Miners on the Move

The UTEP Alumni Association is always excited to share the success stories of our alumni around the world. These are just a few examples of what a degree from UTEP can do. Select alumni success stories are also featured in the UTEP Magazine, so help us stay informed as we work hard to support your continuing success!

If you have news to share, please send your name, year of graduation, daytime phone number and the information you would like to share to alumni@utep.edu with "Miners on the Move" in the subject line.

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 December 2010

Carlos Aceves '76, '96, educator, co-presented on the Mayan concept of time at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology with videographer and artist Gabriel S. Gaytan.

Gustavo Reveles Acosta '97 says goodbye to the El Paso Times newsroom after ten years of local reporting to work for the Canutillo School District as public information officer.

Roshern J. Amie '84, an El Paso school teacher, was recently honored at a UTEP men’s basketball game halftime as a member of UTEP’s exclusive 1,000 point, 500-rebound club. Only 20 players in the history of the program have made it into the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club. Amie played at UTEP from 1977-1981.

 Robert S. Anchondo '78 was recently elected state president for the Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals. He created the DWI Intervention and Treatment Drug Court Program, is on the DWI curriculum committee for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, is Dean for DWI College for the Texas Center for the Judiciary, a faculty member for the National Judicial College, and presides over County Court-at-Law No. 2.

Marshall C. Barclay, Jr. '05 was recently promoted to assistant regional managing director of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp where he has been a financial planner since 2006.

Gladys G. Blount '80 recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with husband James.

 Sandra E. Braham '02, '05, CEO of the YWCA Paso del Norte Region, was recently honored at the first-ever Women of Impact Awards, where recognition was given to six remarkable women who have dedicated their lives to making El Paso better.

Tracy M. Bristol '89, CPA of Marcus, Fairall, Bristol and Co., has been elected chair of the board overseeing the public employment agency with the Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande.

Guadalupe Camacho '01, '10 was recently promoted to director of cardiovascular services by Del Sol Medical Center where she will oversee multiple departments.

Elizabeth Carbajal '04, Montwood Middle School teacher, inspires students with her positive attitude as she fights brain cancer.  The Mighty Moose Stampede for Hope 5k run/1 mile walk fundraiser was held in November at Montwood Middle School in her benefit as she continues treatment. 

 Tony G. Conde '53, president of the Rotary Club of El Paso Foundation, announced that the Foundation is donating $21,000 to area nonprofit organizations and schools this year including a $5,000 scholarship to a student attending or planning to attend UTEP.

Amyra “Amy” Daher '01, '07 was named operating room/post-anesthesia care unit director for Del Sol Medical Center where she will oversee the units’ daily operations.

Yolanda G. "Yolie" Diaz '92, owner and president of Mirador Enterprises, a facilities maintenance and management services company, was a featured entrepreneur in a recent El Paso Times article chronicling the history of her rise to success through hard work and ingenuity.

Veronica Escobar '91, sitting county commissioner, was elected El Paso County Judge on November 2nd, defeating her opponent, Republican Jaime O. Perez.

Benjamin C. Flores '85, '86, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UTEP, has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine.

David J. Forti Jr. '87, owner of Forti’s Mexican Elder Restaurant, featured an exhibit of portraits of six prominent figures from the revolution by borderland artist Armando Lopez recently in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution and will remain in the El Paso restaurant indefinitely.

Dorothy A. Foster '54, fourth-grade bilingual teacher at Dr. Green Elementary School, was awarded one of 23 grants by the district’s Education Foundation to implement initiatives and programs for her school.

Gabriel S. Gaytan '79, videographer and artist, recently co-presented on how Mayan people conceived time at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology with educator Carlos Aceves.

Ruben E. Guerra '74, president and CEO of Guerra Investment Advisors, was highlighted in the El Paso Times for his selflessness displayed through community work over the years. Guerra serves on eight boards and promotes public policy initiatives in El Paso through the Paso del Norte Group.

Orlando M. Hairston '03, '09 was recently featured in an El Paso Times article about co-coaching the Del Valle High School cross country team with his wife for the past three years.  Together, the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams have swept the District 2-4A titles twice.

Valerie Hairston '05 was recently featured in an El Paso Times article about co-coaching the Del Valle High School cross country team with her husband for the past three years.  Together, the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams have swept the District 2-4A titles twice.

Angelica G. Hermosillo '89 was recently named director of telemetry for Del Sol Medical Center.

 Servando Hernandez '63, retired engineer, has been appointed by county commissioners to serve a three-month term on the county's Ethics Commission.

Bruce D. King '73, '04 was re-elected in November as West El Paso’s Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace. King held the seat for 22 years.

Juan Lechuga '77, a founder of local band Azucar (now called Fernando Lechuga & Azucar) and vocational manager at David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, recently celebrated the band’s 35th  anniversary. Azucar is noted for the Music Under the Stars concert series, opening for national touring acts, and being showcased in Las Vegas, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Phoenix.

Fernando “Fernie” Lechuga '89, '00, a founder of local band Azucar (now called Fernando Lechuga & Azucar) and music instructor at El Paso Community College, recently celebrated the band’s 35th anniversary. Azucar is noted for the Music Under the Stars concert series, opening for national touring acts, and being showcased in Las Vegas, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Phoenix.

 Marcos A. Lizarraga '79, former prosecutor and first assistant district attorney under Jaime Esparza, was elected in November’s election as judge of El Paso’s 168th District Court. 

Janet M. Lockhart '84, El Paso Community College, received Honorable Mention in the recent “Best Boss in the West” contest sponsored by Positive Directions Company.

 Gilberto Mares '57, retired chief of the Army Research Laboratory Electronic Warfare Division at White Sands Missile Range, has been selected as one of the three candidates for the Public Service Board to be submitted to City Council.

Susana Martinez '81, New Mexico Republican Governor-elect, is slated to take office in January 2011.

 Richard O. Martinez Sr. '79 leaves the Public Service Board as chair at the end of this year after serving the maximum number of terms.

Luis A. Molina '04 received his CPA certification from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy recently. He is currently an audit supervisor with White, Samaniego and Campbell.

Robert "Bob" Navarro '62, president and chief engineer of Robert Navarro & Associates Engineering, Inc., was featured in the El Paso Times for playing an integral role in important projects including the Judson F. Williams Convention Center expansion, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Desalination Plant, and many new facilities at UTEP.

