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!
Priscilla Palmer, Board Chair
Priscilla was born and raised in San Antonio, where she graduated from East Central ISD. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from St Mary’s University and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She works as a Branch Manager for Security Service Federal Credit Union, where she’s been for 15 years. Priscilla is a 2012 Graduate of the North San Antonio Chamber Leadership Lab and has served on the Leadership Lab Alumni Association Board of Directors. She’s been on our Board since March 2014, and has just completed her first year as our Board Chair.
Natalie Barajas, Board Secretary
Natalie Barajas has been a member of the Board since January 2011. As Public Information Officer at Alamo Colleges-Palo Alto College, Natalie is part of an award-winning team that handles all internal and external communications efforts for the College, including media relations and advertising. Before entering higher education, Natalie previously worked as an account executive for a full-service advertising agency in San Antonio with high profile clients such as VIA Metropolitan Transit, Guitar Center, San Antonio Express-News, The Magik Theatre, San Antonio Opera, San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and more.
Evelyn Barnes – coming soon!
Jesse Jon Bustillos is a native of San Antonio and a Senior Partner at the RTB Law Group, PLLC. Mr. Bustillos focuses his practice primarily in the fields of Criminal, Family, and Immigration law. Mr. Bustillos holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Construction Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Bustillos received his Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, TX. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Bustillos spent 5 years as a Project Engineer in both public and private sector contracting where he assisted in the management of several multimillion-dollar projects. Previously, Mr. Bustillos worked as a law clerk at the prestigious Houston, TX based immigration law firm of Monty & Ramirez, where he assisted clients in both family and complex business immigration matters. Additionally, while in law school, Mr. Bustillos served as a law clerk with the Law Offices of Javier Espinoza where he assisted in the areas of labor, employment, and personal injury matters. Mr. Bustillos also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Michael Gomez in the 129th District Court of Houston, TX. Mr. Bustillos is conversant in Spanish.
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.
Whitney Glover joined the MSWC Board of Directors in August of 2015. A resident of the Southeast Side of San Antonio, Whitney was previously a caseworker with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and has worked with several candidates and elected officials as a fundraising consultant. She received her associate’s degree from Palo Alto College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University. She and her husband have one daughter.
Monique Johnson joined MSWC Board of Directors in April 2016. Monique works as a Branch Manager for Rivecity Federal Credit Union. Monique has held several roles in the financial industry to include working for U.S Bank, Citibank and Universal 1 Credit Union for the past 15 years. Monique attended Southern University at New Orleans and Park University for Business Administration with a focus in community organization and change. Monique is a native New Orleanian and has assisted in the nonprofit community in several places ranging from New Orleans, LA, Beavercreek Ohio, Boerne Texas and San Antonio Texas for the past 10 years.
Jerri has a Bachelors Degree in Theology and is pursuing a Master’s in Divinity from Northwestern Theological Seminary. She is an ordained Elder in the Apostolic Pentecostal Faith. She is presently the Founder and Pastor of Kingdom Keys Christian Life Church and has served as Associate Pastor at Inspirational Church COGIC. She is the Senior Consultant for Keys to Success Consultant Group, LLC, and has worked with many small businesses, community and faith based organizations, including churches abroad in grant writing and small business advisory.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Leticia is the oldest of six children. She is a graduate of St. Mary University and holds a BBA with a concentration Human Resources. Leticia is an active member of San Antonio HR Management Association and Society for Human Resource Management. Leticia serves as the Vice-President of Human Resources for Mission Road Ministries, a non-profit organization serving more than 825 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Leticia is active in her community: serving in the Greeter’s Ministry at church, as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and delivering meals in the Meals for Wheels Program. Leticia has two children and four grandchildren.
Diana Reyes, CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) is originally from Del Rio, Texas. A proud graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, Diana has over 17 years of fundraising & non-profit experience and management. Diana has worked on political campaigns and for non-profit agencies gaining a diverse background in development, grant writing, marketing & communications, event management and donor cultivation. Diana has served on the Board of MSWC for four years and is also a Texas High School Basketball Official.
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.