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Features 18 Changing Course Three women describe life-changing career choices

24 Ready to Rodeo Olive Anne Kleberg has deep Texas ranching connections

28 Relaxed Lifestyle in Village at Cactus Bluff It’s a great place to raise a family and entertain friends

39 Fashion Nomadic inspired cowgirls

54 Focus on Food Try legumes in nutritious, delicious dishes

96 Women In Business Four San Antonio women invest in their futures with high-ranking positions in banking

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Editor’s Letter Contributors What’s New Dining Wine Beauty and Fitness Health Matters Scene Around Town Dollars & Sense Business Woman Spotlight Mommy Matters Restaurants Weddings Women on the Move AstroForecast Looking Back

CALENDARS 38 Fashion 120 Entertainment 126 Events


45 Shop SA Shopping in San Antonio made easy

67 American Heart Association: Go Red for Women

85 Guide to Summer Camps

103 Women’s Wellness

116 Role Model


Former cheerleader Michelle Robertson brings enthusiasm to her job

Olive Anne Kleberg Ready to Rodeo

118 ArtBeat

Photography Liz Garza Williams

Bernice Appelin-Williams uses discarded objects in her assemblages

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Liz Garza Williams

Letter from the Editor

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 PUBLISHER J. Michael Gaffney EDITOR Beverly Purcell-Guerra

Welcome to 2012! The new year nudges us toward fresh beginnings and a determination to do those things we know we ought to do — lose weight, mend relationships, brighten our surroundings. In San Antonio, we could add “and get ready for the Rodeo.” In this issue of SAN ANTONIO WOMAN we feature three couples who made life-altering job changes — giving up homes, secure positions and professional advancement to leap into brand-new careers. Read about Paige and Fred Bosshardt of Caliente

GRAPHIC DESIGN Maria Jenicek, Jonathan Lee, Eric Weidner CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Paula Allen, Robyn Barnes, Ron Bechtol, Courtney Burkholder, Mary Anne Cole, Denise Easdon, Kelly A. Goff, Carole Miller, Anne Moore, Pat Mozersky, Lance K. Rodriguez, Valarie Spiser-Albert, Janis Turk, Jasmina Wellinghoff

Harley-Davidson, Amy and David Doyle of Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware and Dona and Pat Liston of Lambermont, a historic house open for weddings and parties.

COPY EDITOR Kathryn Cocke

Our Profile subject, Olive Anne Kleberg, will be honoree at the seventh annual Cowgirls Live Forever Style Show and Luncheon sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Her credentials could hardly be better: She is a sixth-generation Texan with ranching families on both sides, and her husband, “Tres” Kleberg, is a descendant of the founder of the King Ranch. He was chairman of the board of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo for nine years and still serves on the executive committee. And speaking of the Rodeo, Fashion takes a novel approach to rodeo attire, from cowhide and fringe to faux fur and leather. Metallic accents and rhinestones add glimmer. Environments visits a home built for family living and entertaining in the Village at

FASHION Robert Mitchell PHOTOGRAPHY Liz Garza Williams, Al Rendon, Janet Rogers ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Jen Earhart Cedric D. Fisher Barbara Salemi Sandy Levy

Cactus Bluff, and Dining introduces us to the New Orleans and German Hill Country fare served at Lüke on the River Walk. Focus on Food brings us back down to earth


after over-the-top holiday eating with recipes for nutritious, delicious legumes. In Women in Business you’ll meet four women who have found careers in banking to be both rewarding and fun, though none set out to be a banker. Read about Chris Fausto of Broadway Bank, Cindy Moran of Security Service Credit Union, Annie Uribe Turner of Wells Fargo Bank and Brandi Carberry Vitier of The Bank of San Antonio.

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Role Model Michelle Robertson brings a cheerleader’s enthusiasm to her job as senior marketing manager at The Shops at La Cantera and North Star Mall. And Artbeat

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us to freshen our homes at after-Christmas sales and to select Valentine’s gifts. Read about arthritis in Health Matters, how to develop your palate in Wine and the many parties that have brightened the social scene in Scene Around Town. Don’t miss the special section from the American Heart Association and the summer camp directory. Check us out online at And may the new year be full of happiness and blessings for you.


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Valarie Spiser-Albert: I began writing professionally over 25 years ago at The Psychological Corporation. Since then I have written numerous articles, short stories and books — usually academic or focused on professional issues. I must say, however, that the most fun I have had writing is for SAN ANTONIO WOMAN, mainly because we write about one of my favorite subjects — wine. I have been involved with the wine industry as a retail shop owner but mainly as a consumer and wine educator. Even though my Ph.D. is in Leadership Studies, I think that wine and leadership are alike in many ways. Leaders and wine both get better with age, but only if there is quality in the raw product.

Kathryn Cocke, copy editor for SAN ANTONIO WOMAN and SAN ANTONIO MAN, attributes her interest in writing and grammar to excellent English teachers in the Alabama public school system. A week after graduating from the University of Alabama, she went to work at the Birmingham Post-Herald. She has subsequently worked for magazines and in public relations and corporate marketing. Her work has won regional and national awards, but her proudest accomplishment is twice competing at the state level in the ScrippsHoward Spelling Bee and finishing second when she was an eighth-grader. In 2010 she traveled to Norway for a glimpse of the part of the world from which her grandparents emigrated.

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D&D FARM AND RANCH IS EXPANDING If you’ve driven by D&D Farm and Ranch in Seguin lately, you’ve noticed the expansion and renovation under way. A Spring 2012 grand opening is anticipated, with the addition of feed and pet supplies and new brands to include Roxy, Billabong, Volcom, Hurley, Fox, Oakley and Sanuk sandals. During the transition, the store is already offering Roxy and Quiksilver apparel, Nikon watches, Spy sunglasses and Skullcandy headphones.

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Course Three women describe life-changing career choices By COURTNEY BURKHOLDER



ife is full of choices. Each day we are faced with opportunities to choose that can forever change the course of our lives. The women within these pages made difficult choices. They sacrificed highpaying salaries, powerful careers, security, homes, familiar surroundings and life-as-they-knew-it in pursuit of a dream. It could have gone either way, but for these women, the options and the sacrifices were really no choice at all. PAIGE BOSSHARDT For Paige Bosshardt, taking a ride on the wild side is just part of everyday life. Paige and her husband, Fred, are proud owners of Caliente Harley-Davidson in San Antonio. Though Harley-Davidson has been a dream come true for the couple, Paige admits it wasn’t always on her radar. Born and raised in Kentucky, she once dreamed of being a news anchor for a major television network. Armed with a BA in marketing and a minor in public relations and radio-TV-film, Paige seemed destined to achieve her goals when she landed a job with KSAT-TV. “I was a writer for the assignment desk during the day of Bob Salter and Deborah Daniels,” she recalls. But life has a way of throwing curves on the highway of life, and after meeting and marrying Fred, Paige found herself in Houston and pursuing other interests. After a three-year stint with the Marriott Corporation, where she was a sales manager at the age of 25, she was recruited by an architectural firm, Vitetta Group, where she began to truly make a name for herself. “I was like a lobbyist for them,” she recalls. “I would meet with hospital executives or superintendents of schools and school boards and try to get them to hire our firm to build their new hospital or school. It was pure sales, and I loved it!” For 11 years, Paige lived and breathed Vitetta. “I loved meeting people and traveling. I traveled every week. I met some really important people like Nelson Wolff and other city politicians. It was a ball! Paige Bosshardt previously worked for KSAT-TV, the Marriott Corporation and the Vitetta Group architectural firm before starting over with her husband as an owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership.

I gave it 150 percent. I considered my paycheck a gift,” she says. She worked her way up to senior associate and was on the verge of becoming a partner when the road of life threw another curve her way. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity for Fred would take

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Paige and Fred Bosshardt originally owned dealerships in Corpus Christi and Laredo before buying Caliente Harley-Davidson in San Antonio. In December they purchased a second store, Down Home Harley-Davidson, in Burlington, N.C.

them far from their life in Houston and Paige’s high-powered corporate job. “Fred was giving up everything to buy the Harley-Davidson dealership in Corpus Christi, and he wanted me to go with him. It was very, very hard for me,” she recalls. A move to Corpus would mean giving up the imminent partnership with Vitetta and all that she had worked so hard to achieve. Paige and Fred had one child at the time, and she had begun to see how difficult it would be to meet the demands of her current job while raising kids. “After little Fred came along, I could no longer live and breathe work. And Fred wanted me to be involved in the dealership and help out with marketing and events,” she says. Though the decision wasn’t an easy one, eventually Paige agreed to the move and resigned her position at Vitetta Group. The Bosshardts packed up their belongings and little Fred and moved to Corpus Christi and into new lives




“Harley-Davidson is really its own world,” she says. “It’s a culture that people love, and it’s a great recreation. We offer rider’s education courses that I highly recommend for all riders.” Their




Davidson of Corpus Christi, proved to be a great success that led to their second purchase, Harley-Davidson of Laredo. Paige continued to be active in all marketing events, public relations and charity work for the dealerships as well as growing their family. The Bosshardts now have three children. In 2006, they took their equity out of the Corpus Christi and

and I feel blessed to be able to give back to the community.”

Laredo stores and bought Caliente Harley-Davidson in San Anto-

Though she now has a lot of in-house support, she remains active

nio. In December 2011, they purchased a second store, Down

in all marketing events and charity work for the dealerships, but

Home Harley-Davidson, in Burlington, N. C.

her primary focus is now their three children and the personal char-

Today, Paige recognizes the many positive outcomes that

ity work in which she is involved.

stemmed from the sacrifices she made giving up her career in

Currently, Paige serves on the board of University Presbyterian

Houston: “I enjoy having our own business. It’s double the work,

Church’s Children’s Center, where she has served for four years.

but you have a lot of freedom, as well. We employ over 100 people,

“It’s a great school, and they have helped me raise my children,” january/february 2012 |



she comments. She is also co-chair for the Keystone School Cap-

Her advice to others considering making that leap of faith:

ital Campaign, working to raise money for a new math and science

“Absolutely go for it. Know that there will be lots of ups and

building. “I love giving back to the community. Anyone who calls,

downs. Follow your dreams and know that it’s not going to be easy.

I give!” she says.

If it doesn’t work, try something else. Keep following your dreams.”

Blessings don’t come without sacrifice, and Paige is the first to admit that it hasn’t always been a smooth ride. “It’s not easy to


work with your husband. I have an ego, and it’s hard when he cor-

Dona Liston has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. At the age

rects me,” she says. “Giving up that partnership that was coming

of 21, she opened her first business, Parties By Dona. “I was going

and giving up my personal identity was very, very hard. But I love

through a divorce and needed extra income to make ends meet,”

having my kids. I don’t know how people can do it all with kids.

she recalls. “I had just had my daughter’s first birthday party, and

And I love having our own business.”

it was such fun, I just kept doing it.”

With a recently renovated home in Monte Vista and a small

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Dona started Parties

Boerne ranch where they raise chickens, this Kentucky girl is truly

By Dona as a weekend job to supplement her income, and it grew

a converted Texan. She explains, “Kentucky will always be dear to

into a full-time business. “I ended up opening a retail store that

me, but this is home now. We’ve been here 21 years. I love San An-

sold party favors, paper products and gift items for birthday par-

tonio. I love the culture. And I love those chickens! I think I’m a

ties. My store was next door to a bridal shop, and slowly, I started

country girl at heart.”

doing weddings, too,” she says. According to Dona, she is completely self-taught and has enhanced her knowledge by attending seminars and classes on wedding consulting and floral design, as well as by taking business courses. Parties By Dona turned out to be a springboard into her next business venture, Social Situations, a business dedicated strictly to brides and weddings. “I was already doing wedding consulting,” Dona recalls. “Social Situations was a retail store that offered wedding consulting and sold wedding invitations and favors. It was also an advertising venue for vendors such as photographers, caterers and linen companies. Basically, Social Situations was a one-stop shop for weddings. I would rent the vendors wall space, and when brides came in to talk to me about wedding consulting, they could see all of their options right there.” As successful as her wedding consulting business was, Dona still wasn’t satisfied. “For 20 years I had been looking for a building to have weddings and parties in. It never came about,” she says. In 2008, while surfing the net in search of a hunting lease, her husband, Pat, came across the Terrell Castle Bed and Breakfast, a historic house in San Antonio that was for sale. “We both just fell in love with it,” she recalls. “It was exactly what I had been looking for all those years. My husband and I both love old homes. On vacation, we love to go look at old homes, cemeteries, things like that.” Within a week, the Listons were the proud new owners of the Terrell Castle Bed and Breakfast and preparing to start life anew in San Antonio.

Dona Liston pauses near the carved staircase in Lambermont, originally the home of Edwin Holland Terrell, ambassador to Belgium in the 1800s.

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Dona Liston and her husband, Pat, purchased the historic Lambermont, leaving a wedding consulting business in Harlingen to start over as owners of this venue for weddings and parties. Lambermont, as it is known today, took three years to renovate with Dona at the helm. “I became a construction manager, interior decorator and project manager,” she laughs. For two years, she traveled between Harlingen and San Antonio, continuing with her wedding consulting in Harlingen, as well as overseeing Lambermont’s renovation before selling Social Situations in 2009 and moving to San Antonio full time. “It was hard leaving an established business,” she admits. “I was very well known down there. Now I am a little fish in a big pond. To start all over again was a little scary, but I jumped right in.” No longer doing wedding consulting, Dona finds being a venue owner brings with it its own set of challenges. “I miss the creative aspect of wedding consulting the most,” she admits. “But you really can’t do both. I can’t oversee the cutting of the cake and unstop a toilet at the same time!” she laughs. Dona’s love of her new project is evident, as is her pride in Lambermont: “The idea of this historic home being restored back to the way it was in the 1800s is just incredible and very rewarding. People are amazed at what we have done. The architecture is just amazing.” To help grow her business and get her name out in the community, Dona joined many organizations, including the Women’s Club of San Antonio; the Fort Sam Houston Business Association, in which she is chairperson; the Neighborhood Association of Fort Sam Houston; and the National Association of Catering Executives. “I’ve always said, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. It’s about being in the right place at the right time. So if you go everywhere and meet everyone, then those things are going to happen,” she explains. january/february 2012 |



Restored to the name given by its original owner, Edwin Holland

— a combination Ace Hardware and gift boutique located in the

Terrell, the United States ambassador to Belgium, Lambermont is

heart of Alamo Heights — Amy and her husband, David, gave up

now a popular wedding venue in San Antonio for local and desti-

high-powered careers in the corporate world for a chance to live

nation weddings. Dona attributes much of her success to her hus-

their American dream.

band and his support. “It really made good business sense for him

A Texas girl at heart, Amy grew up in Alamo Heights and went

to support me on something I have been wanting for a long time,”

on to earn degrees from both the University of Texas — in psychol-

she says. She also gives credit to many of her so-called competi-

ogy, which she didn’t use — and the University of Houston — in ac-

tors in San Antonio: “There is plenty of business out there for all of

counting, which she did. Though the Doyles have now called San

us. We aren’t stepping on each other’s toes. We all help each other

Antonio home for 17 years, a detour to Chicago took them well out-

out and pass along business when we can. That’s the attitude you

side the city limits for over 20 years.

need to have to be successful in this business.” Her advice to others: “Get involved in whatever you are interested in.”

“I was living in Houston when I met my husband, David,” Amy recalls. “I was working for a commercial real estate developer, Gerald D. Hines, as a senior controller in charge of the Galleria Complex.” Soon after their marriage, David was transferred to Chicago. “Orig-


inally, we thought we would be in Chicago maybe a year or two,”

Throughout the course of a rich and busy life, Amy Doyle has

she says. “We ended up staying for 10 years. We lived downtown in

come full circle. Proud owners of one of the most successful and

Lincoln Park, and I worked on Michigan Avenue. We loved Chicago.

popular stores in San Antonio, Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware

You can walk to so many places to shop. We loved the restaurants and the parks. We would take our kids sledding on the weekends.” Amy continued in the commercial real estate business, working her way up the corporate ladder to senior vice president for U.S. Equities, a commercial real estate firm, where she specialized in management and leasing of office buildings. David was a director of sales for a software research and development company. She explains, “They were very high-stress jobs. We had been in the corporate world for 20 years when we started to ask ourselves, ‘Are we going to do this for another 20 years?’” It turned out the answer was no. At that time, the Doyles owned a house on Canyon Lake near San Antonio, where they spent a month or two every summer with their children. “One day, we had just gotten to the lake, and I got a call from my boss insisting I return to Chicago for a meeting,” Amy recalls. “I had to do it. That was really the straw that broke the camel’s back. I just didn’t want that life anymore.” For years, the Doyles had entertained the idea of leaving their corporate jobs behind and opening their own store. “One of our favorite stores in Chicago was called The Great Ace. It was like a combination Crate and Barrel and hardware store. We would go there every weekend. We just loved it!” recalls Amy. The idea of opening their own Ace store began to grow when one weekend, while visiting family in San Antonio, they stumbled across an available space in the Sunset Ridge shopping complex in Alamo Heights. “We thought it was a great location for a store. We had been playing the ‘what if’ game for years. This time, we just took it a step further,” she says. They contacted Ace Hardware and got the information on becoming a dealer. Unlike many companies whose names are commonplace across the country, Ace is not a franchise, but a buying cooperative in which all the dealers have stock in the company. “It turned out, Ace had been wanting to put a store in that community,” Amy says. “We felt like the community needed us, and if we worked hard, we could make it work.” According to Amy, giving up their familiar lives as well as their corporate salaries was no simple decision: “It was a huge leap of faith.” With three children and an established life in Chicago, there

Amy and David Doyle abandoned the corporate life in Chicago to establish Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware, a combination Ace Hardware and gift boutique in the heart of Alamo Heights.

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was more to consider than simply putting the house on the market. “Life was just so hectic. We were looking for a place where the living was simpler, not so complicated. Chicago is great, but it’s not


a place to grow old if you don’t have family there. The winters are

ing a successful family business. Working side by side with her hus-

just so harsh,” she recalls. “San Antonio was a good choice for us.

band was a new experience Amy has come to truly appreciate. “It

It was a known entity instead of trying to forge out a whole new

has worked out very well,” she says. “We even office together. I’m

life. We loved Texas and wanted to come back. We thought it would

the bookkeeper. I do all the financial stuff. David does the marketing

be a good place for our children to be closer to family. And we knew

end. We’re lucky. We learned to keep our business separate from

Alamo Heights was a good school district, so we wouldn’t have to

our personal life.”

do the whole private school thing anymore.” In the fall of 1994, Amy and David resigned from their high-

Along with watching their business flourish, and her enjoyment at working with her spouse, Amy happily acknowledges the addi-

powered positions, sold their home in Chicago, moved the family

tional positive outcomes that have come with leaving the corpo-

to San Antonio and opened up Sunset Ridge Home and Hardware.

rate world behind and owning their own business. “I don’t think

They have never looked back. “It was so much fun to make that

you are ever too old to build your self-confidence and learn new

transition,” she recalls. “It was very scary to give up things we had

things,” she says. “And we love our customers. It’s like having a lit-

worked so hard for, things we were fortunate to have, but it was

tle party at your house every day. Having a family business that

also really exciting.” But, she admits, it wasn’t always easy. “Our

our children have been involved in from time to time has been

first year, we probably made as much as we used to pay in taxes,”

wonderful, too.”

she laughs. “Retail was something totally different from anything

Her advice to others considering making a change in their

we had ever done. It was fun in our early 40s to start over, but it

lives: “It’s a lot of hard work. You are going to have to work much

was lots of trial and error. Our vision of our store originally was

harder than you think you are. Consider an exit plan if it’s not work-

completely different from what it is now.”

ing out. The concepts you have about your business when you go

The Doyles persevered and have enjoyed the last 17 years build-

into it can change. Along the way, keep an open mind.” january/february 2012 |


Olive Anne Kleberg will be the honoree of the seventh annual Cowgirls Live Forever Style Show and Luncheon on Jan. 19 at the Pearl Stable. Sponsor of the event is the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (SALE), the volunteer organization that produces the rodeo. She is posing with Gin in the Equestrian Club at Cordillera Ranch.



RODEO Olive Anne Kleberg has deep Texas ranching connections




live Anne Kleberg can’t remember a life without ties to the land. A sixth-generation

Texan, she descends from ranching families on both sides and spent childhood summers on her maternal grandparents’ ranch near Crystal City. That’s where she learned to drive, at age 8. “I wanted to learn to drive so badly,” she

says during an interview in her Terrell Hills home. “Finally my grandfather said, ‘Come on, I’ll teach you to drive.’ I could see the truck parked out in front of their house, but he led me out the back. When I asked him where we were going, he said, ‘You’re going to learn to drive the tractor. If you can drive that, you can drive anything.’” Back then, tractors didn’t have hightech, computerized consoles. “It wasn’t very complicated,” says Kleberg. “I learned to go forward and backward until I could drive circles around the ranch house.” More often, she and her brother rode horses and looked forward to going along to cow camp, where their grandfather taught them

Kleberg confers with SALE advisory committee members Nancy Loeffler, left, and Jimmie Ruth Evans. The Cowgirls luncheon raises funds for the SALE scholarship fund.

to brand calves. Those ranching summers and visits to

says, “and New York was our campus. We

after five years we were ready to come

her father’s parents in San Antonio pro-

went to lectures at the United Nations and

home,” says his wife.

vided continuity in Kleberg’s early life.

visited all the museums.” As one of few Tex-

As a descendant of the founder of the

Though she was born in the Nix Hospital —

ans among her classmates, she was an ob-

historic King Ranch in Kingsville, Tres Kle-

the first generation in her Texas heritage

ject of their curiosity: “People would ask me

berg’s Texas roots were equally strong,

not to be born on a ranch — her father’s ca-

things like, ‘Did you ride a horse to school?’”

and the couple returned to San Antonio

reer as an Air Force officer, including stints

After a year up north, “like so many Texas

and South Texas, where they brought up

at Kelly and Randolph Air Force Bases, ne-

girls, I wanted to come home to UT

their three children, two daughters and a son.

cessitated frequent moves and “lots of dif-

(Austin),” where she majored in education.

ferent schools.” After her father retired to

As a member of a military family, she

Kingsville, Kleberg’s favorite part of ranch






San Antonio when she was in eighth grade,

says, “I knew what I was getting into when

life is “seeing wildlife — deer and birds,

she spent all four years of high school at

I got married” to Richard M. “Tres” Kleberg

even coyotes and wild pigs. I spend a lot

Saint Mary’s Hall, “and I loved it.”

