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Bridal Fashion for the New Year

Sharing Love and Marriage for Decades

2013 Summer Camp Guide

Health Collaborative: Bexar County’s Community Health Leadership

Trends in Cosmetic Surgery


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Gay Nord Methodist Hospital's Hands-On CEO



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Features 18 True Love Has No Timeline




Editor’s Letter

38 Fashion

24 A Hands-on Leader



120 Entertainment

Methodist Hospital CEO Gay Nord is seeing positive changes


What’s New

126 Events

Four couples tell their stories

28 Music, Art and Family Thrive in Terrell Hills Home Perloff house is lived in and loved

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59 Beauty & Fitness

45 Shop SA

65 Health Matters

Shopping in San Antonio made easy

89 Dollars & Sense

39 Fashion 2013 Bridal Opulence

122 Restaurants

Slow cooking, intense flavors distinguish these dishes

124 Weddings

Strong women with careers in San Antonio banks, from marketing to management

Bexar County’s Community Health Leadership


54 Focus on Food

98 Women In Business

67 Health Collaborative

96 Business Woman

128 Women on the Move 129 AstroForecast 130 Looking Back

83 2013 Summer Camp Guide 91 SA Woman Connect

105 Effective Connecting Networking is about building relationshps

105 Women’s Wellness


Cosmetic Surgery: A Life-Changing Experience

Gay Nord Methodist Hospital’s Hands-On CEO

116 Role Model

Photography Liz Garza Williams

Ivy Zwicker heads Autism Treatment Center and her own herbal company

118 ArtBeat Lyn Belisle is on the path of discovery

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Liz Garza Williams

Letter from the Editor

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 PUBLISHER J. Michael Gaffney EDITOR Beverly Purcell-Guerra GRAPHIC DESIGN Kevin Herrera, Maria Jenicek, Jonathan Lee, Eric Weidner

February is the month for romance, a time to ponder what makes togetherness truly memorable. In this issue of SAN ANTONIO WOMAN you’ll meet four couples whose stories are inspirational. Two of them have marriages spanning more than six decades. All of them have endured separations (including duty in World War II), illnesses and other obstacles to arrive at a point where they share genuine happiness with each other. Valentine’s Day can’t come soon enough! Our Profile is Gay Nord, who has made her career in health care administration and now serves as CEO of Methodist Hospital. Aside from managing more than 3,000 employees, she routinely drops in on patients and visiting family members to get their feedback. We’re also shining the spotlight on Role Model Ivy Zwicker, who is director of the Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio, and who has turned an interest in herbs into her own herbal-products business. Environments visits a ‘40s-era home that has been updated for a lively family of five, and Dining takes you to Crumpets, where the fare is elegantly European and the baked goods are worth every calorie. If a wedding is in your future, look to Fashion for trends in bridal attire.

SENIOR WRITER Jasmina Wellinghoff CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Paula Allen, Robyn Barnes, Ron Bechtol, Mary Anne Cole, Denise Easdon, Linda Elliott, Kelly A. Goff, Anne Moore, Pat Mozersky, Lance K. Rodriguez, Janis Turk COPY EDITOR Kathryn Cocke FASHION Robert Mitchell PHOTOGRAPHY Liz Garza Williams, Al Rendon, Janet Rogers, Greg Harrison, Casey Howell, Paul Overstreet BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING Jen Earhart Cedric D. Fisher Madeleine Justice Sheryl Lee Hawkinson

Artbeat introduces Lyn Belisle, an artist and art teacher best known for her 3-D collages, while Women in Business focuses on four women in banking whose careers encompass different aspects of the profession. The Business Woman Spotlight in this


issue falls on Nancy Victor of Help Me!! Tech Team. If you’re ready for a simpler look at home after the holiday extravaganza, consider

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shopping for white goods — dinnerware, bedding, furniture, even clothing. Fortunately, the January White Sales are popular in the post-holiday period, and you can pick up bargains while enjoying the cool simplicity of a new look. Focus on Food features the slow-cooked, intensely flavored dishes that are so ap-

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Follow the tips to better health and lower weight in Beauty & Fitness, and consider whether Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you. Health Matters takes a look

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Janet Rogers Anne Moore has worked professionally in the public relations, marketing and advertising arenas for, as she puts it, “more years than I can say out loud.” Her work has provided Anne with variety, memorable experiences and interaction with interesting people, travel and other learning opportunities not offered by many career choices. Along with other articles, Anne has been writing the Beauty & Fitness articles appearing in SAN ANTONIO WOMAN for several years now. Another reason Anne enjoys writing is the “continuing education aspect,” which is provided by the research required to be current on the subject of an article. This, she believes, is important in the rapidly changing areas of beauty and fitness, particularly if invasive surgery or another such procedure is part of the content.

An internationally published and degreed photojournalist with 40 years on the beat, teaching, and behind the lens, Greg Harrison shares people’s joys and successes through photography. Hired as a biweekly newspaper photographer, he worked his way through college, then spent a decade photographing the oil industry. He gained new skills directing commercials and producing print advertising in Texas and abroad. Harrison taught photojournalism at Reagan High School before becoming a contributor to SAN ANTONIO WOMAN. Assignments for dozens of nonprofits and corporate clients over the years define his San Antonio persona. When there’s a premier event, he will quite likely be the photographer. He elaborates, “There’s nothing quite like capturing portraits of San Antonio in all our prosperity, our community and our generosity.”

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An Opportunity to Look Back and Forward



We all get so involved in our daily tasks that pausing to reflect on what we do and how we do it doesn’t happen all that often. A 10th anniversary is a good opportunity to look


both backward and forward and make assessments. During my 10 years with SAN ANTONIO WOMAN I’ve written nearly 200 stories on a variety of topics and met interesting women from all walks of life — entrepreneurs, artists, physicians, executives, mothers, volunteers, scientists, warriors, sportswomen, women in public service, and the list could go on. A few had never been outside of


Texas, or even San Antonio, some were avid world travelers, and some were newcomers born in far-away lands. Some were celebrating successes and milestones, others were facing serious challenges. I consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to meet them and tell their stories. My duty as a journalist was to sit down with all of them, listen and take notes. Listening is the key skill here. Though a journalist always strives to get the facts straight, it’s equally important to understand at a deeper level what the interviewee is telling you. My goal has always been to do justice to the person interviewed whether she is a high-level corporate executive or a mother struggling to rear a child with disabilities. I can honestly say that I have empathized with every one of them and have valued their willingness to share their knowledge and experiences with our readers. So I want to take this opportunity to thank them all for letting me into their lives, and I look forward to, hopefully, another 10 years of listening to and reporting on the San Antonio community.

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Charlesrgie and Ma

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Julian and Dian a

Tom and Betsy

True Love

has No Timeline Four couples tell their stories


Love is not just for the young who have stars in their eyes and romance on their minds. Young love knows only the surface of the deep well of love. True love grows through years of devotion, tribulation, sacrifice and laughter. True love arrives when you least expect it and promises surprises at every turn. This story is about four couples who experienced love in a time of war, great separation and sacrifice, through exciting careers and decades of public service. Their marriages are forged through years of respect and devotion and serve as examples of how rich life can be when shared with someone you love.

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LOVE IN WAR Dorothy E. Hopkins was the new girl in her Delmar, N.Y., high school. She met her future husband at a church youth group, where she hoped to meet some other young people her age. She entered the meeting room and saw the minister’s son standing with another young man, Malcolm T. Hopkins. Introductions were made and the evening ended. But friendship began and changed into something stronger, until the two became engaged in college and eventually married in August 1949. But instead of the happily-ever-after every couple wants, the Cold War intervened. Malcolm was finishing law school and had just taken his bar exams when his draft number came up. Dorothy stayed with her parents, keeping

Dorothy and Malcolm Hopkins on their wedding day and at their 50th wedding anniversary. Their 64 years of marriage span the Cold War, the birth of their children, serious illnesses and numerous career moves. They now live near one of their daughters in San Antonio.

her full-time job in New York while Malcolm went to Fort Bragg followed by Fort Halliburton with the 11th Airborne for boot camp. As Malcolm was preparing to ship out, he received orders to attend an intelligence school that was the precursor of the CIA. While training as a special agent in Army Counterintelligence, he was billeted on base. Although Dorothy was living with her parents, they made it a point to spend time together. When Malcolm was sent to Germany, Dorothy made the long trip to visit him. Ultimately, his service during the Cold War separated them for two years. “Dorothy will tell you that you only get something if you work for it,” Malcolm says. “I am what I am because Dorothy has been 100-percent supportive of me. She has guts and grit. I had this wonderful woman behind me, so I knew everything would work out.” Honorably discharged, he separated from the Army and began a corporate career, only to contract hepatitis. “At that time, there was no treatment for the disease and no cure,” Malcolm says. “We had two small children, and things were grim. My company kept me on its payroll and Dorothy kept me alive. I recovered because Dorothy nursed me,” Malcolm continues. “She gave me love and grit!” “And Malcolm had a huge career after he recovered,” Dorothy says. “I’m so proud of him. He served as chief financial officer (CFO) for Eastern Airlines, and later for TWA. Then he went on to International Bank of Commerce of New York and ultimately capped his career serving as vice chairman and CFO of St. Regis Paper Company.”

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Malcolm’s career was demanding and required a good deal of travel. During separations, Dorothy helped her mother research the family genealogy. Her research skills escalated to a point where she is now a renowned genealogist. Malcolm retired from St. Regis, and the couple moved to Asheville, N.C., building their dream home. Malcolm continued serving on many boards of directors including Columbia Energy Corporation, MAPCO and US Home Corp, requiring more absences from Dorothy. Absence made their hearts grow fonder, and their love became deeper, the bonds stronger. Then Dorothy became ill, developing a benign tumor at the base of her brain


stem. It was a hard decision, but the cou-

Charles and Margie Kilpatrick were attending Stephen F. Austin State College when they met in

ple sold their home in Asheville and

1942. Charles was beginning his senior year, and Margie was a freshman. “We met at the beginning

moved to San Antonio to be closer to one

of the school year at a campus refreshment stand,” Margie recalls.

of their two daughters. More health prob-

“A friend came by my room and told me there was a beautiful redheaded woman down at this re-

lems followed, and Malcolm has nursed

freshment stand,” Charles says. “We went down to introduce ourselves. My friend went for the red-

her through each illness.

head; thanks goodness Margie was the brunette!”

“Fair is fair,” he says. “She took care of me through hepatitis. This is the least

“I didn’t tell him how old I was,” Margie says. “I don’t think he’d have gone out with me if he’d known I was so young.” With the age difference, what drew them together? “He was very friendly, intelligent and had a good sense of humor. On our second date, we went

I can do.” Sixty-four years of marriage, spanning the Cold War, illness, children, ca-

bowling! I’d never done that. Who goes bowling on a second date in East Texas? He was definitely more interesting than other boys I’d dated.”

reers and moves, provide a lot of lessons

Margie became a World War II bride. “When Charles graduated and left for war, we had no inten-

in life and love. The secret to a long and

tion of getting married,” Margie says. “I was focused on graduating. Then in my senior year, Charles

happy marriage?

asked me to marry him.”

