Board of Directors
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.
Ernest Bromley, an SAISD alumnus from Thomas Jefferson High School, is the Managing Partner at Pescador Public Strategies. He also is the former Chairman/CEO of Bromley Communications, LLC and part of the agency’s founding in 1981. As CEO, director of research, executive vice president and president, Ernest helped develop the agency’s research, Hispanic marketing approach, and lead the agency to be the premier Hispanic marketing communications company, changing the American marketplace. Prior to 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 UTSA.
Firstmark Credit Union
Michael Grundon, is Chief Financial Officer at Firstmark Credit Union. He joined Firstmark in 2016, and as a member of the senior executive team, he oversees the credit union’s financial operations. Mike has over 30 years of financial management experience. He resides in San Antonio with his wife. Mike is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BS in Business Administration earned in 1987. Over the years, he has volunteered time with worthy causes such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Junior Achievement, Salvation Army, and youth sports administration.
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.
Port San Antonio
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.
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.
Chief Strategy Officer Connie Gonzalez is responsible for establishing strategic direction to further advance Brooks’ growth, expanding on the success of the last 20 years. In addition, she leads business development, public affairs, community engagement, and project management initiatives. Connie is also the Executive Director of Brooks Gives Back, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as the vehicle by which all members of the Brooks community can invest in nonprofit initiatives impacting people in the neighborhoods surrounding Brooks, which has distributed more than $250,000 since 2019.
Deborah Amini has been a resident of San Antonio since 1962, having graduated from its public school system in 1968. She received her BA in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas in Austin in 1972 and her Masters in Educational Psychology from the same institution in 1976.
She spent three years working at St. Jude’s Childrens Psychiatric Hospital in Austin before going to work for the Edgewood Independent School District as a psychologist at the Jose Cardenas Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Jose Ramon Campos
Coffeehouse & Bakery
José Ramon Campos, co-owner CommonWealth Coffee House & Bakery, grew up on the northside of San Antonio where his parents settled after moving here from Mexico City. He attended Southern Methodist University and spent a semester abroad in Nantes, France. An experience that has since shaped his outlook. Graduating with degrees in Economics with Finance Applications and Political Science, he has returned to San Antonio and settled in the Tobin Hill area. The entrepreneur also focuses his time revitalizing homes in the urban core.
Richard Carranza currently serves as Chief of Strategy and Global Development at IXL. He is a long-time educator and public education administrator serving most recently as the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2018 to 2021. He previously served as the superintendent of the Houston Independent and the San Francisco Unified School Districts. He began his career as a high school bilingual social studies and mariachi music teacher, and then as a principal, both in Tucson, Arizona. When on a middle school mariachi trip to San Antonio, he fell in love with the heart and culture of the city. Richard and his wife Raquel have chosen San Antonio as their home.
Julian Casillas, a San Antonio native, is 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.
Jacob Cavazos is the Senior Vice President and Community Reinvestment Manager at Broadway Bank. He works with corporate leadership to provide oversight and direction on community needs in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, and the Hill Country. He manages bank efforts surrounding affordable housing, economic development, education and manages corporate philanthropic giving. Prior to working at Broadway Bank, Jacob was at Frost Bank for 13 years and for 10 of those years he was Vice President and Community Development Officer.
Elaine De Los Santos
Brian Dillard is currently the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Antonio. He began his career in public service in 2018 as the Smart City Administrator for the City of San Antonio. Prior to joining the local government sector, Brian was a Cybersecurity consultant in the private sector following a career as a member of the United States Air Force where he served ten-years Active Duty.
Brian is a third-generation Eastside San Antonio native and an alumnus of Sam Houston High School.
Katie Ferrier currently serves as VP of Education & Workforce Development at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Ferrier serves employers, educational institutions, and community-based USA organizations and strives to create a climate of shared ideas, information and relationships to encourage greater collaboration and collective solutions in order to improve the region’s talent pipeline.
Tiffany is a native San Antonian, a proud SAISD Alumn and Texas Aggie and a diehard Spurs fan. She believes in the profound power of people in partnership. Tiffany holds a master’s in business administration and a bachelor’s in communications. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Communities in Schools (CIS) national office based in DC. Prior to joining CIS, Tiffany served as SAISD’s first Chief of Staff and its first Diversity Officer.
Tyler Jones is Vice President of Corporate Banking at Frost Bank. Tyler uses his knowledge and experience as a trusted advisor to help develop and foster relationships in his community. Over the years, he has spent time volunteering with United Way of Williamson County (Resource Development Committee), Junior Achievement, and Salvation Army.
Benjamin Jordan was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and he is a graduate of Highlands High School in SAISD. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas with over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and has 18 years of service with CPS Energy. His career has spanned from being a Standards and Specifications engineer to Executive Account Management and is now leading the Military Operations team for CPS Energy, providing support to Joint Base San Antonio and its missions. Ben continues to call San Antonio home living within the district with his wife and two sons.
Amanda Lee Keammerer
Amanda Keammerer, is the Chief Executive Officer of Javilud LLC, transforming innovation at the intersection of technology, people, politics, and art through creative collaborations, signature events, and consulting services. A proud San Antonio ISD graduate, Amanda serves on the Board of Directors for Family Service, the SAISD Foundation, and the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCys) San Antonio affiliate. Amanda is an Honorary Commander with the 502d Air Base Wing, and a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. Amanda was nationally recognized as a Latina Next Generation Leader in National Security & Foreign Policy.
