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Advising Center Administration

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Dr. Leah Alviar

Senior Director of Advising Services

Dr. Leah Alviar is the new Senior Director of Advising Services. She earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from UIW, an M.A. in Counseling from UTSA, and a B.S. in Generic Special Education from OLLU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, private practice owner, and certified professional school counselor with over 23 years of counseling experience. Dr. Alviar has held leadership roles in local, regional, and state counseling organizations, is a published author, has presented at local, state, and national conferences and served as editor for student dissertations and various professional publications.

Before coming to UIW, she served as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at OLLU, Blackboard administrator, instructional designer, adjunct professor for the M.A. in Counseling program, Director of Field Experience, and assistant professor of education. She has over 17 years’ experience teaching university students in both the online and face-to-face environments and has authored, designed and taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 18 years.

Dr. Alviar can be reached by email lalviar@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 805-5814. Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center, office 3120.

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Janie Rios

Administrative Assistant

Janie Rios serves as the administrative assistant for the University Advising Center.

Janie can be reached by email at: jarios1@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 805-5814. Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center, room 3120.

Athletic Academic Advising

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JR Pulido

Assistant Director, Athletics Academic Advising

J.R. Pulido serves as the Assistant Director of Athletic Academic Advising in the University Advising Center. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. J.R. brings over a decade of experience in advising student athletes from an academic and career standpoint. In addition to advising, J.R. has taught Freshman Seminar Success courses and National Academic Advising Association Global Advising courses. A working member of N4A he serves on various committees and as a advising mentor in the Mentor | Mentee program.

J.R. can be reached by email at: jpulido@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 283-6328. His office is located in the Student Engagement Center, room 3120.

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Kristen Bates

Athletics Academic Advisor

Kristen Bates serves as an Athletics Academic Advisor in the University Advising Center. Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and Master of Science in Education Degree in Sports Management from Baylor University. Kristen is also a former volleyball student-athlete and played Division I at Baylor.

Kristen serves as the advisor for student-athletes participating in baseball, basketball, football, and soccer.

Kristen can be reached by email at: kbates@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 283-6338. Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center, room 3120.

Sydnee Palade

Sydnee Palade

Athletics Academic Advisor

Sydnee Palade is an alumna of the University of Minnesota where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Sydnee was a Teaching Assistant in the College of Education and Human Development at UMN and is pursuing her Master of Arts in Adult Education at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Sydnee can be reached by email at: palade@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 283 6337. Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center, room 3120.

HEB School of Business and Administration

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Haley Ayres, Sr. Academic Advisor- Business

Advising Areas: Business Administration students pursuing a concentration in International Business, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems and Sports Management.

Haley Ayres serves as a Business Advisor for the H-E-B School of Business and Administration. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and her Masters of Education in Workforce Development Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Haley serves as the advisor for business administration students pursuing a concentration in International Business, Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems and Sports Management.

Haley can be reached by email at: ayres@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 930-8014. Her office is located in the Gorman Business and Education Center, room 206.

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Gloria Ramos-Cortes, Sr. Academic Advisor- Business

Advising Areas: Business Administration students pursuing a concentration in Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business and Golf Management.

Gloria Ramos-Cortes serves as Business Advisor for the HEB School of Business and Administration. Before coming to UIW, she was an academic advisor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, College of Business for six years. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, along with her Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Gloria serves as the advisor for business administration students pursuing a concentration in Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business and Golf Management.

Gloria can be reached by email at: gcramos@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 805-5828. Her office is located in the Gorman Business and Education Center, room 204.

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Megan York, Academic Advisor

Advising Areas: Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Megan York is an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, earning a Master of Education degree in Student Services in Higher Education. She is also a former student-athlete and alumna of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Megan also completed two years of athletics competition and her Associate in Science degree at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa.

Megan serves as the Professional Social Science Advisor for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She specifically works with students pursuing majors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

Megan can be reached by email at: homan@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 841-7238. Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center, Room 3120.

