Meet Our Leadership

Board of Directors 2017

Executive Committee

Manny Ruiz

Manny Ruiz

Chairman

TexStar Bank

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Manny Ruiz, Chairman Elect, is an SAISD alumnus from Jefferson High School and a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He is the President and Senior Lending Officer at TexStar National Bank. In addition to serving on the Board of the SAISD Foundation, Manny is Steering Committee Chair of the Baylor Business Network of San Antonio, President of the Thomas Jefferson Historical Preservation Society, a Boysville Trustee, Trustee & Deacon of First Baptist Church of San Antonio and member of the Baylor Alumni Network.

“I know that is was my education that helped me be where I am today and I want to help other students like me to fulfill their dreams.”

Derrick Howard

Derrick Howard

Immediate Past Chairman

Bexar County Community Arenas/CPS Energy Board

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Derrick Howard, Chairman, earned a Bachelors degree in Economics with a Minor in Marketing from Prairie View A&M University on a full ride athletic football scholarship where be played for four years as a running back.  Derrick currently serves as the Executive Director of the Bexar County Community Arenas (BCCA) Board that includes the Freeman Coliseum, the new Exposition Hall and the AT&T Center.  He played an essential role in the successful negotiations with the SPURS and the construction of the AT&T Center in 2000. Derrick maintains his community focus with service on the City Public Service Board of Trustees since 2009 and currently serves as Chairman. He has also been a Board Member for City Year San Antonio, a Board Chairman for San Antonio Goodwill Industries and the Steering Committee of the Greater Chamber of Commerce Leadership School Class XXV. He makes time for several mentoring programs, working closely with Tynan Elementary School on the east side of the city.

“I enjoy the work of the SAISD Foundation because its mission is to directly help kids who are a reflection of myself. This work gives me the opportunity to lift students and help them provide better future for themselves”.

Kelly Boswell

Kelly Boswell

Treasurer

Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge, P.C.

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Kelly Boswell, Treasurer graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2007 in Ohio and Michigan before moving to Texas in 2013. Kelly is a Tax Manager at Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge PC (ADKF) and specializes in IRS issues. She is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA and local CPA chapter. Kelly lives in San Antonio with her husband Joe and has two daughters. 

“I’m honored to serve the San Antonio community. I can think of no better place to volunteer than the public school system which inspires our youth to build a stronger brighter future for our community. SAISD is instrumental in shaping the lives of our future generations and future leaders of our beautiful city.”

Sonia M. Rodriguez

Sonia M. Rodriguez

Secretary

Branton Hall Rodriguez & Cruz, LLP

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Sonia M. Rodriguez, Secretary, was born and raised in San Antonio, graduating from Burbank High School in SAISD and receiving her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Texas and a J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law. In law school, Sonia was a co-founder of The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice. Sonia is an attorney and equity partner in Branton | Hall | Rodriguez | Cruz, P.C. She served for nine years as Chairwoman of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and serves as the Chairwoman of SA2020. Sonia also serves on the Advisory Board of Young Women’s Leadership Academy in SAISD, the only all-girls public school in San Antonio. Sonia is married to Jon M. Haynes, an immigration lawyer. They have two children: Joaquin and Sofia.

“The mission of the foundation is to support SAISD to become one of the leading urban school districts in the nation through educational excellence and innovation. Funding innovative grants to support teachers across SAISD is just one of the ways we achieve it, school by school, ongoing, one grade level at a time, one school at a time.”

Suzanne Peterson

Suzanne Peterson

Vice Chairman Fundraising

Frost Bank

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Suzanne Peterson, VP, Fundraising and Development, earned a BS in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Trinity University and is a licensed CPA. Suzanne is an Executive Vice President in Corporate Banking at Frost Bank, where she has worked since 1983. In addition to the SAISD Foundation, Suzanne serves on Trinity’s Business Advisory Council and is active with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. She is a Rotarian and a member of the Junior League of San Antonio.

