Roxanne Peña Founder/President

Roxanne has 15 years combined experience related to Audio/Video Production & Film Entertainment with five years experience teaching in after school programs, the public education system, and abroad in South Korea. She received an A.A. in Radio, Television, & Film, graduated summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in Communication, and holds an M.A. in Education from Texas State University. She interned as a Casting Director Assistant for 5 months in which she managed a portfolio of projects from concept to sizzle. She spent two years working on reality TV shows as a Production Assistant on shows like Tiny House Nation and He Shed, She Shed and owns Lot 31 Films, a video production since 2015. Roxanne has co-coordinated several student film festivals such as SXSW Make a Film in a Day, Lights, Camera Chutzpah! Workshop, and VMT’s Media and Film Festival. Roxanne signed an agreement with 48 Hour Film Project as City Producer to bring the film festival to Laredo in 2020.

Cristina Mendoza Vice-President

Cristina graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. She began her teaching career in science at LJ Cristen Middle School for 4 years and transferred to Trautman Middle where she taught for six years until she took a sabbatical to raise her three children Connor, Cooper, and Lillian. This year marks Cristina’s second year teaching STEM at United Middle School. Additionally, Cristina is the Founder of Living Laredo which was created due to the simple fact that it was difficult to find low cost or free events around Laredo, Texas. Her simple website grew into a popular social media platform on Facebook with over 14,000 active users and in 2018 she was nominated as Small Business Development’s Small Business Media Advocate of the Year for all of south Texas. Cristina received a certificate of commendation from Senator Ted Cruz and a congratulatory certificate from Senator Judith Zaffirini as well.

Juan Paez Secretary/ Producer

Juan has 5 years of experience as a videographer, photographer, and video editor for various local production companies.

He graduated with an A.A. in Drafting and Design from Laredo College in Laredo, Texas. His dream is to work on a feature film production.

Regina Portillo Board Director

Regina grew up in Laredo, TX and spent ten years studying and building her career in both Austin, TX and New York, NY. She specialized in talent management and the complexities of people at work, using psychological principles and research methods to solve problems in the workplace and improve quality of life.

She spent two years as part of the founding team of a successful freelance startup (Skillbridge, acquired by Toptal) and two years as an analytics Associate at Goldman Sachs’ Human Capital Management division.

She graduated summa cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a B.A. in Psychology and holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

George Altgelt Legal Advisor

George Altgelt has practiced law since 2004, and began his career in the Webb County and Zapata County District Attorney’s Office. In private practice since 2006, he brings considerable experience to Altgelt Law Office, which has been serving clients since 2010.