Project Quest, Inc.

Meet the Team

We are Team Quest

“We’re a lifeline for the people in our community who are ready to change their lives.”

Project QUEST is what it is today due to the group of hard working individuals whose passion fuels the program and inspires those around them. Each person has a unique role that attributes to the success of those who complete the program.

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David J. Zammiello, SPHR

is President and CEO, David assumed the role of President and CEO of Project QUEST in June 2017. David is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in Business Data Systems. He earned a master’s degree in Computer Information Systems from St. Mary’s University in 1992 and holds an Associate of Arts degree from San Antonio College. David and his wife Cindy have been married for thirty-seven years and have two grown children, Joey and Lisa. For fun, David enjoys running, hiking, attending sporting events and concerts.

Lelani Mercado

is the Chief Program Officer for Project QUEST, Inc. She develops organizational goals, operating plans, policies, short and long-range objectives for the operations of the organization and oversees the Program Experience team. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word with a focus on Child Development. Lelani has a strong devotion to the transformation of lives through opportunities in education for youth and adults and has worked with such distinguished organizations as the YWCA and Communities in Schools before starting with QUEST.

Mary Ester Rodriguez

Director of Accounting and Finance, brings 30+ years’ experience in Accounting, Non-profit and Auditing. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Our Lady of the Lake University. She received her Certified Fraud Examiner’s License in 2010. She serves in the Counting Ministry at her Church. She enjoys fishing and photography.

Francisco Martinez

is the Director of Community Partnership for Project QUEST. He is responsible for all facets of business development including grant administration, donor engagement, philanthropic participation, alumni relations, marketing, communications and events. Francisco has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles. Francisco has over 20 years of combined experience providing community outreach and engagement, connecting community members to social services, nonprofit leadership, and the healthcare field.  He is the son of immigrants, the first in his family to pursue an education beyond high school and can attest to the life changing impact access to a quality education can play for generations to follow. Francisco and his wife have been married for 21 years and have two daughters—one in middle school and a high school senior.  He is a very proud #GirlDad

Rebecca Polanco

is the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO and liaison to the board of directors. Rebecca has served within the social sector for over 12 years providing executive level support, ensuring effective communication, and supporting board engagement and governance. Rebecca is motivated by taking part in collaborative efforts that advance individuals, families and communities. Rebecca enjoys day trips and quality time with her family, devotional writing in her spare time and is passionate about serving children in foster care as a foster mom together with her husband Chris.

Hugo Hernandez

is Program Manager for Sourcing Services, has over 20 years of workforce development experience, having worked with youth and adults. Mr. Hernandez earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Incarnate Word. Mr. Hernandez loves traveling and watching horror movies with his family.  

Ruby Garcia Siddle

joined Project QUEST Inc. in 2010 as a Public Ally through the AmeriCorps program after graduating Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University. She then began as a career advisor with Project QUEST in 2012 and served under various career tracks, to include Nursing and Information Technology. Ruby is currently serving as a Program Manager.  Ruby’s passion is to thrive within an organization that values community, leadership, and the empowerment of individuals that works towards making a substantial change within the community. One of Ruby’s hobbies is music, and loves going to concerts.

Naomi C. Mandujano

is a passionate advocate for the betterment of underserved populations and has served in the nonprofit sector for five years currently serving as Workforce Planning Analyst. A native of Plainview, Texas, Naomi entered the nonprofit field upon receiving her Bachelor of Sociology from The University of Texas at San Antonio and later pursued a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of The Lake University. 

Maria Salazar

has been working for Project Quest for 27 years.  She has been a Career Coach for 20 years. Being a Coach has been the best part of Maria’s job.  She loves to give academic guidance to all those in need. Maria works with the San Antonio College Registered Nurses and those in prerequisites. Born and raised in the heart of the Westside of San Antonio, she graduated from Lanier High School, attended St Mary’s University, where her major was in Public Justice. Maria’s  hobbies are going to her son’s baseball games, camping, listening to music and dancing.      

Terry Salazar

has worked at Project QUEST for 23 years this April 2021.  She has held many positions since starting at Project QUEST to include Case Aide, Receptionist, Testing Administrator, Intake Worker, Eligibility Specialist, Assessment Specialist and currently Certification Specialist.  As a Certification Specialist, her main role is to determine funding eligibility for applicants.  She loves what she does and feels great satisfaction in knowing that she has certified someone who will potentially be earning a living wage and will be able to support their family.  When not working, Terry spends her time with her family and enjoys watching Netflix and Hulu movies.     

Yolanda Williams

is a Career Coach who has been with Project QUEST for twenty-one years and counting. She partners with Alamo Colleges to provide career guidance and financial assistance to participants with navigating program services, needs-related resource connections and entry into employment in targeted sectors to reach their career goals. Many of her students have graduated and went on to become successful in the medical and technical industries. Yolanda is certified under The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. She also participates in The St. Phillips College Advisory Board and has been doing so for over 5 years. Ms. Williams volunteers regularly with The San Antonio Food Bank as well as with smaller local community programs. She is a native San Antonian and her hobbies include gardening, interior decorating, and spending time with her family.

