Roadrunners You Should Know

UTSA Roadrunners are making a difference all around the world and have exciting stories to share. It is those experiences that create the rich history of UTSA. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, UTSA wants to feature alumni, staff, faculty…anyone who has called themselves a member of the Roadrunner Family in the last 50 years.

The most important letter in UTSA is “U,” so please share those special times as an alumni, faculty, staff, family…past or present. Send an email to . Make sure to send a current photo or two and tell those stories.

Robert Rivard
Bachelor’s, Political Science, 1996
Bob is the founder, editor and publisher of The Rivard Report
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April Ancira
Master’s, Business Administration, 2003
April serves as a Vice President of the Ancira Auto Group.
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Brigadier General Jimmy Canlas
Bachelor’s, Electrical Engineering, 1992
General Canlas is Commander of the 618th Air Operations Center at Scott Air Force Base, Ill..
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María Villagómez
Bachelor’s Business Administration in Accounting, 1996
Maria is the new Deputy City Manager for the City of San Antonio, overseeing the police, fire, city budget and animal care services.
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Zack Dunn
Bachelor’s, Business Administration in Finance, 2015
Zack is in his third year of law school and will soon become an associate with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, headquartered in New York City.
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Dana Bashara
Master’s, Educational Administration, 1996
Dana is the superintendent of Alamo Heights Independent School District.
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Alexander Hilmy
Bachelor’s, Business Entrepreneurship, 2011
Director of Strategy and Partner at HILMY, a branding, design and strategy firm.
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Ashley Lucero
Bachelor’s, Music Performance, 2015
Master’s, Music Performance, 2018
Ashley is an adjunct professor at the Baptist University of the Americas in South San Antonio. She is also a featured performer at the San Antonio Airport and UT Health San Antonio. She is a writer and composer.
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Joseph De La Garza
Bachelor’s, Business Administration in Accounting, 1977
Joseph has been a banker since 1978 and is currently with Jefferson Bank. He is the new Board Chairman for the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
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Barry Bridges
Bachelor’s, Business Administration, 2008
Barry is a manager of Organizational Change Management at UT Health San Antonio.
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Sara Dibrell
Bachelor’s, Biochemistry, 2018
Sara is attending California Institute of Technology to earn her Ph.D. in Chemistry.
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Jason Nemons
Bachelor’s, Interdisciplinary Studies, 2011
Jason is a teacher/coach at Groesbeck High School. He recently completed his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.
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Brett Seybold
Master’s of Business Administration, 2009
Brett currently serves as Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Treasurer for USAA
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Lori Houston
Master’s in Public Administration, 2003
Lori is the Assistant City Manager for the City of San Antonio.
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Farnum & Trish Jahanian
Farnum: B.S. in Computer Science, Math and Systems, 1982
Trish: B.A. in Computer Science, 1982
In 2018, Farnum was named president of Carnegie Mellon University. Trish holds a patent for the algorithms that allow banks to “talk” to each other during ATM transactions.
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Mahdy Saedy
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 2012
Mahdy is a vice president at JP Morgan Chase, driving organizational modernization and adoption of new methodologies and technologies as well as cultural shifts across the firm. This initiative is meant to transform the way JP Morgan delivers digital products and services.
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Mohammed A Alabdani
Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, 2013
Mohammed is currently a project manager.
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Colleen McReynolds Swain
M.P.A. in Finance, 2004
Colleen is the director of the World Heritage Office for the City of San Antonio.
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Brandon Petrosky
B.B.A. in Accounting, 2008
Brandon is the Chief Financial Officer for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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Alex Alcala
B.S. in Kinesiology, 2017
M.S. in Business, 2018
Alex is currently an educator in Denver, CO.
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Melissa Vela-Williamson
M.A. in Communication, 2009
Melissa is the Chief Communication Architect and Owner of MVW Communications
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Grant M Gaines
