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Class Notes

Class Notes is a compilation of alumni submissions and reports from newspapers and other media outlets.


Gerardo "Jerry" Salinas, B.B.A. in accounting, has been named chief financial officer of Cullen/Frost Bankers. Since 1986, Salinas has held various financial positions within Frost and Cullen/Frost. He was named bank and corporate controller in 1989 and treasurer in 1997.


Mary Bailey, B.B.A. in accounting, has been promoted to San Antonio Water System vice president of business planning and controller. Bailey has been a controller with SAWS for nine years, managing accounting functions for the organization.


Kelly "Todd" Newton, B.B.A. in accounting, has been named chief executive officer of Apollo Endosurgery. Prior to becoming CEO of Apollo, Newton was executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at ArthroCare Corp.


The Hispanic IT Executive Council has named Israel Martinez Jr., B.B.A in accounting, to its HITEC 100, a list that ranks the most influential and notable Hispanic professionals in information technology. The list represents all sectors of the IT industry, and many are top individuals within Fortune 500 companies. Martinez is chairman of Texas-based Axon Global, an affiliate of the Newport Board Group.


Adam Saenz, B.A. in English and M.A. in education '95, was the keynote speaker at the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education's 2014 summer conference. Hundreds of educators and vendors attended the conference to promote career and technical education.


Tesoro has appointed Tracy D. Jackson, B.B.A. in accounting and M.B.A. '12, as the San Antonio–based refining company's new vice president and controller. Jackson replaces Arlen O. Glenewinkel, B.S. in biology '77 and B.B.A. in accounting '80. The company's board of directors also appointed Jackson to a dual position as VP and controller of Tesoro Logistics GP LLC.

Larry Thompson, B.F.A. in art, has been appointed associate dean and professor of visual arts in the Samford University's School of the Arts in Birmingham, Ala. An avid UTSA fan, Thompson keeps a football helmet signed by Larry Coker in his office.

Debra "Debbie" Kay Aaron, B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, was named Teacher of the Year at Boerne ISD's Fabra Elementary School, where she serves as the math specialist. Aaron has taught in Boerne for 15 of her 21-year teaching career. At Fabra, Aaron has served as academic committee leader for math, participated in curriculum writing and volunteered to provide weekly homework help with the SAMS Kids organization.


Gavino Ramos, B.A. in criminal justice, has been hired as San Antonio Water System vice president of communications and external affairs. Ramos will be responsible for leading communications efforts with a focus on community engagement and messaging, developing and implementing comprehensive outreach efforts as well as building and maintaining local governmental relationships with the City of San Antonio.


Michael L. Dunning, B.A. in political science and German, is a member of Perkins Coie's environment, energy and resources practice in Seattle and has been promoted to partner. He counsels and litigates for clients on environmental, energy and project development, policy matters, legislative advocacy and strategic communications. Dunning's environmental counseling and litigation experience includes the federal Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act as well as Washington state's Shoreline Management Act and superfund law.


Marc Johnson, B.S. in architecture, has been named a principal of Fisher Heck Architects. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the current president of Keep San Antonio Beautiful.


Chief information officer of MUY! Companies, Dan Karam, B.B.A. in information systems and M.S. in information technology '01, was the closing keynote speaker at the fifth annual San Antonio IT Symposium. Karam also issued an alumni challenge in 2015 called #ILoveUTSA and pledged to match any donations to UTSA up to $25,000.

Paul Robert "Rob" Killen, B.A. in political science, will serve as the 2015 chairman of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. The group, with approximately 1,200 businesses representing about 160,000 employees in the San Antonio area, is an advocate for economic development, infrastructure and education.


Karl Biermann, M.A. in history, who has served as pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Cuero since 2009, has accepted an offer to be assistant to the bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Biermann's chief responsibility will be to match pastors and congregations.

Meritage Homes Corp. has promoted Jeremy Flach, B.B.A. in marketing, to president of the company's San Antonio division after having served as the company's local vice president for the past two years. Before that, Flach had been Meritage's vice president of construction for Central Texas, which includes San Antonio and Austin. He has been with Meritage since 2007.


The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Martha Tijerina, M.A. in Spanish, as part of the Making a Mark on the World awards ceremony. The fifth annual awards luncheon honored eight women; UTSA Professor Harriett Romo received the Gisela Girard Innovation Award, while Tijerina of Catholic Television of San Antonio, was given the Barbara Gentry Advocacy Award.


Jennifer Henley Stover, B.A. in anthropology, spent the summer of 2014 in Guyana studying traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi culture and the potential of local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives. A sixth grade science teacher at Lufkin Middle School, Stover spent time in Guyana for a course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field Program.


William "Darrell" Chambers, B.S. in civil engineering, has joined planning, engineering and program management firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newman as a senior design manager focused on the transportation market in Central Texas.


Tammy Beck, business, has joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's College of Business Administration as associate dean of academic programs and associate professor of management. Her research interests include interorganizational collaboration, organizational resilience and qualitative research methodologies. Beck has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management and Organization Science.


Antonio J. Webb, B.S. in biology, traveled to Liberia in spring 2014 to treat patients just as the Ebola outbreak reached Liberian hospitals. Currently completing his residency specializing in orthopedic surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Webb has also published a book about his experiences growing up in Louisiana and his path to becoming a surgeon, titled Overcoming the Odds: From War on the Streets in Louisiana to War on Terrorism in Iraq.


Jessica Woods Stonesifer, M.S. in civil engineering, has joined Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon as aviation project manager in the firm's Nashville office. She is responsible for managing and designing tasks through Barge Waggoner's aviation contracts. She also is an Air Education and Training Command's Maj. Gen. William D. Gilbert Awards recipient and has been inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.


Javier Paredes, B.S. in architecture, B.B.A. in construction management '10 and M.Arch. in architecture '14, has been chosen for the 2015 AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition as one of 50 people to show their work at the American Institute of Architects' national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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