“I believe that the success of our schools that serve San Antonio’s downtown and surrounding areas is key to successful urban vitality and it is important for each of us to play a role in creating that success.”

Kimberly Harle

Kimberly Harle

Vice Chairman Grants

Whataburger

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Kimberly Harle, VP, Grants & Strategic Initiatives, received her BS in Advertising and BA in History from the University of Texas. In college, she studied abroad at the Universitat d’Alacant in Spain. Kimberly leads corporate and localized community relations efforts for Whataburger, a nearly $2B quick serve restaurant chain with almost 800 locations across 10 states through strategic, pillar-driven charitable giving plans that provide investments in the communities they serve. Prior to Whataburger, Kimberly served in Public Affairs for H-E-B and NASA. In her role at H-E-B, Kim was deeply involved in supporting education in San Antonio and across Texas. Kim enjoys spending time with friends and family including her husband Carlos and her two young children.

“Every moment I spend in an SAISD school, I am inspired by the passion displayed by the teachers and the imagination, brilliance and limitless potential of the students. I am so proud to serve on the SAISD Foundation which helps provide SAISD schools and teachers the support and resources they need to inspire and engage generations to come.”

Sarah Harte

Sarah Harte

Vice Chairman Strategic Initiatives

Community Member

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Sarah Harte has been actively involved in community service and philanthropy in San Antonio for 30 years. She is passionate about education and the arts. Sarah currently also serves on the Board of Trustees of the McNay Art Museum. Sarah is a former trustee of the San Antonio Area Foundation where she still remains active. Sarah is a graduate of Trinity University and she and her husband, John Gutzler reside in San Antonio.

“I look forward to supporting Superintendent Martinez and our courageous SAISD Board of Trustees. They have approached the District’s college readiness challenges with candor that is all too rare. Our community must rally in support of their efforts to raise expectations, engage parents, and empower teachers and school leaders with the flexibility they will need to achieve dramatic gains.”

Directors

Melissa Aguillon

Melissa Aguillon

Aguillon & Associates

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Melissa Aguillon is President/CEO of Aguillon & Associates LLC. She has been entrenched in the San Antonio public relations, marketing and public affairs arena and business community for the last 20 years. She received her BA and her Masters in Public Administration from UTSA and served on their Alumni Board of Directors for 5 years. She has also served on the San Antonio Hispanic CHamber Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Fund Development Committee. She was a court member for Larry Benson Sr., Rey Feo LXV who raised thousands of dollars for scholarships for deserving students.

“The future of our city is in the hands of today’s young students. Providing them the tools and resources they need to be successful is critical. As a product of public education, I know how important strong programs are and am honored to be apart of the SAISD Foundation Board.”

Shari Albright

Shari Albright

Trinity University

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Shari Albright received her BA in Education and MA in School Psychology/ Educational Administration from Trinity University before she received her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Teachers College of Columbia University. She brings to the role of Chair of the Department of Education a background in elementary and middle school teaching, elementary and high school leadership and educational non-profit leadership. Shari is committed to fostering 21st century, global education for students that have traditionally been under-served in our communities. Shari and her husband live and work in the District.

“I enjoy the role the Foundation plays in fostering a spirit of innovation and creative risk taking to increase student success.”

Brandon Arceneaux

Brandon Arceneaux

Reel Dinner Partners

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Brandon Arceneaux was born and raised in Groves, TX. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on a basketball scholarship. Brandon graduated in 2000, earning a double major in Business Management & Marketing. Brandon is co-owner and co-founder of BACH Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Brandon’s passion within the community is highly centered on education and he has tried to align himself with organizations that strive to put our future leaders in a position to succeed early and often. Brandon proudly sits on the Board of Directors for San Antonio Sports, Boysville and the SAISD Foundation. He was also on the first education council of Leadership SAISD. Brandon is married with two children.

“I love having the opportunity to support the students in SAISD, and know there is no doubt that many of our future leaders will be SAISD alum. I want every student to be put in a position to succeed, and to be the best they can be for their families and society. That’s why I’m proud to be a part of the SAISD Foundation, an organization that creates so many innovative opportunities for our City’s youth.”

