DIRECTOR

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Lapétra Bowman, Ph.D.

Originally from Nancy, France, Lapétra Bowman, Ph.D. and her grandmother moved to the U.S. in the summer of 1985.  She subsequently attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in English (1997), her Master’s Degree in English (2000), and her Doctorate in English (with a focus in comparative literature by women) (2010), all the while being the primary caretaker to her beloved grandmother for well over twenty-two years.

Bowman develops strategic initiatives to promote student success and student retention within the Academic Affairs unit. As Advising Coordinator, she oversees the daily functions of the Academic Advising Team responsible for advising First-Year students through to their major declaration. Additionally, she supports faculty advisors by developing advising resources, degree checklists, and advising workshops, along with other professional development opportunities. In addition to being an Academic Adviser for 17 years, Bowman has taught undergraduate courses in English, Humanities, and Women’s Studies for more than a decade.  Courses taught include “Body Narratives in American Film,” “The Modern World,” “The Romantic Age,” “Medieval World,” “Introduction to Women’s Studies,” “Feminism and Globalization,” “Alfred Hitchcock,” and “Gender and Media."  She has also worked as a retention specialist, program coordinator, assessment coordinator, internship coordinator, and thesis program coordinator. She has also been involved with curriculum development, revising catalogs, and peer mentoring programs.

When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling with her husband Todd, as well as cooking complicated but delicious French cuisine, attending theatrical or musical events, playing violin with a local orchestra, hiking throughout the Texas Hill Country, swimming, practicing yoga, meditation, and gardening. Her favorite band is The Cure (she has seen them 6 times in concert!) and she is unabashedly addicted to watching the Golden Girls.  Most recently, she has discovered The Great British Baking Show on Netflix and is hooked!

Specialization

  • Proactive curricular review, including guiding students through the impact and consequences of academic decisions and strategic advising related to academic directions in relation to majors, post-graduate opportunities
  • Degree auditing and review
  • Pathways auditing and review
  • Advisor communications

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ADVISOR

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Soleil Gaffner, B.A.

Soleil Gaffner originally hails from north Virginia and has come to love San Antonio just as much as her hometown. While attending Trinity, Soleil spent much of her time working in the student-led newspaper, the Trinitonian, and missing the semester she spent abroad in Madrid, Spain. She also worked all 4 years in the Center for Experiential Learning & Career Success, giving her the opportunity to build professional skills while studying. She graduated in 2019 with a double major in Communication and Spanish and a minor in International Studies. After graduation, Soleil worked in San Antonio’s local nonprofit system in a variety of roles. She spent time as an administrator, college access advisor, and grant writer. The skills she learned in these roles solidified her passion for building interpersonal relationships and guiding peers to reach their goals. 

In an advising meeting, Soleil will come with tools to help guide a student through difficult decisions, identity exploration, and academic development. She brings a commitment to presenting all possible options to help the student navigate the best pathway to reach their goal. Soleil is the student’s most positive supporter and stalwart ally through their higher education journey. She is dedicated to caring for the student’s whole success, to include mental, emotional, and physical health. Soleil is committed to empowering students to take advantage of all Trinity has to offer. 

When not helping students, Soleil spends her time taking care of her pups, reading library books, and visiting coffee shops with friends. At the time of graduation, she was 2 classes away from a film studies minor and continues her studies independently with the help of streaming services. She always appreciates book, TV, and movie recommendations. 

Specialization

  • Liberal Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Health Professions

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Julia Poage, B.A.

Julia's advising approach is holistic — always looking for ways to support students academically, emotionally and socially. As a Trinity alum, Julia loves connecting students with on-campus resources, both academic and extracurricular. 

Julia Poage was born in San Diego, CA, raised in the Greater Houston Area, and has lived in San Antonio since matriculating at Trinity in 2015. At Trinity, Julia worked for the Trinitonian, the student-led newspaper, was a peer tutor for the HUMA FYE, and served as the lead writing tutor in the writing center. Julia also completed interdisciplinary summer research with funding from the Mellon Initiative. Julia graduated cum laude from Trinity in 2019 with a double major in English and Art.  With regards to English, Julia's literary interests lie primarily in 20th and 21st century short fiction, graphic novels and comics, and fiction in translation. Julia's research project for the Mellon Initiative was an exploration in comics format of memorial museums and trauma memory in Millennials and Gen Z.  With regards to Art, Julia's primary art media are graphite and colored pencils (for Julia's senior art major show, Julia created a triptych of drawings integrating family photos, diary text and symbolic still lifes).  After graduation, Julia served for two years as the college advisor for Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, assisting high school seniors with college applications, financial aid and post-secondary planning. 

