Mario Vela serves as the 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.
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!
Associate Director of Internship Development
Rachael Fletcher is the the Associate Director of Internship Development. With over 8 years of experience leading experiential learning programs for diverse populations, Rachael has created and implemented youth leadership & summer camps, after-school programs, and advanced curriculum for state independent living contracts. She enjoys coordinating hands-on experiences for students that align with their passion and career goals. As a former college volleyball player and club coach, she enjoys coaching students to reach their full potential and “learn by doing”. Rachael holds a Masters Degree in Recreation and Leisure Program Management from the University of North Texas and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.
Currently, Rachael provides expertise, guidance, and support to students, the UTSA Community, and industry partners to facilitate and increase high-impact learning experiences. She coordinates workshops and events to connect students with upcoming opportunities and provides professional development support such as internship preparation, best practices during, and reflection and application upon completion. Rachael’s goal is to equip students with a competitive advantage upon entering the global workforce through participation in high-impact learning experiences. She works closely with employers to foster quality internship programs and enhance intern management.
Rachael lives by the motto “Work Hard, Play Hard!” In her free time she loves playing volleyball, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
Career Counselor, Alvarez College of Business
Bryana Ortiz is the career counselor for the Alvarez College of Business. 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 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 topics ranging from resume development to interview prep to career exploration and more!
Academic CategoriesCarlos Alvarez College of Business
Career Counselor, College for Health, Community and Policy/College of Architecture, Construction and Planning
As the Career Counselor for the College for Health, Community and Policy (HCAP) and the College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning (COACP), Dionne Davila Granados 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; Salary Negotiations, 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 20 years of experience in the Counseling/Social Service field, of which, 14 years has been with UTSA and has over 7 years of experience teaching at the university. She has taught the Personal Career Planning course (UCS 2033- formerly COU 2103) to undergraduate students. Her professional interest areas include Career Development for First-Generation students, Social Media for Professional Development and Social Media’s impact on Student Engagement. In addition, she frequently facilitates and presents on StrengthsQuest 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 Policy
Career Counselor, College of Engineering
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 CategoriesCollege of Engineering
Career Counselor, College of Sciences
Lisa 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 Counseling.
Currently, Lisa sees students within the College of Science. She welcomes questions regarding career assessments, job & internship search strategies, résumé assistance, mock interviews, or other related career development 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 faculty/staff advisor for the Sigma Lambda Gammas. For this past Spring, she has co-coordinated a new student advisory council for the UCC with the goal of hearing directly from students about their career needs. 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
Career Counselor, College of Education & Human Development
Career planning is an integral part of your four-year experience here at UTSA. And, for liberal arts majors in particular, career exploration during these four years is critical. I’m here to help you make decisions about the path that you will pursue upon graduation and I look forward to helping you make a smooth transition after college.
Mike Zucker is the Career Counselor that is designated to work with students in the College of Education and Human Development. Mike has been with UTSA Career Center for over 5 years. He is a graduate of UTSA and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Mike has also completed his Master of Arts degree in Community/School Counseling. Mike enjoys spending his free time volunteering in the community to coach youth basketball. He coached Team San Antonio to the Bronze medal at the 2007 Maccabi games and the consolation Gold medal at the 2010 Maccabi Games in Denver. Mike has also presented at national conferences on issues such as workplace diversity and career placement. Mike is also currently serving as the staff advisor for the COLFA Council, a Student Organization here at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has served as a staff representative on the NCAA Recertification Committee for UTSA. Mike has previously taught the COU 2103 Personal Career Planning Class.
Specialties and InterestsDisabilities
Academic CategoriesCollege of Education and Human Development
Career Counselor, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Sara Goede is a Career Counselor for the College of Liberal & Fine Arts. She has 7 years’ 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. She is passionate about working with students at all stages of their career development as well as collaborating with faculty, staff and student groups on innovative ways to help students 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
Career Counselor, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Sarah Williams is one of the Career Counselors for the College of Liberal & Fine Arts. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio University and is pursuing her Masters of Public Administration from UTSA. Sarah was an Internship Coordinator at Texas A&M – Central Texas and created a Political Science Internship that placed two interns in Representative Scott Cosper’s office and has worked on a Presidential campaign. Sarah has facilitated career guidance workshops for transitioning Service Members and their families at the Fort Hood USO. Community service is a passion of hers as Sarah currently volunteers at the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center as a hospital advocate and outreach volunteer.
Sarah is passionate about helping students create strategies for their career success.
Specialties and InterestsLGBTQ+
Academic CategoriesCollege of Liberal and Fine Arts
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
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.
Victoria Tesillo is the Administrative Associate II, Employer Relations.
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.