David C. Nemir '05 has been selected as one of three candidates for the Public Service Board to be submitted to City Council. Nemir is founder and president of X-L Synergy, an El Paso engineering research and development company; co-founder and president of TXL Group, which develops technology for renewable energy; and former electrical engineering professor at UTEP.

Rodrigo Nuñez '09 was recently hired as a software support engineer by Datamark Inc.; he was previously employed at Vino Nuevo El Paso and Editorial Mundo Hispano.

Rubi Orozco '03, coordinator at La Mujer Obrera, traveled to Washington, D.C. with the group of 11 El Paso women to lead a hunger strike in front of the White House to raise the visibility of issues that contribute to the root causes of violence and poverty in the border regions, such as the lack of jobs and the lack of education opportunities.

 James M. Peak '58 was recently named president of the El Paso Estate Planning Council for 2010-2011. 

Laura Ponce '07 has been named executive director of Project Bravo’s El Paso Community Action Program which provides services for economically disadvantaged residents. She was formerly chief operations officer for Project ARRIBA, a project coordinator for the Rio Grande Council of Governments, and program director for the Alzheimer’s Association of El Paso.

Jose L. “Joey” Ponce '10 joined Mithoff Burton Partners as assistant director, art-interactive. His previous work includes interning at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, and Walt Disney Corporation visual merchandising.

Gabriela Rey ’94 began work in July as a dentist at the Rawlings Dental Clinic in El Paso where she delivers services to children of low-income families along with her husband, Joaquin Sanchez ’95.

Dora A. Reyes '05, choir teacher and featured singer of the band Azucar, recently celebrated the band’s 35th  anniversary. Azucar is noted for the Music Under the Stars concert series, opening for national touring acts, and being show-cased in Las Vegas, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Phoenix.

Ernst E. Roberts '75, executive assistant to the president of El Paso Community College, was awarded the “Best Boss in the West” contest sponsored by Positive Directions Company from the more than 20 submissions.

John M. Roque '01 was recently promoted to director of cardiovascular intensive care unit services of by Del Sol Medical Center where he will oversee multidisciplinary coordination of services.

 Linda A. Samples '02 was recently named 2010-2011 chairman of the El Paso Bar Association Real Estate Committee.

Joaquin Sanchez '95, dentist at Rawlings Dental Clinic in El Paso, provides dental services to children of low-income families along with his wife, Gabriela Rey '94.

Carla A. Sierra '85, '98, administrative director for marketing and physician relations at Del Sol Medical Center, was recently selected as a director for the HCA Hope Fund’s national board of directors.

 Clarice M. Tappan '40 celebrated her 90th birthday on November 7th.

Oscar A. Troncoso '92, principal of Anthony High School, announced that Anthony High School received the College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council for the second time in three years and is the only high school in El Paso County to earn the state recognition twice in the past three years.

Diana Washington Valdez '83, '00, author-journalist of the El Paso Times and member of the UTEP Communication Department Advisory Board, was presented with a 2010 Border Heroes Award at Mercado Mayapan for exemplary contributions to the immigrant community. 

Ana D. Valtierra '07, '09, former UTEP women’s basketball player, is now an assistant coach at Canutillo High School.

 Russell A. “Russ” Vandenburg '70, president and CEO of real estate management firm TVO North America, is serving as chairman of UTEP’s Centennial Campaign Leadership Council, the largest fund raising effort in the history of the university. He was also recently honored as an outstanding philanthropist by The Association of Fundraising Professionals West Texas-Southern New Mexico Chapter.

Oscar E. Venegas '73, president of Venegas Engineering Management and Construction Inc., was featured in an El Paso Times article detailing the growth of his successful business and involvement with the SBA El Paso and New Mexico Procurement Center.

Chad A. Walters '03, assistant director of adult therapy services for West Texas Rehabilitation of Abilene, received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award from the Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education.

 John A. Wenke '89 was named the 2011 Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in El Paso by Best Lawyers in America, the nation’s oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

Bert E. “Pajarito” Williams '50, former assistant attorney and city alderman, wrote a 1962 civil rights ordinance making it unlawful to bar blacks from hotels, motels, theaters, and cafes, was highlighted in an El Paso Times article as the ordinance relates to a current individual rights policy concerning medical insurance benefits to unmarried partners of city employees.

Charles E. “Doc” Woodul '59 directed El Paso High School’s most intricate performance in years with the production of “Beauty and the Beast.”  Hundreds of elementary school children and the general public enjoyed seven performances during the first week of December.


 November 2010

Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald ’77, Hall of Fame inductee, continues to use his NBA status to encourage kids to work at their education following his example as one of the most academically-driven ex-athletes. Retired in 1984, he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. and relishes the fact that he will be the only one of the NBA’s all-time list of the “50 Greatest Players” to hold such a distinction.

Samer M. Barakat ’87 was appointed manager of Applied Science University website unit in Amman, Jordan and is also a lecturer of MIS. Since starting his professional career in education in 1999, Barakat has served as manager of the King Abdullah II Career Development office since 2004.

John S. Birkelbach ’71, attorney with Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan PC was named a “SuperLawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine for 2010. This distinction is awarded to only 5 percent of all Texas lawyers and is based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

 Jacob R. Boggs ‘03, executive board member of the UTEP Alumni Association’s El Paso Chapter,  has been honored with the Top Sales Consultant Award at Daw’s Home Furnishings for the months of May through August for excellence in customer service and sales achievement. He is also a member of the Miner Athletic Club, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

Deborah L. “Debbie” Bowden ’78, general sales manager and 35 year employee at Rudolph Chevrolet , was nominated recently for the El Paso Times Businesswoman of the Year Award and featured in the El Paso Times article “Bowden relishes role in leadership in male-dominated car industry.”

 Sandra Hatfield Clubb ’87, ’89, director of athletics for Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and 2009 Gold Nugget recipient from the College of Health Sciences, recently hosted President Barack Obama and about 70 of her neighbors during a town hall meeting at her home to discuss challenges faced by the middle class. Prior to her position at Drake, Hatfield Clubb served as senior associate athletic director at Arizona State University where she created a life skills program for student athletes that gained national recognition as a “Program of Excellence” by the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association.

Bryan M. Daw ’10 received the Top Sales Consultant Award for October by Daw’s Home Furnishings. The award is based on excellence in customer service and sales achievement.

