we know our staff is the key to our success
The positive impact made in the San Antonio community is credit to our outstanding staff!
Interim Executive Director
A lifelong resident of San Antonio, Lisa Cunningham began her career as an early childhood educator in 2001, after earning a degree in education from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to her years as an educator, curriculum developer and consultant, Lisa taught parenting classes to homeless and transient mothers at San Antonio area shelters. Lisa then spent several successful years in business development with Centurion Industries before she joined the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s office as the Executive Director of the Bexar County Family Justice Center. Most recently, Lisa accepted the Interim Executive Director position with the San Antonio Education Partnership. In this new role, her passion for education and strong ties to the community will guide her as she serves the citizens of her hometown in this new capacity.
Lisa is a member of several civic organizations, proud Rotarian, and serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Texas Leadership Council. She holds multiple certifications in Nonprofit Management, Non-Fatal Strangulation Prevention and Awareness, Fundraising and Leadership, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She lives in San Antonio with her two daughters, Madison and Haley, and their tiny rescue dog Charlie.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining the San Antonio Education Partnership, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for a local United Way agency serving at-risk youth. She has worked in the non-profit industry for over 20 years and is dedicated to serving the mission of equipping students for college
A native of Abilene, Texas, Michelle is a graduate of Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi and relocated to San Antonio in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
She is the proud parent of a son who is currently serving in the United States Army, as well as having a wonderful daughter-in-law and the most precious bundle of joy, her granddaughter Calla Jane Reyes!
Communications and Development Officer
Emilio Arriola joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in September 2016 as the Communications and Development Officer. Emilio previously served as the Development Manager at the Texas Diaper Bank where he assisted in the expansion of both the programs and the organizational budget. The most enjoyable part of his role at SAEP is “knowing that our services really impact the lives of not only students but their families.” Originally, from Belton, TX, Emilio holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UTSA and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of the Lake University. When you meet Emilio, please ask him about the time he wrestled a bear.
Program Manager, cafecollege
Rebeca Gonzalez oversees the day-to-day operations at cafécollege. She has spent the last 13 years dedicated to promoting college access, readiness, and success. A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Ms. Gonzalez received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Yale University in 2005 and completed her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health in 2010. She enjoys spending time with friends, CrossFit, running, and cycling, and spoiling her nephews and niece in her spare time.
Program Manager, High School Services
Rebecca joined the San Antonio Education Partnership as an advisor with cafécollege in May 2014 and in September 2016, she began her role as the Program Manager for the Road to Success, high school services program, with SAEP.
Rebecca is a double alum of Texas State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2011 and a Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education in May 2014. Eat’em Up Cats!
Rebecca is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and outdoors person. She enjoys fishing, camping, and playing golf and softball. She loves spending time with her nephews and is a proud Marine Aunt and Great Aunt! Her pride and joy is her nine-year-old Chiweenie, “Chespe.”
Program Director, Upgrade
Micaela Ríos joined the Education Partnership in March 2015 as an advisor in cafécollege, and currently serves as the Upgrade Program Director. She has her MS in School Counseling from San Diego State and a BS in Psychology from Santa Clara University.
Micaela is from Gonzales, California, a small agricultural town on the central coast of California. Prior to working at SAEP, Micaela worked at a mental health nonprofit organization serving youth and families as well as in the public school system with grades K-12th. Education has played a major role in creating opportunities for Micaela’s family and it is because of that she is passionate about the field of education and social justice. In her spare time, Micaela enjoys hiking state parks, baking, foodie adventures, spending time with loved ones, and reading.
Sr. Data Analyst
Katherine Muniz is the Senior Data Analyst for the San Antonio Education Partnership and has been with the organization since 2011.
She is the point of contact for the cafécollege scholarship and ensures that every eligible student has an opportunity to activate their scholarship. Ms. Muniz, a native of San Antonio, graduated from Sidney Lanier High School and is a recipient of the SAEP scholarship.
She received her Associate’s in Graphic Design from San Antonio College. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree.
In her spare time, she is an avid photographer and Instagrammer. She also serves as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and animator for the Musketeers Junior Youth Group. Ms. Muniz is committed to our students and their success.
Angela Hernandez joined the San Antonio Education Partnership as the Marketing Coordinator in March of 2018. Ms. Hernandez is a San Antonio native and is a recipient of the SAEP scholarship.
She is a first-generation college student, who earned her BA in Communication Arts from The University of the Incarnate Word in 2016.
In her spare time, Angela enjoys caring for the newest addition to her family and taking frequent day trips.
Data Specialist - Scholarships
Krystal South joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in January 2018 as a Data Specialist. Krystal is a native to San Antonio and plans to pursue a degree in 2019. Outside of the partnership, Krystal spends her time with her husband and 3 sons.
Data Specialist - Road to Success
Elizabeth joined the San Antonio Education Partnership in June of 2018 as a Data Entry Specialist for the Road to Success program. She is a native of San Antonio, TX and is a graduate from Burbank High School. Elizabeth brings over 30 years of Administrative experience to SAEP and is eager to serve our mission of equipping students for college success. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters and husband who she has been happily married to for 34 years.