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Heather Rodriguez

Dean of Enrollment 

Phone: (210) 805-3550


Javier Lara

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: (210) 805-3572

  • About Javier:

    Javier Lara is from El Paso, TX where he graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Communications and Behavioral Science, from Concordia University of Austin, Texas, and he earned his Master's degree in Human Sciences in 2009. He has worked in admissions and college readiness for 16 years in both undergraduate and graduate admissions.

  • A word from Javier:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Accessibility! My staff and I travel to high schools, community colleges, and college fairs to visit with students and parents at times convenient to them. UIW staff and faculty are open to meet with prospective students who want to know more about the campus, academic programs, and admissions requirements. It is not unusual to be able to come to campus and visit with a counselor in the Admissions Office or a member of the Financial Aid office at times that are convenient to you. We love to have you on UIW's campus!

  • Javier recruits from:  
    • El Paso area high schools
    • Panhandle area high schools
    • West Texas area high schools


    Javier also recruits from the following states:

    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • Virginia
    • Vermont
    • Washington D.C.
    • West Virginia
Johnny S. Garcia, Jr.

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: (210) 805-3554

  • About Johnny:

    Johnny is a native of San Antonio, graduating from O.W. Holmes High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Johnny has over 10 years of admissions experience working with a range of students, including new freshman, transfer students, graduate and doctoral students. When he isn’t helping students reach their education goals, Johnny enjoys spending family time with his wife and three daughters.

  • A word from Johnny:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Enrichment! Through our quality graduate and doctoral programs students are able to achieve an advanced degree that will provide opportunities both personally and professionally.

  • Johnny recruits from:  

    Johnny recruits all students interested in a graduate program at the University of the Incarnate Word. View a list of available graduate programs at u iw.ed u/aca demic s.

Oscar Salazar

Freshman Admissions Counselor 

Phone: (210) 805-3098

  • About Oscar:

    Oscar was born and raised in Cotulla, Texas, and he is a graduate of Cotulla High School. In December of 2014, he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. He is now pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education.

  • A word from Oscar:

    For me, at UIW, The WORD is Involvement! At UIW, the opportunities to get involved are endless! As a student at UIW, I was heavily involved in the UIW community and worked with several offices across campus. This allowed me to take on leadership roles in diverse groups and organizations, and it also allowed me to participate in study abroad trips to England, Spain, France, and Germany. I was able to make connections, develop professional relationships, and make long-lasting friendships. Not only does getting involved look good on a resume, but it also allows for a vast amount of networking opportunities. Thanks to UIW and its focus on growth, all students can make their college experience unique and fulfilling.

  • Oscar recruits from:  
    • Austin area high schools
    • Atonement Academy
    • Bandera ISD
    • Boerne ISD
    • Bracken Christian School
    • Center Point ISD
    • Central Texas area high schools
    • Comal ISD
    • Dallas/Ft. Worth area high schools
    • Geneva School
    • Ingram ISD
    • John Paul II CHS
    • Kerville ISD
    • Marion ISD
    • Medina ISD
    • Navarro ISD
    • New Braunfels area high schools
    • New Braunfels Christian
    • Northside ISD
    • San Marcos ISD
    • Seguin ISD
    • Tivy High School
    • Smithson Valley High School
    • Waco area high schools


    Oscar also recruits from the following states:

    • Alaska
    • Idaho
    • Kansas
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • South Dakota
    • Washington
    • Wyoming
Melissa Morales

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-1242

  • About Melissa:

    Melissa is originally from Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In 2011, she received her Master of Arts in International Relations from St. Mary's University.

  • A word from Melissa:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Community! I have always felt welcome at UIW, even as someone who graduated from a different university. The UIW community, both staff and students, have demonstrated a warm and welcoming demeanor, and I am glad to be part of the UIW experience.

  • Melissa recruits from:  
    • Carrizo Springs ISD
    • Cotulla ISD
    • Crystal City ISD
    • Del Rio area high schools
    • Eagle Pass ISD
    • Edgewood ISD
    • Harlandale ISD
    • Hondo ISD
    • Laredo area high schools
    • Medina Valley ISD
    • Natalia ISD
    • Pleasenton ISD
    • Pearsal ISD
    • Rio Grande Valley area high schools
    • Sommerset ISD
    • South San Antonio ISD
    • Southside ISD
    • Southwest ISD
    • Uvalde ISD


    Melissa also recruits from the following states:

    • Arkansas
    • Alabama
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • North Carolina
    • Puerto Rico
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
Victoria Sulaica

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3553

  • About Victoria:

    Victoria was born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Public Relations concentration.

  • A word from Victoria:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Success! Students can study abroad, join student organizations and give back through community service. Students, now is the time to make your mark and challenge yourself to be the best you!  

  • Victoria recruits from:  
    • Beaumont ISD
    • East Texas area high schools
    • Gulf Coast area high schools
    • Houston area high schools
    • San Antonio ISD

    Victoria also recruits from the following states:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Hawaii
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • Utah
Jessica De La Rosa

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-2543

  • About Jessica:

    Jessica was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is a product of Catholic school education from kindergarten through high school. In 2003, she moved to San Antonio and began her career working with both high school and college students in education. In December 2015, she graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development.

  • A word from Jessica:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Connectivity! There are so many opportunities for students to connect with other people on the UIW campus. In the process, you will develop your own connection to the school which will help you as you work toward your academic goals. I tell students all the time: get to know your professors and administrators, get involved, build those lasting relationships. College will be what you make of it; you’ll get out of it what you put in to it – so put your best foot forward! And if you’re not sure where to start, come see me, and I’ll be glad to help you!

  • Jessica recruits from:  
    • Alamo Heights ISD
    • Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center
    • Antonian College Preparatory High School
    • Central Catholic High School
    • Corpus Christi area high schools
    • Clemens High School
    • Coastal Bend area high schools
    • Dilley ISD
    • East Central ISD
    • Falls City ISD
    • Floresville High School
    • Holy Cross of San Antonio
    • Incarnate Word High School
    • International School of the Americas
    • Jourdanton High School
    • Judson ISD
    • La Vernia High School
    • Lytle ISD
    • Northeast ISD
    • Poth High School
    • Poteet ISD
    • Providence High School
    • Randolph High School
    • School of Science and Technology
    • Southwest Preparatory High School
    • St. Anthony Catholic High School
    • St. Gerard Catholic High School
    • St. Mary's Hall
    • Town East Christian High School
    • Steele High School
    • Stockdale ISD
    • Wagner High School

    Jessica also recruits from the following states:

    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Wisconsin
Whitney Mestelle

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3558

  • About Whitney:

    Whitney is from Dixon, MO where she graduated from Dixon High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.

  • A word from Whitney:

    For me, at UIW. The WORD is Future! As part of the UIW admissions staff I get to take part daily in helping build our bright future!

    At UIW students have an opportunity to build a great foundation for life through academics, campus involvement, volunteering, internships and study abroad trips that will set them up for a successful and fulfilling future.

  • Whitney recruits from:
    Whitney's territory will be available soon.
Maryssa Bustamante

Transfer Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3097

  • About Maryssa:

    Maryssa is from Mercedes, Texas, and is a graduate of Mercedes High School. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, and a minor in Sociology.

  • A word from Maryssa:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Network! As an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, I have learned the importance of building a rapport with both your peers and administrators. My success after college was greatly influenced by the relationships I had the privilege of forming during my time at UIW.

  • Maryssa recruits from:
    • All community colleges outside of San Antonio
    • St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)