Mario Barrera

Mario Barrera

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Mario Barrera graduated magna cum laude with his BA from Pan American University and his J.D from The University of Texas School of Law. He is a labor and employment partner at the firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Mario has conducted both employment investigations and training seminars for a variety of clients. Mario is licensed to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mario and his wife live in the District.

“Next to good health, there is no better gift a person can receive than an excellent education and as a community, it is our moral and legal right to provide that to every young person.  Unfortunately, throughout the years, our core inner city school districts like SAISD have suffered greatly from an exodus of students, families and funding and that is where a foundation like SAISD’s is critical.  We are a strong group of community leaders from within and outside the District who share one common goal – to ensure that every one of our students receives the best education possible and we try to accomplish that by raising awareness of the District’s needs and raising funds that are reinvested in the District through a variety of means including innovative teaching grants.  That’s why I love our Foundation.”

Geoff Bley

Geoff Bley

LandbridgeSA

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Geoffrey A. Bley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Psychology from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Geoff serves as Director on the Board of Directors for the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation, is an owner and co-founder of Landbridge Partners, LLC and is a Vice President with Hanz Thornhill, Inc. He has 20 years’ experience in real estate development, financing, construction management, operation and sales. Mr. Bley has lead the master-planning of several large scale developments and has directed diverse portfolios of commercial and residential developments for several private entities. Geoff has significant experience in negotiating a wide variety of partnership structures, Public-Private partnerships, capital structures, development agreements and has developed several commercial and high density residential projects.

“As a son of two educators and a parent to five students, I am passionate about the mission of the SAISD Foundation.”

Ernest Bromley

Ernest Bromley

Bromley Communications

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Ernest Bromley, an SAISD alumnus from Thomas Jefferson High School, is the former Chairman/CEO of Bromley Communications, LLC.  He was part of the original team that founded the agency in 1981.  As CEO, he wore many hats throughout his career at the agency — director of research, executive vice president and president. Ernest was also been instrumental in developing the agency’s research and Hispanic marketing approach and a trailblazer in building the agency to be the leading Hispanic marketing communications company, empowering in the changing American marketplace. Prior to joining the agency, he taught economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“I believe a strong public education system is not only a necessity, it is a human right, especially here in the United States.  I certainly benefited from a strong education at Thomas Jefferson High School.  It is our social responsibility to make sure that our inner city school district, SAISD, provides a quality education for all children.”

Pat DiGiovanni

Pat DiGiovanni

Centro San Antonio

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Leo Gomez

Leo Gomez

Brooks Development Authority

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Leo Gomez, VP, Strategic Planning & Communications, received a Bachelor of Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Texas at Pan American and a Masters of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. Leo works with the Board of Directors and staff to facilitate the redevelopment of Brooks City Base. He previously served as Vice President of Public Affairs for Spurs, Sports and Entertainment. Leo has also served as President of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Leo is very active in the San Antonio community serving on the Board of Directors for numerous organizations including the SAISD Foundation, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Wells Conservancy. He also graduated from the FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy.

“The Foundation strives to be SAISD’s partner in creating a model urban school district and helping to redevelop the inner-city”.

Janie Gonzalez

Janie Gonzalez

Webhead

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Janie Gonzalez, an Internet pioneer and technologist, is an SAISD alumnus from Burbank High School. Janie earned a BA in Sociology from UTSA and completed post-graduate work at the University of Incarnate Word. Additionally, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School of Business Community Advancement program. Janie founded Webhead as a website hosting company in 1994 while still in college. Since its inception, Webhead expanded to include cyber-security support, e-commerce system design and a number of digital analysis and advisory services.  Webhead is located in the District.

“I see the SAISD Foundation as critical to bridging our communities and our schools to help advance progress in public education.”

