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Rasha Youseff powers to success

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Spring is here, and with daylight savings time, there is more sunshine to enjoy the outdoors and everything San Antonio has to offer. Whether you’re parading during Fiesta, picnicking in the park, or just relaxing on a patio, I hope you take full advantage of this beautiful time of year. Photography by Janet Rogers

Last fall, I had the chance to meet and visit with our cover girl, Rasha Youssef. This woman is amazing! As you’ll read in her story, Rasha approaches adversity with curiosity, drive and confidence. Her journey began with a defective car, leading her into an entirely new industry. Today, she is the Founder and CEO of MaxxMarka, Inc. and the only woman leading an automotive aftermarket manufacturing company. You’ll also meet three incredible women who overcame challenges to help others. Angela Alanis, Deanna Schneider, and Esther Pipoly all chose to “pull up their bootstraps,” moving forward with grit and grace. Their stories and continued work are inspiring, making a huge difference in the lives so many others. I hope you’ll take the time to read the stories of all of the fascinating women in this issue. We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg in featuring the great women of San Antonio. Every time I turn around, I’m learning about someone else with an incredible journey to share. Thank you to everyone who has introduced me to some of the outstanding women in your lives. Keep those suggestions coming.

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GIRLS INC. Girls Inc. of San Antonio held its 15th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold luncheon March 2 at the Pearl Stable. The event honored Linda Whitacre and the Whitacre Family Foundation for all the generous work they have done for Girls Inc. Julian Gold hosted the spring style show starring four girls in the Girls Inc. teens program. Girls Inc. offers girls all over San Antonio scholarships, STEM clubs, summer camps, and a space to help them learn to believe in themselves. All proceeds from the event help support the ongoing programs and support systems that Girls Inc. provides to the community of San Antonio.

NAWBO CORPORATE PARTNERS MIXER National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) hosted a mixer at Casa Hernan in February to thank their corporate partners. NAWBO is an organization that represents the interests of San Antonio’s 53,000+ women entrepreneurs. Their almost 20 corporate partners form a strategic alliance with the association. The corporate mixer was one of many events that they host on a regular basis.



CREW ECONOMIC UPDATE LUNCHEON Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Antonio joined with Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), and CoreNet Global for an Economic Update luncheon at San Antonio Country Club on March 3. Dr. Jim Gaines, Chief Economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University was the speaker at this sell-out event.



WHAT’S NEW GO RED SUMMIT This year’s Go Red for Women Summit & Fashion Show was held February 12 at the Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum. San Antonio’s Go Red For Women Chair, Laura Vaccaro, told her personal story of how heart disease has tragically affected her family. Vaccaro informed the audience that heart disease is the number one killer among women, affecting one in three women each year.

SAN ANTONIO WOMEN’S CHAMBER The San Antonio Women’s Chamber 2020 POWERhour luncheon series began on February 5. The luncheon was held at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse. KGBTexas Communications CEO, Katie Harvey was the keynote speaker. Harvey shared her story of how she grew her boutique public relations firm into a debt-free multi-million-dollar company and one of the largest women-owned communication agencies in Texas.

This empowering event focused on preventing heart disease and stroke by promoting healthy lifestyles, building awareness and raising critically-needed funds to support research and education initiatives. Vaccaro emphasized the importance of learning CPR and how it can save lives. This year’s event held a fashion show starring survivors of heart disease and the audience had the opportunity to listen to these survivors’ powerful stories.

NIGHT OF ARTISTS The country’s premier Western artists and collectors will be celebrating Western art at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s 2020 Night of Artists Exhibition and Art Sale, March 27-28. The weekend of festivities showcasing Western art kicks off a public exhibition at the Briscoe, March 29-May 3.




On Friday, January 10th, members of the Shetler Fine Jewelers team had the privilege of attending the 18th Annual GEM Awards in New York City. The gala is one of the jewelry industry’s most celebrated awards galas, honoring the achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility of fine jewelry.


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Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) senior Maria Fernanda (Mafer) Benavides was chosen from more than 8,000 students as one of eight final winners for the The New York Times Personal Narrative Essay Contest for high school students. Mafer’s entry for the contest entitled Speechless was based on a personal narrative. The essay describes a time she was in a speech tournament where she spoke of her experience as an immigrant woman and afterwards was criticized by some of her peers. Mafer, who has been at SMH since 2015, is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. She recently self-published a book, A Summer with the Butterflies. The book was inspired by her volunteer work for the non-profit RAICES to help provide legal aid in her native Spanish language to families at the bus station in downtown San Antonio. She brought books and art supplies for the children of these families to read and draw. The children shared drawings of their dreams and hopes, and Mafer featured them in her book. She has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund her goal of sending copies of the book to every U.S. senator. MARCH/APRIL 2020




Radiator flush system. Power steering fluid exchange system. Engine lubricant. Brake fluid. Coolant system. While that may sound like a checklist of things you’d discuss with your mechanic, in the world of Rasha Youssef, those are just a few of the products and equipment she produces and markets around the world. All from right here in San Antonio.




s Founder and CEO of MaxxMarka, Inc. Youssef oversees the company that specializes in automotive lubricants and equipment. You’ll find MaxxMarka products across the United States, as well as in Africa, Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. And she’s not done. “We’re still working. We’re equipment only in some markets. Now we’ve got to work on the additives,” she smiles with confidence and determination. How did she become the only woman leading an automotive aftermarket manufacturer? Blame it all on a car that was a lemon. “It was a lemon. It was in the shop for three months. I was looking at my car and asked what’s all this fluid that’s dripping? It was everywhere. I asked the mechanics how they lived like that. ‘How do you work in this kind of environment?’” Her curiosity got the better of her and she started researching how automotive waste material, like lubricants and fluids that needed to be drained from cars, was disposed of. “I found a machine that’s made in Japan. I actually ordered one and disassembled it just to see how it looked. It wasn’t a fit for the U.S. market. So we redesigned it to make it bigger, better, better capacity, more efficient. And we took it from there. I filed the patents on it.” That was the first of six patents she holds, and the first piece of what was then a side job. Working with her then-husband while she continued to work full-time in banking, where she was a successful regional manager in Southern California. She never had an interest in cars. That is until her curiosity got the better of her as she watched that lemon of a car drip all over the mechanics. “I knew there was a better way to do it.” Once she had the equipment, she started knocking on doors. She grew the business from the ground up, seeing the market potential and finding a way to meet it. “We were strictly equipment, nothing more. But I didn’t want to be

stuck to one product where you sell a one-time sale versus a residual. So I expanded the company from equipment to car care additives.” And she didn’t take no for an answer. “I have a never quit attitude. Persistence is key. You have to be persistent. Determination, persistence and definitely execution. If you have determination, you can be persistent. If you don’t execute on it, you’re never going to be successful. And that’s the key for success.” She credits her father for her entrepreneurial spirit. “My dad owned a real estate company and a construction company overseas. And when he came to the U.S., he wanted to start an accounting firm. Unfortunately, he passed away early, but I took it from there. “My dad would be so proud of me for establishing such a successful business venture in such a male-dominated industry. If he was still here, he would be my biggest cheerleader” she smiles. Family fuels Youssef, a now single mom to three children, Aboudi, Nora, and Omar. “That’s what shaped me, who I am today. Raising my children as a single mom and being able to establish this business was an obstacle. It was difficult, but I was able to get it done. I was just determined that I could do it. “I set a goal. I aimed for it and achieved it. No matter what obstacles I was facing, I have no option for failure. My only option is, I make it. Along the way, San Antonio became home. Since MaxxMarka ships worldwide, shipping from a centrally located city was easier than the West Coast. “It was the center for everything, everywhere, even overseas. It was a perfect fit for us.” But what truly sealed the deal was visiting a trade show and actually being in San Antonio. “I fell in love with the people. San Antonians are very familyoriented. And I loved how cordial, kind, and caring they were.” No matter how busy MaxxMarka, Inc. is, family MARCH/APRIL 2020


PROFILE your way up. It’s going to be a challenge because you will get a lot of nos. She needs to stand her ground. And if she has enough knowledge and experience to be in that industry, keep on trucking, don’t let anything stop you.

comes first. Her days start at 5 a.m., doing laundry and meal prepping before waking her children and getting them off to school. She’s in the office by 6:45, puts in a full day, then heads home to cook dinner, focus on the children, make sure homework is on track, and get them in bed by 8 p.m. When schoolwork demands it, her daughter is up until 10. Then it starts all over again the next day. The native Egyptian’s commitment to her family is no doubt rooted in her path to the United States, a story that goes back to the Gulf War. Her father was working for an oil company in Kuwait before the war started. “He told us to leave. Well, mom said no, we’re not leaving without you. Dad got caught, captured as a prisoner of war and he was in jail.”

“But the most important part: she better know what she’s talking about because they will judge her, try to put her in her place. If you have a passion, if you have a ton of experience, knowledge, tools, resources, you keep ongoing. She needs to be strong, with determined persistence and execution with lots of backup of knowledge and experience.”

“I would advise a woman that if she is interested in a business and there’s no space for her, start from the bottom and work your way up”

As she details Iraqi tanks, packing quickly and getting on the last flight out of Kuwait to Egypt, it’s hard to imagine how the then 14-year-old Youssef managed it all. She tells the story as if it were yesterday, an indication of how fresh it remains in her mind. Her father ultimately escaped, survived being shot during the escape, and made it out to Egypt. But he realized it wasn’t the best place for the family and managed to get Youssef a student Visa so she could join her older brother in school in the United States. Due to her age, her mother and younger sister were able to accompany her. That was all in 1990. It took years for her father to make it out to join them, and even more time for her to become a U.S. citizen. Her naturalization ceremony was in 2013.

The story leaves no doubt as to where Youssef got her dogged determination, something she has used to carve her path in the male-dominated automotive industry. “I would advise a woman that if she is interested in a business and there’s no space for her, start from the bottom and work 20


Even with all of her success, Youssef still tackles doubters. “People assume I’m the sales manager. That I am running the company or that there’s a different head of corporate headquarters somewhere in a different state.” To keep everything balanced, she tries to get outside as much as possible. “I love being

outside. I love nature.” She also uses her commute to focus. “It gives me time to think, meditate, and plan for the day. And I’m very optimistic every morning. I know there is so much that’s going to happen during a day.” At times, her commute includes her children. “They already work here at the company. They’re here in the summer, during Christmas, spring break. They work here, they work just like everybody and they get paid. “I want them to be successful in life, breaking barriers to achieve their ultimate goal. I hope my children will continue and surpass my legacy. It’s what I have started for them, so they don’t struggle in life.” We imagine that’s just what Youssef’s father had in mind all those years ago too.




Overcoming Adversity Becoming an Inspiration to Others BY MEREDITH KAY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON ROBERTS

We will all go through hard times in our lives. Some of us will suffer more than others, but it is through these adverse situations that our characters are built, and we realize what we are made of. Everyone has a story, and the stories of the three dynamic ladies you are about to meet are both heart-wrenching and uplifting. From their grief, their hardships, and their challenges, you’ll see grit, perseverance, and determination that will inspire you. Through their courage, the world has become a better place for those individuals whose lives they have each touched and improved.



Growing up in Southern California was tumultuous and often uncertain for Angela Preciado Alanis. Neither of her parents graduated from high school, so they worked odd jobs to make ends meet. Their life was chaotic, often having nowhere to live, crashing with family members, or staying in pay-bythe-week motels. Wherever they were living; it was Angela’s father that instilled in her resilience and the idea that one day, she would become successful and live better than they did. She describes her parents with pride and states that her dad would always say, “Angela, I don’t know karate, but I know crazy,” quoting an old James Brown song. Angela was a good student, and her father made sure that she, and her sister, never missed school. He placed a very strong emphasis on education for his daughters, and they hid their circumstances well from friends and teachers, never letting on that the family’s home life was so unstable. She recalls how resourceful her dad was when she talks about how she and her sister would sell pickles on Venice Beach to make extra money. It taught them to be creative and how to talk to anyone, and she recalls how proud her parents were of them both. She remarks that “Not everyone gets to experience the love that our family had for one another in such an unstable environment, but with my father’s positive reinforcement and my mother’s perseverance, they made me feel that I could do anything.”

Angela Preciado Alanis

From family tragedy to successful executive

When she was fourteen years old, Angela and her family moved to San Antonio, where she attended Kennedy High School. She worked full time at the Greyhound bus station while going to school to contribute to the family’s economy. Just as she began to imagine her future, tragedy struck her senior year, when her father was brutally murdered by a drunken co-worker one night. This devastated Angela, her sister, and her mother, but instead of being allowed to grieve as they tried to rebuild their lives, she found herself taking care of everyone else and working even harder to make up for her father’s lost income. Luckily, Angela has always been surrounded by people who saw something special in her and encouraged her to do more. She was hired by USAA to work in their frontline call center, where she excelled at customer service, ultimately leading to many promotions and allowing her to qualify for the company’s tuition reimbursement program. She graduated with a degree in Organizational Development from the University of the Incarnate Word, and then went on to earn her MBA. She feels that her success has been due to mentorship, and she strives to give back to those coming up through the ranks by no longer hiding behind her painful past, but by telling her story and focusing on “removing the camouflage,” as she calls

it. She also attributes her 22 years of success with USAA to being a part of an organization that fosters a culture of support and positive feedback. Angela states, “I always tried to hide who I was and what we were going through, but I realized that my career began to flourish when I opened up. USAA was instrumental in shaping who I am today by embracing my story and my talents.” Today, Angela is the Assistant Vice President of the Bank Contact Center at USAA and is the proud mother to her son Adrian, 11, and twin 4-year-olds, Karina and Matteo. She works hard to make sure that she can one day show her daughter that women can become successful with hard work, discipline, and love. She has become an inspiration to young professionals and those who hear her story, just as her dad inspired her with his encouragement, and her mom inspired with her resilience. Angela is very driven, but never loses sight of her goals. She states that “Every day you wake up, you have the opportunity to contribute to your future, regardless of where you might be today.” MARCH/APRIL 2020


FEATURE They say that love is the most powerful force in the universe. It can lift us up, and it can break our hearts. For one amazing San Antonio lady, however, it was a high school love turned forever love that helped her get through some tough times and shape her into the dynamic and caring individual that she is today. Deanna Schneider had her future set as a senior at MacArthur High School. She was a high-ranking student and had been awarded a scholarship to St. Mary’s University. She was ready to embark upon her college career when her boyfriend, Mike, announced that he had joined the Air Force. Deanna put university life on hold and moved to Charleston to be with Mike, where she continued her educational path to become a nurse. However, she was sidetracked when doctors discovered that she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, so she decided to move back home to San Antonio with her family to undergo chemo. It was between her fourth and fifth chemo treatments that Mike and Deanna decided it would be a great time to get married. Deanna remembers with a smile, “I had a great wig, and the steroids had made my face fill out.” She continued to go to school at San Antonio College, and once she received a clean bill of health, she rejoined Mike in Charleston, where she worked in a bone marrow transplant unit until Mike finished his six-year enlistment commitment. When he was discharged in 1997, they moved back to San Antonio to start a family and a new career. Deanna came across an ad to work in the newly established Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the San Antonio V.A. Hospital, and she is still one of the most beloved nurses in the unit today. As her career took off, their family began to grow as well. Their daughter, Michaela, was born in 1998, and since then, Charlie, now 14, and Rebekah, now 11, have also joined the family. When Rebekah was a toddler, Deanna started to feel intense pains in her right arm, and daily activities became very taxing. She ignored the pain and pushed through it, and when she finally did seek medical treatment, she was misdiagnosed, even undergoing two different surgeries. She eventually sought another opinion from Dr. William “Chris” Pederson, a hand and arm specialist, who discovered that the pain she was experiencing was due to synovial sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer. Under the care of Dr. Pederson and Dr. Rajiv Rajani, an outstanding musculoskeletal oncologist, Deanna once again endured five weeks of radiation therapy before eventually being labeled as “cancer free” once again. A bright and soft-spoken lady, Deanna is a driven woman with a heart of gold, and she refuses to let life’s obstacles hold her down. In fact, with Dr. Rajani’s permission, she even ran and finished, the 24


Deanna Schneider

From cancer survivor to cancer patient care giver

Rock n’ Roll half marathon one week after completing her radiation treatment in 2014. Last year marked five years that Deanna has been cancer-free, and she glows when she tells that Dr. Rajani proudly proclaimed that, “We will now grow old together.” She continues to be an advocate, a shoulder to lean on, and a real-life example that cancer doesn’t always win for her bone marrow transplant patients. She says, “I see life as an infinite number of variables, but I feel that God has put me here to put patients at ease and help them navigate the terrifying process that they are going through.” Deanna lights up when she talks about her husband, and she was incredibly humbled when she found out that he had nominated her for this feature. She doesn’t see herself as extraordinary, but it is evident that she is, and she wants to give back to those around her. She closes a conversation about herself by stating, “I live a charmed life. It is my faith in God that has led me here, and I want to help as many of our veterans as I can find faith and hope that they too can beat cancer and go on to live full lives.”

“Sixty-three days is all it took for my life to turn completely upside down. It’s the number of days that passed between the death of my father, and the death of my husband. In just over two months, I became a fatherless widow and a single mother, and the grief was overwhelming.” Esther Pipoly had just moved to Denver to begin a new job and help her husband, Carl, transition into the retirement that he had always dreamed of when he was diagnosed with incurable, advanced cancer. She had just buried her 81-year-old father, and it was at his funeral that her husband began to complain that he didn’t feel well. Her world collapsed as she watched the man, whom she had loved for over 25 years decline and eventually pass away right before her very eyes. Theirs was a blended family, as Carl was twenty years older than Esther, and he had two grown children from a previous marriage. Esther had a son, Nathan, from an earlier relationship, and together they had a daughter named Adyn. It wasn’t Carl’s physical death, however, that knocked Esther to her knees, it was the aftermath; the disaster of what can happen when someone passes away with no plan in place of what to do next. It was trying to navigate the fallout of her husband’s death that nearly destroyed Esther. Still, it was also the thing that educated, inspired, and moved her to create the business she runs today to help other individuals and families plan for life’s inevitable, but sometimes unexpected end. Loss of Life Advocates (LOLA) was created by Esther Pipoly so that those who lose a loved one can have access to experts in the business of closing out life’s affairs. In 26 years, Esther never took an active role in financial or business decisions. She states, “After I lost my husband and father, I spent so much time searching for help. I was emotionally and financially paralyzed, and left with having to close down two estates, as well as go through legal battles. I created LOLA so I could hold the flashlight for you; so that you would have someone to guide you through the maze of all that happens before and after a loss.” Esther’s story is gut-wrenching and unsettling. Death can happen to anyone at any time. Nobody is promised tomorrow, and regardless of what your religious or personal beliefs about death may be, we can all agree that we will all come to the end of our lives eventually. Would your loved ones know what to do when the time comes? Will they know what your wishes are and how you would want medical directions to be played out? Does someone trustworthy know where your sensitive financial documents are located? Do you have enough insurance to cover those who depend on you financially? There are so many issues that we don’t think about. Esther has created a program that handles every element, and every situation

Esther Pipoly From great loss to leading the lost

that might occur when a loved one dies. She and her team do it with caring and compassion. Navigating the dynamics of a blended family when the father/ stepfather dies has been challenging. Unfortunately, she had to learn everything by trial and error, and it took quite a toll on her life. Still, through every sleepless night, every tear, and disappointment, she was rebuilding herself, and creating a vision to help others navigate the business of death with a clear plan and a caring guide who has been there. “My ultimate wish is for families to begin accumulating their information so that when an untimely death or event does occur, everything is securely organized and accessible for their loved ones.” No one likes to think about their death or the deaths of loved ones, but it will happen to all of us one day. Esther’s life purpose was realized during the most challenging period of her life but she turned it into a positive resource with real-life solutions for others. MARCH/APRIL 2020



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Northside home is steeped in cozy French design BY STEVE BENNETT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

Two custom couches built by San Antonio furniture maker Mark Maron, covered in luscious mocha velvet from Schumacher Fabrics, face off in front of a limestone fireplace with a rusty iron screen. The spaces beside the working wood fireplace were just voids that are now custom bookshelves to display not only books, but an array of keepsakes. They tell a story of a Texas family, as does a fireside milk can that holds old branding irons salvaged from a family ranch. Rather than the usual chunky oak coffee table, the glass-topped acrylic table offers a touch of contemporary lightness to the seating area.







ive years ago, Melissa Branch and her husband Warren, a local dentist, decided their house in Olmos Park was too big for them and their two black Labradoodles, Indie and Jack. They set out to find a home that was a little more intimate. “My only criteria was that I didn’t want a cookie-cutter home,” Branch, retired from 34 years in the energy sector, recalled recently. “I never thought we’d end up in Oakwell Farms.”



What they found, walking down a stone pathway through a gas lit courtyard to double wooden front doors, was a taste of Old New Orleans in north San Antonio. “We came in, and I immediately went, ‘This is it.’ It was very European,” Branch, who is this year’s Battle of Flowers Parade chairwoman, said of the faux-finished plaster walls, oak floors inset with Spanish limestone and 13-foot ceilings. “It was very warm, and there was nothing like it down the street.”

Above: A rustic dining table dominates the dining room, just off the entry. The glass-paned hutch holds three sets of china, including delicate Belleek Irish pieces handed down from Branch’s grandmother. On the far back wall is a painting of a toddler. “It’s another family heirloom — that nobody else in the family wanted,” Branch said. “They had these traveling painters in the 19th century who had canvases with the body already painted, and then they would add your child’s face to them. We call it ‘the Crazy Baby Painting.’” Left: A French country kitchen wouldn’t be complete without massive iron pot rack suspended over a wood island with stainless steel top custombuilt by Melissa’s father. The faux-finished walls, distressed cabinetry, and rough-edged granite countertops add to the feel of Provence. The built-in wine rack at back left is a perfect place to store Branch’s collection of cookbooks. The painting on the right is a portrait of a 3-year-old Melissa in a family-christening gown, painted by her grandmother. Left Bottom: The story of winemaking - from crushing grapes to the inevitable hangover - are carved in relief into six cabinet doors in the bar, which is just off the kitchen and dining room. “It’s another of the touches that really made me fall in love with the house,” said the owner. “I just love the whimsicality of it.”




Above Left: Wrought iron gates and a transom lead from the dining room into the bar. Above Right: Guests are welcomed into a foyer with 13-foot ceilings and limestone flooring accented in the first of many Oushak Turkish rugs throughout the house. A refurbished accent chest provides ballast for the room, which features a repainted chandelier reflected in a gilded antique mirror. A painting of mother and child by Melissa Branch’s grandmother hangs on a limestone accent wall over a metal console table, setting the stage for the mix of family heirlooms and modern pieces found throughout the house. Right: The musical sound of water falling enlivens the patio, which features a three-tiered waterfall in slate and river rocks and bashful cherubs, cascading into a fishpond about the size of a pickup truck. The patio also features a large seating area and an outdoor kitchen.

With an equestrian center abutting a large back yard where water trickles down a stone patio waterfall into a fishpond, “It felt like it was in the country,” she said. “It’s great on cold mornings when the horses are out, a little frisky, and you can see their breath.” Built in 2000, the 4,028 square-foot, two-story home features four bedrooms, including a cozy, hideaway courtyard casita, and 4 1/2 baths on a quarter-acre lot. It’s a limestone structure with a hipped metal roof and bluish-gray garage doors and shutters. “It just felt very French Quarter to us,” Branch said. Branch called on local designer Meagan Lewis to help with the interiors. “We just wanted to go French country chateau,” Lewis said.



They mixed custom pieces with family heirlooms, keying off the wall finishes and distressed cabinetry that echo Provence style in soft creams, browns, and grays, with a hint of muted aquas. “We worked with what we had,” Lewis said. “I’d say it’s very high/low. There’s Pottery Barn and Pier One and Restoration Hardware, mixed with custom pieces of furniture and lots of Turkish Oushak rugs. The philosophy was what-you-like.” The first floor is basically a large open room, with one wall separating the kitchen and dining room. The dining area is just off the foyer, dominated by a large, glass-paned hutch, stocked with at least three sets of china, including delicate Belleek Irish pieces handed down from Branch’s grandmother.

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AT HOME Top Left: The master bedroom, with a door out to the patio, is dominated by a king-sized bed with a custom headboard upholstered in muted aqua fabric by Schumacher, outlined with antique bronze nail heads. The bench echoes the same fabric. The design throughout is a mix of “high/ low,” said Lewis, side-by-side with custom-built furniture, exclusive fabrics, and fine art. The Branches art collection also holds works hung in the home by San Antonio painters Brad Braune and Carolyn Korbell. Top Right: A back, out-of-the-way staircase leads to two guest bedrooms upstairs, one of which is full of family relics, including Melissa Branch’s grandparents’ 70-year-old twin canopy beds (“the Lucy and Ricky beds”), a custom dollhouse Branch played with as a child, built by her grandparents, and an old dresser at right whose top is still marred by her grandmother’s cigarette burns. The framed Audubon bird artwork on the wall at left came from a book that Melissa recalls studying closely through with a magnifying glass as a child while she sat on her grandmother’s lap. The aqua linen drapes feature exquisite embroidered tape. “My husband and I basically live on the ground floor, which is what we wanted,” Branch said. “When we have guests, they have total privacy upstairs.” Right: White onyx countertops with gold veining add a touch of elegance to the master dressing area. The vanity stool was covered in a leftover fabric sampler that was just the right size.

A rustic, 8-foot dining table with a thick, unfinished wooden slab top extends for larger parties — “We’ve had up to 22 people here for holidays,” Branch said — while a doorway with decorative iron gates at one end of the dining room leads to a bar with pickled cabinetry in browns, taupes, and grays. The bar, in turn, leads into a kitchen dominated by a massive iron pot rack over a sturdy wooden island with stainless steel countertops — built by Branch’s father — and a brick, woodfired rotisserie oven. “I do love to cook,” Branch said. “And this kitchen inspires me.” Open space is key to the comfort and conviviality of the home, with the kitchen looking out over a wide bar onto a large living area dominated at one end by a limestone fireplace, flanked by custom bookshelf units Lewis had built before the Branches moved in. The living room features two seating areas, separated down the middle by a 200-year-old Shaker dining table with sides folded down — another family heirloom — that acts as a sofa table until it is called to dining duty for overflow holiday feasts. Cozying up to the limestone fireplace at one end of the room are two 8-foot sofas, custom-built by San Antonio furniture 32


designer Mark Maron, upholstered in warm mocha velvet from Schumacher Fabrics. “Growing up, my grandparents had velvet furniture, and I was always amazed at how durable it was,” Branch said. “And I love the way it ages.” The glass-topped acrylic coffee table offers a touch of contemporary lightness to the seating area. “You’d think a big chunky wooden table would go there, but we wanted to keep it light and modern,” Lewis said. The other, less formal sitting area features a campaign sofa with a deep seating area in an ivory textile, with an old trunk for a coffee table. A huge armoire holding a media center dominates the far wall opposite the fireplace, while two sets of French doors on the back wall open out onto a patio with outdoor kitchen and views of the fishpond — and those frisky horses. “With its mix of new pieces and family heirlooms, I think the house really reflects the owners,” she said. “It’s unique to them. Everywhere you look, there is something that catches your eye, and there’s a story behind it.”

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Frosted Home What elements define your style? Classic design with a modern twist – like mixing an acrylic table with a tailored sofa finished with dressmaker details. Look for comfort, style, and a touch of chinoiserie. What kinds of new innovative spaces that you have created recently? I’m currently working on a home that is circa 1980s with my Frosted Living partner, Adrianne Frost. It hadn’t been touched since it was built so the remodeling project has been extensive. What are the hottest styles and/or trends in San Antonio today? San Antonian’s always love color, and jewel tones like cranberry, deep blue, and emerald green. Soothing, neutral palates are still holding strong, and some are just opting for pops of color. Classic blue is the Pantone color of the year, so tried and true combinations of blue and white are still playing a big part of home décor. How do you help me discover and communicate my style to you? My background is in counseling, not design. I use those skills to explore what helps our clients take pleasure in their homes. Who knows? You might even get a little therapy thrown into the conversation. I recognize how important environment is to a person’s wellbeing, so this helps me identify how a space is going to be used and what elements will help support your lifestyle. Pinterest and other resources help with some initial questions regarding style. What inspired you? I’ve always had a passion for decorating homes. I’m not formally trained in design, but was encouraged when reading that one of our city’s most famous architects, O’Neill Ford, never graduated with an architecture degree yet designed countless landmarks. I enjoy the opportunity to work with many local designers on their projects to help them attain their vision for their clients. My PhD dissertation was on women’s career changes at midlife, and I’m living proof that the course of life is constantly evolving, and dreams do come true!

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Renee Yee Interiors/ Curated House Our design studio, along with Curated House, our home boutique is housed in a restored 1920’s cottage in the heart of the King William Historic district. What elements define your style? A well-designed home should include thoughtful design that mixes modern comforts with meaningful pieces from the past. We strive to balance timeless beauty with fresh, unexpected elements that reflect our clients’ personalities and the way they live. Our clients are drawn to our fresh but timeless aesthetic, our ability to mix the old with the new, in a way that provides a beautiful, yet approachable space. We love to design beautiful spaces for busy professionals and their families, that are stylish, timeless and livable.

Where do you find inspiration? How do you stay up to date with current trends, technology, and codes? Growing up in Australia and traveling from a young age Renee has always been inspired by different cultures and architecture. Our team travels to market and design conferences several times a year so that we can stay up to date on new product offerings, technological advancements and generally what is new and great in our industry. How do you help me discover and communicate my style to you? We’re passionate about creating a space that our client loves, and that truly reflects their style. We start each project with a detailed design style meeting, we dive deep into what our client likes and dislikes, as well as look over inspiration photos and clearly define the vision for the project.

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Courtney Balsam Interior Design

What elements define your style? I create timeless, sophisticated designs that are fresh, functional, and of the highest quality. What kinds of new innovative spaces that you have created recently? I recently finished construction on a new lake house with an Urban Farmhouse flair focused on maximizing storage and averting flood damage. We incorporated fun colors and patterns inspired by the surrounding landscape to create a rejuvenating get-away. I’m currently working on an English Cottage design that blends function and comfort, allowing my clients to host three generations of family with ease. What are the hottest styles and/or trends in San Antonio today? The pendulum is swinging back to classic, traditional designs with Grand millennial style. Think your grandmother’s house but updated. Clients are requesting

heirloom antiques with traditional silhouettes, floral patterns, and elegant details like pleats and scalloped edging. Where do you find inspiration? How do you stay up to date with current trends, technology, and codes? Travel is a great source of inspiration for me. Seeing new architecture and street fashion is always inspiring. Professional design events bring new concepts I love to blend with my own unique touch. As a licensed interior designer, I strive to find innovative continuing education courses not only on new design products but also architectural courses on materials and construction strategies. What traits set you apart from other designers? Attention to detail is my forte. I design with a master plan in mind that ensures all design elements are perfectly planned and well executed. Each project is unique and presents different challenges so no two projects will ever look the same.

