Assistant Vice-Provost and Executive Director
Mario Vela serves as the Assistant Vice-Provost for Career-Engaged Learning and Executive Director of the University Career Center (UCC). As Executive Director, Mario is responsible for providing vision and leadership for the UCC. He builds and maintains relationships with established employers and implements outreach efforts to new employers to assist in the creation of internship and employment opportunities. Mario is also responsible for the development of short term and long term operating plans and policies for the UCC. He develops professional relationships with peers and colleagues at UTSA to enhance operational performance, provide information about changing needs and builds teamwork opportunities for the UCC with different divisions at UTSA. Mario participates in professional development activities to ensure professional growth and knowledge for the UCC and it’s staff members.
Mario is a double alumnus of UTSA. During his time at UTSA, Mario earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy and his Master of Science in Sociology.
Mario comes to the UCC with 7 years of higher education experience. Prior to joining the UCC, Mario held the position of Director of Employer Relations at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In this role, Mario oversaw the employer relations efforts of the school for over 1,500 full-time MBA students, 1,100 part-time students, 500 Executive MBA (EMBA) students, and an alumni base of 60,000. Through those efforts, Mario created, monitored, and evaluated the sustainable development and maintenance of over 300 recruiting relationships. He developed recruiting strategies in partnership with employers and maintained Kellogg’s competitive advantage among a wide array of employment partners through high-touch relationship management.
Director of Career Development and College Relations
Adrian Ramirez serves as Director of Career Development and College Relations of the University Career Center (UCC). He is responsible for developing a comprehensive career development program for the UTSA campus, facilitating the ongoing career development of students and alumni in career-related activities, collaborating with academic partners to develop career education in the classroom, and leading the career counseling team.
Prior to UTSA, Adrian held the position of Associate Director of Career and Professional Development at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Before his work at St. Edward’s University, Adrian served as Senior Career Services Advisor at the University of Dallas.
Adrian is a double alumnus of the University of Dallas earning both his Master of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History from the institution.
Assistant Director of Career Development
As the career consultant for the College for Health, Community and Policy (HCAP) and the College of Engineering and Integrated Design (CEID) with a focus on Architecture, Construction Science, Interior Design and Urban Planning students, Dionne Davila serves students and alumni by helping them with various levels of career exploration to development needs to include such services as: career assessments, job search help, resume assistance, internship search, mock interview help, and special topic workshops (i.e. What Can I Do With My Major; Job Search, Interview Prep, Selecting a Major). Dionne is a two time graduate from UTSA where she earned both her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A in Counseling. She has over 20 years of experience in the Counseling/Social Service field, of which, 16 years has been with UTSA and has over 8 years of experience teaching at the university. She has taught the Personal Career Planning course (UCS 2033) to undergraduate students. Her professional interest areas include Career Development for first-generation, transfer, non-traditional students, and those who have criminal background issues. In addition, she frequently facilitates and presents on StrengthsFinder and the theories/principles proposed by strengths psychology and how others can apply those principles to their career, academics, and personal life.
Specialties and InterestsGeneralist
Academic CategoriesCollege of Architecture, Construction and PlanningCollege for Health, Community, and PolicyKlesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design
Assistant Director of Career Development
Sara Goede is an Assistant Director of Career Development and liaisons with the College of Liberal & Fine Arts. She has 10 years of experience providing career counseling in individual and group settings on college campuses ranging from 12,000-32,000+ student enrollment. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Sara is passionate about working with students and alumni at all stages of their career development as well as collaborating with College Success Centers, faculty, staff, and student groups on innovative ways to help students and alumni succeed and reach their career goals. Facilitating an environment of career confidence, insight, encouragement, and inspiration is her ultimate goal in helping students and alumni reach their fullest potential.
Specialties and InterestsGeneralist
Academic CategoriesCollege of Liberal and Fine Arts
Director of Employer Engagement
Michelle is the Director of Employer Engagement at UTSA’s centralized University Career Center. She partners with all UTSA colleges and centers to work with companies on their campus-wide recruitment strategy. Her team manages all large scale, campus wide recruiting events and supports smaller, boutique recruiting events as well as customized employer recruiting events with corporate partners.
