Joe Pickard ’77 BBA has been a practicing lawyer in Littleton, Colo., since 1982. He is now one of the partners in a four lawyer trial law firm. Their newest associate attorney is his son, Jay. Three years ago they converted an abandoned Applebee’s restaurant and repurposed it as a law building. The new law building also serves as a meeting place for the board of a local community church, and is the physical home of a nonprofit organization, The Turelli Foundation, which Pickard co-founded to assist divorcing couples on a pro bono basis.


Donald Ewers ’80 BA ’85 MA received the 2016 San Antonio River Authority Watershed Wise Award for volunteer service as a master naturalist at the Inaugural SARA Watershed Wise Awards presentation on June 9, 2016. Ewers is an active member of the Alamo Area Master Naturalist chapter and is vice president of the San Antonio chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.


Harry Jackman ’90 BA is back in the classroom, after 20 years, teaching Special Education at NEISD.

Margaret Robertson ’90 BBA is working at Comal ISD – Smithson Valley High School as the PEIMS coordinator – student records specialist.

robichauxCatherine Robichaux ’91 MS, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. Robichaux has conducted, published and presented research on end-of-life care in the adult and pediatric/neonatal ICU’s and in rural/border hospitals in the Southwest; moral distress and ethical climate; bullying and patient safety, among others. She was a member of the Steering Committee to revise the Code of Ethics (2015) and a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Ethics Advisory Board and editorial advisory board of the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Robichaux is editor of a book to be published by Springer, “Ethical Competence in Nursing Practice” (2017).


Nancy West ’94 MA had her mystery book, “Smart, But Dead: Aggie Mundeen Mystery 3,” shortlisted for Chanticleer’s 2016 Mystery & Mayhem award. The book, “Fit To Be Dead #1” was a winner in Chanticleer’s Mystery & Mayhem category as well as a Lefty Award finalist. West’s book, “Dang Near Dead #2,” was a finalist in Chanticleer’s Mystery & Mayhem category. Her book, “River City Dead #4,” is set on the San Antonio River Walk and will be released Jan. 17. For more info, visit www.nancygwest.com


Rep. Terry Canales ’02 BA is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 40 and has been practicing law in Edinburg, Texas. He has served since 2013.

Jacqueline Sotelo ’07 BM performed on vocals with the UIW Cardinal Jazz Band in September at the Cove.

Tania Kelley ’09 BA will begin her eighth year of teaching high school and her fourth year in the Northside Independent School District where she is the director of forensics (speech and debate) at O’Connor High School.


ericaErica Garcia ’13 BA is the owner of egCollaborations, which provides event planning and management for weddings, galas, grand openings, retreats, team building events, and other events. Her drive and passion for event coordination has been developed through the execution of festivals and citywide events such as The San Antonio Food Truck Showdown®, as well as corporate events and weddings. For more info, visit: www.egcollaborations.com.

emilysilvaEmilia Silva ’13 BA was recruited for an event titled Raw: Revealed downtown at the Aztec Theater in September to feature jewelry she makes using guitar picks. The event included more than 50 different types of artists. Visit Silva’s profile at www.rawartists.org/emiliasilva. Silva was also featured on the music company Sam Ash’s Facebook page and Instagram.

rinnThomas Rinn ’14 BA graduated with the 60th Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Warden Cadet Class on Aug. 2, 2016. He has been assigned to McMullen County.

Karla Benavides ’15 MAA is the owner of the Huipil Market, Handmade Goods. Huipil Market is an online boutique offering unique, sustainable, Artisan handmade goods from around the world with the mission to create awareness and promote fair trade and ethical fashion. Visit the website at www.huipilmarket.com or on Instagram @huipilmarket

mary-gonzalesMary Gonzales ’15 MAA-CA is the events and promotions manager for the San Antonio Current magazine. She coordinates and manages the Current promotional street team, volunteers and plans social events in San Antonio. She has received awards for events and promotions in San Antonio.

Michelle Wilk ’15 BA is managing a community garden for the Carroll Early Childhood Education Center on the East Side. She worked on sustainability issues while a UIW student and has continued to volunteer though no longer a student. Wilk is also a former SGA president.

