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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


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:  
    • Bandera High School
    • Boerne ISD
    • Bracken Christian High School
    • Brandeis High School
    • Brennan High School
    • Canyon High School
    • Canyon Lake High School
    • Comfort High School
    • Del Rio area high schools
    • Eagle Pass area high schools
    • Geneva School of Boerne
    • Ingram Tom Moore High School
    • John Paul II Catholic High School
    • Laredo area high schools
    • Marion High School
    • Navarro High School
    • Northside ISD
    • New Braunfels High School
    • New Braunfels Christian High School
    • Rio Grande Valley area high schools
    • San Marcos High School
    • San Marcos Baptist High School
    • Seguin High School
    • Smithson Valley High School
    • Tivy High School


    Oscar also recruits from the following states:

    • Alaska
    • Idaho
    • Kansas
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • North Dakota
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • South Dakota
    • Washington
    • Wyoming
Victoria Sulaica

Freshman Admissions Counselor

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:  
    • Alameda High School
    • Beaumont ISD
    • Burbank High School
    • Brackenridge High School
    • Cole High School
    • East Texas area high schools
    • Edison High School
    • Fox Tech High School
    • Gulf Coast area high schools
    • Healy Murphy High School
    • Highlands High Schools
    • Houston area high schools
    • Jefferson High School
    • Keystone National High School
    • KIPP University Prep High School
    • Lanier High School
    • Lutheran High School of San Antonio
    • Milton B. Lee Academy of Science & Engineering
    • Rick Hawkins High School (School of Excellence)
    • Sam Houston High School
    • San Antonio ISD
    • San Antonio School for Inquiry
    • St. Philips Early College High School
    • Stacey High School
    • Travis Early College High School
    • Young Womens Leadership Academy

    Victoria also recruits from the following states:

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Hawaii
    • Nevada
    • New Mexico
    • Utah
Jessica De La Rosa

Freshman Admissions Counselor

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
    • Allison Steele Enhanced Learning Center
    • Antonian College Prep High School
    • Castle Hills High School
    • Central Catholic High School
    • Clemens High School
    • Corpus Christi area high schools
    • Dilley High School
    • East Central High School
    • El Paso area high schools
    • East and South of San Antonio
    • Fall City High School
    • Floresville High School
    • Holy Cross High School
    • Incarnate Word High School
    • Jourdanton High School
    • Judson ISD
    • La Vernia High School
    • Lytle High School 
    • Northeast ISD
    • Panhandle area high schools
    • Pearsall High School
    • Pleasanton High School
    • Poteet High School
    • Poth High School
    • Providence High School
    • Randolph High School
    • River City Believers Academy
    • Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD 
    • School of Science and Technology
    • Southwest Prep High School
    • St. Anthony High School
    • St. Gerard's High School
    • St. Mary's Hall
    • Steel High School
    • Stockdale High School
    • Twon East Christian
    • Wagner High School
    • West Texas area high schools


    Jessica also recruits from the following states:

    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • Wisconsin
Whitney Mestelle

Freshman Admissions Counselor

Phone: (210) 805-3558

  • About Whitney:

    Whitney is from Dixon, MO where she graduated from Dixon High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Mass Communication and Public Relations from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.

  • A word from Whitney:

    For me, at UIW. The WORD is Future! As part of the UIW admissions staff I get to take part daily in helping build our bright future!

    At UIW students have an opportunity to build a great foundation for life through academics, campus involvement, volunteering, internships and study abroad trips that will set them up for a successful and fulfilling future.

  • Whitney recruits from:
    • Austin area high schools
    • Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering
    • Central Texas area high schools
    • Cooper Academy
    • Dallas Ft. Worth area high schools
    • Devine High School
    • Edgewood ISD
    • Gateway Christian High School
    • Harlandale ISD
    • Jubilee Academic Center High School
    • Kenedy High School
    • McCollum High School
    • Medina Valley High School
    • Memorial High School
    • Natalia High School
    • Somerset High School
    • South San ISD
    • Southside ISD
    • Southwest ISD
    • Waco area high schools


    Whitney also recruits from the following states:

    • Alabama
    • Arkansas
    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • Georgia
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Mississippi
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • Ohio
    • Pennsylvania
    • Puerto Rico
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington D.C.
    • West Virginia
Maryssa Bustamante

Transfer Advisor

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



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."