Suzanne Peterson 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, the Industry Advisory Council for CAST high school and is a board member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. She is a past board chair for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
“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.”
Akin, Doherty, Klein & Feuge, P.C.
Kelly Boswell 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.”
Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock
Sonia M. Rodriguez 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 partners with Cowen | Rodriguez | Peacock. 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.”
Vice Chair, Strategic Initiatives
Raise Your Hand Texas
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 lives and works in the District.
“I enjoy the role the Foundation plays in fostering a spirit of innovation and creative risk taking to increase student success.”
Vice Chair Teacher Grants
Victoria Moreno-Herrera is an active community member who recently served as the President of Leadership SAISD and Co-Chairman of the Political Action Committee for SAISD’s successful 2017 Bond and TRE Campaign. 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.
Vice Chair Development
Pescador Public Strategies
Ernest Bromley, an SAISD alumnus from Thomas Jefferson High School, is the Managing Partner at Pescador Public Strategies. He also 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.”
Aguillon & Associates
“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.”
Lauralynn Arellano, leads Business Development strategy and manages the brand for ISEC, Inc. in Central Texas. ISEC is a national subcontractor and prime trades contractor providing architectural woodwork, ornamental metals and laboratory casework to the construction industry. Prior to ISEC, Lauralynn held a career in non-profit management and sales for 10 years with organizations including Christus Santa Rosa Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Lauralynn is very active in the San Antonio community with leadership roles in organizations such as Tech Bloc, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Public Space East, and a proud Leadership San Antonio alum. She received her BA in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
“I support the SAISD Foundation because of the transformational impact it has made for our future leaders of San Antonio. I plan to collaborate with the community to elevate students education and empower our teachers. Access to a quality education can change the course of a lifetime – we must work together.”
Bach Holdings, LLC
“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.”
Norton Rose Fulbright
“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.”
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Julian Casillas, a San Antonio native, earned his BS in Finance from Trinity University. Continuing his education, Julian earned both a Juris Doctorate and Master’s in Personal Financial Planning from the dual degree program offered by Texas Tech University. He graduated from the School of Law and College of Human Sciences in 2017.
Following his time in Lubbock, Julian was hired as an attorney at Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, where he represents various taxing entities, including Bexar County, the City of San Antonio and SAISD. Julian is also a member of the San Antonio Young Lawyers Division and the Order of the Alamo.
Julian enjoys golfing and exploring the amazing food scene that San Antonio has to offer.
Port Authority of San Antonio
Rick Crider earned his BS in Aviation Management, Minor in Business Administration at University of Central Texas (Now Texas A&M University-Central Texas) and his MA in Public Policy & Management at Ohio State University.
Rick is Executive Vice President, Airport/Railport & Military Relations at Port San Antonio, which resides on 1,900-acres of the former Kelly Air Force Base in southwestern San Antonio, TX. Port San Antonio is a logistics-based industrial platform home to some 80 companies and governmental agencies that employ 13,000 workers, representing more than $5.2 Billion in annual local economic impact. A significant component of the Port San Antonio holdings is the civil facet of Kelly Field, a vibrant industrial aerospace base of aviation giants such as Air Methods, Boeing, Chromalloy, GDC Technics, SAFRAN and StandardAero. Aerospace and aerospace-related firms at Port San Antonio employ approximately 3,000 workers, most of whom specialize in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), specialized aircraft services, and research and development (R&D) activities.
Prior to joining Port San Antonio, Crider served as Vice President of Airport Development and Management Services at RW Armstrong, establishing and leading the Austin office that served aviation and transportation customers in the southwestern United Sates, the Caribbean and Latin America. He is a commercial pilot, aircraft owner and former flight instructor.
Rick is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Airport Executives and Immediate Past President of the South Central Chapter. He is an Honorary Commander – Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) 502nd Operations Support Squadron and Chair of the Industrial Aviation / Military Relations Committee of the AAAE. He is also an Eagle Scout and Past Board member of two different Boy Scouts of America Councils. Rick is married to Joyce Crider and has three adult children.
