Senior Staff 

Simon Salas - Chief Executive Officer

Simon Salas, CEOSimon Salas received his BA from Columbia College, his JD from Columbia Law School, and an MPA from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. Simon served as a chief executive in San Antonio for 30 years, creating service delivery infrastructures for start-up and mature organizations in the education, government, nonprofit and business sectors. After serving as Vice President and Board Member of GSCS between the years 2010 and 2016, Simon serves the community that he was born and raised in, and works diligently to strengthen GSCS' partnerships with the families it serves. Contact:

Alejandra N. Arquisola - Senior Director of Youth and Teen Services

Ale NavarroAlejandra N. Arquisola received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Mary’s University. "Ale" joined the agency in October 2013 and is responsible for the oversight of the Youth & Teen Services Department and Staff, developing and strengthening new and existing community-based relationships with critical stakeholders to broaden the reach and increase awareness of the Agency’s mission, programs, and services, and for promoting partnerships and collaborations as appropriate. In addition, she manages special projects on policy, provides staff support to the Board of Directors, oversees the agency's volunteer program, and all facilities management. She was the chairwoman of the West Side Barrio Network, a network of over 40 agencies serving the 78207 zip code for nearly six years. Contact:

Cynthia Cardenas - Senior Director of Family Services

Cyndi picCynthia Cardenas holds an MEd. in School Administration from Trinity University and an MEd. degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in Early Elementary Education with a Specialty in Early Childhood Education. She also has a BA in Sociology from Our Lady of the Lake University. Ms. Cardenas has 27 years of professional experience serving children and families. She is responsible for managing programs provided to families in the Early Head Start, Preschool, Parents as Teachers Program, and the Senior Center. Contact:

Mariya Flores - Chief Financial Officer

MariyaMariya Flores received her BBA in Accounting from St. Mary's University and her MBA in Business Management from Our Lady of the Lake University. She has over 15 years' experience in finance from her work at San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Capital Group Company, Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio, and other organizations throughout the City. Mariya joined the agency in May of 2019, and she demonstrates talent for driving positive change, maximizing operations, and attaining balanced fiscal performance. Contact:

Jamie Herrmann - Director of Human Resources & Talent Management

Jamie HerrmannJamie Herrmann is a graduate of The University of Texas-Tyler with a Master of Science in Human Resources Development, and a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas-San Antonio. Jamie joined the agency in August 2018 and is responsible for the Human Resources department. Her experience includes 10 years in the Human Resources field with concentration in policy, training, and employee relations. Contact:


Sarah Ramirez - Chief Development Officer

Sarah RamirezSarah Ramirez has a BA in Art from the University of the Incarnate Word and an MPA with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. A San Antonio native, Sarah has worked for several nonprofits around the city including Blue Star Contemporary, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the San Antonio Zoo, and most recently the Briscoe Western Art Museum as the Head of Development, where she was responsible for donor relations, special events, membership, and all fundraising. Sarah has presented on membership and development programs around the country including sessions at international conferences focusing on generational giving and interactions and innovative member program formats. She has worked on campaigns from tens of thousands to multi-million dollars and has built a range of connections locally and throughout the country. Sarah joined the agency in 2020 and is responsible for all fundraising and marketing efforts. Contact: