Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)

 

The mission of the Citizens Advisory Committee is to support CPS Energy’s essential elements of success by acting as an interface between CPS Energy and its customers; to help tell the CPS Energy story often and well; to understand performance measures and to challenge CPS Energy to “think outside the  box.” This 15-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) provides a channel for two-way communication between the community and the utility. City of San Antonio council members nominate 10 of the 15 members, one representing each district. The other five members are at-large candidates interviewed and nominated by the CAC from those submitting applications and resumes. The CPS Energy Board of Trustees appoints all members to the committee. Members can serve up to three two-year terms. The CAC meets monthly with the primary goal of providing judicious advice from a customer perspective on utility-related projects and programs.

Contact the CAC or find more information through the CPS Energy Liaison by emailing [email protected], or call us at 210-353-5952.

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Meetings

Meet our Citizens Advisory Committee:

Richard Farias

 

District 1 Representative

Farias serves as the Director of Annual Giving at the Alamo Colleges District, where he leads charitable giving efforts that benefit the students of all five colleges within the organization. Previously, he has served in faculty and administrative roles at San Antonio College.  He is a lifelong resident of San Antonio and is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts through professional and volunteer service.

 

Diana Aguirre Martinez

 

District 3 Representative

Aguirre Martinez is the Director of Development for the Non-profit JOVEN. She is a lifelong resident of District 3 and also serves as the President of the Association of Women in Communication-San Antonio Chapter, a Posada Guadalupe Board member in addition to other Community and civic organizations.

Lawson Picasso

 

District 2 Representative

Lawson Picasso serves as a Communications and Public Involvement Coordinator based in San Antonio, TX for WSP USA. With over 10 years of experience, Lawson has a diverse background working in strategic marketing, communications, and advertising.  In addition to her work, Lawson has also invested her time into her community through local non-profit organizations focused on finding solutions to the current inequities of seniors and those experiencing chronic homelessness.

 

Frank Gonzalez

 

District 4 Representative

Gonzalez is the Area Manager for Alpha Environmental Management Company and is active in environmental conservation efforts in the San Antonio area and Texas.  He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Building A Purpose and serves as a mentor with Communities In Schools. 

 

Andy Castillo

 

District 5 Representative

Castillo, a licensed registered accessibility specialist, is a designer at a local architect firm and has a rendering and animation business. Currently Castillo serves as the President of the Quintana Community Neighborhood Association.

Raquel Zapata

 

District 6 Representative

Zapata serves as a Sr. Program Manager & Business Developer for DAWSON, a Hawaii-based company. She has been a San Antonio resident for 40 years, and is a member of the SAPD Civilian Advisory Review Board amongst other community and civic organizations.

 
 

Dr. Adelita Cantu

 

District 7 Representative

Cantu serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, UT Health San Antonio and is an officer for the Latin/Hispanic Faculty Association. Dr. Cantu also serves as a Board Member for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

 

John Kelly

 

Distric 8 Representative
Vice Chair

Kelly, retired, currently serves as the President of Crownridge of Texas Owners Association. Prior to retirement he was a longtime employee with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), having served as the region’s District Engineer for ten years. Following his TxDOT retirement, Kelly consulted for AECOM & CH2M engineering companies.

 

Tom Corser

 

District 9 Representative

Corser is retired from a career in the technology industry, most recently working with Juniper Networks based in Sunnyvale California where he led a transformation from hardware to software/cloud based offerings.  He has lived in San Antonio for 4 years, prior to relocating from New Jersey where he was active in many civic and township boards and commissions.

 
 

Allie Watters

 

Distric 10 Representative
Chair Elect

Watters serves as a Marketing Manager for Whataburger where she manages charitable giving and non-profit relations for Houston, Dallas and the Southeast. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she volunteers with the Texas Bluebonnet Girls State program.

 

Members at Large

 

Andra Clapsaddle

 

Member at Large

Clapsaddle is a retired Air Force Colonel having served in the engineering field for 28 years. She is the sole proprietor of Clapsaddle Consulting, providing strategic planning and programming expertise to the federal government, architectural-engineering firms, and non-profit agencies.  She is a recent graduate of the Master’s Leadership Program San Antonio, and is now dedicating herself to serving on non-profit boards.   

Bill Day

 

Member at Large
Chair

Day serves as the VP and Corporate Communications Manager for Frost Bank, where he is responsible for external communication, media relations, social media and reputation management.  Prior to joining Frost in 2016, he spent 10 years in a similar role with Valero Energy Corporation.  He is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio and has served on a variety of non-profit boards in the community.

 
 

Mary Dennis

 

Member at Large

Dennis is the Mayor of Live Oak currently serving in her fourth term. Recently, she was named to the National League of Cities and has previously served as President for the Texas Municipal League. Mayor Dennis is an active leader, serving other boards and commissions.

Steve Bonnette

 

Member at Large

Bonnette is a retired Civil Engineer with over 40 years in the consulting industry in Texas and Louisiana, most recently with Pape-Dawson Engineers in San Antonio.  He has resided in San Antonio for 24 years and is active in regional, state and local boards and committees.