Alexandra “Alex” Delgado-Faul ’94, Emmy award-winning anchor, is now the face of Central Valley Today, KSEE-TV’s first, live talk show. Delgado-Faul has also been honored as one of the Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women by the Business Street Journal, as well as being in the top ten category of the 40 Most Successful People under the age of 40 in the Central Valley. If you have a CVT story idea for her, e-mail her at alexd@ksee.com.

Omar H. Duran ’06, former 3-pointer star on the 2002-2003 Miners basketball team has become head coach at Cathedral High School. He served as freshman coach for Cathedral last year, and played professionally in Mexico since graduating from UTEP.

Victoria (Fragoso) Foster ’07 and her husband Greg were featured in an El Paso Times article titled “Children inherit parents’ love for sports.” The article is focused on the influence and continuing legacy in the lives of their children for athletic achievement. Victoria was an All-City volleyball player at Jefferson High School and continued playing at UTEP. Greg was a highly-recruited high school basketball player out of Oakland, Calif. From UCLA, he then transferred to UTEP for his final two seasons before enjoying a 13-year career in the NBA and receiving a championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers. Greg is now finishing his degree at UTEP.

Lorena Greene ’00 has just been promoted to major in the U.S. Army; she was a graduate of Irvin High School.

Robert C.M. Gunn ’86 is a consulting geologist in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After graduating with a master’s degree from UTEP, he returned to Canada and explored for uranium until the incident at Three Mile Island put a stop to that commodity. He continues to explore for Amoco and other oil and gas companies.

Warren Haston '92, '94, assistant professor of music education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, has a new instructional DVD released by GIA Publications entitled "Modeling for Band: Efficient Teaching and Authentic Learning." On the DVD, Dr. Haston discusses and demonstrates effective and appropriate use of modeling in rehearsals with elementary, middle, and high school bands. Visit www.giamusic.com for more information.

Leila Safi Hobson ‘69 ’74, partner at Hobson, Stribling & Carson LLP, was listed in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates by Texas Monthly magazine as a Texas a “Super Lawyer” in estate planning and probate. She also holds this rank for Elder Law and is one of the top 50 women “Super Lawyers” in the state. The firm was recently listed as a Tier 1 law firm in U.S. News & World Report in Trusts and Estates and Elder Law.

 Karen Lyon ‘78, associate dean of nursing for the Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, has been named as one of 20 “Outstanding Nurses of 2010” by the Texas Nurses Association District Nine Chapter. Lyon was the first recipient of UTEP’s MSN degree and the creator of the fast-track nursing program during her time as professor and assistant dean of graduate nursing at UTEP.

Eliza “Sylvia” Martinez ’80 won the Small Business Administration’s Minority Woman-Owned Business Award in 2006. Martinez is a registered nurse and the owner and founder of Altomar Home Health Inc., which she started in 2000 and has expanded her business of providing therapy and nursing care to about 500 clients in West Texas and Southern New Mexico.

 Richard O. Martinez, Sr. ’79, immediate past president of the UTEP Alumni Association, was interviewed for the El Paso Time article “PSB opening dedicated to engineering expertise” regarding recruiting new members for the Public Service Board where he serves as chairman until December 31, 2010. This will complete nearly eight years of service to the El Paso Water Utilities Board. Martinez  is an engineer at White Sands Missile Range where he is chief of the Future Forces Division. He is a member of UTEP’s Engineering Advisory Council, the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Advisory Council, and University Founders.

Don Maynard ’58, former Texas Western Miner and Hall of Fame inductee honoring his career  in the AFL and NFL, has just had his autobiography released by Triumph Books. The 256-page hardcover edition is available at Barnes and Noble in El Paso.

 Terrence “Terry” McChesney ’94, lifelong avid skateboarder and former owner of Skate City in El Paso, is author of “Dog Tacos.” The publication is a heroic, action-packed skateboarding novel based in El Paso and Juárez.  McChesney held a book signing recently at the East Side Barnes & Noble in El Paso.

Mauro Monsisvais, Jr. ’05, ’09 has joined the El Paso Convention & Performing Arts Center staff as director of operations. He was employed by the City of El Paso since 2006 as a project manager.

Maggie M. Moody ’85, ’86, ’94, South Loop Elementary teacher, was honored recently with an Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award given annually by Humanities Texas to Texas teachers who have made exemplary contributions in teaching, curriculum development and extracurricular programming. This past June, she was also selected to be a master teacher in the Humanities Texas sponsored summer teacher institute at UTEP.

Timothy G. Norris ’91, head golf coach at Kansas State University for 14 years is now in his 21st year of coaching golf. Norris began his career at UTEP where he led the Miners to six NCAA West Regional appearances.

Manuel Piña ’68, ’01, an educator in the Gadsden ISD, was married to Cecilia Chavez of Anthony, NM on September 4, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ginger J. Pineda Raya ’99, ’03 has been elected board treasurer of Latinitas, a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. Pineda Raya is a clinical administrator at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech, and adjunct faculty member of Dona Ana Community College.

Earl Frank Smythe, Jr. ’51 and his wife Betty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.

Carlos C. Spector ‘78, ’81 was featured in an in-depth interview regarding the human rights crisis in Mexico was featured recently in the El Paso Inc article titled “Q and A with Carlos Spector: Fighting for the Mexican media.” Spector is a border native with family on both sides of the Rio Grande and El Paso, and a lawyer who specializes in immigration cases. He has become an international figure for his representation of Mexican asylum seekers and now finds himself an advocate for the Mexican media.

BeEtta “Be” Stoney ’85, ’87, former women’s basketball standout at UTEP who is the third all-time leading scorer and one of only two Miner women to have more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, was inducted into the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010.  Now holding a Ph.D., Stoney teaches graduate classes and is the faculty-athletic representative at Kansas State University.

Angel Urbina ’94, ’99 was a 22nd Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation winner in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and received the graduate degree award for “Most Promising Engineer or Scientist” at the 2010 Great Minds in STEM Conference held recently in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Urbina is a member of the UTEP Engineering Advisory Council and is an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories

Barbara B. Walker ’81 was highlighted as a local technology leader by the Women’s Business Border Center of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Small Business Administration. With over 30 years experience in the computer industry and many community leadership roles in her portfolio, Walker is an inspiration and outstanding role model for all women.

