San Antonio Women in Tech Who Can Speak at Your Next Event

By Iris Gonzalez

San Antonio has talented women working in many disciplines of interest to our growing tech industry. When it comes time to organizing your next tech panel or event, we hope you consult this list of over 130 San Antonio women who are at the top of their game and can add their voices to the discussion about the tech industry.

Who are these women? Over 50 are founders or co-founders of tech or biotech companies in San Antonio. Many are entrepreneurs, software engineers, infosecurity and other cybersecurity professionals, data scientists, IT analysts, biotech professionals, tech-focused lawyers, marketers working in the tech industry, and other tech-focused experts who are a part of San Antonio’s tech ecosystem.

Luckily, we got a head start with the list of San Antonio Latinas in tech Amanda Keammerer and DeAnne De Cuellar assembled in 2019. Latina women are underrepresented in the world of tech. Looking at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs more broadly, Hispanic women comprise a startling 2% of all science and engineering positions. 

We added to that initial list of 40 women the names of more San Antonio women working in tech. We’ve alphabetized the women-in-tech speaker list and added links to LinkedIn profiles. We encourage you to look at LinkedIn profiles for more information on that person’s background.

This is our first time publishing such a list. If we missed anyone or need to correct something, please let us know. We’ll keep this list updated as submissions come in and share it on a regular basis. 

