Billy Ray Sheppard
Cheryl E. Davis
Danielle Campbell Steans
Jo Ann Harris
Larry D. Jackson
Marcheta P. Evans
Maria M. Hazlewood
Sarah Magill McLornan
Melanie G. Cowart
Seymour Battle III
Danielle L. Hargrove
Mark Wittig is the President of Wittigs Office Interiors. He has been with the company since 1980, holds a degree from Texas State University and currently serves on various boards. Mr. Wittig serves as President of ACTS Missions and is a board member of Say Sí, Hope for the Future, Catholic Worker and the AIA Foundation.Mr. Wittig has served as President of the Downtown Optimist Club, North Central Lions Club, St. Anthony School Board, Haworth Dealer Council and the Metropolitan Hospital Board. Mark was the recipient of the Benita Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence and of the Archdiocese of San Antonio Education Hall of Fame. Mark and wife, Bebe have been married since 1974, they have five children.
Della Guidry is the President and Owner of AlliedPRA Destination Management San Antonio since January 5, 2000, and on August 1, 2009, she expanded her ventures to open AlliedPRA Austin. Both offices reflect the high standards and consistent delivery of impeccable service that has made AlliedPRA a leader in the industry. While servicing her clients and community, Della has works with many CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies along with networking with celebrities.
Della’s background includes managerial experience in Banking and Real Estate industry. In 2005-2009, Della was appointed by the Mayor’s office to serve as Commissioner on the San Antonio Convention and Visitor Bureau as well as currently hold membership with several local industry organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and has a Master Degree from University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Della is currently serving on the board of the San Antonio Tourism Council and will be serving as Vice Chair of the Carver Development Board in 2017.
Among her many accomplishments, she has been married to Theo Guidry II for 37 years; they are proud parents of three children, Cloe, Neichelle, Theo III and three grandchildren.
Vice President of Consumer Strategy at TAVHealth
Sandra R. Pratt is originally from Oakland, California. She moved to San Antonio in 1992 while serving in the United States Air Force. She is currently the President of Shiny Penny Property Management Group and has been in Real Estate for 15 years. She holds a degree from the University of Texas San Antonio. She is also a graduate of the American Academy of Crisis Counseling and serves in various community-based organizations.
Prior to Real Estate consulting, Sandra served in the United States Air Force as an Intelligence Officer. She provided broad intelligence support to Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command and Special Operations Command. While on active duty, she lived in Korea, Japan, England, Germany and the Philippines. She received numerous awards and decorations during her twenty year career and is an Honor Graduate from the Academy of Military Sciences, Knoxville, Tennessee.
In addition to her service on the Carver Development board, Mrs. Pratt currently serves as a board member of the Stone Oak Toastmasters and What It Takes To Succeed (WITTS), a non-profit mentoring organization designed to empower individuals by facilitating discovery and development of personal skill sets required to achieve success. She is a past President of the Protestant Women of Chapel (PWOC). She has served on the board of the San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce and has been a docent with the Texan Institute of Cultures. Sandra has held memberships in the National Campaign for Tolerance, San Antonio Junior League and Jack and Jill of America, Inc
Sandra and her husband Bryan have lived in San Antonio for 24 years and have three children.
|Billy Ray Sheppard
BillyRay Sheppard, saxophonist living in San Antonio Texas has been performing since the 80’s. His musical roots run deep with earliest experiences in Blues, R & B, Reggae, Latin, Tejano and Country bands. It’s his love for music that keeps him grounded and his love for jazz that keeps him performing. Soon after academic life, he pursued many different avenues in the field of music, at times as a sideman for many artist and other times as a studio musician.
BillyRay is one of the first call smooth jazz perforrmers in the San Antonio area. He has shared his talents on stage with Ray Charles, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, Roy Hargrove, The Dirty Dozen Band, Johnny Bush and many many more. With his rich, warm soulful tone he has made a name for himself with his saxophone.
