The DreamPanel Series brings together speakers with the goal to further conversations related to important topics that impact our community.
The Panelists are: Ruben Ayala- Moderator, Constable Ruben C. Tejeda, Judge John longoria, Judge Stephanie R. Boyd, Judge Peter Sakai
If you can’t make it in person you can still watch it live on Facebook @dreamweeksa
Check their bios below:
Ruben Ayala- Moderator
Ruben Ayala is the founder and CEO of Triple Nikel – a lifestyle brand that salutes diversity in their apparel and designs. They aim to trend set a more robust image of what veteran service looks like. He is also the Founder of Healthy Vending San Antonio; a company that partners with local San Antonio, Tx businesses and organizations to provide easily accessible healthy food options through markets or vending machines.
After spending 13 years (Active) in the U.S. Army, as a Special Forces Officer (Green Beret), Ruben learned the value of grit, establishing lasting relationships and team building. Since leaving active service in 2012, Ruben has focused his efforts on entrepreneurship, philanthropy and networking. Ruben is a native of Puerto Rico (English is his second language) and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Judge Stephanie R. Boyd
Judge Stephanie R. Boyd is the Presiding Judge of the 187th Judicial District Court, a felony district court in Bexar County.
As Judge of the 187th District Court, Judge Boyd has significantly reduced case backlog. Where appropriate, she has utilized her knowledge to design terms of probation to protect the community and rehabilitate offenders. Each party, who enters the 187th District Court, knows that their case will be heard expeditiously, patiently, and by someone with knowledge gained from twenty-four years of legal experience.
Judge Boyd passionately believes that it takes a village to make sure our children become productive members of our community. Education, hard work, and service are key components in a child’s success. She has participated in reading, mentorship, and tutoring programs for our youth.
Constable Ruben C. Tejeda
Constable Ruben C. Tejeda began his career as a Texas Certified Peace Officer in 1977 as a Bexar County Deputy Sheriff. Throughout his tenure, 15 years with the Sheriff’s Office and as elected-Constable since 1992, his experience and training includes being a police instructor and mentor for underprivileged children. He has demonstrated genuine commitment to the education and development of students and the community by implementing special interest programs.
Since 1992, Ruben C. Tejeda has served the Bexar County Constable’s Office with integrity and distinction. Throughout his professional and public life he has served more than 35 years of continuous tenure in law enforcement.
Constable Tejeda is married to Rebecca Mireles-Tejeda and has two sons, Ruben James and Gabriel Jesse. The family is parishioners of Mission San Jose.
Constable Tejeda has been recognized for his many years of outstanding service and dedication to law enforcement and public office.
Few of those awards include:
- San Antonio Police Department “Award of Merit”
- Jaycees Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
- San Antonio City Council Special People Award
- Harlandale Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Class of ’71
- Harlandale Hall of Fame Community Service Award
Judge John longoria:
Judge, Bexar County Court at Law #5, Texas State Representative, District 117, A Founding Member, San Antonio World Affairs Council, Board Member Metropolitan Planning Organization, Board Member San Antonio Children’s Shelter, Board Member and President, St. Leo the Great Elementary Catholic School, Board of Directors, Alamo Area Council of Girl Scouts
Member, AACOG 208 Planning Committee
Member, Board of Directors, South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Member-South San Antonio Chamber of commerce
Vice President, St. Leo Parish Council, Eight (8) years
Judge Peter Sakai
Candidate for County Judge
On November 7, 2006, Peter Sakai was elected with nearly 60% of the entire Bexar County vote to serve as the 225th District Court Judge and was the highest vote-getter among the contested judicial races. In 2010, 2014 and 2018, Judge Sakai was unopposed for reelection three consecutive terms of office. He is the first Asian-American to sit on a District Court bench in Bexar County. Through Judge Sakai’s leadership, Bexar County leads the State in the adoption of foster children, and developed several programs associated with the nationally recognized Children Court.
In October of this year, Judge Sakai stepped down from the bench he held since 2007 to step up and run for County Judge of Bexar County. He brings unparalleled experience, leadership, and integrity to the position. As a highly respected and admired community leader, he is committed to improving the county systems to provide economic development, fiscal responsibility and invest in our greatest asset – the people that live and work in Bexar County.
Learned the value of hard work and honesty, integrity, and the importance of community from his parents who were farmers in the Rio Grande Valley, in South Texas where Judge Sakai was born and reared. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin. He is married to Rachel Sakai, a long-time educator. They have married children and two wonderful grandchildren.