Friends of Bonham 2015-2016 Board of Directors:
Yamel Acosta, vice president
Yamel Acosta was born and raised in El Paso, and has been part of the Bonham community since 2007. She was raised in a dual language, bicultural family and is fluent in English and Spanish. She was the first in her family to graduate from a top tier college, earning her BA in international relations at St. Mary’s University.
Yamel has been happily married for 15 years to Jose Rodriguez and is the loving mother to five beautiful children, Jose Alonso, Joaquin, Julian, Johan, and Jimena, all of whom attend the dual-language program at Bonham. Yamel worked for several years as a human resource professional with various companies in the San Antonio area, and today she is a dedicated stay at home mom who believes in giving back to her community.
Jennifer Hussey, treasurer
Jennifer Hussey grew up in Maryland, graduating from the Montgomery County Public School system. She attended Western Maryland College (now known as McDaniel College) in Westminster, Maryland where she received a BA in Social Work and a MS in Counseling Education. Jennifer is the Director of Compliance and Monitoring for Baptist Child and Family Services Education Services, which provides Head Start services from Fredericksburg to Beeville.
She and her husband, Rick, a child neurologist in the U.S. Army, lived in San Antonio from 2000-2003 and moved back in 2006. They are parents to a sixth grader at Bonham Academy who has attended since kindergarten.
Sara Sherwood grew up all over the U.S, but has lived in San Antonio for almost 20 years. After teaching elementary school for five years, Sara served as Trinity University’s Certification, Accreditation and Placement Officer. For the past 10 years, she has been an adjunct faculty member in Trinity University’s Department of Education where she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and has been a field supervisor for Master of Arts in Teaching interns. In addition, since 2011, Sara has been the Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator for Trinity’s Elementary Teacher Induction Program. Sara and her husband, Andrew, have a fourth grader in the dual-language program at Bonham Academy.
Dina Toland is a public school educator in the San Antonio area with 22 years experience in elementary and gifted education. She has lived in the King William neighborhood for almost 20 years. Dina is excited to see the new energy at Bonham this year and likes how the Artsmart program has evolved and grown over the years (she was chair for three years and started the Arts Festival).
Dina has been an involved parent at Bonham for almost 10 years, with a son who attended Bonham until 5th grade and a daughter currently in fourth grade. Previously, she served on the King William Association board as social chair and grant evaluator.
Sandra González-Lamb is a South Texas native, residing in San Antonio for more than 15 years. She is a product of Sharyland Independent School District public schools in Mission.
Sandra earned a BS in rehabilitative counseling from the University of Texas Pan American and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is an account executive with the Alamo Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Office.
Sandra is married to Christopher James Lamb and they are the proud parents of two children, Sofia Elena Lamb and Stephen Halcon Lamb. Her volunteer time is focused on higher education, green and sustainable projects and arts/culture. Sandra served on the Jefferson Neighborhood Conservation Designation Planning Team to preserve the architectural integrity of the Jefferson neighborhood. She also has served as a United Way campaign coordinator and program reviewer. Currently, she is member of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s First Edition Society, St. Paul Catholic Church and Friends of Bonham.
John Hartman has lived in San Antonio since 2002. He grew up in Tennessee, graduated from American University in Washington DC, lived for two years in Mali, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, earned a master’s in education at Boston University, taught English as a Second Language in New York, Boston and Ecuador, and restored the house he lives in with his family in King William. He and his wife, Laura Powell, have two daughters who are in second and third grade at Bonham Academy.
Heather Speck is a native of San Antonio, and a recent graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
She is an intern for The Immunization Partnership and will soon be joining GenCure as their newest Cord Blood Specialist. When she’s not playing with stem cells in the lab, Heather can be found bike-riding, scoping out new eateries and enjoying local art exhibits with her fiancé, Douglas Mendizábal. While they may not have any children attending Bonham Academy (yet!), Heather and Doug thoroughly enjoy the time they spend raising their two cats, Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur.
Molly Shafer is a retired licensed psychologist who moved to San Antonio in 2002. She sits on the King William Association board, and previously served as vice- president. Molly was responsible for the grant to the Texas Commission on the Arts which made King William a Cultural Arts District, the only designated district in San Antonio.
She is currently chairman of the King William Cultural Arts Committee. She also served on the Bonham Community Advisory Committee.
Tracy Idell Hamilton
Tracy Idell Hamilton is the chief blog editor for Rackspace, where she specializes in translating geek into English. Before that she launched, edited and wrote for CPS Energy’s blog, Energized. Tracy spent 15 years as print journalist, including nine at the San Antonio Express News, reporting on government, politics, crime, social issues and energy. A Californian, she has called San Antonio home for a dozen years now — and yes, she got here as fast as she could.
Her daughter Nola started Bonham Academy’s dual language program in kindergarten and is now a thriving, confident, Spanish-speaking, book-obsessed third grader.
Andrea Castillo graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana in 2009. She lived and worked in Austin before moving to San Antonio in 2010. She graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with her M.Ed.
After teaching in Laredo for a semester, Andrea joined Teach For America and became part of the San Antonio Corps. For the last two years, she has taught fourth grade at Bonham Academy as the monolingual teacher. This is her second year on the Friends of Bonham board.
Susan Athené grew up in various cities around Texas, graduated from UT Austin with a BA in Art and later lived in Japan for three years. She moved to San Antonio in 1992 from Tokyo. Currently the grant writer for Family Violence Prevention Services/The Battered Women & Children’s Shelter, Susan has worked in nonprofit resource development for most of her adult life.
She lives in the King William house that comic strip creator and children’s book author and illustrator Jack Kent built, with her husband Jack Kent, Jr., a statistical geneticist and recovering architect.
Her neighborhood involvement includes the King William Association, where she has been on the board, serving one year as secretary; she’s currently on the Cultural Arts Committee and the editor of the KWA Newsletter.
Susan’s son was in the inaugural dual language class at Bonham – the first one in the city! – and she has been a devoted supporter of the program and the school ever since.
Victoria Moreno-Herrera, secretary