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 Residents living on campus are supervised by the Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life, the Residence Life Coordinator of Operations, the Residence Life Coordinator, the Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, 3 Graduate Assistants, and 50 Resident Assistants, and various work-study workers. The University is accompanied by a High School Boarding Program that houses both students from St. Anthony's High School and Incarnate Word High School. In addition, both custodial and maintenance staff play an important role in providing an exceptional living environment.



Diane was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She attended High School in Mexico and a semester of College in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. She returned to San Antonio and attended and graduated from St. Mary’s University. Diane began her journey at UIW in the Spring 2003 as the Assistant Director of Operations. In 2007 she received her Masters in Adult Education with a concentration in Organizational Development. Diane enjoys journaling her life experiences and reading books. She is now pursuing a Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership through UIW and her life time goal is to write a book.

Contact Diane Sanchez at or call (210) 829-6034

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J.R. Chiodo-Benmuvhar

J.R. Chiodo-Benmuvhar is a new addition to the UIW Residence Life family. JR is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, where he attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a BA in History, Classics. JR earned his Masters of Science in Education, focusing in Higher Education Administration and Policy study from The University of Kansas. Taking his experience and new found knowledge of theory, J.R. moved his family to Santa Fe, NM and served as a Residence Hall Coordinator at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. While in Santa Fe, J.R. had the opportunity to work with students from around the globe and develop leadership amongst the staff, as well as organize several programs. J.R. served as the University Conduct Coordinator and Summer Conference Coordinator during his two and a half year stay. J.R. is passionate about the success of students and views every conversation as a learning opportunity, whether it is walking on campus, visiting with students in the office, or having hard conversations in a conduct meeting. In the next few years, it is J.R.’s hope to pursue a doctorate in education. J.R. is excited to be a part of the UIW Residence Life family and is looking forward to exploring San Antonio with his wife and son.

Contact JR at or call (210) 883-1996

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Contact Manuel Esquivel at or call (210) 805-5865.

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Elizabeth Valerio is the newest member of the University of the Incarnate Word residence life team serving as Boarding Program Coordinator for Incarnate Word High School & St. Anthony Catholic High School. The primary areas of responsibility for the Coordinator include: Supervising the Assistant Coordinator and indirectly supervising the Boarding Assistants; Managing the Boarding Program Budget with collaboration from the Director of Residence Life and Assistant Coordinator; Disciplinarian and Educator for the boarders, Communicating regularly with constituents of the program - High School and University Administrators, High School Faculty, English Language Services (ELS) and parents of the boarders. The Coordinator is required to live on the UIW Campus adjacent to the Boarding Program. Throughout her college career Elizabeth remained active in various student organizations serving as President of STARS, RA and SRA for the Residence Life department, and Residential Senator for SGA just to name a few. She was a member of the Residence Life department and has extensive experience in working with students, and planning events within the UIW residential community. Elizabeth’s motto is “Love what you do, Do what you Love.” She is very passionate and intentional in serving young adults and truly impacting their lives by making a difference as they continue to grow, develop, and find who they are in their own individual journey of life. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine from the University of the Incarnate Word and will be working toward a Master in Student Services in Higher Education.

Contact Liz at or call (210) 841-7403

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Soraida Portales was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She attended University of the Incarnate Word and earned a dual degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. In Fall 2006 she joined the UIW Residence Life team as a Resident Assistant. While working towards completion of her undergraduate degree she interned with CASA; as a court appointed advocate for foster children she realized her passion was helping others and decided to pursue a career in student affairs. Soraida is currently the Assistant Coordinator of the IWHS-SACHS Boarding Program since August 2008 and enjoys working with a culturally diverse and talented resident population and RA team. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic Residence Life team that develops students to achieve their highest potential by offering them leadership support, motivation and personal development. During her spare time she loves to paint, write poetry and spend time with family and friends. Soraida wants to pursue and achieve her professional goal of earning a PhD in Counseling.


Contact Soraida Portales at or call 210. 841.7404

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Contact Patrick Matulich at or call (210) 283-9024

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 Contact Brandon Wilkins at or call (210) 883-1994.

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Alejandro graduated in May 2015 from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelors of Arts degree, major in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology.  He was also a four year member of the Men’s Soccer team, having the privilege to serve as team captain during his Junior and Senior year.  He is continuing his education by pursuing a Masters of Health Administration. Upon completion of his education, he intends to return to his hometown, Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley.  His goal is to be an important part of his community, and help those that are underserved and are in need of help. He is a firm believer in faith and believes it is his purpose to make a positive impact on people.

Contact Alejandro de la Garza or call (210) 883-1995

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Alejandro Flores

Alejandro (Alex) became a Resident Assistant in May 2015 and was appointed Creative Director for the department of Residence Life in July. He oversees marketing for the department to inform current residents and prospective students of all Residence Life events, activities, and news with innovative strategies, graphics and social media platforms. He is a member of the UIW Men's Swim Team and studying International Business and Marketing.

Contact Alejandro Flores 

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A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student staff member that lives in the residence halls. Your RA can be one of the most helpful and resourceful people you will interact while living at UIW. These students have been carefully selected for their leadership potential, interpersonal skills, positive attitudes, and sense of commitment. As a peer, the RA is a basic source of information and referral. RAs assist residents in adjusting to campus life, including academic concerns, roommate relationships, homesickness, and other matters. Your RA is responsible for providing leadership and support to you and other members of your community. Get to know your RA and utilize her/his knowledge and skills.

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High School Residence Life Coordinator

The Coordinator manages the Residene Life Program for Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School. The primary areas of responsibility for the Coordinator include: supervising the Assistant Coordinator and indirectly supervising the Resident Assistants, managing the Residence Life Budgets and communicating regularly with constituents of the program – High School and University Administrators, High School Faculty, English Language Services (ELS) and parents of the boarders. The Coordinator is required to live on the UIW Campus adjacent to the Boarding Program. 

Applicants intrested in this position may apply for this position at