In addition to performing in concerts, BillyRay is available as a soloist, or band performer (leader of The Main Event Band of San Antonio TX) for private functions including conventions, weddings, private parties, fashion shows etc.
|Cheryl E. Davis
Cheryl Elise Davis was born in Moscow, Idaho to the parents of William Conan and Ocia Jenkins Davis. Cheryl attended Judson High School and later graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with BA in Biology/Chemistry. A special EPA Research Fellowship from the US Environmental Protection Agency was an added incentive to attend Prairie View A&M University to pursue a Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology.
She became a research assistant in the Department of Microbiology at UTHSCSA; and later a research assistant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham working on “The genetic manipulation of HIV.” In dental school she studied “The phylogeny of plasmid-containing S. mutans strains from American Blacks,” was presented at the IADR Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois and graduated with the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, (DMD) June, 1995.
She was commissioned in the USAF, stationed at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX and Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan. Upon discharge, she held an Associateship with Dr. Joe B. Whitley and an adjunct Professor at Northwest Vista Community College before accepting the position of Contract Dentist at the Correctional Health Services/Bexar County Jail.
Cheryl is a member of several organizations, America Dental Association, TBW and AAUW, board member of Planned Parenthood South Texas, Womens Global Connection and Chrysalis Ministries.
Cheryl enjoys the fine arts, playing the piano, reading and relaxing.
|Danielle Campbell Steans
Danielle Campbell Steans began dancing with June Neal Key in Kansas City, Kansas at age 4. She furthered her training at age 9 with Lisa Stickelman Dillinger and Flo Klenklen at the State Ballet of Missouri now the Kansas City Ballet School. From there, Ms. Campbell continued her dance education at the Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts with Michael Owen, Sydelle Gomberg, the late Samuel Kirkjian, and Tamara King. While there, she was a member of the National Youth ballet for two seasons. Ms. Campbell also attended several summer programs including the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.As a professional, Ms. Campbell joined the Georgia Ballet, where she danced in La Sylphide,The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake, and was featured in Ginger Thatcher’s Monet’s Garden. Shethen performed with Nashville Ballet II and Nashville Ballet, dancing in numerous classical and contemporary works including Scheherazade, Balanchine’s Serenade, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Aida with The Nashville Opera, as the Tortoise in Paul Vasterling’s The Singing Tortoise, and in the late Robert Philander’s Snap. In 2007, Ms. Campbell joined Ballet San Antonio. She performed in Gabriel Zertuche’s Suzaki Dances and Svelto; in Spanish and Russian dances in The Nutcracker; as a villager and lead bride in Dracula; as lead Czardas in Coppélia; in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, and as the Nurse in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo & Juliet. Ms. Campbell has extensive experience working with young dancers. She taught at Ballet San Antonio Academy and served as associate director of the school’s dance ensemble for five seasons. She has taught at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas, Boys & Girls Clubs, and various schools in the greater San Antonio area. In 2013, Ms. Campbell joined the Ballet San Antonio staff. During her time there, she helped expand the company’s community education program to reach over 10,000 families. Ms. Campbell initiated a partnership between Ballet San Antonio and American Ballet Theatre’s prestigious Project Plié program. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Ms. Campbell’s work with at-risk youth at Boys & Girls Clubs in San Antonio earned her a full-tuition scholarship to attend American Ballet Theatre’s National Curriculum Training. An American Ballet Theatre Certified Instructor, she has served as Co-Interim Artistic Director, Company & Outreach Manager, Ballet Master for Ben Stevenson O.B.E.’s Swan Lake and Children’s Rehearsal Director for Ballet San Antonio’s The Nutcracker.
Dionne Roberts is the President and CEO of the TDA family of companies, which focus on increasing the capacity of communities to provide quality affordable housing and community development programs. As President and CEO, she leads TDA’s overall strategic development and works directly with our partners to advance service delivery opportunities. Prior to TDA, Dionne worked in the nonprofit, local government and national policy arenas developing and implementing integrated approaches to community and economic development needs that reflected the values, diversity, aspirations, and priorities of communities. She is adept at the development of policy approaches that enhance the provision of programs and the identification of resources to facilitate direct development.
