As assistant to the president, Vanessa reports directly to the president, providing support to the president and managing the daily operations of the Office of the President. She also supports many administrative functions, human resource needs, the university's preparations for Board of Regents meetings, executive position searches and other miscellaneous administrative duties. Vanessa has been with TTUHSC El Paso for a total of 14 years; she worked for a Fortune 100 company as an operations manager for four years prior to returning in 2010. Vanessa is a native El Pasoan and proud graduate of Loretto Academy. Her academic accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Computer Information Systems concentration and an M.B.A. in health systems from the University of Texas at El Paso. Vanessa is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University, and will graduate in December 2016. She is an active member of the national Dean's Assistant Group, as well as a member of the United Way Young Leaders Society and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She was recently named chair of the Local Employee Committee for the SECC El Paso region. She enjoys watching football on Sundays and spending time with her new husband and stepchildren, as well as her daughter, the apple of her mother’s eye.