Phone: 1-210-826-3447 - Email: office@childrenschorussa.org

Sybel Pici, President

Sybel M. Pici is the President of our board. She uses her skills honed in her 25-year career as a McDonald’s employee and franchise owner to provide service to schools and non-profits in South Texas through business and personal mentoring, leadership development, team building, and strategic planning. A good Samaritan at heart, Sybel served on the Board of Directors at Goodwill Industries San Antonio for ten years, including a 2-year term as Board Chair. Sybel also serves on the Northeast Independent School District Transformation Design Team. She further demonstrates her support for the education of women as a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Accion Women Business Center, which provides business mentoring for women.

Sara McAndrew, PhD, Vice President

Dr. Sara McAndrew is the Vice President of the board and has served since 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in English from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Trinity University, and her Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Texas at Austin’s Cooperative Superintendency Program. With more than four decades of experience in education, McAndrew began her career as a high school English teacher and now works as Assistant Superintendent of Southwest ISD. She has been honored with the namesake of the Dr. Sara B. McAndrew Elementary School in Northside ISD.

Jennifer Parlett, Secretary

Jennifer Parlett is the Secretary of the board, and has served as a board member since 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. With more than ten years of experience in hospital and healthcare facility design, Parlett has been part of major construction and renovation projects all over the country totaling more than one million square feet. She currently works as a licensed architect for Marmon Mok Architecture. Having recently returned to San Antonio after 12 years away, Parlett is a CCSA alumna with eleven years of choral experience.

Matthew W. Newman, Treasurer

Matthew W. Newman is the Treasurer of our board, and the Vice President and Commercial Credit Department Manager for Broadway National Bank. He earned his bachelor of business administration in finance at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He was the Senior Credit Analyst at Western National Bank for 3 years between 2004 and 2007, and then their Assistant Vice President in Commercial Lending from 2007-2011. He currently resides and works in San Antonio.

Robert Albright - In Memoriam

Robert H. Albright was the San Antonio Independent School District’s Director of Fine Arts. A talented Choral Director, Albright earned a bachelor of arts in business administration and vocal music performance, a master of arts in teaching, and a master of education in school administration, department of education from Trinity University. He has also earned a master of music in choral conducting from UTSA, completed graduate studies in vocal pedagogy with Dr. Richard Miller at Northern Arizona and with Prof. Donald Neuen at University of California at Los Angeles, andwas an Ed.D. Candidate in music education, department of arts and humanities at Teachers College Columbia University. He was passionate about choral music and education – a perfect combination for a CCSA board member.

Scott Bolton, PhD

Dr. Scott J. Bolton is an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bolton is also the Principal Investigator for the Juno project (which successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th, 2016), part of NASA’s New Frontiers Program. He has earned a bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Michigan, has studied at the California Institute of Technology, and attained his Ph. D. from University of California Berkley. Dr. Bolton’s interests extend beyond the sciences to education and arts, with an emphasis on the collision of the three. He leads a number of educational programs (such as Juno E/PO) aimed at developing science, math and art skills for children from elementary to high school and college level.

Mary Bull

Mary Maley Bull is a Senior Account Executive with Alpha Media who has eight local radio stations including Jack FM, KTFM, KTSA and ESPN AM. She has worked in radio sales for 28 years, during which time she has been active in the American Advertising Federation- San Antonio, serving as their President and on the Board of Directors. An active volunteer with the Girl Scouts of SW Texas, Mary served as Service Unit Director for Alamo Heights and led her three troops to a total of ten Gold Awards. She is a member of the River City Ringers Hand bell group and is a new graduate of the Masters Leadership Program, Class XI. Her double degree from Trinity University is in music and history.

Antonio J. Cantafio

Antonio J. Cantafio is the newest member of our board, as well as a senior manager with extensive background as Consultant, Entrepreneur and Director. He has earned his Master of Science in Administration-Marketing from Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas,Venezuela, and his Executive MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Antonio is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in International Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of the Incarnate Word, and plans to complete the program in 2017.

Edie Cooksey

Edie Cooksey

John A. Heller, JD

John A. Heller is Of Counsel in the Fisher Phillips San Antonio office. For almost 40 years, John has represented clients accused of violation of employment civil rights. This representation includes federal and state courts, and administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), United States Department of Labor (USDOL), and Texas Workforce Commission.  He strongly believes representing clients effectively is a matter of trust. John serves his clients by providing employment advice which is trustworthy, competent, experienced, and ethical. Heller has both a BA from St. Mary’s University and a Juris Doctor (JD) in law from St. Mary’s University School of Law.

Michele D. Hoskins

Michele D. Hoskins  is the Vice President/Owner and Chief Operating Officer of P&M Hoskins Enterprises, LLC. in San Antonio, TX. She is an author and award winning speaker, and is a member of a multitude of professional organizations such as Women’s Global Connection, The 100 Club, and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). Hoskins has a masters of arts in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Management from Grand Canyon University.

Mark Mueller

Mark Mueller, board member since 2014, is a dedicated patron of the arts and chairman of multiple fundraising projects. Musically apt himself, he is a member and director of the San Antonio Liederkranz, an all-male choir. Mueller earned both a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in forensic science and technology from George Washington University. Additionally, he graduated from the FBI National Academy, the U.S. Army Military Police School, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. With a career in security and law enforcement spanning four decades, he is currently a subject matter expert consultant to the security industry.

Lauren Phillips

Lauren Phillips, a board member since 2008, brings a strong legacy of commitment to CCSA. In addition to serving as president of the board in 2013-2014, she is the past president of the CCSA Parents’ Council and the mom of two former CCSA singers. A former high school French and English teacher, Phillips currently practices as an attorney. She graduated magna cum laude from Houston Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in English and French, earned a J.D. from the University of Houston College of Law, and received her master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University. Phillips has co-authored two publications, the Texas Environmental Law Handbook and the Texas Employment Law Handbook.