The Laura V. Alvarado, Colonel, USAF, NC (Ret.) Memorial Fund was established in 2016 by her husband Eduardo Alvarado to benefit the RN Refresher Program. The RN Refresher Program was launched in 2010 in response to community requests for a local option for inactive nurses to return to practice. The Department of Lifelong Learning, a self-supported continuing education office within the School of Nursing, administers the RN Refresher Program. The RN Refresher Program meets the Texas Board of Nursing’s requirements for nurses transitioning back into clinical practice.

Laura leaves a legacy of service, dedication, and commitment to the professional nursing community. Serving 30 years in the United States Air Force, Laura retired from Active Duty in 2008 while serving as Vice Commander (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer at Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force’s only level 1 trauma center. She was the first female, non-physician to serve as Dean and Commander of the United States School of Aerospace Medicine. After retiring from military service, Laura continued her legacy as a business developer, project manager and clinical lead for a large firm focused on the Military Health System. She also served as the Chief Nursing Officer, Director of Credentials, and project manager for a small medical staffing company before joining the UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Nursing as the Director of the Department of Lifelong Learning.

Laura instilled a contagious energy in her professional nursing pursuits. She served as the President of the South Central Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and worked tirelessly with District 8 Texas Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Alpha at Large Chapter.

Laura’s enthusiasm and mastery of inter-professional collaboration invigorated the Department of Lifelong Learning thereby paving the way for high-performance health care teams now and for the future.

To make a gift to the Laura V. Alvarado, Colonel, USAF, NC (Ret.) Memorial Fund, complete and submit the form below. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Mireles, School of Nursing Director of Development, at (210) 567-5534.

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