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Mr. Lopez is a Robstown native, where he was self-employed for 43 years as a convenience store owner. He graduated from Robstown High School where he took great pleasure in playing in the band and actively participating in sports. After high school, he attended Texas A&I-Kingsville, but was drafted after one semester to the United States Army where he served in Vietnam. After his completion in the service, he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and returned to college where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Mr. Lopez attributes his passion for serving on the Board of Trustees, from watching his children excel through the school system of Robstown ISD. He has been a board member for 22 years, and has spent the last five years as Board Chairman. His philosophy entails the notion that everyone is part of a team, and in order to make a difference, student education must be a priority.

Mr. Lopez married his wife in 1969 and they have four children. His eldest son is a lawyer in McAllen, Texas. His oldest daughter is a Vice Principal at a school district in San Antonio. His third daughter is an assistant at an optometrist practice. His youngest daughter is a graduate of the University of Texas. In Mr. Lopez’s spare time, he enjoys spoiling his six grandchildren.  

Ernest Gallegos has served as a Robstown ISD Board Trustee since 2009. Mr. Gallegos is a proud graduate of Robstown High School. As an armed service member of the United States Marine Corps and United States Army for fifteen years and a firefighter for fourteen years, he has served his country honorably. Furthermore, Mr. Gallegos served the community of Robstown as Fire Chief for five years. He studied at Del Mar College to complete coursework for an Associate in Applied Science Degree for Fire Science. Mr. Gallegos is currently employed at Naval Air Station- Kingsville where he is an Aircraft Painter.  

Mr. Gallegos was born and raised in Robstown, and comes from a family with twelve siblings. He enjoys giving back to the school system where he and his family were educated. Because of this, his belief is that the students, teachers, and administrators of Robstown ISD deserve the best. Mr. Gallegos stresses the importance of curriculum and instruction, and vows to support programs that are conducive to learning.

Mr. Gallegos’s is a family man and enjoys spending time with them. He and his wife, Linda, have three children. Ernest Junior, who works locally at LyondellBasell Industries, Erik, a Senior Mathematics Major at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Krystal, a soon- to- be TAMUK Javelina where she will major in Veterinary Science.


Mrs. Garza is a lifelong resident of Robstown and a graduate of Robstown High School from the Class of 1995. She pursued accounting and finance coursework at Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Kingsville, which led to her professional career with over nineteen years of experience in accounting, finance, payroll, purchasing and procurement, project management, and human resources. Currently, she is the Purchasing Manager for Turner Industries Pipe Fabrication Division.

Through her experiences as a board member, she notes her excitement to work with a group where teamwork is a MUST to accomplish goals and is the guiding force behind the direction they’d like the district to head. One goal Mrs. Garza has is to unite the district and the community together for the children of Robstown through trusting lines of communication. She believes in the future of the students and creating a foundation for teachers is of upmost importance.

Mrs. Garza is the Vice President for Team Turner, a group of volunteers from Turner Industries Group, L.L.C. that volunteers and raises money for our community.  This includes causes for breast cancer awareness, autism awareness, lupus, Palmer Drug Abuse Program, Supply Our Students, toy drives, and Loaves & Fishes of Corpus Christi. Mrs. Garza has four children. Her eldest is a RHS graduate from the Class of 2013, one junior, one freshmen, and one third grader. Her hobbies include supporting her children in their sports of choice. She takes joy in spending time with her family, while putting down technology devices, and focusing on the ability to unwind and connect with one another.

Richard Gonzalez is a Robstown native. He is a graduate of Robstown High School, Class of 1979. Mr. Gonzalez attended Texas A&I University and Del Mar College to study coursework in Fire Science. He has served as Fire Fighter for the City of Robstown over the last 26 years and currently holds the position as Fire Chief, Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator.

Mr. Gonzalez’s philosophy on being a board member is to join efforts in educating and guiding the youth, into becoming active citizen of the Robstown community and local governments. As a board member, he elaborates on his commitment to embrace comprehensive programs of studies that will produce intelligent students in the community. His goals include a clear, open vision of why he was chosen to represent RISD, students, and the community. He describes this as openly communicating the actions to be an advocate for the team and staff for the betterment of students and the district as a whole.

Mr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with his five children and three grandchildren.