“Great cities rely on the vibrancy of their core, and it’s education and the support of young people that will keep our City core alive. The SAISD Foundation is introducing innovation and filling gaps that have emerged over time; I’m very proud to be a part of this exciting work.”
Pat DiGiovanni earned a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University and a Masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Pat retired in 2017 from public service after 35 years. He served in multiple city management capacities throughout the country including City Manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Deputy City Manager of San Antonio, Texas. Pat also served as President and CEO of Centro San Antonio, 501(C)3 corporation which is dedicated to the revitalization of San Antonio’s downtown. He is married to Alicia who is on the Executive Sales Team for the Marriott RiverCenter and Riverwalk hotels.
“I believe a strong urban core is essential to the survival of a region. In order to build that urban core, there must be a strong urban school district dedicated to the success of its teachers and students. I am proud to serve on the SAISD Foundation whose mission is “to mobilize the community to invest in student and teacher success”. The future of our community and region depends upon our children reaching their full potential and the community must be a full partner in this endeavor.”
Connie Gonzalez, Director of Public Relations at Brooks, is responsible for all external communications, media and public relations. Connie also manages tenant relations, special events, social media and marketing programs for Brooks. She also lives and works at Brooks, a growing community in SAISD. Prior to joining the team at Brooks, Connie was a weekend anchor and reporter for both KNWA and KFTA in Fayetteville, Arkansas and KSAN in San Angelo, Texas. Raised in San Antonio, Connie began her professional career as an intern with News 4 WOAI and worked in the public affairs division of Spurs Sports & Entertainment. She is also active in the community serving on the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Communications Co-Chair of the Urban Land Institute-San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication Electronic Media from Texas State University.
“Education is our greatest resource and we have a responsibility to ensure that every student receives the best education possible. That’s why I’m honored to be part of the SAISD Foundation in supporting SAISD schools and teachers and providing San Antonio students with learning opportunities that will help shape their future successes.”
Firstmark Credit Union
Mark Leita earned his BA in Political Science from Texas Tech University and is the Vice President of Community Partnerships at Firstmark Credit Union. Mark is heavily involved in local community organizations such as San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way. He also helps mentor young adults and children through non-profit organizations such as the All Pro Dad program and his church. He also finds time to volunteer at local high school athletics programs. Mark is married to his beautiful wife Wendy and has three amazing children.
“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.”
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.
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.
“The future and continued evolution of our city is highly contingent on the education of our youth…then assisting them in finding a career in which they have an interest, that takes full advantage of their capabilities and challenges their desire for continued personal growth. SAISD Foundation plays a distinct role in supporting the efforts of our inner city schools in meeting the educational mandates that spur our future. I am proud to be a part of that effort.”
Republic National Distributing Company
“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.”
“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.”
Chris Quinn is Vice President and Treasurer for Valero Energy Corporation, where he has worked since 1997 in both finance and corporate development roles. In addition to the SAISD Foundation, Chris serves on the board of The DoSeum, and is a member of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. He is a past board chair for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio, and has also served on the Trinity University Business Advisory Council, the Building Conservation Trust, and is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Economics in 1988.
Spurs, Sports & Entertainment
“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 received a B.A. and an M.Ed. from Trinity University, and he has been involved in education for over 45 years. While working in SAISD, Ron served as a teacher, counselor, and principal at both the elementary and secondary levels. Currently Ron is an administrator in the Office of Teacher Education Services in the College of Education & Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has extensive experience organizing and implementing preservice teacher field experience programs, mentoring/tutoring programs in inner-city school districts, and school/university partnerships.
“After 45 years of working as a school administrator in the inner-city schools of SAISD and other Bexar County districts, I firmly believe all children can reach high levels of achievement when given access to both high quality teaching and challenging educational programs. I know the important role strong community support plays in achieving excellence in our public schools. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the SAISD Foundation Board, and am committed to supporting the district’s work of providing a high-quality education for all students in inner-city San Antonio.”
Andrade – Van de Putte & Associates
“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.”
Joe Bernal Charles Butt Trish DeBerry Bill Greehey Rosemary Kowalski
John T. Montford Harvey E. Najim Carri Baker Graham Weston Bartell Zachry