board member

Washington native and Texas transplant, she experienced a Montessori 5th grade education with no organized sports, but a taste of everything from kickball to flag football. She went on to play soccer at the University of Washington. Upon completing her degree, Jenai moved to San Antonio and has worked in medical sales the past 16 years. She continuously supports children's programs and has served on several boards advocating children's initiatives. Plus, she's a mom.


-Respect for others


-Personal Accountability
-Self Motivation

BALLER Camps is different because it uniquely emphasizes the transition from elementary to middle school through athletics, focusing on teamwork, personal responsibility and respect for others. It engages youth in an activity they enjoy, making life lessons taught during the week more likely to have an impact in the future.

Camp instruction is provided by (male and female) professional scholastic coaches and student athletes at campuses within their own neighborhoods.

 BALLER Camps will work with counselors, coaches and other campus personnel to take nominations.


lisa lewis
board secretary

Lisa Lewis is a military brat who attended 5th grade in Alabama, where her favorite playground activity was tether ball. After graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Communications, she has worked for 20 years in advertising, public relations and internal communications. Lisa has supported student programs from reading tutoring to competitive robotics.

Vanessa Richey-Said
board president
Vanessa Richey Said had already been participating in sports for years by 5th grade. Being from a military family, she attended 4 high schools, but her success in the swimming pool led to a career at the University of Texas and later, competing internationally in Modern Pentathlon. She helped launch San Antonio Sports' Dreams for Youth and the USOC's Community Olympic Development Program, which brought Olympic sports programs to the city's disadvantaged. Vanessa currently works in the hospitality industry, securing sports events that economically impact San Antonio. 

lance lewis
Executive Director

Lance Lewis went to 5th grade in Aviano, Italy where he played baseball, and his most prized possession was his lefty catcher's mitt. He earned a degree in political science and history after playing college basketball for a year. To get his first teaching job, Lance agreed to be a high school JV basketball coach--a chance assignment that began a 20-year career of connecting with kids through sports.

Art Vela

board member

Art Vela is a Jefferson High School graduate, and is currently the head Boys Basketball coach at Jefferson.

rodney williams
board treasurer

Rodney Williams spent 5th grade in Flatonia, Texas playing every sport that involved a ball, and even a couple that didn't. He earned his degree from St. Mary's University, where he played baseball and is now honored in their athletic hall of fame. After a few seasons of minor league baseball, Rodney began his teaching and coaching in Cibolo, Texas. He currently teaches math and coaches football at Judson High School.

vice president

Rudy Bernal went to 5th grade at St. Gregory's school in San Antonio, where he played CYO baseball and basketball. After playing a little baseball at the University of Houston, Rudy graduated from UTSA. He then embarked on 37 years as a high school coach, with 31 as head boys basketball coach and beloved figure at Lanier High School. Rudy is now head basketball coach at Antonian College Prep.


board member

Elda Martinez attended fifth grade on Lackland AFB. While she was not an athlete, it was there that she became an avid fan of recess; an appreciation which continues. Trinity University’s MAT Program prepared her well for the ten years she served the San Antonio ISD community. She taught in general education and special education settings and served as a mentor to preservice teachers. These experiences led Elda to pursue a doctorate from Columbia University and a career in higher education. Elda is now the Director of Teacher Education at the University of the Incarnate Word. She continues to be a supporter of athletics; particularly with her interest in the connection of exercise and motor movement to facilitate learning.


board member

David Brennen attended 5th grade at Lewiston Porter elementary just outside Niagara Falls, NY.  His sports career included a stint with JV basketball, several intramural sports, and even powerlifting.  He earned his medical degree at University of Buffalo followed by pediatrics residency with the military in San Antonio.  He served a 13-month combat tour in Ramadi, Iraq before getting the opportunity to return to New York State for fellowship training in pediatric cardiology.  He now works for Pediatric Cardiology Associates here in San Antonio where he specializes in exercise testing and physiology.​