The Educational Resource Center Foundation supports the mission and vision of BRAINATION, Inc. including Inspire Academies, its staff and students, and the educational needs of its youth. It provides funding for grants, scholarships, curricular and teacher support, training, and innovative programs.

Donation in Honor of Rev. Olin Tunnell for Student Scholarships

Active Scholarships

Dr. Forrest M. “Frosty” Smith, Jr. Scholarship/Fellowship Program

Provides college and trades school scholarships for deserving residential students.


Anne Frank Inspire Awards

Anne Frank continues to be a lasting symbol of hope, goodness, and inspiration for the world. Through her belief in kindness, she became a catalyst for change and a pillar of light. We hold an annual event to honor those in the community who demonstrate her characteristics.

Please visit our awards page.

Educational Resource Center Foundation Board

Established in 2011

The governing board's members freely dedicate their time and energy to serving our nonprofit and school community. Our board members know that the students always come first; they make every decision with only the best interests of the students in mind. Please learn more about our members below.

Carmen Balderas

About Carmen Balderas

Carmen Balderas is currently board president and has served on the board since 2007. Ms. Balderas attended the University of Texas at San Antonio and received a bachelor of arts degree. She also has a master's of social work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She has worked as a counselor for at-risk youth and families in the Southwest, Somerset, and San Antonio school districts. She has also worked for Child Protective Services and the Income Assistance Program. She is currently an employee assistance program counselor for CompPsych EAP, a private firm. Ms. Balderas has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers for 25 years.


Olin Tunnell
Vice President

About Olin Tunnell

Olin Tunnell currently serves as board vice president. He has served on the board since 2000. Rev. Tunnell grew up in north Texas and graduated from Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth with a bachelor of arts degree in speech and education. He went on to earn a master of divinity degree from the Cambler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Rev. Tunnell served Methodist parishes in Texas and Alaska. He also served as a chaplain in a children's home. While in college, Rev. Tunnell was active in the local theater group and was a professional actor in several plays. He even tried his hand at stand-up comedy. He taught English and drama at Edgewood School District in San Antonio, led a divorce recovery group for many years, participated in the Trinity University Upward Bound program, and led a pre-release prison group as a social worker. He is currently retired and enjoys driving his RV with his wife, Jessica, and dog, Nilo (Olin spelled backward), and visiting their grandchildren in Colorado.


Otis Scott, Jr.

About Otis Scott

Otis L. Scott, Jr. recently joined the board in 2019 where he serves as board treasurer. He proudly served in the United States Air Force for 24 years. His performance and achievements resulted in his selection as the Senior Enlisted Advisor (SEA) and Command Chief for the Air Force District of Washington serving over 30,000 individuals worldwide. He holds a bachelor of science degree in management from National Louis University and earned a dual master of arts degree in human resource development and management from Webster University. He has lectured at a variety of military institutions and agencies, institutes of higher learning, and professional organizations. Scott has championed causes to develop financial support for college-bound students. He has provided career counseling to over 2,500 students. His leadership roles in the community include president of the San Antonio Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council, president of the 10th Security Police Association, president of SAHRMA, and board of directors for City Year. He retired at the end of 2019 from University of San Antonio as the assistant director of career services, employer relations.


Shelley McCulloch

About Shelley McCulloch

Shelley joined the board in 2021. She is a CPA, a certified internal auditor, and a chartered global management accountant, among other certifications. Currently, she is a high-performance results coach, a financial consultant, and a financial coach. Shelley also is a trainer of advanced integrative psychology. She graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a bachelor of arts in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Her volunteer experience through the San Antonio CPA Society is extensive. She served in multiple roles to include chair of the financial literacy committee, program coordinator/lead instructor for SAMMinistries money management courses, and public speaker. Shelly’s volunteerism also extended to being a financial coach for Solutions That Equip People for Success (STEPS) program. She is working on publishing a book.


Alan Holden, Ph. D.

About Alan Holden

Dr. Alan Holden joined the board in 2018 where he serves as board secretary. Dr. Holden attended Kutztown State University of Pennsylvania and Temple University earning a bachelor's and master's of anthropology. He went on to earn his doctorate in community health sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health. Dr. Holden’s field experience includes research methods of psychology, etiology, and epidemiology of health disparities among children. He holds areas of expertise in psychology of health and medicine, behavioral science/health promotion/patient navigation, statistics and research design. His past appointments included serving as adjunct professor for Trinity University and as of present serves as adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Ken Whitt, Ph. D
P: (210) 638-5004

About Ken Whitt

Dr. Whitt has served as superintendent of Inspire Academies since June of 2020, joining the district as deputy superintendent in 2018. He attended the University of Houston and received a BA in biology with teaching certifications in biology and psychology. Dr. Whitt also completed two graduate degrees: an MS in environmental science and an MS in educational management with principal certification from the University of Houston. In 2009, he completed his doctorate in educational administration and superintendent certification at Texas A&M University College Station. His 23-year career path followed a traditional advancement track, having started as a middle school teacher and high school teacher and then moving forward in advancing campus and district leadership roles in traditional public school settings until reaching the level of superintendent. He is also a published author. His dissertation research, Understanding Superintendent Self-Efficacy Influences on Instructional Leadership and Student Achievement was published in the Journal of School Leadership.

Dr. Whitt has received awards from Texas A&M University (outstanding service and academic achievement) and the American Association of School Administrators (Finis Engleman Award). With two daughters/two sons-in-law and two granddaughters, one of whom attends AFIA in San Antonio, he spends his time split between San Antonio and his family's ranch south of Houston.