Jessica Weaver

Chief Executive Officer

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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

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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.

Felisha Sanchez

Director of Marketing

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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.

Lauren Geraghty

Chief Program and Innovation Officer

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Although Lauren’s diverse professional background began in organizational development with a private investment firm, the call to public service would not go unanswered. Lauren eagerly made the transition into education and over the past 4 years she’s supported the launch of a San Antonio based education non-profit and an education consulting firm with national reach. As Director of Strategic Impact Initiatives for CIS-SA, Lauren combines her personal drive to relentlessly advocate for children with her professional capacity to lead impactful and effective change. Lauren attended Texas State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in English and History, and a Master’s in Literature. She lives in San Antonio with her family and spends her free time reading, playing and singing with her toddler.

Liz Escobar

Chief People Officer

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Liz began her career at CIS over 18 years ago after graduating with her BA 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 the non-profit ladder from a Site Coordinator to Director. She is a high school graduate of a CIS school and truly understands the needs of at-risk students. When not at work, Liz loves to watch HGTV and the Travel channel and dreams of having a beautiful home and visiting luxurious expensive vacation destinations.

Cindy Alvarado

Director of Quality & Standards

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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

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Monica is a South 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. Beginning her career with CIS as a Site Coordinator, Monica moved up the ranks in her 14 year CIS career as part of our management team and was promoted to Director of Programs. Monica is passionate for the work of CIS and thrives on providing hope for the youth of San Antonio. Monica is a world traveler and has traveled to the various destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Australia.