She has been a member of numerous local organizations in the communities she has resided in, and is a national leader in the affordable housing field. Ms. Roberts is an active member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), most recently serving as Vice-President of the Community and Revitalization Committee representing the organization’s 21,000 members. Since returning to San Antonio in 2014, Ms. Roberts has launched SA Noir, a local website and newsletter dedicated to promoting activities potentially of interest to the San Antonio African-American and diaspora community.
Dionne has a Master’s of Science in Organization Development from American University, School of Public Affairs and numerous professional certifications.
|Jo Ann Harris
Jo Ann Harris is currently retired and was employed by Alamo Community College for 25 years (15 years St. Philip’s College and 10 years San Antonio College) as Professor in the Department of Nursing Education. She also retired from the United States Army as a Major.
Ms. Harris holds a Associate of Arts from Schreiner College, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary’s University. She has served on the San Antonio State Hospital Volunteer Service Council, and the Texas Volunteer Service State Council Board.
Currently she is a volunteer for Bexar County Detention Center Match/Patch Program, Texas Peer Assistance for Impaired Nurses and Alpha Tau Omega Senior Opportunity services
|Larry D. Jackson
Larry D. Jackson is originally from Topeka, Kansas and has made San Antonio his home since 1983. He has served in a variety of leadership positions for the past 16 years at Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges.
Currently, Jackson is Dean of the Corporate and Community Education Division after having served as Director of the Continuing and Customized Training Department. Previously he served as Program Manager. In addition, Jackson has provided countless hours of service in various capacities serving as Past President of the Palo Alto Staff Council as well as Past President of the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education – San Antonio Chapter. Currently, Jackson serves as Chair of the Alamo Colleges Continuing Education Operational Issues Council on Deans.
Mr. Jackson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, a Master of Arts degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Management, both from Webster University. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Education with a specialty in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University. Jackson’s distinguished career in the Air Force as a Human Resources Officer was prompted by his bestowment of a commission into the United States Air Force as an Officer through Washburn’s Recruited Officers Training Corp. (ROTC) Program.
Jackson is married to Pauline M. Jackson since 1994.
|Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D.
Marcheta P. Evans is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, School of Professional Studies and Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake University. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision specializing in Student Affairs, Administration in Higher Education and Human Resource Management. . She has worked in various leadership roles in higher education for the past twenty years and has served in numerous professional and community roles. She has worked with United Way, Catholic Charities, Communities in Schools, AVANCE, Baptist Children Home Ministries, Communities Organized for Public Services (COPS), Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). She is a licensed professional counselor and supervisor and nationally certified with an additional certification as a distance credentialed counselor.
Dr. Evans has authored numerous articles and book chapters, focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues, and leadership. Her international work includes extensive time in the African country of Malawi working with educators and counselors on literacy initiatives sponsored by USAID with additional work in Cuba, and Jamaica.
Her husband Ed is an IT executive at USAA. They have six children and nine grandchildren.
|Maria M. Hazlewood
Maria M. Williams was born in Wurzburg, Germany and is the owner of Majestic Events by Maria, LLC., a full service event management company. Maria started her company while still attending St. Phillips College where she majored in event management.
In addition, Maria gives back to this community by serving in various area service projects. While serving as Director of Community Events for District 2, Maria sat as a panelist for The Mayor’s “Diversity in Latinos” panel. She is definitely a champion for small business and has spoken on several occasions on behalf of Liftfund to its investors and The Women Business Center.She was invited to accompany CEO Janie Barrera to Washington D.C where she spoke at The Community Funded Economic Development Conference on the importance of allowing people the opportunity to live the dream of owning their own business.
Maria took her seat on the Carver Development Board in January 2015 and is currently serving as Fundraising Chair, one of her responsibilities was fundraising for the 2016 Cavalcade Dinner and Dance.
Nishell Robinson, a dedicated Texas Banker for 20 years started her banking career after high school while attending St. Philips College part-time with Texas Bank. Nishell has worked her way up to Assistant Vice President and Banking Center Manager at Comerica Bank in San Antonio. While continually working full-time Nishell continued her education and earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from Wayland Baptist University.
