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Meet the Faculty & Staff

Carmen Aramanda

Interim Director

  Staff Profile

Carmen's aim is to develop one of the best entrepreneurship programs available in private education. She oversees major programs and events for the center, marketing efforts, and manages a small team of student workers and a staff person while bringing accountability, growth, and structure to Trinity Entrepreneurship.

Elizabeth (Liz) Murillo

Assistant Program Manager for Events

  Staff Profile

As the Assistant Program Manager for Events, Liz is responsible for connecting student entrepreneurs to the San Antonio innovation ecosystem through interdisciplinary programming. She manages all events in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She leads programs such as the Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, events in the Trinity Accelerator and the inaugural StartHER Networking program, to name a few.

Brianna Sanchez

Assistant Program Manager for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  Staff Profile

As the Assistant Programs Manager for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she manages and oversees Trinity’s Accelerator Program, the Louis H. Stumberg Venture Competition, and the Venture Mentoring Service, as well as other innovative initiatives sponsored by the CIE. 

In Residence

A distinguishing feature of Trinity’s entrepreneurship program, the entrepreneur and investor residency programs put you in direct contact with mentors who offer invaluable expertise and enduring networking opportunities to help you found and sustain successful ventures.

Billy Freed

Investor in Residence


Billy Freed is a serial entrepreneur turned investor. For over 25 years he has worked with capital formation for numerous ventures, over a wide spectrum of industries, in his role as Principal with Nueces Marketing Partners, Ltd.

Sarah Janosik '75

Entrepreneur in Residence


Sarah Janosik '75 is a serial entrepreneur whose ventures include Cowgirl Ventures, the Relate Center, and others. She runs a professional therapy practice and conducts business and professional workshops focusing on teamwork and professional development. Additionally, Sarah is an Epona Approved Instructor and facilitates equine-based awareness and growth workshops for professional training and business groups. Sarah received her MSSW at UT Austin and a postgraduate internship at UCSF Medical School.

Adjunct Faculty

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship brings in entrepreneurial leaders from around the world so that you can gain real-world insight and expand your network.

Meghan Garza

ENTR Professor


Course Taught: ENTR 3320: Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Agencies

Meghan Garza-Oswald, M.P.A., M.B.A., has experience spanning from her own strategic development firm focused on serving nonprofits and entrepreneurial start-ups to the White House’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, which provides significant support to non-profit and private sector endeavors at the grass-root level and leverages funds to make an impact on their communities’ most pressing challenges.

Luz Cristal Glangchai

ENTR Professor


Course Taught: ENTR 3340: Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship

Luz Cristal Glangchai is a scientist, entrepreneur, and adventurer. Her passion is igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in young girls and inspiring the next generation of creative leaders and entrepreneurs. She has plentiful work experience in tech start-ups, higher education, R&D, and product development/design, with a specialization in the biomedical, semiconductor, and nanotechnology sectors.

Jake Gray '90

ENTR Professor


Course Taught: BUSN 3355

Jake Gray '90 has been an auditor with Ernst & Young, a consultant in Latin America with Price Waterhouse, a VP and Controller with Clear Channel Communications, a contract CFO with portfolio companies owned by a high net worth family in San Antonio, and a buy-side investment adviser for several high net worth/angel investors.

Eva Pohler '89

ENTR Professor


Course Taught: ENTR 2391: Special Topics in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eva Pohler, Ph.D., is a 1989 Trinity alumna and a USA Today-bestselling author of over twenty novels in multiple genres. She is highly adept at brand building, developing fan bases, and marketing to a variety of audiences.

Associated Faculty

Faculty from other Trinity University academic departments also collaborate with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, making for a truly interdisciplinary program.

Christine Drennon, Ph.D.

Sociology and Anthropology

  Faculty Profile

An associate professor of sociology and anthropology with expertise in urban geography and community development, Drennon seeks to give her students an intense appreciation for where they come from, both historically and geographically, and help them engage in their individual communities once they leave Trinity. Her students often work alongside her in urban research projects throughout the city.

Katsuo A. Nishikawa, Ph.D.

Center for International Engagement

  Faculty Profile

Katsuo Nishikawa focuses on how individuals acculturated under "non-democratic" regimes develop favorable dispositions toward political participation and democracy. At the moment, his work is concentrated on Mexico and its new democracy. 

Bladimir Ruiz


  Faculty Profile

Bladimir Ruiz grew up in Venezuela, and originally specialized in 19th-century Venezuelan literature and the connection between nationalism and narrative. At Trinity, he has taught all levels of Spanish, and seminars in sexuality, film, and youth identities.

Patrick Shay '03, M'05, Ph.D.

Health Care Administration

  Faculty Profile

Patrick Shay teaches graduate courses on topics including health services organization, organization theory, health policy, health care innovation, and population health management.

Jacob Tingle '95, Ed.D.

Business Administration, Sport Management

  Faculty Profile

Jacob Tingle hopes students leave his classes with the industry knowledge, but also having reflected on the "why" of sport. As students graduate and enter career fields related to sport or simply become parents of kids who play sport, he wants them to consider the social, legal, and ethical ramifications of the sport-related choices they make.

Amy Foshee Holmes, Ph.D.


  Faculty Profile

Amy Holmes enjoyed a career in public accounting for almost 30 years before beginning a second career as an accounting professor.  She is passionate about mentoring students and providing opportunities for them to be successful in the business world, and her years of experience help me to provide real life examples to engage students in the classroom.

Roberto Prestigiacomo, MFA

Human Communication and Theatre

  Faculty Profile

Roberto Prestigiacomo is a theater-maker whose creative work includes the development of community-based theatre through improvisation and storytelling techniques, and the creation of original physical theater pieces.

Edward Schumacher, Ph.D.

Health Care Administration

  Faculty Profile

Ed Schumacher works primarily in health care labor markets, health economics, labor economics, and quantitative methods.

Dante Suarez, Ph.D.

Finance and Decision Sciences

  Faculty Profile

Suarez studies the integration of international financial markets, such as the relationship between American depositary receipts and their corresponding underlying stocks. Suarez conducts research in complex adaptive systems, exploring the way in which agents interact with each other and their environments.