III, who received his draft notice “the day

of time riding around seeing what is there,

She took a further leap from her roots to

before our wedding and was sworn in right

or just sitting and watching nature and

spend her freshman year at Finch College,

after our honeymoon.” From 1965 to 1970,

thinking about how lucky we are to be

a liberal arts college for women in New

he served as an aviator based on the U.S.S.

able to have this experience.”

York. “I wanted to live in New York,” Kleberg

Forrestal. “It was a great experience, but

Given the family’s deep connections

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Olive Anne and Richard M. "Tres" Kleberg III exemplify Texas tradition. She is a sixth-generation Texan descended from ranching families on both sides, and he is a descendant of the founder of the King Ranch. him, saying ‘You don’t know what this means to us.’” Past scholarship winners also have come up and introduced themselves to the Klebergs, letting them know that they are now in law or medical schools. “You can’t appreciate what rodeo does, the wonderful things it provides, until you hear something like that,” she says. As a hereditary Texan, Kleberg also has enjoyed introducing newcomers to this traditional part of the state’s history and economy. Taking part in the rodeo “helps us stay close to our roots and gives us the opportunity to share with people who live here but have no idea about the rodeo,” she says. Visitors are always impressed by the skills of the rodeo contestants and the dedication of those who show their animals. “Just walking through the different barns is like a trip into a different world,” she says. with Texas ranching, it seemed like a natu-

auctions. “The children work all year to

“When we have taken people out who have

ral progression when Tres Kleberg became

raise these steers or pigs to show and sell,”

never, ever been to rodeo before, they always say, ‘Don’t forget us next year!’”

involved with the San Antonio Stock Show

she says, “but they couldn’t do it without

& Rodeo. “He has been active on commit-

their families. Some of them go through

SALE’s mission is “to emphasize agricul-

tees since 1970,” says Olive Anne Kleberg,

hardships to work (this activity) into their

tural education to develop the youth of

“and by virtue of being the wife, I’ve been

lives. You’ll see whole families gathered in

Texas.” Besides the benefits to the young

active on and off with him since then.”

the stalls, with the children busy brushing

people who show their livestock, Kleberg

For nine years, Tres Kleberg was chair-

the animal and the mothers and fathers

appreciates the way field trips or family vis-

man of the board of the San Antonio Stock

and sisters and brothers all helping. Some

its to the rodeo “get children out here to

Show & Rodeo and still serves on its execu-

of them even sleep out there to take care

learn about farming, water and other agri-

tive committee. During that time, says his

of the animals.”

wife, “I helped him do all the things his job

cultural issues though displays and tours by

Since 1984, the San Antonio Livestock

our volunteer guides. Many of them would

required — going to every single rodeo, en-

Exposition (SALE) — the volunteer organi-

never go out into the country, much less

tertaining heads of educational institutions,

zation that produces the rodeo — has of-

see how our state was started.”

military officers and other people we wanted



This year, Kleberg has been chosen as

to introduce to the rodeo.” While her hus-

participants in the livestock shows totaling

the honoree of the seventh annual SALE




band, as chairman, would move out to the

more than $113 million to date. The pro-

Cowgirls Live Forever Style Show and

rodeo site for two weeks, staying at the ex-

gram started with scholarships intended to

Luncheon, with fashions by Julian Gold, to

ecutive houses, Kleberg would stay home —

encourage youth in 4-H and Future Farm-

be held Jan. 19 in the Pearl Stable. Estab-

still, there were many hours she has spent

ers of America to pursue further studies in

lished in 2006, the luncheon was intended

“watching pig judging, chicken judging, the

agriculture. Later, says Kleberg, the schol-

to “reach out to people who didn’t nor-

arships were opened up to students with

mally attend the rodeo,” says Kleberg,

Fortunately, Kleberg has as much en-

other career goals. “We realized we needed

while raising money for scholarships. To

thusiasm for the rodeo as her husband.

to expand the program,” she says. “Kids

date, the event has added a total of

“The people are so fabulous,” she says.

who had grown up in ranching might want

$620,000 to the SALE scholarship fund.

“They all care so much. We have 5,000 vol-

to be something else.”

Purchasing a table for $10,000 “gives you

cutting horses and the cattle auctions.”

unteers who are committed to running our

Sometimes these scholarships can

the name of a student (who will benefit),”

rodeo, and when you get out into that con-

make college possible for students who

she explains. “When you can associate a

tagious atmosphere, you can’t help but be

otherwise would not be able to go. Once,

name and a face of someone who will keep

affected by it.” She also has enjoyed get-

Kleberg remembers, when her husband

in touch with you, you know your gift really

ting to meet the families of the youngsters

presented a scholarship, “The student’s

means something.”

who raise animals for the junior livestock

mother ran up to him crying and hugged

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Kleberg helped to select Jimmie Ruth


Evans as the event’s first honoree; as wife

not overly healthy food. (Her favorite guilty

of Frost Bank CEO Dick Evans, says Kle-

pleasure is the funnel cake: “There is no

berg, the luncheon’s first chairwoman, “she

way you can sneak one,” she warns. “The

had been involved in rodeo forever.” The

powdered sugar will tell a tale on you.”)

honoree, then as now, is intended to “epit-

Over the years, she has visited other cities’

omize the woman of the West, who helps

rodeos but says, “No other one can com-

others with integrity, strength of character

pare to ours,” even in other Texas cities.

and purpose and a cowgirl’s spirit.” For Kleberg, the honor came as a sur-

“Houston’s is huge (held in Reliant Park, formerly the Astrodome Complex), but our

prise, although she was a member of an ad-

venue is smaller, so our rodeo has a per-

visory committee for the luncheon, serving

sonal touch. In Houston, you’re sitting so

with Evans and Nancy Loeffler, another

high up in your seats that you can barely

previous chairwoman, to help raise money

see the faces (of the contestants). At ours,

by selling tables and to provide advice to

you’re next to what’s going on; you feel

younger members of the committee.

more a part of the rodeo.”

Knowing that Evans and Loeffler already

For those who have not been to the

had met with other committee members

rodeo lately or at all, Kleberg urges giving

and that “there had been some discussion

it a try: “It’s a wonderful family event, get-

of the honoree,” when Kleberg met with

ting together, seeing things you wouldn’t

her fellow advisors, she asked whose

see anywhere else and eating fun foods.

names had come up and was told, “We

What more could a family ask for?”

were thinking it would be you.” Even if she were not so closely tied to

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

the rodeo, Kleberg would attend — for the

is coming Feb. 9-26 to the AT&T Center

country-music shows, the bull riding, barrel

and the Freeman Coliseum grounds. For

racing and heading and heeling (roping)

program and ticket information, visit

events and even the messy and probably

RODEO FACTS The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Was founded in 1950 Has been named Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year seven years in a row by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Awards a total purse of more than $1 million, making it one of the three richest rodeos in North America Receives more than 1 million visitors each year

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Relaxed Lifestyle in Village at Cactus Bluff It’s a great place to raise a family and entertain friends



hen Marvin and Cheryl Jones built their house in the Village at Cactus Bluff 10 years

ago, they envisioned a comfortable place

where they could raise their family and enter-

tain their friends. They had no idea what the future would

bring within these walls — but they wanted to be sure their home was ready for it. “We had a good idea of what we wanted in a floor plan,” Cheryl says. “We’d looked at a Sitterle model home in the area, but it was only one floor; we wanted two stories. We worked with the Sitterle team to add a playroom, two bedrooms and an upstairs bath.” SPACE FOR OUTDOOR LIVING The couple chose this particular lot because it is 300 feet deep and 100 feet wide. “It’s the largest lot in the neighborhood,” Cheryl says. “It provides lots of room for outdoor living. I asked Sitterle to place the house as far from the road as possible for privacy and visual effect, without removing any trees. I also asked them to build a soft curve into the sidewalk, rather than building one that went straight from the street to the front door. They thought I was a little crazy, but they did it, and I’m pleased with the result.” The Joneses employed natural materials to landscape the home’s exterior: “We used lots of rocks; we’d go out into the neighborhood and find rocks on empty lots and haul them home. They provide texture to our yard. We also created a play area in the back with railroad ties and mulch for a soft surface. We added a huge multilevel wooden deck for outdoor entertaining, and the whole house, inside and out, is wired for sound, Internet and cable television. We even installed special electrical outlets in all the eaves and at the bases of the trees for Christmas lights. It’s all part of tying the inside of the home to the outside as seamlessly as possible.”

Opposite: Rocks add texture to the landscape of Marvin and Cheryl Jones' home in the Village of Cactus Bluff. Above, an attractive grouping welcomes guests in a house built for entertaining.

The front walk wanders by a water feature installed by the front door. At the moment, it’s home to five goldfish. “That


number can change, depending upon the area wildlife that

“The rotunda is my favorite part of the house,” she says.

decides the fish might make a good meal,” Cheryl says. “We

“It’s our receiving room. Marvin’s study is to the left of the

do our best to protect them.”

rotunda; we added bookshelves in here to create more stor-

The front door is painted red for feng shui, a design principle Cheryl follows throughout her home. Leaded glass allows visitors a glimpse of the rotunda inside.

age. In fact, we put bookshelves into every cove in the house — that was smart on our part.” It’s clear that a man inhabits the study. Several Excalibur

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sword replicas are displayed — “gifts from a former employer,” Cheryl says. A Spurs jersey autographed by David Robinson, family photos and a large sesquicentennial map of Texas provide decoration. A high-powered computer and printer indicate that this is a working office. The kitchen, dining room and living room also flow from the rotunda. The open floor plan is all about entertaining, an activity the entire family enjoys. The cozy dining room is located to the right of the rotunda. Atop a faux finish semi-circular commode stand many beautiful wine bottles with corks waiting to be popped. Robert Mondavi’s book on wine rests nearby. The wooden flooring reflects light cast by the sparkling chandelier hanging over the dining table. Because of their backgrounds in restaurant management, Cheryl and Marvin are excellent cooks and sommeliers. Cheryl insisted on a gas stove when Sitterle designed the kitchen; she also had them stub out a gas line on the deck for a gas barbecue. “That was a great move!” she exclaims. “I really hate carrying propane tanks, and I haven’t had to do that in 10 years.” The couple also dislike wasting space. When Cheryl saw the empty space beneath the staircase in the kitchen, she asked if a pantry could be installed. Dan Sitterle suggested installing a built-in wine rack; she jumped at the suggestion. “The carpenter did a beautiful job crafting the storage unit,” she says. “It Above, the living room is designed for comfort and practicality for guests, active sons and pets. Cabinet doors conceal a large-screen television. Right, the rotunda, which serves as the home's receiving room.

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From top: Space beneath the staircase near the kitchen was converted to a built-in wine rack, now a common feature in Sitterle kitchens; the dining room; the master bedroom.

holds 12 cases of wine and is now a common feature in Sitterle kitchens.” Cheryl installed pull-out shelves in the cabinets, which were a unique item 10 years ago. She also uses a deep drawer to hold a double trash can. A pub-style table seats eight; extra seating is available at the kitchen island, where pendant lights overhang the green granite countertops. The oven and microwave are built-ins, surrounded by light oak cabinetry. An exit at the back of the kitchen leads to a large laundry room, three-car garage and workshop. ORGANIC FEELING The living room is designed for comfort and practicality. The wooden floor is covered in a thick accent rug designed to deter spills from boys and pets. A wall of windows along the back of the room admits natural light that spills over the comfortable seating. The large-screen TV can disappear behind cabinet doors when it’s time for conversation. “I wanted to be able to look from the front door in the rotunda to the back of the living room and see greenery that would invite guests to walk through the house,” Cheryl says. “I also wanted a casual, comfortable, sort of organic feel to the living area. I think the prints, the plants, the wood floors and the picture over the fireplace accomplish this ambience.”

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W ENVIRONMENTS The master suite is located off the rotunda, near Marvin’s study. Natural light filters in from the wall of windows. The focal point is the carved California king-size four-poster bed, dressed luxuriously in silk coverings and oversized pillows. At the foot of the bed is an antique camelback trunk, a flea market find Cheryl restored. The small ladies’ desk nearby displays family photos, and Cheryl’s wedding portraits are hung on the walls. A bureau on the far side of the room holds videos for the flat-screen television mounted above it — “family video night in Mom and Dad’s room is a big deal,” she says. French doors open to the master bath, which features a Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower with waterfall glass. His-andher sinks are both installed at waist height. “I never sit down to apply makeup,” Cheryl says. “Why waste space with a kneehole when a cabinet could be installed?” SHORT COMMUTE While Marvin makes the long drive to the San Antonio Country Club, where he serves as general manager, Cheryl’s “commute” is much shorter. Her business is located in a beautiful office addition built several years ago. As an international speaker and workshop facilitator who helps small businesses improve productivity and sales through teamwork, Cheryl

The master bath features a Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower plus his-and-her sinks installed at waist height. French doors open to the master bedroom.

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finds telecommuting the perfect solution for growing a business, raising an active family and caring for an elderly parent.

"The whole house, inside and out, is wired for sound, Internet and cable television. We even installed special electrical outlets in the eaves and at the bases of the trees for Christmas lights."

The L-shaped office addition is actually a suite with its own French doors for private entry. It features a complete bath, so it could be converted to a mother-in-law suite, if necessary. Clerestory windows provide natural light. “I’ve divided the space into three functional areas,” Cheryl says. “I use the area near the front door for clients, small group meetings and trainings. The seating makes it a comfortable place for conversation. The built-in shelving makes it easy to reach any reference materials I might need during a meeting.” Cheryl’s desk is located at the back of the room; she runs the business from this command center. To the left of the desk is an old wooden refrigerator that hides the computer printer, training materials and artwork. A full-size walk-in closet holds office supplies. A small work table serves dual purposes — as an assembly space and a place for her boys to do homework while she’s handling professional projects. “I’ve tried any number of office combinations over the years,” she says. “I’ve rented space in an office park, converted a spare bedroom and even shared rented space. By far, this setup works the best. When clients visit, I shut the door to the kitchen, and we can work alone. If we have overnight guests, I can convert my office into a guest suite for a night. It’s easy to work in the afternoons and evenings when my

— Cheryl Jones

family is here because I can see everything happening in the kitchen and the living room through the open door. It doesn’t get any better than this!”

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January 5-11 Saks Fifth Avenue Dior Cosmetics Artist Anselm Reyle Designed Eyeshadow Palette and Nail Shades Exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue

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February 10 Carol Reyes Designs Runway RX Fashion Show and Dinner Benefiting Susan G. Komen

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Nomadic Inspired Cowgirls By Robert Mitchell Photography Liz Garza Williams

Black and white cowhide throw; black, charcoal and silver-trimmed and studded boot by Ariat, both at D&D Farm and Ranch. Antique silver necklace from the Mieu tribe in China, courtesy of Angelita. Black Tattoos & Scars hat by Charlie Horse, at Ranch At The Rim.

Raccoon fringe shrug by Pat Dahnke, at Ranch At The Rim. Metallic palette and chain skirt by Hale Bob; cognac embroidered knee-high boots by Old Gringo, both at Daisy Pearl. Antique silver earrings from the Mieu tribe in China; handmade amber nugget and sterling silver ring, both at Angelita.

Faux fur dress by Rock at Stella & Jaime; cognac embroidered knee-high boots by Old Gringo; black leather rhinestone and chain detailed cuff by Sleeveless, all at Daisy Pearl. Brown rhinestone studded belt by Old Stud Belts; camel leather Roxbury hat by Stetson, both at Ranch At The Rim. Faux ostrich blanket, at Traditions At The Depot.

Black rabbit and lace bolero by Pat Dahnke, at Ranch At The Rim. Black fur and leather fringe handbag (shown at waist) by Street Level, at Ella Blue. Black and cream lace cut and embroidered boots by Ariat, at D&D Farm and Ranch. Sterling silver and amber ring and sterling silver and amber nugget cuff by Obsidian, both at Angelita.

Makeup & Hair Donna Horner Photography Assistant Robert Amador Location courtesy of Scottish Rite Temple

Rhinestone chain-link cropped tank by Chan Luu, at Daisy Pearl. Knit charcoal rabbit vest with fox trim by Pat Dahnke; tan suede fringe Rio Grande shawl (shown as skirt) by Tasha Polizzi; black Tattoos & Scars hat by Charlie Horse, all at Ranch At The Rim. Black, charcoal and silvertrimmed and studded boot by Ariat, at D&D Farm and Ranch. Chocolate horsehair cuff with turquoise stones by Double J Saddlery, at Angelita.



GARDENS OF THE ALHAMBRA GALA 1. Felix and Grace Padron with Paula and Ben Owen 1

2. Rick and Suzanne Cavender with


Cheryl and Charlie Myers 3. Kari and Brooks Englehardt with Anne and Paul Krause




4. Peggy Walker and Marise McDermott 5. Tiffany Mills, Tracy Carter and Andrea Olson 6. Mollie Calvert and Greg Massari


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Shopping for a

Fresh Start By JANIS TURK


hat is your New Year’s resolution? Maybe it should be to give yourself a fresh start this January and February. Many women tend to let themselves go in the winter — to hole up with hot chocolate, skip meals while running holiday errands, indulge in a few too many Christmas cookies, and wear sweatpants five days in a row on cold mornings when the kids are home from school. Take a good look in the mirror — has it happened to you? Have you let yourself go? What would it take to get in gear again besides a trip to the gym? What would it take to get your house, your closets, your wardrobe, your computer, your office, your car in the shape you’d like it to be in for 2012? It’s easier than you think. Devote 15 to 30 minutes a day, and try to tackle one area each month — maybe clean out a drawer one morning, a closet over a weekend — and by this time next year, you can make a much more fun New Year’s resolution, like planning a family trip or taking a cooking class. And maybe, just maybe, getting in gear can mean doing more of something you love … shopping! BED, BATH AND BEYOND – THE SPACES THAT BRING YOU REST AND PEACE When your private spaces at home are in order, your public workday will surely feel more orderly, too. Besides, having a clean, fresh bedroom to come home to in the evening is relaxing, offering you a place to rest and unwind in peace. So why not spend part of January working on your bedroom? White Sales always take place in January, so it’s the perfect time to get a fresh new set of bed linens. Just how old is your pillow? Perhaps it’s time to buy a new set of goose down pillows for the bed. It may seem like a splurge, but you’ll use those pillows every night for years. Is your mattress more than eight years old? It might be time to consider replacing that too. What better investment in the new you than investing in a good night’s sleep? But beyond the bed, think about the other elements that make your sleeping space serene. Do you have a proper table lamp by the bed for reading? Do you have interesting books and magazines at your bedside? january/february 2012 |



How about a carafe and a glass for water? A vase for fresh flowers? Spend time making your bedroom look and feel like a 5-star resort hotel room you’d love to visit. It doesn’t have to be costly to make some small improvements to the space where you sleep. While you’re getting sheets for the master bedroom, it’s a good idea to see if there aren’t some on sale for the children’s bedrooms and the guest room. You know how rough the kids are on their clothes, but haven’t you noticed how they can tie their sheets in knots or go to bed with dirty socks? Washing the sheets as often as you do won’t keep them nice forever — and besides, they may have outgrown the Sponge Bob set anyway. The White Sales also are a good time to stock up on towels, so don’t forget to organize the linen closet and see how many towels need replacing. COME OUT OF THE CLOSET January and February are good months to attack your closets and drawers and get your closed-up spaces freshly organized. Let go of anything in your wardrobe that you haven’t worn in years, and give these items to your local charity thrift store. Post-holiday sales mean big savings on winter clothes, and even though our season is short in South Texas, we may have freezing temperatures well into late February or early March, so take advantage of the sales and stock up on sweaters, boots, scarves and jackets. It’s also time to update your look and enter 2012. Give yourself permission to mix things up a bit, try colors you normally wouldn’t wear. Post-holiday clearance sales are everywhere, and it’s easy to get seduced by passing trends — so remember, even if you’re trying a new style, it’s often best to look for classic wardrobe staples, which are always going to be in style. Restock your closet with the basics. While shopping for clothes, remember that your closet also needs some TLC. Why not organize your clothes on some good-quality hangers instead of the old bendy wire ones from the dry cleaner? Your clothes will hang better, and your closet will look more organized. Get some storage bins and spacesaving bags to protect your sweaters and seasonal clothing. Be sure you have sturdy air-tight plastic bags or bins to put your winter comforters in when the cold nights are over. Organize your inner life — your closet, your drawers and your bedroom — and you’ll feel a change in the rest of your spirit, too.



CAN YOU SAY RODEO? Take a break from the new year’s cleaning and reorganizing, and hit the Western stores this weekend. February means rodeo time in Texas, and we all love the concerts, parties, balls, barbecue cookoffs and fun that the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (Feb. 9-26) brings. Getting ready may mean updating your outfit and accessories to make you denim-darling and rodeo-ready. Why not check out the fun new styles from area designers like Double D Ranch Wear, or maybe try on a new pair of cowboy boots, designer jeans and a turquoise necklace or a bracelet? Or perhaps you’ll find a hand-tooled leather purse to round out your rodeo wardrobe. Round up the best after-Christmas savings by shopping early in January for rodeo wear. LOVE IS IN THE AIR Lest we forget, now that the new year has begun, St. Valentine’s Day can’t be far away. Pick out a silky new nightgown or maybe a new party dress. Spoil yourself with a Valentine massage or a new hairdo when you’re out shopping for the perfect gift for the man in your life. Love yourself a little: Don’t let the chance to celebrate the sweetest day of the year pass you by. TACKLE THE FRESH OUTDOORS After the Valentine’s holiday fun, it’s back to work again in your home. The spaces to attend to next in your quest for a fresh start this season are your front porch, backdoor, patio, deck and garage. Why? Because whether it comes in like a lion or a lamb, in South Texas the warm spring weather will soon be on its way. You don’t want your outdoor living spaces to look dead and wintry when springtime comes. Winter is a great time to find bargains on outdoor items. Patio furniture, barbecue grills, fans and ceiling fans are hotticket items after the holidays when people are still sweeping up pine needles. Don’t wait until demand and prices are high. Tackle your outdoor areas now. Spring and summer will be here sooner than you think.

