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Outstanding Alumni and Scholarship Awards

Join the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as they recognize outstanding alumni and raise funds for scholarships! Proceeds from this event benefit the ELPS Scholarship and Leadership Development Fund.

Saturday, May 19, 2018


5539 North Loop 1604 W.

San Antonio, Texas 78249

9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the ELPS office at 210-458-5436.


Online Registration


Online Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship Levels

Gold "Hole in One" Sponsor ($3,000)

Silver "Eagle" Sponsor ($2,000)

Bronze "Birdie" Sponsor ($1,000)

Roadrunner "Birds Up" Sponsor ($500)

Individual Ticket ($50)

Event proceeds and contributions support the ELPS Scholarship and Leadership Development Fund. Contributions to UTSA-ELPS are tax deductible.

Event Sponsors

Bronze "Birdie" Sponsors

Dr. Richard A. Drum

Roadrunner "Birds Up" Sponsors

Dr. John M. Folks

Dr. Sylvester Perez

Enrique Alemán Jr. Ph.D. & Sonya Alemán, Ph.D.

Golf Bay Sponsors

Law Office of Juan P. Aguilera

Betty Merchant, Ph.D.

USLC Encarnacion Garza, Jr. Ph.D. & Juan M. Niño, Ph.D.

David P. Thompson, Ph.D.

Auction Sponsor


Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D.

Dr. Kenon currently serves as Assistant Vice Provost for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She manages the department's human resources, financial management, communications and marketing teams, and serves as a key academic and technical liaison between UTSA departments.

She earned undergraduate degrees in Communications and English at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She completed her Master's degree in Adult and Higher Education as well as a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at UTSA.

Dr. Kenon has worked in positions of instruction, leadership and management in private and public higher education for more than 25 years. Her areas of interest include workplace education, tools for technology education and student success, collaborative distance learning programs promoting global education, communications, and technological innovation and research.

Dr. Kenon also serves on numerous committees supporting student, faculty and staff success, as well as community and educational organizations at the local, national and global levels.

She is involved in multiple UTSA committees in support of staff and student retention, community service, academic research, communications, and information technology. She also serves as a faculty lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) in the Consortium for Social Transformation (CST) department.

Dr. Kenon has published and served as a global speaker and panel chair in her areas of research on numerous occasions. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) on the UTSA Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) grant, as the coordinator for the OIT Faculty Advisory Committee and as the co-editor on the Wiley Global Workplace Learning Publication project.

Marisa B. Perez-Diaz 


Marisa B. Perez-Diaz, the District 3 State Board of Education member, was born and raised in San Antonio. She is a product of Texas public schools and is a passionate advocate for equitable education for all students.  

Perez-Diaz, a Democrat, was first elected to the State Board of Education in November 2012.  She is the youngest Latina, nationally, to have ever been elected to serve on a State Board of Education and is now serving her second term on the board. Since January 2017, she serves as the Vice Chair for the Committee on Initiatives. 

Perez-Diaz holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Perez-Diaz's cohort's research on the impact of the Urban School Leaders Collaborative on the transformation of prospective K-12 administrators was presented at the University Council for Educational Administration's 2016 Convention in Detroit, MI.

Perez-Diaz  has worked for several different school districts including the San Antonio Independent School District, IDEA Public Schools and Judson Independent School District. She is now the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Edgewood Independent School District.

The arts have shaped Perez-Diaz's character, as she has been a student of Ballet Folklorico and Flamenco for over 30 years and is a member of The Guadalupe Dance Company. Perez-Diaz serves on the Board of Directors for Family Service Association, the Community for Life Foundation and is an active member of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Perez-Diaz and her husband, Rafael Diaz, Jr. have two children, Catalina Yaretzi (2 years) and Rafael (10 months).