As a Business Banker at Comerica Bank for 20 years, Nishell works with personal account holders as well as small business owners to determine their needs and how Comerica Bank can meet those needs. She specializes in developing and deepening full relationship banking to include personal and small business loans, lines of credit and depository solutions for her clients. She is very committed to her clients and long term client relationships that she’s developed over the years. Nishell also serves as a Board Member for Ella Austin community center on the Finance Committee.
Nishell has a very strong since of self and is very committed and involved with her church and community events in the San Antonio market.
Nicole Silveira is the Owner of Heart2Heart Films and Co-Owner of Serrano Productions. She started her film production companies with her partner, Sixto Serrano in 2014. Nicole is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a first generation American. Her parents are Brazilian immigrants and have raised her in a dual-language household. She speaks English and Portuguese fluently and is currently learning Spanish. She previously started her career in human resources and sales with a few corporations after graduating from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a Minor in International Business. Nicole eventually found her passion in entrepreneurship and educating the community with impactful videos that help fund local nonprofits and capturing special events.
H. Rick Goff was born in Fitzgerald Georgia December 9, 1959. He graduated with honors from Hardaway High School in Columbus, Georgia in 1977. He attended the University of Georgia and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He was also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC program.
Rick was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1981. While on active duty, Rick served in many duty stations world-wide and earned many awards and decorations for outstanding performance. Additionally, while on active duty, he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He honorably served for 20 years until his retirement in 2001 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Rick was Vice President of Operations for Six Flags Theme Parks from 2001-2010. He oversaw world-wide operations for over 35 theme and water parks and managed a staff of over 10,000 full and part time employees. He was directly responsible for ensuring the safe operations of park rides, security, and safety for the over 20 million annual guests of Six Flags theme and water parks.
Rick was Vice President of Facilities, Real Estate, Security, and Critical Systems for Sirius XM Satellite Radio from 2011-2016. He managed a multi-million-dollar real estate portfolio and ensured the portfolio met the business needs of the company. He managed a staff of over 100 employees and was charged with ensuring critical company infrastructure was maintained and functioned properly.
Rick served as President of the local American Business Clubs (AMBUCS) chapter in Edmond Oklahoma. AMBUCS is a charity dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. He also served of the Edmond City Planning Board which was focused on laying the ground work for the future growth of the community.
|Sarah Magill McLornan
Sarah McLornan has served as the Director of Constituent Services to Mayor Julian Castro since 2009. Prior to this, she worked as the Director of Adoption Services with Baptist Child and Family Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah serves as the mayor’s liaison to the board of Luminaria and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has served on the Carver board since 2011.
Sarah is a native of San Antonio, having attended Thomas Jefferson High School. She has been married to her husband Paul, a dentist, for 7 years.
|Tracey D. Blakes
Tracey D. Blakes is the Director of HR Services for CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned energy company in the nation providing both gas and electric power. In her role, she oversees Recruitment, Compensation, HRIS Administration, Engagement and Diversity. Tracey has been with CPS Energy since November 2011.
Prior to joining CPS Energy, Tracey has worked as a Human Resource professional in both Telecommunications at West Teleservices and InfoNXX and Prescription Benefit Management with CVS Caremark. She is well versed in Human Resources having led departments focused on Recruitment, Employee Relations, Training, HR Generalist and Staff Management.
Tracey attended St. Leo College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Administration and Webster University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and Training. She is also holds the professional designation as a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
In her personal time, Tracey is most dedicated to the civilian career transition and advancement of veterans. She regularly speaks to groups of veterans who are leaving the military and are seeking career guidance. Being a veteran herself, she is able to speak the language of a veteran and help them learn the language of a civilian. This voluntary outreach is very fulfilling to Tracey as she gets to enjoy helping others successfully maneuver the transition and become successful in their chosen career field. This serves a benefit to both the veteran and the gaining organization.
Tracey serves on the board of the Texas Diversity Council and is a member of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators (NFBPA). She is a 2014 graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute sponsored by the NFBPA.
Tracey and her husband Edwin live in San Antonio and have one daughter, Lauren. She is also an active member of True Vine Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX where she serves as a Head Usher.
