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Student Staff

Orientation and Family Programs offers students a unique leadership development opportunity that empowers them with engagement, challenge and accountability. Students have the opportunity to serve as Graduate Interns, Student Coordinators, Team Leaders and Orientation Leaders.

Become a Orientation Leader

Graduate Interns

The Office of Orientation and Family Programs offers a variety of Graduate Internship opportunities for students pursuing their gradute degree.  Internships are available during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters; each semester includes a unique experience from the other.  Please visit our Graduate Internship website for more information.

Student Coordinators

The Office of Orientation and Programs employs Student Coordinators; these students get firsthand experience with the planning, programming and implementation of Student and Family Orientations, new student camps and family programming.


Alex Zapata – Student Programs

Major:Criminal Justice

Hometown: Del Rio, Texas

Molly Ballard

Nik Goff – Student Programs

Major: Real Estate Finance and Development

Hometown: Austin, Texas


Peter Hoeft – Family Programs

Major: Geography

Hometown: Cypress, Texas

Molly Ballard

Tyahija Martin – Student Programs

Major: Digital Communications

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Team Leaders

The Office of Orientation and Programs employs Team Leaders; these students assist with the recruitment, mentoring and training of the Orientation Leaders in Training throughout the year.

Christian Kenney

Isabella Beltri

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Round Rock, Texas

Johnny Paz

Jacorey Patterson

Major: Biologyd

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Christian Kenney

Kellyann Elam

Major: International Business

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Kaylon Rochon

Terralyn Wilburn

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders are a dedicated group of students who play an important role in facilitating the transition of new students and their families to UTSA. Our team is trained to share accurate information about academic, personal, and social resources while working collaboratively with faculty, staff and administrators. Orientation Leaders serve in a variety of activities such as New Student Orientation (Freshman and Transfer), Family Orientation and Programs, Roadrunner Camp and the Orientation Leader Association.

Orientation Leader of the Year

EJ and Myron

The Orientation Leader of the Year is an award that is presented annually to an Orientation Leader that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the mission, goals and purpose of orientation. In addition, these outstanding leaders demonstrate an exceptional ability to lead, motivate and serve as role-models for their fellow staff members.

The 2016 Orientation Leader of the Year is Taylor Waits.

Meet our Professional Staff