LEAD and Student Recruitment

University of Houston - Victoria 
Rm.104 University West Bldg., 
3007 N. Ben Wilson, 
Victoria, Texas 77901

Denee Thomas | Sr. Dir., Enrollment Management and Retention | Major:
PhD. Microbiology, Creighton University | Hometown: Newton, Kansas
P: 361-570-4149 | E: thomasd@uhv.edu
My name is Denee Thomas and I have worked in areas student affairs in higher education for many years. I was raised in Kansas, and graduated from Wichita State University and Creighton University. As a scientist by training, I loves analyzing data, and enjoy teaching Algebra and Microbiology. I also have a love for animals, and thoroughly enjoy gardening, cooking, reading murder mysteries, and team roping in my spare time.
Billy Lagal | Manager | Major: M.Ed. Adult and Higher Ed.,
University of Houston - Victoria | Hometown: Victoria, TX
P: 361-570-4865 | E: lagalb@uhv.edu
A few things about me...
-Grew up a Army brat
-Has worked with the UHV recruitment department for six years
-Huge fan of coffee
In my off time, my life generally involves something baseball related....reading, coaching, watching and playing video games!
Veronica Gonzalez | Sr. Coordinator | Major: M.S. Publishing,
University of Houston - Victoria | Hometown: Brownsville, TX
P: 361-570-4144 | E: gonzalezvd1@uhv.edu
I moved to Victoria right out of college and started working for the Victoria Advocate as a page designer and copy editor. After 3 years of my first job out of college, I felt it was time to go back to school. So I did, and decided to pursue a master’s in publishing. I also happened to find a job at UHV that would allow me to better focus on my education again. I found myself in student recruitment after a semester as the American Book Review fellow. Some may think student recruitment is a far stretch from a job in communications, but it’s not! I get to interact with the most amazing students on a daily basis as I help show them the best that UHV has to offer. What other job mixes marketing and communications so well?
Jena West | Recruitment Coordinator | Major: Criminal Justice,
University of Houston - Victoria | Hometown: Missouri City, TX
P: 361-570-4515 | E: westj@uhv.edu
Hi! I’m Jena West, originally from Missouri City, Texas. I began my college experience at Galveston College, where I played softball for the Whitecaps and then transferred to UHV to play ball here as well! I just graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, where I began the first chapter of the Criminal Justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma. I was Student Government President my senior year, and also helped the UHV Jaguars to their second conference championship! Yay! I am now attaining my Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a primary concentration in Criminal Justice and a secondary concentration in Psychology. I am always looking to help and make it my personal goal to make sure that I help students, or anyone else for that matter, to have a helping hand throughout their educational journey. Smiles are what I strive for! J
Melissa Arnold | Administrative Secretary | Hometown: Victoria, TX

P: 361-570-4359 | E: arnoldmr@uhv.edu


Madison Guerrero | Recruitment Assistant | Major: Communication,
University of Houston - Victoria | Hometown: Victoria, TX
P: 361-570-4126 | E: guerreromw1@uhv.edu
Hi! I’m Madison Guerrero and I was born, raised, and currently reside in Victoria, Texas with my husband. In 2008 I graduated from Victoria Memorial High School where I was a member of the band program all four years. I have been a UHV employee periodically since 2008 as a student worker and was promoted to Recruitment Assistant for Student Recruitment; I am really enjoying the transition within the university! In December 2013 I graduated from the University of Houston-Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Communications degree which I enjoy utilizing on a daily basis in this position. In the future, I hope to obtain a Master’s degree in Higher Education from UHV to help me continue to grow within this great institution. When I’m not working or in school, I enjoy crafting anything from bows to wreaths, reading suspenseful novels, baking cakes and pastries, trying out new dinner recipes, volunteering my time at church activities and meetings, and spending time with my family and friends.

Austin/Ft. Worth area:

Office: 9442 Capital of Texas Hwy. N,
Plaza 1 Suite 500, Austin, TX 78759                                                    

Perla Studer | Sr. Coordinator | Major: Criminal Justice,
Sam Houston State University | Hometown: Victoria, TX
P: 512-343-4523 | E: studerp@uhv.edu

 Oh Hi! I am a Victoria native living in Austin, Texas who dreams of happiness & peace. My alma mater is Sam Houston State University, where my passion for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law led me to receive a BA in Criminal Justice. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cycling, & a little bit of Zumba to feed my Latin soul. My absolute favorite time is when I'm with my son, Jack & husband Matt; they are my happiness.

Alyson Garth | Recruitment Coordinator | Major: Human Development
and Family Sciences, University of Texas in Austin | Hometown: Victoria, TX
P: 512-343-4523 | gartha@uhv.edu
My name is Alyson Garth and I was born and raised in Victoria. Being that Victoria is my hometown, I have fostered a deep love for the city and am eager to welcome other young men and women into the community. In 2005, I graduated from Victoria Memorial High School and left to study Human Development and Family Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Recently I desired to make a shift to higher education after years of guiding high school students and their families through the selection, application and financial aid processes. Now I have the ability to use each day as an opportunity to help open other students’ eyes to the great things they can accomplish as a UHV student. When I am not meeting with prospective students, you can find me traveling and spending time with family and friends!

Houston/Dallas area:

Office: 1846 Snake River Rd., Ste. B, Katy, TX 77449

Rebecca Heilman | Sr. Coordinator | Major: Criminal Justice,
Penn State University | Hometown: Hastings, NE
P: 281-945-2209 | E: heilmanr@uhv.edu
I have been with UHV in the Houston area since September 2012. Originally, I am from Hastings, Nebraska. After high school, I was able to travel to Ecuador for the year as a Rotary Exchange Student. Once I returned to the US, I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education. My next move was to Florida, where I worked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as an Education Presenter for a semester, before beginning graduate school. I received my Masters of Education in Agricultural and Extension Education from Penn State in 2012.

| Recruitment Coordinator | Vacant

San Antonio/West Texas area:

Office: 1100 N. W. Loop 410, Ste.720, San Antonio, TX 78213
P: (210) 366-8813

Hope Salgado | Sr. Coordinator | Hometown: McCamey, TX
E: salgadoh@uhv.edu

Since 1987, my primary responsibility has been to interact with students and assist them with their educational progression. My career in assisting students began in the admissions office of Angelo State. While in the admissions office, I was assigned to work with the Registrar and further assist students with their educational needs. Veteran’s Affairs and Student Affairs followed, proceeding to the Health Professions Office and presently involved in the undertaking of recruiting ambitious students to attend UHV. It gives me great satisfaction to provide information and assistance to students, as well as the parent, in an effort to make college enrollment less complicated.
Ralph Castorena | Recruitment Coordinator | Major: B.S. Criminal Justice,
Sul Ross State University | Hometown: Del Rio, TX

From Del Rio, Texas. Graduated from Del Rio High School. Graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sul Ross State University. Former History teacher/Head Soccer & Asst. Football coach at Del Rio H.S. I hold 3 national coaching licenses for soccer from USSF and NSCAA and currently coaches club soccer in San Antonio, Tx. I enjoy traveling, going to concerts, athletic events, and hard rock music. I've been with UHV since July 2010.