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Haven Design and Construction Jana Valdez, Principal Interior Designer

What makes your firm unique? What makes our firm unique is that I am an interior designer and my husband is a contractor; we work together. Most of our projects involve whole house design and renovation. However, our design team also accepts projects that just involve furniture, drapery and accessorizing, so we are quite versatile. What are your firm’s design specialties? We specialize in luxury kitchen and bath design and whole house remodels. We really enjoy large renovation projects and the experience of turning the “ugly duckling into a swan.” It’s very rewarding. What are the hottest styles and/or trends in San Antonio today? Gold accents are back in a big way! Thankfully, the new antique gold is not reminiscent of the 1980’s gaudy polished brass. We are also seeing matte black emerging as a very popular new choice for plumbing and lighting fixtures. What is your thought process when designing for a new client? When interviewing a new client, it’s my job to play detective and to uncover all the clues that they give me in order to create a unique and personalized design. The name of our business evolved from a desire to create each client’s “personal haven”. What advice do you have for a homeowner thinking of redesigning? These days, Pinterest and Houzz make it easy to create an inspiration design board for your designer. Start by pinning rooms or photos that you love and write notes about what you like and don’t like on each photo. It’s been so helpful to me to have my clients to do this.

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Jewelry designer and owner of Nicola Bathie Jewelry, Nicola Bathie, combines her love of art and design to create exquisite earrings perfect for spring.

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Spring is here and we are getting ready for lots of fun festivities with the perfect accessories for every occasion. We’ve found two local experts who took design into their own hands, have very successful businesses, and have created some beautiful and functional options.




Nicola Bathie Creates Chic Statement Earrings for Spring How did you get started making jewelry? In college! Just for fun... I would make my friends jewelry to go out in. Why did you decide to launch your own label? The opportunity presented itself, it became very obvious that there was a market and a demand. What is the creative inspiration for your collection? Flowers, hands down. Who are your style icons? It truly comes from a magnitude of people, but more and more my inspiration is coming less from actual people and more of curate concept stores and the brands themselves. With fashion week happening currently, I have taken lots of cues from Brock Collection, Rodarte, and Ulla Johnson. What colors/designs are featured in your Spring/Summer 2020 collection? You will see lots of florals, more colors and mixing of colors than usual. What are your favorite accessories to wear to Fiesta Events? Sequins, sparkles, and colors. What’s next? What’s your vision for the future of your brand? I hope for the near future I get to see Nicola Bathie grow to places I could never imagine.




 A bold color in a classic design! Plus, the size is stadium compliant.

Who says a small clutch can’t make a bold statement.? This yellow is sure to catch your eye.

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The small Chrissy in Fandago pink is our girly-girl go-to for a lightweight parade watching crossbody.

 Bold patterns like this classic houndstooth are all over the runways for Spring 2020.

Blue is always flattering color and The Monica Clear Satchel matches perfectly with any shade.

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Luckily, we didn’t have to look far for fashionable clear purses designed for security and convenience. Local, woman-owned, company SCORE! Game Day Bags are perfect for any event. Six of SCORE!’s styles are stadium compliant, and make getting through security lines quick and easy.

When it comes to large crowded events, local law enforcement recommends everyone to carry a clear bag. Most stadiums even require it. Whether you’re going to a parade or a spring sporting event, a clear bag is the way to go.

This clear crossbody brings a pop of color to any outfit. Make it extra fun with a pom-pom charm!

Why did you decide to launch your own label? As I researched my idea over eight months, I realized there were no viable options to buy a cute, designer quality bag to match my favorite team color combos. I wanted a designer style handbag that would last through the seasons. Then it came down to style- designing what I liked and knew I would enjoy. What colors/designs are featured in your Spring/Summer 2020 collection? SCORE!’s focus for spring and summer are our 5 Pink combinations, as well as, turquoise, blues, and greens. What are your favorite accessories to wear to Fiesta Events? My outfit is always combinations of bright, spring colors and I accessorize with big, bold jewelry, a flower crown with curly ribbons and my matching SCORE! Game Day Bag. MARCH/APRIL 2020



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Perfect Hair Day Expert San Antonio Hairstylist Melody Edens shares her top tips for gorgeous hair all year round and stunning looks for every occasion. BY SOPHIE BAUER

How long have you been a hairstylist? I have been doing hair for 39 years and have owned my own salon for 24 years, including my current one, Melody Edens Salon, which is celebrating its 10th year this June. Twenty-three years ago, I became a Board-Certified Hair colorist. 44


What styles would you recommend for looking cute at hot outdoor events? A lofty ponytail is most women’s go-to in heat and humidity. Dress it up by combing a humidity-defying foam through the front and create a low side parting. Section out the hair on top of the head from that parting and clip out of the way. Sweep the rest of the hair to the crown and secure with an elastic. That top section can now be braided or combed smooth across the head and back toward your ponytail. Wrap the ends around the elastic and secure with a bobby pin. For shorter hair, part it to the side. Pull back the side with less hair and secure with a fun clip. Spray hair with a beachy waves spray like Melody Making Waves and Scrunch. What are you favorite looks for fancy evening occasions? The chignon is always an elegant choice. Update the look with some texture. Begin by spraying the hair with a dry texturizing spray first to add grip and volume. Part the hair from top of the head to the ear on both sides. Brush hair from behind the ears into a low bun and secure with an elastic. Twist or braid the remaining hair on each side, sweep back and crisscross it over the chignon. Secure as needed and spray with a humidity resistant hairspray.

Which hair colors are popular this season? Hair color trends should be personalized to enhance the client’s beauty. Like other things in our society, we are noticing a polarizing effect in natural-looking hair color with blondes trending lighter and brunettes trending deeper. Fashion colors, also known as pop colors, are still popular with our dramatic hair color clients. The popular gray trend is an outcome of faded cool-tone fashion shades. Do you have any insider tips on maintaining healthy, beautiful hair? Use a shampoo that is in the 4.5 to 5.5 pH range. Just as a low salt diet is beneficial for one’s health, the same goes for your hair. Sodium Chloride, also known as table salt, is used as a thickener in many shampoos. It is drying to the hair and hastens color fading. All Melody shampoos are salt-free. Once a week, use a clarifying shampoo in that same pH range followed by a deep conditioning treatment designed for your hair type. This will rid hair of dulling mineral deposits, add strength, and moisture for maximum beauty and performance. In San Antonio’s South Texas climate, it is especially important to protect hair color with a leave-in conditioner. Elixir 11 protects with sunscreens and contains fatty acids that are proven to extend color by 40%.

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Are there any products you use for your hair? Through my connection with a cosmetic chemist, I now carry my own line of haircare products that are salt free and sulfate free, using the newest chemistry and the finest ingredients that are natural and safe. These Melody haircare products are what I use and recommend.


We’re member owned, community grown, and proud that our leadership team reflects the diversity of our community. Our strong group of female leaders make up 70% of the Senior Officers at Generations Federal Credit Union.* We’re pleased to celebrate the range of backgrounds and expertise reflected in the women on our senior leadership team. Their unique perspectives as collaborators, mentors, coaches and volunteers help us ensure that we’re evaluating and serving the needs of our community. Pictured L to R Tracy Merritt

VP of Accounting Board Member: • American Red Cross

Kathleen Himes

VP of Consumer Lending Board Member: • Any Baby Can

Danielle Smothers

VP of Retail Delivery Board Member: • Alpha Home

Letty Gonzales

VP of Member Engagement, SA Hispanic Chamber Rising Star Board Member: • SA Hispanic Chamber • Boysville San Antonio • Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women

Kimberly Kieny

Chief Lending Officer Board Member: • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas

Eve Hernandez VP of Marketing Board Member: • SAY Sí

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Jessica Hernandez

VP of Operations 2020 SA Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Woman of the Year Board Member: • FACT Institute

Angela Howorth

VP of Human Resources Board Member: • YMCA of Greater SA

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Chief Financial Officer Board Member: • Susan G. Komen SA

*Compares to 30.7% of women Executive and Senior-Level Officials in US Finance and Insurance industry per Catalyst.org. “Women in Financial Services: Quick Take.” Catalyst, www.catalyst.org/research/women-in-financial-services/.

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Ivania Vorpahl

Investors’ Property Services | Ensemble Senior Living Apartments Portfolio Supervisor | General Manager | LiveEnsemble.com (210) 879-7324 PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADRIAN GARCIA

What types of properties do you manage? I manage multi-family properties in San Antonio. My current venture is in senior living. What other properties do you manage and where are they located? I manage Ensemble Apartments– a 55+ Active Adult Community in the heart of Castle Hills. Ensemble Apartments is a beautifully preserved historic building with multiple indoor and outdoor amenities including a pool, café, fitness center, library, media center, and spacious community areas. Some of the properties you manage have been around for a very long time. What makes them appealing to prospective residents now? Ensemble Apartments is a truly unique mid-century building. From the preserved marble foyer to the 3 acres of wooded trails residents find a great mix of high character features at Ensemble. Our residents can enjoy spacious apartment homes, first-class amenities, and a like-minded community without compromising their budget. They can relax and unwind in the comfort of one of our studios, one, or two-bedroom apartment homes that include all utilities paid, cable TV and internet, and continental breakfast served daily. Ensemble provides contemporary features such as stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops. Active living meets peaceful surroundings. What makes Ensemble Apartments different from any apartment or an assisted living community? Apartment living can be complicated, transactional and a bit frustrating. At Ensemble we have a number of unique differences to achieve our goal for our residents: “ease of living”. Our bundled, turn-key monthly pricing is inclusive of all rent, utilities, cable and internet services. No need to hassle with multiple service providers or accounts. Additionally, Ensemble’s weekly activities and programming (included in rent) provide our residents with multiple outlets to socialize with their neighbors, be involved in their community and share their home with family and friends. We are more than just an apartment building, we are a community. Why did you pursue managing a senior living community? Nationally the senior community is underserved when it comes to housing options that provide both a budget friendly price point and array of community minded activities and services. Ensemble Apartments is one of the first to accomplish both. The opportunity I have to serve this demand in a unique building, premier location and very social atmosphere sounds

nothing short of fun. From speaking to many prospects and future residents, I have found that our effort to create a likeminded active community is what many have been longing for and I am so happy to be a part of that. When can we see what your property is all about? Ensemble is open and now leasing. Check out our website, stop by for a tour and follow us on social media to stay up to date on our resident events and speaker-series events. MARCH/APRIL 2020



Women in

Residential Real Estate Opening Doors to Opportunity and Financial Independence BY: JENNY JURICA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ATA-GIRL PHOTOGRAPHY CO.

Women have been immersed in the real estate business since its beginnings in the late 1700’s1. While the number of women working as real estate professionals has ebbed and flowed through wartime, financial hardships, and other national crises, today, women make up a substantial portion of the real estate workforce. In fact, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, 67% of all current REALTORS®2 are women, and that number continues to increase steadily.


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n this rapidly growing and fast-paced market, real estate brokers are continually looking to grow their firms and hire agents, but they must also do so with care and conviction. Real estate agents ultimately represent the firm that they work for, and these firms have valuable, and oftentimes, legendary reputations to protect. This month, we feature four women who are successful residential real estate professionals in the San Antonio area. They are active in recruiting agents, offering support to clients, as well as participating in the growth of their firms. They have each also witnessed the climate for women in real estate change over the past few decades as more and more women find their own personal and professional achievements within the real estate industry. Standing Out in a Saturated Market Carolyn Rhodes, sales manager, (covering The Dominion, Boerne, and New Braunfels) for Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, spent many years in Houston, where she excelled in many facets of the real estate field, founded her own brokerage, and worked in real estate marketing, before making her way to the San Antonio area, where she landed with Kuper Sotheby’s in 2015. “If it’s happened in real estate, I’ve done it,” said Rhodes. “I was a top producer, a top listing agent, and I’ve done a ton of construction, too.” Rhodes cites her life-long interest in home design as the spark that led her to her career at Kuper Sotheby’s. “My favorite hobby is houses and decor. It’s all that I do. I am obsessed!” Rhodes added, “I’m talking to Realtors on the phone, and watching HGTV while getting ready to go to open houses on the weekend!”

Carolyn Rhodes joined the Kuper Sotheby’s team as the sales manager in 2015.

When asked about the recruiting practices of her firm, Rhodes explained, “Our brokers and agents are high achievers--they’re in the top 10% of the marketplace.” The real estate marketplace often becomes saturated with agents when the housing market is moving fast. “It gets saturated with people who think it would be a fun and easy career,” explained Rhodes. However, commitment and obligation are keys to a successful career as a real estate agent. “It is fun, but it’s not easy. Some people don’t make it beyond their first transaction,” stated Rhodes. Lisa Nuttall Munoz, Broker of Record for Keller Williams Heritage, added, “This is not a part-time industry. This is a service industry, and it requires the utmost professionalism and competence.” Munoz came to the real estate industry from a career in corporate finance, where she worked for 12 years. But it was her personal real estate agent, Kimberly Howell, who, in 2001, encouraged Munoz to try her hand at real estate. Munoz joined Howell’s team at Keller Williams while Howell later went on to start her own successful brokerage, Kimberly Howell Properties. “I trusted her [Howell]. She was a great agent, and so I made the right decision. I’ve been with Keller Williams Heritage ever since!” Munoz warns that real estate is not for the casual agent. She explains, “[Agents] should be focused on this 100% as a career,

Lisa Nuttall Munoz with Keller Williams has been in real estate for nearly 20 years. MARCH/APRIL 2020


WOMEN IN RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE to have a wonderful experience. I fell in love with people,” remembers Shemwell. Being fluent in three languages, as well as a sharp negotiator, helped Shemwell to rise to the top of her field and make a name for herself in real estate.

Jennifer Shemwell followed in her mother’s footsteps and is now President of Phyllis Browning Company.

not as a hobby. Successful realtors should engage in training initially but also continually.” Real estate firms and brokerages each operate a little differently, but possibly none as uniquely as Keller Williams Heritage. Munoz explains, “[At Keller Williams Heritage,] Our primary model is an ‘interdependent’ model, meaning that the broker basically works for the agent.” In this model, Keller Williams Heritage acts as a franchise, and the brokers fully support the agent in building, growing, and sustaining their own business. “We offer a huge support group, which includes on-staff attorneys, one-on-one technology services, and training that is second to none. We are a very proagent business. We allow them to brand themselves and run their business. We’re there to support them because they are our clients,” added Munoz. Known for selling some of the city’s most elite addresses, Jennifer Shemwell, President of Phyllis Browning Company, is one of the most respected names in San Antonio real estate, following closely in the footsteps of her mother, Phyllis Browning, as a luxury real estate agent, trendsetter, and community leader. Finding the Right Recruits When recruiting new agents for Phyllis Browning Company, Shemwell is emphatic about finding just the right candidates. “A high level of 52


professionalism, a strong grasp of real estate knowledge, grace, compassion, and a passion for helping others, as well as internal drive and good, follow through with details,” are all traits that Shemwell demands from potential agents. Luxury real estate firms have stringent guidelines to follow when seeking agents to work for them. Carolyn Rhodes with Kuper Sotheby’s explains, “What makes us [at Kuper Sotheby’s] stand out is that we are absolutely attached to our luxury brand, and we utilize tools to help our agents market themselves at a level that’s equivalent to the brand.” And, as a result of their high standards and luxury brand, Kuper Sotheby’s does not recruit much-their agents come to them. Rhodes continued, “We behave at a different level, and our marketing is at a different level, as well. We utilize professional photos, video with music-that was our brand standard before it was anyone else’s. We were hyper-focused on the online experience for the client before other firms were.” Jennifer Shemwell, a graduate of Yale University, started out working for a stock brokerage firm, but it was in 1992 when she got the opportunity to work for the U.S. Government at the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain, that everything came together for her. “It was while working in Spain that I realized how much I loved being on my feet, giving tours, and helping people

An Industry That Supports Women All of these women echoed the sentiment that real estate is a highly favorable career option for many women. It was one of the first career paths that afforded women the opportunity to support themselves and a family. As Carolyn Rhodes explained, “This business gave women who were divorced or widowed the chance to earn as much money as they wanted to...and no other business does that.” Factors such as flexible work schedules, good earning potential, and a field that is accessible to many, have helped women to grow and prosper in the field of real estate. The real estate industry was one of the first to offer the promise of financial independence for women when most other professions could offer nothing of the sort. While these ladies were hesitant to discuss exactly how much an agent can make in the current economy, it is fair to say that the insurgence of women in the real estate workforce has changed our economy, as well as the lives of many women and their families through the decades. When real estate agents are shopping for a brokerage to work with, Shemwell advises that it is essential to find a firm committed to helping the agent succeed and whose values align with the agent. “Is that brokerage committed to offering the real estate agent continuing education and software systems to grow their business? Do they have a management team and corporate trainers to help with questions and ideas? We do because we [at Phyllis Browning Company] know how important it is,” explained Shemwell. As Carolyn Rhodes put it, “if you have a broker who will listen, the sky’s the limit [for agents].” Tracie Hasslocher, MRE, who is a Licensed Real Estate Broker and owner of

“Building relationships, serving the clients, continuing to keep up with changes-including technology, housing trends, regulations--all of this is important to maintain a strong relationship with clients and a successful business in such a competitive climate,” offered Munoz.

