Our alumni are prepared to follow their dreams, no matter what path they choose. They travel the globe, enter graduate and professional schools, start their own businesses, and contribute to the success of organizations worldwide. And they strive to make a difference in their communities.
Nelson Arboleda ’94, MD, MPH
Director, Central American Region: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Arboleda completed medical school in Colombia, then earned his Master of Public Health in Miami. He has been a consultant on issues of international health, emergency response and security concerns. Now he leads efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in Central America.
Orlando Arriaga ’89 and Yoli Arriaga ’88
Owners: Taco Shack (Austin-area Tex-Mex chain)
Orlando followed his lifelong interest in the restaurant business when he opened Taco Shack in 1996. His wife, Yoli, left a career in teaching to help him full-time with their Tex-Mex restaurant, which has now expanded to include nine locations with 80 employees.
Samir Ashrawi ’77, MBA ’93
Director of IP Licensing: Huntsman Corp
Forty years ago, Ashrawi left Jerusalem to come to St. Edward’s. With a BS in Chemistry and an MBA on his résumé, he now travels the globe — from Brussels to Moscow to Dubai — coordinating licensing deals with multinational corporations who want to use Huntsman chemicals and patents in their projects.
Ashton Robison ’13
Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow
Robison was one of 20 students selected for the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the prestigious fellowship attracts outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.
Pasquale Mattozzi ’12
Client Relations Director: BazaarVoice
Mattozzi’s internship turned into a full-time job offer before he graduated. He balanced his new career with finishing his Capstone and being part of Club Rugby and the Student Government Association. In his first position at BazaarVoice, he was the #1 sales representative; he has been promoted twice in two years.
Catie Johnson ’11
El Salvator co-coordinator: U.S.–El Salvador Sister Cities
After working with immigrants in Austin, Johnston joined a network of social justice activists connecting communities in the U.S. with rural communities in El Salvador. Johnston’s work focuses on the anti-mining movement in El Salvador and the sister-city relationship between El Salvador and Austin.
Dahlia Campbell ’06
Urethane Specialties Chemist: BASF
A native of Jamaica and a Chemistry major, Campbell received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Purdue University. Now she works in research and development at a company that makes chemicals for everyday use. In her career, she uses the leadership skills she developed at school to succeed.