Chapel and Spiritual Life Staff

Nelda R. Cortez
Nelda R. Cortez
Senior Secretary
headshot of Alexander Serna Wallender
Alexander Serna-Wallender
University Chaplain/Everett H. Jones Chair of Ministry

Chapel and Spiritual Life Advisors

The Chaplaincy has welcomed several volunteer advisors to help guide and encourage members of the Trinity University community in their faith. Appointed and supported by their own religious student organizations, they serve particular religious communities on campus.

Natalie Steiner

Jewish Student Life Coordinator, Hillel San Antonio
Natalie@HillelSA.org

As the Jewish Student Life Coordinator, Natalie works closely with both students and the broader San Antonio community to advance Hillel's work on campus and to inspire every Jewish student to create an enduring commitment to Jewish life and learning.

Alex Solorio

FCA Campus Minister
FCA.Solorio@gmail.com

Douglas Steinman

Lead Staff, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
douglas.steinman@intervarsity.org

A Trinity alumnus, Douglas’ passion is to see students in every corner of the campus transformed by Jesus Christ through study of the Bible, a commitment to intentional fellowship and discipleship, and the practice of mission and justice on campus and throughout the city.

Wil Nettleton

Campus Minister, RUF
wil.nettleton@ruf.org

Wil and his family love the opportunity to serve Trinity students and point them toward the love of Christ!

Valerie Vogt

Wesley Foundation Campus Minister
vvogt@travispark.org

Valerie works at Trinity University, San Antonio College, and Travis Park Church downtown. She is excited to welcome all students who want to engage in an honest and compassionate community, grow in service to others, and experience the unconditional love of God on their faith journey.
 

Jacob Cole

YoungLife College
jcole@ah.younglife.org

Jacob serves as the Area Director for Young Life in Alamo Heights and at Trinity University. He is passionate about walking alongside college students as they walk with Jesus and make memories throughout college.


Chapel and Spiritual Life Fellows

The Chapel and Spiritual Life (CSL) Fellows program, started in Fall 2019, is a multi-faith team of student leaders selected for their interest and skills in helping cultivate the rich spiritual life and practices of the Trinity community. The program serves to engage students more directly in the design, planning, and implementation of CSL initiatives.

Focus Groups

Each of the nine CSL Fellows is focused in one of three areas:

  • Multi-faith Programming
  • Spiritual Life Programming
  • Christian Life Programming

Teams based on these three themes collaborate to imagine a new and integrated approach to helping members of the Trinity community cultivate their spiritual and faith journeys.

Dana Hatab
She/Her

Studies: Psychology and Religion
Year: Junior
Area of Focus: Multifaith Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: “Wake in the morning with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving." (From Kahlil Gibran's "On Love")

Sofia Munoz
She/Her

Studies: Anthropology
Year: Sophomore
Area of Focus: Multifaith Programming
 

Jonluca Biagini
He/Him

Studies: Computer Science
Year: Sophomore
Area of Focus: Multifaith Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: "Trying to feel love is like a fish swimming in water trying to get wet." (David Deida)

Jaden Wielhouwer
She/Her

Studies: Economics and Religion
Year: Junior
Area of Focus: Spiritual Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: Harry Baker’s “Paper People”

Jack Braley
He/Him

Studies: Physics and Astronomy
Year: Senior
Area of Focus: Spiritual Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: Carl Sagan’s “The Pale Blue Dot.”

Rachel Poovathoor
She/Her

Studies: International Studies
Year: Junior
Area of Focus: Spiritual Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: “Here’s the new rule: break the wineglass. And fall toward the glassblower’s breath." (Djalal ad-Din Rumi)

Maureen Gallington
She/Her

Studies: Urban Studies
Year: Senior
Area of Focus: Christian Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: "Take comfort in your smallness, small one." (C. S. Lewis)

Logan Crews
He/Him

Studies: Geosciences and French
Year: Sophomore
Area of Focus: Christian Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: “I'd rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not.”

Victoria Lee
She/Her

Studies: Communication, Communication Management, and Spanish
Year: Junior
Area of Focus: Christian Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Called to Lead and Learn?

If you are interested in becoming a Chapel and Spiritual Life Fellow at Trinity University, please contact Chaplain Alex Serna-Wallender at asernawa@trinity.edu.

If you have any questions or would like to reach out to the CSL Fellows, please email cslfellows@trinity.edu.

Uplifting All Religious Traditions

If you are seeking to explore your spirituality or connect with a particular faith, these staff members, advisors, and student fellows are a great resource. If you do not find someone representing your faith, please check out the list of student religious organizations or contact Chapel and Spiritual Life for assistance.