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Our members come from a wide variety of academic and administrative departments within the university.  We have listed below bios of few of our members so you can learn more who we are and what we individually do.

Monica Anderson

Monica Anderson

Coordinator

School of Law

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Since 2010, Monica has provides support to  three law school departments: Mentor Externship Program, Alumni Relations and External Relations.  Monica serves on the Multicultural Committee and is the liaison to the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) at the School of Law.

 

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Fr. Juan Miguel Betancourt

Fr. Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV

Assistant Professor of Sacred Scriptures

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

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Fr. Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV (School of Divinity) has worked with Hispanic seminarians studying for different dioceses in the US since 2007 when he was appointed Liaison for Foreign seminarians. He has served as professor of Supervised Multicultural Ministry, Mission and Ministry Practicum and Multicultural Ministry Practicum and is the Chair of the Social Justice and Multicultural Ministry Committees at SOD. Fr. Betancourt is Formation Director to several Hispanic seminarians, mentoring them on their way to the priesthood and service in Hispanic Ministry. He is also a board member of the National Conference for Seminarians in Hispanic Ministry since 2008. He is the pastor of a strong and growing Hispanic community at the Church of Saint Francis de Sales in Saint Paul.

Patricia Condé-Brooks

Interim Associate Dean of Students

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

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Patricia Condé-Brooks is the Interim Associate Dean of Students for the Student Diversity and Inclusion Services office at the Univeristy of St. Thomas. The Student Diversity & Inclusion Services office exists to enhance the campus climate for diversity through programs and initiatives aimed at undergraduate students.  The work is based on four pillars:  education, leadership, advocacy, and community.  Their primary objective is to ensure the retention, graduation, and satisfaction rates of students of color are equitable to their peers.  They also aim to increase the capacity of all students to work and serve in the diverse world in which we live.

Patricia received her Bachelors of Arts degree from East Central University, and the University of Oklahoma awarded her a Master’s of Art degree in Human Relations/Counseling. 


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Efrain Garcia

Efrain Garcia

Financial Aid Counselor

Financial Aid Office

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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico – lived in MN since 1996. Undergrad in Marketing from UST, and MBA from UST expected in 2014.

 

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Monica E. Hartmann

Professor

Department of Economics

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I am a Professor of Economics and have been teaching at St. Thomas since 2000.   I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia and my B.S. in Economics from John Carroll University.   While at St. Thomas, I have been teaching Managerial Economics, Industrial Organization, Law and Economics, and Principles of Macroeconomics.  I have published several papers that investigate how various business practices and government regulations in the automotive and airline industry affect market competition.  In addition, I conducted research on the sources for the disparity in sentencing across races in the federal prison system.  Finally, I have written several pieces on economic pedagogy and offered workshops on economic pedagogy for grade school, high school, and university level teachers.   When I am not thinking about economics (which is really never), you can find me hiking, biking, or watching my beloved Pittsburgh sports teams, the Penguins, the Pirates, and the Steelers.

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Joe Herrera

Joe Herrera

Associate Director of Admissions

Admissions

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I have been a member of the St. Thomas undergraduate admissions team for the past 16 years. I started my career as a freshman Admissions Counselor and I am currently an Associate Director of Admissions responsible for transfer recruitment.  When not at work I enjoy reading a good book, camping with my family, and playing softball. 

 

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Peggy Jerabek

Peggy Jerabek

Coordinator III

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

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I have been with the University of St. Thomas since 2006 and all of my time has been with Student Diversity and Inclusion Services.   I am the Office Coordinator and thoroughly enjoy working with the students.  When not at work I enjoy cooking, baking and a spending time with family and friends.

 

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Catherine Luz Marrs Fuchsel

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work

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Catherine Luz Marrs Fuchsel, PhD., LICSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the joint School of Social Work with St. Catherine University. Originally from Lima, Peru, Dr. Marrs Fuchsel teaches in the graduate program and is a Spanish-English bilingual Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Dr. Marrs Fuchsel has over 15 years of clinical social work practice experience working with the Latino population in different cities across the country (i.e., Detroit, New York City, Phoenix). Dr. Marrs Fuchsel has published work on immigrant Latino families, specifically immigrant Mexican women, on the prevention of domestic violence and sexual abuse, cultural concepts influencing dating and relationships, and a culturally specific curriculum for immigrant Latina women. Current practice experience informs teaching and research and for those reasons, Dr. Marrs Fuchsel provides pro bono direct practice with immigrant or undocumented Latino families in rural Minnesota (i.e., Rochester and Worthington). Dr. Marrs Fuchsel also volunteers and provides mental health consultations at Our Lady of Guadalupe Clinic, a free community health clinic for uninsured and undocumented persons living in Worthington, MN.

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Rev. Hugo Montero

Assistant Professor

Department of Theology

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Rev. Hugo Montero, assistant professor of theology, director of Hispanic ministry for the University’s campus ministry, is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He earned his undergraduate degrees and his Ph.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University, Quito, Ecuador; an M.A. and M. Div. From the University of St. Thomas; and engaged in post-doctoral research and writing at the University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome which produced a theological Habilitationsschrift.  This final study uses Roman Catholic social teaching to critique globalization. He is also the faculty advisor to the undergraduate student organization, Latino Unidos.

German J Pliego

Associate Professor

Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CISC)

Brad Pulles

Program Director – Retention

Student Diversity and Inclusion Services

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After originally being born in Colombia, I was adopted as a child and have lived in Minnesota ever since. I graduated from UST in 2008 with a degree in Sociology before taking a position as a UST Admissions Counselor. I currently work in Student Diversity & Inclusion Services as the Retention Program Director, and I am in the process of completing my Master’s degree in Human Resources and Change Leadership. I really enjoy sports, and I like to stay active as much as I can. I also like to read in my spare time. Favorite TV Shows: Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead; Favorite Music: Hip-hop, R&B/Soul, Salsa

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Luz A. Saavedra

Associate Professor

Department of Economics

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I am from Palmira, Colombia. My undergraduate degree in Economics is from la Universidad del Valle, Cali, and my PhD. in Economics is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gabriela Uzcategui

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

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Gabriela was born in Caracas-Venezuela, she has two brothers, one older and one younger. Her parents taught her the importance of family and the value of hard work in order to achieve her dreams. She decided to come to the United States in 2005, obtained her PhD. in Organic Chemistry from Baylor University in 2010 and has been a Chemistry professor ever since. In January 2012 Gabriela became part of the University of St. Thomas family.  She enjoys the learning teaching experience associated with academia and also finds happiness in ballroom dancing, painting, and spending time with family and friends.  Her favorite part of working at St. Thomas is the feeling of being treated like family, the University has communicated to me a vested interest in helping me to be successful and to become a better instructor. The St. Thomas community is very friendly, and students and staff are great.

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