Meet Our Staff and Board of Directors

Administration
Marjie French

Marjie French

CEO
Heather Diehl

Heather C. Diehl, CFRE

Board Engagement Officer
Patty Russett

Patty Russett

Sr. Executive Assistant to the CEO
Human Resources and Learning Development
Arenda Burns

Arenda Burns

Vice President, Human Resources
Debbie Vasquez

Debbie Vasquez

Facilities Manager
Dorian Williams

Dorian Williams, Ph.D.

Learning and Development Facilitator
Lorna Stafford

Lorna Stafford

Learning and Development Facilitator
Rachel Duran

Rachel Duran

Human Resources Assistant
Renee Carta

Renee Carta

Front Desk Assistant
Sandie Palomo Gonzalez

Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Learning and Development Facilitator
Development And Donor Services
Anne Ferguson

Anne Ferguson

Philanthropic Assistant, Scholarships
Anne Marie Oliver

Anne Marie Oliver

Philanthropic Advisor
Bernice Uresti

Bernice Uresti

Philanthropic Advisor, Scholarships
Brandie McHazlett

Brandie McHazlett

Data Entry Coordinator, Scholarships
Faelyn Smith

Faelyn Smith

Philanthropic Assistant, Philanthropy for Business
Jennifer Ballesteros

Jennifer Ballesteros

Philanthropic Advisor, Philanthropy for Business
Laura Giacomoni

Laura Giacomoni

Philanthropic Advisor, Donor Services
Lisa Brunsvold

Lisa Brunsvold

Vice President, Development and Donor Services
Finance
April Hansard

April Hansard, CPA

Controller
Diane Wallace

Diane Wallace, CPA

Accounting Manager
Elise Parma

Elise M. Parma, CPA

Accounting Manager
Fernando Ibarra

Fernando Ibarra

Investment Accountant
Gina Martinez

Gina Martinez

Junior Accountant
Harrison Haake

Harrison Haake, CPA

Senior Accountant
Jeanette Medina

Jeanette Medina

Senior Accountant
Kale Harris

Kale Harris, CPA

Treasury Manager
Lolita Hartmann

Lolita Hartmann

Treasury Analyst
Lynda Cabell

Lynda Cabell

Sr. Vice President/CFO
Mary Ann Samuelson

Mary Ann Samuelson

Accounting Associate
Melinda Norris

Melinda Norris, CPA

Senior Accountant
Nicole Sowell

Nicole Sowell, MBA

Senior Accountant
Community Engagement and Impact
Cadence Corbin

Cadence Corbin

Program Officer
Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia

Grant Administrator
Gavin Nichols

Gavin Nichols

Senior Program Officer
Keo Cavalcanti

H.B. Cavalcanti

Director, Research and Community Impact
Jane Paccione

Jane Paccione

Managing Director of Collective Impact, SALSA
Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook

Senior Program Officer
Jessica Urias

Jessica Urias

Grant Assistant
Patricia Mejia

Patricia Mejia

Vice President, Community Engagement and Impact
Stephanie LaFroscia

Stephanie LaFroscia

Senior Program Officer
Marketing, Communications and Technology
Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia Martinez

E-Communications Specialist
Fabi Rocha

Fabi Rocha

Website Specialist
Gary Wise

Gary Wise

Director, Technology
Hernan Rozemberg

Hernán Rozemberg

Director of Storytelling
Martin Acevedo

Martin R. Acevedo

Director, Marketing and Outreach
Meet our Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors and Board committees are comprised of local leaders with diverse backgrounds. These individuals are selected for their expertise and commitment in both their professional and personal lives.

Theo Guidry

Theodore (Theo) Guidry II, CPA

Chair

Retired, Former Senior Vice President of Risk Management

Tom Hill

Gen. James T. (Tom) Hill

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Retired, Former President

Alex Perez

Alex Perez

Secretary
MIchelle Scarver

Michelle R. Scarver, CPA/PFS

Treasurer

Vice President, Financial Advisor

John Hayes

John Hayes

Immediate Past Chair
Marie Smith

Marie Smith

Past Chair

Civic Leader

Sarah Harte

Sarah Harte

Past Chair

Civic Leader

Darryl Byrd

James D. (Darryl) Byrd

Founder, Managing Director

Laura Ehrenberg Chesler

Laura Ehrenberg-Chesler

Luis De La Garza

Luis de la Garza

Retired, Former President & CEO

Lorenzo Gomez

Lorenzo Gomez, III

Blake Hastings

Blake Hastings

Senior Vice President

David Komet

David Komet

Adena Loston

Adena Williams Loston, Ph.D.

Brad Parman

Brad Parman

Jane Phipps

Jane Phipps

Civic Leader & Founder

Bruce Tilley

R. Bruce Tilley

First Vice President - Investment Officer

Past Board Chairs

  • John Hayes (2017-2018)
  • Marie Smith (2015-2016)
  • David C. Hennessee, CPA, MBA (2013-2014)
  • Conrad J. Netting, IV, CPA (2012)
  • Sarah E. Harte (2010-2011)
  • Robert Mehall (2009)
  • Joe J. Lozano, CPA (2008)
  • Nanette Clare, M.D. (2007)
  • Pat L. Wilson, CPA (2006)
  • Raymond R. Carvajal, R.Ph. (2005)
  • Ommy Strauch, SPHR (2004)
  • Laura G. McNutt, CPA (2003)
  • Marvin Forland, M.D. (2002)
  • Cathy Obriotti Green (2001)
  • Arthur H. Bayern (1999-2000)
  • Leonard E. Lawrence, M.D. (1998)
  • Margaret Anderson (1997)
  • Edward M. Polansky (1996)
  • Mary Beth Williamson (1994-1995)
  • Al J. Notzon, III (1992-1993)
  • John Strieber, Jr. (1991)
  • Gaines Voigt (1989-1990)
  • Jerome F. Weynand, Ph.D. (1988)
  • John E. Banks, Sr. (1986-1987)
  • William Reddell (1984-1985)
  • Charles G. Orsinger (1983)
  • Edith McAllister (1981-1982)
  • Richard E. Goldsmith (1977-1980)
  • Hull Youngblood (1976)
  • Patricia Shields Ayres (1974-1975)
  • David Jacobson, M.D. (1964-1973)