Board of Directors
Graciela A. Cigarroa - President
Jane H. Macon - Vice President
Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani Law Firm
Jane Macon focuses her practice on public finance and administrative law, public and private partnerships, real estate, civil litigation, zoning, platting, condemnation and municipal bonds.
From 1977-1983, Jane served as City Attorney for of the City of San Antonio. Jane was the first woman to hold this position. She was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Selective Service Appeal Board since 2000. Jane currently serves as chair of Siebert Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: SIEB).
J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1970
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1967
Woman of Vision Award, 2011
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce WOW Award, 2011
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating
Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas – Young Lawyers Association, 1978
City of San Antonio, Board Member; International Women’s Forum, Past President; Women Lawyers of Texas, Past President; San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, Past President ; San Antonio Bar Association, Program Chair; Southwestern Legal Foundation, President ; Women’s Advocacy Board, Director; Texas City Attorney’s Association, Director; NOW Legal Defense Fund, Board of Directors ; Child Care Action Campaign, Board of Directors ; Center for Democracy, Board of Directors; National Women’s Political Caucus, Board of Directors; National Nurses League and National Civic League (formerly National Municipal League), Board of Directors; San Antonio Bar Association American Bar Association State Bar of Texas
Texas and Georgia
French and Spanish
Kathryn Keeton, Ph.D. - Secretary
Board of Directors
Dr. Kathryn E. Keeton is the Chief Executive Officer of Minerva Work Solutions and received her doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. While in graduate school, she worked as a consultant under the guidance of her graduate advisor working with various oil and gas companies in the Houston area assisting in a variety of projects including training development, survey design, employee assessment, and selection.
In 2007, she accepted a position with the Methodist Hospital in Houston Texas as a Lead Process Improvement Specialist, focusing on Organizational Development strategies within this organization.
Upon completing her degree in 2008, Dr. Keeton joined EASI, a subcontractor to the National Aviation and Space Administration (NASA) as a Senior Scientist to manage the Team Risk within the Behavioral Health and Performance Research Element. Her role focused on managing a large portfolio focused on Team Research (e.g., leadership development and training, team development and training, selection and composition, etc.) necessary to produce the deliverables needed by NASA to enable long-duration spaceflight.
In 2011, Dr. Keeton moved into a new role as an Innovation and Strategy Coordinator working directly for the Human Health and Performance Directorate within NASA. In this role, Dr. Keeton focuses on implementing innovative organizational development strategies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of utilized resources within the agency. She has multiple authored and co-authored publications and has presented on topics related to innovation, teams, and teamwork at numerous professional conferences.
In her current role, Dr. Keeton serves as a Managing Consultant providing services to a diverse set of organizations and individuals including executive coaching, leadership training, team training and development, employee engagement, selection, and employee assessment. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) and teaches Entrepreneurship and Business classes at the College of Business.
Dr. Keeton is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) and the American Psychological Association (APA), as well as a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Texas.
Willie Mitchell - Treasurer
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San Antonio Fighting Back, Inc. Board Chairman & Interim Executive Director
Willie Mitchell is an Educational Consultant and owns a construction business that has served the San Antonio area for over 25 years. He currently serves as the Chair and Interim Director of San Antonio Fighting Back, is the Vice Chairman of the San Antonio Water Board of Trustees, and sits on the board of CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America).
He is also the former Vice-President of the Corporation for Educational Development and an Educational Consultant for the U.S. Department of Education Southwest Regional Training Center.
Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of Tennessee A&I State University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Health and Physical Education. He has worked with students in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New York, New Mexico, Texas and California to implement a program to prevent and reduce problems associated with disruptive behavior in the home and school.
In 1981, Mr. Mitchell completed the Alcohol Abuse Volunteers Training Program sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio Worden School of Social Service. In 1981, he successfully completed requirements of instruction prescribed for Leadership San Antonio, Greater Business Development Center as a Construction Contractors Manager. He developed a construction contractor’s assistance center and opened his own construction company.
From 1966-72, Mr. Mitchell was a consultant for the Black Economic Union in Kansas City, Missouri, where he developed special activities for the community and provided recreation for underprivileged youth. Mr. Mitchell also developed two banks in the Kansas City area. Her served as a director of youth activities and provided special training programs for disadvantaged youth, held special seminars about jobs, career opportunities, training, and workshops.
Upon Mr. Mitchell’s graduation in 1964 from Tennessee A& I State University in Nashville, Tennessee he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs National Football League. He led the League in pass interceptions, was All-Pro in 1965-66, played in the first Super Bowl in 1966, and was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs team that won the 1969 Super Bowl. He retired in 1972 and was inducted into San Antonio Hall of Fame.
Mr. Mitchell has served as an active member on the Center for Health Care Services Foundation since 2005, and is an active member of the Texas Council on Crime and Delinquency and has appeared on the Today Show representing the Center for Educational Development’s “Teaming the Athletic Peer Group.” He has also appeared on “Texas Epidemic” and on many TV/Radio stations in San Antonio, Texas addressing substance abuse and crime prevention, and is a recipient of the San Antonio Distinguished Citizen Award.