Roy Horn III

Roy Horn III

Horn Company

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Mark Leita

Mark Leita

Firstmark Credit Union

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Mark Leita earned his BA in Political Science from Texas Tech University and is the Vice President of Corporate Relations at Firstmark Credit Union. Mark is heavily involved in local community organizations by mentoring young adults and children and volunteering time to support high school athletics programs. Mark has two children and enjoys coaching his son’s Little League team.

“Firstmark Credit Union’s foundation is education. As original partners with SAISD, it is important that we continue to give back to the next generation of students, teachers, and faculty. In doing so, members of the Foundation help bring innovation and creativity to a bright San Antonio future.”

Brandon Logan

Brandon Logan

SRG Athletics

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Brandon Logan is a millennial and native San Antonian that has found inspiration at the nexus of business, community, and mentorship, Brandon has carved a niche for himself as an entrepreneur, advocate, and speaker on all things diversity, business, and service. He graduated Cum Laude in three years from Grambling State University while dedicating his extracurricular efforts to the football team and was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 2005. As President of SRG Athletics, Brandon is responsible for the company’s strategy management, operational production and expansion initiatives. In 2013, he created and co-founded SRG Force Sports. In 2015 he was appointed Chair of San Antonio MLK, Jr Commission for the City.

 

“I support the SAISD Foundation because this organization plays a critical role in providing individual campuses with basic resources and advanced technologies to bolster learning and inspire high-quality instruction. I feel obligated to advance the transfer of accountability and responsibility to our next generation because promoting generational excellence is the right thing to do.”

Carlos Maestas

Carlos Maestas

Key Ideas

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Carlos Maestas Carlos founded Key Ideas nearly 15 years ago at the age of 22. It was through some personal pain, spiritual growth, and four mission trips to Africa that he discovered a passion for social impact storytelling. Carlos delivers powerful, cinematic-style videos to draw in an audience by capitalizing on emotional connection and impact. His work has garnered multiple industry awards, an Emmy Nomination, and has been featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation and Upworthy. He also occasionally moonlights as a stand-up comedian, opening once for five-time Emmy award winner and Saturday Night Live alumnus, Dennis Miller. Carlos holds a B.A. in Marketing from The University of Texas at San Antonio and an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word. Carlos is married to an SAISD Elementary School Principal. They are the proud parents of two boys who attend SAISD schools and a 2 year old daughter Elyse.

 

 

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Tony Magaro

Tony Magaro

SWRI

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Anthony Magaro, CCP, SPHR, CBP, GRP, SHRM-SCP is the Executive Director of Human Resources at Southwest Research Institute. He has served as a college adjunct faculty member teaching courses in Human Resources, Compensation, Organization Design and HR Law. He is a faculty member of the World at Work (American Compensation Association) faculty training HR professionals in base pay management, the regulatory environment of compensation, use of compensation market data, FLSA and international management of human resources. Mr. Magaro is a past coordinator of the San Antonio Compensation Association and member of the Resource Center for the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association. He is a Past President of the Southwest Association of Colleges and Employers and served on the Board of Directors and strategic committees of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Pedro Martinez

Pedro Martinez

SAISD Superintendent

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Pedro Martinez  came to the United States with his family when he was five years old from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  in 1992 with a BS in Accounting and from DePaul University with an M.B.A. in Finance and Financial Management Services. Pedro most recently was Superintendent in Residence for the Nevada Department of Education in Reno, Nevada and was responsible for advising the Governor’s office and the State Superintendent of Instruction on education policy decisions. Prior to that, he served as superintendent for Washoe County School District. He also previously served as Chief Financial Officer at Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, under the leadership of Arne Duncan, now U.S. Secretary of Education.  He also is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy. Pedro and his wife live in the District with their two children. Their school age son attends SAISD’s Lamar Elementary.
Victoria Moreno-Herrera

Victoria Moreno-Herrera

Baby Besos/Leadership SAISD Board

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Victoria Moreno-Herrera serves as Leadership SAISD’s President. She is the owner of her own small business, Baby Besos, a children’s clothing company which earned San Antonio Magazine’s Best of the City Editor’s Pick for Children’s Clothing. Victoria has three children who attend school in SAISD. Victoria shares a concern for education equity within the city of San Antonio.
Robert Olivares

