UIW Alumni Association Board

2021 - 2022

The UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors promotes the University of the Incarnate Word, to deepen the loyalty of our alumni, and encourages a mutually beneficial relationship between the institution and fellow alumni.

For those interested in serving on the Alumni Association Board in the future, nominations will be accepted in March 2022. Please click the link for the nomination form: Board Nomination Form.

* Self-nominations are accepted.

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  • Executive Board of Directors

    • chrisa

      Dr. Chris Alvarado, Pharm.D. '10, President

      Dr. Christopher Alvarado is a proud alumnus of the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy (FSOP).  An honors graduate, Alvarado earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2010 and was presented with the inaugural Dean’s Pinnacle Award for excellence in education and leadership.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the UIW FSOP APPE Preceptor of the Year Award.

      Dr. Alvarado continued his excellence after graduation and in 2017 was the recipient of the UIW Alumni of Distinction award for Professional Achievement.  Staying involved with UIW is of great importance to Dr. Alvarado, as he is presently serving a second term on the UIW Alumni Association and has climbed the ranks as the current president of the Board.  He has always given unselfishly of his time from volunteering at commencement, working check-in stations, to being our official “Grill Master” during football tailgates.

      Educating students about pharmacy and the importance of protecting the pharmacy profession is another of Dr. Alvarado’s missions. He has been a preceptor to many pharmacy students for over six years and challenges them during their rotations to help prepare them for their board exams and future career. One of the ways he directly supports future pharmacists is through the Alvarado Advocacy Scholarship, his namesake award, which grants a $1,000 scholarship to one pharmacy student annually. A motivator and mentor, he believes in making a difference in future generations and guiding those who share his passion.

      He has worked in the pharmacy business for more than 30 years and has made providing excellent patient care his primary focus. One of Dr. Alvarado’s finest qualities as a pharmacist is the unique gift of connecting with patients, colleagues, and students, which develop into lifelong relationships.  Providing excellent patient care has been his primary focus, and as a result, he has become the trusted pharmacist to so many patients and their families.  Dr. Alvarado worked at Oakdell Pharmacy for over 18 years and was the recipient of the Oakdell Pharmacy Award of Excellence for loyalty, leadership, and excellence in management in 2012 and 2014.  Dr. Alvarado is currently employed by H-E-B and enjoys the challenges of a new journey in the pharmacy profession.

      As a leader in his industry, Dr. Alvarado is a pharmacy advocate and stays involved in organizations that help protect the pharmacy profession. He serves as an officer or board member with several pharmacy organizations and regularly dedicates his time and talents to the pharmacy profession, serving the community. For his efforts, Dr. Alvarado has been awarded the following Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) awards: 2013 TPA Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year, 2015 TPA Pharmacist of the Year, and 2017 Bowl of Hygeia.

    • allisonramsey

      Allison Ramsey, BS '05,  President-Elect   Allison, Founder Of Empire Life, Best-Selling Author, and College Professor Of Data Analytics. Empire Life is a full-service and support tech and digital marketing company. Allison and the Empire Life Team support entrepreneurs in scaling their online businesses. We give our clients the complete blueprint to scale their online empires. Through guidance on Business, Authentic Sales, Lead Generation, Facebook Ads, SEO, Sales Funnels, Online and In-Person Events, Online Community Building, Email Marketing, Publishing, and Marketing Your Book, Podcasts, Blogs, Social Media Marketing, and more! Allison is also a software developer and a college Professor.

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      Belinda Bustos-Ybarra, BS '17,  Vice President

      Not long ago, Belinda Bustos-Ybarra took a leap of faith and became the first in her family to graduate from a four-year university. In 2017, Belinda earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Social Marketing from the University of Incarnate Word. In 2019, she received her Master of Science degree in Digital Marketing and Analytics from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. 

      Armed with her education, work experience, and determination Belinda entered the Digital Marketing field. She made a bold decision to retire early from Security Service Federal Credit Union, where she was employed for twenty-seven years. Wasting no time after graduation, Belinda joined Webhead, one of the original Tech Start-Ups in San Antonio managing digital marketing strategy. Belinda focuses on online marketing programs in web development, online marketing campaigns, as well as, social media marketing strategies for technology, nonprofits, small business companies, and health technologies.

      Belinda has a passion for fostering diversity and inclusion for education within UIW and the surrounding San Antonio community. In 2019, Belinda became a member of the UIW Alumni Association Board of Directors. Quickly taking on leadership positions such as Secretary in 2020 and currently occupying the Vice-President position for the 2021-2022 term.

      Belinda spends time volunteering for various organizations and enjoys making memories with family and friends.

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      Jeff Neal, BA '16, MS '17, Secretary

      Jeff Neal is a retired United States Air Force veteran that served his country with over 24 years of service. He joined the Air Staff as a Joint Planner Assistant and later served as Special Assistant of Joint Matters for the Director of Joint Staff. His assignments span from NORAD, Iceland, Turkey, Little Rock AFB, and Scott AFB, serving in the capacity of Executive Assistant to the Vice Commander of Air Mobility Command. Jeff retired from the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency as the Executive Assistant to the Command Chief. He is a survivor of the September 11, 2001, Pentagon terrorist attack.

      Jeff is a doctoral student pursuing a concentration in Student Services and Higher Education Administration in the Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. He earned his BA in Organizational Development and MS in Organizational Leadership. As an alumnus of UIW, he is actively involved on campus by serving as Graduate Assistant in support of the UIW Strategic Priorities Planning Initiative, UIW Alumni Board Member, PAVE Veteran Peer Advisor, Vice President of the UIW Compassionate Student Peer Organization, and Student Researcher at the UIW Action Research Working Group in the Graduate Studies Program. Jeff is also an alumnus of the Alamo Federal Executive Board Leadership Program.

      His passion for education as a lifelong learner is to serve students in underserved communities by facilitating experiential learning processes inside and outside of the classroom. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and volunteering at his local parish.

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