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

By Iris Gonzalez
A woman at a laptop, image courtesy #WOCinTech Chat via Creative Commons license.

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. Cat Dizon, Co-Founder and COO of Active Capital
  41. Teresa Evans, COO, Trauma Insight
  42. Amanda Fernandez, Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science Vision & Artificial Intelligence Lab (VAIL), UTSA
  43. Andrea Figueroa, Executive Director, Martinez Street Women’s Center
  44. Dana Fisher, Project Manager, UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center 
  45. Priscilla Fuentes, Director, Application Development and Strategy, HOLT CAT
  46. Heather Hernandez, Strategic Innovation Director in PNC Claims Innovation, USAA
  47. Mariana Rios Holguin, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, CAST Tech High School
  48. Desiree Garcia, Director, Senior Experience Owner (Robotics), USAA
  49. Monica Garcia, Senior Research Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division, Southwest Research Institute
  50. Stephanie Garcia, Business Development Coordinator, Port San Antonio
  51. Jess Garza, CEO, Earth Class Mail
  52. Marina Gavito, Innovation Business Development Director, USAA
  53. Brielle Insler, Co-Founder Duable and former Digital Director for Julián Castro campaign
  54. Cristal Glangchai, CEO and Founder, VentureLab
  55. Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO, CPS Energy
  56. Christina Gomez-Terry, System Integration Manager, Plus One Robotics
  57. Illeana Gonzalez, Director of Operations and Tech Talent Placement, TechBloc
  58. Iris Gonzalez, Special Projects Manager for the Planning Department, City of San Antonio
  59. Janie Gonzalez, CEO and Founder, Webhead
  60. Denise Guerra, Co-Founder of Advanced Robotics, UTSA
  61. Maggie Guist, Data Science Curriculum Director, Codeup
  62. Erica Salinas Hakim, Corporate Recruiter, Accenture Federal Services
  63. Jessica Hazelrigg, Director, Platform Threat Defense at USAA
  64. Sara Helmy, Founder and CEO, Tribu Branding & Digital Marketing
  65. Marsha Hendler, Founder and CEO, TerraFina Energy
  66. Aaryn Hernandez-Smith, Director, Innovative Services, VIA Metropolitan Transit
  67. Kay Jones, CEO and Founder, Moxie Professional Development
  68. Sujatha Kamma, Chief Strategist and Co-Founder FunnelAI
  69. Amanda Keammerer, CEO and Founder, Javilud LLC and Vice President of Cybersecurity and Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  70. Kate Kinnison, R&D Director, City of San Antonio
  71. Jacqueline Kuykendall, Design and Innovation Consulting Lead, Deloitte
  72. Robin Laine, CEO and Co-Founder, Transect
  73. Elexus Liggins, Moki and Outreach Coordinator, School’s Out Hackathon
  74. Andi Littlejohn, Energy Incubator and Accelerator Program Director, EPIcenter
  75. Monique Long-White, Technology Commercialization and Research Economist, UTSA Institute of Economic Development
  76. Laura Lopez, Product Owner, HEB
  77. Linda Lopez-George, Director, Research Partnerships and Business Development, UT Health San Antonio
  78. Amanda Loredo, Test Engineer, COLSA Corporation
  79. Charlotte-Anne Lucas, CEO and Founder, NOWCastSA
  80. Ell Marquez, Community Architect at A Cloud Guru (formerly the Linux Academy) and Jupiter Broadcasting
  81. Liz Maya, COO, Codeup
  82. Cindy McClister, CEO and Founder, DC Industries
  83. Lisa McComb, CEO and Co-Founder, Rectify
  84. Candelaria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio
  85. Elaine Mendoza, Conceptual Mindworks CEO and Chair of the A&M Board of Regents
  86. Evangelina Mendoza, Executive Director of Information Technology, San Antonio ISD
  87. Michellea Millis, Founder and CEO of BrownSTEM
  88. Ina Minjarez, Texas State Representative House District 124  and Attorney 
  89. Caroline Mora, IT Instructor, St. Philip’s College
  90. Anna Morton, Founder and CEO, Morton Gestalt
