Serving Together

Governing Committee Officers

Christina Markell-Balleza


Senior Director, Legal, Captrust

Briant Harkiewicz

Vice Chairperson

Partner, Architect, Marmon Mok Architecture

Sam Shannon


Executive Director, Ernst & Young

Whitney Pigg


Vice President Private Banking, Jefferson Bank

Governing Committee Members

Jerry Arredondo

President, Arredondo Interests

Denise Beakey

School Psychologist

Dr. Ann Cross

President/Owner, Olmos Park Animal Hospital

J. Antonio Fernandez

President/CEO, Catholic Charities of San Antonio

Lauren Geraghty

Chief Program & Innovation Officer, Communities in Schools of San Antonio

Celinda Baez Guerra

Attorney at Law, Flume Law Firm, LLP

Claude Koontz

Principal, Portfolio Manager, M Capital Advisors

Diane Lewis

Senior Bank Examiner, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Louie Rodriguez

Project Manager, Project Control

Anthony Turrietta

Vice President of Finance, Our Lady of the Lake University

Guy Young

Senior Vice President-Process Safety, Reliability & Industrial Gases, Valero Energy

St. PJ’s Directors

Gladys Gonzalez has been with Catholic Charities for five years, serving in various roles at multiple sites to advance the mission, increase capacity and sustainability, and has managed over 45 programs providing relief to those most vulnerable in our community. Currently, Gladys is the Executive Director at St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home and is responsible for providing a safe and loving refuge for children in crisis with the goal of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect in children. Previously, Gladys served as Vice President of Programs for Catholic Charities where she developed, implemented, and maintained operations as the organization established a new business model.

As Executive Director at Guadalupe Community Center, Gladys was instrumental in launching new programs to address emergency services, education, and self-sufficiency initiatives ensuring compliance with federal grants and local funding. Prior to Catholic Charities, she held roles as a Talent Acquisition Manager and Operations Director for Career Transitions, an executive coaching organization. She began her career at USAA where she worked for 19 years with her last role working in the Office of CEO Support. Gladys has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Rey Acosta, Vice President of Programs, is responsible for direct implementation of the services and support services provided to the children at St. PJ’s Children’s Home. In this role, he also strategizes for goal, objective, and outcome achievement related to the Global Intervention Plan. He is responsible for program operations, staff management, compliance, and quality assurance. Since joining St. PJ’s in 2004, Rey has held other positions including Associate Residential Programs Supervisor, Associate Director of Recruitment and Training, Program Director and Human Resources Manager. Rey earned his Bachelor of Business Administration  from the University of Texas – Permian Basin.

Janina Guajardo, International Program Director, is responsible for the care of international children, ages 5-17, who arrive in the US as unaccompanied minors or human trafficking victims. A licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker and Licensed Childcare Administrator, Janina ensures the safety and well-being of our children with quality of care and service delivery as her highest priorities. Janina  received a Bachelor of Social Work from Texas State University.

Jessica Keith Valdez, Domestic Program Director, is responsible for leading the domestic program ensuring the children served receive all of their basic needs in a trauma-informed environment. In this role, she also assists in staff training and development, especially for the case management team. Previously, she worked as an educator at several colleges, a case manager at Children’s Protective Services, and as the Training and Compliance Manager in non-profit. Jessica has a Master in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University and a Bachelor in Psychology and Spanish from Texas Tech University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from North Central University. Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and dogs cooking, baking, and do-it-yourself projects.

Ana Roquebert, Clinical Director, is responsible for oversight of the Community and Domestic Counseling Program providing evaluation and performance reports for grant funders. In this role, she also provides individual counseling sessions to community and shelter clients at St. PJ’s Children’s Home. Previously, Ana worked at Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc. where she worked as a Bilingual Counselor providing individual and group therapy. She has over ten years of counseling experience for individuals who have suffered neglect, abuse, or homelessness. Ana has a Master in Counseling from the University of Texas-San Antonio, a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Texas Tech University. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor.

St. PJ's Children's Home Partners