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Dr. Sonia Jasso 

Sonia L. Jasso, Ph.D.

Director of Academic Advising & Directions and Connections Center

Sonia Jasso, Ph.D. oversees the Directions & Connections Center and the University Advising Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Tech University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Sonia can be reached by email at: sjasso@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-805-5814. Her office is located in the Administration Building, room 105.

 


 

Kedra Grant-Brinkley

 

Kedra Grant-Brinkley, Assistant Director/Area Coordinator

Kedra Grant-Brinkley, Assistant Director, is a first-generation college student and is an alumna of UIW, completing her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in December 2008 and her Masters of Art in Adult Education in December 2014. Kedra is the Area Coordinator for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Kedra can be reached by email at: kegrant@uiwtx.edu or by phone at 210-805-5814. Her office is located in the Administration Building, room 105.

 


 

Dora Garner

 

Dora Garner, Academic Counselor/Area Coordinator

Dora Garner, Academic Counselor, is an alumna of UIW, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology of Organizations and Development in 2005. She is currently pursuing her  Master’s in Education. Dora is the Area Coordinator for the School of Media and Design and works with students majoring in Math, Engineering and Statistics.

Dora can be reached by email at: dgarzatr@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-805-5814. Her office is located in the Administration Building, room 105.

 


 

Megan Homan

 

Megan York, Academic Advisor

Megan York is an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, earning a Master of Education degree in Student Services in Higher Education. She is also a former student-athlete and alumna of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Megan also completed two years of athletics competition and her Associate in Science degree at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa. Megan is the Area Coordinator for the School of Health Professions. Additionally, she works with students majoring in Biochemistry, Broadcast Meterology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Nutrition & Dietetics and Nutrition Science.

Megan can be reached by email at: homan@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 805-5814. Her office is located in the Administration Building, Room 105.

 


 

Casey Patterson

 

Casey Patterson, Athletics Academic Advisor

Casey Patterson serves as an Athletics Academic Advisor in the University Advising Center. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Waynesburg University, and his Master of Education in Psychology, Athletic Counseling, from Springfield College. Casey serves as the advisor for those student-athletes participating in baseball, cross country, track and field, fencing, swimming/diving, synchronized swimming, and men's soccer.

Casey can be reached by e-mail at: clpatter@uiwtx.edu or by phone at 210-283-6338. His office is in the Administration Building, room 113.

 


  

Stephanie Hamilton

 

Stephanie Hamilton, Athletics Academic Advisor

Stephanie Hamilton serves as an Athletics Academic Advisor in the University Advising Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies of Social and Behavioral Sciences from Eastern Washington University. She received a Master of Education in Student Development Administration and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration & Leadership from Seattle University. Stephanie serves as the advisor for those student-athletes participating in football, basketball, women’s volleyball, softball, tennis, golf, and women's soccer.

Stephanie can be reached by e-mail at: sjhamilt@uiwtx.edu or by phone at 210-283-6337. Her office is in the Administration Building, room 111.

 


 

Haley Ayres

 

Haley Ayres, Business Advisor

Haley Ayres serves as the Business Advisor for the H-E-B School of Business & Administration. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her Masters of Education in Workforce Development Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Haley can be reached by email at: ayres@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-930-8014. Her office is located in the Gorman Business and Education Center, room 107.

 


 

Charles Puente

 

Charles Puente, Advising Specialist

Charles Puente is the advising specialist for the Dreeben School of Education. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has completed his first set of graduate hours at Our Lady of the Lake University. He has served in various roles in higher education and student success for 10 years.

Charles can be reached by email at: cepuente@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-283-6321. His office is located in the Administration Building, room 120.

 


  

Dr. Lisa Valenzuela

 

Dr. Lisa Valenzuela,  Advising Specialist

Dr. Lisa Valenzuela is an academic advisor for the Directions and Connections Center at UIW. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Her graduate work includes a Master of Arts in Literature, as well as a PhD in Literature, from the University of Essex in Colchester, UK. She currently serves as the Nursing Advisor in the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Lisa may be reached by email at: lshaver@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-283-6322. Her office is located in the Nursing Building, Rm. 112.

 


 

Candace Graham

 

Candace Graham, Pre-Pharmacy Counselor/Advisor

Candace joined the Feik School of Pharmacy as the Pre-Pharmacy Counselor/Advisor in 2011. She holds a BA degree in English-Communications, Cum Launde, from Gwynedd-Mercy College, in Gwynedd-Valley, PA and a MA in Communication Arts from the University of the Incarnate Word. She brings several years of experience in college advising and recruiting from community college, public and private university settings. She also taught high school speech-communications. Her heart lies in serving others and contributing to students’ success in education.

Mrs. Graham may be contacted via email at cmgonza4@uiwtx.edu or by phone at 210-829-2703. Her main campus office location is in the Administration Building, room 115, and she can be reached at the Feik School of Pharmacy every Tuesday and Friday by phone at 210-883-1000. 

 


 

Karina Johnson 

Karina Johnson, Pre-Health Advisor

Karina Johnson serves as the Pre-Health Advisor. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Karina has extensive advising experience as well as student affairs in higher education.

Karina can be reached by email at: kkjohns1@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-832-5624. Her office is located in the AT&T Science Building, Office 120.

 


 

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Diane Farrell, PhD, Vision Science Program Coordinator/Student Affairs

Diane Farrell earned her PhD in Physiology in 1997 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  She came to UIW in 2010 and serves at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) as the undergraduate Vision Science Program Coordinator.  Additionally, Dr. Farrell contributes to lectures in the undergraduate Program, serves as the Coordinator of Academic Support Services at RSO, and participates in other roles within the RSO Office of Student Affairs.

Diane can be reached by email at dfarrell@uiwtx.edu or by phone at 210-883-1190.  Tuesdays she is on the Main Campus in the Administration Building room 115.

 


 

Mara L Young

 

Mara L Young, Biology Advisor

Mara Young is the Biology Advisor, and an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word. Earning her undergraduate degrees in both Cultural Studies and Religion, as well as a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from UIW’s Pastoral Institute.

Mara can be reached by email at: myoung@uiwtx.edu or by phone at 210-829-3863. Her office is located in the AT&T Science Building, Office 120.

 


 

Janie Rios

 

Janie Rios, Administrative Secretary

Janie Rios is the newest addition to the University Advising Center, serving as the administrative secretary.

Janie can be reached by email at: jarios1@uiwtx.edu or by phone 210-805-5814. Her office is located in the Administration Building, room 105.