Members of the Board of Trustees

District 1

Joseph H. Medina
Secretary

11719 Rousseau
San Antonio, Texas 78251

First elected: 2015
Current term: 2019-2023

Joseph H. Medina, a long-time educator and community volunteer, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. He currently serves as Board Secretary, Chair of the Academics Committee, and as a member of the Technology Committee.
 
Medina is a San Antonio native and graduated from McCollum High School. In 2006 he earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Kingsville System Center in San Antonio. In 2013 he completed his Master of Arts in Educational Administration at Texas A&M University – San Antonio. 
 
Medina began his teaching career as a middle school math teacher and later worked as a special education inclusion teacher and case manager. He is currently an Assistant Principal at Ronald McNair Middle School in Southwest ISD.
 
Medina and his wife Rocίo, an educator, have three sons who attend Northside schools.
 
Medina is a University Interscholastic League basketball official and serves as president of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) board at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Forester PTA.

District 2

Gerald B. Lopez
Vice President

First elected: 2015
Current term: 2019-2023

Gerald B. Lopez was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015 and reelected in 2019. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board. Lopez has earned the designation of "Master Trustee" as a 2019 graduate of the Leadership TASB program. Lopez is the NISD delegate to the TASA/TASB Convention.
 
Lopez graduated from Holy Cross High School and Our Lady of the Lake University. He spent 10 years working as an Instructional Assistant at Northside Children’s Center (now Holmgreen Center). He served as Chief of Staff for City Councilman Ray Lopez (no relation) from 2009 until 2017. Lopez is a small business owner. 
 
Lopez is married to NISD’s Assistant Director of Fine Arts Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez and together they have three children. Their two oldest graduated from Warren High School and they have one child currently attending Jordan Middle School.
 
Lopez served on the PTA nominating committee for Carlos Coon Elementary School. 
 
For the past 23 years, Lopez has been actively involved in Fiesta Noche del Rio, an annual summer show at the Arneson River Theater that celebrates San Antonio in music and dance. Proceeds benefit the Alamo Kiwanis and children’s charities. Lopez currently serves as Assistant Director of the show.

District 3

M'Lissa M. Chumbley
Trustee

First elected: 1995
Current term: 2019-2023

M'Lissa M. Chumbley was first elected to the Board in 1995 and has served four terms as President. During her tenure on the Board, she also has served as Vice President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian. She is Chair of the Building Committee and also serves on the Policy and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Chumbley is the NISD representative to the Northside Education Foundation.

She is a former President of the Northside Council of PTAs and is an Honorary Life Member of both the National and Texas PTAs. Chumbley served as Chairwoman of the Los Leones Student Arts Festival, served on the Vision 2012 Committee for the city of Leon Valley, and received the Time Warner Cable Hometown Hero Award for community service. She is a member of the O’Connor High School FFA Boosters and is co-chair of the Walter Gerlach Livestock Show Auction Committee. She was honored during the 45th annual Gerlach Show for her dedication and commitment to 4H and FFA students in the Northside community. At USAA, Chumbley participates in the Business Careers High School Mentor education programs. She has been selected as one of Business Careers High School’s ‘Mentors of the Year’ and was named to the BCHS Mentor Hall of Fame.

Chumbley is a recipient of the Honorary Chapter Award from the O'Connor High School FFA as well as the Honorary Lone Star Farmer Degree from the Texas FFA Association for her commitment to youth in agriculture. Chumbley is also a Life Member of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

She is a graduate of Marshall High School, attended Texas A&M University, and is a 37-year employee at USAA. She and her husband Steve have four sons: Dr. Boot Chumbley (wife Sarah and grandson Nolan), a Professor of Agriculture at Texas A&M Kingsville; Ty Chumbley, an Animal Science Professor and Livestock Judging Coach at Palo Alto College and consultant for HeartBrand Beef Company; and Chance Chumbley, a local businessman with Spectrum Lighting, all graduates of Texas A&M University. Their youngest son Colton is a sportswriter for the Other 98 covering Aggie athletics.

The Chumbleys are active members of St. Luke's Catholic Church.

District 4

Robert Blount, Jr.
Trustee

13450 Sunnyview Trails
San Antonio, TX 78253


First elected: 1999
Current term: 2019-2023

Bobby Blount was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1999 and also serves as President of the Bexar County School Boards Coalition. He has achieved the status of “Master Trustee” as a graduate of the Leadership TASB program. He currently serves on the Academics and Technology committees. 

Blount is the founder and Director of both the Department of Energy Regional Science Bowls in San Antonio and the Texas Solar Race Car Event. His employer, The MITRE Corp., and NISD serve as hosts for both events. He serves as Treasurer of the Texas Caucus of Black School Board Members and as Chair of the Op Schnabel YMCA Board of Directors. Blount is also on the Board of the P16 Council of Greater Bexar County and is the Chair of the San Antonio Area Foundation African American Community Fund.

