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141 Lavaca St.
San Antonio, TX 78208
Phone: 210-554-2285
eFax: 210-228-3090
Bond 2016

Willie Burroughs

Willie Burroughs is the Chief Operations Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District accountable for child nutrition, transportation, and facilities (maintenance and construction).  He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering (1992) and a MBA (2001) from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.  He was also commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the United States Army Signal Corp (1992).  Willie worked for 11 years in a number of leadership roles in manufacturing for Cooper Industries.  Roles included, but were not limited to:  materials analyst, manufacturing engineer, manufacturing supervisor, production manager, project manager, and operations manager.   After a successful career in manufacturing, Willie made the transition to the service industry where he was employed by Aramark as General Manager for maintenance operations with the Houston Independent School District (HISD).  After five years of service with Aramark, Willie became an employee directly with the HISD where he served in a number of capacities to include, but not limited to:  general manager of construction services (Bond), senior manager of contract administration, and senior manager of special projects.  Willie served the HISD for nearly 11 years before joining the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) as executive director with responsibilities for maintenance, HVAC, grounds, environmental services, custodial, capital improvement, and energy management where he served for 3.5 years.


Kamal ElHabrMr. Kamal ElHabr is the Associate Superintendent for Construction and Development Services at the San Antonio Independent School District. Under his leadership, SAISD developed a long-range facilities master plan to address ongoing challenges of aging district facilities and evolving innovative instructional programs. Designed to address a multitude of facility renovations, repurposing, and replacements, the plan has improved district’s bottom line and continue to support the best possible education for students. Mr. ElHabr has over 30 years of experience in engineering, project, program, and facilities management including 5 years in private practice.  He joined SAISD in 1995 and has managed the 1997 and 2001 Bond programs with a $700 million budget.  He has overseen the management of Bond 2010 for $515 million and is leading the ongoing Bond 2016 for $450 million.  He also directs real estate, property leasing, demographics, and school utilization and boundary programs. He has supervised facilities maintenance, custodial, grounds, environmental, and energy services involving about 300 people for 16 years at SAISD.  Mr. ElHabr earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Structural and Construction Management from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.


Jenny ArredondoJenny Arredondo is the Senior Executive Director of the Child Nutrition Program for the San Antonio Independent School District. She received a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1996.  Jenny served for 3 years as the Executive Director of Business Operations for the South San Antonio Independent School District with responsibilities for transportation, maintenance, custodial services, child nutrition and construction.   Jenny also worked 15 years directly with the Child Nutrition Program at South San Antonio Independent School District.  She is currently an active member of the Texas Association of School Nutrition, The Central Texas Food Service Director’s Association and Texas Association of School Business Officials.


Nathan Graf

Nathan Graf is the Senior Executive Director of Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance for the San Antonio Independent School District.  Mr. Graf earned a master’s degree in business administration (M.B.A.) from The University of Texas at Austin, earning the distinction of a Sord Honors Graduate.  He also earned a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Houston, graduating with Honors.  Mr. Graf served for 15 years in various management roles, each with increasing responsibility, for The Houston Independent School District (HISD); 9 of these years were in transportation.  Under his leadership HISD earned many industry awards and recognition for the efficiency and effectiveness of their transportation services from organizations such as The Council of the Great City Schools, The 100 Best Fleets in the Americas, The City of Houston, the Propane Education and Research Council, District Administration Magazine, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Telly Awards, School Transportation News, School Bus Fleet Magazine, and the National Association for Pupil Transportation. He has authored and managed many grants worth several million dollars to introduce propane school buses into both the HISD and SAISD fleets.  Mr. Graf is also an active member with The Council of the Great City Schools performing annual operational reviews of other transportation departments across the nation. 

Michael Sanchez

Michael P. Sanchez, SAISD’s Senior Executive Director, Facilities Services is a 30 plus year veteran in his field and a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering.

As the Senior Executive Director, Mr. Michael P. Sanchez, P.E. leads all Facilities Services departments, which encompasses Custodial and Grounds Services, Plant Maintenance and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP).  A product of the District he now serves, the Burbank High School graduate is a state of Texas registered professional engineer whose expertise includes Facility Design, Construction and Maintenance.  Mr. Sanchez joined the SAISD’s Facilities Services Department in 1997 as Director of Structural Maintenance.  One year later, he was promoted to the Director of Engineering for the Construction Management Department. 

During his tenure in Construction Management he reviewed civil engineering designs for new construction, managed office staff and supervised special projects.  Mr. Sanchez was instrumental in the implementation of the 1997 Bond Program and development and implementation of the 2001 Bond Program.  After seven years of dedicated service, he was promoted to serve in his current capacity in 2004.


Chris Salley

Chris Salley is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the San Antonio Independent School District. Mr. Salley brings over 25 years of combined experience in the medical device, automotive, commercial tire, pharmaceutical, distribution/logistics and communications fields to his position at SAISD. His specialty is operational turnarounds, with an emphasis on Continuous Process Improvement and LEAN Manufacturing initiatives. Chris received his B.S. in Industrial Management with an Industrial Engineering concentration from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

He is charged with providing leadership to the Operations Services division by assisting in streamlining and standardizing processes to provide optimal value to the customers of Operations Services. He provides training in LEAN Management methodologies to the District and assists the business units in acquiring and analyzing data and implementing Best Practices in the SAISD structure. His other duties include facilitating the creation of Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, and developing Visual Job Aids.





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