PAVE Program

Peer Advisors for Veterans Education (PAVE) is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans on college campuses with student veterans who are trained as Peer Advisors who can help students navigate college life, address challenges they may face, refer them to appropriate resources on and off campus and provide ongoing college support.

UIW was selected as one of 18 schools in the nation to join the PAVE program in Fall 2020.

Meet the PAVE Team

Phillip Rangel headshot photoPhillip J. Rangel

Pave Team Leader

Phillip is a retired Air Force veteran. He is currently a student at the University of Incarnate Word in the Ph.D. program studying Organizational Leadership and Adult Education. He's a two-time graduate of UIW having earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice/minor Sociology in 2017 and M.S. Organizational Development and Leadership in 2018. During his last ten years in the USAF he was assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Inspector General (NORAD/USNORTHCOM). Phillip is the UIW Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter President and a past member of UIW Alumni Association Board.

Omar Ozuna PAVE photoOmar Ozuna

Peer Advisor

Omar is a retired Navy veteran. He joined the military in 1994 and retired in July 2019 with over 25 years of service. During his active duty he deployed to several countries, serving in various capacities. His tours in the U.S. primarily consisted of leadership roles overseeing regional recruiting efforts. Omar is currently pursuing a B.A. in Organizational Development from UIW with an expected graduation date of December 2020. After this, he plans on pursuing an MBA. He enjoys spending time with his family, cooking and exercising.

Jeff Neal HeadshotJeff Neal

Peer Advisor

Jeff is a retired USAF veteran with 24 years of service. He is a survivor of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Jeff is on the UIW Alumni Board and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at UIW. He is also an Arkansas native who enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and two boys.

Robert Greener headshot photoRobert Greener

Peer Advisor

Robert Greener is a prior enlisted Captain in the United States Army with twenty years of service. He has served in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and on Active Duty. He is a Physician Assistant and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and various humanitarian missions to include Haiti. Robert has a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies and is in the Ph.D in Education program at UIW studying Organizational Leadership.


PAVE Regina Proctor-Richard HeadshotRegina Proctor-Richard

Peer Advisor

Regina Proctor-Richard was born and raised in Washington, D.C., by way of Maryland, where her parents and sisters live. However, she claims San Antonio as her home and is a true San Antonian. She is married to Tim Richard and has a beautiful blended family. Regina retired in October 2019 after honorably serving twenty years in the U.S. Army with fifteen of the twenty years in the medical field as a Respiratory Therapist. During her Army service, she was in and out of college and was not consistent in pursuing her education as planned. Once she retired, she focused on her education goals. Regina began her education with UIW in the fall of 2019, seeking a B.A. in Health Science with a concentration in Administration and a minor in Human Resources. She is currently a senior, projected to graduate in May 2023. She is currently a member of Student Veterans of America (SVA), and in the fall of 2020, became an SVA officer as the secretary. In addition, she serves as a peer advisor with PAVE and looks forward to assisting fellow veterans who, like her, are entering into a new chapter and transitioning from Military service member to UIW student.