Advising Areas: Art, Cultural Studies, English, History, Liberal Studies, Music, Music Composition Emphasis, Music Education, Music Industry Studies Emphasis, Music Performance Emphasis, Music Therapy, Pastoral Ministry, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish and Theatre Arts.

Please contact the University Advising Center to schedule an advising appointment at (210) 805-5814 or email at adv-ws@uiwtx.edu

Dreeben School of Education

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Charles Puente, Academic Advisor

Advising Areas: Education, International Exchange and Transfer Students

Charles Puente is the advising specialist for the Dreeben School of Education. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and has completed his first set of graduate hours at Our Lady of the Lake University. He has served in various roles in higher education and student success for over 10 years.

Charles can be reached by email at: cepuente@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 283-6321. His office is located in the Student Engagement Center, room 3120.

School of Math, Science and Engineering

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Karina Johnson, Academic Advisor

Advising Area: Biology

Karina Johnson serves as the Biology Advisor. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Karina has extensive advising experience as well as student affairs in higher education.

Karina can be reached by email at: kkjohns1@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 829-3863. Her office is located in the AT&T Science Building, room 120.

Heather Miller

Heather Miller, Academic Advisor, SMSE

Advising Areas: Biochemistry, Broadcast Meteorology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Meteorology, Nutrition, and Statistics.

Heather is originally from Tucson, Arizona, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communications at the University of Arizona. Heather joined the University of the Incarnate Word in 2008 as a Financial Aid Advisor at the Broadway Campus. During that time, she received a master’s degree in Education, with a concentration in Student Services from UIW in 2016. In her spare time, Heather enjoys trips to the coast and exploring Texas State parks.

Heather can be reached by email at: hkmiller@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 805-5831. Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center, room 3120.

School of Media and Design

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Dora Garner, Academic Advisor, SMD

3D Animation and Game Design, Communication Arts, Fashion Management, Graphic Design, Interior Design

Dora Garner is the Academic Advisor for the School of Media and Design. She is an alumna of UIW, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology of Organizations and Development in August 2005 and her Master's in Education in December 2017.

Dora can be reached by email at: dgarzatr@uiwtx.edu or by phone (210) 805-3004. Her office is located in the Joyce Building, room 107.

Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

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Maryssa Farias

Advising Area: Nursing

Maryssa is a first-generation college student and is an alumna of UIW, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Psychology in 2016 and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from UIW. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor, she was a Senior Transfer and Graduate Admissions Counselor with the UIW Office of Admissions for 5 years.

Maryssa can be reached by email at mabustam@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 283-6322. Her office is located in the Nursing Building, room 112.

Feik School of Pharmacy

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Kelsey Jutila, Academic Advisor

Advising Area: Pre-Pharmacy

Kelsey joined the FSOP as the Pre-Pharmacy Counselor/Advisor. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Idaho and her M.S. in Conservation Science from Green Mountain College. She is currently wrapping up her Ph.D in Natural Resources-Ecology from the University of Idaho (expected graduation is May 2022). She served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Idaho in the College of Natural Resources, advising for all majors.

Kelsey is an active member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and the Texas Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (TAAHP). She loves working with students and watching them grow as they pursue their educational goals and beyond. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their dogs, and dedicating Sundays to watching football.

Kelsey can be reached at jutila@uiwtx.edu or by phone at (210) 883-1064.

Rosenberg School of Optometry

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Dave Kincaid, Director of Academic Success

Advising Area: Vision Science

Dave Kincaid serves as the Director of Academic Success for the Rosenberg School of Optometry. In this role, he is responsible for advising undergraduate Vision Science majors as well as working with the professional optometry students. Dave graduated with a BA in English from Baylor University and a MS in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University. He has worked in several capacities in higher education for over 20 years, including 13 years of academic advising.

Dave's main office is located at the Rosenberg School of Optometry, but he will be in the Chapel Building, room 14 once a week to see students on the main campus. When on the main campus, he can be reached by e-mail at dkincaid@uiwtx.edu.

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