Alamo Academies Staff

Gene Bowman

Executive Director

Gene Bowman was named as Executive Director of the Alamo Academies on February 6, 2006. Before coming to this position, he served for 28 years in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel from Lackland Air Force Base as Inspector General. He had a diverse career during his Air Force tenure from being a T-37 Instructor Pilot here at Randolph Air Force Base, leading a cadet squadron at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, being a staff officer at the Pentagon and directing a division at Pacific Air Forces Headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned his Masters in Management from Webster’s University at St. Louis, MO.

Troy Kettell

Associate Director

Troy Kettell was hired August 10, 2009 and holds the position of Associate Director. Before coming to this position, he served 21 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant from Sheppard Air Force Base as Superintendent, Training Evaluation. He held many diverse positions during his career ranging from Non-Commission Officer in Charge of Clinical Dietetics, Health Promotions and Instructor Supervisor, Diet Therapy Apprentice Course. He is a graduate from the Community College of the Air Force and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Katherine Sanchez-Rocha

Industry Liaison

Katherine Sanchez-Rocha joined the Alamo Academies team in February 2015. She previously worked as a Field Representative and Caseworker for Congressman Will Hurd in the San Antonio Regional Office.  Prior to joining Congressman Hurd’s staff, she worked on his campaign as the campaigns office manager, scheduler and finance director.  She has worked in both the healthcare and education arenas.  While in education she was as a liaison between the educational institution, community entities, and the military installations in the San Antonio Area.  She volunteers countless hours to various groups, has a degree in Health and Wellness, and has lived in the San Antonio area for most of her life.

Terry Young


Terry Young joined Alamo Academies on October 21, 2013. He oversees students at both the SW St. Phillips Campus in San Antonio and the Central Texas Technology Center in New Braunfels, Texas. Before coming to this position, he served 26 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant from the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy as a Professional Military Education Instructor. He held a number of positions throughout his career ranging from Superintendent of Dental Evaluation and Consultation Services to Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Dental Laboratories. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and earned Master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Capella University.

Doresa Wondercheck


Doresa Wondercheck joined the Alamo Academies team in September 2017 as a Coordinator.  Moving from the small town of Grand Island, Nebraska, to the big city of San Antonio, Texas, in 2016; Ms. Wondercheck was introduced to the world of manufacturing through her Administrative Specialist work at the San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA).  As a partner of the Academies, she was able to learn about and help promote them while working at SAMA.  Doresa has a diverse background to include positions such as Administrative Assistant, Personal Banker, Bank Service Manager, Teller Supervisor, Apprentice Electrician, Independent Scrapbooking Consultant and Clothing Retail Store Manager.  Ms. Wondercheck studied Business Management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Sioux Falls College, South Dakota.

Lydia De La Vega

Workforce Development Support Specialist

Lydia De La Vega was hired as the Workforce Development Support Specialist in November 2013. Before coming to this position, she worked with the Alamo Colleges Human Resources Department. Additionally, she served as support staff for other educational entities including Our Lady of the Lake University and San Antonio Independent School District. She is a graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas.