City Year San Antonio board of directors
The City Year San Antonio Board supports the mission of City Year San Antonio through public relations, fundraising, and developing sustainability strategies for our site. Board members are integral to our success and support us in fulfilling our mission.
Ann S. Parker is Board Chair of City Year SA; serves on SA Area Foundation’s Strengthening Nonprofits Grant Committee; Advisory Council of San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM); Masters Leadership Program’s Diversity Committee; and SA Funders. She is a member of SA100, Impact SA, Friends of Communities in Schools, Masters Leadership Program Alumnae Assn (MLPAA), Cancer Center Council, and Tri-Delta Alumnae.
Formerly President of the Board of Impact San Antonio; SAMM Board’s Development Committee Chair; MLPAA Board; Monte Vista Historical Association’s President-Elect and Development Chair; co-creator of the SA Rodeo Scholarship Fund’s Cowgirls Live Forever annual event; fundraising coordinator of SA Symphony’s Maestro Society; and steering committee member of DoSeum’s annual luncheon. In Kansas City, Missouri, she served as an officer on the Boards of Marillac Center for Children, KC Symphony League, and KC Academy, chairing major fundraising events for each, and the steering committee of Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Annual Golf Tournament. In Fort Worth, Texas, she launched an innovative fundraiser for the Gladney Center, earning the first “Friendship Award” given to an individual; and was the Mayor’s Junior League appointee to the Clean City Commission. In Omaha, Nebraska, she served on the Board of Fontenelle Forest, chairing their major fundraiser; the Admissions, Nominating, and Public Affairs Committees of the Junior League of Omaha; and was a docent at the Joslyn Art Museum. Following graduation from The University of Kansas, B.A. Psychology, Parker was the sole campaign staffer through the primary for a successful U.S. Congressional candidate; founded Ann Shelton Designs, a children’s clothing manufacturer and marketer; and sold computers. Parker has enjoyed many outdoor sports, is an award-winning quilter, and loves traveling, reading, gym-time, and the arts. She shares with her husband and best friend, Dr. Robert W. Parker, four children and six grandchildren.
Robert Buchek joined the City Year San Antonio Board in December 2016. He is the Director of Product Supply at Valero Energy. Valero Energy Corporation is a Fortune 500 company based in San Antonio, and through its subsidiaries is the world’s largest independent petroleum refiner and marketer. Robert joined Valero Energy in 2007, and has since served in a number of roles in Strategic Planning, Business Development and Logistics Operations.
His responsibilities have included facilitating the strategic planning process for Valero’s commercial business units, developing new business opportunities in alternative fuels and logistics, and most recently managing North American rail logistics operations. Prior to working at Valero Energy Corporation, Robert was a Manager within the Strategy Consulting group at Accenture. During his time at Accenture, Robert advised over a dozen clients across a wide range of industries. His work primarily focused on improving financial and organizational performance, performing M&A due diligence, and evaluating the economic impact of strategic decisions. Robert serves on the Board of Elders with the Concordia Lutheran Church, and served on the Board of Directors for Terrabon, LLC, from 2010 – 2012. Robert earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration at the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001, followed by a Master’s in the same field from Emory University in 2007. Robert and his wife, Alecia, have three children ages nine, six and three. He is active in kids’ activities, including coaching basketball and soccer teams. He also enjoys playing drums and outdoor sporting activities such as hunting and fishing.
Cesar Carter currently serves as the Director for Leadership Development at HEB. Cesar grew up overseas in Belgium and Turkey for most of his life. This was all due to the fact that his mother served in the United States Air Force for 22 years. The last base she served in before retirement was Lackland Air Force Base. Cesar attended UTSA with his sights set on pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
While on campus, he managed to stay very active by becoming the President of NSBE, Treasurer of IEEE, Senator of the UTSA Student Government and also working in a Robotics research lab. Cesar also stayed active outside of school by working full time at SeaWorld as a Retail Supervisor. Cesar graduated from UTSA with his Engineering Degree in 2011 and did so with a strong academic record. After graduation, Cesar joined HEB in the Manufacturing Division as the Ice Cream Plant Maintenance Team Leader. Soon after, he was granted the opportunity to become the Interim Plant Engineer for the Ice Cream Plant. Within a few months, he transitioned to the Milk Plant, one of HEB’s most complex plants. In 2013, Cesar started a new journey with Store Operations via the SORL program. He spent time in multiple stores and received his first Operations Leader role at the HEB located off of Blanco and 1604. In 2014, he was promoted to GM Leader at the HEB located off of 281 and Evans, and in 2017 he was promoted to Top Leader of the South Flores Market HEB. Cesar is very passionate about people and enjoys connecting with and helping his Partners grow. Cesar is the Co-Chair of the Diversity Council for San Antonio and also conducts first-round interviews for potential Managers in the Region. Cesar has also led the Taste of the Northside for HEB for three consecutive years. Outside of HEB, Cesar is an avid reader and enjoys traveling outside of the country and staying fit.