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IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE KITCHEN, GIVE IT A FACELIFT Perhaps this Thanksgiving and Christmas you spent a good deal of time in your kitchen and noticed it isn’t stocked as well as it should be. Sure, the pantry is full, but your cookie sheets are burned and rusty looking, your toaster doesn’t pop up anymore, your waffle iron only cooks on one side, your cake server went to live with the neighbors after that last party, and your mixing stand is missing a beater. After the holidays, clearance sales often offer outstanding bargains on kitchen appliances, cookware, baking products and more. So make sure you pick up a new spatula and a rolling pin to make cut-out cookies next year, or get that roasting pan, turkey baster and thermometer for your big bird next Thanksgiving — those may be on sale now that everyone’s New Year’s resolution is to diet. BE PREPARED FOR THE BIRTHDAYS AND HOLIDAYS AHEAD Savvy shoppers hit the stores immediately after Christmas and load up on great bargain gifts for next year’s holidays — and all the birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and celebrations in between. It’s also a good time to stock up on holiday decorations, artificial trees, wrapping paper, ribbons and holiday lights. Prices are slashed to their all-time low just before they’re taken off the shelves to make way for Valentine’s Day. By shopping early — and I mean right now — you’ll save money, time and headaches next season. FRESH START, BRIGHT SEASON But the best parts of the post-holiday months aren’t just the super sales in local stores. The first months of a new year are a time for family to huddle close against the cold. At my house, it means the holiday rush is over, and now I have time to enjoy quiet nights by the fire with the family. It’s a time to finish leftovers, work jigsaw puzzles with the kids and clean out the cobwebs in my house and in my soul. Above all, it is a time to count our blessings and be thankful that we’ve been given yet another fresh start and a new year to spend together.

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LÜKE BRINGS NEW ORLEANS TO THE RIVER WALK Other dishes reflect German Hill Country influence



Photography JANET ROGERS

o denizens of the Crescent City, chef John Besh must be

A French 75 with cognac and Champagne and a St. Rita with St.

the culinary equivalent of one of Japan’s National Treas-

Germain elderflower liqueur and Don Julio tequila are other possi-

ures. Not only does he have several successful restaurants,

bilities, and should you be there during daily happy hour, Gulf oys-

but he has just come out with a second cookbook and is a frequent

ters and excellent empanada-like meat pies are both plentiful and

apostle of New Orleans (and just plain good) cooking on shows such

advantageously priced.

as Top Chef and Iron Chef. It’s flattering, then, that Besh chose San Antonio as the location of his first restaurant outside of Louisiana.

The menu, which attempts to incorporate some elements of German Hill Country cooking, has evolved in the year or so the restau-

Head-to-head comparisons of the two cities are neither possible

rant has been open, but dishes from the New Orleans canon remain

nor useful, but Lüke did try to stack the deck in its favor by selecting

a mainstay. Oysters Bienville, with shrimp and mushrooms, are one

a site on the River Walk, an environment that, for all its charms, NO

such classic (Lüke adds crab and leaves out some other ingredients,

can’t replicate. Though it does have some outdoor tables more-or-

it seems), but even allowing for variations on a traditional theme,

less overlooking the fabled waterway, it’s unfortunate, then, that the

these don’t work: They’re all crumbs and cayenne. Fortunately, a

restaurant otherwise takes little advantage of its prime setting, and

creatively served and thoroughly delightful paté of rabbit and quail

there’s not much but clever ceiling fans in the way of inner-focused

livers more than compensates. The truffle “perfume” comes through

interest to compensate. Charm will have to come from elements

in judicious measure, the paté’s texture is voluptuous, and accom-

other than décor.

paniments such as house-made mustard and watermelon pickle are

Fortunately, charm is readily at hand in the form of one of the

perfect. Other patés and terrines, wild boar and Berkshire pork ril-

bar’s well-made Sazeracs, a New Orleans classic made with actual

lettes among them, suggest settling down with a lusty beer or two

Sazerac rye and Herbsaint, another favorite of French Quarter bars.

from the excellent list and simply not budging for hours.

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Dishes at Lüke on the River Walk often have the flavor of New Orleans: Oysters Bienville (opposite), bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and hot buttered pecan sauce; Slow Poached Yard Egg Salad with frisée, bacon and Creole mustard dressing; and paté of rabbit and quail livers with accompaniments and crusty bread. Above left, a view of the dining room. From the menu in force at the time of this review, fried oysters were available only as an accompaniment to a salad with romaine, Alan Benton’s most excellent bacon and avocado. This is a shame, for though the salad is adequate, the oysters themselves are paragons of bivalve pulchritude; everybody should fry them this well, and we simply wanted more. Though not necessarily with the béarnaise sauce that accompanied our “slowcooked” hanger steak. Low on taste and tarragon, the sauce was the only weak link in the handsome board-served presentation. (The slow cooking, we were told, consists of a sous-vide process followed by grilling.) The steak was otherwise flavorful







caramelized onion was much appreciated, and the sidekick fries were good while hot. So, by the way, was the house-made bread, which has improved mightily since inaugural days. The Alsatian sauerkraut specialty, chou-

point, it’s fair to disclose that we have done

croute garnie, is not on the current menu,

a cassoulet production number in the past,

beans and rice. Have them here. Shrimp and

but if it cycles around, don’t fear to take the

complete with making garlic sausage, con-

grits are also to be tried wherever on the

menu, and they include the classic red

plunge. House-made bratwurst is a part of

fiting duck and turning the crumbed crust

menu they may appear. We, however, have

that equation, and it was available in more

over the requisite number of times in the

now come to dessert and Brendan’s bread

of a featured role served with a potato and

oven, so the shortcut process is never going

pudding, named, if I remember correctly,

apple “hash.” As usual, the sausage was

to please altogether. But for those unfamil-

for one of Besh’s sons. When sampled early

taut, moist and did its German heritage

iar with the dish, Lüke’s beans are well-fla-

on, flooded in hot buttered pecan sauce, it

proud. We were less thrilled with the

vored, and the fried sage is a welcome

seemed entirely over-the-top. This time, the

chunky hash, which, despite more good

addition. With all this, a bottle of 2009 Do-

sauce had literally overflowed the pudding,

bacon, needed punch.

maine des Hauts Crozes Hermitage Les

with most of it ending up in the saucer

A garlic sausage stars in Lüke’s decon-

Galets did yeoman service, being at once

below. We retrieved it as best we could and

structed cassoulet, and it, too, might have

light enough in body for bratwurst and ad-

professed ourselves semi-satisfied. Just like

benefited from more aggressive seasoning

equately full-flavored for steak.

the bread itself, we suspect they’ll get this

to distinguish it from the bratwurst. At this

There is a list of daily specials on Lüke’s

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Start the New Year with a Pot of Beans By PAT MOZERSKY

Photography JANET ROGERS

ave you had enough turkey for a while? Did you eat your weight in Christmas cookies over the holidays? If it’s time to rethink your daily fare, think legumes! Yes, those beans, peas, lentils and soybeans can be a nutritious and delicious path back to reality. It’s a fact that certain foods — legumes, soy and nuts among them — “provide more nutritional bang for their caloric buck,” says nutrition expert Dana Jacobi. She and other health authorities, including author Michael Pollan, note that eating legumes helps lower cholesterol and LDL levels, moderate insulin resistance and possibly help reduce cancer risk. The Mayo Clinic tells us they’re typically “low in fat, contain no cholesterol and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium.” Legumes have provided sustenance as early as Biblical times. We’re told it was a pot of red lentils that Esau craved so much that he was willing to give up his birthright to his brother Jacob. Ancient cultures depended on legumes to provide a large measure of daily protein in their diet, and many


continue that tradition today. Beans alone (except for soy) are an incomplete form of protein and must be complemented with a grain, such as bread or rice, and a dairy product, such as yogurt or cheese. Beans and rice are one example; falafel made of chick peas, then tucked into pita bread and topped with a yogurt-based sauce, is another. Legumes, also called pulses, are a staple in most of the world and especially throughout India, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas as well. We enjoy pinto and black beans in Mexican food, edamame beans (green soybeans) at the local sushi bar, lentil soup at Indian and Turkish restaurants, tofu and soy milk, hummus (from chickpeas), lima beans in succotash, black-eyed peas (especially at New Year’s) and soups, salads, stews, curries too numerous to mention. And legumes are a blessing for the home cook. They’re easily stored in the cupboard, where they last for ages but are ready to prepare at a moment’s notice. What’s more, they’re inexpensive

Owner of Drew’s American Grill, Drew Glick, and his executive chef, Jeremy Gibboney, approach the concept deliciously, with their Lamb Lollipops with Lentil Chili and Arugula Pesto, an appetizer that reads more like a meal in and of itself. The Lentil Chili and Arugula Pesto can be made up ahead, so the only lastminute work is sautéing the lamb chops.

Drew’s American Grill’s Lamb Lollipops with Lentil Chili and Arugula Pesto and Frisée LENTIL CHILI 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 tablespoon chili powder 1/4 tablespoon paprika

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and easy to cook. Most beans require overnight soaking, but it’s a simple enough procedure, assuming you have the time. You can also do a a quick soak by bringing about 10 cups of water to a boil, adding a pound of beans and returning them to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat, cover and set aside for 2 to 4 hours. Lentils, split peas and black-eyed peas have already been soaked and re-dried, so they can be rinsed and cooked immediately. Simmer all beans or peas gently, uncovered, and keep an eye on the pot to make sure there’s enough water to keep them immersed. Legumes contain a lot of fiber, which is part of why they’re so good for you, but they can lead to intestinal gas. Changing the soaking water a few times and discarding the soaking water that contains much of the gas-producing sugars can help reduce the “gas” factor, as can products such as Beano. Chefs understand the culinary possibilities and versatility of legumes, and they incorporate them into a never-ending array of spectacular dishes.


1/8 teaspoon cayenne 3/4 cup French green “du Puy” lentils, rinsed 3 1/2 cups tomato juice 1/2 cup tomato purée 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons chopped parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Heat the oil over medium heat, add the onion and garlic and “sweat” them, stirring frequently, until vegetables are translucent, about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the chili powder, paprika, cayenne and cook, stirring, for a minute or two. Add the lentils, tomato juice and tomato purée, and cook until lentils are tender. Remove from heat and add the cilantro, parsley, salt and pepper.



4 cups (packed) arugula, washed and dried 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1 cup pure olive oil 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 2 tablespoons pine nuts Salt, to taste

1/2 cup olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, mashed 2 sprigs parsley Sprig of rosemary Few sprigs of fresh thyme Olive oil, to sauté the chops Salt and pepper, to taste

Place arugula and garlic in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Pulse to purée. Slowly add the oil with the motor running, then add the Parmigiano, pine nuts and salt to taste; purée to a smooth paste. Refrigerate, covered, until needed.


LAMB LOLLIPOPS 1 8-bone Frenched rack of lamb, cut into 8 lamb chops or “lollipops”


Marinate the chops for an hour or two. Heat a sauté pan, add a tablespoon or two of oil and sear chops on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, spoon lentil chili on a small plate, set one chop over the chili, add a dollop of (room temperature) arugula pesto and frisée.

At both locations of Green Vegetarian Cuisine, co-owners Mike and Chris Behrend offer 100-percent vegetarian and kosher food, so it’s no surprise that legumes appear on the menu in many guises. One of their most popular dishes is the Middle Eastern Falafel, served with vegan tzatziki, purple onions, spinach and tomatoes, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. A truly tasty and immensely satisfying dish, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home.

Green Restaurant’s Falafel Burrito FALAFEL


1/4 cup olive oil 2 cups dry chickpeas 6 cups water 4 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon cumin 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 cup fresh cilantro 1 cup fresh parsley 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs

Vegan tzatziki Purple onions, sliced Spinach leaves Sliced tomatoes Whole wheat tortillas Canola oil for deep frying, if frying is preferred over baking In a medium saucepan, bring the olive oil, chickpeas, water, garlic, salt, cumin and chili powder to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add the cilantro and parsley and blend this mix-

ture either with an immersion blender or processor, until the mixture has the consistency of chunky peanut butter. Fold in the flour and bread crumbs and combine well. Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a 4-ounce ice cream scoop or a 1/2-cup measuring cup, scoop the mixture, form mixture into balls, then place onto an oiled sheet pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until firm. (You can also deep fry them in hot oil (350°F.) Makes about 6 generous servings.

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W FOCUS ON FOOD At Lüke on the River Walk, executive chef Steven McHugh prepares this famous New Orleans dish of Red Beans and Rice, using the recipe developed by his mentor, chef John Besh. (It appears in Besh’s book, My New Orleans —*see note.) Dried red kidney beans are slowly cooked in a flavorful mix of vegetables, spices and ham hocks until tender and creamy, then served with green onions, Tabasco and rice. It’s a meal in a bowl that will amaze — and sustain — you.

Lüke’s Red Beans and Rice 2 onions, diced 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 stalk celery, diced 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat 1 pound dried red kidney beans 2 smoked ham hocks 3 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3 green onions, chopped Salt Freshly ground black pepper Tabasco 3 cups cooked rice Sweat the onions, bell peppers and celery in the rendered bacon fat in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat. Once the onions become translucent, add the kidney beans, ham hocks, bay leaves and cayenne, then add water to cover by 2 inches. Increase the heat and bring the water to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and allow the beans to slowly simmer for 2 hours. Periodically stir the beans to make sure that they don’t scorch on the bottom of the pot, adding water if necessary, always keeping the beans covered by an inch or more of water. Continue cooking the beans until they are creamy and beginning to fall apart when they’re stirred. Remove the ham hock meat from the bones, roughly chop it, and add it back to the pot of beans. Stir in the green onions and season with salt, black pepper and Tabasco. Serve with white rice. *Note - this recipe appears courtesy of chef John Besh and Andrews McMeel Publishing.

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Developing Your


When developing your wine palate, a component tasting is a sure bet. Component wine tastings pair key elements (edible and nonedible) with the aromas and flavors of the wine. Back-of-the-bottle wine labels are a good resource for a description of how a wine might taste, or check the winery’s website, where you will find extensive information regarding the style, aroma and flavor of the wine along with great food pairing suggestions. After determining the aromas and flavors, gather a few of the items and serve small portions with each wine. Your senses will begin to recognize the aromas and flavors as you taste and breathe in the matching components. Usually four to six wines are the maximum tasted in order to avoid palate fatigue. Serving suggestions are one ounce of each wine, with white wines before reds, and lighter wines prior to medium- or full-bodied wines. Taste the sweet wines such as dessert wines, Ports and sweet-style Rieslings or Gewurtzraminers last. Palate cleansers can be helpful to refresh between the whites, reds and sweet wines. Water is one option, although a brut-style Champagne is our favorite palate cleanser. A light-bodied wine such as Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington, from the Charles Smith Winery, is a good place to start. Outspoken, with a powerful persona, Charles Smith is an ardent, brash and often strongly opinionated winemaker. He is amazingly talented, producing exceptional quality, combining unique art labels with varietally correct wines. A light and easy drinking wine with layers of flavor, Kung Fu Girl is a nicely balanced wine, stylistically between Old World classic German Riesling and New World Washington State. Since this is a medium-dry style, it does not need to be served last, as most sweet wines should be. A wine of 100percent stainless steel aging and fermentation, it has no oak components and therefore no flavor profiles associated with oak. It’s all about the fruit and terroir. (The term terroir is a derivative of terre, or land. It was formulated in France to indicate the unique qualities of the geography and climate of a specific place as well as the impact upon the varieties planted in that location.) A few components or “flavor profiles” of this wine include fresh sliced peaches, apricot, tangerine, pineapple, key lime and nectarine, along with clove, and more elusive items such as wet stone, gun flint and petrol. The next step for a component wine tasting is a medium- to full-bodied white wine such as Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc or Babich january/february 2012 |



Sauvignon Blanc. Both are from Marlborough, New Zealand, and both are similar in flavor profile as a reflection of the terroir. Most New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines will have fairly consistent flavor profiles such as grapefruit, kiwi and gooseberry. The Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc offers aromas of passion fruit, gooseberry and kiwi, with hints of herbal notes. The palate offers stone fruit and gooseberry with good acidity leading to a lingering finish. The Babich Sauvignon Blanc offers more body and structure with a bouquet of gooseberry and passion fruit, displaying stylish white flowers, backed by brisk lemon with soft nuances of grapefruit. It’s an acute wine with complexity on the palate and vibrant fruit such gooseberry, passion fruit and kiwi, with layers of guava that combine with an herbal flinty character extending through the finish. The final white wine suggestion for your component tasting is a full-bodied chardonnay such as Stuhmuller Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California. With aromas of Granny Smith apples, Bartlett pear, Meyer lemon peel, hard lemon candy, clove, honeysuckle and vanilla, this luxurious chardonnay is true to Sonoma in style and character. On the palate, poached pear, lime custard and baking spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg combine with caramel and soft nuances of French oak. Moving into the red wines, a light-bodied Pinot Noir from the south of France, the Tortoise Creek wine is a fragrant, delicate style with aromas of violets and other soft flowers. A fresh and vibrant wine, delivering red cherry, cranberry, raspberry and other wild berry fruits, it is light-bodied and firming on the finish. It’s surprisingly inexpensive for the quality and depth this wine offers. To finish out the tasting, a full-bodied red is in order. Burly Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California, is a stylish wine that is concentrated and well structured. It is slow to unveil the depth of aroma and flavor that includes dark chocolate, espresso, blueberries, black cherry, cassis and sage. The 2007 vintage received a score of 90 points from Wine Spectator with less than 2,000 cases produced.

These wines are not available in grocery stores and have limited distribution. Instead, check with a local small wine shop. When planning a component tasting, there are a few restaurants in town along with some wine shops that offer such events for small and large groups and can provide a sommelier. Often there is a small fee for the tasting — usually four or five wines served with a one ounce pour/taste of each wine. These venues include Copa Wine Bar Stone Oak, Barbaresco and Wine – A Fine Wine Shop. Denise Easdon is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine. Valarie Spiser-Albert is working on her wine educator certificate.

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Beauty News, Views & Tips Enjoy these beauty breakthroughs By ANNE MOORE

hen you’re a large, successful cosmetic company, your research department is constantly trying to develop new products. Well, here are just a few interesting examples of new products in the beauty world:


3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar

5. Neutrogena Wet

Duo Acne Treatment

Skin Tech Sunscreen

This formula is a mar-

line of products Slather this sun-

riage of two mainstays of acne treatment — benzoyl peroxide and sal-

screen on right after you jump out of the

1. Elure Advanced Skin Lightening System

icylic acid. It had been thought the mixture

pool and it’ll stay! No more toweling off and

(lotion and night cream)

of these two formulas would be too strong.

no more messy blobs. This sunscreen is sup-

By reformulating, this product is said to

posed to be just as effective on wet skin as

Formerly, skin lightening formulas attempted to reduce dark spots by blocking

clear skin in two ways: It penetrates the

it is on dry, adhering to the skin without

production of melanin down in the skin. Since

pores deeply to destroy acne-causing bac-

streaking or turning white. Now there is no

sun and other irritants can cause more

teria, and it regulates oil production. A com-

excuse for failing to reapply your sunscreen

melanin to develop, this approach could be a

pany-sponsored study revealed that

throughout the day.

real struggle. This product represents a break-

patient’s acne, whiteheads and blackheads

through because it treats the dark spot from

were reduced by 60 percent after 10 days.


6. Luster Now Instant

the surface of the skin. Melanozyme, first used as a lightener for paper (!), is an enzyme derived from mushrooms. Unlike the former

Whitening Toothpaste 4. LaViv

Instant gratification!

Whoa! Another injectable filler. Many of

No more time-consum-

whiteners, it is faster and it does not irritate

the injectable fillers currently used last only

ing strips or gels or

sensitive skin. It can be used on light, medium

six months or so (there are exceptions). The

trays. No more waiting to eat or drink. This

or dark skin tones.

La Viv requires your dermatologist to remove


a tiny piece of skin from behind your ear and


send to the La Viv labs. There, technicians ex-

brighten teeth immediately and last for sev-

2. CryBaby Semi-Permanent Mascara







This mascara curls, lengthens and thickens

tract your own fibroblasts (the building

eral hours. The Bluverite cancels out any yel-

without the usual smudge around the eye-

blocks of collagen, elastin and growth fac-

lowness on the teeth.

lashes. The mascara is custom-blended by a

tors), reproduce and multiply them in a lab

technician, using synthetic fibers and a liquid

and place the resulting serum in vials, which

7. Derma Doctor Photodynamic Therapy

adhesive base, and applied in a salon. Your

are frozen in your name. Whenever you want

Sunlight-Activated Laser Lotion

lashes are curled, if you choose, before they

an injection of the filler, vials are shipped

This topical cream is able to transform

are primed with a clear gel. Next, the sticky

overnight to your dermatologist’s office for a

harmful UV rays into a beneficial red light

mixture is brushed on. Finally, there’s a misting

series of three treatments, three to six weeks

that helps smooth lines without the use of a

of purified water to set. The mascara dries in

apart. The results aren’t immediately appar-

machine. The ingredients contained in this

minutes. The whole process takes only about

ent, but after the third injection, you’ll usually

lotion take the UV rays that make it through

30 minutes. When the mixture begins to break

see results, and they’ll continue to become

the sunscreen and transform them to the

down by itself, two to three weeks later, it is

more noticeable around the six-month time

same wavelength of red light known to boost

recommended you have it removed at the

frame. The idea is that once your cells are

collagen in the skin. Although this treatment

salon, which takes 10 to 20 minutes. This mas-

“banked,” when the supply gets low, the lab

is not as strong as office light therapy, it

cara can be an alternative to lash extensions.

can grow more!