Robert N. “Bob” Wallace ’75 was inducted into the UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010. Wallace is one of UTEP’s all-time leading receivers with a ranking of seventh in receiving yards (2,161), 10th in catches (123), and fourth in touchdowns (19).

Richard D. Wiles ’95, El Paso County Sheriff who is almost half way into his first four-year term, gave an in-depth interview recently to David Crowder of El Paso Inc. entitled “Q and A with Richard Wiles: El Paso County Sheriff.” He discussed issues of interest to the general public ranging from political and financial ties between members of the County Commissioners Court who approve his budget and the union that represents the officers who serve him.

Dorothy Woodley Hunt ’41, longtime El Paso community philanthropist, was recently honored by the Lower Valley YWCA branch being dedicated and renamed for her. A lifelong resident of the Lower Valley for 90 years, Woodley Hunt has dedicated most of her life to charitable work; including raising money for the YWCA in the Lower Valley over the years and volunteering with the El Paso Symphony, the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Historical Society.

 Paul G. Zacour ’84, owner of the successful real estate appraisal business Zacour and Associates Inc, was recently featured in the El Paso Times in an article title “Entrepreneur profile: Paul Zacour – Work  ethic spurs real estate appraiser to success.” Zacour is also a member of University Founders at UTEP.


 October 2010

Patricia “Pat” D. Adauto ‘00 recently retired as deputy city manager for development and information services for the City of El Paso. She first began as a clerk 35 years ago in the city’s Planning Department. Her future plans include attaining certification in elementary education and to teach.

Benjamin Alire Saenz ‘87 was among writers, artists and journalists participating in “Marfa Dialogues: Politics and Culture of the Border.” This was a symposium of art, film, music, literature, and debate held recently in Marfa, Texas. He is a faculty member at UTEP since 1992, the chair of the creative writing department and an award-winning El Paso poet and novelist.

Albert Armendariz, Jr. ‘67, attorney, received words of praise and congratulations during recent ceremonies dedicating El Paso’s new federal courthouse named for his father, the late Judge Albert Armendariz, Sr. Judge Armendariz helped lead the fight for the civil rights of Hispanics as an attorney, judge and civil rights activist and leader.

William T. “Bill” Barnhouse ‘69, co-founder and chairman of the board of the Reuel Group, Inc., has been awarded the rights to offer Green Business Certification in Texas. Certification in El Paso will be conducted through the Green Business Trust which has certified thousands of businesses nationwide since its formation in 2006.

Christina M. “Chrissy” Beltran ‘03 was recently a guest columnist for the El Paso Times describing a new co-teaching model for teaching special education students that she and a fellow teacher developed and implemented last school year. Beltran is a fourth-grade teacher at Pebble Hills Elementary School and a Teacher Consultant for the West Texas Writing Project.

Kenneth A. Berumen ‘85 has been named medical director for the El Paso Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services System. A native El Pasoan, Berumen will oversee emergency medical care pro¬vided by first responders, emergency medical techni¬cians, and paramedics of the fire and police departments.

John S. Birkelbach ‘71, specializing in real estate law with the firm Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson, & Galatzan P.C., was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2011 publication.

Gilbert De la Rosa ‘74 is being inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2010. A former board member of the UTEP Alumni Association, De la Rosa is the current president of the El Paso Baseball Officials Association and a member of the Texas Association of Sports Officials. He has umpired for 37 years at the collegiate, high school and youth baseball levels, including state playoffs and tournaments.

Juan A. Contreras ‘72 is the appointed principal of Ysleta Independent School District’s (ISD) Tejas School of Choice. He has served as principal of Plato Academy since 2004 and began his professional career in 1972 as a social studies, ESL and speech teacher at Lydia Patterson Institute.

Carmen Crosse ‘93, ‘05 is the newly appointed principal of Ysleta ISD’s Del Valle High School. She had been principal of Valley View Middle School since 2008 and began her professional career in 1993 as a social studies teacher at Socorro High School.

Ouisa D. Davis ‘85, attorney at law in El Paso, drew attention to the need for both custodial and noncustodial single parents to become aware of family court orders regarding child possession and access in an article by the El Paso Times “Read court orders, help children grow up healthy.”

Sylvia Dickey Smith ‘84, ‘85 has just published her fourth book entitled A War of Her Own, an historical novel set during WWII in southeast Texas. Dickey Smith is also the 2010 SAGE Award winner from the Barbara Burnett Smith Mentoring Authors Foundation. The honor is bestowed for all the support she has provided in mentoring aspiring writers.

Samuel A. "Sam" Donaldson, Jr. ‘55 was grand marshal for the September 2010 New Mexico State Fair parade in Albuquerque.

William B. “Bill” Fields ‘56, retired bank vice president and Virginia Fields ’85, former art and English teacher, recently co-authored and published a work celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Jesus A. Gomez ‘82 was appointed to the Texas Medical Association Committee on Cancer. Gomez is a member of the El Paso County Medical Society and a hematologist and oncologist in practice for 18 years.

Mohammad T. Hadavi ‘09 has been named the new assistant principal of Canutillo High School by the Canutillo Independent School District. He most recently served as director of campus support and district testing coordinator of Tornillo ISD.

Robert L. Halpern ‘80 recently participated as a speaker and journalist in the “Marfa Dialogues: Politics and Culture of the Border,” a symposium of art, film, music, literature, and debate held in Marfa, Texas. Halpern has worked for the Odessa American, the El Paso Times and then for The Big Bend Sentinel, which he and his wife then acquired along with The International Presidio paper. Halpern has lived near the border and written about it for most of his professional career.

Jessica M. Hewitt ‘08, teacher at Ysleta High School and teacher consultant for the West Texas Writing Project, was a recent guest columnist for the El Paso Times with an article on the importance of and need for teaching critical thinking skills.

Cheryl L. Hutton-Tellez ‘10 was recently hired as an audit team member with White, Samaniego, Campbell Certified Public Accountants.

Ted R. Karber Jr. ‘85, ‘88, founder of the now former Aardvark Theatre, has returned to the stage after a self-imposed five-year hiatus by directing the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Crimes of the Heart.” The play is being showed at the El Paso Playhouse, which celebrates its 47th season.  Two of his plays created during his downtime were semifinalists in the National Playwrights Conference run by Connecticut’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.

Roman A. Lechuga ‘04, formerly assistant band director at Chapin High School, is now director of the El Paso High Tiger band, one of the oldest musical organizations in El Paso. Their current show is called “From the Trenches of War” and fea¬tures musical selec¬tions from Holst, Orff and Williams.

Laura A. Martinez ‘78 is retiring from the IBM corporation after 30 years of service in several locations including Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and San Jose, California. As an administration manager, Laura managed assistant teams across several states.

Susana Martinez ‘81, Doña Ana County district attorney and Republican gubernatorial candidate for New Mexico, was invited along with Diane Denish, lieutenant governor and Democrat gubernatorial candidate, to discuss their platforms at the two-day 2010 Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Mathew S. McElroy ‘96, ‘00, ‘08, deputy director of El Paso’s Planning and Economic Development Department, was interviewed recently by El Paso Inc. about the direction the department is taking regarding smart growth, bad sprawl and the serious need for traffic planning. Previously, McElroy was the military expansion coordinator for the City of El Paso.

Julieta Melendez ‘94, ‘02 has been named new the assistant principal of Bill Childress Elementary by the Canutillo ISD. Previously, Melendez was an instructional coordinator at Damian Elementary.

David O. Morales ‘83, former football coach at Coronado and Canutillo high schools and current principal of Clint Junior High School, has been named the Region 19 Outstanding Middle School Principal of the year.  “Morales is credited by his peers with improving attendance rates through incentive programs at the school and spear¬heading Professional Learning Communities, an initiative that encour¬ages teachers through¬out the district to bring together their expertise in different subjects.”

John Daniel “Danny” Olivas ‘89 became the director of engineering for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California. Olivas, formerly of NASA, and his staff will focus on satellite sensor technology that can do such things as document gases in the atmosphere, wind speeds and directions, and detect changes in the polar ice caps.

Maria J. Pace ‘05, history teacher at Bel Air High School and teacher consultant with the West Texas Writing Project, was a recent guest columnist for the El Paso Times writing on “Students will rise to occasion if asked to.”

Joseph “Joey” A. Pennies ‘77 is being inducted into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame in October 2010. The four-year letterman for UTEP baseball was an All-WAC Honoree for baseball and academics, was the Miners Team Batting Champion in 1975, and Coach Andy Cohen honored him Pennies as one of the “Best I’ve Ever Coached.” Internationally, Pennies toured with the Sports Ambassadors All-America team in Central and South America. Additionally, he played, coached and trained in the Italian Professional Leagues, which included Olympic Italian National team before spending over 10 years as head coach at Parkland and Austin High School.

Monica Perales ‘94, ‘96, assistant professor of history at the University of Houston and board member for Humanities Texas, has just published Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community. Culminating 16 years of research, the in-depth book about Smeltertown, sometimes called La Esmerelda, examines a Mexican-American community that thrived for almost 100 years along West Paisano across from Asarco, its industrial benefactor.

Hector R. Puente ‘80, vice president of transmission and distribution for El Paso Electric Company, has served in various capacities since his affiliation with the company in 1980, including vice president of generation. During recent structural changes within the company, he now reports directly to the chief executive officer.

Carlos Ramirez ‘07 recently began a new job as mechanical engineer – structural analyst with National Oilwell Varco in Houston, Texas. He designs and analyzes blowout preventers and sub-sea structures used in the exploration and drilling for crude oil and natural gas. Ramirez started his engineering career with General Motors in 2007 and also secured a master’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2009.

Edna Salas ‘94, ‘00, teacher at Hilley Elementary School, is helping nearly 500 students launch the project “Pennies for your Thoughts” to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Salas has been promoting awareness among children about the disease since losing her father to the disease in 2009.

Robert Seeburger ‘96 has been named the new assistant principal of the Alderete Middle School by the Canutillo ISD. Previously, Seeburger was the chair of the Canutillo High School Social Studies Department, where he was also a teacher.

Martin Sena ‘97 was recently promoted to senior business lending officer at Greater El Paso Credit Union (GECU). In this role, he will lead the business lending department and offering business development services to a variety of local businesses utilizing his over 12 years of experience in the industry.

Robert L. “Bob” Sewell ‘80 has been named general manager of BMW of El Paso and MINI of El Paso by Earnhardt El Paso Motors where he was formerly operations manager.

Charmakeitha M. Smith ‘96, representing the Mobilization and Deployment Brigade, won second place for her vocal performance in the month long Fort Bliss’ Got Talent series for soldiers or their family members.

Scott W. Spivey ’88, Burgess High School tennis coach for 23 years, has been named United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) 2010 Southwest High School Coach of the Year. Spivey receives his award at the 99thAnnual USTA Southwest Meeting & Hall of Fame Awards Banquet in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Sharon E. Thompson ‘94, associate professor with the UTEP College of Health Sciences and member of the graduate scholarship committee, plans to be married in December to Brian Richard Davis, M.D. Dr. Davis is a clinical assistant professor in the department of surgery and he is the associate resident program director for general surgery at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, Texas.

Stacie K. Townsend ‘09, former UTEP softball standout and one of 30 women selected from 452 nominations, has been selected by the NCAA as a Top 30 honoree for the 2010 Woman of the Year award. Presented on October 17 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

Cesar E. Valenzuela ‘10, on September 24 at the El Paso County Coliseum, won a boxing match against opponent Lorenzo Estrada from Las Cruces to maintain a 5-0 record. The fight was scheduled as part of Super Fight 2, which showcased mixed martial arts and four boxing matches.

Damariz Valenzuela ‘05, ‘10 has been promoted to business lending officer at GECU where she has worked for the credit union for three years. Utilizing her more than four years of experience in home loans and business finance, she will meet with local business owners and develop loans packages to meet their com¬mercial financial needs.

Paula Yardeni ‘73, owner of Kiki’s restaurant at 2719 Piedras in El Paso, Texas, announced that Kiki’s machaca plate will be featured on Food Network’s “the Best Thing I Ever Ate” scheduled to air on October 4. Fellow El Pasoan, New York restaurant owner and executive chef, and Food Network co-star and judge Aaron Sanchez is credited for recommending the dish to producers as “'It's the best thing I ever ate.”


 September 2010

Tanny Berg ’70, owner and partner of The Shalom Group, one of the largest office-owning, office-managing company in El Paso, was recently featured in El Paso, Inc. article “Q and A with El Paso’s biggest fan: Tanny Berg.” Berg has held and continues to holds leadership roles with the Child Crisis Center, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, KCOS Channel 13 and, his newest passion, the West Texas Food Bank.