Tracie Hasslocher opened her own real estate company, Hasslocher Boutique Realty after the stock market crash in 2008.

Hasslocher Boutique Realty, found herself out on her own (after the stock market crash of 2008) as real estate agents began to disappear in search of other job opportunities. It was during this time that Tracie realized that she rather liked working for herself. Hasslocher obtained her broker’s license and, in short order, opened her own boutique real estate company, Hasslocher Boutique Realty. These days, Hasslocher still prefers to work independently. “I decided to continue on my own because I like having contact with my clients. They don’t have to go through anybody to get to me, and I feel that my clients deserve to talk to me when they are making probably the biggest purchase in their lifetime,” explained Hasslocher. She added, “I can spend all my time focused on my clients and not on agents that are under me.” While Hasslocher is not opposed to one day having other agents come on board with her, it is not something that she is currently seeking. “I’m not saying I won’t ever have any agents under my brand again, but I enjoy being on my own,” she said. ‘Sphere of Influence’ is Important in Real Estate While she’s not actively recruiting agents for herself, Hasslocher does have an insight to offer into what brokers are looking for when they are scouting for new agents. “They’re looking for positive people...people who have a ‘sphere of influence’ because that’s what you’ll

rely on to get your business,” noted Hasslocher. “Who do they know? Maybe they had a previous career, such as the military, or retired people as a second profession. Brokers look for people who are going to produce, but also people who are out in the community and going to be able to get that business,” added Hasslocher. As Jennifer Shemwell of Phyllis Browning Company affirmed, “We are in a growth mode. We attract agents with prior real estate experience or serious experience in another industry.” These days, the men and women who are beginning new careers in real estate look different than they did, even a decade ago, and they are bringing new perspectives and value to the industry. “I’m seeing people who want to come into the real estate business after they’ve already had a successful career,” noted Caryoln Rhodes, of Kuper Sotheby’s. “They come to the table with ideas from other businesses, educational backgrounds, professional skills, and expecting advanced technology. It’s totally cool!” Lisa Nuttall Munoz of Keller Williams Heritage goes on to explain, “There are many active agents in this market. At Keller Williams Heritage, our agents are business owners, and, as a business owner, they must be purposeful in the growth of their business.”

The same secrets to success in the real estate industry can also be applied to any industry. Munoz added, “As founder and CEO of Keller Williams, Gary Keller says, ‘Go out and get your unfair share.’ No one is keeping you from going out and building those relationships and building your business. You’re an independent agent.” Staying Competitive The real estate industry can quickly become saturated with agents and brokers, and, at times, it can be hard to stand out in this highly competitive climate. Often, agents are encouraged to do anything for a sale, but Hasslocher has a different approach to this problem. “I don’t feel like it’s about being competitive with anyone else. It’s about letting people know that you’re competent and giving them the confidence that you’re able to do the work for them,” said Hasslocher. “Some people are all about winning awards, and that’s great, but it all comes down to how are you going to treat your client?” points out Hasslocher. Jennifer Shemwell added, “Real estate is a puzzle, connecting people to their dreams, as well as the path to their next home so that it feels effortless and easy. I’m proud to say that people know me and many of our Phyllis Browning Co. agents for connecting them with opportunities and access they otherwise may not have,” The climate for women in this industry is ripe for the picking. “Women continue to have a voice and are making a very impactful drive in this industry, including at many leadership levels...and not just in real estate, but in the other industries that serve the real estate industry,” noted Munoz. MARCH/APRIL 2020 JANUARY/FEBRUARY


ELIZABETH LUNA YOUR ONE STOP REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS COMPANY With years of experience in the South Texas and San Antonio real estate markets, we’ve encountered nearly every scenario. No matter what financial, legal or structural issues are attached to your property, we can help. We’ve helped so many individuals avoid foreclosure, preserve their credit score, get cash, and find accommodations for their next stage in life. Heaven Sent Property Solutions handles every step of the process, so you can focus on taking care of yourself and your family during this time. • Pre-foreclosures • Foreclosures • Inherited homes • Estate homes • Reverse mortgages • Short sales • Vacant houses • Rental properties • Homes in disrepair • Divorce • Take over mortgage payments • Apartments, multi-family • Commercial properties • Vacant lots You can reach Elizabeth Luna at elizabeth@heavensentpropertysolutions.com or visit us online at heavensentpropertysolutions.com. 210-643-0864




A 2018 winner of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership Award, Leesa Harper Rispoli, president and broker/owner of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® (CBDHR), has been a force in San Antonio, Texas, real estate for years. A former teacher and education administrator, Rispoli followed her mother into real estate, carrying on the family legacy. She describes CBDHR as an “agent-centric” brokerage, stressing that every accomplishment is a “team” victory. Her goal for the company’s culture is to have the agency feel like a close-knit family that fully supports each other. “Everything we do is for ONE agent, multiplied by 500. The agents deserve the very best support from me. It’s a challenge for agents to stay up with all the trends, as well as changes to legal matters, and maneuver around the industry disruptors. It is my responsibility, as the broker, to equip my agents to be the best trained, highly ethical, and most competitive agents in the market.” With nine (9) offices spread throughout the Texas Hill Country, Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® has surpassed $1 Billion in sales six years in a row! Additionally, one of her offices was recently ranked the #1 Coldwell Banker (CB) office in the State of Texas and in the top 1% of CB internationally. Another one of her offices was recognized as being ranked nationally in the top 5% of CB. Leesa continues to receive national recognition for being one of the top 3% affiliated companies of Coldwell Banker (CB) and as the 2nd largest Woman-owned Coldwell Banker franchise in the U.S.! Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® is not only known for their real estate transactions, but also for the numerous non-profits they support throughout the communities they serve. Last November, CBDHR was awarded San Antonio Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Award.

Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® 18756 Stone Oak, Ste. 301 San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 483-7040. Lrispoli@cbharper.com www.cbharper.com



CORIE BOLDT OWNER/BROKER Corie Boldt is a native San Antonian. She is the Broker and Owner of CORIE PROPERTIES, managing over 20 successful agents. CORIE PROPERTIES is a boutique real estate firm focusing on all the philosophies Corie has collected over the years. The business model for CORIE PROPERTIES was developed for the agents to focus on the client’s needs instead of the bottom line. In return this makes the buying and selling process exciting and enjoyable for the buyers and sellers. CORIE PROPERTIES believes high-tech communication is critical to marketing properties, but the human element of hardworking agents will always be the most essential part of the real estate process.

4901 Broadway, Suite 132 | San Antonio, TX 78209 D: 210-262-4698 | O: 210-824-1115 | F: 210-824-1116 corie@corieproperties.com | www.corieproperties.com



REALTOR®, PT 50 Winner 2016 -2018, SABJ Top 25 REALTOR®


San Antonio Realtor Kathy Ripps has dedicated much of her life to giving compassionate, dedicated care to her clients. With a background as a professional counselor and years of experience in real estate investing and property management, Kathy made a natural transition to real estate agent and luxury home specialist offering dedication and understanding to every transaction. Her people skills coupled with a keen business and marketing sense built on years of helping her husband with his personal investment business, Kathy now enjoys helping others navigate through the process with ease.

I am also a member of Luxury Home Council, a Historic Home Specialist and am listing on the City of San Antonio’s historic home approved vendors, Platinum Top 50 I decided to become a realtor because I love solving problems. Each real estate transaction can be filled with pot holes and difficult issues. I enjoy finding good solutions for my clients and helping them reach their goals. I consider myself a guide in the real estate process. My clients pick the journey and I am there to help them make it to the finish line! Bringing a tradition of creativity and joy to each real estate transaction helps by buyers/sellers/ investors accomplish their goals in a positive way.


210.240.4464 o: 210.698.3100 4 Dominion Drive, Building 2 San Antonio, Texas 78257 kathy.ripps@sothebysrealty.com kathysa.com 56


Sheffield Park Properties Broker Owner 7 Sheffield Park San Antonio, TX 78209 210-313-2904

ARIEL DUNKIN MRP, REALTOR® Originally from Houston, Ariel Dunklin is proud to call Boerne home after living in San Antonio for 15 years. She is passionate about problem-solving for each of her clients that are navigating the journey of home ownership, working tirelessly to ensure they have the best experience possible. Ariel specializes in servicing clients new to the area as well as first-time home buyers. She enjoys helping them find the right area to meet their expectations for their home and lifestyle.

711 S. Main Street Boerne, Texas 78006 O (830) 331-8450 C (830) 431-0405 adunklin@phyllisbrowning.com phyllisbrowning.com

CAROLE TUBBESING REALTOR®, J.D. Carole Tubbesing is a consistent multi-million dollar producer who uses her legal and business background to finalize deals smoothly and keep the process as stress-free for clients as possible. She provides concierge service to her clients and is always ready with referrals, from repair companies to the best kid-friendly restaurants! Originally from California, Carole completed her BBA at the University of Notre Dame and her JD at Loyola Law School. Carole and her husband are parents of three young adults.

4372 N Loop 1604 West Ste 102 San Antonio, Texas 78249 C (210) 771-0828 ctubbesing@phyllisbrowning.com www.caroletubbesing. phyllisbrowning.com

CATHY VISE REALTOR® Cathy Vise has been a San Antonian for over 25 years and possesses extensive knowledge of the city’s neighborhoods, schools and culture. Her certifications as Home Marketing Specialist, Negotiations Expert and Senior Real Estate Specialist allow Cathy to provide expert advice and fantastic service. Before entering real estate, Cathy was a flight attendant and earned a Marketing degree from Texas State University. Cathy enjoys volunteering and holds a seat on SABOR®’s REALTOR® Builder Committee.

4372 N. Loop 1604 West, Ste. 102 San Antonio, Texas 78249 C (210) 313-6382 cvise@phyllisbrowning.com phyllisbrowning.com

ANNE GAMBOA CRS, Broker Associate A trusted and respected REALTOR®, Anne Gamboa has been a licensed broker since 1995 and offers over 25 years of real estate experience. She specializes in meeting the needs of buyers and sellers, while completing transactions smoothly. Past clients and colleagues are quick to tout her integrity, work ethic and responsiveness. She is renowned for her legacy of singular customer service. Anne is honored to provide “The Very Best” to her clients and continually strives to exceed their goals.

6061 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209 O (210) 408-4035 C (210) 422-4693 agamboa@phyllisbrowning.com phyllisbrowning.com MARCH/APRIL 2020



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TRACIE HASSLOCHER BROKER/OWNER 8520 Crownhill Blvd. San Antonio, TX. 78209 hasslocherrealestate.com O: 210-568-9595 C: 210-863-2529

Helotes | $395,000 | Mediterranean 2 Story | 5 Bedrooms | 4 ½ Baths | Tall Ceilings | Neutral Paint Colors | Crown Molding | Granite Countertops | Close to UTSA, Medical School

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WOMEN ON THE MOVE JEANNE RUSSELL Jeanne Russell is the executive director of the Centers for Applied Science & Technology (CAST). This growing network of partnership schools with area public school districts will add its fourth high school in August. Her personal passion is for student voice, which is a core pillar of CAST Schools. She is committed to rethinking teaching and learning and sees it as an act of co-creation that brings together young people, business and civic leaders, and dedicated educators.


Cristina Aldrete is the President/CEO of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and was promoted to CEO from Executive Vice President for Government Affairs. Cristina serves on the Board of Directors for Visit San Antonio and the SA Economic Development Foundation International Advisory Council. She previously served on the City of San Antonio Tri-Centennial Celebration Commission Committee on External Affairs and Chair for the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red Campaign. Cristina and her husband Eddie have three children.


PixelWorks Corp. is proud to bring on Ana Gibbs as Assistant Editor. Ana is a recent graduate from Texas State University with a degree in English and Mass Communications. She started with PixelWorks in November 2018 as a part-time intern and now helps manage the editorial of San Antonio Woman Magazine, 78209 Magazine, and Texas Dove Hunters Magazine. Ana is looking forward to being a part of the growth and future of PixelWorks.

Tracey Burke has always had a passion for puzzles and problem solving. For more than three decades, the St. Edwards University honors graduate has used those skills to build a successful accounting career. “I never considered doing anything else,” she says. As both a CPA and Certified Financial Planner, Tracey specializes in helping her clients navigate everything from tax preparation to succession planning, taking into account both short and long-term goals. “I’m there for my clients as both a friend and advisor,” she says. “It makes me happy to give them peace of mind.”



Jeanette Scarsdale is a Senior Marketing Proposal Specialist at DBR; working to create proposal responses to win publicly funded projects. Jeanette joined DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc. in 2012 as a Marketing Assistant after graduating with a BA in Communications. During the last 8 years she was promoted to Marketing Coordinator, and her current role, where she focuses on proposal responses while supporting DBR’s Marketing Department and strategic initiatives. In December, she was named an Associate at DBR.

Director of Litigation Support, Jennifer Edwards is passionate about Forensic Accounting and uses her more than 30 years of experience to help clients after the breakdown of a marriage or business arrangement. “I care about people and I hate to see them taken advantage of because they don’t understand their financial picture,” she explains. “It’s my job to make the financial chaos clear, help them find out where the money is, and then start planning for the future.”



Dr. Yekaterina “Katya” Jordan recently joined a vibrant medical community of San Antonio. Dr. Jordan was born in Russia and moved to Texas 20 years ago. She went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed her training in General Surgery at UT Health General Surgery Residency in San Antonio. She is now seeing patients at the Grace Medical Plaza at the Medical Center. She closely collaborates with Aurora Breast Center and performs surgeries at Christus Santa Rosa hospitals.




Shari Y. Mao, partner with Jackson Walker LLP, represents clients in a variety of corporate legal matters. As a past business owner, she has a keen understanding of corporate risks and challenges. In addition to advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, Shari counsels clients in governance, financing, and operations and technology outsourcing. Shari serves on the board of directors for the San Antonio Botanical Gardens and is past Chair of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio.

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Construction Careers Academy students show off the Impact San Antonio Tiny Home that our $100,000 grant funded. CCA was one of four agencies that received the grants in 2017.

We are Impact San Antonio We use the power of collective philanthropy to fund grants to nonprofits like Construction Careers Academy, which puts high school students on the path to a rewarding career.

“Through the good fortune of partnering with Impact San Antonio, we were able to build a Tiny Home. We will sell that home, and the proceeds will go back to the school. We will always be able to build another home with this grant.”

Our grants totaling more than $3.7 million since 2004 have funded dozens of transformational projects in our community. Join today and help us be #500Strong again this year!

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2020 Women Business Owner Awards Celebration Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the SSFCU Events Center For more information contact Graciela at (210) 260-6246 or info@nawbosa.org




March 19 Transformational Leadership Development Program San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce DoubleTree Hotel Downtown 8 – 12 PM March 19 Women Business Owner Awards NAWBO SSFCU Event 6:30 – 9:30 PM March 21 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Power of our Voice Gala JW Marriott Hill Country Resort 6 – 11:55 PM March 25 Smart Women Series San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Trinity University 11:30 – 1 PM

March 30 North San Antonio Chamber Golf Tournament La Cantera Golf Club 8:30 AM April 2 Fiesta Mixer San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Wyndham Gardens 5:30 – 7:30 PM April 13 Golf Tournament San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce The Club at Sonterra 7 AM April 16 Transformational Leadership Development Program San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Wyndham Gardens 8 – 12 PM

April 21 Bloomberg Business Program San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce 11 – 1 PM TBA April 27 CREW PropTech: The Rapid Change in the Future of Commercial Real Estate The Tobin Center 10:30 – 2 PM

The San Antonio Woman Business Calendar lists upcoming events for women’s local business groups that are open to the public. If you would like to have your group’s meetings or events listed send them to susan@sawoman.com and include “SAW Business Calendar” in the subject line.