“Dorothy and I say being quiet, silent and strong is the secret,” Malcolm says. “That’s right,” Dorothy agrees. “Keep quiet and do what you say you’ll do.” “Never ever give up, either,” Malcolm

He was based at Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps base in North Carolina. Margie left Texas to join him. They had a simple wedding, with nine people in attendance. Several months later, Charles left on bivouac. Margie went to Washington, D.C., to stay with Charles’ brother while the couple waited on his orders. He was assigned to Camp Pendleton before heading for duty in the Pacific arena.

adds. “Once you are married, your wife is

Margie left Washington, returning to Nacogdoches to arrange for leave from college. She dis-

yours forever. Circle the wagons and never

covered that Charles had several weeks free before shipping out, so she made the trip to Camp

give up on your love, on your family. Love

Pendleton, unannounced, to surprise him.

each other and be glad to be together.”

“What she didn’t know was that there was no housing to be had,” Charles says. “When she wired


me in transit to say she was on her way, I didn’t know what to do. I overheard a guy say he’d heard of

Dorothy says. “When we became en-

a place that might be open, so I hustled over to see if I could rent the apartment. I got lucky and leased

gaged, I asked myself, ‘Do I really love this

the place. Otherwise, I don’t know what we’d have done.”




person and want to care for him always?

After two weeks of renewing their married life, Charles shipped out. Margie became a Spanish

Will we stay together forever?’ And my an-

teacher at a small school outside of Nacogdoches. The pair managed wartime separation like many

swer was yes.”

couples, with letters and longing.

Malcolm smiles at Dorothy and says, “What is the single most important thing I’ve learned in 64 years of marriage? Find out what she wants and give it to her!”

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“Finally, Charles came home,” Margie says. “I was able to finish my degree and teach again while he worked at a daily paper. That’s where his journalism career got started.” Charles had an illustrious career, finishing as editor and publisher of the San Antonio Express-News, where Margie supported his work. “Charles’ work gave us an advantage most couples don’t have,”



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Charles and Margie Kilpatrick met at college in the '40s and married before he went overseas during World War II. Charles' career as editor and publisher of the San Antonio Express-News made for an interesting lifestyle, including dinners at the White House. They have traveled extensively, but they've never been in debt. Margie says. “His work required us to do lots of social things, so we did lots of unusual things together. Dinners at the White House, political events and meetings — it was fun and a good learning experience.” Along the way, he and Margie raised three children, worked in their community and traveled extensively in Mexico. During this time, Margie

Betsy and Tom O'Connell met on a train in Europe in 1954, when she was 14 and he was 20. They eventually went their separate ways and were each married, then divorced. In the '80s they were reacquainted and married three years later. Today they live on Deerbrook Farm near Bulverde.


perfected her Spanish skills and decided to tackle the French language.

Betsy and Tom O’Connell met on a train traveling from Frankfurt

“Charles observed how much I wanted to learn French and suggested

to Paris. She was returning home from a visit to military doctors, and

we take a trip to Paris for our 30th wedding anniversary,” Margie says.

he was on Army furlough. Tom rescued her from the train’s malfunc-

“We rented an apartment and enjoyed it so much that in 1980 we

tioning water fountain. In turn, Betsy took him to meet her mother,

arranged a lease on an apartment with four other couples. We lived there

who was traveling with her. The three struck up a conversation, and

for several months each year, and our daughter is using it now.”

Betsy’s mother invited him to visit at their apartment.

Throughout their 68-year marriage, the pair have lived frugally.

He had no idea Betsy was 14 and in the ninth grade. Tom was 20.

“We’ve lived a simple life, always within our means,” Margie says.

Betsy toured Tom through Paris, chaperoned by her parents. They

“We’ve never been in debt. We believe that stuff doesn’t make for

enjoyed their week together, and he returned to Frankfurt, still igno-

happy living. I think money problems can cause serious problems in

rant of her age. After his discharge from the Army, he returned state-

a marriage.

side to attend the University of Vermont.

“When you don’t have money pressures, you can share interests as

They corresponded for two years. She visited her grandmother in

a couple and as a family,” she continues. “Anything that brings new in-

New Jersey, and he’d drive to see her. After several visits, he discov-

terest into the marriage helps. Also, a really loving situation must be

ered her true age, but they remained friends. However, over time, they

nurtured. You have to keep romance in your marriage alive; don’t leave

lost touch. Tom married a girl he met in college; Betsy moved to Texas

it to chance.”

and married.

“Our life is a love story that keeps us going,” Charles says. “We’ve had a broad and rich life, and we’ve been lucky to share it for so long.”

Through contacts, Betsy knew Tom and his wife were living in Washington, D.C., where Tom was working for the Washington Post.

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In 1960, Betsy visited her parents, who were living in the same city, and was able to see Tom and meet his wife and their baby. Betsy wrote her married name on the back of Tom’s business card, along with her address and phone number. She told Tom to call her if he was ever in San Antonio. It was 20 years before he made that call. By then, both were divorced, and Tom was living in Dallas, working at a temporary advertising sales job. He was combing through a box of old business cards, identifying potential contacts, when he came across the one with Betsy’s information on it. “Tom calls me from Dallas and says, ‘This is a voice from the past,’” Betsy recalls. “My response was, ‘Where are you?’” They arranged a dinner meeting for several weeks later, when Betsy would be in Dallas at market for her gift shop. When she arrived at her La Quinta hotel room, she disCourtesy Photo

covered a huge bouquet of roses awaiting her. “Tom knew how to make an impression,” Betsy says. She watched for him from her window. When she saw a handsome man with a marvelous physique, all she could think was “Oh, my God!” They married three years later. Tom moved to San Antonio, where he worked in advertising sales, first for the San Antonio Light and then the San Antonio Express-News. After an 18-year career, he retired in 2001. While Tom was selling advertising, Betsy was building a thriving retail career with Vi-

EVERYTHING FOR THE FAMILY Diana and Julian Trevino have deep roots in San Antonio. Generations of Hispanic tradition governed

olet Talk, her gift store in Alamo Heights. They bought acreage in Bulverde in 1985 and

their courtship. A combination of tradition, modern

built Deerbrook Farm in 1988. The farm was their dream, something they worked on to-

thought and dedication to family has made their mar-

gether. They raised llamas and chickens, planted more than 150 antique roses and estab-

riage a success.

lished delightful gardens on the property. They traveled to Europe many times, revisiting

“I remember seeing Julian in this band,” Diana says.

Paris haunts. They journeyed to Australia and Hawaii and saw much of the United States.

“A friend and I would hang around, listening to them

Betsy eventually sold Violet Talk — just in time, as it turns out. Tom became seriously ill and nearly died. Betsy recalls standing over his hospital bed, firmly telling him he could not die because she was not through being married to him yet. She nursed him for nearly

play. I was 15 and he was 18.” “She was a groupie!” Julian laughs, elbowing Diana.

a year. His recovery is slow, but his sense of humor and love for her are stronger than ever.

Julian remembers first seeing Diana in his parents’

“I fell in love with Betsy the first time I saw her,” Tom says. “I’ve stayed in love with her

grocery store. “She attended ballet school across the

because her upbeat ways and humor make her such a joy to be around. We love to do

street,” he says. “She’d come in after class to get a

the same things — read, travel, garden, care for our animals, meet with friends — and even

soda or candy, and I’d see her. And of course, I knew

go-skinny dipping!

of her. In those days, the Hispanic community knew

“I miss her so much — even if she’s out of my sight for a day or a week,” he adds. “If she’s gone for a week, it’s absolutely unbearable.” Finally he adds, “How could you not

each other very well, so our parents were familiar with each other. All the families knew each other.”

love someone forever if she always puts you before herself at all times? That’s my Betsy.”

The pair dated through high school and college.

Betsy watches Tom fondly as she speaks: “I can tell you that one of the best things

“We grew into love,” Julian says. “It was expected that

about being married to Tom is aging together … gracefully, we hope. We’re together and

we’d get married.” But his grandfather was the one

having fun, in spite of our ‘ows’ and ‘ouches.’

who proposed.

“I have several recommendations for a great marriage. The first is to always appreciate

“We had to follow tradition,” Julian says. “Tradition

the little things your spouse does. Tom waits for me at our farm gate every evening to

dictated that my father and grandfather went to ask for

open it for me so I don’t have to get out of the car twice.

Diana’s hand. She wasn’t allowed to be present. Be-

“Next, always have fun together. We’ve always planned small events every week, like picnics on our property, or big events like the final crossing of the Queen Elizabeth II.

cause Diana’s grandfather was deceased, my grandfather initiated the formal conversation with her

“Always show interest in your partner’s activities,” she continues. “Each day Tom can’t

grandmother. He extolled my virtues, asking for Diana’s

wait to hear the tales about my work. And always surprise your mate! Thanks to the sale

hand. When she granted permission, Diana was allowed

of Beanie Babies at Violet Talk, I was able buy myself a BMW. The evening I drove it home,

into the room and informed that we were engaged. We

Tom was waiting for me dressed in his tuxedo, holding a silver tray with two champagne

waited a year and a half before we married, in 1965.”

glasses and a bottle of the bubbly.

The couple support the idea of long engagements.

“Most importantly, though, always talk together. My father used to ask Tom and me

“We took the time to learn about each other,” Diana

what we talked about so much. My response was, ‘Daddy, when we run out of conversa-

says. “We learned that we enjoyed the same kinds of

tion, we start over.’”

things and shared the same values.”

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Diana and Julian Trevino became engaged in the traditional Hispanic manner — his grandfather visited her grandmother to ask for Diana's hand in marriage. An 18-month engagement culminated in marriage in 1965. Julian has been a leader in the SAISD, and Diana has helped to run the family restaurant, El Mirador.

Diana thinks this willingness to seek balance in marriage is important. “It seems like the attitude in marriage now is ‘me first.’ Marriage now is a stay-until-it-doesn’t-work, do-what-makes-you-feel-good kind of thing.

