Board of Directors

Martin OConnor

 

Martin Oconnor, MAPM, Chairman of the Board – Martin joined the United States Army and after an honorable discharge he worked for local medical laboratories.  In 1990 he started a medical device company which grew to sell products to all 50 states and more than 20 countries.  He received the Small Business Leader of the Year from the Northside Chamber of commerce in 2010.  Martin has been involved with feeding the homeless with St Vinnys Bistro (SVDP kitchen) since 1999.  He is blessed with a wonderful wife Pamela, four children and six grandchildren.

Doug Cross

Doug Cross, Vice Chairman of the Board – Doug is a long-time entrepreneur in San Antonio starting several successful companies.  He has served on the board of many local charitable organizations including Bluestar Contemporary Art Center, Haven for Hope, Najim Charitable Foundation, and the Rotary Club of San Antonio to name a few.  He is very excited to bring his deep passion to care for the homeless to this ministry.  Doug is most proud of his wife, 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Gregg Weston

Gregg Weston, Treasurer – Gregg is a local entrepreneur and has several successful businesses in and around San Antonio.  He has been involved with St Vinnys Bistro for over 15 years.   Gregg believes in showing gratitude to our military and first responders, helping struggling families and those in need and contributing to help San Antonio become a no-kill city for animals. Several of the organizations he has supported include Last Chance Ministries on the West side, St Vinnys Bistro, Daily Bread Ministries, our downtown USO, Compassion International, non-profit organizations that help animals, multiple schools, and other educational organizations.  Gregg believes everyone should strive “Being part of something greater than ourselves.”

Gary Ploetz

Gary Ploetz, Secretary – Gary has been serving dinner at the homeless shelter since 1995.  He is a “crew chief” at St Vinnys Bistro who organizes volunteers to serve dinner once every 5 weeks.  Gary retired after 35 years from the IRS as a Special Agent and now owns and operates Ploetz Investigations, a private investigation firm specializing in forensic accounting.

Adam Valdez

Adam Valdez, CPA – Serving others is in Adam’s DNA as he was born into a family that taught him this from the start.  It began with his grandparents who owned and operated several restaurants and small businesses.  Adam’s grandparents taught his family to treat every person with dignity and compassion.  Adam carries on these same values through his work and service every day.  Adam and his wife have two beautiful daughters and they love to be together as a family.  This includes the beach, game nights, hiking, volunteering, and anything outdoors.  They operate Adam Valdez CPA PLLC, a family accounting firm.  Their accounting practice allows them to be able to serve the community in a much greater capacity, and with the same values of dignity and compassion learned from his grandparents.  As a family, he loves to help in any way he can.  One ministry that is near and dear to his family’s heart is St Vinnys Bistro.  They have been a donor and servant volunteer of the Bistro since 2016.  Adam will never forget the first time he toured the Bistro and watched people be able to eat a meal get a basic daily need fulfilled.  Everyone was treated with dignity and compassion and from that day forward he knew he would be doing whatever he could to help St Vinnys Bistro succeed.

Frank R. Kiolbassa

Frank R. Kiolbassa – Frank received a Bachelor and Master degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. He served as a Construction/Combat Engineering Officer in the United States Air Force from 1965 to 1969. Frank continued his professional career as a professional engineer with the City of San Antonio serving as Public Works and Environmental Director from 1977 to 1991 managing over a 100 million dollar budget and nearly a billion dollar construction program for the City.

Frank has served the church and community as an active ordained Catholic Deacon from 1975 to 1992. He was youth minister and teacher for 40 years. He still leads many parish projects and is a member of parish council now serves on the parish finance and building committees. He became a Vincentian at the Resurrection of the Lord Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society in February 2011 and became its President in March 2011.  He serves or has served on many Society of St Vincent de Paul Regional and National Committees.  Frank most enjoyable part of his life is loving his dear wife Sheila, counseling his children, and spoling and guiding his grandchildren.   As time permits he enjoys gardening with Sheila and fishing.

Fr. Sean Downing

Fr. Sean Downing, S.M., Spiritual Advisor – Fr. Sean volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity in Rome, Italy in a soup kitchen and served the homeless of Rome.  Through lives of prayer and Gospel service, Fr. Sean dedicates himself to following Jesus Christ, Son of God become Son of Mary.  Wherever he is sent, he invites others to share in Mary’s mission of making Christ present in every age and culture by forming persons and communities of apostolic faith that advance justice and reconciliation.  Fr. Sean is committed to education, in the broadest sense, and ministering in solidarity with the poor.  Currently he serves as Chaplain at Central Catholic High School, a Member of the Senior Leadership team, and a Theology Teacher.