Michelle began her post-undergraduate career as a finance officer in the U.S. Air Force. After 8 years of active duty service, she pivoted into a career in higher education. She worked in MBA Career Management at Texas McCombs, The University of Texas at Austin for 13 years, starting as a career advisor and lecturer for the full-time MBA program and eventually moving over to the employer relations side of the house. As Director of Employer and Alumni Engagement for the Texas McCombs MBA Program, she was on the leadership team recognized by Poets & Quants as The Best MBA Career Centers 2019.
In February of 2021, she took on the newly created role of Director of Employer Engagement at UTSA. The University Career Center has been undergoing a transformation, and she’s thrilled to be a part of the leadership team to develop and implement innovative and impactful new programming and initiatives. She grew up in San Antonio, went to undergraduate school here, was stationed at Lackland AFB while in the Air Force, and she’s happy to be back to where she considers home with her husband Ben, a native San Antonian/UTSA alumnus and their son, Alex.
She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University, an M.P.A. from The University of Washington and an M.A. in Advertising from The University of Texas. While attending Trinity University, Michelle took AFROTC classes at UTSA Det 842, so she considers herself an honorary Roadrunner. Birds up!
Assistant Director of Business Development
Cristina Sanchez serves as the Assistant Director of Business Development for the University Career Center, bringing to the role over a decade of experience in the higher education system with a focus on relationship building and the development of experiential learning opportunities for students and employees. Her comprehension and appreciation for the education ecosystem will create new pathways toward strategic and impactful cross-sectional partnerships with our employer and education communities.
As a first-generation student, Cristina has a passion for working with underrepresented student populations and developing programs and services that eliminate barriers to their success.
Cristina is a double alumnus of UTSA. During her time here, Cristina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies.
Assistant Director of Employer Engagement
Regina Gomez currently serves the UTSA University Career Center as the Program Manager for On-Campus Recruitment. Regina’s primary focus is to work with employers who wish to visit UTSA and link them with interested students in the form of interviews, Information Sessions, Career Fairs, and other means of interaction designed to assist UTSA students transition into the professional world. Regina actively engages with employers seeking students from a wide range of academic backgrounds to meet the diverse recruitment interests. Regina also oversees and manages personnel and activities within the unit that serve employers and students seeking full-time, part-time, and internship/co-op opportunities.
Regina is originally from Colombia and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. She holds a Bachelors of Science in General Management from Western Kentucky University. Prior to coming to UTSA, Regina previously worked at Texas A&M University for both the Office of International Outreach and the Center for Retailing Studies, Mays Business School. Regina also has worked in Human Resources and has extensive experience with public service and community initiatives.
Specialties and InterestsScheduling Interviews, Infomation Sessions, Table Recruiting
Senior Career Consultant
Brittany Salinas is the Senior Career Consultant for the College of Education and Human Development. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Health Science and Master’s in Public Administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She comes with over 8 years’ experience working in higher education in either an Academic Advising or Career Advising capacity helping students to discover, pursue, and achieve their unique career and academic goals.
As a first-generation student, she has gained invaluable experience working with undergraduate and graduate students within diverse populations. Brittany has a commitment to public service that fuels her purpose in developing students through transformational experiences. She intends on maintaining collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff to foster the continued achievement of our Roadrunner students and alumni.
Academic CategoriesCollege of Education and Human Development
Senior Career Consultant
Bryana Ortiz is a Senior Career Consultant who liaisons to the Alvarez College of Business and the international student population. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Master’s in Counselor Education – Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University. She has been in the career counseling field since 2018 and continues to educate herself to provide the best support possible to students and alumni in their career development. Bryana also loves collaborating with colleagues, faculty, staff, and student organizations to find fun and interesting ways to help students succeed in their career endeavors.
In addition to career counseling, Bryana is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC Associate) working on her hours to obtain full licensure. She believes mental health exists in every aspect of life, and career counseling is no different. She thrives off helping students and alumni see their potential, utilize it to move forward, and believe in themselves in ways they never have before. She does this by creating a welcoming, encouraging environment that fosters hope and confidence.
Overall, Bryana wants students to know that they are not alone in navigating possible careers and welcomes any and all questions regarding successes and challenges their career development journey may bring.