“I don’t believe in rushing into marriage,” Julian says. “If love is real, it’s going to be there.” Diana’s grandmother presented them with a three-month European tour as a wedding gift. They returned to San Antonio teaching careers, and Julian began working on his doctorate at Texas A&M University. By then, Julian’s parents owned El Mirador, a San Antonio restaurant

People don’t seem to realize there is some sacrifice required in marriage; you have to do what you think is best for the marriage at the moment. If you make a mistake, learn from it and move on.” Diana believes her role in her marriage is different from that of her mother. “I’m a very strong person. In my mother’s generation, women were subservient; I am not that kind of woman. I give my opinion and

icon, and needed Diana’s help to run it. Life became very hectic. “Julian

don’t feel that because I’m a wife, my opinions have to be the same

could have continued working at the San Antonio Independent School

as Julian’s. I respect my mother’s tradition, but it isn’t mine. As a His-

District (SAISD) central office,” Diana says. “It would have been easier for

panic wife and mother, I now see things as being balanced between

us, with two young children and me at the restaurant. But he wanted to

old and modern ideas. I keep what makes sense to me and discard

further his education, and it was important to him, so I supported him in

the rest.”

that and carried my load. I’m proud of what he’s done — he’s been SAISD

The couple have passed their family values and traditions to their

superintendent of schools, president of the school board and is now a

daughters and their grandchildren. Through the years, Diana and Julian

UTSA instructor and a consultant.”

have agreed that family comes first. “We don’t mind giving up our own

“Diana puts her family ahead of herself,” Julian says. “She’s been saying for years that she wanted to take yoga lessons. This year I gave her yoga lessons as a gift. And what happens? Things come up, she put off going.” “He’s very considerate, like with the yoga lessons,” Diana says. “Instead of letting me put off the lessons, he takes on the task I think is preventing

plans to be with our children or our grandchildren,” Diana says. “We do a lot of give and take because that is what family does.” “There’s no question I’d marry her again,” Julian says. “I can’t imagine anything better. Look at what she’s given me, what my daughters have given me. Why would I not say yes to that?” “I think we’re a perfect match,” Diana says. “Of course, I’d marry him

my attendance. ‘Go!’ he says. ‘I’ll take care of it.’ He does this because he

again. I’d marry him again in a heartbeat. Being married to Julian has been

knows I’ll give up or postpone something because I think it’s the easiest

fun! We laugh a lot and enjoy each other’s company. When he’s away, I

way to handle a situation.” “I know I can be a jerk,” Julian says. “I know she works harder than I do. It’s a question of balance and support. In the end, it’s up to me to make her job easier.”

feel like something is missing. This connection he has with me is important. It’s vital. It’s a part of who I am and who I want to be.” Maybe the Beatles had it right. In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. Love has no timeline.

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LEADERSHIP Methodist Hospital CEO Gay Nord is seeing positive changes By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF, Senior Writer



s a hospital patient, you are

ments” in patient, employee and physician sat-

not likely to have any dealings

isfaction as well as in quality-of-care indicators,

with the CEO unless you happen

especially in the areas of heart attacks, pneu-

to be hospitalized at Methodist Hospital. There,

monia and surgical care. During that same time,

top executive Gay Nord routinely drops in on

Overland Park saw its revenues rise, as well as

patients and visiting family members to chat

its market share in services such as neonatol-

with them and get their feedback. What’s more,

ogy, neurosciences and cardiovascular care. A

she hands them her business card and invites

few years earlier, she presided over the King-

them to call her if they have any concerns, even

wood Medical Center in Houston when it was

after leaving the hospital.

named one of the Best Places to Work by the

“It’s always a rewarding experience,” says the

Houston Business Journal. “I am very proud of

low-key Nord, who took the helm of the

that, and my goal is to achieve the same here,”

Methodist Hospital campus, which includes the

she says.

Methodist Children’s Hospital, in October 2011.

What appealed to her about her present job

“It’s important to me as an executive to make

was, first, the solid reputation of San Antonio’s

sure that people have access to me. That’s what

Methodist Hospital and, second, the fact that it

I am here for. We want to involve the patients

was in Texas, her native state. “The depth of

and their families in their care. I am very focused

services that this hospital had was well known

on that.”

— in heart transplants, for instance, bone mar-

Some patients take her up on her offer. The

row transplantation, open heart surgery for

day we talked, Nord was making plans to meet

both children and adults, and a whole array of

with such a patient and his wife who wanted to

services that you don’t often have the privilege

present suggestions for change from the pa-

of being a part of in your career,” she explains.

tient’s point of view. Improving the service to

Founded in 1963 with 150 beds, Methodist

patients is Nord’s top priority, but to accomplish

Hospital was the first such facility to open in

that, she’s also been talking and listening to her

the now burgeoning South Texas Medical Cen-

staff, trying to get to know every single person,

ter. Today, it’s the largest hospital in South

which can be a challenge in a place with more

Texas, consisting of two entities, the adult hos-

than 3,000 employees. In addition, she makes

pital with 755 beds and the children’s unit with

personal visits to doctors’ offices to consult

120, both overseen by Nord. Owned by a 50-

with them, as well. The goal is to create “a com-

50 partnership between Methodist Healthcare

fortable, cohesive environment” for all. This has been her management style since

Ministries and the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the flagship institution and

she started her career in health care administra-

the entire Methodist Healthcare System con-

tion. According to the press release issued at

tinue to abide by the time-honored slogan of

the time of her hiring, in her previous position

“Serving Humanity to Honor God,” notes Nord.

as CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Cen-

Eight hundred doctors specializing in every-

ter in Kansas, Nord made “noticeable improve-

thing from gynecology and orthopedics to on-

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Above, Nord confers with several of her colleagues: (seated) Matt Wolthoff, Wayne Martin, Wanda Gibbons, J. P. Bartonico, Patricia Hare, (standing) Ann Winn and Mark McLoone. At right, she converses with a patient.

cology and emergency medicine are actively affiliated with the Medical Center campus. Many of the physicians are involved in research projects as well, such as the recently launched national clinical trials in using stem cell therapy to treat heart disease. Since her arrival, patient satisfaction has gone up substantially, now surpassing the national average, Nord points out before jokingly adding, “Not that I look at it closely all the time!” For three years in a row, 2009-2011, Methodist

of its tax status. “That’s not necessarily

administrator. Mom wanted her to study

was ranked No. 1 among hospitals in San

detrimental to patient care. In fact, a

nursing, too, but the daughter realized at

Antonio in the Express-News Readers’

high-performance organization is also a

some point that she “wasn’t cut out to be

Choice survey.

profitable one. If we do a good job in

a nurse.” The people she admired were

taking care of patients, everything else

the hospital executives. In college she

will fall into place.”

majored in business administration and

While for-profit hospitals are often criticized for being too bottom-line ori-

went on to earn a master’s in health care

ented, Nord feels that her institution, with its dual ownership, enjoys the best of the for- and non-profit worlds. “But

SHE GREW UP AROUND HOSPITALS A Houston native, Nord grew up

administration from Texas Woman’s University in Houston.

every business has to be cost-effective

around hospitals because of her mother’s

Her mother also played Cupid in ar-

and efficient,” she observes, regardless

career as a nurse and later as a hospital

ranging a meeting between Gay and

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PROFILE W Most of Nord's family now lives in San Antonio. Above, she gathers with her mother, Faith Keller (standing); her grandmother, Ginger Coccaro; and her nieces, Olivia Keller (center) and Faith Keller. Below, with her husband, Stan, who is also employed by the Methodist Healthcare System as CFO at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital.

her future husband, Stan Nord, who is now also employed by the Methodist Healthcare System. “Mother and Stan worked in the same place,” explains Nord. “She was disappointed, however, because we didn’t hit it off at all at first. So we became just friends. It took five years before we got married, so Mom was right after all.” Now married 21 years, the couple do not have children, but Nord is excited to have her nieces in San Antonio. Through a happy coincidence, her brother accepted a job in San Antonio at about the same time she was applying for her current position, resulting in the siblings living in the same city again. Moreover, after her mother suffered serious health problems last year, she, too, moved here, together with her own mother. Finally Stan’s mother did the same. With her entire family around, Nord couldn’t be happier to be in San Antonio. Mom has influenced her choices in yet another way. After watching her mother struggle with cardiovascular issues since an early age, the daughter decided to become a vegetarian more than 20 years ago and to exercise regularly. Both she and her husband are active cyclists, and she also keeps in shape by jogging and lifting weights. We are having this conversation in her fourth-floor office in the John Horn-

patients feel the environment is “more

care. I think the system we have can be

hotel and less health care institution” —

improved, but we must be thoughtful

a more serene, attractive environment,

about drastic change. As hospitals, we

probably with private rooms only.

must have a voice in the process of

beack Building, right in the middle of

Asked how Obamacare may impact

rolling out that change.”

the Medical Center. It’s a bright, inviting

her business, Nord sort of shrugs. “I

For now she concentrates on the job

room, made cozier by the presence of

wish I could give you a good answer,”

at hand, from which she draws im-

family photos. But the CEO spends rel-

she replies. “Our challenge, for the en-

mense satisfaction: “For me the most

atively little time here. Her favorite place

tire (health care) industry, is to under-

important thing is to know that we af-

to be is on the hospital floor. As our con-

stand what the impact of the reform

fect people’s lives positively, that we

versation eventually circles back to work

will be. Reimbursement from govern-

change lives through what we do. I

issues, she talks about a master plan to

mental entities will continue to be a

think about that on a daily basis. When

modernize and expand the facility. She

challenge, I am sure. At the end of the

I stop thinking about that, I need to quit

would like to create a new look so that

day, someone has to pay for heatlh

what I am doing.”

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Music, Art and Family Thrive in

Terrell Hills Home Perloff house is lived in and loved By ROBYN BARNES Photography AL RENDON


errell Hills homes are full of surprises.




house film stars, and others are artists’ abodes. Then there’s an older home on a corner lot behind a wrought iron gate. It boasts a beautiful circular drive and a sedate entry. The surprise inside is the highly active family of musicians, athletes, scholars, Girl Scouts and home renovators. Meet the Perloffs, a family of five (six if you count the Labrador retriever) who keep this house hopping.






Fulbright Jaworski; Jennifer is a Realtor with Phyllis Browning Company. Two sons and a daughter complete this lively household. At first glance, you’d never know the 6,800-square-foot house was mostly built in the late 1940s; it seems timeless.

Following a repurposing of the square footage in their '40s-era home, Saul and Jennifer Perloff enjoy their new family room, which looks out to the atrium and the pool and large lawn. The walls, which appear to be metal, are actually Spanish porcelain tiles. The multimedia sculpture over the fireplace is by Laurie Frick.

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SEARCH FOR SPACE Ten years ago, Jennifer and Saul Perloff had a growing family and a house that was rapidly becoming too small. They began searching for a larger house with two goals in mind:

The music room contains the family's Bösendorfer semi-concert grand piano, traditional furniture and nontraditional art.

good flow and lots of natural light. To achieve those goals, the couple thought they’d have to buy a newer home, even though they were attracted to amenities in older homes. “Older homes have such quality built into them,” Saul says. “It’s so hard to find the kind of finishes in modern homes that are common in these older houses. The materials and details in older homes can be simply incredible.” “We wanted our children in the Alamo Heights School District, so that narrowed our search,” Jennifer says. “I

“I loved the kitchen,” Jennifer says. “I liked the flow of this house and the floor plan; everything felt accessible. It was a spacious house with rooms that were a good scale; not too big or too small.” “The rooms are large by today’s standards, but the scale worked with traditional or more modern furniture,” Saul says. “There’s also ample wall space for art, and the previous owner arranged the lighting to display art.”

wanted a larger kitchen, and we knew we needed a bigger yard for the kids. We come from large families and love en-


tertaining them and our friends, which is why space and

Art is an important part of the Perloff décor. “We love

flow are so important. When we walked through the front

supporting local artists,” Jennifer says as she points to the

door of this house, we knew it was the one for us.”

drawing taped on the front door, “especially the young ones

“When we first saw the house, I was drawn to the front

who live with us!”

yard and the entry,” Saul says. “Then I walked in and was

This colorful marker art accents a front door made from

blown away by the finish — all the woodwork, the skylights

wormy chestnut The sidelights are original clouded glass

and the natural light from the courtyard. My first thought

with leaded inserts. The spacious entry serves as a gallery

was, ‘I don’t have to look at a new house to get what we

for works by Reginald Rowe, Eduardo Rodriguez, Olivia Vil-

want. It’s right here!’”

lanueva and Kate Ritson, all South Texas artists.