Robert Olivares

Republic National Distributing Company

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Robert Olivares attended SAISD’s Brackenridge High School and graduated from SAISD’s Burbank High School in the top ten of his class. He went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a BBA in Marketing and served as Vice- President of the Hispanic Business Student Association. Robert received his MBA in Business Management from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He has worked in sales and marketing roles at Nabisco, Pepsi, and currently Corporate Vice President of Trade Marketing for Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC). Robert also holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word and has instructed marketing courses at the university level. In addition to his education and work experience, he has served on boards and committees for the National Hispanic Business Association, San Antonio River Foundation, UIW Business School, Leadership San Antonio, and several others.

“As a product of SAISD, I understand the importance of supporting efforts to provide every student the types of opportunities I received in reaching my educational, professional, and personal goals. I feel it is my duty to give back to the community that gave so much to me.”

Albert Perez

Albert Perez

Waste Management

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Albert Perez is an SAISD alumnus from Jefferson High School. He is the Municipal & Community Relations Manager at Waste Management, Inc.
Bob Raymond

Bob Raymond

Dahill 

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Bob Raymond, Immediate Past Chairman, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Furman University. He is the Region Vice President for the Southern Region for Dahill. In addition to his work with the SAISD Foundation, he has served as the Past Chairman of San Antonio Sports Foundation and is still active with the organization.

“The mission of the foundation is to support SAISD to become one of the leading urban school districts in the nation through educational excellence and innovation. Funding innovative grants to support teachers across SAISD is just one of the ways we achieve it, school by school, ongoing, one grade level at a time, one school at a time.”

Lisa Rosenzweig

Lisa Rosenzweig

Silver Ventures, Inc.

“Our students and teachers deserve the best. I want to see SAISD lead the way and be an example of how a school district can be successful. The SAISD Foundation’s Grant Program has supported schools in unique and exciting ways. I look forward to helping the program grow and become more impactful.”

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Lisa Rosenzweig graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. She serves as Development Manager at Silver Venture Real Estate overseeing the redevelopment of the historic Pearl Brewery.  Lisa is an active volunteer at Hawthorne Academy.

 

 

Ryan Snider

Ryan Snider

Spurs, Sports & Entertainment

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Ryan Snider graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/ Sport Management.. Ryan received a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing and Corporate Innovation in 2004 from Penn State University. He is the Senior Director of Franchise Business Operations at Spurs Sports Entertainment and the senior officer for the San Antonio Stars and the Rampage.

“I believe the SAISD Foundation plays an intregal role in aiding student success and SAISD’s success is critical to attracting businesses and residents to downtown. I am involved in this work because all children deserve access to a first rate public education.”

Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

UTSA Department of Education

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Leticia Van de Putte

Leticia Van de Putte

Andrade VdP and Associates

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Leticia Van de Putte, a practicing pharmacist since 1980, served in the Texas Legislature for over two decades representing a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. She has been recognized and honored with over two hundred awards and citations for her work on behalf of small business, veterans, families, quality education, healthcare, and economic development. Van de Putte graduated from SAISD’s Jefferson High School, is an honors graduate of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, and was a Kellogg Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Leticia and her husband, Pete have six children and eight grandchildren. Currently she and former Texas Secretary of State, Hope Andrade have joined forces to form a consulting firm.

“My experiences attending 3 SAISD schools as a youngster with wonderful teachers gave me the solid foundation to give back to our community as an adult. Our students can reach their potential with that solid foundation. When our students succeed, our city succeeds. I serve on the foundation because I want San Antonians to prosper.”

Advisory Board

Joe Bernal    Charles Butt    Trish DeBerry    Tom C. Frost, Jr.    Bill Greehey     Rosemary Kowalski
John T. Montford     Harvey E. Najim     Carri Baker     Graham Weston     Bartell Zachry