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San Antonio Women in Tech

  1. Adriana Andrade, Technical Recruiter, Peyton Resource Group
  2. Melissa Alcala, Principal, Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) Tech High School
  3. Stacey Alvarado, Vice President of Business Development, P3S
  4. Esme Araiza, Marketing Strategist, FunnelAI
  5. Nyssa Arcos, STEAM Education Consultant, EduTechSpec
  6. Susan Ashmore, Development Director, FIRST Robotics
  7. Kori Ashton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, WebTegrity
  8. Katy Aucoin, Founder and CEO, Dearduck
  9. Lara August, CEO, Robot Creative and TechStars Super-Mentor
  10. Mariana Barham, Social Network Analyst, Bexar County
  11. Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  12. Bonnie Baskin, Founder, Science Mill
  13. Staci Beane, CEO and Co-Founder, Tekgration
  14. Nicole Beebe, Director, The Cyber Center for Security and Analytics at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  15. Kamilah Beltran, Founder and CEO, ADO Digital
  16. Kimberly Britton, CEO, EPIcenter
  17. JoAnn Browning, Dean of College of Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  18. Christine Burke, Director, Commercialization & Technology Transfer at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  19. Mariana Cano, Sales Development Representative, Inspired eLearning
  20. Sarah Ann Cantu, Director of Marketing, Qualaroo
  21. Anastasia Carter, Manager of Business Development, IT Net Pros  
  22. Deborah Carter, Director, Bexar County Economic Development
  23. Bianca Gonzales Cerqueira, Co-Founder and NovoThelium Co-Founder, Neuroscience Data Analyst at KBRwyle Science Technology & Engineering Group
  24. La Juana Chambers Lawson, President and Board Chair, San Antonio African American Community Digital Archive and Museum & CEO and Founder Tacit Growth Strategies
  25. Stephanie Chandler, Corporate Partner and head of Jackson Walker law firm Technology Section
  26. Magaly Chocano, CEO and founder, Sweb Development
  27. Monica Cholico, Software Developer, USAA 
  28. Vanessa Garza Clark, Chair, Computer Information Systems and Security Program, Our Lady of the Lake University
  29. Christine Colburn, Business Development and Marketing Executive, Reckon Point
  30. Veronica Colon, Cyber Analyst, IPSecure
  31. Lauren Cornell, CEO and Co-Founder Novothelium and Fellow at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
  32. Adrienne Cox, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Port San Antonio
  33. Louise Craig, Experience Architect, City of San Antonio
  34. Angel Crockett, CEO and Founder, Inflow
  35. DeAnne Cuellar, State Director, Texas, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) & Senior Planet Center
  36. Amy Daali, CEO and Founder, Lucea AI
  37. Crystal Darby, Business Advisor, UTSA Small Business Development Center
  38. Lynda Y. de la Viña, Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and professor, UTSA, and co-founder of Operational Technologies Corp
  39. Joyce Deuley, pre-accelerator program manager, Geekdom
  40. Margaret Dittloff, co-founder and head of Product at Junum
  41. Cat Dizon, Co-Founder and COO of Active Capital
  42. Teresa Evans, COO, Trauma Insight
  43. Amanda Fernandez, Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science Vision & Artificial Intelligence Lab (VAIL), UTSA
  44. Andrea Figueroa, Executive Director, Martinez Street Women’s Center
  45. Dana Fisher, Project Manager, UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center 
  46. Priscilla Fuentes, Director, Application Development and Strategy, HOLT CAT
  47. Heather Hernandez, Strategic Innovation Director in PNC Claims Innovation, USAA
  48. Mariana Rios Holguin, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, CAST Tech High School
  49. Desiree Garcia, Director, Senior Experience Owner (Robotics), USAA
  50. Monica Garcia, Senior Research Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, Southwest Research Institute
  51. Stephanie Garcia, Business Development Coordinator, Port San Antonio
  52. Jess Garza, CEO, Earth Class Mail
  53. Marina Gavito, Innovation Business Development Director, USAA
  54. Brielle Insler, Co-Founder Duable and former Digital Director for Julián Castro campaign
  55. Cristal Glangchai, CEO and Founder, VentureLab
  56. Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO, CPS Energy
  57. Christina Gomez-Terry, System Integration Manager, Plus One Robotics
  58. Illeana Gonzalez, Director of Operations and Tech Talent Placement, TechBloc
  59. Iris Gonzalez, Special Projects Manager for the Planning Department, City of San Antonio
  60. Janie Gonzalez, CEO and Founder, Webhead
  61. Denise Guerra, Co-Founder of Advanced Robotics, UTSA
  62. Maggie Guist, Data Science Curriculum Director, Codeup
  63. Erica Salinas Hakim, Corporate Recruiter, Accenture Federal Services
  64. Jessica Hazelrigg, Director, Platform Threat Defense at USAA
  65. Sara Helmy, Founder and CEO, Tribu Branding & Digital Marketing
  66. Marsha Hendler, Founder and CEO, TerraFina Energy
  67. Aaryn Hernandez-Smith, Director, Innovative Services, VIA Metropolitan Transit
  68. Kay Jones, CEO and Founder, Moxie Professional Development
  69. Sujatha Kamma, Chief Strategist and Co-Founder FunnelAI
