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Women's Resource Group

An inclusive group that expands the support for women in diverse capacities (professional, health and wellness, social, advocacy and work-life balance) and increases unity among women in the UTMB community.

The Women's Resource Group (WRG) serves as a circle of support for women through shared experiences to empower each other for greatness in all aspects of life.

WRG - Women's Resource Group


To empower women to be their best.


To collaborate and create an environment that promotes the personal and professional development of all women.


To provide professional and personal development for women, promote safety for women, and demonstrate respect for women.

How to Join

Member benefits of the Women's Resource Group include:

  • Access to UTMB and community programs, events and activities that promote the values of women
  • Peer network that supports the work and contributions of women
  • Opportunities for open communication between the WRG members and UTMB leadership regarding policies, practices and other resources that assist women to be successful

Want to be a part of this group? Complete a membership application today!

Women's Resource Group Membership Application

FY23 Advisory Board

WRG Advisory Board

  • Karen Andrews-Mack
    APA President
    Women’s Resource Group Advisory Board Member
    Senior Executive Assistant to the Sr. VP & General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs
    Service Years: 8
    Fun Fact: I love volunteering and spending time with my family, Also love music and like to sing!!
  • Zelma Bocanegra

    Women’s Resource Group Advisory Board Member
    Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, John Sealy School of Medicine
    Service Years: 4 years and 8 months
    Fun Fact: I was a "non-traditional" student at the University of Texas where I graduated at the age of 35 with a degree in Mathematics.   

  • Elizabeth Botello

    Women’s Resource Group Advisory Board Chair
    Administrative Coordinator, Occupational Therapy
    Service Years: 15 Years
    Fun Fact: Love mostly all sports, especially softball and football! Love cheering for my daughter that plays D1 softball in Southland Conference! 

  • Ariel Puente

    Women’s Resource Group Advisory Board Member
    Process System Coordinator – Vendor Management in Supply Chain
    Service Years: 6
    Fun Fact: Love spending time with my child, I work two jobs,  I am in grad school, and always busy but will make time for everything.

  • Amanda Simpson Rickaway

    Women’s Resource Group Advisory Board, Chair-Elect
    Senior Coordinator, University Events
    Service Years: 9
    Fun Fact: I am a true crime junkie from reading books, watching shows, and listening to podcasts. I am a wife and mother of two whom I love to spend time with.

WRG Woman Trailblazer Award

A trailblazer is defined as an individual who has created a pathway for others to follow such as a pioneer, a mover and shaker, an icon and a forerunner in their own right.

The WRG Woman Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in the UTMB community and surrounding area who has modeled excellence and has had a positive impact in the community she serves. This individual leaves her mark and creates a legacy for other generations to follow.

Previous recipients

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