Class Notes
Helping you keep up with fellow classmates through a compilation of alumni submissions and reports from newspapers and other media outlets


Internationally known sculptor and installation artist Jesse Amado, B.A. in English, B.F.A. in art ’87, and M.F.A. in art ’90, is one of three artists from San Antonio asked to donate their papers to the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution research center.


Susan Pape, B.B.A. in accounting, has been named publisher of the San Antonio Express-News. She will continue in her role as chief financial officer of the daily as well as CFO of the Houston Chronicle. Both newspapers are owned by Hearst. Pape is the first woman to be named the top executive at the Express-News in its 151-year history.


Jennifer “Buffo” Alcoser, B.B.A. in accounting, has been promoted to executive director for Ernst & Young. She’s celebrated her 23rd work anniversary with the company and is involved in various charitable organizations, including National Charity League.


Rolando Pablos, M.B.A. in business, is the newest secretary of state in Texas, appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott. An attorney, Pablos moved into the role in January from being chairman of the Texas Racing Commission and has also served on the Public Utilities Commission. As secretary of state, he will be in charge of overseeing elections integrity and the state’s diplomatic relations with foreign countries.


A world champion and Olympic medalist in Tae Kwon Do, Elva Pai Adams, B.B.A. in accounting, was one of two people from the United States to referee the Tae Kwon Do competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Adams came to America in the early 1990s when she chose UTSA, she says, because of its support for international students. She remains an active member of the UTSA community. Adams is vice president of business banking at Wells Fargo.


Darrell E. Colley, B.A. in criminal justice, has been named the regional manager of field operations for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Region 8.


Manny Longoria, B.A. in mass communication, is now an agency owner of Goosehead Insurance in San Antonio. He was a founding member of the UTSA student organization Volunteer Organization Involving Community Education and Service and in 2013 established the Longoria Endowment for Service Learning and Leadership Initiatives.


Duane Alexander Miller, B.A. in philosophy, has written Living Among the Breakage: Contextual Theology-Making and Ex-Muslim Christians, published by Pickwick. He also became a lecturer and researcher in Muslim-Christian relations at the Christian Institute of Islamic Studies, based at the campus of the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio.


Author Veronica Campbell “Ronnie” Stich, B.B.A. in information systems, has ventured into movie making and has taken home awards for Best Documentary and Audience Choice at the San Antonio Horrific Film Fest for her first film, which explores the emerging punk music scene in the Alamo City. Returned to This is currently in consideration at other festivals nationwide along with a short horror film she made.

Formerly with La Fonda on Main and Ácenar, Ceasar Zepeda, B.B.A. in management, has opened Sangria on the Burg. Located on Fredericksburg Road in the South Texas Medical Center area, the restaurant is the first that Zepeda has owned and operated.


Keith Norman, B.B.A. in marketing, was named sales counselor of the year, custom builder at the Greater San Antonio Builders Association 2016 Summit Awards. The event recognizes builders and associates with awards in a number of categories, including promotional, product, and personal achievement.


Julio Ramos Jr., B.S. in civil engineering, has been selected as a member of the 2016 Institute of Transportation Engineers Rising Stars Class. The program recognizes members who made an impact on the profession, demonstrated the ability to lead, and have implemented innovative techniques to solve transportation problems. Ramos is a project manager at civil engineering consultants. 


Jenny Deptuch, B.B.A. in marketing and M.B.A. ’09, has published her first book, Seek, Find, Pursue: Knowing and Following God’s Calling, from Westbow Press.


Azuree Bernard, B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, a teacher at the Pasadena Independent School District, has joined the Houston Choral Society for another season.


Luke Guillemette, B.B.A. in accounting and M.Acy. ’14, has been promoted to senior associate at the BKD accounting firm. Guillemette serves clients in the BKD WealthPlan group and BKD Construction & Real Estate, Healthcare and Not for Profit Industries.


Kallisyn Gouard, B.A. in communications, has been promoted to brokerage associate at Peloton Commercial Real Estate. Gouard will work with senior brokers to provide marketing services and identify new opportunities for third-party office projects in the San Antonio market.

Rebecca Smith, B.S. in kinesiology, will be completing her physical therapy practicum in the Dominican Republic in May. Smith, formerly a Ms. UTSA, is in her final year of the doctorate of physical therapy program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She was one of five students selected for the practicum program.


Lisa May Palacios, Ed.D. in educational leadership, has been named associate dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. Palacios was UTSA’s director of graduate recruitment from 2005 to 2014.

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