  70. Amanda Keammerer, CEO and Founder, Javilud LLC and Vice President of Cybersecurity and Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  71. Kate Kinnison, R&D Director, City of San Antonio
  72. Jacqueline Kuykendall, Design and Innovation Consulting Lead, Deloitte
  73. Robin Laine, CEO and Co-Founder, Transect
  74. Elexus Liggins, Moki and Outreach Coordinator, School’s Out Hackathon
  75. Andi Littlejohn, Energy Incubator and Accelerator Program Director, EPIcenter
  76. Monique Long-White, Technology Commercialization and Research Economist, UTSA Institute of Economic Development
  77. Laura Lopez, Product Owner, HEB
  78. Linda Lopez-George, Director, Research Partnerships and Business Development, UT Health San Antonio
  79. Amanda Loredo, Test Engineer, COLSA Corporation
  80. Charlotte-Anne Lucas, CEO and Founder, NOWCastSA
  81. Ell Marquez, Community Architect at A Cloud Guru (formerly the Linux Academy) and Jupiter Broadcasting
  82. Liz Maya, COO, Codeup
  83. Cindy McClister, CEO and Founder, DC Industries
  84. Lisa McComb, CEO and Co-Founder, Rectify
  85. Candelaria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio
  86. Elaine Mendoza, Conceptual Mindworks CEO and Chair of the A&M Board of Regents
  87. Evangelina Mendoza, Executive Director of Information Technology, San Antonio ISD
  88. Michellea Millis, Founder and CEO of BrownSTEM
  89. Ina Minjarez, Texas State Representative House District 124  and Attorney 
  90. Caroline Mora, IT Instructor, St. Philip’s College
  91. Anna Morton, Founder and CEO, Morton Gestalt
  92. Jennifer Navarrete, Founder of National Podcast Post Month (NaPodPoMo)
  93. Gabriele (Gabi) Niederauer, President and CEO, Bluegrass Vascular Technologies
  94. Jianwei Niu, Interim Academic Director of School of Data Science and Associate Dean of University College, UTSA
  95. Susan Swearingen Oelsen, IT/Cyber Workforce Development Employer Relations Coordinator, Project Quest
  96. Edith Orozco, Dean for Academic Success, Applied Science & Technology, St. Philip’s College
  97. Clarissa Renee Ozuna,  Lead Insights Research Analyst, USAA
  98. Lettie Ozuna, Systems Engineer/Lead Associate, Abacus Technologies
  99. Angelica Palm, Marketing Director, The Bank of San Antonio and founder of the Bank’s San Antonio Business Heroes Podcast
  100. Rhia Pape, Research and Development Specialist, City of San Antonio
  101. Crystal Parrott, Vice President Of Engineering, Plus One Robotics
  102. Edith Pena, Senior Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  103. Debi Pfitzenmaier, CEO and Founder, Youth Code Jam
  104. Cynthia Phelps, CEO and Co-Founder, InnerAlly
  105. Cherri Pitts, User Experience Researcher, iHeartMedia
  106. Debra Placette, Technology Attorney, Chief Legal Office at USAA
  107. Susan Price, CEO and Founder, Firecast Studio
  108. Allison Pyle, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder, WaterFleet
  109. Clarissa Ramon, Government and Community Affairs Manager, Google Fiber
  110. Pamela Rachel, Director of PR & Marketing, IPSecure
  111. Roxanne Ramirez, CEO and Co-Founder, CNF Technologies 
  112. Heena Rathore, Vice Chair of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) chapter and Assistant Professor in data science at UTSA
  113. Bethany Reese, director, TechQuarry
  114. Bianca Rhodes, CEO and Founder, Knight Aerospace
  115. Karin Robinsantos, Director of Sales Enablement, Vault Health
  116. Jeannette Robinson, Account Director of Investor Relations, Blue Lake Capital
  117. Emily Royall, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio
  118. Jeanne Russell, Executive Director, Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) High Schools
  119. Duvelza Saenz, Lead Associate Cyber Operations Intelligence Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
  120. Nikki Salas, Cyber Intelligence Fusion Analyst, Bitdefender
  121. Torii Salinas, Operations Manager, Geekdom
  122. Kathryn Salts, Data Scientist, CyberFortress
  123. Sarah Sanchez, Executive Vice President of Global Development, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation 
  124. Katherine Sanchez-Rocha, Executive Director, Alamo Academies 
  125. Tori Santos, Director, Claims Modernization at USAA
  126. Ravae Shaeffer, Principal, Southwest CAST STEM High School
  127. Liz Simpson, Founder and CEO, Stimulyst
  128. Megan Smith, Founder, M.V. Smith Political Strategy
  129. Bethany Stachenfeld, Co-Founder, Sendspark
  130. Ann Stevens, President, BioMed SA
  131. Melanie Tawil, CEO and Co-Owner, SwipeTrack Solutions
  132. Tiffany Teixidor, Marketing Manager, New Horizons Tech Workforce and Career Development
  133. Estrella Torres, President, Cyber Tigers, St. Philip’s College
  134. Tiffany Tremont, President and CEO, Silotech Group
  135. Melissa Unsell-Smith, President and Co-Founder, Rectify
  136. Lydia Unterreiner, Software Engineer, Reckon Point
  137. Rosa Elleni Vargas, CEO and Founder at Obsidian Partners and INNOVAPP Design Thinking Facilitator at Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios
  138. Jill Vassar, Director of Development and Partnerships, EPIcenter
  139. Bria Woods, Executive Producer of Digital KAVU-TV and Founder of Glo App
  140. Stefanie Young, CEO, iNNOV8 Place
  141. Maria Zannes, CEO and Founder, bioAffinity
  142. Alejandra Zertuche, CEO and Founder, Enflux 

