Meet the Team

Judy Geelhoed

Executive Director

Hired as a part-time consultant in 2009 to support the re-launch of the SAISD Foundation and rally private support to increase educational excellence in SAISD schools, Judy has served as its full-time Executive Director since January 2014.  Judy earned her MEd from James Madison University and an MA from St. Mary’s University. Prior to supporting K-12 education, she launched the Service Learning Center at St. Mary’s University where she served as Director and adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department for ten years and earned national recognition.  Judy has a background in program development and evaluation as well as fundraising and grant writing.  She has served as an evaluator for TEA funded after-school programs in San Antonio, national and international grant programs, and K-16 service-learning education programs in Texas.  Judy and her husband Mike have called San Antonio home for the past 30 years and their sons (twins) attend UT Austin.

 

Carrie Smith

Alumni and Community Engagement Manager

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Carrie Smith joined the SAISD Foundation in 2021 as the Alumni and Community Engagement Manager. A native of San Antonio, Carrie’s roots in SAISD run deep. Her grandparents made the South Side of San Antonio their home in 1942Her parents graduated from Highlands High School in 1964 and and her great-aunt, taught English at Hot Wells Junior High (now W. B. Connell Middle School) in the 1960s.
 
Carrie says, “education and community have always been a part of me. I graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a B.S. in Education and always wanted to teach. Life took me in a different direction, and I spent my career working in community management positions. It will be my honor to serve SAISD and these neighborhood schools my parents attended in the heart of the Alamo City.”
 
Carrie is excited to see your faces, to hear your stories and learn when your history in SAISD began! She manages our Book Buddies, Remote Mentorship, and the SAISD Nation programs as well as coordinating industry mentors for SAISD’s P-Tech programs. Carrie is excited to launch our Alumni Ambassadors program this summer. 
 
Carrie, her son and their dog, Marvin, love to go on adventures together including camping, visiting the Texas coast, and bike-riding the many trails in San Antonio.

Ana Cardenas

Data & Impact Manager

Ana joined the SAISD Foundation as a Data Specialist in 2021. As an economically disadvantaged and first-generation college student, she decided to shift careers to help students like herself.  She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and brings over six years of experience in data analytics. 

She has lived in the district for the past 5 years, and is excited for her baby girl to one day be an SAISD student. She enjoys exploring parks with her family and discovering new restaurants. 

 

Vanessa Manning

Project Coordinator

Vanessa is a proud graduate of Sidney Lanier High School in SAISD. When she was earning her degree in Speech Communications at St. Mary’s University, she became interested in service learning and corporate community relations. Working at the SAISD Foundation allows her to put her heart (and brain) for service and community involvement to good use. She brings her 5 years of event coordinating experience as a catering manager and 15 years with the Cavender Auto Family with her. She has experience with every facet of a vehicle purchase from sourcing inventory to customer service in sales and negotiation to finance. While at Cavender Toyota she spent 10 years on the management team during a period of explosive growth. Over this time, she developed her skills collaborating with other managers across the organization to execute company vision, mission, and values.  Supporting students and teachers in SAISD hits close to home for her. Vanessa was raised by her grandmother Josephine, also a Lanier graduate, who taught in SAISD for over 20 years, on the westside of San Antonio. She is a problem solver at heart and likes to think of creative ways to get things done.

 

Stephanie Smith

Office and Scholarships Manager

Stephanie joined the SAISD Foundation in 2016. She is the first point of contact for the Foundation and is available to assist Monday-Wednesday from 9 am-3 pm. Stephanie supports the foundation with bookkeeping, donor database entry, and donor stewardship. She also manages the 100+ scholarships awarded annually to our newest SAISD Alumni.

 A San Antonio native, Stephanie is a graduate of Trinity University and a former elementary school teacher. Her passions include books, quilting, reading to students in SAISD schools, and her grandson.