The Dreaded

Varicose Vein? New surgery gets rid of them, fast

Varicose veins? So last century! But today’s surgical fix is high-tech and modern. Veins make up our circulatory system along with arteries and capillaries. They are the highways, roads, and bridges that move our oxygen-rich blood to feed all parts of our body. “Your heart takes the blood, and sends it to the lungs, to get the red blood cells with the oxygen, and pumps it down to your toes,” says Dr. John Hogg of the Medical Vein Clinic. Veins in our legs then send the blood, back up, and around and around it goes. But, sometimes it doesn’t go back up, and then you’ve got something called venous insufficiency. A healthy, elastic vein is strong, fighting gravity to push blood up. But weak veins are loose, so the blood sits in the vein, causing it to bulge, becoming a varicose vein. Losing vein elasticity impedes circulation, and that is when Dr. Hogg, steps in. “Venous reflux is a medical term when the veins in your legs are stretched out, and they start letting the blood fall back down.” A sedentary lifestyle brings most patients into the clinic. 64



“We were designed to roam the earth. To hunt and gather, long before sofas, cars and T.V. came into play. So, we see more problems as people move less,” says Hogg. Varicose veins aren’t just for middle-aged ladies anymore.

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A 26-year-old male patient looked down one day and saw blood everywhere. A vein in his calf was so weakened that it burst. Hogg says among the many reasons to exercise is that developed muscles, assist the veins. “When you walk, the muscles squeeze the vein,” and swoosh it back to the heart. Compression stockings also help circulation. And no, the tight socks and stockings aren’t just for the infirm.Hogg says professional athletes wear them! “They can get a 25% to 30% increase in performance … because they are delivering that much more oxygen to their legs,” he says. He wears them. Hogg is tall, so compression socks help his blood to travel the distance. “The blood shoots up, and it stays up. It doesn’t fall back down.”

We were designed to roam the earth. To hunt and gather, long before sofas, cars and T.V. came into play. So, we see more problems as people move less.

One thing he suggests to patients is to wear them on the airplane. “As you sit in that plane, the blood goes down, but it is not returned, because you are not moving your legs.”

runs in families. Second most common is profession. It is the 21st-century phenomena where we sit behind a desk, standing at a counter, driving a truck or car all day … on long flights, too.”

Airline travel restricts us from moving much, so these tight stockings, which can be a challenge to put on, keep the blood flowing, reducing the risk of a DVT, a “deep vein thrombosis,” or blood clot, from developing.

Pregnant women suffer varicose veins because of the extra pressure and weight, so compression stockings are highly recommended for them. But “once veins are stretched out, it is a progressive disease,” says Hogg, with a distended vein, never to be taut again. Burning, or itching legs, cramping, heavy legs, “restless legs syndrome,” may indicate “venous insufficiency.” Occasionally, the legs or ankles may darken from the stalled blood’s iron. Spider veins are a symptom, as are those that zig-zag.

Simple toe raises flex the calf muscles, helping blood flow. “You will move 90% of your blood when you flex your calf,” says Hogg. Who is likely, to develop varicose veins? “The most common cause is heredity. It

“The ones we close, if they are leaking, are skin veins, on the outside of the leg. The skin and fatty tissue on the outside doesn’t have much support, so it is easy for those veins to stretch out over time.” “Deep” veins are inside of the muscle, veins less likely, to go bad. “The muscle keeps them, from becoming stretched out,” explains Hogg. The good news is that fixing bulging veins, is out-patient surgery. “You walk in and walk out. We never put anyone to sleep. We use a little local numbing medicine as if you had a filling done at the dentist.” “It is done by putting a catheter, or needle, inside of the vein, a ‘radiofrequency ablation’…a thermal method that uses heat.” Hogg is such a believer in moving; his post-op instructions are a walk in the park. “We say go to the mall and go walking. Go shopping. We just want the legs moving.” MARCH/APRIL 2020



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There’s nothing more we’d rather do during this time of year than spend time outdoors before the sweltering heat finds its way to us. We share a simple way to get yourself outside more this spring while discovering a few gems hidden within our city—and the best part is you can include your family in the fun.


pringtime in Texas is undeniably the most beautiful time of the year. Clear blue skies, light sun-kissed days, and bluebonnets are the signature hallmark of spring, making us South Texans feel like there is nothing we can’t do outdoors. There are those obvious reasons for taking advantage of soaking up the sun before the heavy heat of summer temperatures arrive. Still, there are also other reasons which add positive health benefits for you. The one you probably hear the most is getting your Vitamin D through sun exposure. It’s good for the bones, blood cells, and the immune system because it helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorous. Your immunity system gets boost from sunlight, which can help fight off infections. The outdoors is also synonymous with tranquility, so it’s no wonder that sunlight elevates the serotonin levels, which are good for an increase in energy, and it can help to keep your mood calm and positive. There are plenty of ways to increase your time outside during this time of year, and here within the Alamo City, there is one in particular which may often be overlooked. San Antonio is home to numerous parks with walking trails tucked in and all around the city. These hidden gems nestled within the confines of our bustling metropolis allow for a momentary escape from the “big city.” They provide the perfect opportunity to get your outdoor fix by walking the trails and observing the nature, bird watching included. The bonus to all of this is the easy way it can get the grandkids and other family members to join you. If you’re a novice to these trails, there are varying levels to start with from simple, paved routes to more natural terrain along with varying distances. And if you’ve never been bird watching, all you need are a few simple things to get you started. It is useful to have binoculars on hand, a small notepad, and a pencil to keep track and take notes of birdlife you might see. Some parks might also have simple ID cards available at their visitor centers to let you know of which birds live among their trails. Many of these parks even have picnic areas, so packing a lunch may be an option to make a day of your outing. The following list of parks provides just a few suggestions to get you started, along with a few bird species you might find along the way. Bamberger Nature Park is located on the Northwest side of town and offers excellent trails for beginners with their short mileage and low elevation. Its Main and South Loop, in addition to connector trails, is less than 1.5 miles and provides a simple walking route with its combination of a paved and dirt path. The park also comes with a playground to entertain the grandchildren as well. Types of Birds to View: Warblers, Tanagers, and Flycatchers. Crownridge Canyon Park provides the second shortest

distance of trails with two dirt trails measuring 1.9 miles. Its Bear Grass Trail is the shortest at .7 miles, and the Red Oak Trail run 1.2 miles. Online reviews rate this as an excellent spot for bird watching and also includes gradual inclines at varying spots. Types of Birds to View: Golden-cheeked Warblers, Lark Sparrow, and Audubon’s Oriole Brackenridge Park, located close to the heart of downtown, offers another shorter trail at just 1.7 miles. It’s a mix of concrete and gravel, and there are lots of picnic areas in and around the path. A bonus is its proximity to the San Antonio Zoo and Japanese Tea Garden. Types of Birds to View: Red-shouldered Hawk, Ladderbacked Woodpeckers, and Green Heron Eisenhower Park is one of the largest parks in the city with over 320 acres of Hill Country landscape with creek beds and canyons. This spot located off of Northwest Military Highway has up to eight different paved and natural trails totaling almost seven miles. The Hillview Natural Trail is its longest route at 2.6 miles, and its shorter trails come in at .4 and .1 miles. According to the San Antonio Audubon Website, the Hillview Trail is also the best for bird watching. Types of Birds to View: Golden-Fronted Woodpecker, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, and Canyon Wren Comanche Lookout Park in Northeast San Antonio provides one of the best summit points for a scenic view of the city along its Comanche Loop Trail. It’s the longest trail within the park at .8 miles, and all but one, the Library Main Loop, is a dirt/gravel path. You will find some hilly terrain and a playground near the park’s entrance. Types of Birds to View: Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Blackcrested Titmouse, and Long-billed Thrasher Phil Hardberger Park is another one of the city’s largest parks in the North Central part of town at a little over 300 acres. The Salado Creek Greenway North is its longest trail with 2.2 miles to explore. The park is home to a lot of open wooded areas and features a nature center, classrooms, a bird water feature, and bird blind for plenty of opportunities to bird watch. Types of Birds to View: Winter Sparrows and Migrating and Winter Warblers With these trails representing only a handful of the immense spots available, you can find more information on trail locations at the City of San Antonio website. The San Antonio Audubon Society’s website also offers helpful information on bird watching and other places to visit to catch inflight visitors. But no matter where you find yourself along these trails, remember to soak in all the outdoors has to offer. MARCH/APRIL 2020




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Our generation was raised with the idea that the path to a successful career and financial stability includes a degree from an accredited four-year university. A college degree not only symbolized a higher level of education, but it also meant a better job, job stability, and higher wages for the student who worked hard for it. While this may have been true before, nowadays college graduates are having difficulties securing employment, wage growth has suffered, students are leaving college with hefty amounts of debt, and more often than not they are not using the degrees they pay for. Is college still a good path to success or are there other avenues?

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ursuing a higher level of education is always a good idea, but college isn’t the only path to a successful career. For students and parents in the planning process, it’s important to consider all of your options


and compare the cost vs. benefit. Trade school offers students the ability to acquire specialized skills that can lead to successful careers in less time and at a lower cost. Let’s see how the two compare.

Cost One major factor when choosing between a university and trade school is cost. The increasing cost of a college education is leaving graduates with a substantial amount of debt post-college. As a result, many are forced to take jobs unrelated to their course of study in order to cover that debt and living expenses. Mounting debt might seem like a good reason to reconsider college, but it’s also important to consider the long term benefit. A study performed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that “The average rate of return for a bachelor’s degree has edged down slightly in recent years due to rising costs, but remains high at around 14 percent.” This study suggests that in the long run, college can be a good investment and worth the price tag. In terms of cost, trade school seems more appealing. According to mycollegeguide.org, “…completing an average bachelor’s degree program costs students $127,000. On the flip side, the average cost for a trade school degree is only $33,000…”. Not only are grads able to begin life after school more financially stable, but they gain two more years of wages because trade school programs can be completed in half the time. To be able to save time and money is appealing, but it’s also important to research the field and income ranges associated with the intended line of work because long term gain may not match that of a degree-holding worker. Employment When competing for a position, those with a degree have an edge over nondegree applicants and regardless of what that degree is in, that advantage is permanent. This is extremely valuable, but it isn’t self-dependent. According to a study performed by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), “The unemployment rate among young college graduates is at prerecession levels, but it is still higher than the full-employment economy of 2000.” College graduates are having difficulty finding employment after they graduateeven with a degree. This could be due to many factors, but there is no guarantee of employment or job stability.

As the demand for trade work has increased, workers in these fields are better able to secure work with the added advantage of less competition. The downside to this is your qualifications won’t extend past your course of study at the vocational school. If a student decides to change their profession, that may require them to seek additional schooling or have to compete with degree-holding applicants for positions.

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Wages The EPI study also revealed, “From 1989 to 2019, average wages of young college graduates grew only 13.9 percent in total. Without the few years of strong growth in the tight labor market of the late 1990s and 2000, wages would be no higher today than they were in 1989.” This is a grim statistic for those investing large sums of money in their education. Again, the guarantee of better wages no longer exists; however, in comparison to those with high school diplomas, college graduates still make more. With trade labor in high demand, wages seem to be increasing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a “faster-thanaverage employment growth” in the construction industry through 2026, with its median annual wage of $45,820 in 2017 surpassing the $37,690 median wage for all industries. There are many fields in which trade school graduates can study and earn equal to or more than those with degrees, but a disadvantage occurs when career growth can be halted on account of the absence of a degree. So College or Trade School? The right path for a student depends on multiple factors such as their financial capability, personal interests/goals, and job availability within their selected course of study. Although we’ve all been raised with the idea that college is the only path to success and financial stability, it’s important to consider that workforce needs have changed and there are different paths to success- so explore them all!

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There is no denying that the conveniently accessible Hill Country spot of Boerne is quickly growing. The following establishments and the women behind them underscore that fact with what their businesses bring to the area and the vision they have for this not so little town’s future. 88


Joi Sanders

The Shops at 153 Main


or some people, less is more, but for Joi Sanders and her husband, Guy, they are bringing so much more to downtown Boerne. As owners of the Shops at 153 Main, they have transformed a building to bring not just one but four new spots to its popular Hill Country Mile. The space is now home to a bakery, Bakhaus; a wine and beer bar, Cork and Keg; a restaurant, The Richter Tavern; and the forthcoming private club, Oben. These new fixtures of downtown Boerne took over a building steeped in the town’s history. The building dates back to 1918 and was Boerne’s first car garage run by Arno Richter. He worked on Model T’s there, and it would eventually become a car dealership, the first Jennings Anderson Ford. And Sanders prides their work in maintaining the historical footprint of the building. Her journey with The Shops began three years ago when they first purchased the building. She explains how their idea to do a restaurant and bakery, including their decision to take over the wine and beer bar, arose in an organic fashion. It all came about through talking with the people of Boerne to learn what they would like to see in their hometown. Her days in running The Shops consist of everchanging roles, and with Richter Tavern set to open in the spring, design and interior work has been her principal role of late. She also works with wine and alcohol reps, plans events, collaborates with others in the community, and doesn’t shy away to jump in and help with less demanding tasks such as washing glasses. It’s a far stretch for someone who comes from a background in Clinical Laboratory Science, but she always knew she wanted to go into the restaurant business. She even teased that she is a culinary school drop out, but her time and energy was needed more for the businesses. With her efforts spent in working with the community through the Boerne Chamber of Commerce and the Hill Country Women in Business, it has proven to be instrumental in the decision making for their establishments. It was here where they learned people wanted a place they could visit any day of the week and at later hours. She shared how it is all done with Boerne and its citizens in mind, “We want more people to come here, we are into promoting all the businesses.” MARCH/APRIL 2020


Scarlett Ramey The William Hotel


he William Hotel in downtown Boerne not only offers a chic respite in “Hill Country elegance” for those that want a getaway or a staycation along the Hill County Mile, but it also highlights a state of mind for guests and visitors who come to the boutique hotel. It’s something its Chief Marketing Officer/Owner, Scarlett Ramey, has wholeheartedly taken upon herself to relay to the people of Boerne and those who come for visits to the fast-growing town. Ramey is a Seattle native but came to the area to be closer to her parents, who purchased The William a couple of years ago. She began taking over management last April and confessed how she has zero experience in the hospitality industry. That has not been a deterrent for her, but in fact, created the opposite effect in fueling the passion for her role there at the hotel. In Seattle, her background began as a registered clinical dietician, and she later owned an eating disorder clinic. She now pours enthusiasm into promoting self-care and living your best life through her work at the hotel using it as a platform to help others. It has allowed her to do some fun and interesting 90


things that Boerne hasn’t seen before, such as playing a key part as host for nonprofit events. Back in August, The William hosted the charity event, “Fashion in the Hills,” a New York style fashion show to benefit Emma Faye Rudkin’s Aid the Silent non-profit. Over 400 people attended and over $200,000 was raised for children who are deaf and hard of hearing to help with the costs of hearing aids. Ramey explained how she loves throwing events and raising money for nonprofits, “I love using our name to raise awareness for people who need it.” Her ability to do these types of projects would not be possible without the support of her team at the hotel. With a schedule filled with days away from the hotel to meet with people and take care of its marketing needs, she relies heavily on her small team of five. She specifically credits Stacy Champ and Lindsey Hayden with handling the day-to-day needs of the hotel, giving her the time and energy to focus on ways the hotel can extend its community outreach. She loves the town and the people and enjoys looking for ways to help and serve others through The William Hotel.

