The Dee Howard Foundation

Our Mission

We seek to inspire, challenge and empower innovators in these fields while training a skilled workforce for the San Antonio, Texas Region.

The Dee Howard Foundation Fund (DHF) was established in memory of aviation pioneer and entrepreneur Dee Howard for the support of programs that enhance excellence and global leadership of the aviation and automotive sectors in the San Antonio,Texas Region.

DHF's Primary Focus -  Aviation and Aerospace - San Antonio
Goals related to Primary Focus:

1. Create jobs;
2. Provide a skilled workforce to fill those jobs;
3. Stimulate invention, development, manufacture and installation of innovative, cutting edge technology; and
4. Preserve the history of aviation in San Antonio.

Executive Committee

  • Christina Martinez – Executive DIrector

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    C 210.758.3435
  • Wayne I. Fagan – Chair/President 

    The Dee Howard Foundation
  • JoAnn Browning, Ph.D., P.E. – Vice Chair 

    Dean, UTSA College of Engineering
    David and Jennifer Spencer
    Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering
  • Bianca Rhodes – Vice President

    President & CEO
    Knight Aerospace
  • Tyler J. Schroeder – Secretary 

    Manager, State and Local Government Operations
    The Boeing Company - San Antonio
  • JT Norris, Jr. PhD, CPA – Treasurer 

    Director, MS in Accounting Program
    University of the Incarnate Word
  • Wayne S. Alexander

    President (Retired)
    SBC Southwestern Bell
  • Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr. (USAF Ret.)

  • Col. Richard M. Francey, Jr. (USA Ret.)

    Vice President, San Antonio Operations
    GDC Technics
  • Col. Timothy W. Strawther (USAF Ret.)

    Lead Executive, San Antonio Field Office
    Lockheed Martin Corporation

Team Members

  • Brad DiBaggio

    DiBaggio Design, Inc.

Ex Officio Board Members

  • Jim Perschbach

    President & CEO
    Port San Antonio
  • Lt. Gen. Russ Handy (USAF Ret.)

    San Antonio Aviation Department
  • Pedro Martinez

    San Antonio Independent School District
  • Richard Perez

    President & CEO
    San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Rey Chavez

    San Antonio Manufacturers Association
  • David E. Marquez

    Executive Director
    Bexar County Economic Development
  • Leo Gomez

    President & CEO
  • Jenna Saucedo-Herrera

    President/Chief Executive Officer
    San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

Industry Advisory Council

Education Advisory Council