Alicia Lopez is a retired Bilingual/ESL, Dyslexia and Master Reading teacher who taught in various school districts in San Antonio and Austin. Ms. Lopez worked with pre-k and first grade children during the first half of her teaching career. She obtained her Teaching Certification from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1988 and worked in the educational field for 25 years.
Ms. Lopez graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 with Bachelors Degree in Journalism. She worked as a reporter at an independent television station in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Lopez also worked as a reporter, producer and anchor for KUAT public radio at the University of Arizona. One of her programs focused on Mexican American women concerns.
Upon retiring from teaching, Ms. Lopez worked a couple of years as an Activities Director for a local senior apartment complex. She planned monthly events and helped seniors obtain needed social services.
Ms. Lopez is currently an active member of the Temple Hill Community Organization of San Antonio where she serves as a community events organizer. She also volunteers at her neighborhood school.
Maria retired in 2017 after over 20 years in support of public health and behavioral research studies, however she began her career after high school as a member of the United States Air Force. After six years of active duty, she continued her military career in the Texas Air National Guard, from which she retired in 1997 with the rank of Master Sergeant. During her military career, she oversaw the certification of various aircraft and supported maintenance of KC-135 Stratotankers and the F-4 Phantom fighters. Additionally, she worked in several public affairs capacities, including illustrator and photographer.
Maria’s civilian career spanned many endeavors advancing public health and community well-being. She oversaw several research initiatives addressing veterans’ healthcare, violence against women and substance abuse. Institutions she’s served in these efforts include the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center, the University of Chicago, and Iowa State University.
Stirred by the gridlock in state government and how that affected her community, Maria chose to seek statewide political office in 2006. Although a political outsider, she won the nomination of her political party to face a wealthy, established incumbent. This experience served to inform Maria about the importance of community engagement. After a predictable defeat, she subsequently returned to San Antonio and began engaging her community as co-founder and past president of the Hot Wells Neighborhood Association and serving on the City’s Zoning Commission as the appointee of City Council District 3.
Maria holds an undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and considers herself a perpetual student.
Rosa Alvarado began her work in outreach and advocacy in 2002 when she worked as a Public Affairs Specialist at the State of Texas Office of the Attorney General. It was there that she was given the direction she knew she wanted to follow. She was an active volunteer in working with undocumented immigrants and utilized her knowledge and experience to empower the people she met. Rosa moved forward to become a Family Based Support Services Caseworker for Child Protective Services in Dallas, Texas. She then moved to California where she worked as a Family Partner, advocating for and educating families whose children suffered from mental illness.
Rosa moved back to Texas to work as an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH). Although she found her work at NDVH valuable, she wanted to work hands on and took a position as a State Inspector for the foster care system. Seeing the need for regulations in other ares, she took on a position as State Inspector with the Substance Use Disorder Unit.
Rosa is a Native Texan, graduate of St. Edward’s University and provides education, training and advocacy in the dynamics of family violence. If you would like more information on how to request a presentation, you may reach the family violence group at firstname.lastname@example.org.