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Six Tips from Dermatologists for Fast Relief of Dry Winter Skin:

8. Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum For many years, retinoids have been used to make our skin more beautiful, pro-


tecting collagen and elastin to give our


skin a more youthful appearance. Recently, a biologist discovered a tree bark in Ghana that seemed to produce results like those

• Stick to warm showers or baths lasting only 5 to 10 minutes. Hot water strips your body of its natural oil barrier, which helps to trap moisture in and keep skin soft.

achieved in retinoids. Called Plantscription, this serum has as its main ingredient African retinoids






to protect the collagen and

elastin. It also generates a springlike filament known as fibrillin, which gives the

• Pat dry right after a shower or bath and apply moisturizer immediately. You can use any cream or lotion you prefer. Mineral oil or petroleum jelly will work well. If you like a richer, heavier cream, look for one with shea butter, glycerin or ceramides. Remember to apply lotion to your hands each time you wash them. For double duty, apply a moisturizer with sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

skin more “bounce.” It produces comparable results in anti-aging (88 percent of vis-


ible wrinkle-reducing power) of treatment creams containing retinoids, without the side effects of retinoids such as photosensitivity, dryness, redness and itching.

9. Palo Via Skin Renewing Laser Now for use on the eye area only, this laser was invented by a Russian rocket



scientist! His goal was to develop a laser to use at home and at an affordable price. He scaled down the large laser used in the doctor’s office to eradicate wrinkles — to

• Wash with a soapless cleanser or gentle, fragrancefree soap that has no deodorant or antibacterial additives. Go easy on exfoliation, toners, peels and astringents, especially when your skin is already dry.

one that can fit on a vanity, at a total price of $499. You have to use this home laser daily for a month and then about twice a week for maintenance. However, the results are impressive — 92 percent of testers’ wrinkles were reduced after a one-month trial. The laser is so gentle it can even be used for women of dark skin. For now, it’s only used around the eye area. In the future, it might be that a laser similar to this one can be used on scars, stretch marks and little lines in the upper lip.

10. Keratin Earth Instead of expensive, tedious and smelly hair-straightening formulas that leave hair prone to breakage

• Use your razor correctly. Shave after you shower because the hairs are softer and the pores are open for easier shaving. Always use a sharp blade and shaving cream or gel. Shave in the direction the hair grows to protect your skin from further damage.

and looking dull or home treatments that aren’t very effective, Keratin Earth is positioning itself as the $99 at-home kit that leaves hair sleek and shiny for one to three months. It also protects hair from damage, and there’s no waiting 48 hours to shampoo. And the formula is said to be suitable for all hair types, even color-treated hair.

11. Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Line (Balancing softener, day and night emulsions, day and night creams) Another way the sun’s UV rays age the skin is to stimulate an enzyme called heparanase, which encourages the formation of wrinkles. Shiseido scientists have found three ingredients (out of the 20,000)

• Heating your house can also remove moisture from the air, adding to your already dry winter skin. Placing a humidifier in your bedroom will help replenish the missing moisture. • Dress for the weather. First, wear your sunscreen year round. In winter, layer up your clothing so you can add on or take off. Overheating and perspiring can irritate your skin.

that help block this enzyme. The formula also contains an amino acid that helps slow tissue breakdown.

12. Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips These strips deliver perfectly glossy nails with zero drying time and should last up to 10 days. They contain a high-grade medical adhesive, so you can just position on your nail, press down and buff along the edge of the nail with the tool included. Go on, dig in your purse right away. Or rush home to work in the garden. When it’s time, remove with regular nail polish remover.

13. Avon Anew Solar Advance line When your healthy skin cells are assaulted by UV rays, your body’s own immune response generates free radicals that cause even more damage. Avon’s Solar Advance system has ingredients to activate your body’s own natural antioxidant enzymes, offering an additional layer of protection. In clinical testing, this complex also boosted the repair of enzymes inside the cell and damage to DNA and enhanced the cell’s natural repair mechanism.

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14. RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive (night cream and eye cream) People with sensitive skin often have irritating side effects from using Retinol for fine lines and wrinkles. RoC scientists found a way to formulate Retinol so it doesn’t have these side effects. Using soothing emollients and slowing the release of the Retinol increases skin tolerance. In tests, 95 percent of subjects showed significant improvement in fine lines and wrinkles after only two months and greater smoothness after two weeks.

Dry Skin in winter— Foods for healthy, supple skin: Antioxidants: They can help prevent damage to your cells that causes aging, wrinkles and dry skin. Find them in colorful fruits and veggies like berries, tangerines, apricots, tomatoes, beets, squash, spinach, peppers, beans and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A for skin repair: It’s found in oranges, carrots, cantaloupes, leafy greens, eggs and low-fat cheese and milk. Vitamin C for repair of damage caused by the sun and free radicals: Go for citrus fruits, papaya, kiwi, red bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts and other greens. Vitamin E: It’s an antioxidant that is an anti-inflammatory and an immune enhancer. You’ll find it in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach and asparagus. Essential Fatty Acids (omega-3s and omega-6s) help protect your skin’s natural oil barrier, resulting in smoother and younger-looking skin. Find them in olive and canola oils, flax, walnuts and cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines and mackerel. Skin-friendly oils like a good-quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO as Rachael Ray says) and cold-pressed oils have a simple processing procedure. This means they can retain more of the skin-boosting nutrients than many other mass-produced brands. This can result in better-looking and healthier-looking skin. Green Tea: It’s almost magical. It helps stop inflammation. It slows damage to DNA. It can help prevent sunburn. Although it is found in many products, drinking it right out of the cup is the best way to reap the benefits. Selenium is a trace mineral that may help protect skin cells from free radical damage and may also play a role in skin cancer prevention. Sources for selenium include Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, fish such as snapper, cod, halibut, tuna and salmon. Other sources include cooked beef, light turkey meat, oysters, sardines, crab and whole-wheat pasta. CoQ10 contains a powerful antioxidant protecting your skin from those awful free radicals, but it also helps in energy production and in the function of your immune system. Find CoQ10 in oily fish – salmon and tuna, in organ meats like liver and in whole grains. WATER! Aim for six to eight (8-ounce) glasses a day. Probably the No. 1 agent in keeping the skin balanced and hydrated. It helps the cells grab nutrients and then helps them to purge the toxins. In addition, it improves your circulation and blood flow, resulting in great-looking skin.

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THE BACKYARD RIVER BASH 1. Keller Henderson, George and Diane Shaw, Barry and Shannon Benton with Stephen and Linda Blount 1

2. Chip and Courtney Percy with


Bruce and Catie Toppin 3. Kathryn Mays Johnson, Lowry Mays, Carol Barnett and Peggy Mays




4. Tomas and Amanda Tellez with Chad Taylor and Stacy Nitch 5. Rick Cavender, Susan Riley and Cathy Sigler 6. Scott and Linda O’Brien with Rick Shaw


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Arthritis Pain Inevitable? Delay effects of osteoarthritis by caring for your joints now By KELLY A. GOFF

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Women usually develop OA after age 40.


hen I was in high school, I had an English teacher, Ms. Flamm, who had

rheumatoid arthritis. Although only in her 50s, she had joints in her fingers that had experienced so much irritation and swelling that her hands looked like gnarled, knotted stumps. The effect of her merciless editing of my essays was made all the more terrifying when accompanied by the vision of her bulbous jointed hand grasping her red pen. I vaguely remember fellow students whispering about her having to get gold shots on a regular basis to keep the disease in check. The thought of getting injections of a heavy metal made me shudder. I think that was the last time I pondered the effects of joint health on day-to-day life until I had three children and aged 15-plus years. Now when I get out of bed in the morning and stiffly totter to the bathroom, I am reminded of another reason why I should exercise more regularly — joint lubrication! Of course, hitting the gym wasn’t going to cure Ms. Flamm’s advanced condition. The term "arthritis" encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by normal wear and tear, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. Other types of arthritis can be caused by uric acid crystals, infections or even an underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus.

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ARTHRITIS AND WOMEN The various forms of arthritis and related conditions can affect anyone, no matter what your race, gender or age. According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 46 million Americans have some type of arthritis or related condition. However, it is especially important for women to be educated about these diseases since they affect women at a much higher rate than men. Sixty percent of all people who have arthritis are female, and several of the more common forms are more prevalent in women.

Preventive measures

WHY IT IS SO PAINFUL AND DEBILITATING The pain associated with arthritis is caused by joint damage. Joints are made up of the following parts: Cartilage: A hard but slick coating on the ends of bones, cartilage allows bones of the joint to slide smoothly over each other. Joint capsule: This tough membrane encloses all the joint parts. Synovium: This thin membrane lines the joint capsule and secretes synovial fluid, which lubricates the joint and nourishes the cartilage. The two main types of arthritis damage joints in different ways. In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks joints and inflames the synovium, causing swelling, redness and pain. The disease can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint. In osteoarthritis, wear-and-tear damage to cartilage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricts movement. This wear and tear can occur over many years, or it can be hastened by a joint injury or infection.

breakdown of cartilage, meaning the natural degradation of cartilage

NO CURE — JUST TREATMENTS Treatments vary, depending on the type of arthritis. They may include one or more of the following: medication, lifestyle changes, alternative therapies, surgery and/or supplements. In case you are wondering, gold shots are rarely used anymore since new, more effective medications have hit the market. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

to compensate for that, you can begin a process where the mechan-

Dr. Jason Theodosakis, a Tucson, Ariz., physician specializing in preventive and sports medicine and best-selling author of The Arthritis Cure: The Medical Miracle that Can Halt, Reverse, and May Even Cure Osteoarthritis, has the following recommendations for those who wish to stave off this painful condition:

1. Lose weight. Extra pounds are awful on joints — they increase the burden on them and have a destructive metabolic effect. A chemical related to obesity upsets the balance between the buildup and

moves more quickly than the renewal process that's supposed to restore it. The effect is a net loss that, over time, becomes osteoarthritis.

2. Engage in regular low-impact exercise. That includes low-impact biking and swimming, along with yoga and Pilates, plus walking if it's not too fast, and weightlifting, as long as it's not stressful. If you walk, make sure you have comfortable shoes, and try to walk on relatively flat surfaces. Asphalt is better than concrete.

3. Watch your biomechanics. How you lift and carry various objects or perform physical tasks, including playing sports, can make a big difference to the health of your joints. The back is the most obvious part of the body that can be strained, but nearly all joints can be damaged by poor biomechanics. For instance, something as simple as gardening can put stress on joints if you dig at the dirt with your fingers instead of using a proper tool. Proper mechanics while playing sports will do far more than improve your athletic performance. It also minimizes strain on joints from head to toe that can manifest later as osteoarthritis.

4. Prevent and treat injuries. Too many ankle sprains, or insufficient treatment following sprains, can put you on the road to arthritis in your ankles. And once you alter the mechanics of your ankles

ics of other joints are also altered, through your knees up to your hips, etc. So take care of your injuries, whether to the ankles, knees or elsewhere.

5. Consider supplements. Glucosamine and chondroitin both show evidence of helping cartilage avoid deterioration, at least to a degree. There are also two relatively new supplements that have shown promise in trials: A.S.U (unsaponifiable part of avocado and soybean) and hyaluronic acid (H.A.). A recent study, Dr. Theodosakis

OSTEOARTHRITIS PREVENTION? Maybe you can’t prevent it, but you might be able to delay its onset. Because this type of arthritis is the natural result of usage over time and sometimes injury, osteoarthritis is something people should think about preventing/delaying when they are still in their 30s or 40s or even younger. Many people don't realize osteoarthritis starts when they're young, long before its joint pain

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points out, suggested that those supplements had no positive effect on joint pain. That, he asserts, is arguable, but even if true, mitigation of pain isn't necessarily the same thing as diminishing the deterioration of cartilage. Dr. Theodosakis adds that evidence is strong that both supplements help diminish deterioration — a positive result even if they don't relieve pain. That positive is, he says, especially noteworthy in younger people, for whom pain is not yet an issue, but for whom preventing deterioration is.


emerges. It occurs when cartilage in the knee and other joints wears away. But since there are no nerve endings in cartilage, there's no pain associated with the condition in its early stages. The pain doesn't begin until the deterioration of cartilage is fairly advanced. But once it does begin, it affects many people. In fact, it is the No. 1 source of pain for older Americans. EARLY SIGNS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS Hold your leg in front of you and raise your foot. If you feel a crunching in your knee, osteoarthritis has already begun. Another early sign that arthritis is developing is stiffness, or diminished range of motion. This can include stiffness in the morning that eventually goes away. Even though you feel fine the rest of the day, the early stiffness is a sign that arthritis is already present. Yet another sign is a dull ache deep in a joint, not unlike a toothache. In its early stages, it goes away, but just as with stiffness, it's enough of a sign that arthritis is developing that you should be evaluated by a physician who's familiar with arthritis and its symptoms. Health care providers need a better understanding of arthritis in order to help women access diagnoses and appropriate treatments sooner. If you think you have arthritis or if you have been diagnosed with it, you can take steps to manage it. There is no cure for arthritis, but there are many ways you can take control of your health in order to feel better and improve your quality of life. The treatment plan you design with your health care team may include recommendations such as these. 66 |


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Leadership Committee

Carri Baker Wells Message from the Chair

CARRI BAKER WELLS Chair, 2012 Go Red For Women Conference & Luncheon

Heart disease isn’t just a man’s problem. It’s a woman’s problem, too. In fact, it’s the No. 1 killer of women and, tragically, far too few women realize their risk of this preventable disease. We need to raise women’s awareness of their risk and protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and ourselves.


As a longtime community advocate — and someone who truly values the importance of education — I want to stress the importance of educating yourself and others on issues affecting your health. Your health impacts every facet of your life. Without it, we can’t be the mothers, wives, daughters, friends, coworkers or employees that we aspire to be. Here are some staggering statistics about heart health: • 90 percent of all women have one or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease. And one out of every three women will get cardiovascular disease. • More women die from cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined — including all forms of cancer. • Almost 1,500 Bexar County women died of cardiovascular disease or stroke in 2008. • Despite all the statistics, only one in five women believes heart disease is her greatest health threat.

On behalf of the American Heart Association, I am personally extending a request to you to support the Go Red For Women movement. We have compiled an abundance of heart-health information for you in this special section. I encourage you to read and learn. Then take it a step further and interact: go online to watch the Elizabeth Banks video and learn the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke. Visit the American Heart Association’s website and learn Hands Only CPR so you will be prepared. Register for Go Red BetterU and improve your heart health. Make a date with yourself and a best girlfriend to attend the Go Red Conference and Luncheon. Finally, consider joining the Circle of Red. Your contribution will have a positive impact on the mission of the American Heart Association and will help to continue to support women’s heart and stroke research as well as women’s educational programs in our community. I am honored to be the 2012 Go Red For Women chair for San Antonio and am proud to be a part of the life-saving work of the American Heart Association. I hope you will join me by making it your mission to fight heart disease in women. Sincerely, Carri

May 11, 2012 The 2012 Go Red For Women Conference & Luncheon Take your seat at the table with dedicated women and men just like you. Hear their survivor stories, learn how heart disease affects a family and discover how you can help stop heart disease in our lifetime. Share our mission to fight the No. 1 killer of women. The Westin La Cantera Resort • 16641 La Cantera Parkway 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. CONFERENCE & LUNCHEON HIGHLIGHTS Breakout Sessions • Health Screening • Keynote Speaker • Boa Bar 70 |

The path to a healthy heart involves eating better, exercising and making lifestyle changes. Don’t walk the path alone — join the Go Red BetterU program, a free 12-week online nutrition and fitness program that can make over your heart. Each week targets a different area of your health (nutrition, stress reduction, exercise, etc.) and provides information, tips and step-by-step guidance to better your health. You'll have access to everything from daily expert tips and an online journal to a downloadable BetterMe coaching tool. You’ll also gain access to the BetterU recipe database, with a wealth of easyto-prepare meals that your taste buds and your heart will love. “Given that San Antonio is known as much for our high rates of diabetes, heart disease and obesity as we are for the Alamo and our wonderful Hispanic heritage, it’s really important to educate the women in our community about their heart health,” said Danielle Gunter, corporate market director for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) San Antonio division. “Women give so much to care for the people they love. We want to empower them with the tools and resources to provide that same level of care to their own health needs. Self-care is not selfish because it actually gives women the energy and education to take even better care of their families.” Participants will be eligible for free medical screenings, free gym memberships at their local YMCA, discounts and freebies from sponsors including My Fit Foods, heart-healthy recipes, a support system, resources to help them start walking teams, tips on how to make small lifestyle changes stick, newsletters and much more. Did we mention it’s all free? Come join us by registering today!

Thank you to our largest local sponsors of the Go Red For Women Movement. You make all this possible. Texas Beef Council Southwest General Hospital Silver Eagle Distributors

NuStar Energy SWBC

For a full list of upcoming events, go to and click on events. Register for the program at The Go Red BetterMe Coaching Tool is nationally supported by OceanSpray. Special Advertising Section for San Antonio Woman

Q&A with Sonya Medina Williams, Circle of Red Chair Lucille Ball once said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” The famous funny woman had a seriously good point, and it’s one of the many reasons we’re so proud to welcome Sonya Medina Williams as the 2012 San Antonio Circle of Red chair. As vice president of community and external affairs at Silver Eagle Distributors, Williams knows a thing or two about being busy, but the San Antonio native still makes time to stay involved with the local community. She is deeply passionate about making a difference and was selected by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of their 2009 40 under 40 Rising Stars. Williams was also appointed in 2007 by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Commission for a College Ready Texas. We recently sat down with Williams to get to know her a little better and to find out more about her new role with the American Heart Association.

AHA: Welcome to the American Heart Association! What has been your personal experience with heart disease and stroke? SMW: Thank you. I’m excited to be volunteering with the Heart Association. Throughout my childhood, my family was very close but also very busy. With four kids, my mother was always running us from one school activity or sporting event to another, and my father was active and loved playing basketball. When I was about 12, my father was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and underwent a quadruple bypass. That experience reinforced the importance of being active and knowing your body. At the time, he was in his early 40s and played basketball regularly to stay in shape. He wasn’t overweight, didn’t smoke and had no family history of heart disease; however, he knew something was wrong when he had trouble running up and down the court. Tests revealed blockage in his coronary arteries. Life at home changed after my father’s bypass surgery. While we all stayed busy and maintained our commitment to sports and physical exercise, our family meals became more health oriented. And because we saw what our father had gone through, we all willingly ate our vegetables! Even now, I try to maintain that healthy diet and strive to stay active so I will know if something changes in my body. I know that heart disease can happen to anyone and you must remain vigilant. AHA: You’re a very busy woman with a lot of demands for your time and attention. Why did you decide to volunteer with the American Heart Association? SMW: While this is my first official volunteer role with the American Heart Association, I have been involved with educating women about heart disease for many years. I was shocked when I

first learned heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. I was working with former first lady Laura Bush, who was involved with the Heart Truth* campaign. As deputy assistant to the President for domestic policy and director of projects for the first lady, I accompanied Mrs. Bush as she traveled across the country to raise awareness of and to educate women of their risk for heart disease. I heard countless women relate their stories of heart disease and how their lives had been impacted. While every story was compelling, I was surprised by the many survivors in their 30s and 40s. As a young White House staffer, I was living a very fast-paced, high-pressure lifestyle, and it occurred to me that I was only a few years younger than some of the women who had already suffered a cardiac event. I also remembered my father’s experience and knew I wanted to do everything I could to make a difference for myself and the people I love. So when Carri Baker Wells invited me to get involved with the Go Red Campaign, I was honored to bring my national experience with this issue to a more grassroots, local level. I am proud to be working on this important issue in my hometown, where I can make a difference with my family, friends, neighbors, colleagues and customers. AHA: What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish as the San Antonio Go Red For Women Circle of Red chair? What are your goals? SMW: My hope is to educate the women in our community that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and to help them learn their risk factors and warning signs. Another goal is to spread the message of Hands-Only CPR because it is so easy to learn, and you never know when you may be called to save someone’s life. Finally, I love a challenge so I want to raise as many dollars as possible to provide the tools and resources for the women of San Antonio — and to help fund the lifesaving research that has the power to impact each of us.

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AHA: As you know, Friday, February 3, is National Wear Red Day. How do you “Go Red”? SMW: I always wear red the first Friday of February, but I don’t need a special day to remind me to “Go Red.” I do it every day by taking care of my heart. As my father’s experience taught me, I have to know my body and be an advocate for my health. First, I get an annual physical so both my doctor and I have a good idea of any health changes. Second, I make exercise a priority. My work keeps me very busy and it would be so easy to skip workouts, but I value the numerous benefits so I schedule it in my calendar at least three times a week. Exercise is a huge stress relief, but life isn’t perfect and I occasionally end up missing a workout. When that happens, I simply increase my physical activity in other ways — parking farther away, taking the stairs and even pacing in my office while on calls. I keep light hand weights and a few other workout items on my desk so I can multitask while burning a few extra calories. I also “Go Red” by continuing a tradition that began when I was working with the first lady. Through the Heart Truth campaign, she collaborated with well-known fashion designers on the latest red dresses that were modeled by celebrities on the runways during New York Fashion Week. Now, my mother, younger sister and I all travel to New York each February to enjoy Fashion Week and celebrate another year of good health. AHA: The slogan for this year’s Go Red For Women campaign is “Make It Your Mission.” We’ve asked thousands of women all across the country to make it their mission to fight heart disease in women. So now it’s your turn: How do you “Make it Your Mission”? SMW: I make it my mission by volunteering with the American Heart Association in a leadership role where I can truly make an impact on women. I believe I am also making it my mission every time I take the stairs, get on the treadmill or order the steamed vegetables. By doing so, I strive to be a living example of someone who is consciously taking care of her heart and am honoring my father’s experience. He remains one of my big motivators because at 65 years old, he is still doing well. I recognize that he would not be here today if it were not for the research funded by the American Heart Association. I am committed to making a difference, not just for myself but for all the women of San Antonio. I’m very enthusiastic about this opportunity and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish this year. *In 2003, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI), American Heart Association and other organizations committed to women’s health joined together to raise awareness of this important problem — and NHLBI introduced the red dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. The American Heart Association adopted the red dress symbol to create synergy among all organizations committed to fighting heart disease in women. Thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the red dress and the color red have become linked with the ability we all have to improve our heart health and live longer, stronger, healthier lives.