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Above, the kitchen is the family's gathering place, the setting for family celebrations and the staging area for large parties. At right, the dining room. The chandelier was reclaimed from their former home.

The doors to the right are pecky cypress, a rare wood. Beyond is the office, media and family room, with doors and paneling also of pecky cypress. The space is furnished with a huge overstuffed sectional for watching movies on the projection screen that drops from the ceiling to hide the brick fireplace. Two sets of French doors open onto a small patio at the back of the room. The room to the left of the front door is the music room, where the fam-

it and the matching buffet came from

room, so I went back to our old house,

ily’s Bösendorfer semi-concert grand

an auction and have no real sentimen-

hoping to recover the chandelier.

piano takes pride of place by the front

tal value. The chandelier over the

Turns out the new occupants didn’t

windows. It’s a perfect foil for the tradi-

table, though, is another story.

like it and were happy to give it to me.”

tional sofa, chairs and nontraditional art.

“We had that chandelier in our pre-

A butler door opens into a capa-

The formal dining room is also lo-

vious home and loved it,” Jennifer says.

cious farmhouse kitchen. “We’ve made a few alterations in here,” Jennifer says,

cated off the entry hall. The table

“In our haste to move here, we left it

comfortably seats eight and looks like

behind. We really didn’t like the fixture

“but for the most part, the previous

a family heirloom, although Saul says

that was originally mounted in this

owner did a wonderful job designing

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backyard, and you never knew it,” Jennifer says. “There were

The master bedroom contains a cozy fireplace. In their home search, the Perloffs were attracted to the house's amenities and details.

couldn’t see the pool or the kids when they were out there.

this kitchen. We added a Sub-Zero Pro Series refrigerator and

some windows. You know, just to get more natural light in

a second Miele dishwasher, which is the best thing I ever did.

here. So we called Overland Partners and told them what we

We also added a wine refrigerator.”

wanted. They came back to us with something better.”

no windows opening from the playroom into the yard. You

We thought it would be nice to open up the playroom with

The gas range and oven are set in an island right across

“Something better” was a repurposing of the existing

from the sink, making it easy for Jennifer to interface with

square footage. Overland Partners sealed off the kitchen

guests in the rest of the room. The cabinets are constructed

and tore down the playroom, replacing it with a functional

of quarter-sawn red oak with bubbled leaded glass cabinet

butler’s pantry with a refrigerator, wine refrigerator and

doors. The built-in buffet is surfaced in granite and mosaic

study area. Each child has his or her own cubby and charg-

tile and serves as a pass-through to the entry hall and stair-

ing station for electronics. A new full bath went in. And be-

well leading to the children’s rooms.

yond a pocket door they built a fabulous family room.

Pendant lights hang over the much-loved farmhouse

The rectangular room is two stories tall. At either end of

table, a Pottery Barn find. The table and the kitchen are the

the room, 10-foot-tall sliding glass doors retract into the

heart of the house; the children do homework here while

walls to expose the room to the great outdoors. On one end

Jennifer cooks, family celebrations are held here, and it’s the

is the atrium; the other end reveals the pool, patio, lawn and

staging area for large parties. Walls of windows at the far

pool house. A pre-war Blüthner grand piano made of rose-

side of the room look out over an atrium where a fountain

wood anchors one end of the room. Mid-century modern

burbles peacefully.

furniture, an Eames chair, a shaggy rug and a 60-inch flat


with 8-foot copper blades circulates air through the room.

screen television complete the decor. A Big Ass ceiling fan

Before the renovation, there was a playroom just beyond

The Perloffs commissioned the Laurie Frick multimedia

the kitchen. This was where the renovation dream began. “The

piece hanging over the fireplace. Parts of the sculpture are

challenge the house presented was that we had a beautiful

reclaimed wood from eyeglass cases. On the opposite wall

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The master bathroom offers plenty of space for two to get ready for the day. Saul Perloff is a lawyer, and Jennifer is a Realtor. is another work by Reginald Rowe, this one a trapezoid. The room’s walls appear to be made of metal; actually, they are of Spanish porcelain. Jennifer saw the tiles used in a backdrop in a magazine and tracked the tile to a distributor in Miami. A flagstone walk leads to a pergola constructed by Mike Harper of Harper Horticultural. “Mike removed the sport court that was here,” Saul says. “He brought these beams from British Columbia; each beam is carved from a single piece of wood. There’s not a mill in Texas big enough to shape them!” Harper also made the punched copper chandelier that provides some of the lighting. One end of the space is a dining area, with a teak table that seats 12. At the other end is informal seating and a hammock. The pool house adjacent to the pergola offers another seating area, warmed by a large fireplace. Jennifer says the renovation has been a wonderful asset for the family. “We love using every bit of it,” she says. “We’ve held Thanksgiving and New Year’s celebrations here, and we never feel cramped. There are enough dining spaces to seat everyone at a table and places to hold cozy conversations without having to leave the party. There’s room for our kids’ friends to come hang out, swim and have fun together. It’s a family home, and that’s most important to us.”

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yours a marshmallow world in the winter and wrap yourself in white. The absence of color makes room for sharp contrasts, crisp lines and a cool palette. Less is more — and nothing does more

White tableware and napkins — Give your kitchen a bright new look that is clean and streamlined by dressing your table in white. Get an inexpensive set of simple all-white dishes, put a clear vase on the table with some big white peonies, and maybe treat yourself to a trip to an embroidery shop where they can make some monogrammed napkins for you. White candlesticks and slim white tapered candles finish the perfect look. For very little expense you can have a restaurant-quality table setting where all is calm, all is bright white.

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Crumpet s


t’s not easy being an icon. Either you’re relegated to senior-citizen status and effectively ignored, or you’re constantly called

Still Classy After All These Years By RON BECHTOL Photography JANET ROGERS

At Crumpets, diners can enjoy ultra-tender beef, such as the New York strip pictured above, or a tenderloin with Bordeaux, bearnaise or green peppercorn/Cognac sauces.

into question by youngsters determined to depose you from the

throne. Chef François Maeder could probably care less either way.

There was, in short, a kind of European sensibility that locals were

As I remember it, Swiss-born Maeder burst onto the San Antonio

mostly familiar with through travels abroad — or to New York, which can

restaurant scene at the briefly incandescent Alamo Fish Market & Bak-

often qualify as an “abroad-like” experience. Esquire recognized Crum-

ery on the River Walk — a site that’s still looking for a new tenant. In

pets as one of its Best 100 Restaurants country-wide in the early years.

1980, he took over an Alamo Heights restaurant that now, much ex-

None of that changed with the move to airy new digs on Harry

panded, houses Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine. From the beginning

Wurzbach Road. The exquisite setting in a grove of trees might have

there were palm leaves and Napoleons (a 1978 Texas Monthly review of

been expected to inspire a new kind of cuisine, but Maeder clung to his

the Fish Market noted “a stunning assortment of breads, rolls and pas-

roots, and the menu evolved slowly as it also developed an emphasis

tries”), followed by sauces sporting green peppercorns, salads with

on heart-healthy cuisine. The health factor might have been responsible

creamy vinaigrettes and perfect, house-made patés of a sort only

in part for a culinary offshoot, the Gourmet Rafting Trips, now in their

hinted at by such earlier icons as the late, lamented La Louisianne.

25th year. I went on one of these trips with Maeder in the Big Bend Na-

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The Crumpets menu includes cold marinated shrimp and strawberry Chantilly cake, above. At right, a glimpse of one of the Gourmet Rafting Trips in Big Bend National Park led by chef François Maeder. Now in their 25th year, these trips attract travelers with their elegant food, sophisticated table settings and serenading musicians. Chef Maeder is pictured at right. tional Park in the event’s early years, and many images still remain. Among the most vivid is one of a raft full of gold-rimmed china and proper wine glasses bouncily navigating the same rapids as the rest of us. Elegance in the outdoors was further emphasized by a classical duo that serenaded rafters around the campfire, and, of course, by the food and wine. Yes,

whipped vinaigrette.) Duck breast á la

a generous four of them in a basket — no but-

Beef Wellington can be pulled off — in the

François may have been another first for me,

ter needed in this case — to remind us that

right hands — without a commercial oven,

at least locally. And I’m personally happy to

the bakery that helped start it all is still alive

and salmon somehow tastes even better in

see that a perfect tenderloin can still be had

and well. From that same source (calories

the dying light reflected from towering

with Bordeaux, bearnaise or green pepper-

consumed outside count for less, you know)

canyon walls. It’s another given that breakfast

corn/Cognac sauces — though these days I’d

also came a generous slice of strawberry

never tasted as good — despite, or maybe

pick the New York strip for its deeper flavor.

Chantilly cake. Billed as a “light” cake, the lay-

because of, cowboy-style coffee that Star-

Sautéed calf liver is gussied up with shallots

bucks sorts would scorn in an urban setting.

or apple at dinnertime, but it’s prepared with

tard crème, and there’s a topping of Chantilly studded with bits of fresh strawberry. Though

ers are nevertheless fat with a soaking of cus-

Back at home, if the time-capsule menu is

more casual onions at lunch, and that’s just fine

of little interest to those always in search of

with me. I had it recently on one of those per-

I have been known to sniff over desserts, no-

the next new thing, it is a source of great com-

fect December days in San Antonio — a day tai-

tably chocolate ones, that are served too cold,

fort to others. Marinated Gulf shrimp, two

lor-made for dining outside on Crumpets’ leafy

this cake is perfect just as it comes.

patés, deftly stuffed mushrooms and baked

patio. Maybe it was the outdoor setting — not

To be served at whatever temperature you

brie with almonds dominate dinner’s appetiz-

quite Big Bend, but evocative all the same —

like — and for whatever occasion — the bakery

ers. Pastas such as Alfredo and primavera un-

but this was liver as it should be done: thinly

also offers Swiss chocolate buttercream, Black

abashedly feature cream sauces. (I could be

sliced but still medium-rare, slathered in

Forest, hazelnut and the baroque Crumpets

waxing nostalgic here, but I think the Crum-

caramelized onions and unashamed of its but-

Delight, among other cakes. Fresh fruit tarts

pets primavera — with spinach fettuccine,

ter. Even the simply steamed carrots and

are available. And those primal palm leaves

steamed vegetables and a Champagne cream

beans, a preparation that would normally invite

still figure prominently, along with pastry

sauce enlivened with cayenne — may have

indifference, seemed to work. (And, remember,

swans, cream puffs and chocolate-dipped

been my introduction to the now-classic dish.

there was that butter …)

Or maybe it was the one with rotini and the

And there were the diminutive croissants,

strawberries. There’s no need to fiddle with chocolate-dipped strawberries.

