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 25 years and their sons (twins) are seniors in high school.

Jennifer Twiss

Finance & Grants Manager

Jennifer joined the SAISD Foundation in October, 2013. Her key roles include management of the Foundation’s financials and educator grants. In her finance role, she manages all revenues and expenses, as well as donor-advised funds and endowments. In her grants role, she manages around 400 teacher grants including application, selection, expenditures, and evaluation. If you have a question regarding anything related to invoices or billing, or if you have a question about an upcoming or awarded grant, she is your point of contact.
Jennifer is also a wife and mom. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from Colorado State University. She has moved all around the country, getting to Texas as quickly as she could in 2005. She loves spending time with her family and dogs and being involved in her church.

 

Angelica Garza

 Events & Development Manager

Angelica joined the SAISD Foundation team in June of 2018 and will be working to create and foster relationships with donors that support the initiatives of the Foundation as well as working to increase the visibility of the Foundation and the events we host. This UTSA Alum (08’) BA in Communication, is a public relations professional who fell in love with the nonprofit world. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Angelica is a lover of all things music and enjoys spending time with friends, cooking and finding a new sound to get through the day.

Cristina Sosa Noriega

Alumni Engagement & Volunteer Manager

Cristina Sosa Noriega is a painter, marketer, writer, mother and the proud mother of two SAISD students. She started her career in advertising, meeting her husband Victor at local agency Bromley Communications. In 2008 The Noriegas moved to rural West Texas and founded the Murphy St. Raspa Co. in Alpine, Texas–an homage to Tex-Mex art, culture, and of course raspas (shaved ice).  Four years later, they returned home and Cristina became the Marketing Director of The DoSeum, San Antonio’s museum for kids. Most recently, Cristina joined the SAISD Foundation as the Alumni Engagement & Volunteer Manager. She is passionate about the foundation’s mission to ignite innovation and passion for student success across San Antonio ISD and across our San Antonio community, and is a vocal parent advocate.

 

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-Friday from 9 am-5 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.

 

Hannah Sullivan

Grant Writer

In May 2018, Hannah joined San Antonio ISD as the Grant Writer with the District Grants office. Her primary role is to secure private sector funding through the development, articulation, and evaluation of grant proposals including local, state, and national foundation and corporate grants. Her additional responsibilities include assisting the SAISD Foundation in developing grant proposals and finding new, unique funding sources. Before coming to the District, she worked at ChildSafe—Bexar County’s Children’s Advocacy Center. Hannah is a fourth-generation San Antonio native and graduated from Trinity University in 2016. Hannah enjoys art, cooking, and gardening.