Circle of Red is a group of passionate and committed women who have the influence and resources to impact their community. How? By volunteering and making a personal and generous financial contribution to enable the AHA to help more women live longer and healthier lives. Your support can help change lives and save lives. Go Red funds allow the American Heart Association to impact women directly by offering educational programs to teach women about their risk for heart disease. These funds also provide the tools women need to make necessary lifestyle changes and reduce their risk. and help women indirectly by supporting cardiovascular research that leads to discovering scientific knowledge about women’s heart health that health care providers can use to help women. Your Donation CoulD: • Teach women to learn their personal risk of developing heart disease by taking the Go Red Heart CheckUp. More than 1.4 million women have taken the CheckUp. Of those, 90 percent have had their blood pressure checked in the last year and 75 percent have had their cholesterol checked in the last year. • Encourage more women to eat better and exercise. Women involved in Go Red For Women eat a healthy diet — 65 percent eat healthier than they did before they joined Go Red For Women, and 64 percent follow a regular exercise routine. • Give patients the tools they need by increasing continuing medical education programs. More doctors help more patients by incorporating the American Heart Association’s guidelines for preventing heart disease in women. • Make our schools safer by increasing the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools programs. An estimated 200,000 kids have been trained, and many lives have been saved as a result. • Save children’s lives by decreasing the number of young people under age 15 who die of congenital heart defects. • Spur our lawmakers to take action. More than 30,000 red dress paper dolls have been presented to Congress in support of the HEART for Women Act. The goal of this federal legislation is to improve the quality of care that women with heart disease receive. • Encourage action. More than 700,000 women have joined the fight against heart disease, and 96 percent of them have taken some action to improve their health. loCal CirCle of reD MeMbers Sonya Medina Williams Carri Baker Wells Rosemary Kowalski Dona Kotzur Suzanne Wade Mary Rose Brown Sandy Morander Priscilla Hill-Ardoin Marsha Shields

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but it can also be a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. If you’re ready to start cooking at home, we have dozens of pointers and recipes including the one below for our favorite “Tailgate Chili” at Our recipes are simple, nutritious, and each has a preparation video on the website so you won’t miss a step.

Tailgate Chili Makes 4 servings INGREDIENTS 1 pound 95% lean ground beef (or groundwhitemeatchickenorturkey) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped 1 medium jalapeno, chopped (optional,onlyifyoulikespicychili) 2 teaspoons minced garlic from the jar or 4 cloves minced 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1 (15.5 oz) can no-salt-added or low-sodium pinto or kidney beans, undrained 1 (14.5 oz) can no-salt-added or low-sodium diced tomatoes, undrained 3/4 cup jarred salsa (lowest sodium available) PREPARATION Spray large saucepan with cooking spray. Cook beef and onion over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring constantly to break up beef. Transfer to colander and rinse with water to drain excess fat. Return beef to pan. Stir in bell pepper, garlic, chili powder and cumin, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.

Optional— serve topped with low-fat grated cheese, a dollop of fat-free sour cream, sliced avocado, snipped cilantro or chopped green onions. tiP: if you want 5-alarm chili, add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

PER SERVING: Calories _______________________297 Total Fat _____________________6.0 g Saturated Fat _________________2.5 g Trans Fat _____________________0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat ___________0.5 g Monounsaturated Fat __________2.5 g Cholesterol __________________62 mg Sodium ____________________288 mg Carbohydrates_________________29 g Fiber __________________________7 g Sugars_________________________8 g Protein _______________________31 g DIETARY EXCHANGES: 1 starch, 3 vegetable, 3 1/2 lean meat

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Survivor Story Kristen Plastino, MD A visit to the Emergency Department is a routine part of any typical day at the office for Dr. Kristen Plastino, who is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. But on an otherwise picture-perfect day last spring, Dr. Plastino found herself in the Emergency Department under very different circumstances — the seemingly healthy 41-year-old was having a heart attack. “It’s strange because I was talking to my sister from the stands during my son’s Alamo Heights Little League game. I remember telling her what a beautiful day it was and that there was not a cloud in the sky,” said the wife and mother of four. Following a disappointing loss, the family loaded into their separate vehicles for the quick trip home — her husband, also a physician, had driven separately because he was on call. “I swung my son’s equipment bag into the car and was suddenly struck with this searing, crushing chest pain. It literally knocked the breath out of me.” Despite recognizing the classic heart-attack symptoms, Dr. Plastino hesitated and drove home. With no family history of heart disease and no risk factors — she didn’t smoke or have high blood pressure and maintained a healthy weight — she simply couldn’t believe she was having a heart attack. “I just kept thinking, ‘Is this really happening? This cannot be happening.’ I didn’t want to go to the hospital and make a fool of myself.” However, as her symptoms progressed, doubt was replaced with fear. “I called my husband and told him I was having a heart attack. The crushing pain had spread up my jaw and then radiated down my left arm. I was nau-

seous, my pulse was irregular, and my skin looked gray. It was definitely serious, and we both knew that I needed to get to the hospital immediately.” Because she hesitated at the first Photo by Lester Rosebrock courtesy of Mission Magazine of onset of symp- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio toms, rather than wait for an ambulance, Dr. Plastino’s husband rushed her to the hospital. “While it was the right thing to do in my situation, especially because my husband is also a doctor, I absolutely do not recommend this choice for others,” she said. “It is critical that you call 911 as soon as you feel the first symptom. Don’t waste time or risk your life because you don’t want to be embarrassed or aren’t sure.” Once at the hospital, an electrocardiogram (EKG) confirmed their fears, and within 15 minutes Dr. Plastino was being wheeled into the cardiac catheterization lab, which specializes in restoring blood flow to the heart. “One of my former medical students was part of my treatment team, and I just really trusted them. I kept yelling, ‘I have a husband and four kids

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and I have to live. You have to do everything possible.’” In a procedure called angioplasty, doctors inserted a tiny balloon into Dr. Plastino’s coronary artery to restore blood flow. She eventually received four stents, small wire mesh tubes that prevent blockage and allow the heart to get necessary blood flow. The stents, which have been used to treat clogged arteries in millions of patients around the world, are based on those developed through research by Dr. Julio C. Palmaz at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Now, nearly a year after her heart attack, Dr. Plastino is in good health and doing well. “I feel really great. I can do everything I want to do, including chasing my kids — and I can even catch them!” she said. “I continue to exercise regularly and watch what I eat, but life is very, very good. “I had a lot of time to think about my life while I was lying in the intensive care unit. In the beginning, I really questioned why this happened to me. This experience has not only deepened my faith, but it has also given

me a new appreciation for my family, friends and the things I love about my life. However, I believe the real reason I had this heart attack was so I could share my story and to help other women. I mean, if I can have a heart attack with no risk factors, then anyone can.” While Dr. Plastino has cut back on her private practice and is not currently delivering babies, she still sees gynecological patients. “Most of them know my story, which allows me to be honest with them about their personal risk factors. Weight is the most prevalent problem I see in my patients, but it’s also one that they can change. I know it’s difficult to lose weight but it’s doable. And it’s worth it. “Every day, I thank God I am alive. Had I waited another 20 minutes to get to the hospital, I likely wouldn’t be here,” she said. “I was blessed because I recognized the symptoms and knew I had to act fast. Now, I am making it my mission to ensure other women know their risks, the warning signs and the importance of calling 911.”

Make it your mission to help save lives in the San Antonio community — get involved today! Are you a heart disease survivor or someone who has experienced heart disease in your life? Do you need someone to talk to who knows and understands your unique experience? Or do you want to support another woman in her fight against heart disease? We’re always looking for a few good ladies (and men) to volunteer with our local events. Call (210) 617-2600 or email Here’s a list of our upcoming events and opportunities:

DAY WITH A DOCTOR February 10, 2012 8:30 AM - 3 PM University Health System and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio VESTIDO ROJO Saturday, February 25, 2012 8 AM -1 PM San Antonio Event Center 8111 Meadow Leaf, 78227 RSVP at (210) 617-2617 or

HEART OF GOLD GALA March 3, 2012 6:30 PM - Midnight The Westin La Cantera Resort For sponsorship, auction, or volunteer opportunities contact HEART WALK November 3, 2012 Brackenridge Park For more information, contact

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Thank you to our Heart of Gold Gala Chairs Doyle Beneby Doyle Beneby joined CPS Energy on August 1, 2010, as president and CEO. In his short tenure as the leader of the nation’s largest municipally owned utility, he has signed agreements with five companies to bring hundreds of jobs to the Greater San Antonio area, increase research and development, enhance educational investments, and further support clean energy offerings to CPS Energy ratepayers. A veteran of the electric industry with more than 25 years of experience, he most recently served as president of Exelon Power and senior vice president of Exelon Generation. He previously held the positions of senior vice president, vice president of operations and vice president of construction and maintenance with Exelon Power. He has also held positions with Consumers Energy in Michigan and Florida Power & Light.

Christine Beneby Whether it was through workplace volunteer programs or direct involvement in local community organizations, Christine has always been service-oriented and communityminded. This has played a key role in her involvement and support of many organizations, including organizing Florida Power & Light’s First Women's Only Build Habitat for Humanity, assisting with pet adoptions, fundraising and education for the Animal Rescue Force, supporting the missions of Covenant Fellowship Church, and working with the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia. A long-time advocate for the particular issues facing women and families, Christine hopes to make a difference through this same level of commitment here in San Antonio. Besides chairing the Heart Ball with Doyle, Christine also serves on the leadership committee for the 2012 Go Red For Women Conference & Luncheon.

It’s Just A Little Heart Attack More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. But 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking. The AHA teamed up with Emmy®-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks to create a short film highlighting some of the warning signs of a heart attack. Banks directs and stars in “Just a Little Heart Attack,” which provides a powerful wake-up call to women across America to understand their risk for heart disease and to empower them to put their health first. Check out the film at and make it your mission to learn all you can about heart attacks and stroke — don’t become a statistic.

WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK: • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 911. Get to a hospital right away. Special Advertising Section for San Antonio Woman



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HOMES 4 WOUNDED HEROES GOLF TOURNAMENT AT CORDILLERA RANCH 4. Retired Army Sergeant John Hyland and his sons, Wyatt and Hunter, with Larry Burchfield 5. Lara Barbuti, Gina Thor, Margot Spitsnaugle, with Peter Lara and Erica Nelson 6. Mac and Carla Northington 3


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Texas Camp Directory Greene Family Camp 1192 Smith Lane Bruceville, TX (254) 859-5411

Kamp Hollywood P.O. Box 863896 Plano, Texas 75086 (214) 735-5339

Pantego Camp Thurman, Inc. 3001 Sarah Drive Arlington, TX 76013 (817) 274-8441

Heart O’ the Hils Girls Camp 2430 Highway 39 Hunt, Texas 78024 (830) 238-4650 or (830) 238-4067

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Hunters Chase Farms Equestrian Camp 4909 Lone Man Mountain Road Wimberley, Texas 78676 (512) 842-2246

Laity Lodge Youth Camp 719 Earl Garrett Street Kerrville, Texas 78028 (830) 792-1220

Pine Cove Christian Camp 15791 CR 1113 Tyler TX 75703 (877) 474-6326

Lutheran Camp Chrysalis 391 Upper Turtle Creek Road Kerrville, TX 78028 (830) 257-6340

The Pines Catholic Camp 300 White Pine Road Big Sandy, TX 75755 (903) 845-5834

Lutherhill Camp & Retreat 3782 Lutherhill Road La Grange, TX 78945 (979) 249-3232

Prude Ranch Summer Camp P. O. Box 1907 Fort Davis, TX 79734 (432) 426-3202

Mo Ranch 2229 FM 1340 Hunt, Texas 78024 (830) 460-4401 (830) 238-4202

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Texas Elks Camp 1963 FM 1586 Gonzalez TX 78629 (830) 875-2425

Sea World San Antonio Adventure Camps 10500 Sea World Drive San Antonio, TX 78251 (800) 700-7786

Texas Lions Camp for Children with Disabilities 4100 San Antonio Hwy Kerrville, Texas 78029 (830) 896-8500

Sky Ranch 24657 County Road 448 Van, TX 75790 (903) 569-3482

Westside YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth 8201 Calmount Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76116 (817) 244-4544

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WOW SE Texas Youth Camp 5193 Hwy. 36 N. Bellville, TX 77148 (281) 364-0764 YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow P.O. Box 770 Hunt, Texas 78024 (800) 765-9622 or (830) 238-4631 Y.O. Youth Adventure Camp 1736 Y.O. Ranch Rd. Mountain Home, Texas 78058 (830) 640-3220

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With the plethora of parties offered right

White Ball to raise funds for the Texas Cord

here, there’s no need to leave the Alamo City to

Blood Bank and vital cord blood research. During

experience world culture and cuisine. And it all

the evening, guests were introduced to Shannon

began this season literally right in our own back-

and Dr. Matt Windrow and their son Zachary. In

yard when the San Antonio Museum of Art

January 2002, Zachary received a life-saving

hosted the Backyard River Bash on the gorgeous

stem cell transplant from cord blood, which

grounds of the museum and the covered pavilion

saved his life. And during the Red and White Ball,

overlooking the San Antonio River. Along with perfect weather, delicious food and the sounds of Henry Brun and the Latin

the entire room joined gala chairs Margie and Sam O’Krent in singing Happy Birthday to Zachary in celebration of his 11th birthday.

Playerz, the evening was a truly perfect work

Proceeds from the Red and White Ball benefit

of art. Party chairs for this enchanted evening

the Texas Cord Blood Bank, the first public um-

were Nancy Steves and Linda Blount, who did

bilical cord blood bank in Texas and one of only

an amazing job setting up this fledgling affair

15 active public cord blood banks in the United

to remember.

States. Thanks to the approval of legislation to

The mission of the San Antonio Museum of

create a public cord blood bank in Texas and to

Art is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret

all those who have committed their time and re-

significant works of art representing a broad

sources, the Texas Cord Blood Bank has been

range of history and world cultures for the ben-

able to save the lives of adults and children

efit of the community and future generations.

around the world.

The Museum conducts more than 500 guided

Then it was time to go Back to the Ranch at

tours annually and provides approximately 200

the annual Witte Game Dinner, paying tribute to

educational programs each year. Programs in-

the South Texas countryside, its unique flora and

clude lectures, concerts, films, children’s work-

fauna and the importance of ranching to our

shops, scholarly symposia, family art activities

shared South Texas heritage. Chairs Ann and Rob

and special exhibitions.

Flannery led the planning of the event, and the

The next artful event took place at the historic

museum grounds came to life with live and silent

and beautiful Southwest School of Art, a nation-

auctions, music to the sounds of Texas favorite

ally recognized leader in arts education. It was

Charlie Robison, dancing, laughter and delicious

the ideal location for the Gardens of the Alham-

South Texas culinary favorites.

bra Gala, where guests enjoyed cocktails, an

The tradition of the Game Dinner began 39

amazing art sale, a delicious Mediterranean din-

years ago, when area sportsmen and hunters

ner under the stars served by Club Giraud, live

were contacted and asked to clean out their lock-

music provided by Willie “El Curro” Champion

ers and donate game to the Witte for a barbecue

and dancing ‘til dawn with John Mata.

and party on the museum grounds. Since then, it

By teaching, preserving and advancing the

has grown to be the Witte Museum’s largest and

visual arts, this institution seeks to expand the

most publicized fundraiser. It has also been rec-

creative potential of our community and connect

ognized as one of the most efficient fundraising

cultures of the world through participatory learn-

events in San Antonio, with 76 cents of every dol-

ing experiences. An additional part of its mission

lar raised going directly to the museum.

is to preserve the former Ursuline Convent and Academy as a place of historic significance.

After all that eating, it was time to “shop ‘til you drop” with the ladies of the Junior League of

A brief trip down the San Antonio River found

San Antonio at the Junior League Olé Market

partygoers at the Marriott Rivercenter to cele-

Preview Party. This highly anticipated shopping

brate the gift of life at the 10th annual Red and

entertainment experience featured live and silent

From the top: Gloria Galt and Kit Goldsbury at the Backyard Bash for the San Antonio Museum of Art. Southwest School of Art Gala in the Garden chairs Marshall and Josie Davidson. Sam and Margie O'Krent served as chairs for the Red and White Ball.

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auctions, fabulous food, tasty beverages and

World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth.

exclusive “first-shopping”access to all of the ter-

This year, Longoria upped the ante for this

rific goods included in the market. Every year,

star-studded event with a red carpet, glow bars

the Holiday Olé Market features boutique-like

and surprises around every corner. Proceeds

shopping with nearly 90 premier merchants of-

went to benefit Eva’s Heroes, Longoria’s name-

fering apparel, jewelry, children’s items, home

sake charity dedicated to helping teens and

goods and original holiday items. Merchants

adults with intellectual special needs to inte-

featured include vendors from across Texas and

grate and flourish in society.

around the United States, each offering special,

On the heels of this trip to Vegas, partygo-

often one-of-a-kind, high-quality items sure to

ers headed to the Orient for the McNay Mu-

help fill everyone’s holiday wish lists.

seum’s annual black-tie gala themed The Orient

This annual not-to-be-missed event is or-

Expressed. To begin the evening, guests were

ganized by a 46-member volunteer committee

served cocktails and appetizers

composed of members of the Junior League of

in the museum’s AT&T lobby

San Antonio (JLSA). JLSA includes more than

and participated in The Art of

1,200 women committed to promoting volun-


teerism, developing the potential of women and

Neiman Marcus. Apres the

improving the community through the effective

aperitifs, the elegant crowd en-

action of trained volunteers.



joyed a gourmet dinner and a

Next, the culinary masters of the Alamo

huge live auction in the Leeper

City gathered at the Pearl Stable for the March

Auditorium, which was trans-

of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. This gastro-

formed into an elegant Japan-

nomic gala featured chefs from the finest

ese fantasy.

restaurants in San Antonio offering tastes of

Proceeds from the event

their delicious dishes for guests to sample and

went to maintain the museum

then cast their votes for their favorite fare.

for the advancement and enjoyment of modern

And this year’s Golden Fork award winner was

and early art, for the educational advantage of

newcomer chef James Moore from Max’s Wine

the public and to collect, preserve and exhibit

Dive in The Quarry.

works of art and to educate the public toward

Proceeds from this event that also featured an amazing live auction with prizes donated by

a greater understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.

the chefs themselves and many local restau-

After that, the Orient Express traveled back

rants went to benefit the March of Dimes to im-

to Vegas to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San

prove the health of babies by preventing birth

Antoino at the Viva Las Center casino night fea-

defects, premature birth and infant mortality

turing dinner, drinks, musical entertainment, a

through research, community services, educa-

silent auction and, of course, casino-style gam-

tion and advocacy to give all babies a healthy

ing galore. The evening’s special honorees were

start in life.

Kymberly and George Rapier, longtime support-

The following fete featured guests going “all

ers of Boys & Girls Clubs, who also donated their

in” for Eva Longoria’s Celebrity Casino Night

yellow 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena, valued at more

held at the private plane hangar of event chairs

than $125,000, for the raffle prize.

Dick and Kristin Tips. This Vegas-style evening

Proceeds from the evening went to benefit

offered casino games, a huge silent and live

the Boys & Girls Clubs as well as Kym’s Kids of

auction, true Texas entertainment by the Rick

San Antonio.

Cavender Band, the Tanji Celebrity Chef Corner and a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, hosted by

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I just flew in from Vegas and the Orient, and boy, are my arms tired.

Clockwise from the top: Elizabeth AmesJones and Bill and Scarlette West at the Witte Game Dinner. Olé Marketplace chairs Libby McKelvain, Christine Martin and Brett Beyer. Signature Chefs winning chef James Moore with Tucker Walton and Jaime Campos.World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth with Eva Longoria on the red carpet at Eva’s Heroes Celebrity Casino Night. Tracy and Nelson Wolff and Alethea and Bruce Bugg with Tom Frost at the Orient Expressed Gala at the McNay Museum. Kelly and George Hall at Viva Las Center Casino Night benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.


529 PLANS A 529 plan is a way to save money for your kids’, your own or anyone else’s college education. The major benefit is that you don’t pay taxes on what your money earns so long as you use the money for education, so your money grows faster than it would if you were


paying taxes on the earnings every year. The hitch is that you will usually pay a 10-percent penalty if you use it for anything else. There are two kinds of 529 plans, so named

Ahead for

because they are authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code: prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans. Prepaid tuition plans, which are usually

How to use tax credits, 529 plans and other options

sponsored by state governments (and have


chase credits at participating colleges and


residency requirements), allow you to pur-

universities for future tuition. You can lock in f the holidays are in the rear view mirror, tax time must be up at the next intersection.

today’s tuition rates, and as long as you meet

Whether your financial car is a 1968 VW or a 2012 Mercedes, you have to plan if you want

the agreed-upon lump sum or installment

to get the best mileage possible out of the income you pump into its tank.

payments, the program pays college tuition

The tax code runs to thousands of pages, so this article can’t go into detail about every con-

for the years you designate at any of the

sideration in your tax planning — that’s a better conversation for your accountant or financial

state’s eligible educational institutions. If you

advisor. But let’s look at one of many people’s biggest expenses: your own or your children’s

choose, you can use the money at other institutions, but you’re not guaranteed that it will

college expenses. Next to saving for retirement and the part of your mortgage payment that goes toward principal and your eventual full ownership of your house, saving for college is probably your biggest financial challenge. Conservative estimates say that in 15 years costs at public universities — we’re not talking Harvard here but State U (rah-rah) — will run higher than $100,000 for a four-

cover the tuition, and you can’t use the money for other expenses, such as room and board and books. College savings plans don’t guarantee tuition costs will be paid, but there’s no age limit

year degree. While that’s a chunk of change no matter how you look at it, you can make your college savings go a little further and grow a little faster by minimizing the taxes you pay on the money you

or residency requirement, and many plans allow you to contribute amounts in excess of $200,000 in case you’re saving for that Ivy

save to pay for college expenses. League education. Not limited to tuition, the THE AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT This tax credit, which expanded and ex-

burse 40 percent of the credit for which you

plans also allow you to spend the money on

qualify, up to $1,000.

room and board and course materials. How-

tended the Hope tax credit, was amended to

“Course materials” refers to books, sup-

ever, depending on how you choose to invest

apply to expenses paid in 2011 and 2012 for

plies, and equipment required for a course of

it, there’s no guarantee that your money will

post-secondary tuition and course materials —

study — including computers if the student is

make money or that it will cover the expenses

even those not paid directly to the institution.

required to have one in order to enroll. Ex-

you intend it to cover when the time comes. In-

The full credit is available to individuals with a

penses that do not qualify include room and

vestment options include most types of mutual

modified adjusted gross income of $80,000 or

board, transportation, insurance, medical ex-

funds, as well as portfolios that automatically

less ($160,000 for married couples filing

penses, optional student fees (such as parking

shift to more conservative investments as the beneficiary nears college age.

jointly), and is phased out quickly for taxpayers

and activity fees), expenses paid with nontax-

with higher incomes. Single taxpayers whose

able funds or tax-free educational assistance

Remember also that investing in a 529 will

modified adjusted gross income is $90,000 or

and expenses used for other tax deductions or

usually reduce your eligibility for needs-based

more ($180,000 for married taxpayers filing

tax credits.

jointly) do not qualify for the tax credit.

financial aid. Since 2006, assets held in prepaid

Note that you cannot claim the tax credit

tuition plans and college savings plans have been considered in establishing a student’s fi-

The tax credit is up to $2,500 ($2,000 for

in the same year that you claim the tuition and

the first $2,000 of qualified expenses and up

fees you pay as a tax deduction. Since the tax

nancial need. However, if college is an impor-

to $500 for 25 percent of the next $2,000 of

deduction for tuition and fees tops out at

tant goal, it’s way better to plan for it than to

qualified expenses). For those with low in-

$4,000, the American Opportunity tax credit

hope you’re poor enough that someone else

comes who owe no Federal taxes, it can reim-

is usually a better option.

will pay for it.

