Meet the Team

Dr. Jeanette De Diemar

Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations
Office: (210) 784-1109

Jeanette De Diemar, named the American Marketing Association's 2014 Higher Education Marketer of the Year, is an award-winning communications and creative strategist with international expertise in integrated marketing and communications, reputation management, brand development, crisis communications, and digital media. She joined A&M-San Antonio with 20-plus years of experience. She also has served in various capacities with professional organizations, including as a member of the Public Relations Society of America’s Executive Committee. De Diemar earned her doctorate in education and her master’s degree in mass communications from Kansas State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

John D. Sanchez

John Sanchez

Executive Director of Advancement
Office: (210) 784-1119

John D. Sanchez currently serves as Executive Director for Advancement.  Sanchez provides day-to-day management for Advancement operations and plays a key role in University-wide fundraising efforts.

Sanchez has 16+ years of experience in higher education fundraising, advancement operations and strategy.  Before coming to Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Sanchez served his Alma Mater, Our Lady of the Lake University in various advancement roles, which makes him well-prepared to create a strong advancement operation that A&M-SA can be proud of.

Sanchez earned a B.B.A. in Human Resources Management and an M.B.A. in Management from Our Lady of the Lake University.  He has also received fundraising certifications through the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Institute for Charitable Giving.  He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Dr. Mary Kay Cooper
Mary Kay Cooper

Director of Alumni Affairs
Office: (210) 784-1121

As Director of Alumni Affairs, Dr. Cooper is charged with informing and engaging alumni as well as connecting alumni with each other and the University for the benefit of all.

Julia Chu

Database Admin II
Office: (210) 784-1112

As Database Administrator, Julia takes primary responsibility for providing support and assistance to the Office of University Advancement team and its departments related to database management, reporting, gift processing and prospect research.

Lucy Herrera
Lucy Herrera

Development Officer III
Office: (210) 784-1410

Lucy has 8 years of experience in fundraising and grant writing. She is responsible for developing relationships with grantmakers and managing the grant acquisition process. Her responsibilities include researching funding opportunities, writing, submitting and tracking grant proposals to foundations and corporations, and coordinating the preparation of reports for awarded grants. She provides support for other fundraising efforts of the Office of University Advancement as needed.

Anna Romskog


Development Office II 
Office: (210) 784-1124

Anna has several years of fundraising experience and currently works to manage the annual fund, scholarship, and staff and faculty giving.