Dan West

Mr. West serves as the Founding Board Chairman of Brillante Academy. As a lawyer, financial expert, and educator, he has the skills and expertise to closely monitor operational, financial and academic indicators to ensure the success of our students.

In his role as Vice President at SCF Partners, Mr. West provides board leadership and strategic coaching to entrepreneurs, helping them to manage budgets, track outcomes, and deliver results. His past experience as an educator includes teaching college-accredited courses for deployed service members aboard a Navy ship, developing military training as a member of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and an active duty officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, and teaching undergraduates at Harvard College, where he was recognized with five awards for excellence in teaching based on student evaluations.

Mr. West holds degrees in law, business administration, and economics from Harvard University, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Maggie Barreiro

Ms. Barreiro serves as a founding Board member of Brillante Academy. As a leader in nursing and a longtime community advocate in the Rio Grande Valley, Ms. Barreiro has the experience and community trust to guide the establishment of Brillante Academy as an excellent community-based school, as well as contributing to monitoring of the academic, financial and operational indicators.

Ms. Barreiro is also a healthcare professional, with extensive experience managing all aspects of complex organizations in multiple high-level administrative roles. For example, she previously served as the CEO and as the Administrator of the Rehab Program for Weslaco Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, positions which required the management of the operations of the entire hospital, the review of policies and procedures, budgeting, and the evaluation of staff.

Ms. Barriero holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Luciana Hampilos

Ms. Hampilos serves as a Board Member of Brillante Academy. As a Rio Grande Valley native and an attorney with experience in higher education and public policy, Ms. Hampilos monitors the academic, financial, and operational indicators to support the continued flourishing of Brillante Academy.
Prior to joining Brillante Academy, Ms. Hampilos worked as an attorney and advisor in all three branches of the federal government. Ms. Hampilos’ experience also extends to higher education. As the former Assistant General Counsel of the University of Dallas, she provided legal counsel to the University and managed its legal affairs. She also served as the University’s Civil Rights Director and Title IX Coordinator, during which time she oversaw the University’s compliance with state and federal civil rights laws.
Ms. Hampilos is a graduate of McAllen Memorial High School. She received her B.A. in Government from Harvard University and her J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. 
Continuing the legacy of her great-grandparents and grandparents, who were the founders of Milano’s Italian restaurant in Weslaco, Ms. Hampilos has deep roots across the Rio Grande Valley. She and her husband (Bennett) recently moved to McAllen to start a new chapter of their lives as parents. 

Victor Saenz

Victor Saenz, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Houston Institute (HI). The mission of HI is to help the people of Rice University and the Texas Medical Center think deeply about the best way to live through the study of the liberal arts, especially philosophy and literature. The goal is to foster in students a habit of seeking and loving truth concerning life’s fundamental questions. The work of HI is rooted in the natural law tradition–with Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas as central figures—and has a particular focus on virtue, vice, and human flourishing. Nevertheless HI programming aims to look at the best thinkers with a range of views in a fair-minded way. All students committed to serious intellectual engagement are welcome, regardless of their views. HI accomplishes this through targeted student reading groups, public lectures, courses, and one-on-one mentoring.

Victor is also lecturer at the Rice University Philosophy Department. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and classics from the University of Notre Dame (2009), an M.A. in philosophy from Texas A&M (2011), and a PhD in philosophy from Rice University (2018). At Rice he has taught Contemporary Moral Issues, Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and upper-level seminars on Plato and Aristotle. Victor’s area of expertise is classical philosophy and he is currently working on a series of academic articles on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.

Alfredo Villalobos

Mr. Villalobos serves as a founding Board member of Brillante Academy. As a entrepreneur and local business owner, Mr. Villalobos financial and operational acumen will support the launch and ongoing management of Brillante Academy.

Mr. Villalobos is the managing partner of McAllen Valley Roofing Co., which started in McAllen and has expanded to serve clients across Del Rio, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Laredo, and Corpus Christi and across the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Villalobos also serves as an active leader in various non-profit organizations. He will be able to bring his extensive start-up and construction experience to support the oversight of facility planning, renovations and general operational indicators.

Mr. Villalobos holds a business degree from the Ohio State University.

Contact our Board: info@brillanteacademy.org

Mailing Address: 706 N. Los Ebanos Rd. Mission, TX 78572


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Board Meetings

Date
June 7, 2024
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Friday
Time
8:00 AM CT
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April 9, 2024
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Tuesday
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12:00 PM CT
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February 23, 2024
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Friday
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2:30 PM CT
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December 1, 2023
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Friday
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2:00 PM CT
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October 12, 2023
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Thursday
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7:30 AM CT
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August 30, 2023
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Wednesday
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7:00 PM CT
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June 17, 2023
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Saturday
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11:30AM CT
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April 28, 2023
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Fri.
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1:00PM CT
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February 24, 2023
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Fri.
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3:00PM CT
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August 13, 2022
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12:00PM CT
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May 28, 2022
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Sat.
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3:00PM CT
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May 5, 2022
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Thurs.
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11:00AM CT
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April 22, 2022
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Fri.
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4:00PM CT
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February 19, 2022
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1:00PM CT
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December 4, 2021
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12:30PM CT
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October 30, 2021
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1:30PM CT
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August 28, 2021
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Sat.
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1PM CT
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June 9, 2021
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4PM CT
Notice

Per Chapter 176 of the Texas Local Government Codelocal government officers are required to disclose relationships with certain vendors by completing the online CIS Form and/or CIQ Form. These documents are required to be posted online for up to three years from date of filing or longer if the conflict continues. At this time, no Brillante Board Member or employee subject to the disclosure requirement has a conflict.

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706 N. Los Ebanos Rd. Mission, TX 78572