Future Cardinals

Christopher Sullaway ’13 BA and fiancé, Mercedes Esquivel, announced they are expecting the arrival of their future Cardinal on Dec. 25, 2016.

riniRini Batubara Hadiwinoto ’86 BBA and Nunuk Hadiwinoto welcomed their first grandchild Sabyka Setyaswari Farizki (pictured left) on July 12.

evie1Charlotte Evelyn “Evie” Peñaloza (pictured right) was born April 20, 2016, to Alumni Association board member Rebecca Peñaloza ’10 BA ’12 MAA ’03 IWHS and her husband, Anthony.

autumnAutumn (Ramien) Gill ’96 BSN and her husband, Christopher, welcomed their newest blessing to the world on April 14, 2016, a daughter named Delany Hope. She was born at 1:06 p.m. in San Antonio weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20 ½ inches long. Delany joins her big brother Daniel and big sisters Donna and Daly.

Wedding and Anniversaries

thiagolaurenThiago Parravicini ’14 BBA ’16 MBA, former Cardinal swim team member/graduate assistant coach, and Lauren Bennett ’16 BSN, RN also a former Cardinal swim team member, were engaged on July 7, 2016, in Dallas, Texas. Parravicini was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and remained there until UIW gave him the opportunity to come to San Antonio to study and be a part of the swim team, where he met Bennett.

hectorHector Flores, Jr. ’12 BBA MS and wife, Victoria, (pictured right) were married on March 19, 2016.

Paul Algueseva III ’85 BA married Tracy Envernizzi in Fresno, Calif., on June 29, 2016.

chavarriaDavid Chavarria ’14 BA and Felicia Hernandez are planning their wedding for May 6, 2017, in Floresville, Texas. The two have been part of each other’s lives for 10 years. Chavarria knew the moment he met her when they were 15 that he wanted to marry her, so while at Disney World this past summer, celebrating Felicia’s graduation, he proposed in her favorite place in the world. 

img_4944Mercedes Moreno ’13 BA ’16 MAA and Paul Villanueva, Jr. announced their engagement on Oct. 1, 2016. The couple plan to wed on Nov. 18, 2017, at The Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The two met in the summer of 2015 and it was love at first sight. Moreno is UIW’s assistant director of alumni relations and Villanueva will be a UIW alum in the spring of 2017.

UIW Alumni Board of Directors 2016-2017


Executive Board of Directors:

Edward Leos ’93 BA, president
Tina Siller ’04 BS ’07 MBA, president elect
Martin Padron ’11 BBA, vice president
Margaux Gonzalez-Huckabay ’08 BA, secretary
Tracy Avery ’96 BA ’12 MBA, immediate past president

Board of Directors:

Christopher Alvarado ’10 PharmD
Dane Arbizu ’14 MBA
Steve Burgamy ’12 MS
Jessica Davila-Burnett ’05 BA ’06 MAA
Cynthia Cabral ’94 BA
Corey Franks ’13 BBA
Andrea Hofstetter ’04 BA ’09 MAA
Ann Islas ’08 BA ’10 MA
Martha Jasso ’11 BA ’13 MAA
Andrea Longoria ’15 BBA
Lea Lopez-Fagin ’96 MSN
Lillian Nguyen ’15 DPT
Rebecca Penoloza ’10 BA ’12 MAA
Sonia Penn ’11 BBA
Denise Stout ’75 BA

Ex-Officio Board of Directors:

Jennifer Cook ’91 MBA
Jacob Bloodworth, current UIW student and SGA president
Lisa McNary ’86 IWHS ’91 BA ’95 MA, dean of alumni and parent relations  