Tyler Fuller Dog & Pony Grill


n the Texas Hill Country, nothing goes better with good food than cold drinks and live music. Tyler Fuller, her husband Brandon, and their two partners have come together to highlight all of that with the revamped Dog & Pony Grill of Boerne. The restaurant opened its doors in May 2019 under their new ownership with a whole new look and feel. Its changes can be seen from the moment you walk through its doors down to its outdoor seating area complete with a new, larger patio and a full bar. It provides a little bit of everything for everyone. Families will find it as a haven for dining to let the kids play in its playground area, and others will enjoy the music entertainment they bring in two nights a week. Fuller explains how the size of the outdoor space and the stage was a good opportunity to help the restaurant transition from day to night, which is something they wanted to do and is unique to Boerne. In her self-proclaimed “behind-the-scenes” role, she does everything from invoicing, to event planning, purchases, and any other emergencies that come their way. In January, she was preparing for their first big music night of the year, hosting the country music artist, Roger Creager, in conjunction with the Boerne Booster Club. Her hope is to host larger ticketed events for fundraisers such as this recent one four times a year. And while she described her out of sight role, she was quick to place Brandon at the forefront of it all. She explained how he has always been great with food, describing encouragement from friends to open a place of his own. For her, it is a dream come true to see him execute his passion while she has the opportunity to fall back on her past experience in retail management to use her eye for merchandising and decorating. She has not only enjoyed seeing their dream come to fruition but is also loving how they have created a leisurely dining experience there in Boerne. It’s a spot where there is no rush and hopefully, it can serve as a place where families and visitors can make memories. She just hopes people walk away with more than what they came in with, “I really want people to leave with happy hearts and full bellies.” MARCH/APRIL 2020



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WANDER’N CALF ESPRESSO BAR AND BAKERY A lovely coffee shop featuring pour-over coffee and home-baked treats to compliment your hot coffee. They also offer gluten free baked goods. Enjoy your treats before strolling through their antique store. 523 8th St, Comfort wanderncalf.com

LOS JARROS A festive local Mexican restaurant serving traditional Mexican dishes such as fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, and more. 1005 Hwy 87, Comfort THE CREEK RESTAURANT Seafood-centric American cuisine in a rustic, romantic setting with a desk overlooking a serene creek. 119 Staffel St, Boerne thecreekrestaurant.com

CYPRESS GRILLE New American eatery offering an inventive, seasonal menu and extensive wine list in stylish surroundings. 170 S Main St, Boerne cypressgrille.com

PEGGY’S ON THE GREEN A chef Mark Bohanan restaurant. This spacious and rustic restaurant has a full menu for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and cocktails. Enjoy a cocktail on their wraparound porch. 128 W Blanco Rd, Boerne peggysonthegreen.com

VALERIA RISTORANTE ITALIANO A modern European restaurant serving Italian favorites with flair. Enjoy their extensive wine list. 109 Waterview Pkwy #105, Boerne valeriarestaurant.com

THE DIENGER TRADING CO. Originally constructed in 1884, the Dienger building is now home to a café, bookstore, and event space. 210 N Main St, Boerne thediengertradingco.com

THE DODGING DUCK BREWHAUS A unique brewery serving more than delicious craft beers, they offer a large wine list and a full food menu. The Dodging Duck also has a spacious patio. 402 River Rd, Boerne dodgingduck.com

SODA POPS AND SUGAR SHACK A local mom and pop establishment serving up American classics; burgers, hotdogs, fries, and more. Their Sugar Shack is a vintage ice cream parlor specializing in decadent ice creams, banana splits, and homemade waffle bowls. 103 N Main St, Boerne sodapopsboerne.com

BEAR MOON BAKERY AND CAFÉ Quaint breakfast and lunch spot in a bright, homey space with a menu of comfort foods and delectable baked goods. 401 S Main St, Boerne bearmoonbakery.com

LITTLE GRETEL RESTAURANT Schnitzel and strudel headline this sunny German restaurant in a warm space with a bar and biergarten. 518 River Rd, Boerne littlegretel.com

259 BRANTLEY’S BISTRO A cozy and casual bistro serving lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Their menus feature unique dishes made from fresh local ingredients. 259 S Main St, Boerne 259brantleysbistro.com

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ike everyone else in law school, Kelli Cubeta knew she needed to clerk or find a summer associate position. And yet, “The idea of going to work for a law firm did not excite me whatsoever.” Fast forward to today, and she is a partner at Cubeta Law Group, a firm representing businesses of all sizes across a range of industries. She founded the firm to fill the service gaps she saw in the traditional law firm model after serving as General Counsel and the head of human resources and compliance for two publicly traded companies. “I always got so frustrated with law firms because the advice that I got was good legal advice, but it was good legal advice for anybody. In most legal situations, there are a number of different options, a number of different approaches, and it should be engineered based on your risk tolerance. I never felt like law firms ever took the time to appreciate those nuances that have a huge impact on the way you approach issues.” So that’s not how Cubeta Law Group works with clients. “It’s important to understand how each of our clients make money, what their margins are, who their biggest competitors are, what their biggest fears are, what they feel like they’re really good at, what they feel like they’re really bad at. When you have all of that information, you can really tailor your legal advice so that it aligns with those and really puts them in a better position for where they want to go versus a good legal answer that would work for anybody.” Her decision to go out on her own was also fueled by a desire to control more of her schedule and allow her to spend time with her daughters, Alex, 11, and Scarlett, 9 that she shares with her husband, Michael Cubeta. Running, exercise, family time, and doing things with the girls is how she recharges. “I drop off and pick up my girls every single day from school and that 30

minutes after I pick them up from school is probably some of the most precious minutes of every single day where I get to hear things that I think that I missed for many years just because we had a caretaker that picked up our girls and that sort of thing. And that’s where you hear about things that make them happy, sad, mad, all of the kind of the good stuff happens. To me, that is priceless.” She also works on the go while the girls are at practice for the sports they enjoy. “My daughter does cheerleading at a dance studio. Whenever I go there, I’m always on my laptop. And one of my friends’ daughters takes a class there too and told her mom that she thought I worked there,” she laughs.

I come across so many talented individuals, men and women, that are reluctant, and I think there’s no time like today and just go for it. But you’ve got to go all in. Cubeta is thankful for the role of female influencers in her life. “I feel like I had no choice but to be a strong woman with all of them around me. My mom, my grandmothers. I have two incredibly strong, smart, sassy grandmothers. I don’t think I appreciated just what an impact they’ve had on me until recently. I also have a very strong sister who is incredibly important to me.” “I’ve just been so blessed to have strong women since day one. Even when I didn’t know it, their influence was shaping me. There’s no question that you deserve an opportunity because you’re a woman or because you’re smart. You deserve every opportunity that anybody else gets. Go for it,” says Cubeta.

“I come across so many talented individuals, men and women, that are reluctant, and I think there’s no time like today and just go for it. But you’ve got to go all in. You cannot ‘kind of’ go after your dreams. I think you have to pursue them and you’ve got to be ready to white knuckle it. There are going to be times that you’re going to doubt yourself, wonder why you did this. But if you have that core belief that you can do something better than your competition, then you should go for it because your clients deserve that. They deserve better.” “I had never worked a single day in a law firm and I decided to start my own law firm. It was 15 years into my career. So to say I did this backwards is an understatement. But when people hear how passionate I am and what business are receiving in terms of their legal services and the lack of awareness of the nuances of their business, it all makes sense. I’ve been a law firm consumer; I know the gaps in the service. There is nobody better to fill those gaps than somebody who lived and breathed it for 15 years.” Yet she admits that it’s tougher than it sounds. “I have so much respect for anybody that starts their own business. I feel like there’s a certain fraternity of people that have this kinship once you start your own business. It’s like having children: You hear about it and it sounds fun and exciting and a little scary and challenging, but there’s nothing like doing it yourself.” “It’s been a blissful challenge,” adds Cubeta. “I wouldn’t take a moment of it back, but providing legal services, giving legal advice, that’s been the easy part. The difficulty is starting your own business and the million different priorities and objectives that you put on yourself and the pressure that you put yourself under. Learning to be patient has been really, really hard. I do want so much and I have high expectations for myself and for my team and I just know that there are great things that we can achieve. The big challenge is trying to be patient, be kind to myself, and allow things to evolve.” MARCH/APRIL 2020



Dr. Ian Thompson, Jr. Changing Lives and the World Through Research and Care BY CHRISTIE CUTHBERT




rowing up in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Ian Thompson, Jr. was always surrounded by doctors and academics – an experience that would lead him on an incredible career trajectory balancing both patients and heading up impressive national clinical trials that changed urology oncology for the world. Having followed in his father’s footsteps, he is now proud that his son, Dr. Ian Thompson III, has done the same. Having spent the majority of his adult life here in San Antonio with the military and civilian life, Thompson has an impressive resume, but is also a family man, traveling the world with his daughter and skipping out of board meetings to rescue his son’s escapee tortoise.

Your father, Dr. Ian Thompson I, was also a urologist. How much did his career had an impact on your decision to go into the specialty? Most of the time people choose a specialty by looking at the people who are in that specialty. For as long as I can remember, there were always academics in our home. My father was a pretty well-known guy, and we’d have people coming in from the Netherlands one month and the following, South Africa. Urology is a very competitive specialty, but it’s also populated with really, wonderful people. They tend to be not just physicians, but renaissance types with many interests who are well read and traveled. Urology is interesting because there are challenges that you can fix. You get to know patients, you laugh with them, you cry with them. It’s our responsibility to make their problems go away. You’re a pretty impressive guy on paper. After graduating high school, you went on to West Point then medical school at Tulane. That was followed by a Urologic Oncology fellowship at the SloaneKettering Cancer Center and then eventually a stint as the Chairman of surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center here in San Antonio. Then you were appointed as director of UT Health and are now the president of Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center. What does it take to not only be a doctor, but also a leader of such large medical institutions? All the leadership positions I’ve been in have been very different. It’s really all about selfless leadership. You have to put together teams that work well together and articulate the mission well. If there’s a very clear mission statement,

then there’s no confusion on what you’re doing. You’re healing people. It makes things very easy with decision making. Pick your people well, pick your leaders well and make sure everyone is going in the right direction. President Teddy Roosevelt was known for picking strong people, then getting out of their way but also supporting them. Human capital is what will make your organization strong. love to explore Croatia, Greece, and that region next. I’d also love to explore Northern Africa.

It’s really all about selfless leadership. You have to put together teams that work well together and articulate the mission well. Your son, Dr. Ian Thompson III, has also gone into urology and now works with you as the Chief Medical Officer at Christus Santa Rosa. What’s it like working with him on a daily basis? Most of the time it’s him giving me advice. The things he’s doing are at a national level and extremely innovative. Sometimes we talk about ways to deal with people, or how to phrase things well. One way we learn in life is to make mistakes or watch others make mistakes. At this point in my life the most useful part is mentorship to him and organizations I work with. Your career path has been so unique, considering you’ve had the good fortune of both working

with patients and participating in incredible national clinical trials and studies. Looking back now, what decisions did you make that allowed you to do exactly what you wanted to do? If there was one word to describe my career it would be serendipity. It has been God’s will. The only concrete decision I made along the way was to go to Tulane for medical school, and that was based on the fact that the weather would be warmer than West Point. Heading to San Antonio was based on the recommendation of a friend. Decisions I made about my career were always about an opportunity coming up, and going with it. A message to other folks who are starting out is, when a door opens, trust the Lord and walk right through it. Throughout your time here in San Antonio, you’ve won many awards and honors. Aside from work, what fulfills you? My family. We’re very close. My daughter, Laur,a is a nurse practitioner out in the San Francisco Bay Area and my son is obviously here with his wife, Meghan, and their two girls. I popped a disc in my back around Christmas time and both kids surprised me and were there, ready to nurse me back to health. Your son has quite a few turtles. How have you come to the rescue with these reptiles? When he was on vacation once, the landscapers left the gate open and his huge tortoise Jack got out. A neighbor saw him and got ahold of my wife, but they couldn’t lift him into the car to get him home, so I had to excuse myself from an executive committee meeting at the hospital to help rescue a 125pound tortoise. When you’re not busy being on the forefront of progressing medicine in South Texas, what do you like to do? My wife, Donna, and I love classical music and the arts. I’d say three to four nights a week you can find us out listening to music or catching a Broadway show. My wife is teaching the grandchildren piano and they’re also learning violin. Teaching the kids about the arts is very important to us. MARCH/APRIL 2020





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All girls deserve an even playing field. This Gold Award Girl Scout dismantled the barrier of being a girl and having a menstrual cycle. Problems of the world meet your match: Gold Award Girl Scouts. They commit the time, energy, and passion to tackle challenges in their communities and around the world — all while finishing high school. The mark of the truly remarkable.

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hen Sydney Hileman decided to accompany her fellow Girl Scout to India to do community service, she never imagined she would take the opportunity to empower young women and provide them with lifelong knowledge. Before traveling, Sydney learned that girls in rural areas of India didn’t have access to feminine products or a way to dispose of them, and that concerned Sydney. She was even more alarmed to learn that because of the lack of feminine products and female education; girls miss an average of 4-5 days of school every month. “It’s very unfair, they were missing out on their education for not having access to something as common as pads,” Sydney said. Passionate about providing girls from rural India with the same opportunities as everyone else, Sydney raised funds to purchase menstrual kits, then spent two weeks in India where she educated young women and teachers at the Divya Prem Sewa Mission, a residential school that provides care to children whose parents suffer from leprosy. Sydney trained women ages 18-25 years-old and teachers on menstrual health, female hygiene, how to properly use reusable pads and provided tools to teach this information to younger girls. In addition, Sydney gifted the school 100 menstrual kits that consisted of reusable sanitary pads designed to provide feminine hygiene protection and comfort. Sydney’s project has proven to be successful and sustainable, since the young women taught by Sydney are already sharing the knowledge with younger girls.

*Sydney’s project also contributed to the economy of Uganda since she purchased AFRIpads, a business employing hundreds of women with the mission to empower women and girls through business, innovation and opportunity. *

Sydney had to overcome several challenges including a language barrier. “This project helped me grow my leadership and improve my communications skills since I had to learn to delegate and be clear and concise since I relied on others to translate.” Sydney said. Sydney’s project dismantled the barrier of being a girl and having a menstrual cycle. She gave young women a dignified solution to manage their period and the tools to achieve their true potential. MARCH/APRIL 2020


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About the Girl Scout Gold Award Gold Award Girl Scouts, like Sydney, don’t just change the world for the better, they change it for good. The Gold Award is earned by girls in grades 9–12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership in developing sustainable solutions to local, national, and global challenges. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. The Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable.

Gold Award Girl Scouts follow seven steps to earn their designation. They: 1. Choose an issue. Use their values and skills to identify a community issue they care about. 2. Investigate. Research everything they can about the issue. 3. Get help. Invite others to support and take action with them.

4. Create a plan. Create a project plan that can deliver sustainable and measurable impact. 5. Present the plan. Sum up their project plan for their Girl Scout council. 6. Take action. Take the lead to carry out their plan. 7. Educate and inspire. Share with others what they’ve experienced and learned.

Also compared to non-alums

Gold Award Girl Scouts rate their general success in life significantly higher and report greater success in reaching their goals in education, career, and volunteer work. Impressive! With regard to education, Gold Award Girl Scouts: • Distinguish themselves among competition in the college admissions process • Take advantage of unique scholarship opportunities • Enter the military one rank higher than their peers

And speaking of leading, Gold Award Girl Scouts: • Are confident and have strong self-worth • Have time management down • Serve as role models for other girls • Know firsthand how to make the world a better place • Know their way around goal setting— which can set them up for life!

