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Executive Director
Ramon Vasquez

Born in San Antonio and later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked as a gang specialist for Centro De La Comunidad Unida, a position he dedicated himself to for five years. During his tenure at Centro, he specialized in the development and implementation of intervention projects amongst Latino Street gangs.   In 1991, he and his family moved back to San Antonio and he joined the Good Samaritan Center as Program Director for the Youth in Conflict Gang Program.  Ramon was instrumental in the establishment of a 5 year Peace Truce between 6 of San Antonio most notorious street gangs.  In 1998, he was appointed and currently serves as Executive Director of the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. Ramon has spent the last 6 years specifically working on community mobilization and Community/Academic partnerships. Primarily focusing on the mobilization of men in the areas of domestic violence, promoting positive images on fatherhood and confronting male stereotypes and falsehoods.  He is the Co-Founder and Vice President of the Land Heritage Institute Foundation, Co-Founder of the American Indians in Texas Institute and Co-Founder of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition. 

Director of Programs
Isaac Alvarez Cardenas

A member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan (Qua-wheel-tek-can) Nation, Native American Indian, son of an Apache mother and a Coahuiltecan father, raised in the inner city west side of San Antonio, Texas. Isaac is a father of two young adult sons, and married to his wife Sylvia for 32 years. Isaac is currently working as Director of Programs for the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Mission’s “Rites of Passage Program”. He was also involved in the conceptualizing of the Avance’s “Fatherhood” project in 1988. Isaac is a graduate with a Masters in Science, Psychology Counseling (LPC Intern) at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Isaac is also a Mental Health Psychotherapist working with children and families at Mental Health Clinics in the city. It should be noted that Isaac has chosen to reside in the inner city, working with high-risk, minorities, families, and youth for over twenty years. His purpose is to help strengthen the families in the community by providing culturally competent spiritual support, mental wellness and emotional enlightenment.

 

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