Board of Directors
Lauren Phillips | President
Lauren Phillips is a retired attorney and educator whose passion is helping children discover their talents and gifts and ensuring that all children have access to quality education. She has taught English and French in the Friendswood and Lubbock school districts and worked at two international law firms specializing in administrative law: Pillsbury in San Francisco and Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) in San Antonio. Ms. Phillips graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, and cum laude from University of Houston Bates College of Law. She has served on several non-profit boards in San Antonio including Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Travis Park United Methodist Church Foundation, and ISA Amigos, the support organization for the International School of the Americas.
Matthew Newman | Vice President
Matthew W. Newman is the Vice President 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.
Col. Daniel Badger | Secretary
Col. Daniel Badger is the secretary of our board. He retired after 28+ years of active duty with the USAF. Following his military service, he continued to work with the USAF as a federal civilian, serving as a deputy director at the Air Force Personnel Center from 2009-2017. He led many large initiatives during his time with the Air Force including service-wide restructures and force shaping efforts. Badger received numerous military decorations including the Legion of Merit and civilian awards. He holds degrees from Oklahoma State University (B.S), University of Oklahoma (M.A.), Air University (M.S.), and is currently studying with the University of Tennessee (Executive MBA for Strategic Leadership). He served as the CCSA Vice President of the board from 2014-2016 and currently serves as the Chair for the Board Resource Committee.
Rachel Lake | Treasurer
Rachel Lake is the treasurer of our board. She joined the CCSA Board of Directors in 2017. She currently works as a Business Intelligence Operations Consultant for Bank of America and was most recently a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Lake graduated summa cum laude from Trinity University in 2013 with majors in both Business Administration and Music. On the side, she sings with the San Antonio Chamber Singers and is an alto section leader at First Presbyterian Church downtown. She has been involved in various choirs since the 7th grade. Because Lake has first-hand experience of the powerful nature of music, she is excited to spread the word about CCSA and its many opportunities for children.
Lara August is the founding creative force behind Robot Creative, an award-winning marketing firm that specializes in branding, web design, and digital marketing services. August’s achievements as a business owner have earned her recognition as “Innovator” from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the SBA, an Outstanding New Business Leader by the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and one of San Antonio’s “40 under 40”. August has presented at national level conferences on branding and currently serves as a mentor to startup companies through several technology incubators in San Antonio and Austin. August and her family are avid supporters of the arts in San Antonio and are parents of two budding musicians who have been through CCSA’s Music Together program.
Mary Maley Bull
Mary Maley Bull is the Major Accounts Sales Executive for KENS 5 TV. She has worked in radio sales for 30 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 Handbell group and is a new graduate of the Masters Leadership Program, Class XI. Her double degree from Trinity University is in music and history.
Warren Halliday is a Software Developer and Integrator at USAA. Halliday has a lengthy background in music is a member of the San Antonio Choral Society as well as United Way Emerging Leaders Council. In his spare time, he volunteers as the Audio/Video Coordinator at St.Mark’s the Evangelist Catholic Church. Halliday graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s of business administration in MIS and a minor in music.
John A. Heller
John A. Heller is Of Counsel in the Holland and Holland PLLC 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 Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Grand Canyon University.
David E. Johnson, EdD
Dr. David E. Johnson is a flourishing beneficiary of education whose personal mission is to ensure educational opportunities are available to today’s learners. Johnson was born and reared in New York, NY, where he sang in the All City High School Chorus. He is a career-long educator who has served as a music teacher, professor, educational consultant, and educational administrator in New York, Indiana, Texas, and Arizona. He is also a decorated, former U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel, who served in various critical settings and capacities during OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Johnson holds degrees from The Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam (B.M.E., M.M.E.), South Dakota State University (M.Ed. in secondary school administration), and Indiana University-Bloomington (Ed.D.) where he studied educational administration and music education.
Sara McAndrew, PhD
Dr. Sara McAndrew 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.
Ramona Ann Parker, PhD
Dr. Ramona Ann Parker is an Associate Professor and a member of the interprofessional administrative team of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine as the Assistant Dean of Medical and Interprofessional Education. She earned her bachelor of science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio School of Nursing, a master of science degree in Nursing from the University of the Incarnate Word, her doctorate in 2007 from the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing with a specialty in Parent-Child Nursing and in 2012, received her master of education from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
Jennifer Parlett 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 Perkins+Will in Dallas, TX. Parlett is a CCSA alumna with eleven years of choral experience.
Sybel M. Pici 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.
Gary Seighman, DMA
Gary Seighman is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Trinity University. Under his direction, Trinity’s choral ensembles have garnered broad accolades with invited performances at professional conferences, tours throughout the United States, and annual collaborations with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Seighman’s select guest conducting engagements include the Arkansas Intercollegiate All-State Choir, an invited choral performance of the Trinity University Chamber Singers at the 2015 TMEA Convention, the Beijing Summer Opera Program at Peking University, two world-premieres in collaborations with the Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony and renowned Cantus vocal ensembles, and upcoming choral masterclasses throughout Taiwan. While living in the Northeast, Dr. Seighman led an award-winning high school choral program that performed three times by invitation at Carnegie Hall. He holds degrees from the Westminster Choir College (B.M), The University of Maryland (M.M.) and The University of Maryland (D.M.A).