Here are the amazing individuals who serve on our Board of Directors — often working behind the scenes to support and uplift our staff and programs!
Board Chair Salena Santibanez-Guipzot
Salena is a product of the very community MSWC serves and hopes to bring her personal and professional experiences to the table. Her real forte is forging new business partnerships, a skill that’s she’s developed through her life and professional experiences. Salena has worked in M&A, succession planning, business strategy, and tax preparation for two well-known Oregon based companies including Succession Resource Group, FP Transitions, Frost Bank, The Salvation Army, and VITA. Her ability to forge prosperous strategic partnerships in the corporate world is what she is now applying to the Eastside community. A globetrotter, sports enthusiast, and museumgoer you will often find Salena and her husband Eduardo working in their garden and playing with their dog Lola.
Vice-Chair Shenée Simon
Shenée is a Virginia native with an emerging presence in the San Antonio community. She has over fifteen years of experience in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors specializing in Human Resources, Education and Non-Profit Management. She recently established the Younger Woman’s Task Force (YWTF) San Antonio powered by American Association of University Women (AAUW). She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Southern Connecticut State University with thesis research focusing on the peace and security of girls, grades 6-12 in southwest Texas in the areas of education and economic security. She holds a M.A. in Human Resources Management & Non-Profit Management from Rollins College and B.A. in Women’s Studies & Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. Shenée is married and proud mother of three.
Lisa Andrade Gonima
Lisa is a third generation entrepreneur and the CEO of Wren Publicity, which she founded in 1999 at the age of 26. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and previously worked for Texas State Representative Sylvia Romo and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). From pitching and securing targeted media coverage, to managing branding campaigns, and executing major events, Lisa has developed an expertise in working with local, regional, and national media. She is also active with her family’s long-haul trucking company, Del Rey Express, Inc.
Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN is a native of San Antonio, TX and received her BSN from the University of the Incarnate Word; her MS with a focus on community and public health nursing from Texas Women’s University and her PhD in clinical nursing research from UTHSCSA. Dr. Cantu’s research commitments are to understand factors that contribute to health disparities, especially among low income Hispanics. She has interest in the in the sociocultural impact of the initiation and sustainability of healthy lifestyles in this population. She also has active programs relative to developing healthy eating habits, environmental health and chronic disease management with low income Hispanic youth and seniors. Dr. Cantu believes strongly in community service; she serves on several boards.
Fátima Menéndez is the first generation of her family to be born in the United States. She grew up on the Southeast side of San Antonio and graduated Cum Laude with her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University. She then went on to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law. Fátima has worked as a student attorney in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic at the St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice and at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a non-profit organization specializing in immigration defense and advocacy. On August 1st, Fátima will be transitioning into a new role with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a Legislative Attorney. Fátima has served on numerous Boards, including the Lakeside Neighborhood Association, the Organization of Salvadoran-Americans in San Antonio, and the Presentation Ministry Center. She also recently graduated from New Leaders Council – San Antonio, a national leadership institute.
Daniel Miller joined the MSWC board in March 2017. His background is in resident-controlled affordable housing cooperatives and non-profit management. Daniel has focused on budgeting, financial reporting, developing new non-profits, and training volunteers. His passion is in making board service, finance, and policies accessible to the average person, which has been valuable in working with youth and low-income households. He lives in the Denver Heights neighborhood on the East Side with his spouse and child.
Celina is a proud San Antonio native and is excited to give back to the community that has inspired and encouraged her. She is an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national non-profit civil rights law firm. At MALDEF, Celina has served as counsel in lawsuits challenging the Texas school finance system and the state’s anti-immigrant “show me your papers” law (SB 4) as well as counsel for Dreamer students to protect the Texas Dream Act. As a legislative attorney for the organization, she leads several statewide coalitions pertaining to the rights of voters, students and immigrants. Celina graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Michelle Lugalia-Hollon is the Director of Initiatives and Partnerships at Kronkosky Charitable Foundation. She graduated from the Harvard School of Public Health with a M.Sc. in Society, Human Development and Health in 2010 and with an AB in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago in 2007. She has worked in government and with several non-profits focusing on maternal and infant HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual and youth violence prevention, homelessness, trauma, youth development, restorative justice, and public health. She has lived in Kenya, Houston, Chicago, Boston and recently relocated to San Antonio with her family.