Meet the EGBI Team
Board of Directors
Mike Lancaster is a Vice President – Senior Business Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. His responsibilities include acquiring, managing, and growing profitable business relationships, commercial lending and being a trusted advisor to help his customers succeed financially.
Mike started his career with Norwest Bank in October 1996, which later transitioned to Wells Fargo Bank thru merger in November 1998. Mike has held many leadership positions in the consumer and business lending division of Wells Fargo across Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. He also served as chairman of the Wells Fargo Retail Services Sales Council in 2011. Some of Mike’s accomplishments are Star Performer in 2008 and Top Producer in 2012.
Mike lives in Round Rock, TX with his wife Kelly, their twin boys Zane & Tyler, and his dog Frank. When not working, Mike likes to workout, wakeboard, and play volleyball. He also does volunteer work for Habit for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and serves on the board of the Oakland’s Home Owners Association.
Pilar Sanchez, currently director of Compliance Oversight for the Housing Authority of Austin, was instrumental in founding the Housing Authority’s first subsidiary corporation in 2000, bringing over 70 new jobs to Austin. She was responsible for developing the agency from the ground up—developing all policies and procedures, hiring and training over 50 employees, and monitoring the program’s regulatory compliance. Sanchez is responsible for auditing and evaluating all programs and making recommendations on program re-engineering to ensure efficiency, integrity, customer satisfaction, and regulatory compliance. Her most recent accomplishment has been co-founding the agency’s consulting arm, which signed its first client in January
Sanchez’s entrepreneurial spirit was also instrumental in creating a business development resource center, Emerging Enterprises (EE). EE is located in East Austin and provides business development classes for start up businesses who need assistance with writing business and marketing plans or who need business counseling. Sanchez brokered a three-tiered partnership between her employer, the Austin Housing Authority (HACA), the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), and the Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI). HACA provides the space and funding for operations, while GAHCC and EGBI operate the center.
Yolanda has more than ten years of education and professional experience in public policy research and data collection, with an emphasis on fiscal and policy analysis. She currently serves as Community Relations Officer in the central and Texas region for BBVA Compass. She supports the bank’s corporate responsibility objectives for community outreach, reputation building, and business development.
Most recently, Yoly was a performance analyst for the Texas Legislative Budget Board. This work involved the planning and development of performance reviews of governmental agencies, including evaluations for program economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. She conducted reviews to determine compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures and reports findings and recommendations to legislators. Prior to this Yolanda worked with Fitch Ratings, Charles A. Dana Center, Senator Shapleigh and Foundation Communities where she also served as chair of the board of directors. Born in El Paso to Mexican immigrants Yoly is a first generation college student.
She holds a master degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College.
Ana Estrada is an attorney with 10 years of experience who moved to Austin, Texas from Miami, Florida. She has practiced in the areas of immigration, criminal defense, civil litigation, and corporate law. Currently, Ms. Estrada specializes in working with small business owners and entrepreneurs. Ms. Estrada helps people succeed in business by providing legal advice, preparing business documents, reviewing business contracts, and assisting with forms and applications. Ms. Estrada was raised in El Paso, Texas and comes from a family of small business owners. She takes pride in the fact that it is her family’s small business that put her through college and law school.
Valdez, originally from El Paso, serves as Sr. Solution Architect at Oracle. He has an extensive career in IT, having worked at several major companies including ERCOT, Motorola, DuPont Photomasks Inc., and Cisco. Valdez has a long history of community service. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC), is a graduate of Austin Leadership Essential Class of 2010, and is McBee Fellow (2012) with Austin Area Research Organization (AARO).
Valdez is also past-president of the Young Hispanic Professional Austin Association (YHPAA), the founder of the Mexican American Engineers & Scientists (MAES) student chapter at the University of Notre Dame, and is a former president of the Austin Professional Chapter of Society of MAES, also having sat on the MAES national board. With a passion for giving back to his community, he has also been involved with Un Sabado Gigante, been a Spanish literacy tutor for Austin Partners in Education (APIE), and involved with Hispanic Organizations Working Together as One (HOWTO) Alliance.
