Our Vision

All students in Texas should be able to learn in a safe and secure environment. No school should have to choose between providing a high-quality education and protecting the safety and lives of students.

The funds raised by this non-profit organization not only help save lives, but also allow public and charter schools to better utilize what little funding they have to provide a better education for the youth of Texas.

Our Solution

  • SSI strongly supports and employs US Veterans from all branches and eras.
  • We only partner with experts in the security industry with decades of combined experience.
  • SSI knows the independent school districts and public schools in Texas intimately. Our expertise allows us to identify the school districts and individual schools that are most at-risk.

 

 

 

 

  • SSI works with the top suppliers of best of breed security training and solutions, and knows how to leverage their services to the greatest value and impact for Texas schools.
  • SSI is helping develop a uniform standard for school security across Texas and is working with multiple experts, educators, civic and governmental bodies to get it adopted into legislation by 2021.

 

 

 

 

Our Executive Advisory Board

Dr. Maria Ferrier

Dr. Maria Hernandez Ferrier is the Inaugural President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio and retired in 2014. Prior to her career with A&M-San Antonio, she held several national education appointments, serving under both Presidents George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.  Most recently, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed her to the Texas Commission on Next General Assessment and Accountability, and she serves on numerous Boards in San Antonio.  Her awards and accomplishments are too long to list.

 

Graciela A. Cigarroa, J.D.

Graciela A. Cigarroa, J.D. is the General Counsel at El Centro del Barrio d/b/a CentroMed. Ms. Cigarroa has over 25 years of legal experience with a focus on non-profit and health law. She has been published and has been a frequent speaker in the area of HIPAA privacy laws. She is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and sits on several community board. She and her husband Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, former Chancellor of the UT System, are strong supporters of numerous non-profit boards locally and across the country.

Dr. Juan Antonio Jasso

Dr. Juan Antonio Jasso is the Director of Superintendent Studies at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.  With over 36 years in the public education field, Dr. Jasso has supported the work of over 700 employees and the education of more than 5,200 students. Dr. Jasso has served in almost every capacity in the public-school system and is frequently asked to speak at conferences. Through leadership influence, financial commitment of A&M – SA, and educational organizations, the model for educational leadership will be responsive to a changing educational and cultural climate while demonstrating mindfulness in implementing learning strategies recommended by several educational administration national commission reports, but specifically from the National Commission for the Advancement of Educational Leadership Preparation (NCAELP). Currently the University Program that Dr. Jasso leads is proud to announce that 100% of their certification students have mastered the certification assessment.

Mr. Mario A. Vazquez

Mario Vazquez is President of Alamo Consultants LLC. The firm consults in the non-profit sector as well as international oil and gas and NAFTA business with Mexico. He is the former President & CEO of KLRN-TV, San Antonio’s PBS station, was Vice President at Texas A&M University-San Antonio handling all university fundraising efforts, and held corporate positions at Valero and NuStar Energy.

Mario enjoys giving back to the community and has served on the following Board of Directors: The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Chairman’s Advisory Board), UT Health San Antonio Development Board, San Antonio River Foundation (Executive Committee), San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio (former Chairman), and Las Misiones (now a UNESCO Heritage Site) and founding Chairman of The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, among others.

Mario led the local US-Mexico Foundation’s bi-national efforts in Chiapas, México in their charitable work under the supervision of the Hon. Henry G. Cisneros, former HUD Secretary.  Mario has been honored by invitations to the White House and honored to have met their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia in Malaga, Spain on a business trade mission of selected business leaders. Mario received his Bachelor’s Degree from UTSA.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Management Board

Michael Kirk – President & CEO

Katrina Greiner – Legal Secretary

Cindy Chavez – Treasurer

Kurt Martens – Vice President & COO

Harvey Holmes – Vice President Security Integration

Fernando Martinez – Systems Architect


“Schools should be places of safety, and sanctuary, and learning. When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom and every American community.”

-President George W. Bush, 2007