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2014-2015 OFFICERS
MAGGIE RIVAS RODRIGUEZ is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the founder and director of the multi-faceted the Voces Oral History Project, formerly known as the U.S. Latino & Latina WWII Oral History Project. The project has recorded interviews across the country with over 940 Latinos/as of the WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War generations. The project has produced five books, provided the basis for a two-act play, developed educational materials, created photo exhibits, and become a resource for scholars and others looking for photographs and interviews with Latinos of the three periods. Before earning her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rivas-Rodriguez worked for more than 17 years in major market news outlets, including The Boston Globe, United Press International, WFAA-TV in Dallas and The Dallas Morning News. Rivas-Rodriguez also has a masters from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Her bachelor of journalism degree is from the University of Texas at Austin.
LORI PETERSON has been a UT employee since 2007. She is a Financial Officer in the Shared Services program and is charged with analyzing the performance of the Universityís Shared Services initiative. She has been an active member of the HFSA for many years and has served on the executive board and has chaired the Holiday Assistance Committee in the past. Lori received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Texas State University - San Marcos. Lori is originally from Falfurrias, Texas, but has lived in the Austin area since 1994. She currently lives in Spicewood, Texas with her husband, Eric, and 11 year-old daughter, Emily. Lori enjoys country living with horses, dogs, cats, goats and chickens and is very active in church activities and 4-H.
Jorge Solis
JORGE SOLIS is relatively new to UT Austin, having previously worked at UT San Antonio. He currently works as a Financial Analyst here at UT Austin. Jorge earned a BBA at University of Yucatan, Mexico as well as as MBA from UT San Antonio. He also earned a MSA from University of Incarnate Word.
SUSANNA OLIVAREZ is the Administrative Manager at the University of Texas Police Department. Prior to joining the police department she worked in managerial positions for several departments at Dell including strategy, operations, marketing, and finance/accounting. As time permits, she teaches marketing as an Adjunct Marketing Professor at St. Edwards University. She has also worked in marketing and sales at Pepsi, Apple and the Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Susanna earned her Bachelor of Arts and her Master in Business Administration (McCombs School of Business) at The University of Texas at Austin.
KARINA REYES has been an employee of the University of Texas at Austin since 2011. She currently works as a Financial Analyst on the tax team in Payroll Services and prior to this position worked in the Office of Accounting. She graduated from the McCombs School of Business with a BBA in Marketing and a minor in Management Information Systems. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and tv shows, reading, canoeing, and playing with her cat.
Shirley Sandoval
SHIRLEY SANDOVAL currently serves as an academic advisor for the Discovery Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience working with students in education, having served as a college counselor, college advisor, and outreach specialist to advance studentsí personal, career, and academic potential. She joined The University of Texas at Austin in January 2012, after graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a masterís degree in counseling and pupil personnel services credential, in addition to a community college counseling certificate. She completed her bachelorís degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, baking, and reading anything related to personal finance.
CINDY CRUZ joined UT Austin in 2001 and is currently an Administrative Manager in the office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. She oversees the faculty credentialing process which is a part of the Universityís accreditation process and is also involved with legislative compliance and several other special projects. She has been a member of the HFSA since 2004 and has served as chair and co-chair of the Welcome Committee. Cindy attended New Mexico Junior College and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she worked in the Student Activities area for five years before accepting a position as Assistant to the Vice President for Business Affairs. She has served in various UT system wide committees under the direction of then Chancellor William Cunningham. Originally from the west Texas area Cindy and her husband, Rudy, moved to the Austin area in 2001. Cindy enjoys her time entertaining family and friends from out of town and spending as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.
Leticia Acosta
LETICIA ACOSTA As the current director of Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders at the UT McCombs School of Business, Leticia has worked with almost 400 students in preparing them for leadership roles for our state. Prior to this position, she worked for 10 years in various roles with the University of Texasís official alumni association, the Texas Exes, including Director of Public Policy, Director of Alumni Relations and Deputy to the Executive Director. During this time, she was responsible for the associationís legislative advocacy program of 1600 alumni and friends, worked with the Board of Directors, and had oversight of the universityís 11,000 international alumni active with chapters and networks around the world. Leticia gained an interest in policy and access to higher education during her time as chief of staff to State Representative Tom Uher. Working with Subiendo gives her an ability to help students understand the policy challenges of our state, while encouraging them to not only pursue a higher education, but to believe in their potential and aspire to lead. Leticia G. Acosta is a native of Bay City, TX and earned a B.A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.