Board of Directors
Charles C. Andrews, Board Chair
Andrews currently serves as the Co-Chair of Inner City Technological Ventures and is the President of 4NAffairs, an off-shore destination and financial management group.
Previously, Andrews was involved with radio programming since 1982 and for ten years, beginning in 1993, he was the executive producer and on-air talent for the AFRICAN All Africa Network.
Tom Heger, Vice Chair
After serving his community and congregation as the pastor of the Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church in San Antonio for nine years, Tom Heger retired in the Spring of 2014. He was honored by the San Antonio City Council with a Mayor's proclamation and "Council Ceremonial" and continues to be an active advocate for abundant urban communities "with liberty and justice, for all!"
Tom served as one of the District 1 "Community Bond Committee" members for San Antonio’s 2012 (Facilities) and 2017 (Neighborhood Improvement: Affordable Housing) Bond Programs, worked with the City Council on pay-day lending regulations and the Non-Discrimination Ordinance.He can be found championing neighborhood causes such as "Save Miguel's Home," and has served on the Beacon Hill Elementary School's Campus Leadership Team, the SAISD's District Leadership Team, with a "Faith Convening" cluster of local interfaith congregations working with neighborhood schools and on Americans United's "Religious Outreach Committee." Tom is an active participant on the San Antonio Express-News' Citizen's Advisory Board.
In the corridors of City Hall and the Texas Capitol in Austin and in the forums of Presbyterian decision-making, Tom can be found combining personal faith with public policy, working, simply, for "the least of these, our brothers and sisters."
His business card now proudly proclaims that Tom is, primarily, "Grandfather of Eleven.”
Eliot M. Lee, Treasurer
Eliot Lee has over 15 years experience in applications management, release management and project management, preceded by 12 years as a code developer and applications analyst.
Lee serves as the IT Chair for the Masters Leadership Program San Antonio Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Beginning in 1975, at offices in San Juan, Texas, Rebecca established a large membership among the Rio Grande Valley farm workers as Texas Director of the United Farm Workers Union. With these organized farm workers, Rebecca and her committed staff provided social services where there were none. She advocated for changes in state services that had not considered the special needs of farm workers, their migrancy, their poverty or their language.
After being trained by the famous Fred Ross, she and farm workers organized dozens of committees in the colonias of the Rio Grande Valley, who then fought to raise wages and working conditions in the fields. They helped elect politicians who would introduce and fight for good farmworker legislation and who would fund projects that would upgrade the living conditions of colonia residents, through developing an infrastructure of streets, sewage systems, street names, electricity and water. From 1983 to 1988, she helped pass legislation for workers compensation for injured farm workers; unemployment compensation for farm workers; increased the Texas minimum wage; prohibited the use of the short handled hoe; provided for toilets and potable drinking water in the fields, and passed protective Pesticide Right to Know legislation. She led annual campaigns in the Texas onion fields to raise piece rates. She organized mushroom pickers in Florida, strawberry and grape pickers in California that resulted in a union contract. She helped win the first union contract in the State of Washington at Chateau Ste. Michelle. She helped establish a chain of day care centers in the colonias that provided care and good nutrition for farm worker children. In 2001, she helped organize and sign the first union contracts in U.S. history for lay employees at the Diocese of Brownsville. For three years she was Texas Director of the National AFL CIO. In December 2005, Rebecca retired from her union job.
Since 2014, Rebecca began to listen to the issue of the refugee mothers and children being detained in private prisons Karnes City and Dilley, Texas, because the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determined they create a national security risk. Rebecca and others from the Interfaith Welcome Coaltion visit the detention center weekly, and their goal is to change the DHS policy of detaining these mothers and children for months on end.
Rebecca is proud of her ancestry and has traced her family’s history in the Texas region from mid 1700s that include Manuel de los Santoscoy from Nacogdoches Mission; Juan Jose Flores from Goliad and Bexar Counties, who was in the 1835 Siege of the Alamo with Capt Juan Seguin; Ed Brown, who was an adventurer and fought in the battle of San Jacinto, was jailed in El Perote, Loreto Fuentes y Fernandez, his wife, a descendant of the Canary Islanders, who bore him nine children; and the Huizar family, best known for the Rose Window at San Jose Mission, but who were early residents and leaders of Bexar County in the 1700s. She is also proud of their spouses who led difficult lives in this sparsely populated country, one especially who filed for a divorce from her husband, even in the face of such difficulties.
Along the way she raised three children, all intelligent and committed to justice in their work.
Frances M. Guzmán
Frances M. Guzmán, M.Ed., was an education associate with Intercultural Development Research Association until her retirement in late 2015. In addition to her service for NOWCastSA, Frances serves on the board of directors of the City of San Antonio Pre-K for SA and does volunteer work with Catholic Charities and Interfaith Welcome Coalition projects for immigrants.
She has four decades of experience in the field of education. She had training, technical assistance and materials development responsibilities primarily for specific IDRA projects, including the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and Pathways.
Ms. Guzmán completed all coursework and qualifying exams for a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She has a master’s of education degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish with a minor in secondary education from Pan American University. Ms. Guzmán’s professional certification includes elementary, secondary education, mid-management and supervision and bilingual/ ESL.
At IDRA, Ms. Guzmán led early childhood activities for the IDRA Texas PIRC. Guzmán also provided parent leadership training to the public schools in Texas. She servesd on the advisory boards and taskforce committees of the Texas state and local HIPPY program sites, Voices for Children, the National Parenting Education Network, and the City of San Antonio Head Start Policy Council and Education Committee. She coordinated the Annual IDRA La Semana del Niño Parent and Administrator Institutes.