Yasan Gooding, PhD is a lead information systems specialist with Valero Energy Corporation, Inc. Prior to joining Valero Energy Corporation, inc., he was a global configuration analyst for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, inc., a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive. Yasan has been in several pivotal positions as technologist and consultant for Fortune 500 companies.
His research interests cover a number of areas in the area of technology and education. He authored and co-authored several articles on data warehousing technologies in trade publications, newsletters and on-line magazines. He has conducted research on topics related to success factors for first generation college freshmen and success factors for African Americans at post-secondary institutions. Yasan has held administrative and adjunct positions at various colleges and universities.
He was a member of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Board of Topeka, Kansas; Mother-to-Mother board; South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and currently serves on the School of Excellence in Education, a charter school board. A life-long member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Yasan believes in community service and reaching back to help others, and promoting the arts to all communities.
Yasan received his PhD (2001) and M.S. (1993) from Iowa State University in Higher Education with an emphasis in student services in 2001. He also has a B.S. degree from Saint Augustine’s College in Computer Science (1991).
Yasan Gooding is married to Dr. Velma Gooding has 3 children, exercises regularly and enjoys travelling.
|Melanie G. Cowart
Melanie Goins Cowart is originally from St. Louis Missouri and moved to San Antonio with her US Air Force husband in 1996. For eighteen years, Ms. Cowart was employed by the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Recently retired, Ms. Cowart devotes her energy to community service.
Ms. Cowart holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a Juris Doctrate degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. Ms. Cowart serves on the board of the Roseville Housing Trust of San Antonio, and she has previously served on boards for: Alpha Tau Omega Senior Opportunity Services of Texas, Inc; San Antonio Ivy Educational Fund, Inc.; and Kids Sports Network, Inc.
Ms. Cowart’s term on the Carver Development Board began in January 2011.
Janice Dolliole is a 32 year veteran of the Aviation and Transportation Industries. She started her career with Eastern Airlines and held various positions of increasing responsibility in the passenger service area. Janice Dolliole is currently the President and a principal of USA Travel Agency. Janice has been with USA Travel Agency for over twenty years. Janice also holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional since 2002 as conferred by the Convention Industry Council.
Janice Dolliole has held memberships in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., National Coalition of 100 Black Women and served on the board for the PREMIEre Program of the Pediatrics Division of Neonatology at University Health System-SA and is a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Janice Dolliole is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in Business Education. She and her husband Kevin of thirty-one years have lived in San Antonio for eleven years and have two children.
|Seymour Battle III
Seymour Battle is currently Vice President, Accounting Process Optimization & Information Support for Valero Energy Corporation. Prior to joining Valero, Mr. Battle was employed with Thomson Reuters. During his 10 years with Thomson, he held various positions within the Tax & Accounting division specializing in process automation and systems implementation.
Seymour is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a graduate of Jackson State University with a B.B.A. in Accounting. He has called Texas home since 1995 spending 10 years in Dallas before relocating to San Antonio is 2005.
In addition to his service on the Carver Development Board, Mr. Battle currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas and has served on the Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association, Brackenridge Park Conservancy, served on various leadership committees for the Lone Star Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and as Treasurer for San Antonio CARES. He is an avid motorcyclist and is an active member of several motorcycle rights organizations on the local, state and national levels. Seymour became Treasurer of the Carver Development Board in 2011 and was elected as Director of Finance in 2015.
|Danielle L. Hargrove
Danielle Hargrove is an active full-time attorney, mediator and arbitrator. She is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Ms. Hargrove’s Alternate Dispute Resolution practice has focused primarily, in the area of employment and labor law disputes since 1996. Ms. Hargrove has recently expanded her practice to include developing sports and entertainment.
Ms. Hargrove is a member of the National Bar Association Region V and Arbitration Section; the San Antonio Black Lawyers Association, the San Antonio Bar Association ADR Section, as well as the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries. She also is a member of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, Inc. Ms. Hargrove served in various capacities prior to going into private practice. She served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force, Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Engineering Officer and most recently as In-House Counsel for CPS Energy, a municipally owned gas and electric utility company.