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Winter Fare Slow cooking, intense flavors distinguish these dishes By PAT MOZERSKY Photography CASEY HOWELL


emperatures have plunged, and bone-chilling winds are

hardy and plentiful once the temperatures dip. You might

blowing. It’s tough to cope with the icy chill of winter,

caramelize onions for a heart-warming French onion soup. Winter

especially for us here in South Texas, where temperatures usu-

fennel makes a fabulous side dish when slowly braised. Sweet po-

ally are mild. My advice? Get cooking.

tatoes find their way into countless tasty casseroles. Butternut

On frigid days, I’m grateful to be in the kitchen, happily roasting,

squash and pumpkin make wonderful soups.

simmering and baking. It may be a hearty soup, stew or casserole,

Try roasting the vegetables till fork-tender, then tossing them

or perhaps a slow-cooked pot roast. It’s an opportunity to bake my

in the blender with a little broth, cream and seasonings to make an

own bread or to make that cookie recipe I’ve been meaning to try.

easy, hearty soup. The winter squash make a delicious filling for

Whatever it is, it’s an excuse to stay inside, warm and cozy, insu-

pasta, too, served with brown butter and sage. Hearty winter

lated from the elements. To hibernate, if you will.

greens such as kale and collards admirably stand up to the sub-

With the holidays behind us, there’s no need to cook anything fancy — no pressure to impress the guests. It’s time to cook something that satisfies and soothes both body and soul.

stantial fare. Although my recipe file is large, I’m always game to try new dishes and often look to the experts for inspiration and know-how.

We naturally gravitate toward certain foods in cold winter

Chefs and caterers are great resources for thoroughly tested

months. Meats, especially those inexpensive cuts that require a

recipes, and this month, I turn to Rico Torres of Rico Caters, and

long, slow braise, are perfect. Short ribs or brisket fill the bill. Root

Jeff Foresman, executive chef at Zocca, the fine dining restaurant

vegetables such as potatoes, onions, beets and turnips, are cold-

at the Westin Riverwalk, for some cold weather fare.

Rico Torres is chef and co-owner of Rico Caters. He started his company back in 2004, and since that time he has become known for his very personal service and truly soul-satisfying dishes. His Chile Verde uses pork butt, a relatively inexpensive cut that requires a slow, lengthy braise. Three kinds of chiles — New Mexico Hatch, poblanos and jalapeños — add their lively, piquant note, and the toasted fennel, cumin and oregano spice it up as well. Crumbled cheese is sprinkled over each serving, and “almost toasted” flour tortillas serve as an accompaniment.

Rico Caters’ Chile Verde • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

5 New Mexico Hatch chiles 3 poblano chiles 2 jalapeño chiles 3 tablespoons fennel seed, toasted and ground 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon oregano Coarse salt Freshly ground pepper 1 1/2 to 2 cups flour, for dredging the pork 2 pounds pork butt, cut into 1-inch cubes Olive oil, for browning the pork 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 2 jalapeño chiles 1 (28-ounce) can peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand 2 quarts chicken stock 3 large russet potatoes, peeled, diced and reserved in cold water 1/3 cup flat leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped

Prepare the chiles: Roast the Hatch New Mexico, poblano and jalapeño chiles either in the oven or on the grill. When the skins are blackened, transfer them to a plastic or paper bag and allow them to cool. The steam released by the hot chiles will help loosen the skins. Peel, remove and discard the seeds, and chop the chiles, reserving the juices as much as possible. Do not wash the chiles at this point. Set aside. Brown the meat: In a large bowl, combine the fennel seeds, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir in the flour and mix well. Heat a deep skillet and add the olive oil. Dredge the cubed pork in the flour mix, shake to remove excess flour, and working in batches, begin to brown the cubes of pork on all sides in the hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. As the meat is browned, remove it to a plate and continue until all the meat is browned. When all the pork is browned, add the onion and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes. then add a little more salt. This will draw out the moisture in the onion. The moisture will help deglaze the pan, loosening all the browned bits that were formed when browning the meat. Add the reserved chopped chiles and the tomatoes. Continue stirring for about 1 minute, continuing to scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Transfer the pork back into the pan, then add the chicken stock; stir to combine; you can add a bit more seasoning at this time. Continue cooking over medium-high to medium heat, adjusting the temperature so it remains at a gentle simmer, for about 45 minutes. The pork should be fork tender. Drain the potatoes and add them along with the fresh parsley and cilantro to the stew; continue cooking for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through. Taste and correct seasoning as needed. Allow the stew to sit for one hour before serving, or, if possible, refrigerate the dish overnight. This improves the flavor by allowing the flavors to meld. To serve, ladle the chile verde into warm bowls, top with cheese of your choice, and have plenty of “almost toasted” flour tortillas, toasted on a dry comal or black iron frying pan, on hand. Makes about 8 servings. Accompaniments: Grated Monterey Jack cheese or crumbled queso fresco “Almost toasted” flour tortillas, toasted on a hot cast iron skillet or comal

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At his restaurant, Zocca at the Westin Riverwalk, executive chef Jeff Foresman says that “when the days get shorter, and there’s a nip of chill in the air” he loves to prepare this extraordinary sweet potato and pumpkin side dish. He adds, “The recipe encompasses what the fall and winter season is all about.” Foresman calls it “a wonderfully delicious, savory, rich and sweet side dish that complements a roast turkey, Hill Country ham, prime beef or grilled venison backstrap.” It’s a play on the traditional potato gratin, but Foresman has upped the ante considerably with roasted shallots, Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese.

Zocca’s Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Dauphinoise Gratin • • • •

1 tablespoon butter, softened 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin is fine) • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley • Sea salt, to taste • Coarse salt

• Cracked black pepper, to taste • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese • 2 tablespoons puréed roasted shallots *See Note

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Coat the bottom and sides of a medium-size casserole dish evenly and thoroughly with the softened butter. In a mixing bowl combine the heavy cream, eggs, pumpkin purée, parsley, salt and pepper; set aside. Shingle the sliced sweet potatoes, overlapping the slices, to make an even layer that covers the entire bottom of the pan. Sprinkle some of the Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheeses and the shallot purée evenly over the sweet potatoes. Ladle just enough of the cream mixture to cover the first layer. Repeat the layers until the casserole dish is almost full. You should have about 6 layers. (It should not exceed 3 inches in thickness.) Cover first with parchment paper, then with aluminum foil, and place in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove the casserole from the oven, raise the temperature to 350°F., and uncover the dish. Place it back in the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow 10 to 15 minutes for it to firm up before serving. *Note: To roast shallots, peel them and place on a piece of foil. Drizzle shallots with a bit of olive oil, wrap them in the foil and roast in a 400°F. oven until soft, about 25 to 40 minutes, depending on the size. The shallots can be prepared ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to use them. 56 |


The Wetzel family carries on tradition, history and excellence in wine making. Year after year they continue to receive awards and recognition for their wines. French oak (American oak barrels, although less costly, can impart a harshness and oaky style to the wine). Approximately 1.6 percent viognier was blended into the 2010 vintage, adding a harmonious element of richness and flavor to the final product. The

Alexander Valley Vineyards of Sonoma





released 100-percent




Aged eight months in French oak barrels to develop a richer texture, depth and character, this vintage has the familiar apple and pear components, a hint of butterscotch, toasted oak and a touch of minerality in the glass. As with most cabernet sauvignons from the Sonoma area, the Alexander Valley cabernet sauvignon is an approachable wine in both style and price. On the nose, layers of black fruit along with a hint of earthiness

It’s one of the surviving family-owned wineries in California

open up into a beautiful and elegant style.


flavors of wild blackberry, black cherry, plum,

This supple, stylish red wine is appealing with

cassis and cocoa, showing length and refine-

s more small wineries are consumed by

trip from the Mendocino area, where I was liv-

large corporations, there are fewer

ing and working at a local winery. Once again,

The gewurztraminer is one of the newer

I was impressed with the modern facility, the

white grape varietals from the winery, a fun

wineries in California wine country, but Alexan-

grandeur of the estate and the perpetual

and novel wine to try if you are looking for

der Valley Vineyards in Sonoma is flourishing.

warmth and welcoming graciousness of the

something new and different. The grapes for

winery’s proprietors.

this wine are harvested from two separate or-





The Wetzel family, proprietors of the win-

ment on the finish.

ery, settled in the area in 1962 and soon after-

The early wines of production include a

ganically certified vineyards just to the north

ward began planting noble grape varieties (a

chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon. Today

of the winery in Mendocino County. The Ukiah

reference to what are considered the highest-

the family grows 14 grape varieties. One of

vineyard is located on the valley floor, warming

quality grapes, including chardonnay and

their flagship wines is the Estate Chardonnay,

up in the day to provide body and structure to

cabernet sauvignon). Three generations of

from vineyards located next to the renowned

the wine, while the Potter Valley vineyard is

the Wetzel family live and work on site at the

Russian River. If you are looking for a great

cooler, giving the wine impressive acidity.

600-acre winery. They recently celebrated 50

new chardonnay, this wine is a safe bet. Al-

The 2011 vintage is a 100-percent gewürz-

years of family wine making, hosting numer-

though the 2010 vintage may be a little hard

traminer wine without any oak influence. Too

ous dinners and events throughout the

to find, it offers vibrant fruit and is produced

often, gewurtztraminer wines can be one-di-

United States, including a wine dinner in San

in a traditional New World style, offering aro-

mensional and a bit sweet. The Alexander Val-

Antonio at Perry’s Steakhouse, which main-

mas of apple and pear with a hint of pineap-

ley gewurtz delivers vibrancy and complexity

tains several of these wines on its wine list.

ple. On the palate, crisp and refreshing flavors

with rich and crisp flavors of white stone fruits. It’s a wine with a lean, fresh style, offer-

The namesake of the winery, Cyrus

of apple, pear and other citrus fruits combine

Alexander, was a pioneer and settler of this

with a unique cotton candy component com-

ing bright, spicy floral aromatics along with

region in the early 1800’s. Although I have

plemented by a soft oak finish. Fermenting

pear, grapefruit and apple that leads into vi-

visited the winery numerous times through

only 30 percent of the wine in French oak

brant citrus fruits mid-palate — a versatile

the years, I was reacquainted in 2010 on a day

barrels offers all the beauty and finesse of

wine that should be consumed young .

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If you are looking for a spicy rich red wine, look no further than the ever-popular Temptation Zinfandel. The lush 2009 vintage offers dark fruit on the nose rolling into a broad palate of jammy ripe fruit flavors that include black cherry, black plum, black pepper, dried orange peel and frozen strawberry. Pairing this wine is easy; enjoy it with casual foods such as pizza, pasta, burgers and ribs. One of the premier wines from AVV is Cyrus, a Bordeaux-style wine honoring the founder, Cyrus Alexander. Dark and luxurious, this seductive and sensual wine definitely delivers. Cyrus is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. It has a silky and gentle texture, soft and velvety, with flavors of cherries, black berries, cassis, oaky spices, hints of herbs, black currant and quality tannin. The 2007 vintage spent 26 months in oak, providing depth and character to the wine, which is capable of gracefully aging in the cellar for 10 to 15 years. Cyrus showcases the best of the region and the best of the vintage with limited production. It’s available at fine wine shops. The Wetzel family carries on tradition, history and excellence in wine making. Year after year they continue to receive awards and recognition for their wines, staying true to their values of a quality product while nurturing the land and vineyards that surround them. If you join their wine club, you’ll receive special offers of wines available only through the winery along with updates on happenings in the area. Check out the website,, to review all the awards, and plan a stop to visit their tasting room the next time you are in California wine country. Denise Easdon is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine.