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.
After moving from Arizona to open and lead the first BASIS charter school in Texas, Tiffany O’Neill fell swiftly in love with the Lone Star State. Since then, Tiffany has consulted with other charter networks on school start up and turnaround and worked with Teach For America- San Antonio to manage internal operations and lead strategic external relationships including those with school districts, community partners, local officials and the media.
Tiffany currently works for the Holdsworth Center where she works directly with superintendents and their leadership teams to develop robust internal leadership pipelines- with a focus on the role of principal.
Veronica Oviedo is proud alumna of Highlands High School in SAISD. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing and Finance and a minor in Sport Management from Trinity University. She is currently the Spurs Marketing Manager at Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) where she oversees a team focused on developing, executing, and optimizing the marketing strategy for the Spurs franchise along with Spurs Give – the nonprofit partner of SS&E, and Spurs Sports Academy – the youth sports and tournament arm of SS&E.
Erika D. Robinson serves as the General Counsel of Trinity University, a nationally recognized liberal arts institution in San Antonio. Robinson also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane School of Law in New Orleans in the University’s Title IX Certificate and Specialization Program.
She has provided strategic advice and counsel to K-12 school districts, higher educational institutions, and school leaders. In addition to her legal experience, Ms. Robinson has multifaceted competencies as a diversity and inclusion practitioner.
Ron Thomas received a B.A. and an M.Ed. from Trinity University and 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. He has extensive experience organizing and implementing preservice teacher field experience programs, mentoring/tutoring programs in inner-city school districts, and school/university partnerships.
Stephanie G. Ward, Ph.D., is the Vice Provost for Vocation & Career, leading the Career & Professional Development Center at St. Mary’s University. She joined St. Mary’s University in 2004 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Houston and she has never looked back. Being a Rattler is in her blood and she believes it is a privilege to be here. Her love is being in the classroom with students engaging in thoughtful exploration of what it means to pursue a meaningful business career while challenging students to learn more than they thought they could. Being able to help a student exceed his/her potential is what drives her.
Kristopher Wickerham has been a proud H-E-B Partner since 2010. He is currently the Talent Development Career Programs Leader, where he and his team design and deploy enterprise-wide development pathways for Partners.
Before joining H-E-B, Kris was a Texas public educator for 17 years, serving communities in the classroom, central office, and as a campus principal. His wife, Kathy, is an SAISD campus principal and they are proud, longtime SAISD residents.
Christine Wong is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, M.A. in Community Counseling, and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Christine enjoys teaching counseling techniques and internship courses. Her research interests include first generation college students and their success. She resides in the SAISD district with her husband and daughter.
Charles T. Barrett
Mary Rose Brown
Harriet Marmon Helmle
John T. Montford*
Victoria Moreno Herrera
Sonia M. Rodriguez*
* Past Board of Directors
John Montford and Manny Ruiz also served as Past Board Chairman.
Charles Barrett, Joe Bernal, Maria Ferrier, Charles Gonzalez, Sonia Rodriguez and Ricardo Romo are SAISD Alumni and past Inspire Awards Honorees.
Meet the Team
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 seven years of experience in data analytics.
She has lived in the district for the past six years and is excited for her daughter to one day be an SAISD student.
Mary Flannigan joined the SAISD Foundation as a Finance and Programs Manager in 2023. Mary’s responsibilities include both internal and external facing duties involving partnership development and organizational development. She oversees the financial management, program operations, and human resource functions of the organization.
Mary is a respected nonprofit manager and brings with her over fifteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is passionate about education and is dedicated to SAISD. Being a resident herself, she feels the district is the heart of the city.
Kimberly joined the SAISD Foundation as a Digital Marketing Coordinator in 2023. She is a proud SAISD graduate of Travis Early College High School and Texas State University alum earning her bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. At the SAISD Foundation, Kimberly creates a strong online presence, through our website and social media accounts. Kimberly has a passion for supporting students and teachers in their efforts to create exciting learning opportunities throughout their educational journey and loves to share stories and updates that come for our SAISD community.
Hired in 2009 to support a dedicated Board of Directors to re-launch the SAISD Foundation and rally private support to increase educational excellence in SAISD schools, Judy has served as its founding Executive Director. Judy earned her MEd from James Madison University and an MA from St. Mary’s University. Judy has a strong background in program development, fundraising, and group facilitation. She has served as an evaluator for TEA funded after-school programs in San Antonio, and K-16 service-learning programs in Texas. Judy and her husband have called San Antonio home for the past 30 years and their twin boys attend UT Austin.
Carrie joined the SAISD Foundation in 2021. A native of San Antonio, Carrie’s roots in SAISD run deep. Her grandparents made the South Side their home in 1942. Her parents graduated from Highlands and and her great-aunt, taught English at Hot Wells Junior High.
Education and community have always been a part of Carrie. She spent her career working in community management positions and now is honored to serve SAISD and the neighborhood schools her parents attended in the heart of the Alamo City.
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.
Meli joined the SAISD Foundation in 2017 as an intern in college. After working for a local charter school the past four years, she is back part-time at SAISD Foundation. A San Antonio native, Meli lived in the district for almost three years and has a passion for youth and supporting inner city students in their pursuit of academic success.
Meli graduated from UTSA with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and enjoys knowing that despite not being in the classroom, she can still make an impact in the world of education.