  91. Jennifer Navarrete, Founder of National Podcast Post Month (NaPodPoMo)
  92. Gabriele (Gabi) Niederauer, President and CEO, Bluegrass Vascular Technologies
  93. Jianwei Niu, Interim Academic Director of School of Data Science and Associate Dean of University College, UTSA
  94. Susan Swearingen Oelsen, IT/Cyber Workforce Development Employer Relations Coordinator, Project Quest
  95. Edith Orozco, Dean for Academic Success, Applied Science & Technology, St. Philip’s College
  96. Clarissa Renee Ozuna,  Lead Insights Research Analyst, USAA
  97. Lettie Ozuna, Systems Engineer/Lead Associate, Abacus Technologies
  98. Angelica Palm, Marketing Director, The Bank of San Antonio and founder of the Bank’s San Antonio Business Heroes Podcast
  99. Rhia Pape, Research and Development Specialist, City of San Antonio
  100. Crystal Parrott, Vice President Of Engineering, Plus One Robotics
  101. Edith Pena, Senior Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  102. Debi Pfitzenmaier, CEO and Founder, Youth Code Jam
  103. Cynthia Phelps, CEO and Co-Founder, InnerAlly
  104. Cherri Pitts, User Experience Researcher, iHeartMedia
  105. Debra Placette, Technology Attorney, Chief Legal Office at USAA
  106. Susan Price, CEO and Founder, Firecast Studio
  107. Allison Pyle, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder, WaterFleet
  108. Clarissa Ramon, Government and Community Affairs Manager, Google Fiber
  109. Pamela Rachel, Director of PR & Marketing, IPSecure
  110. Roxanne Ramirez, CEO and Co-Founder, CNF Technologies 
  111. Heena Rathore, Vice Chair of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) chapter and Assistant Professor in data science at UTSA
  112. Bethany Reese, director, TechQuarry
  113. Bianca Rhodes, CEO and Founder, Knight Aerospace
  114. Jeannette Robinson, Account Director of Investor Relations, Blue Lake Capital
  115. Emily Royall, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio
  116. Jeanne Russell, Executive Director, Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST) High Schools
  117. Duvelza Saenz, Lead Associate Cyber Operations Intelligence Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
  118. Nikki Salas, Cyber Intelligence Fusion Analyst, Bitdefender
  119. Torii Salinas, Operations Manager, Geekdom
  120. Kathryn Salts, Data Scientist, CyberFortress
  121. Sarah Sanchez, Executive Vice President of Global Development, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation 
  122. Katherine Sanchez-Rocha, Executive Director, Alamo Academies 
  123. Tori Santos, Director, Claims Modernization at USAA
  124. Ravae Shaeffer, Principal, Southwest CAST STEM High School
  125. Liz Simpson, Founder and CEO, Stimulyst
  126. Megan Smith, Founder, M.V. Smith Political Strategy
  127. Bethany Stachenfeld, Co-Founder, Sendspark
  128. Ann Stevens, President, BioMed SA
  129. Melanie Tawil, CEO and Co-Owner, SwipeTrack Solutions
  130. Tiffany Teixidor, Marketing Manager, New Horizons Tech Workforce and Career Development
  131. Estrella Torres, President, Cyber Tigers, St. Philip’s College
  132. Tiffany Tremont, President and CEO, Silotech Group
  133. Melissa Unsell-Smith, President and Co-Founder, Rectify
  134. Lydia Unterreiner, Software Engineer, Reckon Point
  135. Rosa Elleni Vargas, CEO and Founder at Obsidian Partners and INNOVAPP Design Thinking Facilitator at Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios
  136. Jill Vassar, Director of Development and Partnerships, EPIcenter
  137. Bria Woods, Executive Producer of Digital KAVU-TV and Founder of Glo App
  138. Stefanie Young, CEO, iNNOV8 Place
  139. Maria Zannes, CEO and Founder, bioAffinity
  140. 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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  • 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)

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