Communications Staff


Barry Perez Executive Director of Communications
Monica Faulkenbery Assistant Director of Communications
Julie Ann Matonis Communications Specialist
Travis Kroh Lead Web Technologist
Marcella Muncy Web Technologist
Carlos Portillo Web Technologist
Leslie Rodriguez Lead Graphics Design Specialist
Laurie Salazar Media Specialist
Keith Van Prooyen Media Specialist
Mike Tristan Media Specialist
Monica Guerra Department Secretary
Miguel Orozco Printing Services Supervisor

Barry Perez Photo

Barry Perez
Executive Director of Communications

BA, Psychology
St. Edward’s University

M.Ed., Educational Administration
Trinity University

As the Executive Director of Communications and spokesman for Northside ISD, Barry Perez is responsible for keeping the public informed of the news and events of Texas’ fourth largest school district.

Perez has spent the majority of his career in Northside ISD. After teaching for two years in the Edgewood Independent School District, he joined NISD as a reading teacher at Neff Middle School in 1993. He moved into campus administration in 1999 serving as assistant principal at both Jones and Jordan middle schools, vice principal at Rawlinson Middle School, principal at Pease Middle School, and most recently, principal at Folks Middle School.

Perez is a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He earned his master’s degree in Educational Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.

He and his wife, Angie have two children, ages 12 and 9. 

You can contact Perez via email or by phone at 210-397-8552. 

Monica Faulkenbery, APR
Assistant Director of Communications

BA, Mass Communications
Northeastern State University

MS, Corporate Communications
Lindenwood University

Monica Faulkenbery, APR, has more than 36 years of experience in public relations and has worked as director of communications for public and private colleges and public school systems in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Before joining Northside ISD in 1999, Faulkenbery served as director of communications for Eanes ISD.

Faulkenbery currently serves on numerous committees for the Texas School Public Relations Association, the San Antonio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and National School Public Relations Association. She also has served on a variety of committees for the governors of Missouri and Texas including Teacher of the Year, State Reporting Requirements, and the Texas Air Expo.

Faulkenbery is a frequent guest lecturer for local colleges, universities, and organizations and shares her expertise about public relations planning, crisis communications, special event planning, and media relations.

She has won numerous prestigious awards for her service and talent, including the San Antonio PRSA Tex Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and the TSPRA Most Valuable Member Award in 2009.

In addition to her master's degree in corporate communications, Faulkenbery is Accredited in Public Relations by the Universal Accreditation Board.

You may contact Faulkenbery via email or by phone at (210) 397-8551.

Julie Ann Matonis
Communications Specialist

BS, Broadcast Journalism
Texas Christian University

MA, Public Relations
Kent State University

Julie Ann Matonis first joined the Communications Department in 2004 as the producer/writer/host for NISD-TV. She was named Communications Specialist in February 2013.

She is responsible for managing Northside's social media efforts, writing for district publications, working with the local media, and supporting the district's communications efforts.

During her tenure at NISD-TV, the Texas School Public Relations Association recognized the district's video productions with nine "Best of Category" Awards.

Before coming to Northside, Julie Ann worked as an Assignment Editor for News 9 San Antonio and as a freelance reporter for Fort Worth City Cable.

Julie Ann received her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University in 2003 and her Master's degree in Public Relations from Kent State University in 2016. She attended Elrod Elementary School, Zachry Middle School, and was Valedictorian of the first graduating class from Communications Arts High School.

Since 2005, Julie Ann has proudly served as a mentor for Northside students. She also serves as Vice President for the TCU San Antonio Alumni Board and volunteers with the Junior League of San Antonio.

You may contact Matonis via email or by phone at (210) 397-7646.

Travis Kroh
Lead Web Technologist

BA, Computer Science
North Dakota State University

Travis Kroh comes to the communications department with over 15 years of professional web development experience. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University where he studied Computer Science and Mass Communication. Prior to joining NISD, Travis provided services for several public and private organizations on web technologies, database development and performance analysis.

As a web technologist, Travis works with NISD central office departments to develop software for and maintain the website.

You may contact Travis via email or by phone at (210) 397-8543.

Marcella Muncy
Web Technologist

BA, Computer Graphic Arts
University of the Incarnate Word

BA, English
University of Texas at San Antonio

Marcella Muncy, a career web designer, built her first music and photography website in high school, and was hooked.  The internet and web development were ways for her to show and share her passions.

Marcella joined Northside's Communications Department in 2013.

In the past, she has served as a Web Technologist for North East ISD in the field of instructional technology for over eight years and also has worked with businesses and non-profit organizations.

You may contact Marcella via email or by phone at (210) 397-8560.

Carlos Portillo
Web Technologist

BS, Computer Science/ Software Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio

Carlos Portillo joined the Communications department in the fall of 2014 as the latest member of the Web Office. As a Web Technologist, he works with his team to develop the district's department and school websites.

Though Carlos only joined the Communications department in 2014, he has been a part of the Northside family since grade school and graduated from O’Connor in 2009.

Before joining Northside ISD, Carlos spent his four year tenure at Apple.Inc as a certified trainer and technician. There he learned how to effectively instruct and communicate technical solutions to both his team and customers, which prepared him for his current role at Northside.