In 2016, Blount received the inaugural Public Relations Champion Del Oro Award from the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). In 2017, he was named one of Northside ISD’s Outstanding Mentors. 

Blount earned his law degree from George Mason University and holds a master's degree in systems management from St. Mary's University and a bachelor's degree in engineering science from the United States Air Force Academy. In 2016, he received the inaugural Public Relations Champion Del Oro Award from the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Blount and his wife, Sandra Sandoval, have two children, one a graduate of Communications Arts High School and Stanford University, and the other a graduate of Communications Arts High School. 

District 5

Corinne Saldana
Trustee

6302 Pemwoods
San Antonio, TX 78240

First elected: 2021
Current term: 2021-2025

Corinne Saldaña is serving her first term as a NISD trustee.

A native of San Antonio, she was the first member of her extended family to graduate from high school or college. Since she was in first grade, she knew she wanted to be a teacher and her goals never changed.

She is a graduate of Jefferson High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio.   

She started her teaching career in 1970 as a math teacher at Edison High School in San Antonio ISD. She stayed there for four years before joining the staff at Holmes High School in 1974. She remained at Holmes High School for 34 years serving as a math teacher, department coordinator, assistant principal, academic dean, and ultimately campus principal until her retirement.

Saldaña was the first Hispanic principal to lead a NISD comprehensive high school and a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals.

She is married to Alfonso Saldaña, Jr. who taught and coached for 40 years in San Antonio’s inner-city schools. They have two children, Marc Christopher and Jennifer Corinne Moberly, both graduates of Marshall High School, and five grandchildren.

She and her husband are active members of University United Methodist Church. Aside from her passion for education, Saldaña enjoys sharing time with her grandchildren, attending athletic events, and gardening.

District 6

Carol Harle, Ph.D.
Trustee

5900 Evers Road
San Antonio, Texas 78238

First elected: 2013
Current term: 2021-2025

Dr. Carol Harle, a long-time educator and community volunteer, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013. She has earned the status of "Master Trustee" as a 2018 graduate of the Leadership TASB (LTASB) program. She is also the TASA/TASB Delegate Assembly Alternate.

Harle graduated from Marshall High School and the University of Texas at Austin before becoming a teacher in both Northside ISD and North East ISD. She worked as an Academic Dean at Rayburn Middle School and as a Staff Development Specialist in the NISD Organizational and Staff Development Department. She also served as an Executive Director for the School Improvement Department in North East ISD, as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in San Antonio ISD, and as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Harlandale ISD. Harle received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Dr. Harle currently serves as an educational consultant and school improvement coach for several school districts. She teaches at UTSA in the College of Education and serves on the SA2020 Commission on Education.

Harle served as PTA president at Leon Springs Elementary School, Stinson Middle School. and O'Connor High School.

She and her husband Judge Sid Harle have two children, Kimberly and Paul, who both graduated from O'Connor High School and the University of Texas at Austin and three grandchildren, Nicolas and Genevieve Solis, who will attend Northside schools, and new baby Quinn who lives in Austin.

District 7

Karen Freeman
President


First elected: 2005
Current term: 2021-2025

Karen Freeman, a long-time NISD community volunteer, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005 and was re-elected for her fourth term in May 2017. She currently serves as Board President. Freeman is also Chair of the Academics Committee and is a member of the Building, Finance, Technology, and Policy and Intergovernmental Relations committees. Freeman is the Chair of the Technology Committee and is also a member of the Academics, Building, Finance, and Policy and Intergovernmental Relations committees.  She is a member of the Bexar County School Boards Coalition, the National School Board Association (NSBA), and the NSBA’s Federal Relations Network. Freeman has earned the status of “Master Trustee” as a 2009 graduate of the Leadership TASB (LTASB) program and is a member of the LTASB alumni association.  

Prior to board service, Freeman served on School Advisory Teams, the first NISD School Boundary Advisory Committee, NISD Strategic Plan committees, three NISD Bond committees (1998, 2001, and 2004) and the NISD Citizens' Bond Advisory Committee. Additionally, Freeman has held numerous PTA and Booster Organization positions in NISD schools and is an Honorary Life Member of the Texas PTA. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 from the Helotes Area Chamber.

Freeman earned a bachelor of science degree in clinical laboratory medical technology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and is currently working as Office Manager in her husband's medical practice. She is married to Dr. Ted Freeman, and together they have four children, all who began kindergarten at Scobee Elementary School, all graduates of O'Connor High School, and all have earned college degrees. Freeman attributes her children’s successes in part to opportunities they had in NISD and teachers they have had throughout their academic careers. She enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren who all live in Austin.

The Freemans are members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes.