Board Of Commissioners

Board Chairman
Commissioner
Mr. Patricio Sampayo

Patricio is a managing director of Centro Medico Internacional, a private health care system in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. He graduated cum laude from Harvard College with an A.B. in Economics. Patricio is passionate about social entrepreneurship and committed to helping colleagues and local organizations pursue innovative solutions to social problems. He was appointed to HACB's board by Mayor Tony Martinez and has served as its Chairman since 2011.

Contact Me:

psampayo@hacb.us
Board Vice-Chairman
Commissioner
John F. Cowen, Jr.

John is President of Cowen Group, LTD, a diversified company with interests in international logistics, warehousing and real estate development.  Prior to joining the company in 2007, John worked in Chicago and New York City for a Big 4 professional services firm where he advised large multi-national corporations on Value Added Tax (VAT) and Customs issues around the world.  John is a licensed U.S. Customs broker and graduated with honors with a degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.  In addition, John is the Chairman of the School Board at Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville, Texas.  John is married to Robin Cowen and they have two children;  Grace (4) and Jack (2).

Contact Me:

jcowen@hacb.us
Board Member
Commissioner
Mr. Noe Guerrero

Noe Guerrero was inducted into The National Dean’s List in 2002, and graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a major in Finance. Native to the South Texas region, he has had the distinct opportunity to live and understand the culture that surrounds its daily lifestyle. For the past 12 years, he has worked for one of South Texas’ leading fully-integrated real estate development and investment companies; a company where he has learned about commitment, loyalty, hard honest work and has recently become a partner. Mr. Guerrero has an international background and is a strong advocate for city development and economic growth.

Contact Me:

nguerrero@hacb.us
Board Member
Commissioner
Michael Motyl

Michael Motyl  has dedicated his entire 15 year career in education to walking with those most in need. He currently serves as President of Guadalupe Regional Middle School (GRMS) and Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) located in Brownsville. As the only school of its kind in the state offering a tuition-free, Catholic education exclusively for students from economically disadvantaged families, GRMS raises its entire operating budget each year, relying on foundation and community support to create opportunities and transform lives.

Motyl graduated from Boston College in 2001 with Bachelor’s Degree in Education and upon graduation he applied and was accepted into the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Program. He served as a volunteer teacher for two years in the Rio Grande Valley teaching middle school math, coaching, and volunteering with local organizations. Through the ACE program, he earned his Master’s degree in Education in 2003. Motyl returned to the University of Notre Dame as a member of the Remick Leadership Program and earned his Master’s degree in Educational Administration in 2009, and received the ACE/Notre Dame Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Catholic Education in recognition for his lasting witness and significant contributions to the ministry of Catholic education.  In 2015, Motyl was an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Education, for his steadfast commitment to making a tuition-free Catholic education available to economically disadvantaged students in the Brownsville community.

Contact Me:

mmotyl@hacb.us
Resident Commissioner
Commissioner
Norma Zepeda

Norma has a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a Special Education Certification ACP UTB.  She has served on numerous community organizations, such as:  Honorary Member of National Head Start Association, Former Head Start Policy Council President, Former Community Representative of Brownsville – NINOS Head Start Inc.,  Member of Cameron County Texas Democrat Women, Member of Campaign Committee for 357th District Court Judge, Member of Brownsville Community Fellowship – Ministries, and Volunteer for Good Neighborhood Settlement and Boys & Girls Club.

Contact Me:

nzepeda@hacb.us