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PAUL MORRISSEY

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Paul Morrissey leads the founding team at Compass Rose. His dedication to his mission is evident in his career trajectory, from teacher, to leader, to school founder.

Paul most recently completed a Fellowship with Building Excellent Schools, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting leaders as they open great schools in areas of high need across the country. Prior to his Fellowship, Paul worked in a turnaround school district in Lawrence, MA. Paul has also worked with a charter school network, teaching and then leading a school in Phoenix, working on the network’s New School Development team to found new schools, and then founding and leading a new middle school in Washington, DC.

Paul received a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and an M.Phil. in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin (IE).

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Lynzee Villafranca

Lynzee is the Director of Outreach for Compass Rose Academy’s Founding Team. Her passion for families and students in San Antonio will guide her work in student recruitment and community engagement efforts.

Upon college graduation, Lynzee joined Teach For America as a San Antonio corps member where she taught 8th grade Language Arts at Poe Middle School. She also worked to recruit high quality and diverse teachers for Teach For America as their Manager of Recruitment for South Texas.

Prior to joining Compass Rose, Lynzee worked as a Director of Development for St. Mary’s University on the city’s Westside.

Lynzee received a B.A. in English and M.P.A from St. Mary’s University.

 

Board of Directors

DON BARFIELD

Don Barfield is an Associate Director of Westat, and prior to this role was the President and Founding Partner at Edvance Research. He has more than 35 years of executive leadership in public, non-profit, and for-profit educational organizations, and his guidance has resulted in the successful delivery of major research and development initiatives locally and nationally. He has given expert testimony to Boards of Education at the state and local levels, Congressional testimony, participated on state assessment and accountability technical advisory panels, the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon schools panel, a National Research Council committee, and numerous Boards of Directors (San Fransisco Education Fund, BSCS Publishing, Bay Area Planned Parenthood). Mr. Barfield has worked in the area of school desegregation for over 30 years and has participated as an expert to the Federal District Court in a number of cases nationally. He has also produced and managed many program evaluations at Barfield Associates (Principal), WestEd (Deputy Director) and San Francisco Unified School District (Assistant Superintendent). Mr. Barfield served as Vice President of Educational Products for Harcourt Assessment, Inc., with responsibility for building new educational assessment products, including content development, research, psychometrics, and editorial, related to the company’s broad range of education assessments, such as achievement (summative and formative), ability, and diagnostic and language proficiency tests. 

 

Ivan Buenrostro

Ivan Buenrostro is the Vice President of Membership at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he increases and retains the organization’s membership base of over 1,200 businesses through effective communication and strategic execution. Prior to his work at the Hispanic Chamber, Mr. Buenrostro taught communications at Mission CISD, managed a digital marketing department at Cox Media Group, and, most recently, was part of a national instructional software sales team at Pearson. Mr. Buenrostro brings a strong history of positively contributing to the needs of the students, colleagues, and businesses he’s been fortunate enough to collaborate with throughout his career. Aside from work, Mr. Buenrostro enjoys spending quality time with his wife and their two energetic, out-of- this-world toddler boys. He is honored to be serving on the Compass Rose Academy Board of Directors alongside dynamic community leaders.

 

HECTOR CARABALLO, M.D.

Dr. Hector Caraballo is the President of Deltroy, Inc., a medical company providing high-quality emergency physician staff services to hospitals and medical facilities in San Antonio and throughout Texas. Aside from his work at Deltroy, Dr. Caraballo is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Texas San Antonio School of Medicine. Dr. Caraballo is experienced in medical education and acts as teaching faculty for both residents and medical students. He also has a history of providing mentorship to numerous medical students in global health projects from to Guatemala and Ecuador. Dr. Caraballo is a first-generation college graduate and knows firsthand the importance of a sound public school education as an instrument of social upward mobility. 

 

ARTURO HERRERA, CHAIR

Arturo Herrera, Jr., Senior Planner, VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority, carries out operational planning, service analysis, and the development of the Five-Year Plan on behalf of the transit authority. His professional work experience is concentrated in multimodal transportation planning and capital project development & management. He has led and supported various transit feasibility studies, VIA’s 5-Year Service Plan, and a transit urban design study. However, most of his tenure was spent managing and implementing VIA’s largest completed capital program, and San Antonio’s first Bus Rapid Transit line – VIA Primo. As program manager, he was responsible for the management of the environmental study, design, real estate acquisition, and construction of 15 stations, two new Transit Centers, and supporting facilities/amenities. Mr. Herrera brings expertise in facility planning, strategic planning, and transportation planning to the Board. 

 

RAMPRIYA LOGAN

Rampriya (Priya) Logan currently serves as an Account Director at L&T Infotech, an engineering IT firm, managing the top and bottom line growth of her energy industry portfolio. She has 13+ years of progressive IT management experience, a deep background in technology, leadership and development, and strategic client management. She has managed projects and products for clients in healthcare, financial services, education, and the energy industry. Throughout her career, Ms. Logan has designed IT strategy for both large organizations and specific business segments, providing strategic consultation in defining solutions and identifying technologies to enable those solutions. She has also co-founded and successfully run an IT consulting firm. Priya brings deep technology, project management, entrepreneurial thinking, strategic planning experience, community connections, and innovative ideas to the Board. 

 

CRISTINA NORIEGA

Cristina Sosa Noriega is an expert at marketing and branding, having spent nearly 15 years working on creative advertising campaigns and social media marketing. After graduating from Yale University in 2001, Noriega started her career at Bromley Communications, the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the United States. From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Noriega was the owner and founder of Murphy St. Raspa Co. in Alpine, Texas, an homage to Tex-Mex art, culture, and food that was lauded in National Geographic Traveler, Texas Monthly, and the Dallas Morning News. Most recently, she served as marketing Director of The DoSeum, San Antonio's children’s museum, where she led the efforts to rebrand the museum which led, in part, to it being named a 10-best Children's Museum by USA Today. Today, Ms. Noriega is a freelance marketing consultant, portrait artist, and mother of two young girls, ages 6 and 4. 

 

BRENT PARK, TREASURER

Brent Park, Manager of Financial Operations, United Allergy Services, LLC, manages a $7 million inventory, including procurement, contract negotiation, and tracking throughout over 500 clinics. Mr. Park is also responsible for contract pricing for all physician partner accounts as well as tracking industry trends in health insurance and their impacts on reimbursement for allergy testing and treatment. As a former classroom educator and higher education operational effectiveness consultant, Brent brings both financial and operational acumen and an understanding of what it takes to be a great classroom teacher. This combination of skillsets allows him to innovatively advise the operational leaders of Compass Rose. 

 

NOELIA TORRES, SECRETARY

Noelia Torres, Senior Account Executive, Rackspace Hosting, brings experience in technology hosting, (infrastructure, software as a service, and cloud computing), digital marketing and thought leadership in the start-up scene. Throughout her 10-year tenure at Rackspace, Ms. Torres has provided consulting for thousands of customers, including Fortune 500 clients, and medium- to small-sized businesses, to help them come up with solutions to solve their technology hosting needs. She has broad experience in building successful demand generation campaigns, leading market operations for new initiatives in Latin America, and project management. Ms. Torres brings a worldly view to the board, having grown up and completed her formative studies in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Torres is committed to helping deliver quality public education to the children of San Antonio, and she is particularly passionate about organizations that promote STEM programs for girls.

 
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