Jaime Esparza ’91, the District Attorney for the 34th Judicial District, was featured in the El Paso Times article “Money Sought for Legal Education.” The article cited a program his office implemented that saved El Paso County millions of dollars and Esparza’s goal to provide continuing legal education for the 80 lawyers that work there.
Joanna Favela ’07, ’08 has joined the firm White + Samaniego + Campbell, LLP as an Audit Team Member. She is also a junior member of the Texas Society of Public Accountants and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Hugh H.  Hughes ’82, ’85 presented a paper on the linguistic identity of Christopher Columbus at Poetics and Linguistics Conference, University of Genoa, Italy in July 2010.  He and Carolyn Coker Hughes ’85 conducted several weeks of linguistic research about the Occitan and Romansh languages in Italy and Switzerland.

Harriet May ’71, chief executive officer of El Paso’s GECU, is the new board chair of the Credit Union National Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of University Founders, the Centennial Campaign Leadership Council and the College of Science Advisory Board at UTEP.

Ed Rosen ’71, ’77 has been hired by the State of Indiana as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and will be providing employment-related services to individuals with disabilities. Rosen worked for the last 14 years as an Employment Specialist for the Goodwill organization in southern Indiana to assist individuals with disabilities and on welfare to obtain employment. He has also developed a highly successful career camp targeting teenagers who came from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Eliza Simental ’85, director of English as a Second Language Education for the San Elizario Independent School District in El Paso, was recently quoted in the El Paso Times article “San Eli program reaches out to foreign students: Many come from Mexico to learn.”

Jacquelyn Stroud Spier ’75 recently co-authored the book Yes, We Are Still Dancing with Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman. Published by the Frontera Women’s Foundation in El Paso, Texas, the book is dedicated to women, girls and their families who reside in the U.S.-Mexico border region. All profits will be dedicated to a borderland arts and culture endowment.


 August 2010

Yolanda Diaz ’92, president of Mirador Enterprises, received the 2010 Region IV Contractor of the Year Award by the Small Business Administration for her company’s performance as the premier contracting company in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama. On July 22, 2010, she was also selected as a 2010 Honoree by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their annual Sol de Oro Celebration.

Judy Downs-Lombardi ’75, ’82 was promoted to full professor of secondary education at California State University Northridge. In January 2010, her textbook Guide to PACT: Performance Assessment for California Teachers was published by Pearson Allyn Beacon.

Johnny E. Hawkins ’79 has lived in Pearl City, Hawaii since 1983 and currently owns and operates Johnny’s Auto Detailing Service.

Cynthia F. “Cindy” Lyon ’80 of Lauterbach, Borschow and Company was recently elected as a board member for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in May 2010.

Carolyn Mora ’84, owner of Carolyn Mora, CPA, PC was elected as the chair-elect for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Dr. Robert M. Munoz ’77 was elected to serve a two-year term as chair of the Central Area Council, which oversees the downtown area, for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Munoz is vice-president for Continuing Education Services at the Trinity River Campus of Tarrant County College.

Dr. M. Susana Navarro ’68, of the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence at UTEP, was recently elected as a board member for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in May 2010.

Lorenzo M. Reyes, Jr. ’83, CEO of Workforce Solutions Upper Rio Grande, was recently recognized by the Texas RehabACTion Network with the “Above the Call of Duty” award. Reyes serves as a member of the Pharmacy Blue Ribbon Committee, and for the advisory boards of the UTEP College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.


 July 2010

Marco C. Bencomo ’99 recently received the May Production Leader Award at JDW Insurance in May for generating new business; Marco is a member of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and is involved in the Independent Insurance Agents of El Paso, United Way, Sheriff's Posse of El Paso, Downtown Management District and Leadership El Paso.

Brian J. Carter ’86, Associate Director of the UTEP Swimming and Fitness Center, celebrates his 50th birthday by taking part in Ironman Nice in France on June 27, and then participating in the running of the bulls as part of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain. He has traveled the world in his athletic adventures and, with local triathlon standout Mike Bake, set a world record for a tandem triathlon at the Vineman Ironman in Sonoma, California.

Jack Chapman ’64 helped with the annual Kids Excel El Paso (KEEP) extravaganza “Reading Rock Stars, A Literary Musical Adventure” held recently at the City Art Museum and Plaza Theater; Jack helped start the program patterned after the National Dance Institute, which teaches dance to pre-kinder and elementary school age children.

Ruben Estrada ’95 has been appointed to the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council board; he is the global supply management facilities category manager for Delphi and experienced in the supplier development, supplier quality, purchasing and program management.

Cynthia Farah ’92 was recently in El Paso for the El Paso Museum of History’s second exhibit to examine El Paso’s Giants; this event, attended by about 600 celebrated Farah Manufacturing and served as a reunion for former loyal employees.

William R. “Will” Jewell, Jr. ’88 Chief Accounting Officer for Western Refining was granted restricted shares in the company after certain company criteria were met and as an incentive to stay with Western.

John D. “Danny” Olivas ’89 retired from NASA May 25 after flying two shuttle flights, accumulating more than 668 hours in space while serving as a mission specialist on STS-117 in 2007 and on STS-128 in 2009, and conducting five spacewalks; his expertise in spacewalking and materials engineering will be sorely missed with his departure said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Lester L. “Les” Parker ’67, ’77 Chairman and President of United Bank of El Paso del Norte, was recently named to the Minority Bank Council of the Independent Community Bankers of America; Les currently serves UTEP on the College of Business Advisory Council and is a board member of the Friends of the Library.

Izabela Marta Piekarska ’08 UTEP woman's basketball 2007-08 season all-time leading scorer, recently visited UTEP after playing professional basketball in Israel, Turkey, and her home country of Poland. Her pro-games took her to many capitals and countries of the world.

Jesse A. Sanchez ’00, ’04 a licensed engineer, has been elected president of the El Paso Public Library Association; the association is dedicated to increasing the literacy rate in El Paso County.

Andrew E. Sobioch ’92 was recently hired by Huntleigh Technology Group to be responsible for writing software and network design; he has 20 years experience in El Paso and New Mexico and worked as a flash automation engineer for Intel Corporation.

Rosemary Torres ’89, ‘03 second grade teacher at Serene Hills Elementary School was recently honored by the Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) in Austin, Texas as Elementary District Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010.