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Whether you set up a prepaid tuition plan or a college savings plan, it’s important to know the answers to questions that can vary from plan to plan:

COVERDELL EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS The best way to explain a Coverdell account is to say it’s like an IRA for college expenses. Contributions are not tax-deductible, but the amount in the account grows tax-free, and the earnings are not taxed when they’re used on qualified educational expenses. Since contributions are limited to $2,000 per year, a Coverdell account is not likely to be able to pay all of a child’s college expenses. However, it

· What fees and expenses does the plan charge? You don’t want the major benefit of tax-free earnings to be eaten up by the plan’s fees and expenses.

can be a good supplementary savings account and a good choice for par-

· What types of college expenses are covered by the plan?

limited, while those to 529s are not; the funds can be invested in almost

ents with more limited means, especially since the funds in the account are not considered assets for the purposes of applying for financial aid. Coverdell accounts are different from 529s in that contributions are

anything, while 529s are limited to state-sponsored programs; and the amount that can be contributed to a Coverdell account is limited by the

· If it’s a prepaid tuition plan, which colleges and universities participate in the plan?

contributor’s income, while that invested in a 529 is not. Coverdell accounts must also be fully distributed by the time the beneficiary is age 30 (or rolled over to a different beneficiary) or a 10-percent penalty ap-

· If it’s a college savings plan, what types of investment options are there? Can you choose an aggressive investment option as well as a safer one? How often can you change the investment option?

plies, while no such age limit applies to a 529. (The Coverdell penalty is waived in certain circumstances, such as when the beneficiary receives scholarships that make the money in the Coverdell account unnecessary.)


· What happens if your planned beneficiary doesn’t attend school or doesn’t need the money? Can you change the beneficiary?

If you’re planning for your children’s college education, talk with your financial advisor about these and other options for maximizing the growth of the hard-earned money you put into your account for your children’s future education. Other options to consider include outright

· What’s the penalty if you decide to use the money on something else?

gifts using the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act or the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act, tax-exempt mutual funds and even savings bonds, each of which has its own set of benefits and caveats.

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Women in


Four San Antonio women invest in their futures with high-ranking positions in finance By JANIS TURK

Photography JANET ROGERS

The word “banker” has almost always been synonymous with men. Traditionally, the world of finance, lending, investments and securities has been like an elite men’s club where women weren’t allowed, except in service roles like those of secretaries and tellers. But these days women are not only joining the ranks of professionals in this mostly male-dominated career field, they’re also becoming known as highly successful leaders. Meet four smart, hard-working women who have worked their ways to the top of their field, carrying important positions in banking and finance. Although female bankers are still in the minority, their numbers are growing, and their strengths are being celebrated. So we asked these busy bankers how they came to have careers in banking and what the world of finance is like for women today.

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CHRIS FAUSTO senior vice president, private banker Broadway Bank Duties: Financial advisor, giving clients a full range of customized solutions in banking, lending and wealth management. Manages and develops strategic business banking initiatives, including product research and development, business planning and process improvement. Total years in banking: 20 years Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration, University of Texas San Antonio

When Broadway Bank senior vice president Chris Fausto worked as a part-time teller while attending college, she had no idea that banking would become her career, but life has a way of working out just as it should, and Fausto couldn’t be happier in banking. “While growing up, I always enjoyed working with numbers, and I thought that was all you needed in

ecutive managers. Two decades later, we find that women oc-

order to be hired at a bank. However, through the years I

cupy many executive positions in every facet in banking. This

learned that in order to be a successful banker, you have to not

is encouraging to see for the younger female generation con-

only be good at numbers and pay attention to the details, but

sidering a career in banking,” she says. Fausto’s advice to

you also have to understand the client’s financial lending and

women interested in banking is simple: Seek mentors re-

depository needs. You must be creative and considerate in of-

spected in the banking industry. “There are so many advan-

fering the right financial solutions for that individual customer,”

tages in having a career mentor. They can share their

says Fausto, who has seen a lot of changes in her field since

experiences and insight on the types of challenges they have

she first began in the early ‘90s.

faced throughout the years, as well as the successes,” she says.

“Technology and the Internet have vastly changed the way

Even though she didn’t initially plan to be a banker, these

people manage their funds and experience banking services,”

days Fausto can’t see herself doing anything else and says her

says Fausto. “It’ll also be interesting to see how social network-

personal tendency to be ultra-organized has been a real ad-

ing continues to transform communications and the role it will

vantage. A self-proclaimed “organization fanatic,” she stays

play in the internal and external banking community. Our goal

on top of things at the office and at home: “I don’t like work-

at Broadway Bank is to continue to stay on top of new tech-

ing in an area where there’s clutter, so I always make sure that

nology that will increase our efficiency to better serve our

my office files are properly labeled and filed and that my desk

clients and meet their expectations.”

drawers are not a haven for ‘stuff.’ I’m also a stickler about

But technology isn’t the only thing that’s changed over the

keeping my home closets well organized by sorting items by

years, and just as with the other bankers we interviewed,

color and season. My friends love it when I come over to make

Fausto has seen the role of women in the workplace undergo

over their closets.”

dramatic transformations, too. “It’s exciting to see that the

It’s hard to imagine how Fausto could have time to organize

banking industry as a whole has more women represented in

her friends’ closets — let alone her own — for her job keeps her

executive positions. When I first started in banking, there

busy. But she does, and the fast pace is fine with her. Somehow

weren’t many female lending officers, division managers or ex-

she still manages to make time for the things that matter most.

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“I enjoy going to the gym after work. Working out helps me

nancial situation,” she says.

relieve the everyday stress and allows me to relax at the end

Although her days are busy and full, Fausto says the work

of the day. Broadway Bank has also developed a Health Aware-

is rewarding. “I enjoy the flexibility and variety that my job of-

ness program that encourages all employees to exercise, so

fers,” she says. “Each day brings a new opportunity, whether

this initiative keeps me motivated to continue exercising,” she

it’s assisting a client with a financial need or helping to improve

says. Fausto also finds time to teach financial literacy courses

efficiencies within our own organization in order to better

for various nonprofit organizations as a way of giving back to

serve our clients. I must also say that it makes a big difference

the community. “I’ve taught many individuals, ranging from

to work for a local and independently owned bank.” For a col-

new homeowners to college students, how to manage their

lege student turned teller turned bank vice president, hard

money by preparing a personal budget. Good peace of mind

work, a great employer and a positive attitude have paid off

is knowing that you are in control of your money and your fi-

and brought this San Antonio woman great satisfaction.

CINDY MORAN vice president, member service, for the Central Region at Security Service Federal Credit Union Duties: Overseeing the management and operations of 33 service centers in San Antonio, Boerne, Pleasanton, Castroville, New Braunfels, Uvalde, Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley. Total years in banking: 35 years Education: San Antonio College/American Institute of Banking/Consumer Lending School

At first, Cindy Moran didn’t choose banking, she was just looking for a job that would allow her to work nights and attend school by day. It was in the mid-1970s when Moran began working at a bank. Over the next few years she held various positions there, but it was the encouragement of two mentors, Becky Huckabee and Melissa Kauth, who helped her embark on a career in banking. “They showed an interest in me, took the time

Over the years, Moran has seen a lot of changes in banking,

to share their knowledge and demonstrated what a true leader

especially when it comes to technology. “I have seen banking

is. Of course, I also couldn’t have done it without the help of

go from keeping manual ledger cards on commercial loans to

my husband, Pat, who always encouraged and challenged me,”

times when consumers control bank accounts from their per-

says Moran.

sonal computers to mobile phones. The advances are truly re-

“The diversity I am afforded in my position, from participat-

markable,” she says.

ing in major credit union projects to working on programs that

Early in her career, one of her biggest challenges was not

help our employees advance in their positions and being able

having enough time to attend all her children’s activities and

to participate in the numerous community-sponsored events

sports. Today, her time is spent managing priorities at work

that SSFCU supports is exciting,” says Moran. “At the credit

and spending time in the field with her frontline staff. “When

union, our philosophy is ‘people helping people,’ and that is

I first started out, women held more positions on the customer

how we treat our members.”

service side of this business, and few women — at least in my

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experience — held high positions in lending, accounting or sen-

rounded out by our very special and intelligent cat, Dexter.”

ior management. But I’ve seen that change over the years. At

“The financial industry has faced many challenges (just look

SSFCU, we have 70 services centers, and 51 of them are man-

at the last two years), but banking is still a great career,” says

aged by women,” says Moran. “I love working with employees and providing them oppor-

Moran, who also spends time giving back: “I served on the advisory committee and as a mentor for the Academy of Finance for

tunities to grow and excel in their careers, having the ability to

Business Careers High School for five years. I worked with Junior

help our members and working with my direct staff, who really

Achievement early on in my career, and I am now a member of

are my support team, giving so much of themselves each day

a volunteer corps that lets me participate in community events

to manage their respective districts,” says Moran, who works

supporting organizations such as Leukemia Lymphoma Society,

from about 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday but is

the San Antonio Food Bank, St. PJ’s, the Make-A-Wish Founda-

always on call. “I try to keep the weekends free for family and

tion and more. I’ve also been on the board of trustees for the

time with my grandson, Max,” she says. She also loves golf,

Children’s Shelter of San Antonio for seven years.

reading and going to concerts.

“For over 35 years I have worked for several financial insti-

“February 2012 is a very special month for me, for not only

tutions and seen many changes, good and bad, in our indus-

will I mark 20 years with SSFCU, I will also celebrate my 30th

try,” says Moran. “However, in my career today, I can truly say

wedding anniversary,” says Moran. “My husband, Pat Moran, has

I have found a place where my personal values and the values

been practicing law in San Antonio for 31 years, and we have

of my employer, SSFCU, are aligned. For that I am truly hum-

two children, Amanda and Michael; a son-in-law, José Bonilla;

bled, and I’m appreciative of the advancement opportunities

and a grandson, Max Henry Bonilla. Of course, the family is

they have afforded me and other women.”

ANNIE URIBE TURNER vice president, business banking manager Wells Fargo Bank

Duties: Manages team of business relationship managers in San Antonio and Boerne. Coaches, manages and motivates team to develop and maintain account relationships with business customers. Responsible for the overall success and growth of team’s multimilliondollar and deposit portfolio. Total years in banking: 31 years Education: BA in journalism from Baylor University, 1979

After Annie Uribe Turner graduated from college, she searched for a job in journalism but took a summer job as a loan teller with a small local bank in Laredo. “I immediately became fascinated with the banking industry,” she says. “Over the course of several promotions and job

ries of small business borrowers,” says Turner. “At the same

duty shifts, I began using the communication skills I gained as

bank where I started as a loan teller, I eventually (over 20 years

a journalism major to help me become a commercial lender.

ago) was promoted to loan manager. In 1996, our small local

“Those skills enabled me to advocate for small business

bank in Laredo merged with Norwest Bank, and I became

customers in pursuit of lending products and services, and I

the business banking manager. Then, in 1998, Norwest merged

was able to creatively present loan packages and tell the sto-

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Antonio. When I moved here, there weren’t any management

by helping them be successful,” says Turner, who is married to

positions available, so I accepted a position as a business

Randy Turner and has a 14-year-old daughter, Taryn, a fresh-


man at Boerne High School.

“This was probably the best thing that ever happened ... It

Turner’s advice for women who may consider a career in

was a great way to learn about the community and meet and

banking is to “look for a company that allows some flexibility

network with prospects and clients. It also gave me a chance

and understands how challenging it is to balance family and

to actually perform the duties and not just manage others. It

work. Progressive companies understand that employees’

wasn’t long before I was promoted to business banking man-

lives outside work drive a great deal of their success.” Turner

ager and began to manage a team of lenders.”

balances her work life with time spent on hobbies such as pho-

Banking was for many years a man’s profession, but now

tography, reading and travel. She is also active in the Cibolo

women are an integral part of that world, and Turner is happy

Creek Community Church, and she loves to do all she can to

about this change: “When I began in business banking, there

give back to her community as a member of the board and ex-

was not a single female commercial lender and certainly no fe-

ecutive committee of the North Chamber of Commerce and

male commercial lending managers. Today at Wells Fargo San

as chair of the Leadership and Development Council, and as a

Antonio/Hill Country, over 30 percent of our lenders are fe-

member of the advisory board of the Boys and Girls Club of

male. I’m thankful to work in an environment where women

Boerne. She is also a corporate partner of the National Asso-

feel valued for their individual traits, skills and talents.

ciation of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and an alumna

“The face of our customers has also changed,” says Turner.

of the Leadership Texas Class of 2000 as part of the Founda-

“Early in my career, our business customers were mostly male,

tion for Women’s Resources. On occasion, Turner also speaks

but today we have many customers that are woman business

to groups of small-business owners.

owners. Twenty years ago, there just weren’t that many female

While Turner feels fortunate for the life and career she now

business owners coming into the bank trying to access capital,

enjoys, it hasn’t always been easy. “My father passed away when

and when they did, they would often bring their husbands.

I was 14, leaving behind my mother and eight children. At the

They seemed to lack confidence. Not so today: Now women

time of his death, two were in college, and the remaining six

business owners are well prepared and confident.”

children ranged in ages from 7 to 16. My mother, a pharmacist,

Turner loves her work. “I have an opportunity every day to

was a small-business owner. She raised us, and we all went to

make a difference in the lives of my customers by helping sat-

college. Out of the eight, four are physicians, two are nurses,

isfy their financial needs and helping them succeed financially.

and two are bankers. My mother did an incredible job raising us

What a great feeling it is to come home every day and know

and maintaining her business. She had no choice but to balance

that in some small way, I helped make someone’s dream come

family and work,” recalls Turner—a good reminder to women

true. I can also make a difference in the lives of my teammates

everywhere that such balance, and success, is possible.

BRANDI CARBERRY VITIER senior vice president The Bank of San Antonio Duties: Commercial lender. Manages current portfolio of clients for both loans and deposits, prospects for new bank clients, manages bank’s Stone Oak office. Total years in banking: 14 years Education: Master’s of public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio

Brandi Vitier didn’t set out to be a banker. When she was working toward her master’s degree, she’d hoped to become a city planner. During graduate school, she worked as an intern for the City of San Antonio, and after graduation she got a job with Laredo National Bank. There she began as a loan assistant 100 |


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W WOMEN IN BUSINESS and worked her way up to mortgage lending and then to commercial lending. Now, nearly 14 years later, she loves being a banker and can’t see herself doing anything else. “I was drawn to Laredo National Bank because I could use my Spanish and grow my career there. But what kept me in banking, and why I still love the profession, is that I get to meet amazing entrepreneurs and business owners. Every day involves a new deal to get done. I wasn’t a math whiz; I was best in languages and liberal arts, but I learned credit on the job and in lending classes. My mentor, Brent Given, taught me how to structure deals on a napkin. These days, I love it that I never do the same routine twice; my days are utterly dependent on my clients and their needs,” says Vitier. Some people have misconceptions about bankers, she says: “We are often portrayed as greedy, and that’s not true of us at all. We want to help others. I think in light of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we are lucky to be in San Antonio, where our profession is just about deposits and loans. Here, banking is about the clients.” She also says she’s interested in the ways technology is changing the entire business model of banking. “I believe we will see the end of a bank on every corner. Bankers should go to their clients, and in the future, banking will be about adding true value to a client’s business and will depend on the bankers’ ability to understand your business,” she says. Today, time with her family and clients are Vitier’s biggest challenges. She also says it’s interesting to see the role of women in banking changing. “When I started banking, we were not allowed to wear pants,” she recalls. “Now, it’s more relaxed, though still professional … but they won’t send you home for wearing pants anymore. Banking is about multitasking and getting it done faster and more accurately for the client, and I think women have excelled in the field for these reasons.” Vitier loves her clients and the diversity of each day’s work. “Being a banker means breakfasts, lunches and dinners with clients, prospects and networking. It’s all about who you know and how you treat your clients. It’s hard to juggle, but it makes life very interesting,” says Vitier, who is a wife to husband Gabe, a mother of two children, Liam (15) and Chloe (8), and the owner of a Great Dane and a boxer. “Women should realize that commercial banking is not a man’s world anymore. You don’t have to fish and hunt (although one of the two helps) to be of value to a business owner. Banking is a great job if you like to help people and you truly want to make a difference. I see it as helping people,” says Vitier. As an 11-year breast cancer survivor, Vitier had a double mastectomy at 28 and has endured numerous surgeries.  In spite of that, she remains upbeat: “It didn’t beat me and only made me stronger!” Today, happy and healthy, she enjoys boating, cooking and music. But as busy as she is, she still finds time to volunteer and be involved in her community. “I’m the president of the board for Alamo Area Mutual Housing, a nonprofit that provides quality affordable housing to our city’s working poor and their families. I also serve on the board of Accion Texas Louisiana, which is the nation’s largest micro lender. It’s an alternative source for businesses to turn to when they can’t get a traditional bank loan,” says Vitier. Feeling happy and blessed, this busy local banker has learned doing what one loves really pays off in life. 102 |

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Holidays are

OVER It’s time to get your groove on By ANNE MOORE


mean, get yourself moving. Work off those “seasonal” pounds. Diet some weight off. C’mon, get healthy. Since it IS a new year, you might even consider a little tweaking on your face or other body parts. Be the best you can be … get happy … and all those other sayings that are familiar to us. You can do it on your own or with a little help from your friends — at the gym, a food program or a food specialist. LET’S START WITH MY ALL TIME FAVORITE — FOOD There is probably a different diet out there for just about every day of the year! There are plans where your food is purchased and mailed to your doorstep. There are others where food is pre-packaged, and the cost of the food covers a plan purchase, counseling and meal planning and you are held accountable by weigh-ins. This assures your daily intake of calories, fats, etc, is met, controlled by the packaging/portion size. Some plans require shots and have rigid food restrictions. Others, like Weight Watchers, show you how to plan and cook foods for a balanced diet plan. There are also nutritionists you can hire to help you meet your goals, while assuring a healthy, balanced diet. A nutritionist can help you formulate a diet plan that works for you, based on your lifestyle. For example, athletes, pregnant or nursing women, persons who want to gain weight and those wanting to lose or maintain weight all require a different, specific and personal eating program. Those with insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes could do very well on a customized diet plan. You can design a diet which allows you to say “yes” to eating the right kind of foods instead of “no” to so many foods.

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Some reminders about fitness and eating plans that still apply: Tried and true ways to get fit include tennis,

golf, boxing or kick-boxing, tae kwan-do, dance, skating, soccer and swimming. Some diet foods and food-related tips: Eat smaller portions and a big breakfast; take

EXERCISE TRENDS Our quest for self-improvement is as popular as ever, so there is no shortage of exercise trends — some new, some old — for us to reach our goals. According to various health media sources, here are some fitness trends that are becoming less popular: • High-impact aerobic workouts • Pilates (not sure I agree) • Stability ball and balance training • Expensive home gym equipment (still good for holding clothes) • Unmonitored fitness facilities (for example, Snap Fitness)

your time at all meals. Use hot peppers, spices, whole grains, cereals with fiber, rice, beans, olive oil, more fish, less red meat and low-fat cheese, milk and yogurt. NIP, TUCK, FILL, REMOVE This being a new year and all, you might decide to have a little “tweaking” here and there. Dermatologists, qualified physicians and other certified specialists can add Botox or injections to fill those deep lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. Many other procedures to improve your looks can be performed right in their offices. Some have spa-type facilities where they feature a full range of services, such as liposuction, face-, underarm- or butt-lifts. Be sure anyone working on you is board certified or licensed to perform your particular procedures.

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NEW TRENDS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: Just the basics. Basics refer to the use of your own body to get in shape, including the usual calisthenics — push-ups, situps, jumping jacks, sprints, lunges and such. Throw in some gallon jugs filled with water or some big cans of something and you get instant weights. Functional fitness. These are programs geared toward helping you move through daily life — workouts to increase your flexibility and your core strength, allowing you to pick up your child without hurting your back or work around the house without getting sore. Mind-body fitness. This plan combines “opposing” exercises, like aerobics with mind-body movements. Examples are: Cy-Yo, combining 10 minutes of yoga, 40 minutes of speed cycling on a stationary bike, then 10 minutes of yoga to cool down and refocus your mind.


