Jessica Weaver

Chief Executive Officer

JWeaver@CISSA.org

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As Chief Executive Officer, Jessica plays an active role in managing the daily operations and strategic direction of the agency. Always on the move, Jessica collaborates with school districts, community partners and agency staff to ensure that CIS meets its objectives and continues to provide a high quality of services to students and schools. Jessica joined the CIS-SA team in 1989 as a case manager at Wrenn Middle School after graduating from the UT Austin School of Social Work. Constantly inspired by the mission of CIS, Jessica has dedicated over 25 years to helping kids overcome obstacles to obtain an education. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and occasionally getting in the game.

Melissa Kazen

Executive Vice President

MKazen@CISSA.org

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Melissa is a Certified Management Accountant who comes from Ohio where she discovered her penchant for counting things – number of cows in the field, number of cornstalks in the row, number of stars in the night sky. At Communities In Schools, Melissa brings her 20+ years of experience in Finance and Operational roles to direct the Accounting and Finance functions of the Agency, as well as overseeing the Marketing and Development functions. When her left brain is not fighting her right brain, she can be found picking up stray dogs, pursuing garage sales for mid-century modern treasures, and fishing on Copano Bay. Her favorite word is kerfuffle.

Lauren Geraghty

Chief Strategy Officer

LGeraghty@CISSA.org

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Lauren’s professional background began in organizational development with a private investment firm before she made the transition into education and spent over 4 years supporting the launch of a San Antonio based education non-profit and an education-consulting firm with national reach. As Chief Strategy Officer for CIS-SA, Lauren manages the agency’s Grants & Contracts, Data & Reporting, and Community Education and Engagement departments. Lauren graduated from Health Careers High School in San Antonio and attended Texas State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and History, and a Master’s in Literature. Lauren is a certified ACE Interface Master Trainer and actively collaborates with local and national organizations to amplify youth development strategies. She lives in San Antonio with her family and spends her free time reading and exploring nature with her son.

Liz Escobar

Chief People Officer

LEscobar@CISSA.org

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Liz began her career at CIS over 25 years ago after graduating with her Bachelors degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s University. The experience as a CIS Site Coordinator and her passion for the work helped Liz make a decision to further her education and obtain a Master of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. She worked her way up from a Site Coordinator to Chief People Officer.  She is a high school graduate of a CIS school and truly understands the needs of our students.  Her role in Human Resources enables her to find the highest quality employees to serve our students and support our mission in all capacities.  Our employees are our most important asset and therefore key strategies for her role include supporting employee’s needs, employee retention, activating employee feedback through our Employee Advisory Committee and employee surveys, and promoting a culture of growth and development.  When not at work, Liz spends time with her family and in her spare time loves to watch nature, home, travel, and reality tv shows.

Felisha Sanchez

Director of Marketing

FSanchez@CISSA.org

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Felisha fell in love with Communities In Schools of San Antonio after organizing a Valentine’s Day dance for the families of CIS-SA, as a corporate sponsor. In 2012, her passion for meaningful work led her straight to Communities In Schools of San Antonio, where she leads the marketing strategy in creating awareness and engagement.  Originally from Dallas, TX, Felisha attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where she received her bachelor’s degree of Business Administration in Marketing.  She has over 10 years of experience in marketing, project management, brand strategy and media.  Felisha has also worked on advertising campaigns for H-E-B, Burger King, Hyundai, KIA, Pfizer and many other clients. Beyond working for a meaningful cause, Felisha loves to read, being outdoors and enjoys traveling the world with her family.

Jessica Hannah

Director of Donor Relations

JHannah@CISSA.org

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Jessica Hannah is a proud Longhorn who is mission-driven and passionate about serving our community. With a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UT Austin and Master’s in Public Administration from UTSA, Jessica’s educational background and work experience provides her with a unique perspective to push the CIS mission forward. Jessica works closely with individuals and organizations to connect them with an opportunity to make impact in our students’ lives.  Additionally, she works with supporters and the CIS team to strengthen the long-term sustainability of CIS-SA while building a strong culture of philanthropy. Most days, you can find Jessica outside enjoying nature and the Texas heat. On the weekends, she enjoys spending time with her family and serving the community with her sorority sisters.

Cindy Alvarado

Director of Data & Reporting

CAlvarado@CISSA.org

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Cindy came to the United States at the young age of eight, unable to speak the language and with an uncertain future. Growing up in a third world country opened her eyes to what she wanted to do with her life and that was to help people. Cindy grew up in a family of helping professionals and always knew that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Social work was her calling and she is fulfilled knowing that she is living her passion of being part of an organization that truly helps youth. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, chasing after her daughter and checking off things from her bucket list.

Monica Silva

Director of Field Programs & Operations

MSilva@CISSA.org

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Monica is a Southside San Antonio native and comes from a family of eight siblings and two working parents. Monica graduated from Angelo State University and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been with CIS-SA for 17 years. Monica moved up the ranks to Director of Field Programs and Operations. Monica is passionate about working with and creating programming to support vulnerable populations. She thrives on providing hope for youth and their families by encouraging post-secondary endeavors. Monica is a world traveler and has traveled to the various destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Australia. She one day hopes to share that experience of travel to her young son.

Melanie Awtry

Director of Field Programs & Operations

MAwtry@CISSA.org

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Melanie has had a passion for education her entire professional career.  A solid educational experience can end the cycle of poverty that is faced by so many in our community.  Melanie is passionate about equity and ensuring that all children have equal access to a quality education.  This has been the driving factor in her social work career.  As a Licensed Master of Social Work, Melanie has worked in the profession for over 12 years, supporting the CIS-SA field staff and programming. She provides trainings to CIS-SA staff as well as educators and community members.  Melanie is dedicated to her family, her children and her fur babies.  She enjoys spending time outside unwinding and reconnecting with her loved ones.

Heather Lozano

Director of Field Programs & Operations

HLozano@CISSA.org

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Heather was born and raised in San Antonio.  From a very young age she always wanted to help and support others and that is what led her to social work.  While attending Our Lady of the Lake University she was introduced to Communities In Schools of San Antonio.  She began as an intern and has served in various capacities such as Site Coordinator, Field Manager and is currently a Director of Field Programs & Operations.  Heather works closely with universities to promote the CIS program and connect students with internship placements.  She oversees various resource programs that support CIS students and families. One of the highlights of being with CIS for several years is hearing from former students and families about their successes and the impact CIS-SA has made in their life.  Outside of CIS-SA, she enjoys trying new recipes, dancing, exercising, and spending time with her family.