Rick Cavender is Dealer Principal for Cavender Audi and Vice President of the Cavender Auto Family which is comprised of Cavender Toyota, the all new Toyota of Cedar Park and Cavender Audi. Rick is a third-generation family member in a San Antonio auto business that began with Cavender Oldsmobile Company in 1939. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980, Rick began his career at Cavender Oldsmobile working alongside his grandfather and father.
Rick’s community involvement is extensive. He has served on the Boards of City Year San Antonio, The Rotary Club of San Antonio, Lone Star Chapter for Cystic Fibrosis, The United Way of San Antonio, and the San Antonio 100 Club in addition to many others. He is the 2017 Chairman of the San Antonio Automobile Dealers Association and serves on the Executive and Legislative Committee for the Texas Automobile Dealers Association, an organization that he chaired in 2015. In 2017, Rick was nominated by his fellow Texas Dealers to be one of 49 candidates nationwide for Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year. Measuring candidates for business success and community involvement, this annual award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious honors. He is the Founder of “Kingdom for Kids” a volunteer-based playground building cause. Under his leadership, the Downtown Rotary Club has partnered with City Year San Antonio to complete eighteen playgrounds and campus improvements in San Antonio schools, libraries, and community centers. The San Antonio Independent School District honored him with its “Friend of Education” award in tribute to his efforts. In 2007, the United Way of San Antonio recognized Rick with the “Volunteer of the Year” Award in the Individual Service category. Rick was Chairman for the 2016 United Way Community Campaign and helped raise a record-setting $56 million for the many agencies and programs supported by the local United Way. He was selected by City Year as Honoree at their 2013 Ripples of Hope gala. He also was honored by United Communities of San Antonio as a 2013 Humanitarian Award Recipient. In 2014, Rotary International recognized Rick as one of only 150 Rotarians worldwide with its “Rotary Service above Self Award.” In addition to all of his business and community efforts, Rick also finds time to lead his popular 6 piece band. The Rick Cavender Band takes the stage over 30 nights a year and has opened and performed with artists such as George Strait, Willie Nelson, Glen Campbell, and Tanya Tucker to name a few. He has recorded 5 original studio albums. Rick has been happily married for 35 years to Suzanne, his beautiful wife and high school sweetheart. His oldest daughter Courtney and son-in-law Tobin Smith recently blessed Rick and Suzanne with two grandsons. Rick’s younger daughter Claire was recently married to Easton McNab.
Joy Cutler joined City Year San Antonio’s Board in 2016 after a brief hiatus from service as the site’s Development Director from 2012-2015. She is an Account Executive with KENS-5 News Station in San Antonio.
She is a seasoned sales and marketing manager with strong distribution experience who crosses all major channels, from B2B to B2C and B2B2C. Proven ability to drive growth and enhance profitability through client needs analysis, market segmentation, customer satisfaction and financial acumen. She has an exceptional track record of developing and communicating a vision and building strategic buy-in. Strong leadership, sensible solutions, and creative development serve as the cornerstone of successful acquisition and retention of targeted populations within Joy’s portfolio. Prior to her work at KENS5, Joy served as City Year San Antonio’s Development Director, where she was responsible for the $3.9M budget. Joy also worked with the Jewish Federation of San Antonio and Absolute Solar Experts. Joy earned her degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Widener University. She enjoys time outside of work and service with her husband, Freddy, and her children, Katie, a student at Texas State University, and Michael, a student at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lisa Marie Gomez is an education expert and community leader in San Antonio. Most recently she served as Senior Director of Collaborative Action at UP Partnership, where she guided the alignment associated with UP Partnership’s systems change networks and its 175+ institutional partners.
She previously served as the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for serving as a leading policy expert, strategist, and resource for important issues in the education and workforce development space, including school finance, accountability, funding for institutions of higher education, and skills gaps. Before joining the Chamber, Gomez served as the Executive Director for the International Office at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). In the Office of International Programs, Gomez oversaw education abroad services, international undergraduate admissions, international student and scholar services, and global relations and agreements. Prior to her role as Executive Director, Gomez served as the Associate Director of the Center for Student Professional Development at the UTSA College of Business and the Director of the college’s Office of International Engagement. In addition to her work at UTSA, Gomez served as District Director for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Legislative Director for Texas State Representative Kevin Bailey. She was also part of a United Nations Development Program devoted to democratic institution building in Cambodia. Lisa Marie is a San Antonio native and a first-generation college graduate. She believes in the power of young people, traveling outside her comfort zone and that every human being deserves dignity and respect. She holds a master’s in international peace studies from the International University of Japan and a bachelor’s in social justice, sustainable development and peace studies from the University of Redlands. A proud alumna of the City Year network, Lisa Marie joined the board in 2015.
