TEDxSanAntonio is a labor of love. With a few exceptions for specific, must-have skillsets, resources or assets, it’s an all-volunteer organization. And the people who put in the most time, all year long, are the Organizers. Each organizer basically has a second, unpaid job — and if you ask us, we find it very worthwhile.
Programming Committee Chair
As a member of the Programming Committee for TEDxSanAntonio for more than five years, Angelica has broad interests in all things TEDx. Now, as Programming Chair and Licensee of San Antonio’s TEDx chapter, Angelica keeps a pulse of what the general public is talking about and enjoys the discovery of unique, novel perspectives. She is a ninja collaborator, working with TEDxSanAntonio’s specialist curators, advisors, and speaker coaches to bring the finest minds to our stage and help them shine. She is an effective communicator, efficient process manager, proactive solution-seeker, and expert at scheduling.
Poised and personable, comfortable onstage and off, she helps elevate TEDxSanAntonio in every way.
Board, Fiesta for the Mind
Susan co-founded the TEDxSanAntonio community in 2009 and established our nonprofit Fiesta for the Mind in 2014. As TEDxSanAntonio licensee, she broadened TEDxSanAntonio to include Live, Youth, Women, and Salon series. She is very active in UX/UI and user empowerment communities and events worldwide, in Austin, and San Antonio. Apart from serving on the Fiesta For The Mind Board, Susan also runs Firecat Studio, a digital strategy agency.
Logistics Co-Chair, TEDxSanAntonio
A professional voice actress with a specialty in animation, video games and commercials by day, many people may have already heard Michele’s voice before having met her in person: she is currently voicing Paul, the purple octopus, in the animated series “Lukas Storyteller” from CCC of America.
A communications professional with over 20 years experience in non-profit and church administration with expertise marketing, project management, social networking, volunteer recruitment and management, and strategy planning, Michele’s experience is invaluable to the TEDxSanAntonio orgranization.
Operations Co-Chair, TEDxSanAntonio
As the Operations Committee Co-Chair, Tiara does it all. She is responsible for assigning volunteers to committees and supporting the logistics of planning the main event.
In addition to viewing events, the kickoff event, the speaker’s reception, and the after party, venue selection and reservation, catering selection and reservation, conception and execution of interactive exhibits, registration for all attendees, T-shirt and lanyard production and distribution.
Outside of TEDx, she is a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force, a certified facilitator and instructor. Tiara is also the Founder of TiaraPayton.com, creator of Confidence Over Conformity and Author of Camouflaged Strength.
Creative Director, TEDxSanAntonio
Thanks to an old colleague and friend who happens to be a TEDxSanAntonio founder, Jon has been an attendee from the start. After offering his services in art direction for numerous events, he was elected Creative Director in 2015. When asked what he thinks about TEDxSanAntonio, he will often reply, “I’m just happy to be here.”
Technology & Production Chair, TEDxSanAntonio
A vital volunteer since the inception of TEDxSanAntonio, McD is our institutional memory and keeper of our data, processes and assets. He oversees the production of our live events and all talk videos post event. McD keeps our website and collaboration tools updated and working. He earned a Computer Science degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, focusing in multimedia, and was a pioneer of USAA’s first intranet and other digital efforts for more than 10 years. McD now spends his days designing and developing websites and apps, and firmly believes in having fun!
We also like to recognize our Committee Chairs and special volunteers »
Please feel free to reach out to us and find out more about the event. And thanks for being a part of our TEDxSanAntonio community!
The original founding organizers team began meeting in 2009, just after TED announced the TEDx program. Some of them have moved on, but continue to provide vital vision and strategic guidance.