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YogaFit classes combine traditional yoga with other activities like strength training, core muscle exercises, butt firming, and so forth. • Yoga and Pilates combinations. • Kid-specific fitness plans. • Pets as exercise buddies. Still popular fitness programs include: • Certified fitness professionals/trainers • Fitness for seniors • Personal trainers • Group personal training (less expensive, but personal) • Zumba and other dance aerobic classes • Yoga • Boot Camp • Outdoor activities • Spinning • Sports-specific training • Wellness coaching and worker incentive programs SENIOR EXERCISE PERKS Scientists have learned that brain neurons — the special cells that help you think, move and perform all the bodily functions that keep you alive and help your memory — increase in number after just a few days or weeks of regular activity. They also found that the fittest people have the most brain tissue. The exercisers scored highest on tasks like coordination, scheduling,

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planning and memory. Further, that the incidence of dementia in those who walked three or more times per week was 35 percent lower than in those who walked less than three days per week. Another perk — exercise usually improves mood as well. Seniors should include aerobic exercises like walking, swimming, biking, weight lifting or calisthenics to help maintain muscular strength and endurance. A senior fitness program should also include exercises designed to maintain flexibility and enhance balance. A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF WALK, RUN, BIKE — RIGHT HERE IN SAN ANTONIO San Antonio has always been a very walkable town, what with the River Walk meandering around downtown. Of course, you can walk almost anywhere. And you can bike around your ‘hood. So, if you prefer to get fit outdoors, San Antonio has many, many first-rate parks with trails for walking, running, biking and even some for dogs. They’re free and fun for all ages. You can find information about each park online — which walking or biking trails and other activities are available at the park. Some sites have maps and photos. Some show specific routes with mileage for various areas online. A few examples of park and trail information online: * We treasure our history and culture, and the Mission Trail, San Antonio site describes the trail as a scenic/historic walking

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area, with walking and biking. It starts at the Alamo and winds nine miles along the San Antonio River, passing four other historical missions. * There’s a website which gives information about dog parks — where they are, hours of operation, what you’ll find there — fire hydrants, water fountains, off-leash areas, maps and the rules for the park. * Government Canyon State Natural Area, 12861 Galm Road, (210) 688-9055. Sitting on 8,622 acres filled with trees, you’ll find 40 miles of trails and grounds where the terrain ranges from remote rugged canyon lands to gentle rolling prairies. There’s a visitor center, a store and a covered pavilion. Check at San Antonio Trails, San Antonio Walking/Biking or for information.

AND NOW—SAN ANTONIO B-CYCLE IS HERE! One of the first large-scale municipal bike-sharing systems in the United States is now in San Antonio, with 14 special B-stations scattered around the downtown area. You can pick up one of the gray bikes at any of the B-stations and drop it off at any other B-station. Here you’ll find special bikes designed for people short and tall. They’re equipped with fenders, skirt guards, chain guards to keep your clothes clean and automatic lights for safety. There’s also a basket to carry your personal things while riding. Information about costs and maps with B-stations is shown online at

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Are you or a loved one morbidly obese? Well, you probably are if you’re 100 pounds over the “normal” weight range shown for your height and gender on medical charts and your BMI (Body Mass) is over 30. Although the excessive weight itself doesn’t kill you, it is life-threatening because the excess calories turn into into fat and adipose tissue around your organs. This takes a toll on your body, contributing to other diseases such as cancer, stroke, gall bladder disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, congestive heart failure, even depression. When you reach this point, diet and exercise no longer work on most people, so the most effective treatment is a surgical procedure such as gastric bypass or banding to alter your body’s ability to absorb food or to restrict the amount of food the stomach can hold. To further explore treatment for obesity, consult with a physician who specializes in bariatrics or a clinic with physicians in weight loss procedures.


Pamela K. Parish Group executive vice president Broadway Bank Education/Major: B.A.A.S. and M.B.A., Lamar University; Certified Financial Planner designation.

What do you do at Broadway Bank? Wealth Management division manager and bank-wide director of strategic planning. For Wealth Management, I lead a team of 43 professionals across four departments. I lead the planning process across all strategic committees and oversee the execution of our strategic plan.

Length of time at this job: I joined Broadway on August 11, 2003, as Wealth Management division manager. Named director of strategic planning in January, 2008.

What do you like best about your job? Watching a team come together to accomplish something great. When we pull together to solve a problem for a client or execute a strategy for the bank, there is energy and creativity. If I can bring in a wider group and get younger talent involved in a complex issue — that is even better. At Broadway, we’re an organization that is inclusive of our talent throughout the bank — providing opportunities for meaningful involvement in projects and planning at all levels.

What career path led you to where you are today? I started in banking in 1976 as a consumer loan secretary. I finished my education (both undergraduate and graduate degrees) at night over 20-plus years of my career. I moved up fairly quickly in various positions. In 1984 I started in Wealth Management. By the mid ‘90s I was managing a team, and by the late ‘90s I was managing the trust line of business statewide for a major bank.

Who were your mentors? I had many … one of my early managers before I became an officer was the first; then the bank CEO when I started in Wealth Management believed in me and

broke all the rules in giving me the position without experience and education; later I had a great mentor who helped me refine my thinking and gave me my first management role; another took me to a whole new level in my professional presence. Mentors are extremely important, and I try to give back some of what I received as often as I can.

What community groups or not-forprofit groups are you involved with as a volunteer? I have been very active the last few years with Texas Bankers Association Wealth Management & Trust Division. In fact, this June I will assume a two-year commitment as chair of our administrative council. I am past president of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council, and I serve on the University of the Incarnate Word Planned Giving Council. I also volunteer for the Chow Train — a not-for-profit food truck that feeds the homeless and hungry in San Antonio. I joined the founder, Joan Cheever, last June in Joplin, Mo., as we fed volunteers and local residents in the aftermath of the tornado.

What do you enjoy doing on a day off? I love working in my yard and cultivating beauty with plants and flowers. If I’m not working in the yard on projects, you can find me on an adventure riding horses. My husband and I love to take our horses and dogs along on “camping” trips where we stay in a fancy horse trailer with RV living quarters — my idea of a great vacation! For me, nothing is more relaxing than riding my horse out in the open spaces of the Texas Hill Country.

What brought you to San Antonio? When my husband retired in 1997, he told me he would like to live in the Texas Hill Country. Shortly thereafter, I got an offer to join Texas Commerce Bank in San Antonio to run the trust department. He had always loved Boerne — so we moved and built a home in Tapatio Springs. Today we live on 10 acres just north of Boerne with our three dogs and three horses.

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Mending A Broken



Your Child

The new year offers opportunity for fresh starts



ith the start of a new year,

made. We want them to make us proud.

and there are many factors that can con-

many of us search for ways to

This well-intentioned love is often not

tribute to breaking or damaging trust: dishonesty, making poor choices, defiance,

make necessary changes in

given as unconditionally as we may intend.

our lives. We write out our resolutions,

A parent’s love for a child may come with

rebellion, words spoken in anger, a broken

make plans to join a gym and get fit,

high expectations, preconditions and a

confidence and many others. The most

swear off cigarettes and processed food

load of responsibility that can be over-

important step in rebuilding or reshaping

and set goals for weight loss or finding a

whelming and feel unattainable to a child.

your relationship with your child is finding

new job. A New Year = A New You.

When this happens, and it inevitably

a way to trust each other again.

January 1 gives us a chance for new

does, the relationship you have worked so

As with any relationship, rarely does

beginnings and fresh starts. As parents,

hard to build can be marred. You feel be-

all the blame for a problem fall on one

we look for ways to improve ourselves as

trayed. Your child feels hurt. Guilt, anger,

person, and it is no different with a parent

well: to have more patience or spend

resentment and disappointment can be

and child. When we are called on to par-

more time with the kids and less time at

ent — set boundaries, discipline, enforce

work. And for parents whose relationship

accountability, etc. — making unpopular

with a child has been broken, the new year offers hope and an opportunity to make things right again. I don’t believe there is anything more painful or devastating to a parent than a damaged relationship with a child. Sullen silences, screaming fights or constant dis-

The most important step in rebuilding or reshaping your relationship with your child is finding a way to trust each other again.

appointment can take their toll. As par-

decisions is just part of the job. And believe it or not, screwing up is part of your child’s job. By trying out different options, children learn the best way to go about handling various situations. Sometimes they make good choices, sometimes not so good. It’s a process, and they are learning on the job. Parents, too,

ents, we love our children with a ferocity

are often forced to learn-as-they-go. The

and an innate veracity that is difficult to

devastating emotions that strip away at

way we go about parenting is where many

contain, much less dish out in manageable

your heart and your child’s heart until a

of us make the mistakes that can irrepara-

spoonfuls. We want the best for our kids

rift between you runs deep and prevents

bly harm our relationship with our child.

in every aspect of their lives. We want

you from having the close, meaningful re-

Most of us are smart enough to know

happiness for them. Success. Friendship.

lationship God intended a parent and

our weaknesses. For me, it is sarcasm.

Love. Acceptance. Education. Money. Re-

child to have.

When I get angry or upset with my kids,

spect. We want to protect them. We want to guide them. We only want to help!

Obviously, parents of teenagers may

the first thing that pops out of my mouth

find themselves in this situation more

is typically sarcastic. “What? Did a bug

And yet, our love is not entirely selfless.

often than parents of young children, but

crawl in your ear and inhibit your hearing

We want for our children the things we

no parent and child are immune. Even very

when I asked if you had finished your

never had. We want them to do all the

young children learn quickly the repercus-

homework?” Sarcasm does nothing but

things we never did. We want them to do

sions when they have disappointed or an-

cause anger and resentment in a child. I

their best, try their hardest, make good

gered a parent. A parent/child relationship

know this, and yet holding back sarcastic

decisions and learn from the mistakes we

is based on trust between both parties,

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Say “I love you.” Say it, show it, mean it.

ashamed to say I have brought my kids to tears with my sarcasm. It is immature, unproductive and damaging to my relationship with my children. Recognizing your mistakes and making adjustments in your behavior is an important step in mending a broken relationship with a child. More than anything money can buy, a child needs a close, loving relationship with his or her parents in order to grow and mature into a productive, healthy adult. Every day, with every decision you make and with each word that comes out of your mouth, you are building up or tearing down that relationship. Here are some suggestions to keep you on the path to a strong, healthy and whole relationship with your child: 1. Say “I’m sorry.” We all make mistakes. Recognize when you have messed up and apologize. Be sincere and forthright. It is one of the most important life skills you can teach your child. 2. Listen. Being a parent isn’t all about teaching and preaching. In a relationship, both parties have the right to be heard. Listen to your child, and give his or her opinions the respect and consideration they deserve. 3. Allow for mistakes. No matter how hard you work as a parent, kids will still be kids, and they will mess up. Many kids have to learn lessons the hard way. Instead of trying to forbid the mistake, help them to recognize where they went wrong and what they can do to prevent it from happening again in the future. 4. Show maturity. Communication between a parent and child can quickly become heated. Don’t scream, hit or throw things in anger. Model maturity for your child in your words and actions. He or she will learn by your example. 5. Forgive. Don’t hold grudges or bring up past misdeeds. Once a child has sincerely apologized or shown a sincere attempt to stop the unwanted behavior, let it go. 6. Keep confidence. Nothing will damage your child’s trust and respect for you faster than if you break a confidence or fail to keep your word. 7. Discipline. The experts say kids need and want this, and I believe it to be true. Set boundaries, be consistent, and allow for consequences, good and bad. 8. Say “I love you.” Say it, show it, mean it. There should never be any doubt in a child’s mind that you love him or her. Don’t ever withhold your love or make it conditional on his or her actions.

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San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2011 Updates by Paromita Datta, M.D. We had a very productive year at the San Antonio Breast Symposium. The world’s largest scientific meeting dedicated to breast cancer research. This year the symposium focused on new treatments and prevention of breast cancer. I will discuss some of the key developments. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It affects 1 in 8 woman. Thanks to wonderful research, there has been a steady decline in the breast cancer mortality rates. Question: Can diabetes and obesity affect breast cancer? Answer: Yes, studies have shown that diabetes and obesity increase risk for breast cancer. A recent Swedish study has shown that having diabetes or being obese after age 60 significantly increases the risk for developing breast cancer. They found that obesity in women after age 60 increased risk for developing breast cancer by 55 percent. Comments: It is really crucial that lifestyle and weight can be so important not only in preventing heart diseases and stroke, but also cancer. There have also been studies showing that eating healthy, daily exercise and taking a daily baby aspirin prevent breast cancer. Also, there is a very important role of Vitamin D in preventing breast cancer. At Aurora Center, we monitor patients’ Vitamin D level and provide patients supplemental Vitamin D if their levels are low to decrease their risk of breast cancer. Question: Can we predict if breast cancer will come back? Answer: Researchers from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, have found some special markers and are able to predict if breast cancer will come back or not. Researchers may have discovered a series of genes that will help predict whether or not a woman with hormone receptor-positive invasive breast cancer will experience early, late or no recurrence of her disease. Comments: Breast cancer survivors must be monitored closely, so that if the cancer comes back, we can find it at an early stage and cure it. At Aurora Center, we monitor patients very carefully, with addition of PET-CT scans and Aurora Breast dedicated MRI. Aurora MRI is the only FDA-approved, breast-dedicated MRI, which gives a 3-dimensional view of the breast tissue and is able to pick up cancer at a very early stage. Question: How can MRI help to measure breast cancer treatment? Answer: MRI is valuable in assessing the extent of breast cancer and monitoring treatment

response. New studies show that it helps physicians understand breast cancer biology. Researchers from University of Washington, Seattle, have found that MRI changes correlate with pathological markers and prognostic factors of breast cancer and can be an extremely valuable tool for guiding breast cancer therapy.

using Zometa (bone-strengthening medication) in patients with pre-menopausal breast cancer can reduce the risk for breast cancer recurrence by 28 percent, and the risk for death from breast cancer 36 percent without toxic side effects. Comments: Zometa is a very well tolerated medication, and using it every six months not only helps make patients bones stronger, but adds to their longevity.

Images show both mammogram and Aurora Breast MRI — superior imaging quality of Aurora Breast MRI mapped out the multi-focal invasive breast cancer in the left breast.

Comments: At Aurora Breast Center, we monitor all patients on “neo-adjuvant” or pre-operative chemotherapies with Aurora Breast MRI, which gives us a volumetric idea of how the cancer is responding to chemotherapy. This allows us to give the patient the best treatment and prevents unnecessary toxic therapies. Question: What are the advances in “pre-operative” or neo-adjuvant chemotherapy? Answer: There has been a major advancement in neoadjuvant chemotherapy for patients with Her2 positive breast cancer, where using a combination of two agents- pertuzumab and herceptin, have shown to cause over 50% of breast cancers to disappear prior to surgery. Two major clinical trials from Germany and from the United Kingdom have shown that two targeted therapies, pertuzumab and herceptin, work in synergy to fight breast cancer. Comments: Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy shows whether the cancer is sensitive to chemotherapy or not. Multiple trials have shown that patients who have complete response to the neo-adjuvant therapy have the best outcome and the best survival. At Aurora Center, we follow the tumor size, while the patient undergoes neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. The MRI can determine how much the tumor shrinks volumetrically. Using the available treatments, I have had patients with 80 percent to 100 percent shrinkage of the breast cancer; it is amazing to see the cancer cells melt away in front of your eyes. Question: How can we increase survival in breast cancer patients? Answer: Zolendronic acid (zometa) has shown to improve survival in patients with breast cancer diagnosed prior to menopause. Researchers from Austria have shown that

Question: How about breast cancer surgery? Answer: There have been advances in breast cancer surgery, where in patients with minor involvement of the lymph node, axillary node dissection may not be needed. Researchers from the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group did a clinical trial that shows that in “microscopic” disease in the axilla and involvement of 1-2 lymph nodes, complete removal of the lymph nodes could be avoided as long as the patient received further systemic therapy such as anti-hormonal treatment, chemotherapy and radiation. Comments: At Aurora Breast Center, San Antonio, we do a comprehensive breast work-up, where every patient gets a breast MRI prior to surgery. Breast MRI helps define the margins of the cancer and helps map out lymph nodes so patients can avoid unnecessary procedures. Question: How about metastatic disease? Answer: There have been great strides in treating patients with metastatic breast cancer. There was a big clinical trial from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, BOLERO-2, showing the addition of everolimus to exemestane markedly improves the duration of disease control in postmenopausal women with hormone-positive metastatic breast cancer. There was another large international trial that found that dual blocking of Her-2 receptors caused significant increase in duration of disease control and survival in patients with Her-2 positive metastatic breast cancer. Another study from Italy revealed that the addition of bevacizumab (avastin) to trastuzumab and docetaxel significantly improved progression-free survival in HER2-positive breast cancer. Comments: A lot of discoveries, ongoing research and a better understanding of breast cancer have led to much better treatment with minimum side effects. It is our ongoing effort at Aurora Breast Center to provide patients with cutting-edge technology and comprehensive compassionate care, so our patients live better and longer.

Paromita Datta, M.D.,

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A Talent for Marketing Former cheerleader Michelle Robertson brings enthusiasm to her job



Photography JANET ROGERS

hile preparing for a completely different ca-

As a new student at a much larger high school, Robertson

reer, Michelle Robertson took a job that wasn’t

lost her place in the cheer pyramid — something she had been

supposed to be her “real” work but led indirectly

preparing for since toddler dance lessons and years on a Pop

to her present position as senior marketing manager for The

Warner cheer squad coached by her mother. She’s still glad

Shops at La Cantera and North Star Mall.

she did it: “The marketing person has to be the rah-rah person

Robertson was studying at Phillips Junior College in Las

on the staff.”

Vegas toward an associate’s degree to become a paralegal

The enthusiasm, preparation and a touch of adrenaline

when she took a part-time job at Shepler’s Western Wear.

that worked so well in cheerleading stood Robertson in good

Not long after, she was in charge of opening a second Vegas

stead as she climbed a ladder in her new profession. For

store for the San Antonio-based company. With that experi-

about five years, she worked for Las Vegas Events, helping

ence, she was hooked — not on the sales side of retail, but

with activities such as the National Finals Rodeo, the first X

on event planning. “It’s the marketing and management side of business I

Games and the Miss Universe pageant. Along the way she learned how to gain corporate sponsorships, deal with hotel

enjoy,” says Robertson. Originally from San Antonio, she moved

executives and event producers and handle celebrities. The

to Nevada with her family in 1987 when her father, retired from

job of planning events, says Robertson, “still intrigues me, be-

the Air Force, decided to move his construction business there.

cause it’s ever-changing and ever-evolving.”

“Business was booming then,” she says, “so it made sense.” Since she was about to start her senior year as a varsity cheerleader at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, her mother offered to let her finish here, but Robertson decided to take her chances with the rest of the family.

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Michelle Robertson covers lots of ground in her role as senior marketing manager for The Shops at La Cantera and North Star Mall. Her office is at La Cantera, above, but she divides her time between the two properties.


As she continued to meet and impress people in this new world, Robertson went


to selling sponsorship marketing ideas

Occupation: Senior marketing manager, The Shops at La Cantera/North Star Mall. Personal: Married to high-school sweetheart Michael Robertson, an electrical engineer; one son, Kaden, age 7. Goals: “From a professional standpoint, in my current role, I want to feel I make a difference in the community through outreach from both properties. In my personal life, I want to continue to provide my family with a great lifestyle.” Best advice ever given: From a former boss, “Stay true to who you are and believe in yourself.“ It gives her confidence when “I’ve second-guessed my abilities (and) reminds me that I deserve to be in the positions I’ve held.” People would be surprised that I … “was the Samuel Clemens High School cheerleaders’ miniature mascot when I was 9 and 10 years old. My husband remembers seeing me at a pep rally on Pat Booker Road.” Favorite relaxation strategy: Dinner out and country-western dancing with her husband — even after more than two decades together, “We still find plenty to talk about.” What she’s reading: Just finished The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, the best-selling novel about maids in the 1960s segregated South, “but I didn’t like the ending. I wanted to know what happened to all the women.”

with a casino chip company, from which she was lured to a NASCAR sport park and a local Pepsi bottling company. All the while, she gained an event-management perspective that helped her get yet another new job when a former Pepsi colleague asked her to come over to a new shopping mall and develop the sponsorship advertising department. The mall, to be called Fashion Show, was under redevelopment with a new concept, producing seven live fashion shows a day, with state-of-the art lighting and sound systems, three days a week. “It was very fun, very innovative for the mall industry,” says Robertson, but it was a challenge to keep the shows fresh, with consistently high production values. It became Robertson’s job to find other events to use the space on the off days, Monday through Thursday. Meanwhile, Robertson had married her husband, Michael, whom she has known since they were in high school together, and the couple had a son, Kaden, now age 7. “When we were blessed with a baby, we knew we didn’t want to raise him in Las

and outdoor music and 11 sit-down restau-

Her absorption in her job even carries

Vegas,” she says. “I know there are people

rants, “so you’ll take your time and enjoy

over into her personal life. “My family makes

there who live a normal family life outside

the atmosphere.”

fun of me because I am such a party plan-

the casinos, but that’s not where we

In a typical day, she’ll spend time at

ner, keeping track of everything, research-

wanted to be.” The loss of her husband’s

both shopping centers, depending on

ing cake suppliers,” she says. “I still have the

brother in 2005, her father in 2006 and her

which one has an event coming up sooner.

binder from my son’s first birthday party. I

mother the following year left the Robert-

At North Star, her first event was the 50th

enjoy doing it, whether it’s for my own

sons “ready to find new ground,” she says.

anniversary. “North Star is so much about

guests or for other people. I like making


tradition,” Robertson says, and she hopes

people feel good, seeing their reaction, at

asked her bosses to let her know if any-

she started a new one with a signature

my own house or at the jazz festival here.”

thing ever opened up in Texas. Months

event, honoring “six philanthropic ladies”

The most challenging thing about her

later, when a vice president asked her at a

with a ticketed event whose proceeds

job, says Robertson, is time management.

function if she was still interested in mov-

went to the honorees’ favorite charities.