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BY ANNE MOORE eize the momentum from the recent holidays and use it to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions, particularly those relating to food and drink excesses.

Maybe you’ll want to buff up and trim down for some sun and

fun on the slopes or by the water for upcoming Spring Break activ-

ities. Or you may just want to shape up for yourself, sort of get back to normal — especially to look good in the currently fashionable skinny, stretchy, skimpy everything. Here are a number of things that count when you’re thinking about being your best, whether by shucking some pounds or tightening and toning.

3 ways to trick yourself when dieting • Visualize yourself wolfing down your food. It seems mental imagery triggers certain neurons in your brain that control your emotions and responses, thereby quickly reducing your appetite. • Put on a fitted shirt or a belt before eating. This will cause you to feel fuller and prevent you from overeating. • Glob on the gloss or lipstick. Your brain will have more time to signal you’ve eaten enough because you’ll eat more slowly and more carefully to avoid smearing.


suggestions for slim sipping


exchanges to easily cut 100+ calories

• Choose the drink of champions —water. Eight

• Two light beers for two regular beers.

glasses per day will help you concentrate better, in-

• Thin crust instead of regular crust pizza.

crease your energy levels and burn more calories.

• Go topless with your sandwich bread or buns.

• Just say “no” to juice drinks. If they’re not

• Et tu, Caesar? Reach for balsamic vinegar and

made from 100-percent juice, these drinks can be

a little Parmesan cheese.

high in calories, containing as many as 40 or more

• Snack on air-popped popcorn instead of chips.

grams of sugar.

• Choose cooking spray, not oil, to grease pans.

• Be a fan of your blender. Drinking from one to three smoothies per day — made with fruits, a little 2-percent milk and some ice — can help you shed a few pounds. In addition to being nutritious, they’re quick and thick, which gives you a feeling of fullness. • Coffee, si. Coffee drinks, nyet! Even if you drink your coffee with cream and sugar, you’ll save at least 150 calories over an average coffee drink offered by some well-known coffee houses. Drinking your coffee black will save you another 100 calories. • Say sayonara to sodas.



Avocados Apples Beans/lentils

Berries Eggs Low-fat yogurt

Nuts Oatmeal Soup

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Although eating is a great way to socialize, we are said to consume 35-percent more calories eating with friends than if we eat alone.

The Comforter is there for you ... with brownies in hand. After all,

ways to mix some oldies -but-goodies with some newer exercises:


doesn’t food equal love? Suggest meeting for exercise, which is actually a new trend for socializing. You can dance or spin as shared experience and hit the bar — health or otherwise — for a drink afterward. Or use the telephone, text or email instead. The Party Girl suggests you two grab a little drink after work ...

Hula hooping can strengthen your abdomen, buttocks and legs while trimming your waist and hips. Think you’ve still got it? Hoopilates works your whole body by combining the strengthening and stretching of Pilates with the cardio building

and, well, you get the munchies. Food is so handy. Try one-to-one of hula hooping. glasses of wine with glasses of water. Another idea (I love this one) Pole dancing, the next Olympic sport? Pole dancing is said to is to use your less dominant hand to hold your glass while drinking. use almost all of the body’s muscles as you’re climbing, hanging The Lonely. You’re alone, she’s alone ... why not get together to cook or eat out tonight ... and then, why not every night? Oh, and brunch. Hey, she’s eating, so it must be OK for you to eat, too. No guilt here. It would be best to limit your get-togethers or, at least,

and spinning on the pole. It’s a combo of gymnastics, ballet, jazz and modern dance moves. Piloxing is integral training that combines the flexibility and core building of Pilates with the power and cardio benefits of box-

stop meeting around mealtime. The Saboteur constantly offers you food, even after you ask her not to. If she continues, even after you’ve explained why, say “good-

ing, using weighted gloves. SoulCycling is described as an inspirational, fat-burning cardio workout using indoor cycling, along with upper body and

bye,” “adios,” “see you later, alligator.” The Celebrators. The group that lures you into a festive atmos-

core routines.

phere, where someone orders drinks and food and you’re talking

Bellyfit is designed to connect the mind-body-spirit. Pic-

and laughing ... and drinking and eating ... and bam! You have un-

ture a fusion of belly dance, African dance and Bollywood to

intentionally consumed a bazillion calories. If you have warning be-

sculpt and tone your body with a cardio workout, ending with

forehand, snack on an apple or bit of cheese. Once there, try to


limit your drinks. Have only a salad or an appetizer. At least, take half of your entree home. For future gatherings, suggest planning

Trampoline cardio workouts are composed of small, controlled jumps that are especially designed for your mini-trampoline.

for more at-home and less in-restaurant celebrations.

Skipping meals. This habit actually increases your obesity factor because (a) it slows your metabolism, and (b) being hungry



will most likely cause you to grab a fatty snack or eat more at your next meal. Eating too fast. Your brain is not given the time necessary for your stomach to signal it’s satisfied. Taking big bites. You’ll consume as much as 50-percent more than if you bite less and chew more. Eating off larger plates. Larger servings mean more calories. Eating after 8 p.m. You’re more likely to eat more. Additionally, your stomach is not able to process so much food over a

These suggestions are from an article by David Zinczenko, co-author of books such as Eat This, Not That.

shorter period of time. Placing serving dishes on the table. It’s a lot easier to have another helping (more calories). It saves you from having to get up

Eating “low-fat” and “fat-free.” The sugar rush and rebound hunger are not worth the small savings in calories.

from the table and go to the kitchen for seconds in view of everyone. Watching too much television. Even though you’re not ex-

Sleeping less than five and over eight hours per night will

pending any energy, there is a tendency toward snacking while

cause you to put on more belly fat. Optimal sleep time is six to

you’re watching. So you’re adding calories while not burning any!

seven hours. Eating complimentary restaurant foods, which can quickly add many calories. Locally, that would include the traditional salsa and chips. Drinking sodas, including diet versions. Consuming one or two sodas per day increases your chances of being overweight by 33 percent.

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Ordering a “combo” or “value” meal. Sure, the price might appear to be a better deal. Cheaper maybe, hardly better. You’ll end up with more food/calories than you wanted. Avoiding the scale. Not weighing on a regular basis allows you to be unaccountable for any weight loss or gain. Emotional eating. Eating when stressed or anxious greatly increases the probability of becoming overweight.




• Cookies/croissants/crackers, etc., containing high amounts of sugar, carbs and processed flour. (Go for whole grains).

• Alcohol/booze • Cereal with high sugar/low protein

• Low-cal/low-content meals—those that

and fiber


lack satisfying amounts of protein and fiber.

current trends in the quest for health and fitness

Back to the basics, meaning using your body instead of hightech equipment to get in shape. Remember sit-ups, jumping jacks, running sprints and pushups that weren’t bras?

Buddy on board is a way to exercise with your dog, using programs designed with diets and fitness routines for both of you. Focus on wellness means our well-being as a whole. One approach may include synergistic programs between health care

Functional fitness uses exercises designed to increase flexibility

companies and health clubs to meet needs other than just exer-

and core strength to make everyday activities easier — for example,

cise. Another program might include services such as physical

lifting without hurting your back, house cleaning chores, etc.

therapy or nutrition information.

Mind-body and aerobic combinations are becoming popular in fitness centers and some gyms. Examples are: Cy-Yo consists of an hour workout with 10 minutes of yoga to warm up, 40 minutes of stationary speed cycling (spinning) and then 10 minutes to cool down. YogaFit adds strength training, Pilates or other core musclebuilding activity to yoga.

Small group training is a less expensive option for the services of a personal trainer. There are also some socialization aspects — at least there’s someone to feel the burn with you. Particularly appealing to the fitness-conscious baby boomers. Worksite fitness programs provide a convenient way to help employees become healthier, while also increasing productivity and reducing health care costs caused by absenteeism.

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Brittany Kilkdow, Sheila Mayfield


and Emma Mata-Galdon 2. Chefs Stefan Bowers and Andrew Goodman 3. Ryan, Janet and Rob Holliday




4. Anna Monette Nelson, Nini Hale and Molly Calvert Massari 5. Dr. Ricardo and Dr. Harriett Romo 6. Robin and Ernesto Ancira


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Revisiting HORMONE Replacement Therapy The pros and the cons BY MARY ANNE COLE


n 2003, the world of menopausal women

not use it. What’s more, the FDA has not ap-

was turned upside down when a well-re-

proved it for women, so its use by women is

HRT was once thought to decrease the risk

spected study published in the Journal of

“off label”— a use for which it is not proved

of heart disease and memory loss, but it is no

the American Medical Association showed that combination hormone replacement therapy

or intended. Women who are considering testosterone

Who should consider HRT?

longer prescribed for these purposes. However, a recent Danish study showed that taking

(HRT) — a combination of estrogen and prog-

therapy for sexual dysfunction should first

estrogen (and progestin if the uterus is still in-

estin — increases the risk of developing breast

see their doctors to address other possible

tact) for a few years early after menopause

cancer by 25 percent and doubles the risk of

causes: vaginal dryness, for which lubricants

may reduce the risk of heart failure and heart

dying from the disease.

can be effective; side effects of medications;

attack without increasing the incidence of

conflict, stress, and/or depression; and other

cancer or stroke. Low-dose vaginal prepara-

health conditions.

tions of estrogen can be effective against

Until then, women had routinely used HRT to treat the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause — among them, hot flashes, vagi-

some vaginal and urinary symptoms and hot

nal dryness, declining bone density and re-

flashes; because they are low-dose, absorption

duced sex drive — and to decrease the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. However, when the study was published, millions of women stopped taking HRT, and new cases of breast cancer suddenly dropped by 10 percent, or 17,000 cases per year, breaking a twodecade-long increasing trend. As more women who weren’t impacted 10

Combination HRT (estrogen plus progestin) increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer in some women.

years ago enter menopause and experience

into the body is minimized. Keeping in mind that the risks remain (see below), the benefits of HRT may outweigh the risks for women who are healthy and whose hot flashes or other symptoms are intolerable, who are seeing bone loss and can’t take or don’t benefit from other treatments, or who experience premature menopause (before age 40).

those not-so-delightful symptoms, the topic





has arisen again. Is there still a place for HRT


menopause — especially those whose ovaries

for some women, or is it just too risky?

