Meet our Staff 

Dr. Richard Ortega
Dr. Richard Ortega

Vice President of University Advancement
Office: (210) 784-1109
Email: rportega@tamusa.edu

Richard has over 20 years of experience in leading advancement offices in higher education settings, which includes the responsibilities of development (fundraising), marketing, and alumni affairs.  For the last five years, he has served Holy Names University as the Vice President for University Advancement, where he lead the “Ever Forward” sesquicentennial campaign.  Previously, Richard served as Vice President for Advancement at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where he planned, implemented, and successfully completed its centennial comprehensive campaign, “Learn, Lead, Serve.”  

Anthony Medina
Anthony Medina

Director of Development
Office: (210) 784-1119
Email: Anthony.Medina@tamusa.edu


As Director of Development, Anthony is responsible for cultivating meaningful relationships with donors, leaders, corporations, alumni and friends of the University to assist in Texas A&M-San Antonio’ growth as a dynamic and evolving institution.

Dr. Mary Kay Cooper
Mary Kay Cooper

Director of Alumni Affairs
Office: (210) 784-1121
E-mail: mcooper@tamusa.edu


As Director of Alumni Affairs, Dr. Cooper is charged with informing and engaging alumni as well as connecting alumni with each other and the University for the benefit of all.

Sandra Arispe
Sandra Arispe

Annual Fund Coordinator
Office: (210) 784-1106
E-mail: Sandra.Arispe@tamusa.edu

As Annual Funds Coordinator, Sandra is responsible for working or assisting with signature annual fundraising campaigns such as the Dream Maker Luncheon, Golf Tournament and President’s Circle.  In addition, Sandra works closely with donors to develop new or renewing scholarships and/or endowments for the benefit of the University students. 

Julia Chu
Lisa E. Pena

Database Admin II
Office: (210) 784-1112
Email: lio.chu@tamusa.edu 

As Database Administrator, Julia takes primary responsibility for providing support and assistance to the Office of University Advancement team and its departments related to database management, reporting, gift processing and prospect research.

Lisa E. Pena
Lisa E. Pena

Executive Assistant
Office: (210) 784-1108
Email: lpena@tamusa.edu