Gold Award Girl Scouts also know a thing or two about community involvement. After all, they’ve successfully: • Tackled issues they’re passionate about—issues with local and/or global implications • Partnered with members of their communities to take action, resulting in sustainable impact • Collaborated with and learned from adult mentors and project advisors

2019 GOLD AWARD GIRL SCOUTS McKenna Albrecht Emma Boswell Sydney Bryan Megan Crinklaw Sante Devera-Waden Acelyn Evans Madeline Fidellow Terra Fiedler Mia Garcia Kayla Goodman Cassidy Grover Chloe Harrah Genevieve Hauer Kayleigh Heath Sydney Hileman Jennifer Jett Madison Jury Ryann Lauby Elizabeth Maguire Margaret Maguire Erika Martinez Isabella Martinez Cheyenne Morton Isabella Mulwani Katie Niday Anne Notzon Katie Omeis Rebekah Ramirez Emily Reinholt Anne Rubsamen Morgan Russell Alyssa Scarsella Alyssa Snow Lettie Wools Abigail Worden



G.I.R.L. Quiz Are you a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, or leader? Find out what kind of G.I.R.L. you are with this fun quiz! 1 On vacation, you typically want to:

7 For Halloween, you:

A) See all the really famous sights in the tour book, even if you’re tired! B) Research what interests you and plan your own itinerary. C) Forget planning—let every day be its own adventure! D) Show friends or family around places you love but they haven’t seen before.

A) Spend weeks thinking of and shopping for a perfect costume. Your look will be on point! B) Make your own costume. It’ll be just how you want it and you’ll save money to boot. C) Dress as your favorite, but not that famous, character. Who cares if anyone else “gets it”? D) Coordinate a group costume with your friends so that everyone’s in on the fun.

2 At school or work, you’ve struggled with:

A) Turning in assignments when time’s up. You want everything to be perfect! B) Daydreaming. Sometimes you just get caught up in your own thoughts. C) Remembering to read the directions. You usually want to just dive right in! D) Talking too much, even if it’s about the assignment you’re working on!

8 Your room is decorated with:

3 Your favorite video games:

A) Challenge you! You want to work for that high score. B) Feature cool new technology you can test out and play with. C) Let you switch up scenes and characters as much as you want. D) Are the ones you can play with other people as a team.

4 As far as books go, you love:

A) Nonfiction. Who needs fiction when there’s so much in real life to learn about? B) Sci-fi or fantasy. Books that aren’t like everyday life help you see things differently. C) Mysteries and thrillers. It’s exciting to never know what’s going to happen next. D) Stories about relationships. Families and friendships are the best things in life!

6 If you worked for NASA, you’d want to:

A) Start a program to get even more girls and women involved in space exploration. B) Invent new, faster methods of space travel and ways to gather data. C) Go out in space! How cool would it be to see Earth from the moon? D) Run the Mission Control Center, which handles any problems a space mission might encounter.

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9 When it comes to exercise, you:

A) Stick to the same sport—you’re just about to perfect that jump shot! B) Make up a twist on whatever sport you’re playing. New rules keep things fun! C) Are always trying something new. Switching things up keeps it interesting. D) Love cheering on your friends when they beat their own best time or high score.

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5 When there’s a karaoke machine at a party, you: A) Sing the same song every time. You’ve practiced it, so you can hit every note! B) Tend to perform as a “backup dancer.” So many ways to bring the fun! C) Play “dare-oke” and have your friends pick songs for you that you’re scared to sing. D) Pick a song that you know another, more reserved girl might want to sing with you.

A) Posters of your idols—all the athletes, artists, and others who’ve achieved your dreams. B) Lots of artsy stuff. Collages, paintings, and even images of space are inspiring to you. C) Different stuff all the time! You’ll put things up, only to get into new things and redecorate. D) Pics of you and your girl squad. You and your friends are inseparable.

Mostly A’s: You’re a go-getter! You’ve got a vision of how you want your life to look and you keep going for it, even when the going gets tough. Your can-do mentality and ambition will take you far! Mostly B’s: You’re an innovator! You’re an original, independent thinker. With your love of learning and natural curiosity, you’re a wonder at solving problems in creative new ways. Mostly C’s: You’re a risk-taker! You’ve got an open mind and love the thrill of trying new things. Your embrace of adventure will open doors for others who might not be as bold. Mostly D’s: You’re a leader! You’re an advocate for all and are always cheering on the group. Through empathy, team building, and humility, you empower those around you to be their best.

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Special thanks to our members of Juliette’s Circle, who show their heartfelt support through their individual gifts to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. By making an investment in girls, members of Juliette’s Circle demonstrate passion for our mission to build girls of courage,

confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We know that when girls succeed, so does society. You are invited to join Juliette’s Circle because without you, our circle is not complete. Call 210-349-2404 ext. 223 or email development@girlscouts-swtx.org.

MEMBERS OF JULIETTE’S CIRCLE: William T. (Bill) Avila Karen Baen Carri Baker Coleman Sarah Baray Nelwyn Simes Belt Leah R. Bennett Dr. Susan Blackwood Yonnie Blanchette Donna Brady Mary Rose Brown Jelynne LeBlanc Burley Laura E. Burt Ella Carrasco Haley C. Carter Cece Cheever Jean Cheever Joan Cheever Nancy & Charlie Cheever Regina Cheever Deena Clausen Kelly Colotla Cariño Cortez Stephanie Finleon Cortez Chris B. Crane Luis de la Garza Yolanda Delgado Patricia Diaz Dennis Lisa Drozdick Dr. Veronica Muzquiz Edwards Peggy Eighmy Jan McCaleb Elliott Kelly Faglie Sandy Finleon Gretcha Flinn Leah D. Flores Ramon Flores Lisa D. Fox Jeannie Frazier Elizabeth Friedman



Lisa A. Fullerton Victoria M. Garcia Monica Gonzalez Jackie L. Gorman Suzanne Goudge Mimi Gourley Roger Graham Carrie Gray Barbara A.F. Greene Christine Grogan Sondra L. Grohman Teri M. Grubb Beth Hair Harriet Marmon Helmle Mary Henrich Jody Shaw Hernandez Priscilla Hill-Ardoin Mary Hime Janet Holliday Susan Hough Janet Irwine Gwendolyn Jaramillo Dr. Arcelia Johnson-Fannin Katie McKinney Jones Hon. Yvonne Katz, Ed. D. Margie & Bill Klesse Estella Reyna Kierce Jan King Wendy Kowalik Rosemary Kowalski Pam Landry Lori Johnson Leal Madelon Yanta Leone Jane H. Macon Christina Markell-Balleza Dr. Cynthia Teniente Matson Nancy F. May Charline H. McCombs Jessica A. Mobley

Jennifer Moriarty Susan L. Pamerleau, Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret) Anne Parrish Janet Pedrotti Suzanne Peterson Stacie M. Prier Erika Prosper Rebecca Puryear-Jennings Linda A. Ramon Lea A. Ream Cathy Ritter Hon. Sylvia S. Romo Maj. Gen. Angie Salinas, USMC (Ret) Sandra Schlortt Cindy Schneider Sharon Jones Schweitzer Andrea Seal Marsha M. Shields Blythe Simonson Barney Smith (Hon. of Wilma Ciabattoni) Cece Smith Jocelyn L. Straus Rita Sutton Marlene M. Teal Diane Theiss Cheryl Thorpe Jill Torbert Annie Uribe Turner Jay Uribe Laura J. Vaccaro Suzanne Wade Lynn Weirich Teri L. Wenglein Linda Whitacre Dela White Dr. Sandi J. Wolff Jeanie Wyatt Judge Renée Yanta




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Girls Are Key to Powering America’s Economic Future: Business Patch Partners With a combined contribution of $315,00 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy, H-E-B, Nustar, Shining Star ENERGY, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, The Tobin Endowment, Valero Energy Foundation, and Wells Fargo have taken the lead in supporting innovative patch programs for each company’s area of expertise.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio The Texas A&M University-San Antonio Embracing Patriotism initiative provides girls with deeper understanding of national pride, which is the ideology of love and devotion to a homeland, and a sense of alliance with other citizens who share the same values.

City of San Antonio Through the Career Exploration patch, girls will learn about the different careers that keep our City running, career possibilities and the working world they will one day enter. CPS Energy Through CPS Energy’s Environmental Awareness initiative, girls learn about the importance of protecting our planet, conserving energy and how to be good environmental stewards. H-E-B H-E-B’s Health and Wellness initiative promotes a balanced view of body image and develops skills to keep girls’ bodies healthy. NuStar NuStar is excited to partner with Girl Scouts and provide our future leaders with educational and enrichment opportunities that help them thrive throughout their youth and into adulthood. Shining Star ENERGY Shining Star ENERGY’s I Am. I Can. Watch Me. Entrepreneurship initiative, Girl Scouts learn about the fundamental dynamics of business, the scope of planning and how to prepare for an enterprising future. Pantone 212 C Black


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The Tobin Endowment The Tobin Endowment patch encourages artistic expression. Girls improve their self-esteem, feel motivated to explore new interests and may even develop new talents in music, dance or visual arts. Valero Energy Foundation Whether they’re building robots, learning the mechanics of a car’s engine or creating a chemical reaction, girls are unlocking unexpected talents through Valero Energy Foundation’s STEM initiative. Wells Fargo Wells Fargo’s Financial Literacy initiative provides girls the resources and knowledge to set fiscal goals and become financially accountable when earning and managing money.

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Who We Are Girl Scouts is a 21st century experience for girls and remains the best leadership development organization designed to help them learn to be leaders in today’s world. We build leaders by using researchbacked methods with exciting, modern programming that speaks to today’s girls and is designed to cater to the strengths of girls’ leadership development. In Girl Scouts, girls are exposed to outdoor adventure, camping, the cookie program and STEM. We offer a truly oneof-a-kind experience for today’s girls. We are diverse and inclusive. Approximately 50 percent of our girls come from underserved and underrepresented communities, allowing Girl Scouts to serve as a pathway to a brighter future. Girl Scouts is going above and beyond by targeting this population. In a nontraditional way, we are providing the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls by partnering with area school districts and other youth serving organizations. One of our signature programs, Girl Genius, is an after-school tutoring program that helps girls who reside on the West side with their homework and introduces them to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). We move forward at the pace of girls because the need for female leadership has never been greater.

How to Become a Girl Scout • Be a girl in grades K-12 • Accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law • Pay $25 for your one year membership (financial assistance is available) Q: Are uniforms required in Girl Scouting? A: A girl is always welcome to participate in Girl Scouting whether or not she chooses to have a uniform. Girls are encouraged to purchase a sash or vest on which to display earned awards and other official insignia. Financial assistance is available. Q: Is financial assistance available? A: Yes. GSSWT believes no girl should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because of financial need. Funds are available to assist girls with council activities, membership dues, books, etc. Q: Who can be a Girl Scout volunteer? A: Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. GSSWT offers adult learning opportunities online and in a live class format to provide volunteers with a solid foundation for guiding the leadership development of girls. Q: Who do I contact for information or help? A: Much information may be found online at girlscouts-swtx.org or call 210-349-2404 or1-800-580-7247.

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estled in the heart of the historic Monte Vista neighborhood, Respite Care is a special homegrown non-profit that opened its doors in 1987 to solve an unmet need. Respite Care’s founders include local parents caring for children with special needs and serious medical conditions who did not find any support services in the community for children requiring specialized care. Respite Care of San Antonio’s mission is to protect, love, build trust, and nurture growth of children with special needs and complex medical conditions while strengthening the families caring for them. Respite Care fulfills its mission through the provision of community-based programs, including full-time and after school care, parent’s night out, family day out, and school recess camps. These essential services are designed to help families with the often daunting and time-consuming task of raising a child with special needs. Respite Care helps children with special needs learn and grow while their parent caregivers achieve long-term financial and emotional stability through employment, education, and temporary respite. In 2000, Respite Care began offering full-time early childhood education. Respite Care’s program is often the only local option for working parents caring for medically fragile infants and young children requiring daily medical treatment, such as g-tube feeding, wound management, nebulizer breathing treatments, catheterizations, and seizure care. Respite Care’s community-based services are designed to encourage developmental progress in participating children while providing needed support to families to help reduce stress and ultimately prevent the incidence of child abuse

and neglect. Studies indicate that children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to be abused than nondisabled children. Since 1997, Respite Care’s Davidson Respite House at 605 Belknap Place has been providing short and long-term care for children with complex medical diagnoses and developmental disabilities who have been taken into protective custody by the state. In 2007, Respite Care expanded services for more children in crisis through the opening of The Najim Family Respite Home. These homes are the state’s only licensed emergency shelters dedicated to providing care for children with special needs. Respite Care has taken on some of the most challenging cases in our community, including children with Down syndrome, spina bifida, MS, autism, and lack of limbs. Inside Respite Care’s historic homes, children with special needs victimized by abuse begin their journey of recovery. Respite Care’s dedicated staff, aided by nurses and therapists, help children attain neglected essential life skills, and heal physically and emotionally. “Driven by a purpose to provide long-term positive outcomes for children, Respite Care aspires to break the cycle of abuse and neglect while boosting self-reliance for the children in their care. Without the help and support of the community, the unique services provided by Respite Care of San Antonio for children with special needs would not be possible,” said Larry Mejia Ph.D., President/CEO. MARCH/APRIL 2020



Former Spurs All-Star Tony Parker to Lead



x-San Antonio Spur Tony Parker will serve as grand marshal of the Texas Cavaliers River Parade on April 20 that includes 51 magnificently decorated river barges floating down the river, as King Antonio Phillip Bakke XCVIII and his court spread good Fiesta cheer. This year’s theme is “Vision 20/20” that will capture the unique visions of many individuals and community organizations across San Antonio. “From local sports heroes to the Texas Cavaliers Charitable Foundation, our community is brimming with organizations and individuals with their own visions to better our world and achieve their goals and dreams,” Paul Rohlfs, 2020 River Parade Marshall, said, adding that the 2020 Charitable Honoree is the Will Smith Zoo School and will be featured in the parade. An estimated 250,000 Fiesta revelers attend the colorful River Parade each year, and they do so for a very good cause. The Texas Cavaliers, a nonprofit organization made up of some 600 business, civic and community leaders, have been funding area children’s charities since 1989 through its Charitable Foundation. Last year, the Cavaliers distributed $1.5 million to 67 charities.



“San Antonio is unique in that it has a river running through its downtown. This allows us to host one of the largest water parades in the country,” Rohlfs said. “It’s also the first of three Fiesta parades and signals the start of what will be a great week of Fiesta in San Antonio.”



Majestic Theater, March 25-April 12

Features More Than 120 Authors Saturday, April 4

Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, along with the cast and crew fly into the Majestic Theater on a magic carpet ride for a three-week run March 25-April 12. From the exotic land of Arabia, comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a young street urchin who frees a genie from a lamp and is granted three wishes and uses one of those wishes all for the sake of love for the rich and beautiful Princess Jasmine. The thrilling new production promises to deliver magic, music and even morals to be learned along the way.


Celebrates the Beauty and Spirit of the West Briscoe Western Art Museum, March 29-May 4

Bookworms will be happy to know the San Antonio Book Festival (SABF) includes more than 120 local, regional, and national authors during the annual event Saturday, April 4 at the Central Library and Southwest School of Art. This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned authors such as Saeed Jones, Attica Locke, Marie Arana, César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández, and many more. SABF is a free, family-friendly event that draws more than 20,000 to the festival for a full day of author presentations, panel discussions, book sales, signings, children’s and teen activities, and food trucks. SABF showcases first-time novelists and established writers, introducing attendees to new literary talents and connecting them with their favorite authors. New this year is Lit Crawl, a block party for books and everyone who loves to read, slated for Friday, April 3, as part of First Friday in Southtown in the Blue Star Arts complex. Lit Crawl brings literature to the streets, offering a mini-festival within the larger Book Festival that features writers, poets, and storytellers performing their work and inviting audience participation. painting, sculpture and mixed media by 80 of the country’s leading contemporary Western artists. The event serves as a fundraiser for the museum, benefiting the Briscoe’s full array of exhibitions, engagement and educational programs. Night of Artists opening weekend kicks off with the 3rd Annual Briscoe Bison Society Collectors Summit where artists, collectors and gallery owners gather to share their insights during panel discussions and conversations exploring the Western art market and trends. The Exhibition Preview, Dinner, and Live Auction is March 27. The signature event, the Grand Exhibition Opening, Art Sale and Reception, follows on March 28. The public exhibition will be on display through May 4.