Did we miss someone? Know a woman working in tech in San Antonio who should be on this list? Post a comment below and connect with us on LinkedIn. We’ll update this list with your additions.

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35 Comments

  • Bonnie Baskin, PhD, founder of the Science Mill in Johnson City, would be a great addition to this list.

    Founder and Chair of the Board of the Science Mill, Bonnie Baskin is a career scientist and business entrepreneur who founded and served as CEO for two successful bio technology companies – ViroMed Laboratories, Inc. and AppTec Laboratory Services, Inc. – which she led to acquisitions by larger public corporations. Among her current and past board memberships are the Minneapolis YMCA, the Minnesota Biotechnology Association, the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization Advisory Board, and Affinity Ventures IV and most recently the Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Her many honors and recognitions include the “Entrepreneur of the Year / Minnesota and Dakotas” award and being a 2012 inductee of the University of Minnesota YMCA Hall of Fame. She has a home in Johnson City.

    The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students’ understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

  • La Juana Chambers Lawson, Owner & Principal Consultant of Tacit Growth Strategies, LLC and President and Board Chair of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum

  • Considering the conversation I feel it is important to showcase that Black women in this city have been repeatedly marginalized, especially in tech. This list holds a lot of weight – yes. However there aren’t ANY Black women or Afro-Latinas listed and it makes me question the types of representation we (as a sisterhood) are putting forward. Of course the national climate gives Black women their due respect, news surrounding accomplishments is easily searchable. But to see a list like this, that stresses diversity and inclusion but is solely made up of White and Hispanic women, I’m dismayed and offended. And while I’ve heard EVERY excuse on why Black excellence is not spotlighted in San Antonio, the most articulated being “the percentage of African Americans in the SATX population is amazingly low” – but I’d think that would make it easier to seek and spotlight industry innovators. A few women I feel can lend insight to the diversity, inclusion, and integrations of San Antonio’s tech scene can also include: Tuesdae Knight, SAGE | Tiffany Tremont, Silotech Group, Inc | Me, EHCÜ Public Relations (we’ve led in procuring digital news, leveraging analytics to increase community involvement in campaigns) | Kamilah Beltran, ADODigital.com | Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy | Bria Woods, a tech GENIUS creator | MaCherie Sims, corporate digital marketing extraordinaire | Liz Simpson, Stimulyst | Phallon Doss, Doss Audiology. All of whom have been published, cited, degreed, awarded, referenced, and invited to address large crowds. Google them – invite them – we belong here too.

    • Iris Gonzalez

      Christian, thanks for the submissions. In developing a comprehensive listing of anything– startup resources, the ecosystem map, this list — the first iterations will always have gaps. I’ve had to learn not let the fear of debuting a less-than-perfect first draft prevent any efforts to build a comprehensive listing that benefits everyone.

      I welcome submissions from our engaged community to build an up-to-date list of accomplished women in tech for everyone to consult. Keep the names of female leaders in tech coming!

  • I would be happy to be added to the list. I’m Angelica Palm and I lead the marketing and digital strategy for The Bank of San Antonio and The Bank of Austin. I created a podcast called San Antonio Business Heroes, highlighting our city’s entrepreneurs and use digital to tell our brand story.

