Rudy Garza, CPS Energy Vice President of External Relations

Rudy Garza oversees CPS Energy’s federal and state legislative agenda and provides outreach to city governments in San Antonio and suburban cities in the CPS Energy service territory. Before joining CPS Energy in 2012, Garza served as assistant city manager and as intergovernmental relations director in Corpus Christi. He also worked for TXU Corporation in Dallas for 13 years.  

Ric Martinez, OLLU Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management 

Dr. Martinez is a professor of healthcare administration at Our Lady of the Lake University. He was the owner and principal healthcare consultant with Healthcare Best Practices Consultants. He also served as the Research Compliance Officer with the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He has 48 years of experience in consulting, management and professional practice in nursing, academia, biomedical research, medico-legal advisement, health promotion, research compliance and ethics, ambulatory care management, hospital administration, community health, healthcare total quality management programming, health planning, and epidemiology.

Steven Wise, MA, MLIS, is Associate Professor of Learning Resources and Instruction Librarian at OLLU

Earned his BA and MA in Political Science from St. Mary's University and an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Has been an instructor in the Mexican American Studies Department, teaching Mexican Americans in U.S. Society, Contexts of Mexican American Leadership, Mexican Americans and the Law, and the Chicano Movement. Research interests include 20th Century Mexican American history, the Chicano Movement and Latino genealogy.

Ramon Flores,
 Executive Director of the Westside Development Corporation (WDC)

WDC priorities are job creation, real estate development, business expansion and attraction, promotion of the area, and policy change. Mr. Flores worked for Fannie Mae for 9 years, in both Dallas and San Antonio. Earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College and MBA from Southern Methodist University. Board Member of Family Service Association, Member of United Way’s Strengthening Families Issues Council, and Advisory Board Member of the Westside Education and Training Center.

Teresita Aguilar, Currently the Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research and tenured Professor of Education at Our Lady of the Lake University

Her B.A is from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor University and both graduate degrees were granted by the University of North Texas. She holds an M.S. in Therapeutic Recreation and her doctorate is in Higher Education with an emphasis in college teaching. Taught Multicultural Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, led international immersion experiences and delivered faculty and staff development in cultural competence.

Maribel Larraga, Chair of the Department of Languages, Communication and Creative Arts and Spanish Professor

Larraga teaches Spanish language courses and literature  and culture of Latin America, Mexico and the Mexican American people of the U.S. Uses Service-Learning pedagogy in her advanced classes. Has conducted research in Spain and Mexico. Her doctorate in Spanish Colonial Narrative is from the University of New Mexico. She is originally from Veracruz, Mexico. Is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities grant in and participated in a NEH summer seminar at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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