Stacie K. Townsend ’09 was named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine - Academic All-America Softball first team by the College sports Information Directors of America and is the first such honoree in the softball program's history; working on her MBA, Stacie was a UTEP top-10 graduate with a 4.0 grade average, and had 25 pitching wins out of 31 this season, a no-hitter, five shutouts, 11 double-digit strikeout games and over 800 strikeouts in her career.

Russell A. “Russ” Vandenburg ’70 committee treasurer for El Paso for Educational Excellence, a PAC recently campaigning to increase local El Paso school taxes, said it was an economic issue; Russ who is CEO of property management company TVO Groupe also serves on the executive board of the Regional Economic Development Corporation (REDCO).

 June 2010

Renato J. Aguilera ’81, ’82, biology professor and director of the graduate program in biology at The University of Texas at El Paso, recently was announced the recipient of the 2010 William A. Hinton Research Training Award.

Stephanie Townsend Allala ’00, was recently elected member of the board of directors of The El Paso Probate Bar Association in El Paso, Texas.

Robert A. “Bob” Black ’77, managing shareholder at MehaffyWeber in Beaumont, Texas, was recently named president-elect of Texas Young Lawyers Association; he has served as chair of the State Bar of Texas board of directors and is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

Salvador Borrego ’08, has been promoted to project specialist at Professional Service Industries Inc.'s Fort Bliss Special Project in El Paso, Texas.

Yolanda G. “Yolie” Diaz ’92, founder of Mirador Enterprises, a $6.2 million, 42 permanent employee facilities maintenance and management contractor, has been awarded the Small Business Administration's regional Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award for 2010.

James A. “Jim” Dick III ’55 and Beverly L. Dick ’55, were recently honored by the El Paso Community Foundation for their long-standing commitment to supporting the El Paso community through civic involvement and philanthropic activities with the establishment of several charitable funds; Jim currently serves on the Foundation’s Investment Advisory Committee.

Fermin Dorado ’70, ’78, founder of Dorado Engineering, Inc., has just been elected to the El Paso Employees Federal Credit Union board; he has served as chairman of the Fiestas de las Flores Hispanic Cultural Center and on the boards of the United Way of El Paso County and Centro Medico Del Valle.

George Espinosa ’83, was recently hired by JDW Insurance as safety and loss control manager in El Paso, Texas; George has 30 years in the safety field and holds professional designations of Construction Health and Safety Technologist and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist.

Ruben Estrada ’95, manager of global supply management for Delphi, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council based in Austin, Texas.

Donald S. “Don” Henderson ’56, was honored as the Silver Anniversary Miner Award winner at the recent Dinner With the Miners banquet; he was a member of the UTEP (then Texas Western College) basketball and track teams in the 50’s, a highly successful insurance professional and served as mayor of El Paso.

Bernardo M. del Hierro ’02, director at TVO North America who oversees TVO's commercial real estate division, has completed BOMI International's Property Management Financial Proficiency Certificate for people who manage real estate assets.

Natasha Lacy ’07, recently received a training camp contract recently with the WNBA Tulsa Shock franchise, coached by El Paso legend Nolan Richardson; she previously played with the K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol, Cyprus and the Maccabi Bnot Ashdod in Ashdod, Israel.

Janet P. Lynch ’03, has been teaching music for nearly half her life and is now the band teacher at Montwood Middle School after switching from teaching high-school band at Del Valle High in El Paso, Texas; her jazz and concert bands have earned numerous first divisions at competitions, and her jazz band is ranked the second-highest in El Paso.

Cynthia F. “Cindy” Lyons ’80, has been reappointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Finance Commission of Texas and named 2010-2011board chair for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation; she is a CPA and shareholder of Lauterbach, Borschow and Company and member of the American Institute of CPAs, Texas Society of CPAs, and Camino Real Angels.

Robert A. “Bob” Malone '74, Was recently re-elected as a director of Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company and a director of Halliburton, of the world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry at each of the company’s 2010 annual meeting of shareholders; Bob is the former chairman and president of BP America Inc.

George L. McLendon ’71, a leading biochemist and dean of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University in North Carolina, has been named provost of Rice University by Rice President David Leebron; he will take over his new post July 1, 2010.

Rene Ordonez ’84, was recently elected president of The El Paso Probate Bar Association in El Paso, Texas.

Pamela M. Perez ’84, ’85, program director for El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation’s Elinor Zind Early Childhood Intervention, was recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as Chair of the State Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee that advises and assists the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services in developing intervention services for children ages 3 and younger.

Rita Placencia ’95, special education teacher at Sunland Park Elementary School in Sunland Park, New Mexico, was recently recognized as a “Standout Teacher” and featured in an article in the Las Cruces Sun-News on May 16, 2010. This is her 11th year teaching at this school.

Maricela Rodriguez ’94, was recently recognized at this year’s Ysleta Independent School District Volunteer Award Luncheon for her volunteer work teaching prenatal classes at the high schools.

Lina Sena ’01, was recently elected treasurer, The El Paso Probate Bar Association.

Jacquelyn Stroud Spier ’75, ’79, and well-known El Paso artists Susan Amstater and Connie Dillman have created “Yes, We Are Still Dancing,” a book of poems and paintings that celebrate their lives as young women, wives, mothers and grandmothers in the borderland; the book and its original art have been donated to the Frontera Women’s Foundation who will use the proceeds from sales to help area children pursue the arts, and expand opportunities for women, girls and their families who live along the U.S.-Mexico border.

David L. Telas ’95, was recently presented as Horizon High School's new head football coach in El Paso, Texas.

Nestor A. Valencia ’63, ’69, was recently recognized by the El Paso Community Foundation for establishing a fund in memory of his mother; he was also recognized for chairing the restoration committee of the Plaza Theater and painting the portraits on display in the theatre of the philanthropists instrumental in the restoration.

James C. “Curt” Warren, Jr.’72, guitar teacher at UTEP since 1978, perennial heavy hitter on the local jazz scene, and guitar player with the Commodores and U.S. Navy Band, among others, retired from teaching at UTEP in May.


 May 2010

Irene Chavez ’79, was inducted March 26th at the 21st annual El Paso Commission for Women Hall of Fame banquet for her achievements in science and healthcare. She is a member of University Founders, and serves on the College of Science Advisory Board and CEDARS Advisory Council.

