Dr. Marian Suarez
Dr. Suarez is the Senior Manager of Training and Development for NuStar Energy, where she creates and facilitates courses on leadership, management, communication skills, generational differences, business ethics and respect in the workplace. Prior to that, she worked on the Learning, Education and Development team for Valero Energy, specializing in leadership and communications training. She is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and has served as a United Way Loaned Executive. Dr. Suarez spent time as a training and process improvement consultant for Bexar County and City Public Service, and has provided training services to the Junior League of San Antonio, Haven for Hope, The Center for Healthcare Services and the San Pedro Playhouse. Dr. Suarez’s first career was in broadcast journalism and she continues to host a weekly radio show for MAGIC 105.3 FM.
Rachel has been a Girl Scout for 10 years, and in that time has earned the Presidential Service Award multiple times and Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards. She has worked at Girl Scout camp as a Program Aide the last few summers. Since being a Girl Scout Junior, she has helped distribute Resource Rebates at all service unit meetings. Aside from Girl Scouts, Rachel seeks opportunities to help her leadership experience. She served as the Vice President of the Greenhand Chapter Conducting Team where she learned to apply proper parliamentary procedures to conduct mock meetings; her team made it to state and received the honor of being the first freshman team from Smithson Valley to advance to state competition. She is in the Smithson Valley Ranger Marching Band where she hopes to rise up in the leadership ranks to Brass Captain for Drum Major. Rachel would like to pursue a career as a veterinarian and is raising 34 egg-producing chickens, selling eggs to friends and neighbors.
Sandy is a Senior Manager and Defense Portfolio Lead for Accenture’s San Antonio Delivery Center. Sandy has been in the technology industry for more than 16 years, serving in a variety of roles in management consulting and outsourcing practices. Prior to her current role, Sandy was the North American Global Delivery Network Capability Specialty Lead for Program Control Services and also the San Antonio Delivery Center Operations Lead. The majority of Sandy’s career has been in the health and public services. Sandy lives in San Antonio with her husband Rob and 9-year-old daughter Kirsten. Sandy is currently on the Lead SA Board for the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. She is also the Women’s Employee Resource group lead for Accenture’s San Antonio location. Sandy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Maritza is the Vice President with International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank) for the Eagle Pass region. She serves as a Commercial Loan Officer, providing excellent customer service and sharing her expertise in lending with the community of Eagle Pass. Her responsibilities include managing all aspects of loan portfolios, including professional loan practice, maintaining orderly and proper credit documentation and adhering to the bank’s lending policies. Maritza remains dedicated to the community and volunteers much of her free time to several area organizations. She has served as treasurer for the Early Childhood Center Parent Teacher Organization, as assistant treasurer for the Library Foundation of Eagle Pass and is an active participant with Leadership Eagle Pass, the American Cancer Society and Eagle Pass ISD. She has received appreciation awards from several organizations in Eagle Pass thanking her for her time and efforts in volunteerism. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Sul Ross State University and has attended several industry programs focused on lending, banking, and leadership.
Kelly resides in Uvalde, where she owns and operates Faglie Construction, LLC, an asphalt paving company. Kelly was a Girl Scout Brownie and Junior and remembers all the fun activities and camaraderie she built with girls in her troop. Kelly is a graduate from Knippa High School and completed an Associate’s Degree at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. Kelly was a co-host for a local morning radio show and became the host of “The Morning Show with Kelly” within a year. Through her work at the radio station, she became involved in the community and has served as president on the Board of the local Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has been active with Relay for Life, Humane Society of Uvalde, Uvalde Area Development Foundation, Uvalde 1st, Rotary Club, Texas Agri-Women, City of Uvalde Planning and Zoning Committee and the City Strategic Planning Board (a mayor-appointed position). In 2013, she was named Uvalde’s Volunteer of the Year. Kelly has two children. Her daughter is married, lives in San Antonio and is an oncology nurse. Her son studies graphic art design at Texas State University.
Nancy Ozuna, CPA/Partner BKD National Manufacturing & Distribution Group, currently leads the San Antonio office employee benefit plan practice and provides attestation and consulting services, including inventory observation and control to the manufacturing, distribution and retail industries. With more than 15 years of experience in employee benefit plan audits, her expertise includes plans sponsored by public companies, Master Trusts, including plans with commingled funds, real estate, defined benefit, defined contribution, health and welfare plans, 11-K filings, U.S. Department of Labor notices, IRS exams, plan terminations and conversions, plan consents and forms 5500 and 5530.
Nancy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, University of San Antonio (UTSA) Alumni Annual Gala Committee, Chairman of the UTSA Accounting Advisor Board, UTSA College of Business Advisory Board and a board member for the SouthWest Benefits Association. The San Antonio Business Journal named her one of San Antonio’s “40 under 40.” She was also selected for the 36th class of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2011 Leadership San Antonio Program.
Ramon is Vice President, Project Development & Management for Port San Antonio. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Flores supports the overall growth of Port San Antonio. Specifically, he is responsible for the planning and development of mixed-use, residential and adaptive reuse projects within the Kelly Center, Lindbergh Park, and Chennault Circle segments of the Port San Antonio Master Plan.
Prior to this position, Flores served for six years as Executive Director of the Westside Development Corporation (WDC), which was created by the San Antonio City Council to focus on economic development and the revitalization of a 15-square mile area west of downtown San Antonio. The priorities of the WDC were job creation, real estate development, business expansion and attraction, promotion ofthe area, and policy change.
Prior to this position, Flores was President of Flores Holdings, LLC, a real estate investment and consulting company. Flores Holdings, LLC, in partnership with private investors, acquired and redeveloped commercial properties within inner-city areas of San Antonio. Prior to starting his own company, Flores worked for Fannie Mae for nine years, in both Dallas and San Antonio.
Flores is active in local civic activities, including as a Board Member of Family Service Association, Member of the Development Council of San Antonio CAN! High School, Member of the Board Development and Property Committees for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, Member of the Urban and Regional Planning Advisory Council for UTSA's School of Architecture, Member of United Way's Strengthening Families Issues Council, Advisory Board Member of the Westside Education and Training Center, a Mentor in the Young Achiever's Program of the Boys & Girls Club, and a Board Member of the Harvard Club of San Antonio.
Flores received his Bachelor's Degree from Harvard College and Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Velma Villegas
Dr. Villegas has served public school systems in Texas and California for more than 40 years both in teaching and administrative capacities. Currently, Villegas is Interim Department Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Kinesiology and Special Assistant for Teaching & Academics at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Prior to joining the university, Villegas was their Educational Consultant and Superintendent of Schools for Southwest Independent School District (2005-2010) and held administrative positions for Spring Branch Independent School District, Sacramento City Joint Unified School District, and Harlandale Independent School District.
Her current and past community involvement includes service as a board member for P-16 Plus Council, Challenger Program, Boy Scouts of America, and the public library system in Woodland, California. Villegas has also served on the Teacher Preparation Design Committee for Texas A&M-San Antonio. She was awarded Superintendent of the Year (2008-2009) by the Texas Education Computer Association, Women of the Southern Sector by the Southside Chamber of Commerce in 2007, the City Year Hidden Hero Award in 2006 and Leadership Award for the 2001-2002 year by the Sacramento City Joint Unified School Board in California.
Villegas holds a BA in Business and Economics from Texas Women's University (Denton, Texas), a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from San Jose State University (California) and a PhD in Leadership and Human Behavior from United States International University (USIU) in San Diego, California.
Chief Financial Officer
After an extensive search, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas has selected Blythe Simonson as its new chief financial officer effective June 3, 2013.
Prior to joining GSSWT’s executive team, led by CEO Rose González Pérez, Simonson served as controller for The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and Temple Beth-El.
A certified public accountant with 13 years’ experience in auditing and non-profit fund accounting, Simonson is responsible for the financial and operational management of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, including development of the annual and long-term budget, financial forecasts, organizational development and design, human resources, legal and risk management, as well as analysis and commentary on the financial impact of operational and strategic initiatives of the organization.
Originally from Clovis, New Mexico, Simonson holds a Master of Science in Accounting and a B.S. in Business Administration from Trinity University. She serves on the finance committee at St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School and is an accomplished musician. She and her husband, David, reside near Medina Lake with their children and family pet, Molly.
Chief Development & Communications Officer
Stephanie A. Finleon was named Chief Development and Communications Officer (CDCO) for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas on January 18, 2013, after serving as Chief Communications Officer for the council since January 2010. Finleon first assumed oversight of the fund development, advocacy and alumnae functions of the council in January 2012 during the nationwide search for its newest Chief Executive Officer. A Girl Scout for 28 years, Finleon was among the first Daisies to join the organization in 1984.
Finleon began her career in 2002 as a Membership Manager with Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council in Houston. Two years later, Finleon returned to her hometown of San Antonio and began her work in communications. As CDCO, she leads the council’s development and communications department and is responsible for public relations, media relations, fundraising, marketing, digital and social media, advocacy, brand management, crisis management, alumnae engagement, and the year-long celebration of Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary.
Finleon uses her personal experience as a “grown-up” Girl Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient to communicate the relevance of an organization that has impacted more than 59 million women nation-wide.
Finleon devotes her personal time to family and friends, volunteering as President-elect for the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is a proud Red Raider, with a degree from the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.