Class NotesMar 14th, 2013 | Category: Alumni Connections
Teddy L. Jones ’66 BSN has published a new book, “Halfwide: A Novel.” It’s available in both paperback and eReader formats from Amazon or your favorite independent bookstore. She received her MFA from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. in May, 2012.
Linda Raya ’68 BA was named a People’s Choice winner in the teacher category of the Preston Hollow neighborhood newspaper in Dallas.
Ann Goetz ’71 BSN retired after 41 years at Methodist Hospital, the last eight at Methodist Specialty and Transplant as vice president of nursing. She now plans to travel abroad, fix up the house and volunteer.
Wanda Vanessa Thomas Littles ‘77 BA has published her first novella, “Preacha,” which was published in the Spring of 2012. She has also just completed a memoir called “A Desperate Faith.” Five of the seven volumes she has written are Christian poetry and have been featured in “A Time of Singing,” “Focus on the Family” and “Clubhouse Jr.” magazines. Currently she writes for Urban-Faith.com and Primetime newspapers. (Pictured on Left)
Edna Mae-Barrera ’78 BBA was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She was also chosen to represent her school as Teacher of the Year. She had been at the school for 14 years and has now retired from the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Mary Pohlmann ’84 BA is an artist living in Miami, Fla. Her drawing “Swimming to the Beat of a Different Drummer” recently won Best of Show at a juried exhibit at the Glass Gallery in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She will be exhibiting her slightly fractured fairytale drawings in July 2013 also at the Glass Gallery.
Jose Ruben De Leon ’92 BA and GypsyPantoja ’95 BA have started a theatre company, Teatro Farolito, that will focus on Latino theatre arts.
Congratulations to Jennifer Brown ’96 BBA (left) and Teri Grubb ’99 BA ’11 MAA (right), who were selected for the annual San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 under 40 listing. Brown serves as vice president for sales and marketing at Koontz-McCombs and Grubb serves as chief operating officer at South Texas Money Management, Ltd. (Pictured on Right)
Joni Luna ’93 BS has completed her three-month candidacy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with the Sisters of Providence in Indiana.
Mary Lou Hymel ’97 BA has begun working her fifth tax season with H&R Block. Over the last year, she put in several hundred hours of study to pass three Special Enrollment Exams. As a result of passing these three tests, Hymel is now an Enrolled Agent with an H&R Block certification level of Master Tax Advisor.
Jon-Paul McGowan ’99 BA has a play that will premiere on March 28, at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas. “Robin Hood: Road to Sherwood” is a part of the theatre’s 2013 season. This is an original three act play retelling the Robin Hood story as a Bob Hope & Bing Crosby style road show. The play will run through May 11.
Eloisa Tobias ’00 BBA was recently promoted to department manager at H-E-B.
Jason Rivas ’01 BBA (right) traveled to Los Angeles to watch UIW player Devan Avery play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in January. (Pictured on Left)
Arnulfo Maldonado ’01 BA, a designer for stage and film, worked on the Tiffany holiday windows this year. His ‘kissing couple’ design was displayed in Tiffany’s flagship locations in NYC, London and San Francisco.
Howard H. Lutz ’02 MBA joined Broadway Bank as group executive vice president of private banking. For the past several years, Howard has served as a senior vice president of private banking for a regional bank where he founded the San Antonio private banking division, including team recruitment and product and business development. Prior to that, he spent over 10 years in various leadership and advisory roles—in both a domestic and international capacity—for global financial organizations.
Sandy Hernandez ’02 BAis now a board approved LPC supervisor and has been working at Good Samaritan Community Services for the past two years.
Sandra Tibbs ’03 BShas started a new leadership blog on the Cardinal’s Nest alumni website. Check it out at http://www.uiwalumni.org/blog/neverestsolutions
Angel Acosta ’05 BSN completed the MSN program in nursing administration from Western Governors University and also serves as nurse manager of emergency services for El Paso’s first separately licensed children’s hospital.
Dawn Cunningham ’06 MAA has recently accepted a position as human resources advisor at SeeKing HR.
Kristin Garcia ’09 MAA started a new position with Western Governors University (WGU) as a trainer for the mentoring department in Texas and is currently working with a startup based out of San Francisco on a free mobile app (“Call Dibs”) for the U.S. Military that is now available through iTunes. It launched June 1 and has over 1,500 downloads. Additionally, she works as a part of the business faculty for WGU and teaches students all over the globe.
Chris Alvarado ’10 Pharm.D. was recently elected as president of the Bexar County Pharmacist Association.
Nicholas Vaughan ’11 MAA was selected for commissioning via the Navy’s Medical Service Corps In-Service Procurement Program.
Alfreda Blanche Carnes Poth ’28 IWHS, ’36 BA
Laurita Grider Barber ’37 BA
Mary Clare Lawler Garrison ’40 BA
Mary Louise Morris Mengden ’38 IWHS, ’42 BS
Shirley Jean Hagens ’44 BA
Marie Catherine Riley Gattuso Henery ’45 BA
Harriet Budow Singer ’46 BA
Capt. Helen Louise Wilson Hiatt ’51 BSN
Mary Ann Carpenter Childs ’51 BSN
Diana Keeran Koontz Massey ’52 BA
Bernardina C. Wilde Knipp ’57 BSN
Sr. Rosalie Glynn, CCVI ’57 BSN
Col. Judith E. Williamson USAF, ’58 BSN
Sr. Hilda Meismer IWBS, ’60 BA
Carmen Gomez Gill ’60 BA
Laurentina Valdes Villareal ’62 BS
Mary Ledlow Tibett ’62 BS
Florence (Suzy) White Kernan ’63 BSN
Stella Dunphy Gildemeister ’61 IWHS, ’64 BA
Sr. Stephen Marie Glennon, CCVI, ’64 BS
Sudie Mae Evans Speer ’65 BS
Margaret Cuellar DeLaRosa ’65 BA
Sr. Mary Isabel Estrada, IWBS, ’67 BA
Margaret S. Dietert ’67 BA
Sr. Margaret McCormack, CCVI, ’68 BA
Sr. Muriel Rose, OSU ’68 BA
Sandra Gail Priess Tolbert ’68 BSN
Sr. Mary Louise Delavega, DHMC ’69 BA
Naomi Morgan Robinson ’72 BA
Julia E. Goldback Terry, SRMC ’74 BSN
Nancy Jones Helms ’77 BSN
Cheryl Ann Cook Pfeiffer ’87 BA
Ida R. Mendoza ’07 BBA ’09 MS
Dr. Earl Lewis Hon ’89
James R. Ellwanger, first IWC baseball coach and faculty member
Thomas (Tommy) Hultgren, former UIW photographer
Sr. Mildred Warminski, CCVI
Weddings and Engagements
Lauren Ibarra ’12 BA became engaged to Brian Ramirez.
Jessica Marie Garcia ’03 BA and Juan Francisco Berrones were married on Oct. 27, 2012.
Ashley Lara ’10 BA is engaged to Michael Davis ’11 BBA MS.
Micaela Chavarria ’11 BA became engaged in October 2012 to Christopher Cuellar and welcomed a new baby girl, Isabella Faith, in February 2013.