Bachelor’s of Marketing, 2005
Grant is a partner with Patel/Gaines, PLLC Attorneys at Law.
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William Curtis
B.B.A in Real Estate Finance & Development, 2013
William is a Leasing Manager with Tech Port SA.
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Thomas Marks
B.A. in Political Science, 2003
Thomas is currently a Government Affairs Specialist at the DeBerry Group.
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Laura Villarreal
B.A. in Communications, 2008
M.A. in Communications, 2014
Laura has been working as the Development Director at the World Affairs Council of San Antonio since May 2018.
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Felix J. Ziga, Jr.
B.S. in Architecture, 2010
Master of Architecture, 2012
Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation
Felix is currently a partner/owner of Ziga Architecture Studio, Oak Ridge Custom Homes and Ziga Investment Group.
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Ceasar Zepeda
B.B.A, 2003
Ceasar owns two popular San Antonio restaurants: Sangria on the Burg and Ceviche Ceviche.
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Jessica D. Beemer
B.A. Political Science/International Studies, 2008
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership
Jessica serves as chief of staff to Houston City Councilman Dave Martin and was instrumental during Hurricane Harvey.
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A.J. Rodriguez
B.B.A., 1998
M.B.A., 2000
A.J. serves as vice president of external affairs for Zachary Group and is also an artist.
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Wayne Gonzales,
B.A. in Criminal Justice, 2011
Wayne serves as vice president of risk management and compliance for Payment Data Systems Inc.
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Dr. Kelly Nash
Ph.D. in Physics, 2009
One of very few African American women in the nation to hold a Ph.D. in physics, Kelly is making strides as a UTSA associate professor.
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Ryan Quinn
B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship, 2015
Ryan serves as CEO of Simmo3D, a 3D printing company that creates affordable organ models for the biomed industry.
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Brian Woods,
Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, 2012
Since 2012, Brian has served as superintendent of Northside Independent School District, one of Texas’ largest school districts.
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Dan Karam
B.B.A in Information Systems, 1997
M.S. in Information Technology, 2001
Dan serves as chief information officer at MUY! Companies. He also met his wife at UTSA.
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Caitlin Krobot
M.P.A, 2014
Caitlin is a special projects manager for the City of San Antonio.
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Curtis Wilkins
B.A. in Communication, 2011
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – Higher Education, 2013
Curtis, an author and mentor, is one of UTSA’s Houston-based undergraduate admissions counselors.
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Lillian L. Cano Fernandez
B.A. in Spanish, 2005
M.A. in Spanish, 2008
Lillian, a UTSA Ph.D. student, is a lecturer for Spanish III in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
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Alan Holt
B.A. in Electronic Communication, 2006
Alan is a broadcast meteorologist for KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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Dr. Lindsay Fuller
Ph.D. in Physics, 2017
Lindsay, an astrophysicist, is completing a post-doc at UTSA and is obsessed with the great beyond.
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Chris Anderson
M.P.A., 2011
With a heart for public service, Chris is the business process manager for the City of San Antonio’s Aviation Department.
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Burcu Ozsoy
B.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering, 2010
Burcu is the director of the Polar Research Center at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and a faculty member of ITU Maritime.
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Ying Li & Yeng Yang
Ph.D.s in Culture, Literacy and Language, 2016
Yeng was a first-generation college student and the first Hmong American to graduate with a Ph.D. from UTSA. He is a lecturer at UC Santa Cruz and a career advisor at Cal State Monterey Bay. Ying, an assistant professor, teaches Chinese to U.S. military students and personnel at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA.
Benoit Lecomte
Bachelors of Business, 1995
Benoit is an accomplished swimmer who is planning a swim from Japan to California. He swam the Atlantic in 1998 and hopes to raise awareness of ocean pollution.
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Federico Balbi
B.S. in Computer Science 2000
M.S. in Computer Science 2003
M.S. in Management of Technology, 2007
Federico is a software engineer in the UTSA Office of Information Technology. In his spare time, he maintains the Conversation Exchange.
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