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Our admissions counselors are here to answer any questions you have about admissions, financial aid, enrollment, degree programs, life at UIW, and more. Scroll down to find your personal admissions counselor based on your high school.

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Heather Rodriguez

Dean of Enrollment 

Phone: (210) 805-3550

  • About Heather:

    Heather was born and raised in the San Antonio area. She attended Judson HS before completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UIW. After several years as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UIW, and a stint with the College Board in Austin, Heather returned to UIW as the Dean of Enrollment in May 2017.

  • A word from Heather:
    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Home! As an alum of UIW, I know firsthand the tremendous opportunities that await you as a future Cardinal. Our students are given the support, resources and autonomy needed to achieve great things academically and personally. We’re a close-knit community offering the amenities and programs of a much larger institution. I can’t wait to see the impact you will have on the UIW community!



Jessica De La Rosa

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: (210) 805-2543

  • About Jessica:

    Jessica was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is a product of Catholic school education from kindergarten through high school. In 2003, she moved to San Antonio and began her career working with both high school and college students in education. In December 2015, she graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development.

  • A word from Jessica:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Connectivity! There are so many opportunities for students to connect with other people on the UIW campus. In the process, you will develop your own connection to the school which will help you as you work toward your academic goals. I tell students all the time: get to know your professors and administrators, get involved, build those lasting relationships. College will be what you make of it; you’ll get out of it what you put in to it – so put your best foot forward! And if you’re not sure where to start, come see me, and I’ll be glad to help you!

  • Jessica recruits from:

    Alamo Heights High School

    Antonian College Prep High School

    Central Catholic High School

    Holy Cross High School

    Providence Catholic School

    St Anthony Catholic High School

    St. Gerard's Catholic High School

    St. Mary's Hall

    Incarnate Word High School

    Southwest Prep

    School of Science and Technology

Johnny S. Garcia, Jr.

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: (210) 805-3554

  • About Johnny:

    Johnny is a native of San Antonio, graduating from O.W. Holmes High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Johnny has over 10 years of admissions experience working with a range of students, including new freshman, transfer students, graduate and doctoral students. When he isn’t helping students reach their education goals, Johnny enjoys spending family time with his wife and three daughters.

  • A word from Johnny:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Enrichment! Through our quality graduate and doctoral programs students are able to achieve an advanced degree that will provide opportunities both personally and professionally.

  • Johnny recruits from:

    Johnny recruits all students interested in a graduate program at the University of the Incarnate Word. View a list of available graduate programs at

Oscar Salazar

Freshman Admissions Counselor 

Phone: (210) 805-3098

  • About Oscar:

    Oscar was born and raised in Cotulla, Texas, and he is a graduate of Cotulla High School. In December of 2014, he graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Journalism. He is now pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education.

  • A word from Oscar:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Involvement! At UIW, the opportunities to get involved are endless! As a student at UIW, I was heavily involved in the UIW community and worked with several offices across campus. This allowed me to take on leadership roles in diverse groups and organizations, and it also allowed me to participate in study abroad trips to England, Spain, France, and Germany. I was able to make connections, develop professional relationships, and make long-lasting friendships. Not only does getting involved look good on a resume, but it also allows for a vast amount of networking opportunities. Thanks to UIW and its focus on growth, all students can make their college experience unique and fulfilling.

  • Oscar recruits from:

    Achievers Center

    Atonement Academy

    Brandeis High School

    Brennan High School

    Business Careers High School

    Clark High School

    Communication Arts High School

    Cornerstone High School

    El Paso area high schools

    Harmony Science Academy

    Health Careers High School

    Holmes High School

    John Jay High School

    Laredo area high schools

    Marshall High School

    Northside ISD

    O'Connor High School

    Rainbow Hills Baptist (now Legacy Christian Academy)

    Rio Grande Valley area high schools

    Sendero Christian High School

    Stevens High School

    Sunnybrook Christian High School

    Taft High School

    Texas Military Institute

    Warren High School

    Winston School

    Out of Texas:









    New Hampshire

    New York



    Rhode Island




    Washington DC


Joey Bernal

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-1242

  • About Joey:

    Joey was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he graduated from Central Catholic High School. He graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2018.

  • A word from Joey:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Community! From day one, UIW students enter into a tight-knit community that is designed to help them excel both during their time here, as well as beyond. From my first day here, faculty and staff who have been here for a decade treated me as if I was here for as long as they have, and the stories they have told of their students show that everyone really cares.