In Memoriam

Dorothy Anderwald Callahan, Teacher’s Certificate 1939
Amory E. Oliver, non-degreed 1941
Sr. Bernadette Anderwald, CCVI ’42 BA, former sacristan
Lt. Col. Lydia Haltiner, USAF, RN, non-degreed 1942
Dorothy Donnell Lomax, former student 1943 and benefactor
Nancy Ann Wilson ’44 BS
Ofelia “Dutzie” Onderdonk Roddie ’45 BA
Amelie Rutherford Shaw, non-degreed 1945,former Development Board
Thelma Bauml Lincoln, non-degreed 1946
Norma Lucila Zuniga Benavides ’46 BA
Mary Helen Devine “Pinkie” Pinner ’46 BA ’42 IWHS
Florentine Trubenbach Pappas, RN, non-degreed 1947
Cecilia Nelson Shinn ’47 BA
Mary Isabelle Rouse “Sissy” Sparks, non-degreed 1949
Sr. Mary Cunningham, CCVI (formerly Sr. Athanasius) ’50 BA, faculty emerita and director of the Ryan Center
Naomi Patricia Trigg Schoppe ’50 BA
Sr. Jennie Torregrossa, CCVI ’50 BS,library certification 1951, IWC dean of students and IWHS director of Residence Life and Guidance
Sr. Margaret Teresa Conneely, CCVI ’51 BA ’75 MA
Kathleen Kennon Parma ’52 BSN ’69 MA ’45 IWHS
Dorothy Bomba Rose, RN, non-degreed 1952
Shirley Marie Morin Schreiber ’52 IWHS, non-degreed 1957
Mary Catherine Hinojosa Johnson ’59 BA
Alice Eaton Sackett ’59 BA
Sr. Anastasia Thibodeaux, C.V.I. ’59 BM
Norine T. Pelton Matthews ’60 BA
Sr. Brigid Conlon, CCVI ’63 BS ’74 MA, Pastoral Institute
Maj. Sylvia M. Stivlen, RN, USANC ’65 BSN
Fern Kleckner Shellhase ’66 BA
Fred Otis Kinman ’68 MA
Ann Rex McAleer ’68 BA ’64 IWHS
Sr. Mary Carmel O’Callaghan, PBVM ’69 BA ’77 MA
Dr. Ruth Kelley Fowler ’71 BA ’74 MA
Sr. Ritamary Corso, CCVI ’74 BA
Eleanor “Ellie” Schmerhorn, CPA, non-degreed 1974
Diana Louise Rose ’75 IWHS 
Diana Garcia Tsirigotis ’79 BBA
Charlotte Ann Duross ’82 MA
Gene M. Dykes ’83 BBA
Bridget Mary Harris ’83 BA
Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan ’85 MA
Rev. Georgina M. Symons ’87 BA
Ryan Randall Young ’14 BS
Brother Cletus G. Behlmann, S.M., benefactor
Howard E. Butt, benefactor
Maura Barry Ciarrocchi, former IWHS faculty/staff
Virginia Melea Dowd, benefactor, former UIW faculty
Rev. Joseph Geniesse, C.S.C., former IWC Chaplain
Dr. Adolph Guido, benefactor
John N. Igo, Jr., former UIW faculty and Extended Run Players member
Dr. Edwin Lee Mueller, benefactor
Margaret “Peggy” Payne Portwood Tobin, benefactor
Elizabeth (Betty) Larkin Rochfort, benefactor
Mary Martha Houston Webb, former student

*Correction to In Memoriam listing: In the Summer 2016 edition of Class Notes, Mary Cay Kennedy Murray ’68 BS was mistakenly listed in the In Memoriam section.

associates-10_1Dr. Robert Connelly, professor emeritus of philosophy and a beloved member of the UIW community for over 45 years, passed away on Sept. 27. Connelly, in addition to teaching philosophy for over 30 years, served in many capacities at Incarnate Word, including as assistant to the associate provost, the dean of the College of Math, Science and Engineering (MSE), the assistant director and director of assessment, and the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS). In addition to his titled positions, Connelly assisted in the founding of the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, established the university’s strategic goal for sustainability, maintained the Faculty Handbook, and helped develop the Headwaters at Incarnate Word. Because of his commitment to numerous initiatives at UIW, the university created in 2009 The Robert J. Connelly Faculty Leadership Award to honor a professor who serves as a model leader of the faculty. “In my heart, the thing that’s always been the most rewarding is the classroom experience,” Connelly shared in the Fall 2015 issue of The Word. His legacy and his dedication to Incarnate Word will forever be cherished.