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September 26th, 2017


 Ann Theodori| Ed.D.
Executive Director of Student Advising & Mentoring (SAM) Center
Sam Houston State University

Dr. Ann Theodori has much experience in the field of education encompassing Independent School Districts, Community College, and a Four-Year University. She has served as an English Teacher at the K-12 Sector for middle schools and high schools, an English Instructor at the community college level, and as a Lecturer at the Department of English here as Sam Houston State University.

Not only does Dr. Theodori’s experience include teaching, but she has also served in administrative roles. She was the Director for the Sam Houston Writing Center, and the Executive Director of the Academic Success Center overseeing the Writing and Math Centers, Online Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and Developmental Education programs.

Most recently, Dr. Theodori has joined our family at the Student Advising & Mentoring (SAM) Center as the Executive Director overseeing the Advising Center as well as Academic Support Programs on the Mentoring side.

October 19th, 2017

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Andrea Guajardo | MPH
Director of Community Engagement and Social Accountability
University of Incarnate Word

Andrea Guajardo is Director of Community Engagement and Social Accountability at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. Andrea supports several nonprofit community organizations through board service including SA2020, the Bexar County Health Collaborative, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Solutions Alamo, and Bexar County Child Welfare Board.

Andrea originally aspired to become a medical doctor; however, her graduate work in community-based immunization research motivated her to pursue the applied science of public health. Andrea began her research career as part of a team to provide Hepatitis B immunization to fifth grade students in a large urban school district. Thousands of children received the vaccine, but more importantly, the team was able to identify specific barriers that prevented parents and others from participating in the program. These findings led to improved processes and greater impact in successive years.

Upon completion of her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - School of Public Health, Andrea served as Grant Administrator of the CHRISTUS Fund from 1999-2009 and as Director of Community Health from 2009-2017. CHRISTUS Health is one of the top ten largest Catholic Health Systems in the United States and provides grants from the CHRISTUS Fund to support community-based programs that provide health services to the uninsured and other vulnerable populations. As Grant Administrator, Andrea conducted evaluation and funding recommendations for programs in Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico, and Peru.

She joined the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine six weeks ago.

The focus of her work has been to develop Community Benefit strategies to increase access to medical homes and other healthcare services for uninsured adults and children through the use of the culturally competent Community Health Worker model (aka promotores.) Andrea works collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop prudent health policy, as well as promote population health and community wellness in communities throughout the United States.

Andrea has committed her career to the care of the uninsured with a special emphasis on protecting the dignity of the human person and social determinants of health through culturally responsive programming. In addition, she is equally committed to productive collaboration with other healthcare providers to achieve optimum outcome measures and create lasting impact.

Andrea is an alumna of the Alexander Briseno Leadership Development Program, the Latina Leadership Institute of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Texas. Her dissertation research explores the lived experiences of Latinas in elected and appointed office through a LatCrit and Chicana feminist lens.

November 16th, 2017

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Veronica Muzquiz Edwards | DBA

Dr. Veronica Muzquiz Edwards is CEO of InGenesis, a premier supplier of global workforce management and transformational enterprise solutions. Dr. Edwards’ acknowledgments include National Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year, top 50 most influential Hispanic business leaders in the country, top 100 middle market CEO’s, and America's Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs.

In 2016, Dr. Edwards was invited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to serve as Head of the U.S. delegation of the Technical Advisory Group for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to help develop global standards for quality management, performance optimization and workforce planning. Supporting the United Nation’s Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), she serves as Secretary/Former Chair of PAHO Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which currently focuses on antimicrobial resistance and neglected tropical diseases.

Dr. Edwards’ focus on organizational excellence and accountable insights on data-driven leadership led to her selection to the 2017 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Baldrige Executive Fellows Program. Dr. Edwards has a deep interest in public service and global health and serves as a Trustee for the Texas State University System, the World Affairs Council and the University of the Incarnate Word.

Recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) as one of the largest workforce solutions companies in North America, InGenesis is the largest woman- or minority-owned healthcare workforce solution firm in the United States. Because of her leadership, SIA named Edwards among the Global Power 100 Women in the industry.

Dr. Edwards is a graduate and Distinguished Alumna of Texas State University. She obtained an MBA and her Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of the Incarnate Word, where she was also recognized as a Distinguished Alumna. Her doctoral studies focused on global disaster preparedness, crisis management and workforce planning for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) events.