Professor Uricoechea received her business administration degree at Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia, and her M.B.A. and M.L.A. from Winthrop in 1989 and 2002, respectively. Before moving back to Rock Hill and becoming a language teacher, Uricoechea worked as marketing and trade director at MD Confecciones, a non-profit organization in Bogotá that assembled and exported goods to the United States under the Free Trade Agreement commonly referred to as the "807 Program." She also worked with the factory’s parent company to develop special projects directed at helping families and single women less fortunate, thereby improving their living conditions. In 1997, Uricoechea joined Royal Bank of Canada as an account officer and network administrator doing financial and trading reports, handling clients’ information for the bank’s Head Office in Toronto and New York, and managing both internal and external network advisors. As a language teacher, Uricoechea has taught beginning and intermediate Spanish at York Technical College and Winthrop since 2000. She also has taught beginning French at Winthrop. In addition, Uricoechea is actively involved with the Spanish Club at Winthrop with Catalina Adams. In spring 2011, Uricoechea will start teaching "Spanish for Business," a class at the 300 level. Uricoechea also has translated books for children and documents for different companies.
She is a member of the Alliance Française of Charlotte, N.C., and she was part of the Ecole du Samedi Board of Directors. She also is a member of the Spanish and French Honor societies Sigma Delta Pi and Pi Delta Phi. Uricoechea is married and they have two daughters.