Our Governing Board Members

A board of trustees currently governs our charter district. The board is selected pursuant to the bylaws of the charter district and has the authority to make decisions, appoint the superintendent, and significantly influence operations. The board has the primary accountability for the fiscal affairs of the charter district.

Carmen Balderas
President
Biography

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 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.
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Olin Tunnell
Vice President
Biography

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 and 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 also 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.
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Dr. Alan Holden
Secretary
Biography

Dr. 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 and master 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.

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Otis "Scotty" Scott, Jr.
Treasurer
Biography

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 in management from National Louis University and earned a dual master of arts 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. He 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 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.

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