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.

 

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.

 

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.