Councilman Mike Gallagher.

Danielle Gunter ’07 MSN just successfully defended her dissertation at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Kevin Rubel ’08 BBA ’10 MS and his wife were featured in November’s edition of San Antonio Magazine about the adoption of their three kids. The article can be found at http://www.sanantoniomag.com/November-2014/Providing-Forever/


Chris FletcherChris Fletcher ’10 MAA is now the command information officer for Fort Jackson, S.C. He recently served as the public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga. Fletcher is an Army veteran with 23 years of service.

Taina Bustos-RiveraTaina Bustos-Rivera ’10 BA has been working as the morning anchor for KWTX News 10 in the Waco, Texas, area for four years. In April, she won a Texas Lone Star Emmy in the Newscast-Morning/Daytime smallermarkets (61+) category.

Chrystal AlexanderChrystal Alexander ’11 BBA completed one year at Economic Development Consulting Firm Fourth Economy Consulting in Pittsburgh, Pa. after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2013.

Alonzo Woods ’12 BAAS ’13 MAA is now a material requirements planner for the Corpus Christi Army Depot.

Mary Ann SalazarMary Ann Salazar ’12 BSN RN received her certification in nephrology nursing as she joined Pediatric Dialysis at University Health System eight months ago. She was awarded the 2015 Annual Dialysis Conference Nursing Scholarship by University of Missouri, Division of Nephrology. She was also recently elected to serve as the 2015 president of American Nephrology Nurses’ Association, Alamo City Chapter.

Paola Cardenas ’13 BA started working at Creative Link as an assistant producer.

Tim BellTim Bell ’13 BS ’14 MAA is a contract specialist with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Irma Bustos ’14 BA currently works as the Bright Beginnings director for the Brighton Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with disabilities accomplished through Brighton’s four major programs including Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services, Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, the Parent Alliance for Learning and Support (PALS) program and the Precious Minds, New Connections (PMNC) parenting program.

Jonathan George ’14 BA has entered the seminary for the Archdiocese of San Antonio and plans to be ordained in six years.

In Memoriam

Elizabeth Browne O’Connor ’37 BA

Constance Pollock Murnane ’41 IWHS ’45 BA

Kate Elizabeth Kinard Jernigan ’46 BSN

Gloria Garland Pianta Homburg ’48 BS

Sr. Margaret Gerken, CCVI ’55 BS

Virginia G. Brosset Wolf ’58 BSN

Helen Marie Keller Bily ’59 BSN

Georgia Ann Masters Glasgow ’60 BSN

Hedy Munger Woodul ’63 BS

Mercedes Deshon Frizell Kerr ’63 BSN

Sr. William Francis Garcia, IWBS ’65 BM

Sr. Mona Smiley, CCVI, PhD, ’67 BA ’75 MA

Patricia Rose Padulo Villarreal ’69 BSN

Bessie Jean Comstock King ’70 BA

Benita Ann Soble ’71 BA

Lynette M. Warburton ’72 MA

Jane McNeel Keller ’72 BA

Frances R. Grams ’74 BA

Debra Delaine Reutter Fels ’79 BSN

David William Shanks ’88 BBA

Christine Marie Deep Carnahan ’93 BSN

Lyssa Marie Stallings ’96 BSN

Terese Ann “Terry” Scharpenberg ’96 BA

James Alan Hutton ’03 MA

Cynthia B. Ewing ’06 BA ’07 MAA

Adela Martinez-Salinas ’08 BS

Robert Borjes ’12 PhD

Susan Gail Sullivan Weir ’14 MSN

L.W. (Les) Tschoepe, Sr., benefactor and former UIW Development Board member

John Louis Santikos, benefactor

Weddings and Engagements

Louise RogillioLouise Rogillio ’04 BA married Thomas White in Colorado on Aug. 9, 2014 and moved to Indiana.

Kelly Alexander ’07 BA ’11 MA became engaged to Danny Gallegos on July 4, 2014. They are set to wed on Oct. 10, 2015.

Cindy Mavel Gonzalez ’08 BA and Peter Tovar Flores ’10 BS married on Oct. 11, 2014 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Devin Chantelle Bedford ’08 BA married Brandon Graham in September 2014.

Michelle Zehr ’09 MAA and David Mora were married on Oct. 3, 2014.

Corey Beechner ’10 BS, ATC, LAT and Kimberly Krieg ’10 BBA were engaged on Sept. 17, 2014. They will earn their graduate degrees from UIW in May 2015. Beechner is the head trainer at Our Lady of the Lake University and Krieg is the owner of Embark Marketing.

Rebecca OhnemusRebecca S. Ohnemus ’10 BA ’12 MAA and C. Anthony Penaloza were engaged on Aug. 15, 2014.


60th Anniversary Fred AtchleyFrederick P. Atchley ’62 MEd and his wife Lillis recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Atchley earned his master’s at what was then Incarnate Word College during his tenure as a science teacher in San Antonio high schools. His favorite instructor at Incarnate Word was Sr. Joseph Marie, CCVI.

Fred and Lillis met in September 1945 at Livingston State Teachers College, now University of West Alabama, at their combination mailboxes that were side by side. Fred helped Lillis open her box. They became college sweethearts, graduating together May 22, 1949. They married May 23, 1949 and started by bus on May 24, 1949 to San Antonio, Texas, where Fred was stationed at Fort Sam Houston.

The Atchleys had twin sons, Fred V. (deceased 2001) and Rick in 1954. Both Fred and Lillis were high school teachers in the South San Antonio and North East Independent School Districts.

After retirement, the Atchleys did volunteer work for many years in various organizations including San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild, and North San Antonio Retired Teachers and for Love of a Child. The Atchleys have three granddaughters and four great-grandsons.

Future Cardinals

Marisol Balli Bustamante  (2)Marisol Balli Bustamante ’97 BA and her husband welcomed identical twin daughters, Rebekah and Raquel, on Dec. 30.

Jackie Jimenez ’07 BBA MS and Robert Jimenez ’12 BAA are excited to announce the birth of their future Cardinal, Alena, born in December 2014.

Bridget Murphy CrossBridget Lynn Murphy Cross ’10 BA and her husband Kendrick Dejun Cross welcomed the arrival of their son, Kendrick, in December.

Rosemary DeLeonRosemary Deleon ’05 BAAS announced the birth of Nayeli B. Kimbrough on Sept. 10, weighing 4 lbs., 9 oz. and 17.5 inches long. She is named Bertha after her great grandmother and Nayeli which means “love.”

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