Annalisa Peace

Executive Director

Annalisa holds an MS in Urban Administration from Trinity University and has over fifteen years experience working with non-profit and governmental organizations in a variety of capacities, including as a City Council aide, grants administrator with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Executive Director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and Director of Development for the Carver Community Cultural Center.

She has been instrumental in organizing citizens’ campaigns in her hometown of San Antonio, including Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas (AGUA), the Salado Nature Trail Project, and Smart Growth San Antonio, serving, as well, on the steering committee of the Bexar Land Trust, and on numerous governmental boards and ad-hoc committees, including the City of San Antonio’s Open Space Advisory Board, the Water Quality Task Force that drafted San Antonio’s water quality rules, and as Community Co-Chair of the Kelly AFB Restoration Advisory board.

Ms. Peace currently serves on the board of imagineSanAntonio! and as water chair on the board of The League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.She is a member of the American Planners Association, the Association of Professional Fundraisers.

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Joann De Luna

Educational Programs Director

Joann holds a degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a Masters in Educational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University, and is certified in Secondary Science education and Art education. She has over thirty years classroom teaching experience in Science education, and was Science Coach for Northeast Independent School District and the Secondary Science Facilitator for South San Antonio Independent School District.

She has served as Chairperson for the Bexar Grotto, as a Board Member of the Texas Cave Management Association, and as the Program Chair for the San Antonio Geological Society. She is a member of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, the Texas Earth Science Teachers Association, the National Science Teachers Association, the Texas Science Educational Leaders Association, the Science Teachers Association of Texas as well as the Texas Speleological Association, the Bexar Grotto, and the San Antonio Geological Association. In addition to her work with GEAA, she is currently working on a Teachers Resource Guide for the National Earth Science Teachers Association, and writing middle school science curriculum for Bat Conservation International.

Deborah Reid

Technical Director

Deborah (Debbie) Reid holds a Bachelor of Science in Soil and Crop Management and a Master of Science in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. She has over 30 years’ experience in these areas with an emphasis on natural resource management in the last 15 years. She worked for the City of San Antonio as the Nature Preserve Coordinator at Friedrich Wilderness Preserve and as the City Arborist implementing the Tree Preservation, Landscape, Streetscape and Irrigation ordinances. During this time, she assisted in developing and implementing new ordinances or guidelines to incentivize the preservation of native trees and their associated native plants and to preserve natural waterways. She has been a member of many committees such as those to create the Linear Creek Corridors and a variety of codes and ordinances including Smart Growth, Conservation subdivisions and Low Impact Development. During her career in San Antonio, she has worked with numerous agencies and non-profits to promote environmental projects, programs and workshops including the Releaf Our City Parks, VIA Bus Stop Tree Planting, Master Naturalist volunteer program (Co-creator), Native Plant Landscape Certification program (Co-creator), and the EPA’s Managing Stormwater with Green Infrastructure workshop. And most recently, she has been a Peace Corps volunteer in Mexico and Guatemala where she shared her knowledge with residents living in rural mountainous areas while promoting best management practices for stormwater management and maintaining habitat for native songbirds, butterflies, hummingbirds and pollinators.

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Rebecca Deleon-Hutton

Administrative Assistant

Rebecca is a student with a passion for environmental justice. She is currently attending the University of Texas at San Antonio acquiring a BA in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in sustainability. Rebecca joined our team 2 years ago as part of the UTSA’s Center of Civil Engagement work-study program. She now coordinates GEAA’s web page and all administrative matters as a part-time employee. Rebecca looks forward to applying her newly found environmental awareness with her career as an renewable energy engineer with the hopes of sustaining the local environment.

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Esli Rios

Administrative Assistant

Esli moved from McAllen, Texas to San Antonio to be a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She hopes to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a focus in sustainability in 2021. In 2015 Esli worked for six months as a volunteer at the Mission Regional Medical Center to help her community. She then joined the GEAA staff on Fall 2017 as a UTSA Center of Civic Engagement work-study program. While at GEAA she will continue to peruse her goal of becoming a renewable energy advocate to create a brighter tomorrow for future generations.