Roger is the founder and CEO of Braintrust Capital, an Investment Adviser Firm based out of San Antonio. Prior to founding Braintrust, he served as the Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo Advisors. With a unique mix of training and experience in finance, law, economic development and strategic planning, Roger serves clients by providing comprehensive wealth management services, including retirement planning, strategic and tactical asset management, multi-asset strategies, and uncorrelated investment strategies.
He also passionately provides clients with financial planning services, including estate planning, business succession planning, and investment policy development and implementation. Roger has authored articles on estate planning, asset allocation and portfolio management. Prior to this, Roger worked for UBS for nearly five years. He joined UBS from Morgan Stanley, where he was a financial advisor and member of the prestigious Pacesetters Club. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Roger provided economic development consulting to the City of Tacoma, Washington, for whom he co-authored a strategic plan and feasibility study for revitalizing distressed neighborhoods through real estate development and community organization. Roger has extensive experience providing strategic planning and management consulting services to early-stage companies. He has assisted with equity and debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, pooling-of-interests, syndicated debt transactions, corporate formation and organization, limited partnerships, and trusts. Roger is a graduate of Class XXXVIII of Leadership San Antonio. He received his doctorate of law (JD) from the University of Michigan School of Law and his bachelor of science (BS) in economics from Santa Clara University. An active leader in the San Antonio community, Roger sits on the boards of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, City Year San Antonio, Serna Marymount Community Development Corporation, St. Paul's Episcopal Montessori School, and Christian Unity Ministries, as well as advisory boards of Hallmark College and San Antonio Housing Authority. He sits on the Executive Board of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and has provided lay leadership as Senior Warden, Council Delegate and Stewardship Chair of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Roger and his wife, Agi, have four children, Zofia, Magdalena, Karen and Thaddeus. Outside of work, he enjoys chess, hiking and golf.
Paul Hoskins a seasoned entrepreneur and is the Vice President of H2-Launch-SA dba Urban Air. Urban Air is the ultimate indoor adventure park. Paul has led the N.E. San Antonio location to top 5 in sales and won several awards for customer service and sales. From 2004 to 2018, Paul owned P&M Hoskins Enterprises as McDonald’s Franchisees.
Paul has over 25 years of Executive Sales Management and Computer Technology experience and has worked for Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment, and NCR Corporation. During Paul’s tenure at Hewlett Packard, he was responsible for developing new accounts, territory management, marketing and annually exceeded his sales goals. Paul is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and has held leadership positions as Vice President of McDonald’s Greater San Antonio McDonald’s Owner Operators Association and President of Black McDonald’s Owner Association San Antonio/Austin Chapter. Paul gives back to the community and provides financial sponsorship for several community organizations in San Antonio. Along with his wife Michele of 27 years, Paul is a bible study facilitator and marriage ministry group leader at Agape Christian Church. Paul enjoys reading, travel, cooking, and exercise. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Arizona State University, is the proud father of twins, and resides with his family in Garden Ridge, Texas.
Charles Houston is the Vice President of Commercial Lending at Broadway Bank. He previously served as the Banking Relationship Manager at Frost Bank, where he helped individuals and businesses obtain funding and assisted them in an advisory role. Originally from Seguin, Texas, Charles graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Business Administration with Concentration in Accounting. While at Trinity, he was a three-year starter on the basketball team and was named Defensive Player of the year of the SCAC Conference for two consecutive years.
Before Frost, Houston was with Argo Insurance, where he traveled nationally and internationally improving operational processes and completing compliance testing. From Argo, he joined BMG software in Houston, TX where he was responsible for budgeting and forecasting for a variety of software product solutions. In 2015, he made the transition to corporate banking with Frost Bank. Charles has a passion for helping children and has volunteered as a basketball coach for a YMCA league and was a member of a monthly corporate mentoring program with BMC Software. Outside of work he enjoys traveling, the outdoors, live music, and time with his family and friends.