Carlos is a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering. While attending UTSA, Carlos worked with the San Antonio Virtual Environments group for projects such as the National MS Societies' Walk MS and Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism, where his team developed virtual environments for friends and families to support their loved ones from anywhere in the world.

You may contact Carlos via email or by phone at (210) 397-7648.

Leslie Rodriguez
Creative Specialist

AAS, Graphic Design
San Antonio College

Leslie Rodriguez joined the Northside ISD Communications Department in February 2011 as NISD's Graphics Specialist. Leslie brings more than eight years of experience in graphic design with a specialization in print design.

Leslie began her graphic design career at local TV station KABB, where she was the Senior Graphic Designer in the Promotions Department for more than five years. She also was the Senior Graphic Designer at Interlex Advertising, where she developed turnkey print designs. Most recently, Leslie operated her own successful design company producing work for clients such as Taylor West Advertising, Red Collar Media, ARTS San Antonio, and a variety of San Antonio-based businesses.

Leslie is a graduate of San Antonio College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Print Graphics, Interactive Graphics, and Sequential Graphics.

You may contact Rodriguez via email or by phone at (210) 397-8647.

Laurie Salazar
Media Specialist

BA, Communications
University of Texas - Pan American

Laurie is the newest member of the Communications Department. She is an award winning journalist who joined the team in April of 2013 as a Media Specialist and NISD-TV Producer/Host. Laurie produces, writes, and hosts a variety of feature and news stories for “Inside Northside Video Magazine”, a monthly 30 minute cable show. She also produces promotional and special event videos for the district. Her duties also include contributing to the district’s overall public relations initiative.

Laurie comes to Northside from main stream media and most recently from News 4 WOAI, San Antonio’s NBC Affiliate where she held the position of general assignments reporter/ fill in anchor. Laurie started her career in 1997, working as a news anchor for the CBS affiliate in Laredo. She then worked as a news anchor for the NBC and FOX affiliates in Corpus Christi, and as a news anchor for the ABC, CBS, and FOX affiliates in the Rio Grande Valley. She also worked as the Director of Marketing for Saks Fifth Avenue in San Antonio, and is currently an associate editor for her family’s South Texas magazine, “Woman 2 Woman”, featuring women making a difference in their community.

Laurie is a graduate of the University of Texas - Pan American where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a specialization in broadcast journalism and a minor in Fine Arts..

You may contact Salazar via email or by phone at (210) 397-8196.

Keith Van Prooyen
Media Specialist

BA, Communications
Calvin College

Keith Van Prooyen is an Emmy Award-winning photojournalist who came to Northside ISD with 15 years of experience working in television newsrooms.

After graduating from Calvin College with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Van Prooyen started his career as a sports photographer for WOOD-TV in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1997, he moved to San Antonio to become a sports photographer at WOAI-TV (formerly KMOL).

At WOAI, Van Prooyen covered San Antonio’s biggest sporting events, including Sean Elliott's Memorial Day Miracle, Jay High School's improbable State Championship in 2002, all four of the San Antonio Spurs championships, and the University of Texas' 2005 National Championship, where he was nearly run over by Vince Young as he scored the game-winning touchdown.

In 2008, Van Prooyen won an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Sports News - Single Story. That same year, he was promoted to chief photojournalist at WOAI and was given the responsibility for managing the station’s 15 photojournalists.

Van Prooyen joined Northside in May 2011 as a media specialist with NISD-TV. Van Prooyen shoots and edits news and feature stories for Inside Northside Video Magazine, the District’s YouTube channel, and special events.  

Van Prooyen and his wife Michelle have a son, Kameron, and a daughter, Kallie.

You may contact Van Prooyen via email at or by phone at (210) 397-8550.

Mike Tristan
Media Specialist

Mike Tristan, an award-winning photojournalist, joined the Northside ISD Communications Department in July 2015 as a Media Specialist. Tristan brings more than 18 years of experience in television news and public school communications to Northside. He has worked with various media formats and has extensive experience with live studio work, live field productions, linear and non-linear editing, and still photography.

Tristan was born and raised in San Antonio and is proud to work for the same school district that educated him at Glenn ES and Rayburn MS. Now he’s back sharing stories and events with the Northside community.

Tristan most recently worked in New Braunfels ISD as a communication specialist. Prior to working for public school districts, he spent years covering local, national, and international news, weather, and sports. His experience in broadcast television has spanned several local stations, KENS-TV and WOAI-TV in San Antonio, as well as KXLN Univision-TV in Houston. Tristan also worked as a network photojournalist/editor with CNN Network in Atlanta, Ga.

Some of his most memorable experiences include trips to violence-filled states in Mexico and South America as well as covering San Antonio Spurs championships and devastating hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast. A fluent Spanish speaker, Tristan was instrumental in translating and telling stories that would have otherwise gone untold.

When Tristan is not working, he loves spending time with his wife and family and volunteering at church.

You may contact Tristan via email at or by phone at (210) 397-8135.

Monica Guerra
Department Secretary

You may contact Guerra via email at or by phone at (210) 397-8550.

Miguel Orozco
Printing Services Supervisor

You may contact Orozco via email at or by phone at (210) 397-8688.