  • Joey recruits from:

    Alameda (Henry Ford) Academy

    Austin area high schools

    Brackenridge High School

    Brooks Academy of Sci/Engineering

    Burbank High School

    Central Texas area high schools

    Cole (Ft Sam) High School

    Cooper Academy

    Corpus Christi area high schools

    Del Rio area high schools

    Devine High School

    Eagle Pass area high schools

    Edison High School

    Fox Tech High School

    Gateway Christian High School

    Harlandale High School

    Healy Murphy High School

    Highlands High School

    Jefferson High School

    Jubilee Academic Center

    Kennedy High School

    Keystone School

    KIPP University Prep High School

    Lanier High School

    Lutheran High School

    McCollum High School

    Medina Valley High School

    Memorial High School

    Milton B Lee Academy of Science  & Engineering

    Natalia High School

    Rick Hawkins Charter (School of Excellence) High School

    Sam Houston High School

    San Antonio School for Inquiry

    San Antonio ISD

    Somerset High School

    South San Antonio High School

    Southside High School

    Southwest High School

    St. Phillips Early College High School

    Stacey High School

    Travis Early College High School

    Waco area high schools

    Young Women’s Leadership Academy

    Out of Texas:








    North Carolina

    South Carolina



    West Virginia

Victoria (Tori) Elizondo

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3558

  • About Tori:

    Tori is from La Vernia, Texas and is a graduate of La Vernia High School. She graduated from Texas State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a concentration in International Relations.

  • A word from Tori:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Growth! UIW creates an environment that fosters growth whether it be academically, spiritually or personally. Getting involved on campus, excelling in a more personalized learning environment, or volunteering within the UIW community, are just some of the opportunities for students to take part of. When deciding which college is best for you, I urge you to choose the one that challenges you the most. In doing so, you will find your college experience not only fulfilling but rewarding as well!

  • Tori recruits from:

    Academy of Creative Education

    Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Ctr

    BASIS San Antonio - Shavano Campus

    Buckner Fanning School

    Christian Academy of San Antonio

    Christian Heritage School

    Churchill High School

    Clemens High School

    Dallas / Fort Worth area high schools

    Dilley High School

    East Central High School

    Fall City High School

    Floresville High School

    George Gervin Academy

    Home Schooled

    International School of America

    Johnson High School

    Jourdanton High School

    Judson Early College

    Judson High School

    Judson Learning Academy

    La Vernia High School

    LEE High School

    Lytle High School

    MacArthur High School

    Madison High School

    Northeast ISD

    Pearsall High School

    Pleasanton High School

    Poteet High School

    Poth High School

    Randolph High School

    Reagan High School

    River City Believers Academy

    River City Christian School

    Roosevelt High School

    San Antonio Christian School

    Southwest Prep

    Steele High School

    Stockdale High School

    The Christian School at Castle Hills

    Town East Christian

    Trinity Christian Academy

    Wagner High School

    Out of Texas:









    North Dakota


    South Dakota


Madison (Maddie) Slaughter

Freshman Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3572

  • About Maddie:

    Maddie was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where she graduated from James Madison High School. Then in December of 2018, she graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Sport Management. She also was a member of the UIW Women’s Volleyball team.

  • A word from Maddie:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Opportunity. The University of the Incarnate word presents its students with endless opportunities to grow and flourish in all aspects of their lives. Whether it be in the classroom, their personal lives, or in their professional career, UIW students are given the tools to succeed where ever life takes them after graduation.

  • Maddie recruits from:

    Bandera High School

    Beaumont area high schools

    Boerne High School

    Boerne Champion High School

    Bracken Christian High School

    Canyon High School

    Canyon Lake High School

    Comfort High School

    Geneva School (Boerne)

    Gulf Coast area high schools

    East Texas area high schools

    Houston area high schools

    Ingram Tom Moore High School

    John Paul II Catholic High School

    Marion High School

    Navarro High School

    New Braunfels High School

    New Braunfels Christian Academy

    North of San Antonio area high schools

    San Marcos High School

    San Marcos Baptist Academy

    Seguin High School

    Smithson Valley High School

    Tivy High School

    Out of Texas:





    New Mexico



Maryssa Bustamante

Transfer Advisor (A-K)

Phone: (210) 805-3097

  • About Maryssa:

    Maryssa is from Mercedes, Texas, and is a graduate of Mercedes High School. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Development, and a minor in Sociology.

  • A word from Maryssa:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Network! As an alumna of the University of the Incarnate Word, I have learned the importance of building a rapport with both your peers and administrators. My success after college was greatly influenced by the relationships I had the privilege of forming during my time at UIW.

