Alumni Spotlights


    etamez1Jacob Love '12,'13

    He was scheduled to return to his role in Japan with the United States Forces on Sept. 2. Upon discovering UIW football opened its season a day later, Jacob Love extended his visit to Texas to support the program he helped build.  

  • etamez1Dr. Eloisa Tamez '68

    Nursing alumna's passion for education inspires future generation of students. Taméz, a 27-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, walked the stage in May to receive her fifth college degree, a Master’s in Criminal Justice. 

  • saenz1080Raul Saenz '94

    Hard work, determination and passion lead alumnus to successful career as sports journalist. Saenz is the sports anchor and producer for CNN en Español, a Hispanic multi-media platform geared towards Spanish-speaking audiences around the world; it reaches over 50 million households across Latin America and the United States alone.

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    Atzel Jonatan Peña '08, '20

    Nearly 15 years after crossing the stage and receiving his undergraduate degree, Atzel Jonatan Peña continues to be involved with the University of the Incarnate Word in a special way. In June of 2021, he was selected to the UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as the Board’s first UIW Mexico Alumni Network representative. 

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    Jackie Velez '19

    As a board operator for the Texas Public Radio (TPR), Jackie Velez ‘19 thrives on the constant opportunities she is given to hone her skills and expertise in the world of public radio broadcasting. Whether it is writing draft posts for the topics discussed on the station’s daily call-in show, “The Source,” cutting pieces of audio from guests’ interviews or voicing radio spots of her own, Velez continues to grow and establish herself as a valuable member of TPR’s team of professionals.

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    Annie Sustaita '19

    Serving as a board member of the UIW Alumni Association has given Annie Sustaita ‘19 the opportunity to give back to the University in a unique way. 

    Sustaita, who graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development, serves on the association’s social and community service committee. In this role, she seeks to create meaningful service opportunities for her fellow Cardinals -- something she has been familiar with since her time as a student.  

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    Alumna's Jewelry Accessory Leads to "Shark Tank" Appearance. Lerin Lockwood, a 2019 Master of Science in Sports Management graduate is the proud owner Lion Latch, a tote accessory designed to protect jewelry. 

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    Mariana Barron Esper '19

    Mariana Barron Esper '19 is an up-and-coming singer and songwriter whose original pieces such as City of Lights 2.0 are slowly capturing the hearts of many. Recently, she wrote and produced Verdad, a piece for the international song competition “Rag Ball,” sponsored by Scholas Ocurrentes, a worldwide network of schools promoted by Pope Francis. In this competition, her original song was selected as one of four worldwide finalists.Barron Esper earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs in 2019 

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    Johnathan Cuevas '12

    Joining the UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2020, Dr. Johnathan Cuevas, PharmD ‘11 cemented himself as a passionate board member who continually promotes and lives the mission of the University of the Incarnate Word.

    Currently serving as a Medication Therapy Management Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Feik School of Pharmacy, Dr. Cuevas remains inspired by the experience he had as a student, which now carries over to his position on the alumni association board. 

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    Linda Calvert Jacobson '90

    Linda Calvert Jacobson, BA ‘90, a Floresville artist known for her unique painting style, was one of those kids who started drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon and never stopped from that moment on. Her love for art would eventually turn into what is known today as Wildflower Art Gallery, the name of the art gallery she and her husband opened in Wimberley, Texas in 2015.

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    Javier Garcia '06

    Garcia, a 2006 MBA graduate, is currently working for Visa, the largest multinational financial services corporation in the world. The digital payment giant recently promoted him to vice president of third party tech management. Garcia shared with us how his MBA education and experience at the University of the Incarnate Word prepared him for professional challenges he would encounter in his career.

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    Dr. Wanita Mercer

    Adjusting to a new culture is never easy, especially if you’re thousands of miles away from the place you call home. Three-time UIW alumna Dr. Wanita Mercer has experienced the hardships and struggles of adjusting to a new way of life, all thanks to her devotion and dedication to teaching.

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    Darlene Jasso '15

    New Braunfels native Darlene Jasso Mendoza graduated from UIW in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. One year after walking the stage, a new chapter of her life began as she moved to Guatemala – the place where she met her husband while studying abroad as a Cardinal.

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    Caroline Ortiz '95

    Garcia Nursing alumna leads the way in Spanish guided imagery meditation audios during Covid-19 pandemic. Wanting to make a difference, Ortiz took on a project involving the translation of guided imagery meditations and affirmations specifically geared to Spanish-speaking frontline workers and affected communities.


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    Alejandro Flores '11

    Inspired by his Catholic faith and the constant yearning to serve as a role model for students, Alejandro Flores ‘11 lives his vocation as an educator seeking to inspire and guide the next generation of leaders. Flores, who serves as Spanish teacher at St. Anthony Catholic High School, graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish.  

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    Allison Ramsey '05

    UIW Alumna and UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors member, Allison Ramsey, BS ’05 recently published Redefine: A Collection Of Female Founders On Rising And Redefining Their Success. This book explores female founders and their journey running successful businesses.

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    Jessica Davila '05, '06

    Jessica Davila ‘05, ‘06 was recently nominated for the 2021 Businesswoman of the Year award by the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce. Davila, who holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development, owns and operates JDB Public Relations and Executive Coaching which offers its clients public relations and media communications support. 

  • ginagonzalesGina Gonzalez '02
    She began her career as an educator and is now a self-made small business owner. UIW Alumni Association Board Member Gina Gonzalez, BA ‘02 shares how her experience at Incarnate Word impacted her unique journey.