Success Stories of Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame

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Location: Zoom

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Members of the Hispanic Alumni of Notre Dame will discuss their personal and career choices since their college years. Many are pioneers and leaders in their career paths and aim to share their experiences & mentor ND students.

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Panelist include:

Liz Bodamer

Elizabeth (Liz) Bodamer (she/her/ella) is the DEI Policy & Research Analyst and Senior Program Manager at the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC). Prior to LSAC, Liz was the American Bar Foundation/AccessLex Doctoral Fellow in Legal Education and Higher Education. She has a PhD in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington. Her dissertation work focused on factors that impact minoritized law students' sense of belonging. While in graduate school, Liz was the Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Maurer School of Law for four years. Liz holds a JD from Indiana Maurer School of Law. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a major in sociology. While at Notre Dame she lived in Farley Hall, participated in the Summer Service Learning Program, and for three years she was the student assistant to Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas, the founding Director of the Institute for Latino Studies who concurrently held the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies and Assistant Provost at the University of Notre Dame.

 

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Timi Aguilar is the President and CEO of Aguilar Public Relations, a firm dedicated to creating and executing public affairs strategies that build brands and grassroots campaigns for companies of all sizes. They serve a variety of clients including non-profits, government, small businesses and Fortune 100 companies across the U.S. She has provided strategic counsel to executive leadership and managed high-profile projects and events for investor relations and government affairs for brands such as AT&T, Baker Hughes, State Farm Insurance, McDonald’s USA and many others. Her work spans from legislative strategies and messaging for grassroots campaigns to coordination of local town hall meetings, press events and communications with the U.S. Administration, members of Congress, state legislators and city government officials across the country.

A West Texas native, Timi attended the University of Notre Dame (’91) and holds a bachelor’s degree in both Government and Film & Television. She resides in The City of Castle Pines, Colorado with her husband Rob Merkle and their three children.

 

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Dr. Kristine Muñoz Glass was born in El Paso, Texas, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Class of 2000.  She obtained her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. During medical school, she was awarded the Health Professions Scholarship and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy.  She completed her internship and residency in psychiatry while she was active duty at Naval Medical Center San Diego. 

Following Dr. Glass’ residency, she was assigned as the sole psychiatrist aboard Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms where she also served as the department head for Mental Health and medical director for the Substance Abuse Counseling Center at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. After Dr. Glass honorably served in the United States Navy, she worked as a community psychiatrist in San Diego, CA, serving the indigent population and in college mental health.  She has since returned back to her hometown and currently serves the veteran population in El Paso, TX,  and Las Cruces, NM. 

Dr. Glass is married to a fellow Navy Veteran Physician, fellow Notre Dame Graduate, and prior walk-on for the Notre Dame football team. Drs. Glass has one son and one daughter.  One rule in the Glass household: always root for the Fighting Irish!

 

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Inclusion. Accessibility. Empowerment through education. These are the values powerfully displayed by Alex Montoya, a Tracks Public Relations account executive, writer, and thought leader.

Alex Montoya emigrated from Medellin, Colombia as a child, grew up in San Diego and graduated from San Diego High School. His professional experience includes working for the San Diego Padres and San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. His advocacy and writings have been featured on NPR, PBS, NBC.Com (Los Angeles), San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Huffington Post.

Alex also has a passion for non-profit organizations. His volunteerism has extended to groups like the Friends of Scott Foundation, Reality Changers, Barrio Logan College Institute, Gurmilan Foundation, and more. He also created the Alex Montoya Foundation, which celebrates immigrant and disability communities.

This University of Notre Dame graduate is a proud resident of East Village, published author, and one-time Olympic Torch carrier (1996).