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Our Team

Together We Can Do More

We wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without our creative and talented team. They make our mission possible.

Cathy Jones, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Cathy joined APIE in 2012 and is an experienced teacher, campus administrator & assistant superintendent. With a Ph.D. in educational administration through UT’s Cooperative Superintendency Program, she is a true Longhorn.   Cathy has 2 children and enjoys running & cycling. Being a Math Classroom Coach is her weekly highlight.

Veronica Cavazos

Associate Director

Veronica joined APIE in 2010 after serving as Director of Academic Advising and Student Success at Laredo Community College. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and watching great movies.

Barbette Cooper

Finance/Hr Director

Barbette joined the APIE Finance team in 2011. She has an MBA from UT Austin and many years of experience in the management of financial and administrative functions for nonprofits. She loves watching Longhorn football, ballet, and Broadway shows.

Wendi Gordon

Development Director

Wendi joined APIE in 2016 with extensive nonprofit development experience in education and an MBA from George Washington University. Originally from Washington, DC, she enjoys the outdoors, food, travel, and her miniature dachshunds.

Frances Barrera

Operations Coordinator

Frances joined APIE in 2014 as a College Readiness Advocate. She is a City Year San Antonio and AmeriCorps NCCC alum. She enjoys traveling, watching reality tv, and learning about all-things Salesforce.

Sandy Bootz

Math Classroom Coaching Coordinator

For over 10 years, Sandy has worked in multiple APIE programs. She believes that volunteers are extraordinary people and feels privileged to work with those committed to supporting our schools.

Caleb Garza

College Readiness Coordinator

Caleb joined APIE in 2018 after working as an Academic Director in New York City. He enjoys spending time with family, playing squash, and of course, talking about Math!

Paige Kelly

Career Mentoring & Exploration Specialist

Paige has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University. She has also worked in our College Readiness and Recruitment departments. She loves to play with her two young sons, reading, and yoga.

Chris Lagarde

Salesforce Specialist

Chris joined APIE in 2017 and is responsible for the configuration, support, and improvement of our Salesforce database. He enjoys spending time reading, cooking, hiking, and hanging out with his kids.

Dawn Lewis

School Connections Manager

After her years in politics, development and teaching, Dawn Lewis landed at APIE in 2011. She absolutely loves Florida State football, jogging, reading and of course, working with children.

Brianna Martin

Finance/Hr Assistant

Brianna joined APIE in 2019. Her previous experience was in banking and finance. She is passionate about people and enjoys helping others. She loves reading, listening to podcasts, and cleaning.

Amy Moore

College Readiness Manager

Amy joined APIE back in 2009. She loves working with middle school students, teachers and volunteers. She enjoys running, reading, traveling, and spending time with her kids in her free time.

Ritchie Vo

College Readiness Coordinator

Ritchie joined APIE in 2018 as a CR Advocate with experience in supporting diverse populations of students. He enjoys physical recreation, trying new food, traveling, fictional stories, and podcasts.

Ashley Yeaman

Communications and Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

Ashley joined APIE in 2019 after completing her master’s degree in journalism at Baylor University. She is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum and worked previously at the Texas Hunger Initiative.

Joe Jacobsohn

Development Coordinator

Joe joined APIE in July 2018 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. He enjoys seeing live music, running, and playing the guitar.

Mary Hausle

Research and Project Manager

Mary joined APIE in 2020 after completing a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work includes college advisement and program management. Mary spends her free time visiting flea markets, exploring new hiking trails, and looking for the best cup of coffee and croissants in town.​

Join Our Team

Want to be part of an energetic team committed to changing lives through education? If you’re passionate about supporting students and helping them succeed, we want to hear from you. Apply with us today!

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