Doctor Villa is the co-founder and COO of the Center for Generational Kinetics. The Center teaches executives and entrepreneurs how to sell and lead across generations. Our team has been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, and The Early Show. Before becoming an education entrepreneur, Denise was a public school educator and administrator in urban, rural, and suburban Texas school districts for 13 years.
Luis Delgado is a father, husband, community resource, speaker, and entrepreneur who founded The Critical Update, inc (TCUINC) in 2003. TCUINC is a technology consulting firm that has evolved from basic computer support to affordable technology consulting, network management, outsourced IT and cybersecurity. Our clients come from every industry in Central Texas. Luis is a certified HIPAA professional and is focused on helping business owners create more jobs for Texas families.
Roderick Robeson is a Certified Public Accountant and entrepreneur with over 20 years of entrepreneurial, accounting, and finance experience. A proud US army veteran, native Austinite, and PriceWaterhouseCooper LLP (PwC) alum, he currently owns and operates two businesses: Roderick Robeson CPA LLC, a virtual accounting firm that serves small businesses from around the world and Aspire Online Academy LLC, an online educational platform that teaches entrepreneurs how to develop and grow their businesses.
Roderick has a passion for teaching, having taught at the collegiate level. His unique teaching style garnered the attention of students and academics alike, being selected by both in the summer of 2012 to teach business courses at one of China’s largest and most prestigious universities, SiChuan University in Chengdu, China. During his spare time, Roderick enjoys reading, traveling, kayaking, and fishing.
Teo Tijerina is the COO at Onko Solutions. Prior to that, he was the Director of Social Enterprises for Southwest Key Enterprises, a division of Southwest Key Programs. From 2005-2013, Teo served as Executive Director & Founder of EDCO Ventures, a 501 (c) (3) business development organization that partnered with IP owners, risk capital groups, and entrepreneurs to commercialize technologies and launch innovative business ideas in economically distressed communities. Some of the notable startups assisted by EDCO include Plasma2Energy, KPS Partners LLC, CherryFusion, MiniDonations, and Tevido Biodevices.
From 2012-2013, Teo also worked as a Venture Manager for Cielo Private Equity, where he spearheaded the capitalization of the Innovacion Fund, and other deals in the areas of renewable energy and agribusiness.
In 2004, Teo co-founded Innovei International in El Paso, Texas, and successfully exited in 2011. Teófilo’s prior experiences includes several technical and managerial roles at Dell, Conexant, MFI International, and Dow Chemicals.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and he was also a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program at the University of Texas El Paso from 2002-2004, where he focused his studies on economic development and the interactions between business and society. Teófilo was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas Mexico, and was raised in McAllen, TX. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1991. Teófilo Tijerina maintains citizenship status in both the United States and México.
Ryan Melendez is Market Leader and Banking Officer for BB&T. He is responsible for instilling the BB&T Mission, Vision and Values within the branch team. He is responsible for sales management and revenue generation within the branch. Provide quality leadership, encouragement and guidance to all branch personnel, while ensuring clients receive superior client service quality.
Past Board Chairs:
Luisa Gavino-Martinez, Wells Fargo
Thomas Miranda, SparkovationIT
Pilar Sanchez, Housing Authority for the City of Austin
Past Board Members:
Nora Comstock, ACC Board of Trustee, Place 6
Michele Dishongh, First Citizens Bank
Ray Andow, Walmart
Glenn Robinson, IC2 Institute
Juliana Sciaraffa, Sciaraffa Law Office, PLLC
Henry Flores, Madhouse Development Services, Inc.
Rolando Balli, RRB Ventures
Jarrett Avery, Cisco
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez
Judge Gisela Triana
Manuel Zarate, HBMG, Inc.
Henry Flores, CenturyLink