“My job could expand to take over every

Hoping to get closer to home,

ing back to Texas, she jumped at the

At La Cantera, she was asked to put to-

waking hour, so I try to stay on task when

chance to interview for her present job. “I

gether a summer jazz festival, with a series

I’m planning an event. I have a great sup-

grew up shopping at North Star, and I was

of outdoor concerts to call attention to the

port staff and being able to allocate jobs

part of the team that opened La Cantera

center’s “street atmosphere” of shops in an

and responsibilities to them helps me

in 2005,” she says. While Robertson has her office at La

area that opened in 2008, “but some peo-

manage my time.” Fortunately, her hours

ple still didn’t know it was there.”

are flexible; if she has to stay late for an event, she can take more time at home in

Cantera, she divides her time between the

It’s a life of constant deadlines and atten-

two different properties. North Star, she

tion to multiple responsibilities. “I thrive on

says, “is for power shopping, when you

pressure,” says Robertson. “I try to be de-

Ironically, if there’s one thing she has a

know which stores you’re going to and

tailed and straight to the point, so vendors

hard time fitting in, it’s shopping. “With

the morning.

need to do a quick shop.” La Cantera, on

know what I want. I also know how to bend

this job, everybody thinks you can just

the edge of the Hill Country, “is a more

and react to change.” Not a Type A person-

shop whenever,” she says. “I usually don’t

leisurely shopping experience,” with stores

ality, her even keel “allows me the ability not

shop unless I need something to wear to

that are more spread out, water features

to lose it” when the unexpected happens.

a (work) function. I need to be driven.”

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SHE TELLS VISUAL STORIES Bernice Appelin-Williams also uses discarded objects in her assemblages By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF


Photography JANET ROGERS

big part of Bernice Appelin-Williams’ artistic endeavor

ferences Between. The term sankofa means “to move forward

consists of collecting all sorts of odd objects, from old

we must reclaim the past” in the Akan language of West Africa.

sepia photos of African-American women to shells,

It took 19 screens to produce the final effect, which is muted,

shoes, discarded TV lenses, lace, glasses, beads, sewing ma-

the central figure subtly veiled in layers of — what? — time

chine drawers and much more.

and history perhaps, layers that cannot

”That’s why I have a truck,” says the artist with a chuckle. “Wherever I go and see something interesting, I stop and pick it up.” Thrift stores, estate sales, junkyards and flea markets can yield surprising treasures. An imaginative artist, Appelin-Williams incorporates these finds into collages and assemblages that tell visual stories of life journeys or illuminate certain aspects of social mores or African-American history. “There’s power in changing the use of materials,” she wrote in her artist statement for a recent Bismarck Studios exhibit: “… Things have multiple meanings, thus my attraction to them and to their reincarnation or repurposing.”

be fully penetrated. Appelin-Williams This serigraph, using a photo from a house demolished to make room for the Alamodome, was the poster image for Contemporary Art Month 2009.

found that eloquent photo in one of the houses demolished to make room for the Alamodome. The serigraph was used as the poster image for Contemporary Art Month 2009. Of the 50 copies printed, 44 were sold. Other old photos are incorporated in her extensive Target series of mostly twodimensional mixed media collages, some of which were exhibited at the Bismarck Studios. (Parts of the series were also shown in solo shows at the Carver and

the Southwest School of Art.) In these colorful pieces, the picture, usually placed in a central

Discarded old photos hold a special fascination for her. One

spot, is surrounded by a wealth of narrative elements, both

such picture showing a serious little girl forlornly holding a large

painted and attached, that help tell the pictured person’s history

doll became the central figure of a serigraph titled Sankofa Dif-

— most of them, but not all, imagined by the artist. The overall

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effect is both intriguing and touching. The series is called Target because Appelin-Williams used WWII shooting targets with their Babushka nesting doll shapes as the framework for each piece. Despite the connection with guns and war, the artist says she “saw the shape as very soft and feminine, very safe, like the shape of the Madonna.” Other works are three-dimensional sculptures such as the striking EnterTwined, featuring a mutilated and tied female torso, or assemblages like the humorous Ant’Cha Mama, inspired by a real woman, Nancy Green, who originally served as the model for the iconic Aunt Jemima figure. Bernice Appelin-Williams uses old photographs and found objects in her collages illuminating aspects of social mores or African-American history. She has had solo exhibitions at the Carver and the Southwest School of Art.

The need to unearth black people’s histories was born out of her own frustration and disappointment that she could not trace her own ancestry any further than her great-grandparents and not very well at that. “So, I make up stories in my art,” she quips.

unconscious. “Finally, Linda turned to-

Appelin-Williams’ work has been

ward me and said, ‘You are not ready yet,’

widely exhibited in San Antonio, Austin

and that was the day they took me off life

and beyond. The list of group and solo shows she’s been in is two and a half

support.” Two days later, she watched the ter’s in urban studies from Trinity.

dedication of her sculpture on TV while

pages long, including a show in Kenya.

For a couple of decades, however, Ap-

With a keen interest in public art, Ap-

pelin-Williams worked in a variety of jobs,

That’s when she quit her last job (for

pelin-Williams has also served on several

including seven years as the development

the Alameda Museum) and decided to


focus on art full time. Her latest finds are



recuperating in the hospital.


director for the Blue Star Contemporary

boards in charge of public art, as well as

Art Center, while engaging in art in her

shallow baker crates that she uses as

created sculptures that adorn several

free time. That all changed in 2007, when

frames for a new series of paintings deal-

local public spaces.

she almost died from an asthma attack.

ing with the restrictive symbols of


At the time, she was under a lot of stress

women’s lives, from corsets to bizarre

juggling her many roles and duties, in-

contemporary footwear designed by

cluding the installation of a public art

men who don’t have to wear it. She is

Growing up in a still segregated soci-

sculpture called Tree of Life that she had

also using a new painting medium called

ety, Appelin-Williams never set foot in a

created with studio mate and metal artist

encaustic, or hot wax painting.

museum until her French high school

James Hendricks.

But her near-death experience has

teacher introduced her to one. She

“I felt an attack coming on, and I drove

quickly became aware that there were no

myself to the ER but once there, in the

day at a time. “It’s great,” she notes hap-

black artists either in the museums or in

parking lot, I couldn’t even walk to the

pily. “I do what I want to do when I want

library books. It wasn’t until she went to

door,” she recalls. Rescued by the medical

to do it. I call it ‘going through puberty

college and met the celebrated black

personnel, she was eventually transferred

my way.’ Yes, I would like to be in the

painter John Biggers that a whole new

by ambulance to the Santa Rosa Hospital.

San Antonio Museum of Art or in the

world opened up for her. Still, she pursued

In the middle of telling her daughter what

Smithsonian, but if it doesn’t happen, I

a pre-med education for a while before

needed to be done before the unveiling

am fine with that.”

dropping out of college to get married to

of the Tree of Life, she stopped breathing

A minute or two later, however, she

a military man. Thanks to his military as-

and ended up on life support for a week.

admits to having an ambitious dream:

taught her to take life as it comes, one

signment in Greece, the young woman

“I remember having a conversation

“There’s a monument I would love to cre-

who loved art had ample opportunities to

with Linda Pace, Reginald Rowe (both

ate, a monument to Cathay Williams, the

expand her horizons. But it wasn’t until

deceased) and a third (indistinct) person;

first and only female Buffalo Soldier, who

years later that she finally got a degree in

we were all in the Rothko Chapel in Hous-

had to hide that she was a woman.” And

art from the University of the Incarnate

ton, talking together,” she says, referring

she would like to build that monument in

Word. She followed that up with a mas-

to a mental experience she had while still

Washington, D.C.

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Music Willie Nelson Majestic Theatre 1/15 Sun, 7 pm



Don Giovanni Lila Cockrell Theatre 2/17-19 Fri, Sat 8 pm Sun, 2 pm


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Theater Les Miserables Majestic Theatre 1/3-1/8

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular and The Spirit of Michael – A Tribute to Michael Jackson Lila Cockrell Theatre 1/27 Fri, 7:30 pm

Ain’t Misbehavin’ Josephine Street Theatre 1/20-2/11 Fri and Sat, 7:30 pm Sun, 2 pm

Kelly Clarkson Stronger Tour 2012 Majestic Theatre 2/6 Mon, 7 pm

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters Children’s Fine Arts Series Empire Theatre 1/20 Fri, 9:45 am, 11:45 am, 6:30 pm

An Evening With Courtyard Hounds Empire Theatre 2/10 Fri, 7 pm

Bill Cosby Majestic Theatre 1/29 Sun, 3 pm

The Chieftains Lila Cockrell Theatre Arts SA 2/29 Wed, 7:30 pm SAN ANTONIO SYMPHONY Beethoven Festival Majestic Theatre 1/13-14, 1/20-21, 1/27-28, 2/10-11 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Heroic Beethoven Young People’s Concert Laurie Auditorium 1/31 to 2/2 Tues to Thurs, 9:45 and 11:10 am Broadway Rocks! Laurie Auditorium 2/3-4 Fri and Sat, 8 pm YOSA and SA Symphony Fiesta in February Laurie Auditorium 2/26 Sun, 2:30 and 4 pm The Sea Majestic Theatre 3/2-3 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Renee Fleming Opera Singer Majestic Theatre 3/7 Wed, 7:30 pm Bugs Bunny at the Symphony POPS Series 3/9-10 Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 2 and 8 pm

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CATS Majestic Theatre 1/31-2/5 Cinderella Children’s Fine Arts Series Empire Theatre 2/17 Fri, 9:45 am, 11:45 am, 6:30 pm Blue Man Group Majestic Theatre 2/21-26

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Karen DeBerry, Henry Christopher, Marjie Christopher, Blake DeBerry, Janet Fleckenstein and Craig Christopher enjoy Totally Tejas presented by Culinaria at Rio Cibolo Ranch.

Holly Hindt, Mike Bomberg, and Juanita Alanis from Spice of Life put their skills to the test at the Signature Chefs Auction for the March of Dimes.

Janis and Phil Laws with Rhae Chell and George Mauze attend the San Antonio Botanical Garden Moonlight in the Garden.

Partaking of Texas fare at Rio Cibolo Ranch are Scott Nelson, Susan Mengden, Taffy Nelson and Peter Ellis.

Keri Bauer, Jonathan Demeterio, Noah Masters from Flemings showcase their best for the March of Dimes at the Signature Chefs Auction.

Chrissie Welsh, Patty Trenton with Kim and Mark Wolf support the San Antonio Botanical Garden by attending Moonlight in the Garden.

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Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Stein (Jessica Crosby) September 10, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. William Russell Duke, Jr. (Avery Bernadette Coy) October 1, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Benjamin Berg (Amy Elizabeth Wilson) September 24, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Warren Neff (Stephanie Rose Reyes) September 4, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Carter Wahrmund Schimpff (Sarah Marie Tajvar) September 10, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Rushing (Misty Brogdon) September 3, 2011


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Mr. and Mrs. Cole David Earles (Morgan Nicole Kohutek) October 29, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Michael Clark (Evelyn Bailey Fitzsimons) November 5, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Guevara (Connie Hinojosa) November 1, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Purzer (Sonja Sims) October 16, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ford Jr. (Sarah Miller) October 22, 2011

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Justin Short (Natalie Rose Mazal) October 8, 2011

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Kim Reed, Melissa Rossin, Kami Stepankik and Angela Hall

Brooke Meabon, Kathryn Goertz, Liz LaBarge and Kirstin McGinley

Courtney Williams, Sarah Owens and Krisana Puccio

Helen Dear, Kay Kay Gough, Amy Berg, Kati Smith and Tammy Cochran

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Rotary Club of San Antonio All-American Awards Dinner January 6 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (210) 222-8242 x11

American Lung Association Fight for Air Run/Walk 2012 February 11 SeaWorld San Antonio (210) 308-8978

Rotary District 5840 Donald Braswell presents Gli Unici Benefiting Haven for Hope January 7 Laurie Auditorium (210) 240-6381

Friends of Hospice Luncheon and Julian Gold Style Show February 11 San Antonio Country Club (210) 785-5850

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Cowgirls Live Forever Style Show and Luncheon January 19 Pearl Stable (210) 225-5851

BCMS Foundation An Evening at Tiffany’s February 11 J. W. Marriott San Antonio (210) 301-4398

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo The Let’s Rodeo Ball January 21 Harry Freeman Coliseum (210) 225-5851

KLRN San Antonio Fine Wine & Food Tasting February 12 Alamodome (210) 270-9000

San Antonio Symphony League and San Antonio Museum of Art 12th Annual Music at the Museum January 23 San Antonio Museum of Art (210) 978-8121

World Affairs Council International Citizen of the Year Dinner Honoring Curtis V. Anastasio February 15 Marriot Rivercenter (210) 308-9494

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber Annual Gala January 28 J.W. Marriott San Antonio (210) 225-0462

KLRN 18TH Annual Wine Opener February 17 St. Anthony Hotel (210) 270-9000

North SA Chamber of Commerce

KLRN Champagne Brunch February 19 St. Anthony Hotel (210) 270-9000

38th Annual Gala Royal Gala — London Calling February 4 J. W. Marriott San Antonio (210) 384-7724

San Antonio Sports Foundation Sports Hall of Fame Tribute February 10 Alamodome (210) 820-2100

Northeast Educational Foundation Starlight Gala Lighting the Future February 25 Omni Hotel at the Colonnade (210) 493-7151

Susan G. Komen Runway Rx – Dinner and Fashion Show Presented by Carol Reyes Designs February 10 Norris Convention Center (210) 875-9057

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual Tower Climb & Run February 25 Tower of the Americas (210) 829-7267


Ronald McDonald House Annual Golf Tournament February 27 The Club at Sonterra (210) 614-2554







UTSA Great Conversations! February 29 Institute of Texan Cultures (210) 458-5162

Say Sí Small-Scale Works for a Larger Cause March 1 Say Sí (210) 212-8666

Mike and Louise Beldon

Al and Margie Miller with Janet and Mike Molak

Dr. Fernando Guerra and Beverly PurcellGuerra with Sam and Margie O’Krent

Bill Chiego with Lucille and Jim Travis and Liz Chiego

Ladd Little, Karen Heintz and Buddy Banack

Emma and Toby Calvert with Alice and Sergio Viroslav

Will Jones, Bill Tucker, Elizabeth Ames Jones and Dennis Stahl

Mark Randol, Joel Erben, Jane Weekley, and Sandra Randol

American Heart Association Heart of Gold Gala March 3 Westin La Cantera (210) 617-2609

Junior League of San Antonio Fete du Cuvée Fine Wine Auction March 3 The Bright Shawl (210) 225-1861 ^

National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter

Walk MS San Antonio March 3 AT&T Center (210) 694-3201

Seton Home Annual Great Expectations Gala March 10 Holy Trinity Catholic Church (210) 533-3504

NAWBO Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards March 21 Omni Hotel at the Colonnade (210) 408-1220

Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Crown Affair Luncheon: Show Us Your Shoes March 22 San Antonio Country Club (210) 262-4698

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Dr. Patricia Adams

Christina Arzola

Nikisha Baker

Zeitgeist Wellness Group announces that company founder and president Dr. Patricia Adams was named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2011 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. She is one of 10 exceptional women recognized throughout the country with this prestigious award.

Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio-Downtown has announced Christina Arzola as new sales manager. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the event-planning industry. Arzola is a Certified Meeting Professional. She formerly worked for the City of San Antonio's convention facilities, where she assisted national associations in planning their conventions.

TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas has named Nikisha Baker as director of special events. She is responsible for planning school fundraisers and other events and for recruiting and coordinating volunteer support. Previously, Baker served as director of community relations and fund development for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County in Orlando, Fla.

Crystal Kohanke

Debbie Margozewitz

Loree A. Primeau

Carol Reyes

Stephanie Tullis

Mary Wofford

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System announces that Crystal Kohanke will be the new vice president of human resources. Kohanke comes from Harland Clarke Holdings Corporation, where she served three years as senior vice president of human resources. She has aligned HR practices across 7,000 employees, three companies, five divisions and multiple brands in disparate industries with strategic goals and objectives.

Debbie Margozewitz, luxury home specialist with Rubiola Mortgage and Realty, has been appointed events and social director of the Rubiola Team. Her previous background was in marketing with King Realtors, S.A. Events calendar and Castle Hills Home and Hardware. She brings much enthusiasm and energy to the company.

Loree A. Primeau, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, was named the executive director of the Autism Community Network. Dr. Primeau brings extensive academic and clinical experience to the position, ensuring that ACN can continue expansion of its mission to provide readily accessible diagnostic and intervention services to underserved autistic children and families throughout San Antonio.

Carol Reyes of Carol Reyes Designs received the award for the Best Women’s RTW Designer of the Year awarded by Fashion Group International of San Antonio at the Emerging Designer and Awards Show during San Antonio Fashion Week. Her boutique on Blanco Road carries clothing and accessories from local designers plus New York and Los Angeles designers.

Stephanie Tullis brings more than 20 years of real estate experience to the Phyllis Browning Company as a sales associate. Tullis, located in the company’s Hill Country office, specializes in the sale of residential real estate in Bexar County and surrounding areas. She has received a number of professional awards, and through extensive continuing education she holds a number of professional designations.

The Phyllis Browning Company announces the addition of Mary Wofford as a sales associate. She is located in the Hill Country office and specializes in the sale of residential real estate throughout Bexar County and surrounding areas. She has worked for topranked real estate firms and organizations in both San Antonio and Houston for more than 35 years.

Joanna Baltierra Baltierra, a CPA with Padgett, Stratemann & Co., L.L.P. has been promoted to senior manager and partner in training. She has more than 14 years of public accounting and industry experience, primarily serving the public sector. Baltierra’s experience includes servicing education entities, municipalities, tax-exempt organizations, the construction industry and the United States Air Force for performance, economy and efficiency audits.

Katherine Ditchman

Cassandra Garcia

Katherine Ditchman has joined the Phyllis Browning Company as a sales associate. She is located in the company’s north central office and specializes in the sale of residential real estate in Bexar County and surrounding areas. In 2007, she was named Rookie of the Year for top sales in real estate and has received her Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification.

Cassandra Garcia has been promoted to business development operations director for Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. In her new role, she will be responsible for strengthening relationships with current member groups, including local businesses, churches, community organizations and school districts. Garcia has been a member of the RBFCU team since 2009 and has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services.

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CAPRICORN December 21-January 19 You’re practically the only kid on the block who will experience a double holiday, double birthday and double New Year! All this goodness in your life is meant to be applied in the most judicious manner. Be prepared to revise some attitudes, philosophies of life and future aspirations as you may impetuously jump the gun to instantaneously ignite multiple projects that will leave you depleted of physical energies. These actions require details.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18 Fine nuances are at your disposal right now as you look at your present reality and balance them with your future outlook of states of nonreality. Your dreams and ideals point to future ways of earning income, so be patient with your daydreaming activities. Early born Aquarians, take advantage of these most propitious opportunities. Trust your inner instincts, when a zig is an actual zag and vice versa. Other people wouldn’t know the difference, right?


CANCER June 22-July 22 You are busy on all fronts; whether you can maintain the physical energies is the more important question. One moment you are the family psychologist, the next you are the communications officer responsible for all partnerships, then you have to lightning-like become the ad hoc group leader involving career matters! So when do you have time for you? In spite of the wheels squeaking all at one time, arrange to spend a luxuriating and pampering spa day!

LIBRA September 23-October 22 You are very prone to wearing rose-tinted glasses and not wanting to see what is occurring around you. The risk you may engage is that when it is necessary for you to describe in the most realistic terms what is actually occurring, you are at a loss for words. Your reputation as being fair and objective will be ridiculed, and you climb into a shell. You will sort out what it is to be lonely in life and what you learn about being alone with yourself; one will shine after all.

PISCES February 19-March 20 The curtain rises for you, dear Fish, and the smell of the greasepaint plus the roar of the crowd entice you to come out of your cocoon. You will undergo extremely subtle changes in your life on the most personal level. One thing is for sure: Once these subtle changes come to an end, not even you will recognize yourself; other people can be floored. Actions that other people take will help define your changes in more ways than one. Realize you are your inspiration!

TAURUS April 21-May 20 You know how people quote they’re looking for their soul mate? Well, you are looking for your soul group. In this search and journey you realize you are looking for kindred souls who will help you to distill your future priorities. They in turn will connect you to the right people so you can manifest to your heart’s delight. If you have children, you will be tested about boundaries that are necessary; you in turn can test other people’s boundaries. Avoid pushiness.

LEO July 23-August 22 You have clear insights into all your relationships, especially those from the previous 14 years. Even though you may have been opposed, it actually made you take a stand in what you ultimately believe and build as faith. Even you will surprise yourself with what is emerging as new priorities. Seriously address budgetary affairs and unnecessary expenditures. Pay attention to developments involving your siblings; give your mature and realistic advice.

SCORPIO October 23-November 22 Engage the richness of life in all of its manifestations. An enormous potential exists that can turn an idea into a financial resource for years to come. Be passionate about your inner ideals as your imagination and inspiration soar to new levels. “To dream the impossible dream” is an appropriate lyric for your music of life. All good musical scores require an equally adept conductor; you are now poised to assume your position as the greatest ever!

ARIES March 21-April 20 Whoa, doggie! The tail wags the dog? Are you kidding me? Incredibly believable as your new year kicks into gear, especially involving health- and work-related affairs. Tempers can fly, excessive negative criticism can deflate the ego, and the budgets (whether personal or job-related) are torn asunder. It’s almost like you are a lead pencil constantly breaking its point. Sharp you can be over the next few months, and the only way to win is through patience.

GEMINI May 21-June 21 In regards to New Year’s resolutions, be sure to address credits, debits and loans, as discipline and determination are yours to start out the year. Some of you Twins can take a vacation to unique, out-ofthe-ordinary locales that can really provide mental stimulation. A career quandary can take place that challenges rigid thoughts, hysterical emotions and feelings of being lost. You are good at getting solid information, but even they succumb to chaos.

VIRGO August 23-September 22 If you ever wanted to finally take on that hobby you’ve been promising yourself for a long time, now is the time! Basic message, Virgo: Have fun, fun, fun! Have a chipper and friendly attitude at work. Pay attention to small concealed hints and clues that other people may cloyingly implement. Although at first they may come across as innocent and without pretense, you may actually sort out what is the original intent; call a spade a spade in any card game.

SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 20 Most of the time your sign is considered the luckiest in the zodiac. The continuation of your luck will reside with your health affairs. If you’ve been meaning to finally address your nutritional requirements and exercise regimens, well, to say the least, get with it! Also expect to meet out-ofthe-ordinary people who will challenge you to think outside of the box. We are not talking about quantum physicists, really more about quantum thinking.

Lance K. Rodríguez is a professional Astrology/Tarot Consultant as well as a Usui/Karuna® Reiki Master. He can be reached at

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1960 Jefferson high school students make time for a break at Buddy’s Drive-In at 3431 Fredericksburg Road.

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