Amanda Poplawsky

is the Candidate Outreach Coordinator, has been with Project QUEST for 5 years. She cares deeply about the opportunity to get the word out about Project QUEST in the San Antonio community. Amanda earned her BA in Sociology and Anthropology at University of Texas at San Antonio. She is certified as a Master Advisor through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Amanda ran an art gallery for 7 years as part of the Second Saturday art walk. She is a lifelong learner who loves to read, explore, and support local artists.

Jessica Gomez

was born and raised in the San Antonio area. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in organizational communication. For over 8 years she has enjoyed guiding QUEST participants as they find success during and after training. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and being outdoors.  

Erika Hurtado

is a Junior Recruiter strives to make Project QUEST known in the community for serving with a helping heart. Erika is currently a student at Palo Alto college and plans to graduate with her associates in Public Service in Summer of 2021, where she will then pursue a Bachelors in Social Work at Angelo State University. Erika is dedicated to the mission of Project QUEST and aims to help in providing Hope, Dignity, and Empowerment to all that come to QUEST. She believes that nothing is more important than family and spends any and all free time outdoors at rivers, lakes, and beaches enjoying her daughter and those she loves. 

Adrienne Skrobarczyk

is the Marketing Communications Coordinator, and brings 15+ years’ experience in Marketing & Business Operations Management. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at The University of Texas Permian Basin. Adrienne has a passion working with small businesses to find their niche, sharing a 360-degree view of company-wide operations. She loves reading, painting, being in nature, spending time with friends, and traveling. 

James Cooper

currently serves as an Employer Engagement Specialist is an active advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities. Cooper received his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Education from the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. Cooper serves as an infinite example of thought bridging gaps between academics, athletics and prioritizing the process of transitioning community assets and values for a sustainable legacy. Cooper presently serves as the Co-Recruitment Chair for New Leaders Council, San Antonio and as a Committee Member for the City of San Antonio, Technical & Community Advisory Committee.

Kelly Blake

is our Career Coach overseeing the Trades programs, has been at Project QUEST for almost two years. He brings a diverse background which includes working in the corporate industry, ministry, retail and social services. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been very active in church work and volunteering at the Food Bank and Siclovia. He enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, running, traveling and baseball.

Carmen Loza

is a Career Coach managing the Restore Education partnership for College Level readiness and career training.  She’s been employed with Project Quest since October 2019.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from University of the Incarnate Word.  Carmen brings 30 years work experience in Human Resources, Vendor Contract Administration & Management and Education. She volunteers with her church in women’s and youth ministry, loves the outdoors to hike, trail bike, enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Christian Gongora

is a Career Coach supporting the SAC RN program. Christian received a Master of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She has over ten years of experience working with non-profit organizations in the San Antonio area and has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Christian enjoys reading, spending time with family and traveling. 

Rebecca Garcia

 has been working with Project Quest as an Accountant since March 2021. Rebecca graduated with her degree in Accounting from Texas A&M-San Antonio. She admires the mission and work of Project Quest and believes the organization is vital to providing educational resources and success to people who need a “hand-up”.  In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 3 children doing arts and crafts, playing games, reading books, enjoying outside and cooking.

Covell Lindstrom

is a Grants and Donor Relations Coordinator and helps coordinate the vast landscape of grants
and develops relationships with those who support Project QUEST participants. He received his Bachelor
of Arts in Non-profit Management and Leadership from Westminster College- Fulton, Missouri. Covell
has a passion for giving back to his community, which is what drew him to fundraising and Project
QUEST. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, being outdoors, and traveling.

Laura Torres

Laura Torres currently serves as the Career Coach for Codeup and Codeup Cloud Academy. Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Science in Applied Sociology from Texas State University. Laura has a passion for nonprofit organizations and she enjoys engaging her participants to achieve their personal and professional goals. Laura loves to laugh, listen to podcasts, and visit parks with her family’s dog, Hinto.  

Jennifer Mungia

is an Assessment Specialist, brings over 10 years of exceptional customer service experience and over 5 years of  experience in career counseling. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M-SA. Jennifer’s is motivated in assisting individuals to achieve and develop their strategies to overcome obstacles that will allow them to complete their career goal. As an Assessment Specialist, her experience and understanding of training programs, and her ability to contextualize according to the needs and abilities of individuals, allows her to effectively guide to applicants through the enrollment process.

Nohemi Acosta

is a Career Coach dedicated to serving diverse individuals, families, and communities. She is passionate about empowering individuals to break down barriers that result in intergenerational cycles of disadvantage. Nohemi received her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Mexican American Studies with a concentration in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work. Nohemi enjoys collecting every type of device imaginable to make coffee, word searches, and reality TV.

Mikayla Bostic

is a Career Coach dedicated to community engagement in order to provide resources that result in social mobility and positive social change. Mikayla received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Walden University. She enjoys exploring methods and practices that aid organizations and individuals in personal/professional growth and development. She also enjoys the outdoors, self-care and wellness practices, and spending time with family.

Pamela Preer

is a career coach with over 20 years business experience servicing the financial and banking industry.  Her leadership expertise is now translated in helping others take their leadership skills to the next level so they can advance in their careers, build strong team cultures and lead with confidence.  Pamela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, a Master of Business Administration in Management and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.  When not working, she enjoys traveling, shopping, reading and spending time with family and friends.