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Meet the City Year San Antonio staff

City Year San Antonio has a diverse, energetic team that seeks to be representative of the students we serve.

Brittany Burns
Impact Director

Dana Buzzelli
Community Partnerships Manager

Dana first served with City Year as a corps member in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in 2014. This experience ignited a passion for service, and she went on to serve with three other AmeriCorps programs across five different states.

Prior to returning to City Year, Dana spent five years working as a park ranger with the National Park Service to bring outdoor and environmental education into city schools. Outside of work you can find Dana biking San Antonio's Greenway trails, ice/roller skating, or playing with her dog Ranger.

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Angela Cordova
ACM Learning & Development Director

Angela has been in the field of education for just under 10 years. She holds a B.A in English from UTSA and a Master’s in Teaching. She's a San Antonio native, and says it has been such a rewarding experience to serve her community.

Angela believes that education is the key to equity, and both unlocks a person's potential and opens the door to any dream they choose. In her career, she has served in several roles including a credit recovery facilitator, high school English teacher, and instructional coach. During her time as a teacher at Lanier High School, she had the privilege of working with members of City Year and was deeply inspired by their mission and goals. To come full circle and be able to contribute to this organization is truly a dream come true for her. Her goal in any position is to develop meaningful connections and create an inclusive space where learners can thrive, and I look forward to accomplishing this at City Year. At home, she shares her life with a loving husband and 2 dogs and cat. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, being in nature, spending time with her nephews and nieces, and trying something new!

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Danielle Curd
Impact Manager, Sam Houston High School

Danielle’s introduction to City Year started in 2015 serving as a First Year Corps Member with City Year Little Rock. Currently, Danielle proudly serves as an Impact Manager with City Year San Antonio (CYSA) after completing two previous years with CYSA.

One in 2021 as a Second Year Corps Member and another year in 2022 as a Team Leader, making this her fourth year with the organization. She has championed the strengths and potential of young people while advocating for their right to a fair educational environment. She is a San Antonio, Texas native with a Mexican Heritage background who emphasizes the importance of pouring back into her community and supplying tools for young people to freely pursue their definition of success. Danielle curated the core of her career to be on others and their journey to their next. She has worked alongside three Non-profits, Integrity, Girls Inc., and City Year and volunteered with many others within the San Antonio community. Integrity provided her the opportunity to aid physically disabled women by connecting them to resources that help with cultivating a fulfilling and community-integrated life. As a Program Facilitator with Girls Inc., she mentored young girls from ages six to fifteen on the importance of being Strong, Smart, and Bold as well as ensuring the logistical needs of the program were met. She has a passion for youth development and building community with her students, she believes in social-emotional learning, restorative justice and advocacy. She is ecstatic to have found a more permeant home with City Year San Antonio as we set out to strive for equitable education for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD).

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Jasmine Glasper
Managing Director of Impact

Jasmine Glasper is proud to serve as Managing Director of Impact for City Year San Antonio!

Jasmine Glasper stepped into the role of Managing Director of Impact at the start of 2023 after nearly two years of serving as Senior Impact Director for City Year San Antonio. She is originally from Gonzales, Louisiana, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Political Science and Accounting. Jasmine’s involvement with Alpha Phi Omega – a national community service fraternity – led her to join City Year as an AmeriCorps member after completing her studies. Over the last 10+ years, Jasmine has held several corps and staff positions within City Year at the Baton Rouge, Dallas, and Kansas City sites. Jasmine is highly regarded as an expert in the implementation of our Whole School Whole Child programming across the City Year network because of her depth of knowledge relating to our service delivery and her proven track record of deepening impact throughout her career at City Year. She is passionate about people, data, and educational equity. Outside of service, Jasmine enjoys reading and group exercise classes!

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Dr. Rachara “Char” Jefferson
Senior Vice President and Executive Director

With over 20 years of practical business and organizational development experience, Dr. Jefferson has worked in diverse industries, departments, and functions, including human resources, management, and leadership. Her experience spans higher education, retail, sales, and large pharmaceutical and healthcare organizations.

Dr. Jefferson understands the challenges associated with achieving long-term, sustainable results while building an environment in which employees can thrive. She has walked the path from employee to leader to executive and has successfully led small, large, and global teams. The common thread in her career has been her love of people. She believes that when people are respected, trusted, responsible, and connected, the organization will achieve great outcomes. Dr. Jefferson brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as the Interim Academic Dean at Palo Alto College. Her leadership of the college’s Career and Technical Education department and Office of Student Success provides an exceptional perspective into equitable educational opportunities in our community. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English – Professional Communication from Marygrove College, an MBA in Management and Strategy from Western Governors University, and a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in HR Management from Walden University. When she is not working, you will find her reading, volunteering, or cooking.

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Michael Mancha
Director of Corporate and Foundations Relations

Michael serves as the Director of Corporate and Foundations Relations for City Year San Antonio. He began with CYSA as the Development Operations and Brand Manager. His love for storytelling and eye for creative has informed his role.

Michael is a Texas native who grew up in West Texas and moved to San Antonio in 2006, where he was married, and his three kids were born. In 2017, Michael and his family moved to Eugene, Oregon, to serve as lead pastor of Eugene Church of God. For four years, along with serving the church, he served multiple local nonprofits and schools and as a board member of Love For Lane County. They moved back home to San Antonio in June of 2021. Michael is an award-winning graphic designer who has worked in marketing and branding for over 12 years. He has done work for locally and nationally known corporations, restaurants, colleges, universities, agencies, and nonprofits and has successfully taken national brands to market. Michael has a BA in Journalism and Mass Comm from Texas State University and a BA in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministry from Artios Christian College. A passion for serving people and his community has led Michael on a unique path that has equipped him to help others find their own stories. Along with being a husband and father, Michael is the lead pastor of New Hope United Church in San Antonio. He also enjoys cooking, coffee, and is a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox and the San Antonio Spurs.

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Christy McFaddin
Senior Manager, Special Projects

Anthony Rodriguez Jr.
Impact Manager, Carvajal Elementary School

Dustyn Taylor
Impact Manager, Sidney Lanier High School

Jag Vazirani

Marvin Whitt
Impact Manager, Davis Middle School

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