Why the body needs them

have been removed — and who don’t take es-

Produced in the ovaries, the hormones esTESTOSTERONE Testosterone




trogen may have increased risk of osteoporo-

trogen and progesterone thicken the uterus


lining in preparation for implantation of a fer-

depression and sexual dysfunction, among





sometimes used to help women with sexual

tilized egg, and these additional cells are

other conditions. Since early menopause can

dysfunction. More commonly used by men to

shed during menstruation. Estrogen also

lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, for

combat unnaturally low testosterone levels,

helps the body use calcium to strengthen

these women, the benefits of HRT may out-

testosterone replacement for women is usually

bones and helps maintain cholesterol at

weigh the risks.

used only by women who have sufficient es-

healthful levels. During menopause, when the

trogen, either because they’re premenopausal

uterus lining no longer needs to thicken, the

or because they’re taking estrogen.

body produces less of these hormones.

What are the risks? For women who do not experience early

While the therapy has been shown to con-

Unfortunately, the decrease in estrogen re-

menopause (before age 40), combination

tribute to healthy sexual function in women,

sults in increased risk for osteoporosis, heart

HRT (estrogen plus progestin) increases the

its long-term safety is uncertain, and women

disease, and those bothersome, but not dan-

risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clots and

with a history of breast cancer, uterine cancer,

gerous, symptoms of menopause — hot

breast cancer. Estrogen-only therapy, some-

cardiovascular disease or liver disease should

flashes, vaginal dryness and so on.

times prescribed for women who have had a

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hysterectomy, increases the risk of stroke and

reduce unpleasant menopause symptoms and

blood clots but may not increase breast cancer

the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

or heart disease risk. The Women’s Health Ini-

Menopause symptoms can be addressed, at

trogen — estrogen protects bones — and limit alcohol, as alcohol can increase the risk of falls and broken bones. Medications like alendronate

tiative did a study that showed that the com-

least in part, by ensuring that you

(Fosamax) or risendronate (Actonel) can also

bined estrogen-progestin therapy increased

• Drink plenty of water

help stop bone loss.

the risk of heart disease, but a later study sug-

• Limit caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods

gested that this finding applied only to older

• Manage stress, perhaps by practicing tai chi,

women and that the therapy decreased the

yoga or relaxation techniques

THE BOTTOM LINE Talk to your doctor about solutions that

risk when it was begun early in menopause.

• Get plenty of sleep

are appropriate for your age, risks and symp-

• Eat a healthful diet

toms. Remember that the FDA advises that

Who should not take HRT?

• Exercise regularly to keep a healthy weight

HRT should not be considered a way to prevent heart disease or osteoporosis, as the

Most healthy women who reach menopause

Acupuncture has also been shown to be ef-

after age 45 do not need HRT. In particular,

fective against these symptoms for some

risks far outweigh the benefits. Discuss with

women should not use HRT if they smoke or if

women, and botanicals like soy and black co-

your doctor lifestyle changes and alternative

they have:

hosh may help with hot flashes.

drug therapies to lower cholesterol and blood

• A family history that suggests a high risk for cardiovascular disease or cancer • A history of breast, ovarian or

Alternatives for lowering your risk of heart

pressure and prevent osteoporosis. HRT may

disease are no-brainers: Don’t smoke, get reg-

be appropriate for some women for relief of

ular exercise, and eat a healthful diet low in sat-

severe menopause systems, but they should

urated fat, cholesterol, salt and alcohol. Drugs

take the lowest dose possible for the shortest

• A history of blood clots in the legs or lungs

are also available to control high blood pres-

possible time.

• A history of stroke

sure, high cholesterol and diabetes, all of which

HRT is no longer the automatic cure-all it

• A history of liver disease

can lead to heart disease, and to treat existing

was once considered for menopausal and post-

• A history of abnormal vaginal bleeding

heart disease.

menopausal women, but there is much else you

endometrial cancer

To lower the risk of osteoporosis, be sure

can do to address the issues that come with

your diet is rich in vitamin D and calcium and

aging. And these solutions — like a healthful

engage in regular weight-bearing exercise like

diet and exercise program — can have other

Before reaching for an HRT pill, talk to your

walking and strength training. Stop smoking, as

benefits for a long and happy life that HRT

doctor about alternatives to HRT that can help

smoking reduces your body’s production of es-

could never provide.

• A known or suspected pregnancy

What are the alternatives?

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Improving the health status of the community through collaborative means. A Special Section from


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The Health Collaborative 2012-13 Board of Directors Stephen Blanchard, PhD

Our Lady of the Lake University Chair

Charlene Doria-Ortiz

Bexar County Department of Community Resources Secretary/Treasurer

Palmira Arellano Methodist Healthcare Immediate Past Chair

Beth Davenport, RN Baptist Health System

Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH University Health System

Robert Ferrer, MD

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Greg Gieseman

Community First Health Plans

Charles L. Kight

Community Member

Sandy Morander

YMCA of Greater San Antonio

Pilar Oates

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Tim Porter, MBA Appddiction Studio

Christine Rutherford-Stuart, MPH

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Richard Woodley

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

Carol Zernial

WellMed Medical Management, Inc.

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The health of our community is everyone’s responsibility. It affects how well our kids learn in school, how productive we are at work, and the ability of our families to contribute to the growth and success of our community. It affects our city image, too. We are pleased to introduce you to The Health Collaborative, a cutting-edge, public-private model for solving community health issues. Our organization, through its members and staff, represents a collaborative effort that is improving the health of our community. Our collaboration is based on research. We conduct the Bexar County Community Health Assessment every three years. It is the foundation of our efforts and a signature project of The Health Collaborative. The 2010 assessment was released in February 2011 to more than 200 business, civic and community leaders who embraced the data as essential in preparing for the challenge of improving health through collaboration and peer support within their organizations. The report was hailed as one of the most comprehensive in the nation, and other communities are using it as a model. Thanks to our funding partners, we have been able to provide the report to all of our community stakeholders. This representative data strengthens community knowledge of those behaviors that lead to poor health outcomes—behaviors that we can address through preventive care and education. In this special section, you will learn how we have expanded our community partnerships to further strengthen our commitment to our priority issues of health literacy, youth obesity prevention and youth mental health. The superior leadership of our well-established professional volunteer councils has made it possible for us to serve and support our Bexar County families like never before. Our goal as an organization is to continually improve how we assist, empower and improve the wellness of the community. As we enter 2013, our impact is more evident than ever. The community is taking charge of its overall wellness and working towards a better and healthier future. The Health Collaborative is a powerful network of citizens, community organizations and businesses. We invite you to join us on our journey to a healthier community!

Elizabeth De La Fuentes Executive Director

Stephen Blanchard, PhD Board Chair

The Health Collaborative 1002 N. Flores Street San Antonio, TX 78212 Phone (210) 481-2573 Fax (210) 223-0680


"The unique thing about it was that we weren’t talking about our services or our programs.We were talking about people in need, and when the focus got back to where the needs are, there was a lot of common ground. "The Health Collaborative is one of the best things that ever happened to San Antonio. That’s because the people involved really care about the health status of the community and the health status of future generations." Theresa De La Haya, RN, MPH Founding Member, The Health Collaborative, Senior Vice President of Community Health and Clinical Prevention Programs, University Health System

“The Health Collaborative compiles and publishes the assessment as a gift to the community with the understanding that the more the community knows about its health status, the better able the community will be to take collaborative action to improve it.” Stephen Blanchard, PhD 2012-13 THC Board Chair.

“The Health Collaborative was born out of the realization that no matter how much money we pump into public or private health care, the most cost effective thing we can do is get more people to engage in healthy lifestyles. The Health Collaborative has made great strides in measuring our overall health as a community and outlining the health risks we still need to tackle so leaders across all spectrums can make better decisions to move us closer to being a healthy county.” The Honorable Nelson Wolff Bexar County Judge

Improving the Health Status of the Community Through Collaborative Means The Health Collaborative serves as a convening organization bringing together the area’s health care systems, community organizations, and businesses to implement a more synergistic approach to solving the region’s critical community health needs, while efficiently utilizing resources.

Our Mission

The mission of the organization is to improve the health status of the community through collaborative means. Priority issues of The Health Collaborative are prevention of youth obesity, health literacy, and youth mental health. The Board of Directors of the Health Collaborative is committed to: • Defining and implementing a comprehensive community health assessment process on a triennial basis

• Enhancing positive community health outcomes by leveraging appropriate resources

• Playing a leadership role in evaluating, developing, funding and implementing health initiatives

• Decreasing duplication of health services in the community and promoting coordinated efforts for the best possible community health outcomes

Bexar County Community Health Assessment

A nonprofit organization, The Health Collaborative began informally in 1997 when the city’s major health care organizations agreed to put aside their competitive business practices to conduct a comprehensive health needs assessment. It has

evolved to become the Bexar County Community Health Assessment, a signature project of The Health Collaborative. A comprehensive report of local health, it guides the community’s efforts toward prevention and health improvement. The 2010 assessment was embraced by community leaders and hailed as one of the most comprehensive in the nation. Nonprofit organizations throughout the city have found the assessment to be an insightful planning tool, using its data when writing grants and evaluating and developing their programs. Area health care systems have used data from previous assessments to make critical program decisions. The Health Collaborative uses the assessment to identify its priority issues. Work is under way to produce the 2013 assessment. To access the 2010 Bexar County Community Health Assessment, visit

Community Health Improvement Plan

Based on the success of the community health assessment, Metro Health invited THC to serve as the host for the planning process for the first Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Bexar County. The CHIP was released in 2012. “The CHIP is a call to action to encourage businesses, organizations and neighborhoods to become partners in implementing the recommendations,” said Elizabeth De La Fuentes,THC executive director. “Achievement of the goals will be monitored through future community assessment activities, and the plan will be revised in 2014.”

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PROJECT MEASURE UP Decreasing Youth Overweight and Obesity Through Innovation, Leadership and Collaboration

Prevention of youth obesity is a priority for The Health Collaborative. At the request of funders, THC developed and manages Project Measure Up (PMU), a surveillance and service program aimed at decreasing the prevalence of youth overweight and obesity in Bexar County through innovation, leadership and collaboration PMU staff and volunteers work with Bexar County school districts and Education Service Center Region 20 to meet the unfunded mandates established by Texas State Senate Bill 530. The mandate requires that thousands of Bexar County students in grades three through twelve undergo yearly FitnessGram tests. The assessment tests provide quantitative data on the physical state of children’s health related to youth obesity. This collaboration involves:

The Project Measure Up Volunteer Corps. The Health Collaborative trains and maintains the PMU Volunteer Corps to conduct the assessments.Through agreements with the school districts, PMU provides these trained volunteers free of charge.


The Youth Obesity Prevention Partners Council. Organized and managed by The Health Collaborative, the Council is composed of program managers of communitybased youth obesity prevention programs. The Council provides seamless programming across participating school districts.

The District Health Index (DHI). Developed and maintained by The Health Collaborative, the DHI, using FitnessGram data, illustrates over time the health status of Bexar County children with regards to physical fitness and the prevalence of overweight and obesity. It allows our community to identify where more resources are needed, as well as what strategies/programs are working. To access the DHI, visit

YOUTH MINDS MATTER Pilot Program Uses Screening Tool and Referral Information to Help Children at Risk for Behavioral Health Problems

Being overweight not only causes health problems for children, it also can lead to social and emotional problems that can have far-reaching effects. Overweight and obese children are often the target of bullying and also often experience depression, anxiety and difficulty with social interaction.With generous funding from Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, The Health Collaborative is developing Young Minds Matter, an early identification and screening program to help children who are at risk for behavioral health problems get the help they need.