  • I would like to be added. I’m Angelica Palm and I lead the marketing and digital strategy for The Bank of San Antonio and The Bank of Austin. I created a podcast called San Antonio Business Heroes, highlighting our city’s entrepreneurs and use digital to tell our brand story.

  • Hi Iris, I’d like to recommend Tiffany Teixidor, Marketing Manager for New Horizons Career Development. She’s super passionate about connecting with young adults about how to get started in IT or the workforce with the support of NHCD’s professional certification scholarships.

  • I’d be happy to be added to the list. I launched and lead NOWCastSA, an online-only journalism startup that is a lot like a local CSPAN. I’ve taught digital media literacy, web development, livestreaming and all of the ancillary technology, with an emphasis on ethics and transparency. Of NOWCastSA’s 36 interns over the past ten years, 51% are women and 75% are nonwhite. My first intern manages editorial video for the print and digital team at Cosmopolitan.co.uk, and another intern was the videographer for the New York public library.

    • Iris Gonzalez

      Added you to the list! Charlotte, we should meet up and discuss the challenges of digital journalism, especially with local coverage. It’s a battle worth fighting.

  • Louise Craig

    Thanks for including me (and thank you Susan Price suggesting my name). I’ve recently changed positions at the City. Please update my listing to Louise Craig, Experience Architect, City of San Antonio.

    • Iris Gonzalez

      Yours is not the only one, Louise, got it, I made the change. Ladies, tell the world the amazing things you’re doing and update your LinkedIn profiles, please!

  • If you’re still receiving names, I would also like to be added to this list…

    Staci Beane, CEO and Co-Founder, Tekgration LLC. Tekgration is an IT provider for hardware and software procurement, cybersecurity solutions & new innovations.

  • Lizzie Maldonado

    Kimberly Lanier is the Co-Founder of tech startup Xpedition based in San Antonio, TX.

    http://www.xpedition.exchange

    Kim is a visionary leader bringing customer and employee experience together from her background in employee engagement and customer experience working for some of the world’s largest technology companies to something new and innovative for health and home services organizations.

  • Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña

    Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña
    Co-Founder: Operational Technologies Corp; VuTex; OES; VINJER: delavina/jerge productions; Honey West Entertainment
    Professor: Graduate/MBA Entrepreneurship at UTSA; Graduate Entrepreneurship, Translational Science Program/ UTHSCSA; Undergraduate Small Business Economics & Entrepreneurship/UTSA; Graduate and Undergraduate, Global Entrepreneurship/UTSA
    Director: Center for Global Entrepreneurship/UTSA
    Mentor: Novothelium
    Current Project: Virus Visualization Project with Dr. Douglas Frantz (UTSA/ SW Biomedical Institute)

  • Karin Robinsantos

    I’m a woman in tech! Karin Robinsantos, I’m Director of Sales Enablement at Vault Health. I’ve been in tech for over 9 years, with roles at HubSpot and Uber. My specialty is scaling startup operational models.

  • Marlene Arroyo

    Hi! +1 If you’re still adding to the list, my name is Marlene Arroyo, and I’m a Tech Executive. I’m currently SVP of Recruiting and Human Resources (otherwise known as People Operations) for a Silicone Valley Tech company that focuses on Ad Tech enabled by machine learning. I’d like to be added to the list, if possible. I reside in San Antonio and I’m passionate about bringing tech jobs to San -Antonio, thanks!

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlenearroyo

    • Iris Gonzalez

      Hi Marlene! This list is focused on local women working in tech companies based in San Antonio. We’re thrilled you’re recruiting San Antonio women for your Silicon Valley company’s tech jobs.

      For purposes of this list, we’re trying to highlight the women working for local tech companies, so we’re highlighting local women and local efforts. Thanks, and good luck in recruiting talent!

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