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

Religious 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.

Ashlee Smith

FCA Campus Minister
ashleesmith@fca.org

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.

Ross Lockwood

Campus Minister, RUF
ross.lockwood@ruf.org

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.

Fr. Jorge Campos

Priest, Catholic Student Group

Usama Malik

Chaplain, Muslim Space
chaplain@muslimspace.org


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: Senior
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")

Guadalupe Rivera
She/her/hers

Studies: Sociology and Global Latinx Studies Major
Year: Senior
Area of Focus: Multifaith Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me. Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Gabriella Stein
she/her

Studies: Major in theatre, minor in english
Year: Sophomore
Area of Focus: Multifaith Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: "Love your neighboor as yourself" (leviticus 19:18) but more importantly "The stranger ... you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." (leviticus 19:34)

Emma Utzinger
she/her

Studies: English
Year: Sophomore
Area of Focus: Multifaith Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: Keats' "ode to a nightingale"

Jonluca Biagini
He/Him

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

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)

Nehemiah Tiruneh
He/Him

Studies: Finance
Year: Sophomore
Area of Focus: Spiritual Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: "The prudent keep their knowledge to themselves, but a fool's heart blurts out folly." Proverbs 12:23

Logan Crews
He/Him

Studies: Geosciences and French
Year: Junior
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: Communications and double minor in comm management and spanish
Year: Senior
Area of Focus: Christian Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Garret Page
He/Him/His

Studies: Economics & Entrepreneurship
Year: Junior
Area of Focus: Christian Life Programming
A Favorite Poem, Prayer, or Quote: “God’s plan is like a beautiful tapestry. And the tragedy of being human is that we only get to see it from the back. With all the ragged threads and the muddy colors. And we only get a hint at the true beauty that would be revealed if we could see the whole pattern on the other side…as God does.”


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.