Julia's free time is spent visiting new restaurants and bookstores with friends, thinking about getting a cat, and hunting for ethically-made fashion online. 

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ADVISOR

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Jennifer Reese, M.B.A.

Jennifer has worked at Trinity University for over 17 years and has enjoyed supporting students in different ways.  She practices holistic and developmental advising as a way to help students explore the Trinity curriculum and reach their personal and academic goals. While she is well versed in all Majors and Minors that Trinity has to offer she specializes in advising the following pre-majors: Engineering Science, the School of Business, Mathematics and Mathematical Finance.

While originally from Temple, Texas, Jennifer moved to San Antonio to work for Trinity University after earning a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in Marketing (2003) from Texas State University. In 2006, she earned her Master's in Business Administration from Texas State University.  During her 17 years at Trinity she has also worked as Records specialist, Graduation Coordinator, and Degree Audit Coordinator. 

When not at work, Jennifer enjoys being with her husband, Victor, and daughter Layla. She also enjoys going to the gym, decorating for the holidays and watching scary movies. 

Specialization

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Health Professions

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ADVISOR

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Regina Romero, M.S. 

As a native of Texas, Regina was born and raised in San Antonio and lived in Austin for 4 years while attending the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, Regina earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After moving back to her hometown of San Antonio, she attended Our Lady of the Lake University, where she earned a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. With over 10 years of experience in higher education, Regina strives to empower students to discover what success means for them and how they want to impact the world around them. She provides support for pre-major students including, but not limited to the following areas of interest:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Health Professions

Regina is an advocate for mental health and works to create safe and brave spaces where all are welcomed and perspectives are shared and further developed. Her advising approach is student-centered and solution-focused. She aims to provide holistic support that ultimately empowers students to identify and build on their own individual interests, talents, and strengths. As a first-generation graduate, Regina aspires to help students reach their full potential and to learn to lean into challenges. She is honored to be a small part of students’ transformational experiences and encourages them to be the author of their own educational process and life story!

In her free time, Regina enjoys exploring new local restaurants and trying new foods. She practices self-care by spending time with family and friends, playing with her rescued pups, and practicing hot yoga. She enjoys being outdoors and discovering new adventures through traveling. She approaches life's challenges as a learning experience and draws on Nelson Mandela’s quote as inspiration: “I never lose. Either I win or I learn!”  

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ADVISOR

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Katie Welch, B.A.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Katie attended Trinity and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Religion. During her four years at Trinity, Katie spent time as a research assistant and peer tutor in addition to her time interning with the SoL Center of San Antonio, an interfaith education center.  After graduating from Trinity in 2018, Katie spent two years as a college advisor with the Trinity University College Advising Corps. She was placed at Fox Tech High School, working with 9th-12th grade students on postsecondary planning that included college and financial aid applications, scholarships, and career and major exploration. Her experience working in college access led to her passion for ensuring student success at a postsecondary level.  

As a first-generation graduate, Katie is dedicated to helping students learn to navigate their college experience and connect with resources on campus. She is student-centered and passionate about working towards educational equity in higher education. Katie is a passionate advocate and ally for her students, and she seeks to empower her students through a holistic advising approach. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes, and catching up on her Netflix queue. She is also an animal lover, and when she isn’t working, she is spending time with her Chihuahua!

Specialization

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Health Professions

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ADVISOR

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Catherine Terrace, M.A.

Catherine Terrace was born in Pensacola, Florida, and grew up in the greater Houston area. She received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Political Science from Trinity University in 2019. While at Trinity, she worked for the Trinitonian, and was an active member of Chi Beta Epsilon. She began her professional experience by working at several local non-profit organizations throughout her undergrad career. After graduating, she worked for two years at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation providing sexual health counseling and testing services. In 2021, she left San Antonio to pursue a Master’s of Arts in the Social Foundations of Health from Vanderbilt University, where her research concentrated on disability studies and higher education. While at Vanderbilt, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Assistant in the university’s Student Access Office. 

In her meetings, Catherine practices holistic advising, and looks to support students’ academic, mental, emotional, and physical health. She strives to be one of her students’ biggest advocates throughout their higher education journey, and aims to equip them with the tools they need to be successful at Trinity and beyond. As a Trinity alum, she is dedicated to empowering students to explore all Trinity has to offer to support their personal, academic, and professional journeys.  Catherine provides support for pre-major students including, but not limited to the following areas of interest:

  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Health Professions

Catherine’s personal and academic background is rooted in accessibility advocacy, and enjoys spending her free time reading up on emerging trends in disability studies. Outside of work, she greatly enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy, taking care of her small collective of plants, and occasionally visiting Brackenridge Park for short walks. 
 

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