The country’s premier Western artists and collectors gather in San Antonio to celebrate Western art during the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s 2020 Night of Artists Exhibition and Art Sale from March 29-May 4. Night of Artists, the largest Western art auction in Texas, offers the opportunity to view and purchase nearly 300 new works of MARCH/APRIL 2020





12 – 1:30 PM Spend an afternoon of community and conversation with the Junior League of San Antonio. The special guest for the afternoon will be Kendra Scott. Proceeds from the Unstoppable Luncheon will benefit programs and projects of the Junior League San Antonio.

7:30 PM Come see The Temptations and The Four Tops perform their classic songs and unbeatable dance moves.

British actor David Payne recreates an evening as C.S. Lewis, discussing his life, works, wife, and religion.

Witte Museum

March 5 RUNWAY 2020

San Antonio Food Bank

6:30 – 9:30 PM Enjoy beautiful fashion with the theme of mid-century modern while supporting the San Antonio Food Bank. The fashion-filled event will include delicious food and drinks. safoodbank.org

March 9 VIVA SELENA Tobin Center

Majestic Theatre


San Antonio River Walk

Stroll along the River Walk while shopping over 40 handmade artisan booths including jewelry, paintings, beadwork, and more. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

March 20 HIPLET BALLERINAS Carver Community Cultural Center

11- 12 PM This exceptional event fuses classical pointe technique, hip-hop, and a variety of urban dances. Hiplet has received worldwide recognition. thecarver.org


The Shops at La Cantera

7 – 10 AM Grab your running shoes and some friends while you race through La Cantera. Celebrate after the race with a glass of wine or two. culinariasa.org







8 PM The Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Philharmonic and Isabel Marie Sanchez will be performing the greatest hits of Selena Quintanilla. The concert will honor and celebrate the life of the Queen of Tejano on the 25th anniversary of her passing.


Tobin Center

San Antonio River Walk

This kid-friendly two-day festival will have the whole family entertained. Witness the San Antonio River getting dyed green. There will be face-painting, green beer, photo booths, and the river parade on the 14th.


6 – 9 PM Celebrate the beautiful Brackenridge Park at their annual gala. The event begins at the Train Depot with train rides and sunset cocktail reception. There will be a seated dinner served under the stars. The honorees for this year are Tracy and Nelson Wolff.

March 25 – April 12 ALADDIN Majestic Theatre

Disney’s Aladdin has become a hit Broadway Musical that has made its way to the Alamo City. This entertaining musical was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw. majesticempire.com

March 27 – 28 NIGHT OF ARTISTS

Briscoe Western Art Museum

10 – 11 PM Spend the weekend at the largest Western art auction in Texas. Night of Artists is a celebration of Western art and showcases 300 works of painting, sculpture, and mixed media. This event offers the chance to purchase the works by 80 of the country’s leading Western artists and has a live auction.

April 2 MAKE IT YOUR MISSION GALA Mission San José

6 – 9:30 PM Celebrate the 29th Annual Make It Your Mission Gala by the moonlight. Dance the night away to mariachis and feast on some delicious food. The funds raised during this event aid the protection and preservation of the historical park. This year’s celebration coincides with 300th anniversary of Mission San José. missionheritagepartners.org


Tobin Center

Shen Yun creates an experience of Middle Kingdom, a lost civilization. This unique visual experience is filled with intricate dance moves and captivating music.

11:30 – 1 PM ThriveWell is hosting their annual luncheon. ThriveWell provides assistance to more than 800 cancer patients each year. Funds raised from the luncheon will go directly to help those battling cancer in San Antonio and the surrounding community.





March 27 – 29 SHEN YUN


April 26 RAIN

8 – 11 AM Junior League of San Antonio is having their 8th annual Viva SA Race to raise funds for their support of more than 60 nonprofit organizations. After the race will have celebrations, drinks, prizes and food.

7:30 PM Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles presents the Best of Abbey Road Live to celebrate the anniversary of the release of Abbey Road. Experience Abbey Road’s greatest hits come to life.



April 4 TACO FEST: MUSIC Y MAS Downtown

UTSA Campus

12 – 11 PM This all day festival celebrates San Antonio’s favorite food. Try over 40 tacos while enjoying over 20 bands. This tacofilled event benefits SATX Inner City Development, a community based organization that responds to emergency, educational, and recreational needs of the Westside of San Antonio. There’s fun for the whole family. tacocapitaloftheworld.com

Majestic Theatre


April 28 THE BEACH BOYS Tobin Center

7:30 PM The California-native band is stopping in San Antonio. They’re performing their top hits such as, Surfin’ USA, and Good Vibrations. tobincenter.org

April 30 – May 3 DISNEY ON ICE Alamodome

Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. This captivating show will allow families to participate in an immerse road trip through theatrical performances. disneyonice.com


This 21 and up event raises support for the zoo while sampling food from some of San Antonio’s premier restaurants. Wander through the pathways and animal habitats while enjoying live music on three stages. Sample local craft beer and wine on this fun night out.

San Antonio Zoo

May 14 • 7 – 10:30 PM sazoo.org




Peggy’s on the Green

Peggy’s Will Bless Your Southern Heart BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON and Soul

Texas. Some say we are a western state, while others consider us a true territory of the South. However, we all know that we are our own unique entity, blending together the cultures of the people that helped to settle this vast land. We have influences from every corner of the country and there is one local restaurant that has taken our southern roots to heart to create an outstanding menu highlighting everything that makes Southern cuisine a true comfort food. 122



ark Bohanan is one of the most recognizable and awarded chefs in town, and his namesake restaurant, Bohanan’s Prime Steaks and Seafood downtown on Houston Street, has been impressing locals and tourists alike since 2002. A few years ago, Chef Bohanan wanted to branch out and create a restaurant that paid homage to the great Southern cooking that he grew up with in Jourdanton. He also wanted to create a unique place where he could get diners out of the city to experience that down-home Southern

charm in a laid back atmosphere where you can relax while enjoying some truly outstanding food. Named after his late mother, Peggy’s on the Green opened in Boerne in 2016, as an extension to the historic Kendall Inn, a 19th-century stagecoach stop that has offered Texas hospitality since 1859. The restaurant is very warm and welcoming. It reminds you of a comfortable dining room in an old plantation home, and with one bite of their house-made biscuits, you’ll swear that somebody’s grandmother must

be in the kitchen stirring over the stove. The menu features many hearty Southern classics, along with several prime, aged center-cut steaks from Allen Brothers. To start, order the Pimento Cheese appetizer for the table. Served with roasted jalapeños, bacon, celery, bread and butter pickles, and fresh bread slices; it makes for the perfect start to your Southern culinary adventure. Other fantastic offerings to kick-start your meal include the Chicken Fried Quail, Fried Chicken Skins, and Peggy’s signature Deviled Blue Crab dip. The restaurant features unique menus for lunch, dinner, and brunch on Sundays; along with an outstanding bar menu full of creative craft cocktails, like the Texas Wildflower, a blend of Kruto Vodka, St. Germain, lime, sugar, orange, blackberries, and blueberries. At lunch, you’ll find something to please even the pickiest of eaters with a strong selection of fresh salads and sandwiches, as well as traditional Southern plates like their Chicken Pot Pie and their hearty Salisbury Steak, featuring mesquite-grilled chopped Akaushi Beef served with a veal and red wine reduction, along with mushrooms and onions. Dinnertime features more Southern goodness with a representation of dishes from across the Southland. Try the Cajun flavored Andouille Shrimp & Grits, or the Corn Flour Dusted Soft Shell Crabs served appropriately with fried green tomatoes and Crystal aioli. You will not walk away from Peggy’s hungry, especially once you’ve sampled the dessert menu and attempted to share Peggy’s Chess Pie, Pecan Pie, and Old Fashioned Carrot Cake. This is where southern manners are tested and you may have to dig deep, back to your cotillion days to remember how to behave in public. The star of Peggy’s menu line-up, however, just might be their delectable brunch menu, served only on Sundays. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll wake up on the weekends craving one of Peggy’s benedicts. The Country Ham Benedict does away with that Canadian swine and instead serves up some grilled Applewood Country Ham. If you’re feeling beefy, then you’ll appreciate the Short Ribs Benedict with braised short ribs served on house-made biscuits with poached eggs and green chili hollandaise. For those missing the coast, Peggy’s also features a Softshell Crab Benedict with roasted heirloom tomatoes. Paired with a spicy Bloody Mary or Sweet Mimosa, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to recover creek side on Peggy’s comfortable outdoor patio, featuring a huge fireplace for those chilly days. The wait staff at Peggy’s is incredibly friendly, and the service from your very first greeting is what you’d expect from a Mark Bohanan establishment, making you feel right at home throughout your entire visit. Chef Bohanan and his team have created a wonderful atmosphere replete with fine Southern cuisine, hospitality, and charm; right in the heart of Boerne. It is well worth the trip “out west” on I-10 and should definitely become a desired destination of anyone who truly loves the South and its iconic flavors and dishes. MARCH/APRIL 2020





SA Eats We all know women have distinctive tastes when it comes to dining out. So, ladies, this restaurant guide is custom tailored just for you. For an expanded list of San Antonio Food & Dining choices, go to SAEats.com.

But First, We Brunch

LIBERTY BAR Come for the beautiful


architecture and stay for


the delicious brunch. Their

Tucked in The Alley on Bitters,

brunch menu has a little bit

this local eatery offers weekend

of everything from sourdough

brunch in a crisp and clean

waffles to chilaquiles norteños.

setting with unique menu items.


Enjoy your meal on their quaint

1111 S. Alamo St

and warm patio. $$


555 W. Bitters meadowsanantonio.com

CAPPY’S This casual restaurant that maintains an upscale vibe is an Alamo Heights favorite. With plenty of seating indoors and outdoors. $$



5011 Broadway St



This historic house has been

restored to become the home of


Scratch Kitchen. With the vibrant

Enjoy your meal on their covered

exterior, it’s hard to miss. Finish

patio with a Mexican coke in

off your brunch with one of their

hand. The lunch menu has a wide

fresh pastries. $$

variety of gourmet sandwiches,

607 W. Russell Pl

soups, and salads. $$


6901 Blanco Rd 5811 University Heights Blvd



COFFEEHOUSE Drink your mimosa on


their extensive and serene

Try their specialties like chicken pot

patio. Or eat your green

pie or quiche, all made from fresh

eggs and ham indoors

ingredients from local farmers. $$

in their relaxing atmosphere.

555 W. Bitters



Create your own historic event.

3011 N. St Mary’s candlelightsatx.com

SCHILO’S DELICATESSEN This local lunch spot offers German classics like schnitzels

Mid Day Munchies

and smorgasbords. They have menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with German and American favorites. $ 424 E. Commerce St schilos.com

511 La Villita, on the River Walk 210.224.1976

PHARM TABLE Bring your dog and have your lunch on their pet-friendly patio. THYME FOR LUNCH

Their food is all gluten-free,

Grab a quick and healthy lunch

refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and

or stay and enjoy their modern

all produce and meats are locally

setting. They offer vegan, gluten-

sourced. Pharm Table has unique

free, keto, and non-dairy options.

options such as Kale pizza and


Mexican Huarache. $$

9390 Huebner Rd #104

106 Auditorium Cir


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For an expanded list of San Antonio Food & Dining choices, go to SAEats.com.

SA Loves Tacos


Bites and Brews

This upscale steakhouse takes its EL JARRO DE ARTURO

name from the year the beautiful

Vibrant eatery offering Mexican

city of San Antonio was founded.

favorites, margaritas, & frequent

Visit their downtown location and

live music on the patio.

have your meal with the view of


the historic Alamo. $$$

13421 San Pedro Ave


321 Alamo Plz


This new Mexican establishment

20626 Stone Oak Pkwy # 103

features traditional Mexican



cuisine with a modern twist.

Going beyond tacos, La Fonda

They’re open for lunch and dinner


Hoppy Monk goes beyond your

has Mexican favorites such as

and offer a full bar. $$

Located on the La Cantera

regular bar food. Their unique

pozole, enchiladas, and milanesa.

2267 NW Military Hwy #101

Resort & Spa, this upscale eatery

menu has cauliflower wings,

offers a rustic feel with plenty

moule frietes, and a ribeye

of natural light. Their menu is a

sandwich. This gastropub

contemporary interpretation of

offers over 45 craft beers.


classic dishes. They’re open for



This fine-casual restaurant offers

dinner and Sunday brunch. $$$

1010 N. 1604 E.

With no shortage of options,

modern European cuisine with

16401 La Cantera Pkwy


their menu has tacos, parrillas,

specialties such as eggplant


enchiladas, and so much

Josephine and seafood paella. Sit


more. Their drink menu is just

out on their patio and enjoy the

Have your cocktails out on

as extensive with specialty

view of the Riverwalk. $$

their expansive patio. They also

margaritas and cocktails.

204 E. Houston

have hammocks to lounge on.



Burleson Yard has a full bar with

$$ 2415 N. Main Ave

Date Night Dining



frozen margaritas, wine, and

910 S. Alamo St 9715 San Pedro


draft beer. $



430 Austin St

Authentic Italian cuisine served in



an intimate setting. Wine is part of

Walk in and smell the fresh food


A lively setting to enjoy your tacos

the experience at Luce, with over

getting prepared in their open

This English gastropub has a lot

and margaritas. Their outdoor

125 choices from their extensive

kitchen. Clementine is an upscale

to offer. Plenty of TVs to watch

patio has a beautiful view of the

wine list. Sip on your wine while

restaurant in a casual setting.

the game, a pool table, a full


you enjoy the view of their wine

Their menu is inspired by global

menu, and live music on the


wall. $$

spices and southern flavors. $$$

weekends. $$

146 E. Houston St

11255 Huebner Rd #200

2195 NW. Military Hwy

5148 Broadway St









Freetail has perfected the combo

This café offers a variety of foods

of pizza and beer. Their beer

and vegan options. From plant-

menu is extensive, offering craft

based tacos to a bourbon bbq

brews and their food menu has a

chicken sandwich. Their menu

build your own pizza option.

also features organic Colombian


coffee. $

4035 N. 1604 W. #105

1250 NE 410


8023 Vantage Dr

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QUARRY HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN This German-inspired beer garden has a large outdoor patio to enjoy your Dos-A-Rita. Snack on their chicken diablos or wurst & cheese board while you sip on your specialty cocktail. Don’t miss their happy hour. $$


7310 Jones Maltsberger Rd

This one-of-a-kind establishment


has a menu that fits every dietary



need including vegan, vegetarian,

Healthy Eats

paleo, and carnivores. Work up an appetite and join one of their yoga


classes before your meal. $$

Indulge in some Southern

1017 N Flores St

favorites without the guilt. Their


famous favorites are gumbo and turkey chili. $


218 N. Cherry St

ORGANIC RESTAURANT A menu filled with organic


ingredients from avocado

A vegan eatery offering a unique

hummus to a gluten free pizza.

take on soul food. Try their

You can customize your premium

coconut crusted chick’n. friend

fruit smoothie with a plenty of

okra, and mac & cheese. $$

options to choose from. $$

449 McMarty Rd

110 N Crossroads Blvd



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San Antonio Woman - March/April 2020  

Lifestyle and Business Magazine for San Antonio women. March/April cover woman is Rasha Youseff, Founder and CEO of MaxxMarka, Inc.

San Antonio Woman - March/April 2020  

Lifestyle and Business Magazine for San Antonio women. March/April cover woman is Rasha Youseff, Founder and CEO of MaxxMarka, Inc.