  • Maryssa recruits from:
    • All community colleges outside of San Antonio
    • Our Lady of the Lake University
    • Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Northwest Vista College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)
    • San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Mary's University
    • Texas A&M University San Antonio
    • University of Texas at San Antonio
Victoria Sulaica

Transfer Advisor (L-Z)

Phone: (210) 805-3553

  • About Victoria:

    Victoria was born and raised in Carrizo Springs, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Public Relations concentration.

  • A word from Victoria:

    For me, at UIW, the WORD is Success! Students can study abroad, join student organizations and give back through community service. Students, now is the time to make your mark and challenge yourself to be the best you!  

  • Victoria recruits from:
    • All community colleges outside of San Antonio
    • Our Lady of the Lake University
    • Northeast Lakeview College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Northwest Vista College (Alamo Colleges)
    • Palo Alto College (Alamo Colleges)
    • San Antonio College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Philip's College (Alamo Colleges)
    • St. Mary's University
    • Texas A&M University San Antonio
    • University of Texas at San Antonio



Student Ambassadors

Who are the Student Ambassadors?

UIW Student Ambassadors assist the Office of Admissions in recruitment, retention, and orientation of new students. They foster a sense of community among students and visitors and act as official representatives of UIW. As Ambassadors, students gain valuable leadership skills, develop pride in the university, and meet new people.

Become a Student Ambassador

Think you have what it takes to be a student ambassador? Do you like to have fun and meet new people? Do you want to be involved on campus?

Email our member's chair, Whitney Bell, for more information and an application. You can reach Whitney at

Contact the Student

Do you have a question for our student ambassadors? Ask our ambassadors about their experiences as students and leaders at UIW.  

Contact them on Twitter. 

Student Ambassadors - Executive Leadership Team


Taylor Medina


The Coordinator is responsible for the overall supervision, operation, and direction of the Student Ambassadors and serves as the official liaison for the organization with university administrators.

  • About Taylor

    Hometown: Alpine, TX.

    Kinesiology with a minor in Special Education.


    Advice for incoming students:
    "Be confident, get out of your comfort zone, and try new things!"

    Random Fact: "I play Sudoku about 5 times a day."

Whitney Bell

Co-Coordinator and Membership Chair

The Co-Coordinator assists the Coordinator in monitoring and implementing duties and responsibility of Student Ambassador officers. 

The Membership Chair organizes the recruitment and retention activities of the organization, schedules interviews with potential members, and monitors participation of members.

  • About Whitney

    Hometown: Austin, Texas.

    Major: Psychology with a minor in Sociology.

    Class: Junior.

    Advice for incoming students: "Get involved and make UIW your home!"

    Random Fact: "I am part Cuban."

Emma Cisneros

Membership Co-Chair

The Membership Co-Chair assists the Membership Chair with all scheduling for the organization and monitoring member participation. 

  • About Emma

    Hometown: Robstown, TX.

    Major: Biology.

    Class: Senior.

    Advice for incoming students: "Utilize your professor's office hours and establish a good student-teacher relationship!"

    Random Fact: "My favorite book from the Harry Potter series is The Order of the Phoenix. :)"

Maria Ornelas

Fundraising Chair

The Fundraising Chair plans and implements organizational fundraising ventures as well as securing community or university sponsorship as required by the organization. 

  • About Maria

    Hometown: Pearsall, Texas.

    Major: Interdisciplinary Studies with Minors in Reading and Special Education.

    Class: Senior.

    Advice for incoming students: "Investing in a planner and taking the time to plan and schedule your time is extremely beneficial to not only your state of mind, but your grades as well!"

    Random fact about me: "I love everything Disney, and I have a small collection of vintage items." 

Silke Gonzalez

Events Chair

The Events Chair is responsible for working with the Campus Visit Coordinator to plan all Student Ambassador functions including Overnighter, Preview Day, Campus Visit Day, and Campus Tours.

  • About Silke

    Hometown: Laredo, TX.

    Major: Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy

    Class: Sophomore.

    Advice for incoming students: "Make sure you remembered for the right reasons. Get good grades, join as many organizations as you can, and never lose sight of your goals!" 

    Random Fact: "I like giraffes!"

Ariana Castillo

Public Relations Chair

The Public Relations Chair organizes public relations, advertising, and marketing for the organization. The PR Chair also monitors and contributes to social media accounts for the organization, keeps records of events and socials throughout the semester, and compiles a "Scrapbook" and a history of the UIW Student Ambassador Organization as well.

  • About Ariana

    Hometown: Mission, TX.

    Major: Biology.

    Class: Sophomore

    Advice for incoming students: "Don't wait until 2:45 a.m. to do things."

    Random Fact: "It's 2:45 a.m."