President & CEO, The Center for Health Care Services
For the past forty years, Leon Evans has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people with mental illness. As President and Chief Executive Officer at The Center for Health Care Services, Evans has developed an innovative and highly integrated system of care for people in the San Antonio community who struggle with mental health and substance use disorders. Utilizing strong community partnerships and diverse funding sources, Leon’s programs have created an effective public safety net that keep people with mental illness out of emergency rooms, jails and prisons and link them to treatment programs that help them lead independent, productive lives.
As President/CEO, Evans has developed a number of nationally recognized initiatives including the Bexar County Jail Diversion Program; the 24/7 Crisis Care Center; Crisis Intervention Training for public safety officers; and The Restoration Center, an integrated clinic providing psychiatric care, substance abuse services, transitional housing and general health care services for the homeless population. Each year, these programs save thousands of lives and result in millions of dollars of cost savings for the community.
Under Evans’ leadership, The Center for Health Care Services has received many awards, including The Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) Innovation Award for the integration of health care within behavioral health services, the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award for Community Program Innovation and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Service Excellence Award.
Leon has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state and national level, including:
- – Texas Council of Community Centers
- – Texas Strategic Health Partnership on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Steering Committee
- – NAMI Texas
- – The National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety Committee
- – National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDDD)
- – The National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans/Military Task Force
Leon maintains a rigorous travel schedule across the country advocating for improved treatment services for people suffering from mental illness. His contributions continue to transform lives and significantly benefit the San Antonio/Bexar County community.
Juanita Sepulveda is Director at PTSD Foundation of America – San Antonio.
Juanita moved to San Antonio after serving in the United States Marine Corps and now calls home. Juanita earned a Masters of Education and Masters of Science from Texas A&M
A fundamental belief of “giving back” drives Juanita’s continued service to her community as well as military supported organizations. She has dedicated free time to volunteerism within organizations such as SA Busy Bodies and Hispanic Women Network of Texas, The Pink Berets, Women Veterans of San Antonio as well as numerous others. Juanita enjoys making an impact to her community by serving on the Small Business Advocacy Committee as Vice Chair, Veterans Advocacy Committee, and the Texas A&M University-San Antonio Foundation
Juanita continued her involvement at Texas A&M
With her passion for San Antonio, the move back to Texas was a natural decision. Following encouragement from family and colleagues, Juanita is currently co-partnering with multiple businesses continuing support of the development of San Antonio. She considers herself
Sharpening operational performance, driving organization-wide standardization, and curbing costs as an executive business leader focused on long-term viability.
A recognized leader known for crafting the requisite strategic vision to achieve business goals, Noah Almanza offers a unique blend of executive acumen, team-building, and creative cause-marketing solutions credited with strong ROI and operational improvement. As Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Centro San Antonio, Noah led efforts to create, cultivate, and continue strategic relationships with the aim at driving business development growth. Additionally, he also led strategic oversight of the evaluation of innovative opportunities to expand services and activate public spaces by aligning technology initiatives with business goals and substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance. Almanza brings over 14 years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit settings – including a comprehensive background in community relations, strategic planning, and government affairs. Prior to his time at Centro, Noah led the San Antonio Parks Foundation as President and CEO. He was instrumental in developing public, private and philanthropic resources to enhance community assets, and also managed branding awareness for the Parks Foundation and helped the organization secure its largest single financial contribution in history. With a focus on strategic solutions analysis to further business goals, he also held leadership roles at the March of Dimes and Our Lady of the Lake University that brought a new perspective on the relative success of business management practices and business expansion opportunities. Noah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from St. Mary’s University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Our Lady of the Lake University. He maintains active membership roles with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio Class 38 as well as the Alex Briseño Leadership Development Program.
Nisi Bennett, LVN, LSSBB
Special Initiatives Account Manager
Nisi Bennett is a multi-talented professional who exercises competencies in process improvement, social media expertise
Bennett has spent the last 13 years in a variety of nursing roles. It was in her role as a civilian nurse for the Department of the Army, that uncovered her talents for streamlined organization, effective process management, integrated healthcare
This innate talent led Bennett on a quest to become professionally certified in field of process management. In 2010, Bennett accomplished this goal and received her Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma while participating in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation at Joint Base Meyer-Henderson Hall in Arlington Virginia in 2011.
Bennett then offered her creative expertise and talents as a Market Social Media Manager volunteer with the American Heart Association in Washington DC. This ignited yet a new untapped passion and love affair with all things social media, web design and mobile apps. With over 200 mobile apps on her phone, Nisi believes there is an app for everything.
Forever seeking new challenges, Bennett moved to San Antonio in pursuit of a more tranquil lifestyle. Nisi now blends her collective talents into one as the Special Initiatives Account Manager for The Center of Health Care Services (CHCS), the local mental health authority in San Antonio. In this