Erv Lessel is a Deloitte Consulting Managing Director located in San Antonio, Texas. He is the Deloitte San Antonio Market leader and focuses on serving Federal, State, and Local government clients to include the City of San Antonio, the United States Air Force, United States Army, and other DoD and Federal organizations. He has extensive experience in the areas of leadership, organizational transformation, innovation, culture change, strategic communication, business process reengineering, strategic planning, and process automation.
Erv joined Deloitte in 2010 after retiring from the United States Air Force as a Major General with 31 years of service. His final assignment was in San Antonio, Texas where he served as the Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements and Assessments for Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and as Director of the San Antonio Joint Program Office responsible for Base Realignment and Closure Commission actions across San Antonio. He has commanded large, complex organizations and held positions on the staffs of AETC, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Air Mobility Command, United States Air Forces in Europe, the Air Staff, and the Joint Staff. As a Director on the AFMC staff, he was responsible for leading military and civilian manpower structure and actions across the 70,000-person organization. While at AETC he also led Base Realignment and Closure actions establishing Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) and the 502 ABW. Erv has provided Human Capital, Strategy and Operations, and Information Technology consulting services and support to multiple Air Force and Army organizations and the City of San Antonio. His current focus is supporting Air Combat Command (ACC) Force Optimization efforts, to include major organization transformation, culture change, and automation projects. He has led an innovative organizational transformation at the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), completed a major redesign study for the Army Installation Management Command, conducted multiple Air Force culture assessments, and a Smart San Antonio visioning project for the City of San Antonio. Erv is an active supporter of Junior Achievement, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and coaches transitioning military veterans. He currently holds a high-level security clearance and for relaxation enjoys reading, golf, and travel. Education • Master of Science in National Security Strategy - National Defense University • Master of Science in Administration – Central Michigan University • Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering – United States Air Force Academy Professional Affiliations • Board of Directors, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of South Texas • Editorial Advisory Board, Chief Learning Officer Magazine • Member of Air Force Association; Airlift/Tanker Association; Daedalians; and AFCEA
Jason leads the Employee Communications Team – responsible for the leadership, development, and execution of communications to USAA’s 36,000 employees. The team also has responsibility for ensuring USAA continues its strong employer brand.
Prior to this role, he led the internal and external communications team supporting USAA's Property & Casualty Company lines of business that include over 8 million members, 14.5 million vehicles in force, and over 5.8 million homeowners and renter's policies in force. The USAA P&C Insurance Group continually sets the standard for exceptional service in personal lines insurance. Before supporting P&C, he led the communications team supporting Human Resources while providing communications counsel to the senior management team. Prior to these roles, Jason was responsible for leading communications in support of the Chief Administrative Officer, and before that – Jason worked in Human Resources focused on developing and shaping the employee engagement and culture strategy. Prior to joining USAA, Jason was an Air Force officer. He has 11 years of communications and leadership experience, in the U.S. Air Force as a Public Affairs Officer. Most recently, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Jason led communications teams in five states. He previously served as communications director for the Air Force Thunderbirds and led communications staffs at several bases in the U.S., England, Iraq, and Kuwait. Jason has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida, an M.B.A. from Grand Canyon University.
Abigail Ottmers is Chief Legal Officer at Port San Antonio. Previously, she served in several leadership roles with a municipal electric utility and practiced law at Haynes and Boone, LLP, where she focused on business restructuring and financial transactions. She also served as the Briefing Attorney for the Hon. Ronald B. King, United States Bankruptcy Judge.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Abi served as the President of the Board of Trustees for the Montessori School of San Antonio, the Board for the Federal Bar Association San Antonio Chapter, and the Chair of the MoneyWise committee for San Antonio as sponsored by the State Bar of Texas. Abi is licensed to practice in all Federal District courts in Texas. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Texas Public Power Association. Abi is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the William A. Sessions Inn of Court. Abi shares her life with her husband, Brendon and their two teen-aged children, Lily and Austin. Family is paramount, which leads to frequent gatherings with siblings and parents - all thankfully residing within the area. She has many part-time hobbies including spending time at the family ranch in Gillespie County, swimming for exercise, reading anything she can get her hands on, cooking and baking, playing trumpet, hiking, and traveling. She carts herself (and any willing family members) to the Texas beach as often as possible.
Isaac Robledo is a Client Service Manager at Capital Group. As a Westside San Antonio native and graduate of Edgewood High School, Isaac is dedicated to serving his community.
Isaac graduated from Edgewood in 1996 and spent the following year with then newly established City Year San Antonio, during which he served in a 2nd-grade public school classroom along with participating in City Year community events.
