VISD Education Foundation names new executive director

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Oct. 3, 2013 at 5:03 a.m.

Stroman High School alumna Kristina Martinez has been named the Victoria ISD Education Foundation's new executive director.

The foundation raises funds throughout the year for initiatives, including student scholarships, innovative teaching grants and staff development.

Brittany Hollas, the foundation's previous executive director, resigned earlier this fall, said Diane Boyett, VISD communications director.

Martinez, 36, a former H-E-B employee and Victoria College alumna, graduated last spring with an associate degree in nursing.

"I still plan on pursing nursing once I get settled in with the foundation," Martinez said. "My two passions have always been in the medical field and education."

Over the next few months, Martinez said, she hopes to spread the word about the foundation and its annual concert.

On Feb. 28, "1964" The Tribute, a Beatles tribute band previously named the "Best Beatles Tribute on Earth" by Rolling Stone Magazine, will take the stage at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. Proceeds will benefit classroom projects across VISD.

"The Victoria ISD Education Foundation has opened so many doors for students, and lots of people still don't know anything about it," Martinez said. "I want to be a part of continuing those contributions and the creation of those opportunities for the kids in our community."



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