Academic CategoriesCarlos Alvarez College of Business
Senior Career Consultant
Jeff Patten is the Career Counselor for the College of Engineering. He spent ten years as a Career Counselor at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. In his role there, he served as a liaison to the College of Agriculture & Life Science, the Graduate College and the Honors College. During his tenure, he developed tailored content for these colleges, as well as tailored content for the College of Engineering, the Eller College of Management, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and the Film & Television Studies program.
Prior to his work at UA, Jeff was the Director of Counseling & International Students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott, AZ, where he also served as an academic advisor for Aeronautical Science students. Jeff has a Masters’ in Counseling from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is ABD in a Ph.D. program in the Organization and Administration of Higher Education from the University of Arizona.
Specialties and InterestsVeterans
Academic CategoriesKlesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design
Lisa Vázquez Vigil
Senior Career Consultant
Lisa Vázquez Vigil is a San Antonio native, after working many years within the Colorado State University system. An alum of CSU-Pueblo, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from CSU-Global. Since 2011, Lisa has gained experience in higher education, working in Admissions, Financial Aid, First Year Advising, Concurrent Enrollment, and Career Development.
Currently, Lisa sees students within the College of Sciences. She welcomes questions regarding career assessments, job & internship search strategies, résumé assistance, mock interviews, or other related career engagement areas. Lisa also serves as a liaison for specialized career development programming for her affinity groups including Latinx and DACA/Dreamer students, as a liaison for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and as a supervisor for several UCC student employees. In Summer of 2021, she began the rollout of the new ‘Runner Career Launch program to assist on-campus supervisors with resources to provide to their students for professional development. In Fall of 2021, Lisa trained as a CliftonStrengths Champion for Students, and is piloting a program to offer the Top 5 workshops to students across UTSA.
Her passion for fitness and health also leads her to be a Rowdy New U Wellness Champion and hopes everyone finds a way to take care of themselves emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Specialties and InterestsFluent in Spanish
Academic CategoriesCollege of Sciences
Courtney Pletcher is the Career Consultant for the University College, liaison for the Center for Military-Affiliated Students (CMAS), and supports the College for Health, Community and Policy (HCAP). She is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served primarily at Ft. Meade, MD as a Cryptologic Technician and earned her Information Dominance Warfare pin designation. Her prior service and understanding of military culture allow her to connect with and better serve UTSA’s military-affiliated Students and Alumni.
Having received both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UTSA, Courtney is a proud double UTSA Alumnus. Her professional interests include Career Development Theory, Motivational Theories, Solution-Focused and Strengths-Based counseling approaches, SMART Goals, Enneagram Personality Typology, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). For self-care, Courtney enjoys playing Chess, walking her dog “Merlin,” and reading novels.
Dedicated to the well-being and success of UTSA’s diverse community, Courtney elevates awareness of mental health in career counseling and validates each student’s unique journey in their career development process. She is committed to providing quality assistance to colleagues, faculty, and staff members while empowering students and Alumni to pursue and achieve BOLD futures.
Academic CategoriesCollege of Health, Community, and PolicyUniversity College
Senior Events Manager
Melissa is the Events Manager, she is responsible for planning the Career Fairs and any other events hosted by the Career Center for students and employers.
She is originally from El Paso, TX, but moved to San Antonio to attend UTSA. She recently graduated in May 2018 with her degree in Sport, Event and Tourism Management with a minor in Marketing. She enjoys the whole planning process of events and seeing the whole event come together for employers and students.
Administrative Associate II
Victoria Tesillo is the Employer Engagement Administrative Associate II.
Victoria has been with the University Career Center for 10 years. Her main responsibility is working with employers who post jobs in the Career Center’s job bank.
Victoria enjoys working with employers who actively recruit UTSA students and alumni.
Specialties and InterestsJob Postings, Internship Posting
Shruti Anand is the Marketing Coordinator for the University Career Center. With over 7 years of Marketing and Sales experience in various industries, she has created, implemented, and analyzed multiple marketing and sales strategies. Shruti is driven by understanding, educating, and serving the customer to the best of her abilities. Whether it is building a strategy, implementation, or evaluation – all parts of the Marketing mix focus on helping the customer chose the best product or service for them.
Shruti received her Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Mumbai, her M.B.A. in Marketing & International Business at Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies, and her MS in Marketing at Texas A&M University.
In her free time, Shruti likes to create Mandala Art, solve Sudoku puzzles or cook something delicious in the kitchen.