After City Year, Isaac pursued a career in customer service and has spent 15 years with Capital Group, a mutual funds company. In his role as Client Service Manager, Mr. Robledo provides leadership, development, and engagement to help drive results for his team of associates and the business at large. His interest and participation in motivational seminars, as well as leadership and business management methods, are applied to both his professional and personal life. Mr. Robledo earned his Associates Degree in Business from Northwest Vista College in 2008. He is father to three children, Destinee (22), Isaiah (11), and Alyssa (8). When he is not working, Mr. Robledo is involved with his children’s schooling and athletic pursuits as a coach in basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball. His hobbies also extend to leading the Capital Group dodgeball team, public speaking, mentorship, and creating engaging community events.
Dr. Mecca Salahuddin serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Excellence at the Alamo Colleges District. In this role, she provides leadership and guidance on key aspects of enterprise-wide strategic planning and performance excellence activities. Part of her role is to work closely with senior leaders – Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, and College Presidents to support the framing, evaluation, and implementation of strategic projects, process improvements, and organizational change initiatives.
She currently serves as team facilitator for a multitude of strategic projects and conversations all designed around improving the student experience. Prior to returning to the Alamo Colleges District, Mecca served as Dean of Organizational Learning and Effectiveness at Tacoma Community College (TCC) located in Tacoma, WA. From 2007-2013, Dr. Salahuddin served as Director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness at St. Philip’s College, part of the Alamo Colleges District where she served a key role in the college’s performance excellence activities including application for the Texas Performance Excellence Award (TAPE) where St. Philip’s received recognition for best practices in four areas – Leadership, Strategic Planning, Customer/Stakeholder Focus, and Workforce Focus and winning the award in 2018. Mecca works closely with administrators, faculty, and staff to identify and generate data on key strategic initiatives that allows the organization to meet the goals of the strategic plan to include its mission and vision. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Salahuddin graduated from Sam Houston High School (1993) and is a huge proponent of higher education and student success, empowering our diverse communities. Dr. Salahuddin earned a Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word (2013). She also holds a Masters in Experimental Psychology (2000) and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology (1997) from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Courtney Wai is a lifelong educator and learner. She currently serves as a Professional Learning Facilitator at Learning for Justice. She previously taught middle school English as a Second Language (ESL) at Ball Academy in San Antonio ISD and was an adjunct professor for Relay Graduate School of Education. Previously, she worked as the Learning & Development Director for City Year San Antonio.
She was also the Special Projects Manager for the City of San Antonio’s Office of Equity, where she worked with City departments to advance racial equity and partnered with other community organizations to advance the goals of the Office. Before joining local government, Courtney was a 7th Grade English Language Arts teacher, teacher coach, and director of professional development with Teach For America in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. Courtney earned her Bachelor’s from Scripps College and her Masters of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas-San Antonio. She is a graduate of Leadership SAISD and New Leaders Council. Originally from Hawai‘i, Courtney enjoys reading, surfing, and playing soccer. She lives with her partner on the West Side of San Antonio.
Barbara is a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and aunt to an amazing family. Barbara and her husband George feel that they are blessed beyond belief; they recently celebrated 55 years of marriage as soulmates and best friends. They have been blessed with resources that they love sharing because they try to fulfill the Biblical scripture in Luke that says “to whom much is given, much will be required.” For them, it is a joy to do so.
In her 35 years as an educator, Barbara taught fourth grade through high school, was Associate Headmaster and teacher at San Antonio Academy, and was principal of Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs while also teaching classes. She made learning fun and interesting for her students. She held mock trials with sixth graders serving as prosecuting and defense attorneys. Eight-year-olds interviewed well-known San Antonio professionals for insight into future career paths. Many of her former students keep in touch with her, which has brought great joy to her and George through the years. For many years, Barbara has directed her spare time toward those ill-equipped to live unassisted. She and George remain involved at Mission Road Developmental Center, where the potential of those with cognitive disabilities is emphasized. Friends of Hospice, where no one is denied care due to lack of ability to pay, is another of Barbara’s passions. In 2019, Barbara chaired the Power of Women Luncheon for City Year San Antonio, helping to raise more than $150,000 in funding to support the work of City Year AmeriCorps members in San Antonio schools. In addition to her dedication to City Year and the special needs community, Barbara is committed to Impact San Antonio, where she served on the Board from 2017-2019. Barbara also holds a leadership position on the Blessed Sacrament Academy Council, and she is involved in a number of ministries and leads a Sunday school class at First Baptist Church. In retirement, Barbara and her husband have shared wonderful travel opportunities; they both love art and museums a great deal, as well as playing Bridge, reading, and sharing good times with family and friends. Barbara and George are native San Antonians and have lived in this community for 82 years.