Associate Attorneys


Nicole Aquino, JD
Associate Compliance Attorney, (409) 747-8710

K. Nicole Aquino, J.D., is responsible for reviewing, drafting and implementing institutional policies and procedures to ensure that UTMB remains in compliance with federal and state law and UT System requirements.

Prior to UTMB, Nicole served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Indian Tribe in Oklahoma where she was the primary legal advisor to the tribe's health system. Nicole also litigated several civil cases on behalf of the tribe and counseled tribal officials on legislative matters.

Nicole received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her law degree from the American University-Washington College of Law in Washington, DC. While in law school, Nicole had the honor of serving as a White House intern in the Office of the White House Counsel.


Ryan Ingraham, JD
Associate Compliance Attorney, (409) 747-8711

Ryan Ingraham serves as an Associate Compliance Attorney for the University of Texas Medical Branch. He is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy. He has also earned his LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Health Law from UH Law Center in August 2014. Ryan joined UTMB in February 2014 and assists in planning, implementing, and maintaining the conflict of interest program for the institution, along with assisting with the institution's research compliance program.

Ryan holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.



Roshann Cardenas, JD
Associate Compliance Attorney, (409) 747-8746