About Us

We are a community of youth development leaders.

And you are a vital part of our community.

Excel Beyond the Bell San Antonio’ is a nonprofit initiative and operates under the legal umbrella of the San Antonio Area Foundation. We are guided and governed by San Antonio’s non-profit youth development community, with support from corporate, philanthropic, and school district partners. Our network works through the Collective Impact model, which is based on a common agenda, shared measurements, continuous communication, mutually reinforcing activities, and a backbone agency.

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OUR SPONSORS

We are grateful to the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Mays Family Foundation for their generous support of Excel Beyond the Bell – San Antonio. They are helping to ensure a brighter future for young people all across our city.

OUR BACKBONE STAFF

Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Hired in July of 2015, Ryan is responsible for stewarding EBBSA’s 2024 vision, supporting over 90 volunteer leaders, and building strategic partnerships for the network. Prior to this role, Ryan lived in Chicago for nearly 15 years, where he worked at The Field Museum, was an Executive Director for the YMCA’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs, and helped lead major research projects for Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also served on the board of directors for the Community Justice for Youth Institute, which has trained over 1,500 Chicagoans as restorative justice peacemakers. His doctorate is in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

You can reach Ryan at: Ryan@beyondthebellsa.org

Monica Saucedo

Program Quality Specialist

Monica has worked extensively with the Eastside Promise Neighborhood and the P-16 Plus Council of Greater Bexar County. She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Mary’s University.

You can reach Monica at: Monica@beyondthebellsa.org

Francisco Gonima

Adaptive Leadership Coach

Francisco was the founding facilitator for EBBSA. He leveraged his years of collective impact expertise to help network leaders design the initiative for long-term success. Francisco now serves as EBBSA adaptive leadership expert and coach, while also providing ongoing facilitation support. Outside of EBBSA, he is on Communication for the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s Executive Board, and was the Education Minister for Darren Casey, Rey Feo LXVII. He is a past leader at the American Red Cross national disaster office and is a former Marshall Fellow.

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

Andrea Figueroa

Engagement

Andrea is the Executive Director of the Martinez Street Women’s Center. Her love for community and activism drew her to MSWC in 2011, and she led the Girl Zone Program until December 2015. Andy was born in El Paso, Texas, but has been around the world. When she’s not at work (which is rare), Andy can be found playing with any of her three dogs, on a long bike-ride, or making music. She has a Masters of Public Administration and National Certification in Nonprofit Management, as well as a B.A. in Mexican American Studies, with a concentration in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Angie Salinas

Retired General, Data

In 2015, Angie become the CEO for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) . A Girl Scout alumna, she is a role model to girls and women seeking to break through the glass ceiling. Prior to this mission, Angie served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 39 years. She was the first Latina selected and promoted to the general officer ranks in the U.S. Marine Corps. At the time of her retirement in September 2013, she was the senior ranking woman and Hispanic in the Corps. A native of Alice, Texas, Angie holds a Master of Arts from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree from the Dominican College of San Rafael, California. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Dominican University in 2015 and named a Distinguished Alumni in 2016.

Brandon Henson

Sustainability

Before his career in arts administration, Brandon was a professional bassist working with legendary musical acts around the world. In 2012, he moved to San Antonio to join the staff at YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) and was promoted to Executive Director in 2014. During Brandon’s tenure at YOSA, the organization has experienced significant program growth and is expected to serve more than 3,000 young musicians in the San Antonio area in 2017. Originally from Illinois, Brandon graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administrative Management.

Denise Barkhurst

Youth Development

Denise became the 4th President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas in 2008 after working for the program for 12 years in other roles. Her agency supports 3,000 matches per year with revenues of $3 million. She currently serves as one of the national tri-chairs of the Large Agency Alliance of BBBS agencies. Denise has served as the President of both the San Antonio Non Profit Council and the Texas State Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also served as a member of the National Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mentoring Children of Prisoners program. Denise graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Denise can be tweeted @denisebarkhurst

Lydia Martinez

Excellence

Lydia has invested over 40 years as an education professional. Since 2004 she has served as the Director of Adult and Community Education for the North Side Independent School District, where she oversees their afterschool enrichment programs. Lydia has worked as a Principal, Vice Principal, and Assistant Principal at the Middle School levels, and spent nearly twenty years as an English Teacher and English Department Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Education from Trinity University.

Nancy L. Hard

Reach

In September 2001, Nancy joined Family Service Association as President/CEO. Nancy leads an agency with a staff of over 550 serving over 98,000 individuals in a 28 county radius and has an annual budget of over $25 million. Earlier in her career, she spent sixteen years with the Texas Department of Human Services, ultimately responsible for planning and managing a $26 million regional budget of community-based health and human services in a 21 county area. In 2000, she answered a call to serve Texas children as Director of Child Care Services for the Texas Workforce Commission. Here, she managed a budget of $793 million, serving over 100,000 children per day. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin.

Sheila Black

Educational Success

Sheila Black directs Gemini Ink, San Antonio's independent literary arts center. She has written over 40 books for children and young adults as well as four poetry collections. She was a 2000: U.S. co-winner of the Frost-Pellicer Frontera Prize, and a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow with the Library of Congress. She is also the editor of two anthologies on disability writing--Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, which was named a 2012 Notable Book for Adults by the American Library Association, and The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability (2017).