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 contact Judith Heredia-Perry at jheredia@utep.edu

2022-2023 UTEP Alumni Association Board Members

Manuel Castruita

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

Radford School
Assistant Director



Fred Lopez

2011 MA - Public Administration

Quantum Consultants / Realty Connect
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
Career, Co-op & Entrepreneurial Center Director

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 Philantrophic Outreach
Brandy L. Peterson Maddox

2003 B.S. - Health Sciences

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lead Health Scientist

Ex Officio Member
Maribel Villalva

1997 BA – Journalism
2017 MBA

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



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

Johnathan Cereceres

2019 B.A. - Political Science and Chicano Studies

District Rep (Legislative Paraprofessional Texas Senate District 29)


Jose "Pepe" A. De Alba

1993 B.S. - Civil Engineering

Texas Gas Service
Operations Manager

Michelle Esparza

2016 BBA - Economics

Dickinson Wright PLLC
Associate Attorney 


Dr. Pablo Estrada

2006 B.S. – Microbiology
2015 DPT

EP Rehab Specialty Group
CEO - Endurance Specialist

Sergio M. Estrada

2007 B.A. - Political Science

Kemp Smith Law Firm
Associate Attorney 


George K. Farah

1999 BBA - Marketing

Farah Law Group, PLLC
Managing Attorney

Lauren Ferris

2018 B.A. - Political Science and Criminal Justice

Ferris Law Firm


Dr. Venkateswara Kolli

1974 B.S.
1980 MD
2017 MBA

Veterans Affairs Hospitals of El Paso
Staff Physician

Anthony Martinez

2009 B.A. - Multidisciplinary Studies
2011 MBA

Franchisee Owner 


Maggie Morales-Moody

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

GiGi's Playhouse El Paso
Executive Director

Rebecca Ramos Birch

1975 BBA – ManagementI

BM Corporation (Retired)
Bothell, WA 


Victor Rueda

1978 BBA – Finance

VP of HR & Safety
El Paso Electric

Paul J.Sanchez

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

Westwood Professional Services
Graduate Engineer II
Henderson, NV 


Florida Simon Dotson

1980 BSEE - Electrical Engineering

Champions Real Estate
GroupBroker Associate
Houston, TX

Dr. Miguel Serrano

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

Midland Independent School District
School Improvement Officer 


Daniel R. Valdez

2013 MBA - Business Administration

El Paso Leadership Academy
Executive Director


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