Eva Orona is now in the fourth year of her second term as a Robstown ISD Board Trustee. She assumed office in May 2007. Mrs. Orona was educated through the Robstown Independent School District and is a graduate of the Class of 1980. Mrs. Orona went on to receive her Associate of Applied Science Degree, specializing as a Legal Secretary/Administrative Assistant from Del Mar College in 1984. Mrs. Orona has nearly 32 years of experience working in the legal field as a legal secretary and administrative assistant. She is currently employed with the Law Firm of Anderson, Lehrman, Barre & Maraist, L.L.P. as an administrative assistant for a banking law attorney.
Mrs. Orona was raised in a home with 10 siblings. Her parents worked as migrants for many years, and instilled the value and importance of education in their children. Mrs. Orona sincerely believes that all children can learn through engaging classroom instruction. Additionally, she has confidence this practice works well with all children, regardless of students' racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

As a board member, she advocates for Robstown students to help ensure that they have the necessary resources to develop and expand their academic potential and success. She believes Robstown ISD has high goals for student achievement, and is proud to support efforts to reach those goals.

Mrs. Orona and her family are actively involved in serving the community of Robstown. For many years, she has served on the board of the Robstown Little League and is a Core Member of St. Anthony Catholic Church LifeTeen Youth Ministry. She and her husband, Victor, have been kinship caregivers of a young boy who is a recent graduate from the Robstown High School Class of 2016. Mrs. Orona and her husband are proud to say they have raised and mentored him since he was seven years old, and he now plans to pursue higher education. Mrs. Orona takes pride in referring to herself as a “diehard” Cotton Picker. She loves her Alma Mater and believes in the red and white forever.

Mrs. Bertha Roldan is a proud alumni of Robstown High School, graduating with the Class of 1971. After graduation, Bertha spent 23 years working for GTE Phone Company, but took on another career path when the company was realigned. She then went on to attend Del Mar College to study to become a Legal Assistant. She obtained this goal and worked for the Nueces County Courthouse. She held two positions as Court Manager, overseeing the 148th District Court and the Nueces County Magistrate Court until she retired in 2013.

As a Robstown ISD Board of Trustee, Bertha's goals are to increase academic achievement, retain highly qualified faculty and staff, and to strive to PUT CHILDREN FIRST.

Bertha engages in many community youth recreational activities and enjoys volunteering for local charities and church events. She is a member of the PTA at Chandler Oaks Elementary School where her grandchildren attend school. An important part of her life is participating in activities with her family. In her spare time she enjoys watching sports, traveling, and gathering with her extended family. She is married to retired Constable Mike Roldan and has three children Michael Alanis, Emily Roldan and Laura Roldan Cardenas. Bertha has five grandchildren.


Mr. Hector M. Lopez was born and raised in Robstown and graduated from Robstown High School in 1997. After graduation he moved to San Antonio and enrolled in San Antonio Mortuary College where he studied funeral directing and embalming. In 1998 while still attending college, Mr. Lopez began working as a student with Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries in San Antonio. After graduation in 2001 he continued his career with Mission Park as a Mortuary Apprentice and remained with the company as a Mortician until 2014. While in San Antonio, Mr. Lopez was a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio South Side Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Funeral Directors Association and worked with the Miss American Beauty Pageant.

In 2014 after his father’s demise Mr. Lopez returned to Robstown to take over the family business. He now owns and operates one of the oldest businesses in Robstown with over 65 years of service, Lopez Handy Stop. The Lopez stores opened in 1951 and Mr. Lopez is the 3rd generation owner. Mr. Lopez not only serves his community as a R.I.S.D. Board of Trustee but he also serves as the Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Robstown and as a Commissioner for the Robstown Housing Authority. He also is a committee member for the Robstown Cottenfest and was the Coordinator for the Robstown Cottenfest Pageant.  

Mr. Lopez is looking forward to bringing the R.I.S.D. and the City of Robstown to working together for the betterment of our community but more importantly for the students. He believes that as a united team we can have a huge impact on our childrens education and future. The most important part of his life is spending time with his mother Sylvia G. Lopez, sister Erica L. Luera and his nieces and nephews. Mr. Lopez is proud to be a Robstown Cotton Picker and looks forward to serving on the board. He lives by this famous quote by Gandhi “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”