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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Guadarrama is the Senior Manager of Energy Equity, for CPS Energy, the largest municipally-owned utility company in the United States. CPS Energy is located in San Antonio, Texas, and employs over 3,000 employees from all cultures, backgrounds, and levels within the organization. Andrea began her career in finance and safety prior to her role in Enterprise Alignment. She transitioned into a role in Strategic Management where she focuses on supporting planning and execution of enterprise-wide strategies and initiatives.
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.
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.
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.
Jason leads Executive Communications for Merck Pharmaceuticals, a global biopharmaceutical company that delivers innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals. They strive to create a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable, and healthy future for all people and communities
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara is a community leader who is committed to education equity. She was a teacher for over 30 years. She is involved in many non-profits throughout San Antonio.