UTEP Alumni Association Board of Directors

The UTEP Alumni Association is a non-profit organization that exists to foster Miner pride and opportunities for engagement for all UTEP alumni, as well as to assist UTEP and its current students in the pursuit of excellence.


Members of the board of directors are proud UTEP graduates who share their time, skills and talents with their alma mater via the UTEP Alumni Association. Members are expected to attend four meetings per year (including a weekend retreat); serve on board committees, and participate at various events presented by the association and UTEP. There is also a financial commitment that supports ongoing alumni programs.

For more information on how to become a board member and nomination periods, please email us at alumni@utep.edu.

2023-2024 UTEP Alumni Association Board Members

Manuel Castruita

1988 BSED – Secondary Education,
1992 M.Ed. – Guidance & Counseling

Radford School
Assistant Director



Fred Lopez

2011 MPA 

Quantum Consultants
Vice President

Immediate Past President
Bernardino Olague

1991 B.S. – Civil Engineering
2001 M.S. – Civil Engineering

LOI Engineers
Vice President



Dr. Rick Acevedo

2001 B.S.; 2004 MS;
2013 MBA
2018 Ed.D. – Doctor of Education

University of Detroit Mercy
College of Engineering & Science
Career. Co-Op & Entrepreneurial Center Director

Victor Rueda

1978 BBA – Finance

VP of HR & Safety
El Paso Electric





Vice President for Campus Partnerships
Dr. James Jones

1982 BBA – Business Management 
2010 Ph.D. – Organization and Management

Operations Representative
San Antonio, TX 

Vice President for Philanthropic Outreach
Brandy L. Peterson Maddox

2003 B.S. – Health Sciences

Public Health Professional


Liliana Barrios

Ex Officio Member
Liliana Barrios

2006 MBA

The University of Texas at El Paso
Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Donor Engagement

Board Members-at-Large


Javier Aguilar

2017 B.A. Multimedia Journalism
2021 Master’s in Public Administration

The University of Texas at El Paso
Department Leadership Studies Program Advisor


Zita Arocha

2012 MFA – Creative Writing

The University of Texas at El Paso
Professor Emeritus


Jose "Pepe" A. De Alba

1993 B.S. – Civil Engineering

Texas Gas Service
Operations Manager


Johnathan Cereceres

2019 B.A.– Political Science and Chicano Studies

Quantum Consultants

Dr. Pablo Estrada

2006 B.S. – Microbiology, Minor in Chemistry
2015 – Doctorate in Physical Therapy
2016 – Post Graduate Residency, Harris Health System

EP Rehab Specialty Group
CEO - Endurance Specialist


Sergio M. Estrada

2007 B.A. – Political Science

Kemp Smith Law Firm

Dr. Venkateswara Kolli

1974 B.S.
1980 MD
2017 MBA

Veterans Affairs Hospitals of El Paso
Staff Physician



Lauren Ferris

2008 B.A. – Political Science and Criminal Justice

Ferris Law Firm

Maggie Morales-Moody

1985 B.A. – French
1986 B.S. – Elementary Education
1994 M.Ed.- Educational Administration

GiGi's Playhouse El Paso
Executive Director


Anthony Martinez

2009 B.A. – Multidisciplinary Studies
2011 MBA

Franchisee Owner 

Paul J. Sanchez

2016 B.S. – Civil Engineering
2019 M.S. – Civil Engineering

Westwood Professional Services
Graduate Engineer II
Henderson, NV 


Dr. Miguel Serrano

1993 BIS – Interdisciplinary Studies
2012 Ph.D. – Teaching, Learning and Culture

Midland Independent School District
School Improvement Officer 


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