Ms. Guzmán’s professional experience includes teaching at the pre-kindergarten, primary, secondary and college levels; serving as the director of professional development for a major metropolitan school district in Texas; working in administration, supervision and evaluation of elementary campuses and district wide Title VII programs; and research and curriculum development for IDRA, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Scott Foreman and DDL book publishers.
At IDRA, she led staff development to parents, school board members, paraprofessionals, administrators, classroom teachers, students and community leaders on topics including student self-esteem, dropout prevention, parent engagement and leadership, equity, minority students’ rights, and bilingual and English as a second language (ESL) education.
Ms. Guzmán coordinated service delivery activities in the area of gender equity to school systems in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas for the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity. In this work with IDRA’s equity assistance center, Ms. Guzmán provided training and technical assistance to overcome gender bias in curriculum materials, reduce gender and sexual harassment and discrimination in schools, and to expand career options for girls and boys beyond traditional roles. She coordinated the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded, IDRA project, Family Leaders Engaged in Children’s Academic Success (FLEChAS)
She and her husband, David, have one daughter, Veronica Adriana, and two grandchildren, Larisa Lourdes and Tobias Adrian.
Charlotte-Anne Lucas, Managing Director
Selected to lead NOWCastSA in 2009, Lucas wrote her first news story on a manual typewriter, and has taught online journalism, Web design, digital storytelling, interviewing and content management systems at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, St. Mary's University in San Antonio and Texas A&M University- San Antonio.
She worked for newspapers in Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco and San Antonio, and her freelance writing has appeared everywhere from The New York Times to the Auckland, New Zealand Herald. Her journalism has earned dozens of awards, including being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
In 1997, while she was business editor of the San Antonio Express-News, she graduated from Leadership San Antonio, a program jointly sponsored by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to develop emerging and existing community leaders.
Lucas went to the Web in 1999, becoming managing editor of the online-only financial news Web site, TheStreet.com. She later became Content Director of MySanAntonio.com, the converged site of the San Antonio Express-News and KENS-5 TV. Both TheStreet.com and MySanAntonio.com became profitable during her tenure.
In 2007 she was a manager for the Knight News Challenge-funded Innovation Incubator project, in which 35 college students at seven universites collaborated to create new models of participatory community news production.
Lucas was named to the Advisory Board for the Journalism Studies Department of Texas A&M-San Antonio and is a founding member of the Local Online News Publishers Association Board of Directors.
Juany Torres was valedictorian of her graduating class at McCullum High School in 2009, and went on to Stanford University, where she graduated in 2014 with a degree in Political Science.
During her senior year in high school, she interned in the office of Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez.
In the summer of 2010, she had an internship in the office of then-Mayor Julian Castro, where she helped plan the SA2020 envisioning process. For the next two years, she participated in NOWCastSA’s webcasts of SA2020 from her dorm room at Stanford University and from Oxford University during her semester abroad.
From August until December of 2011, Juany was an intern in with President Barack Obama’s Domestic Policy Council.
In the summer of 2012, she was an intern with Google’s Legal Team on Ethics and Compliance in Mountain View, California.
In the summer of 2013, she interned at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
After graduating, Juany worked as a Legal Assistant at Google until October 2015.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Juany was Field/Community Organizer for the Hillary Clinton campaign in Las Vegas and was the Digital Deputy State Director of the Nevada State Democratic Party.
Brian is the Director of the Whitley Theological Center & Oblate Renewal Center at Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio.
Advisory Members (non-voting)
Maria del Rosario "Rosie" Castro
A native San Antonian, Castro is the former director of the Center for Academic Transitions at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. The Center provides assistance with employment, internships, transfer to four-year universities, graduation certification, scholarships and alumni services.
Castro is also a consultant, trainer and facilitator who specializes in leadership training and leadership program development. She facilitated the work of the Blue Ribbon Committee that created the Westside Education and Training Center, a partnership of the Alamo Community College District, Edgewood I.S.D., the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department, the Annie E. Casey’s Making Connections Initiative and many other groups and residents.
She is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University and has a master's degree in Environmental Management from University of Texas San Antonio. Her public service includes employment in the City of San Antonio’s Human Resource Department and with the San Antonio Housing Authority.
She has taught public administration courses at San Antonio College and graduate courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She is the mother of twin sons: Congressman Joaquin Castro and former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
Clarence "Reggie" Williams
Reggie envisioned and helped found NOWCastSA in 2009 when he was President and CEO of the San Antonio Area Foundation, a post he held from 2000 to 2011.
Reggie is a leadership professional with experience in profit and not-for-profit business areas.
He is a planner, researcher and executive whose education, military, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and non-profit experiences make him a valuable resource to any organization's aspirations for success.
Before leading the San Antonio Area Foundation, Reggie was Senior Vice President for IT Operations at USAA and rose to the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force.
Former members of the NOWCastSA Board of Directors:
- Anthony Alcoser,
- Berta S. Rodriguez
- Steve Blanchard, PhD
- Pilar Oates
- William G. Moll, Chair Emeritus
- Gabe Quintanilla
- Bill Israel, PhD
- Jennifer Velasquez
- Thomas L. Schlenker
- Julie Weber
- Charles Pruski
- Ray Howard
- Brian Johnson