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.

Serena Kong Marketing Assistant Intern

Serena is a student studying marketing at Texas A&M International University and a Marketing Assistant Intern at LearnThink Media. She has an interest in learning and helping Laredo grow and become immersed in the arts, especially filmmaking. Serena has a passion for traveling and hopes to bring parts of various cultures around the world to Laredo and help it expand as a city.

 

Alejandra Saenz Sponsorships Assistants Intern

Alejandra is the Sponsorships Assistant Intern at LearnThink Media who works with a variety of people to recruit funds for the organization from generous local donors and well-established corporations. She is a student at Texas A & M International University seeking a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Communications. Prior to LearnThink Media, Alejandra has garnered experience through her own photography business, Ale Saenz Photography, which was established in 2012. She discovered her passion for photography thanks to her connection to Laredo’s former wedding photographer Pedro H. Saenz, whose work inspired her to follow in his footsteps from an early age. Working to help her hometown is very important to her and during her educational career she took a sabbatical for a year in 2014 to become an Americorps Alumni for Habitat for Humanity of Laredo as a Volunteer Coordinator/Construction Crew Leader. There she recruited volunteers, planned for the lodging of visiting volunteers, and helped lead builds on the construction site. Alejandra  discovered a further passion for the theatrical arts and film through her educational career and completed “Cookies and Apples”, a play in five acts, which she plans to produce in the future. She has also earned valuable experience within the broadcast and directing team of KLRN at Texas A & M International University and continues to learn every day in order to help the community grow.