Eduardo A. Gamboa ’72, El Paso County Statutory Probate Court #2 judge, has been named Public Official of the Year by the El Paso Branch of the National Association of Social Workers.

Alonso X. Garcia ’96, and his wife Patricia opened Canadian-based Yogen Früz in the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. This is only one of three in Texas.

Rita Gomez ’00, Canutillo Middle School teacher was named Outstanding ESL Teacher of the Year by Bilingual Educators Emphasizing and Mastering Standards, or BEEMS. She is in her eighth year as a teacher in Canutillo ISD’s ESL program, providing instruction to seventh and eighth grade ESL students in El Paso, Texas.

Debra C. "Debbi" Hester ’97, has been awarded the ERA Sellers, Buyers, and Associates Platinum Circle of Excellence Award for 2009.

Gary R. Hedrick ’77, was recently elected chair-elect of United Way of El Paso County. He is a member of University Founders and an adjunct professor of Corporate Enterprise at UTEP.

Renard U. Johnson ’95, of METI, Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of United Way of El Paso County. He also serves on UTEP’s Centennial Campaign Leadership Council and Engineering Advisory Council.

Antonio Martinez Jr. ’78, has been named to the ReadyOne Industries board of directors. He is a partner with El Paso law firm Firth, Johnson, Martinez and serves on the Paso Del Norte Children’s Development Center board.  

Liliana I. Miranda ’98, was recently elected to the Hospice El Paso board of directors. She is senior vice president for Bank of the West

Eva M. Moya ’81, advocacy, communication and social mobilization coordinator for Project Concern International and instructor in the UTEP Department of Social Work, was recently appointed to the Health Disparities Task Force by Governor Rick Perry.

Felipe D. Peralta ’71, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the El Paso Branch of the National Association of Social Workers.

Josie Briones Perez ’90, ’96, was promoted to assistant superintendent for the Clint Independent School District in El Paso County, Texas.

Steffen P. Poessiger ’01, was recently appointed vice president, director of client services by Mithoff Burton Partners in El Paso. He also serves as the chair of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Marketing Committee.

Jose L. Rodarte ’65, registered professional engineer and professional land surveyor with Huitt-Zollars in El Paso, Texas, was honored recently by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers with their Engineer of the Year award.

Craig Schneider ’79, was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) U.S. Army Reserve.  He has been a member of the Texas National Guard since March of 2004 and was deployed to Southern Iraq on the staff of the 36th Sustainment Brigade.

David A. Veloz ’95, has been made executive director of United Blood Services (UBS) National Customer Contact Center where he oversees operations for El Paso and Tempe, Arizona and is responsible for assuring that more than 350,000 blood donations are collected throughout the various UBS locations. He serves on the UTEP Alumni Association board of directors.

Sean C. White ’99, named a 2010 Texas “Rising Star” Super Lawyer by the publishers of Texas Monthly and Law and Politics magazines, has been elected a partner at Kemp Smith law firm where he practices in the litigation department of the El Paso office.


 April 2010

David Bradford '81,retired from the Department of Defense Commissary Agency after a 35 year careerserving military needs and continues to be a proud supporter of our soldiers,marines, airmen and sailors.Originally from Kentucky, he is now living and managing a small farm operation in Virginia.


Gilbert Carreon ’98, was recently promoted to the position of audit manager by Bank of the West in El Paso; he will run the bank’s internal audit program and supervise audit staff.


Lianee D. Fernandez '00, has been promoted to the position of vice president and credit underwriter III by Chase Bank’s commercial banking group in El Paso.

Ruth Gillete ’67,a teacher at Andress High School for 39 years, was honored recently by the El Paso Community Foundation for establishing the Ruth E. Gillette Scholarship Fund to benefit Andress High School students wanting to continue theire ducation.

Susana Gottswinter ’83,was recently promoted by the El Paso Employees Federal Credit Union to the position of assistant vice president of finance; she has more than20 years experience in financial accounting and joined the credit union in 2006.


Ruben Hernandez '92,was recently promoted to the position of senior banker by Chase Bank’s commercial banking group in El Paso. 


Henry T. Ingle ’65,senior partner of The Knowledge-Brokers, recently received the Distance Learning in Higher Education Award presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) at the AAHHE 5th Annual Conference in Costa Mesa, CA; the award is given for championing distance learning in higher education via online instruction, research, or development of distance learning processes that impact Latino students in higher education.

David H. Lindau ’61,president of Lauterbach Financial Advisors in El Paso and one of the first professionals nationwide to obtain the CFP certification, was recently recognized by the national Financial Planning Association for 25 years as a Certified Financial Planner.

Judy Mangan ’48, was recently recognized by the El Paso Community Foundation for establishing with her late husband, the Judy and Frank Mangan Fund for the continued enrichment of the El Paso community.

Keri L. Moe ’99, ’03,lecturer in the Department of Communication at UTEP and assistant professor of communication at El Paso Community College, was recently awarded the New Member Achievement Award by The Texas Public Relations Association (TPRA) for her service to TPRA and the Public Relations Association of Texas; Keri is the immediate past-president and a founding member of the Public Relations Association of the Southwest and vice president for public relations for the UTEP Alumni Association.

Rosemarie Montez ’09,has joined Varay Systems as client services assistant. The company is headquartered in El Paso.


Arthur J. Pyron ’80,was recently named to Mesa Energy Holdings Inc. Advisory Board to provide expertise in the exploration and development of its Java Field, Marcellus Shale natural gas project located in western New York.


Stephanie A. Schulte ’99, ’07,certified sexual assault nurse examiner at Sierra Medical Center, was recently recognized by The Daisy Foundation with the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses; Stephanie was also appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Crime Victims’ Institute Advisory Council which advises the Crime Victims’ Institute on the impact of crime on victims, relatives, guardians and society and assists the Institute to develop policies to prevent the victimization of society by crime.

Seetharami Seelam ’02, and his colleagues received the best papera ward in the architecture track for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium of2010; Seelam is currently a staff member at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Center in New York.

Roxanne Weisendanger ’78, ’05, with over 30 years of nursing experience, was recently appointed assistant chief nursing officer at Del Sol Medical Center; she will oversee special nursing projects and initiatives and supervise key hospital programs.


Richard Westbrook ’70, of the El Paso Orthopaedic Surgery Group and Center for Sports Medicine was recipient of  the 2009 Texas Monthly Super Doctors designation.