“Mental health is a key focus area for us, and we are always looking for partners who are doing innovative work,” said Pilar Oates, executive director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. “Seventy-five percent of kids in the juvenile court system have a learning disability or mental health issue.Young Minds Matter will allow us to intervene earlier and make a difference.”

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Young Minds Matter is currently a pilot program with Northeast Pediatric Associates, P.A. at its three San Antonio area clinics. Staff use a screening tool to record the emotional and physical health of their patients.

Based on the data,THC staff has identified the most prevalent behavioral health issues and compiled information on health care professionals and programs dealing with them that are convenient to Northeast Pediatric clinics. This information is being used to build an online parent resource portal, which is expected to be operational later this year. When complete, the portal will be an important resource for both parents and health care professionals. After evaluation of the pilot program, our goal is to expand YMM to other parts of the city.

SAN ANTONIO HEALTH LITERACY One of the State’s Top Programs Increases Awareness of Health Literacy as a Core Component of Community Health

Health literacy is the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that one-third of the adult population in the United States has limited health literacy. Through the efforts of a very active volunteer council, The Health Collaborative has one of the top health literacy programs in the country. The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) works to increase awareness of health literacy

as a core component of community health in San Antonio and was one of the first such initiatives in the country. “With the success of our annual conference, addition of yearround health literacy programming and expanding collaborations, SAHLI is successfully making an impact in empowering consumers and providers to be more health literate,” said Jennifer Cook, PhD, RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of the Incarnate Word, and SAHLI chair. Components of SAHLI include: Texas’ Premier Health Literacy Conference. Each year SAHLI hosts the state’s premier health literacy conference, which provides the most up-to-date information, tools and techniques to health care professionals, educators, social workers, health plan administrators, community service providers, and the public about health literacy issues. Ongoing Health Literacy Training. SAHLI volunteers present lunch-and-learn sessions on various aspects of health literacy, including The ABCs of Health Literacy and a forms training resources seminar. The seminars attract capacity audiences. Through a generous grant from the Bexar County Department of Community Resources,THC will continue to offer this training, including the county’s first oral health and HIV education symposium. Let’s Collaborate! If you are interested in becoming involved with these programs or designating a donation to one of them, please contact THC at or (210) 481-2573.



San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative

Charlene Doria-Ortiz Bexar County Department of Community Resources

Mindy Garcia Community First Health Plans

Mary & Vicente Garcia Eastside de la Buena Salud Promotoras

Francesca Garrett Patient Institute

Adam Ratner, MD Patient Institute

Rafael Maldonado University Health System

Kath Anderson Sage Words

Shirley Wills Shirley Wills & Associates

Denholm Oldham MAXIMUS

Youth Mental Health Council

Jeannine Von Stulz, PhD Bexar County Juvenile Probation

Elizabeth Escobar, LMSW Communities in Schools of San Antonio

Katie Elseth Child Protective Services

Kathy Cunningham, RN Clarity Child Guidance Center

Mary & Vicente Garcia Eastside de la Buena Salud Promotoras

Public Relations Committee

Cassandra Bruns Community First Health Plans

Shirley Wills Shirley Wills & Associates

Catherine Zambrano-Chavez Community First Health Plans

Karen May Baptist Health System

Melina Trevino Community First Health Plans

Kristina Aderhold Baptist Health System

Ashley Cardenas Baptist Health System

Carole Harris Methodist Healthcare

Melissa Krause CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System

Palmira Arellano Methodist Healthcare

Laura Jesse Bexar County

JoAnn King Methodist Healthcare

Volunteer Service Learning University of Texas at San Antonio Trinity APO

Texas A&M San Antonio

Jacque Burandt University Health System

Jennifer Cook, PhD, RN, CNS University of the Incarnate Word

Sheila Dismuke- Williams Health and Human Services Commission

Bonnie Scott, MS UTHSCSA

Jessica Munoz Sherfey Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Julie Wiley University Health System

Dominica Garza Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Anne Gomez Our Lady of the Lake University

Carol Schliesinger San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Baptist School of Health Professions Dolly Armstrong Harlandale ISD

Candy Tanner Judson ISD

Tamara Casso Edgewood

Rita Hernandez Inspiration 4 Life

Roger Rodriguez San Antonio ISD

Lydia Martinez Northside ISD

Leni Kirkman University Health System

Dan Calderon WellMed Medical Management Inc. Deborah Martin YMCA of Greater San Antonio

Wayland Baptist School of Health

University of the Incarnate Word

Youth Obesity Prevention Partners Council


Lauren Cohen National Alliance on Mental Illness

Beverly Young, RN Texas Medicaid Wellness Program

Our Lady of the Lake University

Liset Leal-Vasquez Healthier Generation

Oralia Bazaldua, PharmD UTHSCSA - Department of Family and Community Medicine

Melanie Stone UTHSCSA - Center for Humanities & Ethics

Frank Alfaro, PhD Alamo Heights ISD Jerry Gonzalez Edgewood ISD

Sandra San Miguel de Majors UTHSCSA - Epidemiology and Biostatistics

University of Texas Health Science Center

Jorge Topete Southside ISD

Victoria Gaeta Southwest ISD

Kathy Shields San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

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Anna Gonzalez San Antonio Sports

Brenda Burton San Antonio Parks and Recreation


The Health Collaborative is empowering our residents to create a healthier community for all of us through innovation and collaboration. TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN HEALTHY VENDING

San Antonio is taking a leadership role nationally in the development of healthy vending guidelines as one of only a handful of cities in the country addressing the issue. Leading this effort, The Health Collaborative and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District in 2012 unveiled a comprehensive plan to encourage healthy vending in the workplace. A coalition of community and public health experts, dietitians, and food distributors helped develop the guidelines. The plan recommended that 75 percent of the snacks in vending machines meet the San Antonio healthy vending criteria. “Healthy vending is a way to build healthier snacking habits in the worksite, and these habits can extend to the home and throughout the community,” said Kathy Shields, Certified Health Education Specialist, chronic disease prevention manager at Metro Health. Available at, the plan includes: • Guidelines for selecting healthy vending snack items based on specific nutrition criteria. • Support for businesses and organizations when evaluating their snack machines, setting healthy vending policy, dealing with vendor contracts, and promoting, monitoring and evaluating their program. • A new educational application for Apple and Android platforms aimed at kids and a web site to help drive consumer demand for healthy vending items.



The Health Collaborative partners with the Bexar County Ryan White HIV/AIDS Education Program to provide training in case management, oral health seminars for health care professionals and a first-time HIV routine testing summit, also for health care professionals. In addition, the Ryan White Program commissioned THC to develop and produce the first fotonovela project for Latinas in San Antonio. The fotonovela is a small pamphlet in a format similar to a comic book, with photographs instead of illustrations, combined with small dialogue bubbles. The familiarity of fotonovelas in the Spanishlanguage culture makes them an effective vehicle for health promotion and health education.The project is intended to raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing, increase education and communication about sexual health and empower women to take control of their health. The series, aimed at Hispanic women, is expected to be released in 2013.


Through its Family Fitness program, The Health Collaborative is working with area school districts to help fitness become a family affair. In January 2012, San Antonio Sports commissioned THC to develop a family fitness program that would be implemented in seven school districts throughout the summer. The program was so successful that the school districts decided to take the program to more families by partnering with THC last fall. THC works with San Antonio, Harlandale, Edgewood, Southwest, and Northside Independent School Districts to present family fitness events once a week, providing certified trainers and health information. For the Harlandale Independent School District, the partnership with THC has opened many doors. “Between 30 and 40 women attend our classes,” said Dolly Armstrong, Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) facilitator for Harlandale ISD. “Our fitness program has started to take off in the family direction because of the support of THC. We would not have been able to continue without their support.”

In November 2012, The Health Collaborative assumed management of the Immunization San Antonio Coalition, at the request of group organizers. The Immunization San Antonio Coalition promotes immunizations through collaboration and education with the vision of creating a community where all residents are protected from vaccine-preventable disease. The immunization of children and adults is integral to improving community health.

The community garden is an excellent example of community collaboration. Through the garden The Health Collaborative addresses obesity by improving neighborhood access to fresh vegetables and fruits and engaging youth and families in community education on a variety of garden-related topics, including nutrition, physical fit-

LET’S COLLABORATE! If you are interested in becoming involved with any of these initiatives, please visit for more information or phone Elizabeth De La Fuentes, executive director, at (210) 481-2573.



ness and recycling. The community garden offers volunteer opportunities for groups ranging from the Girl Scouts to seniors, and THC has developed an ongoing relationship with the Roots and Shoots Ecological Club at Austin Academy that provides gardening and educational opportunities of the students there. This multifaceted program seeks not only to show people how to grow sustainable food, but also how to incorporate healthy living into their lifestyles.


The Health Collaborative partnered with Metro Health to offer a convenient way for individuals to get their flu or Tdap vaccine (whooping cough vaccine) while visiting early voting polling sites for the national presidential election in November 2012.. The vaccinate effort at polling sites is the first one of its kind in Texas, although it is common in other parts of the country. More than 150 doses of vaccines were conveniently given to voters who turned out at the polling sites during the one-day event held on the last day of early voting.

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Since its inception, The Health Collaborative has been a member-dues supported nonprofit. However, over the years, the board of directors committed to diversifying income and revenue sources through partnerships and collaborations. We also apply for and receive foundation grants, enter into fee-for-service contracts, and pursue other fundraising opportunities.

Here’s How You Can Help

You can make a difference in the health status of our community by supporting The Health Collaborative.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our members for their continued support and to our funding partners and supporters. Without their commitment to community health in San Antonio and Bexar County, our mission to improve the health status of the community through collaborative means would not be possible. Thank you for your support!

DONATE. The Health Collaborative welcomes donations from individuals, foundations, businesses, clubs and organizations. We also are available for presentations to your group. You may donate directly to a specific program or project or to unrestricted funds. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You may donate by mailing your check to The Health Collaborative, 1002 N. Flores St., San Antonio,TX 78212 or by visiting our web site, and clicking on “Donate Now.” VOLUNTEER. From planting in the community garden to working with school children, THC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities that provide hands-on involvement in improving community health. Last year, volunteers contributed 4,200 volunteer hours with an in-kind value of $91,500. For more information on volunteering, phone Trina Roman at 210-481-2573.


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Charles L. Kight, Community Member

1002 N. Flores • San Antonio, TX 78212 • (210) 481-2573 • FAX (210) 223-0680 Connect with us on:



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Common Insurance Mistakes

Avoiding too much protection or too little



o matter how risk-averse we are, we gamble every day. We drive

through a green light and gam-

ble that some nut job won’t run the red and slam into us. We go to work and gamble that a co-worker hasn’t brought in some horrible virus to infect us all. We walk outdoors as the storm clouds gather and gamble that an errant bolt of lightning won’t choose that moment to strike where we’re standing. We get on an airplane and gamble that the maintenance workers didn’t forget anything. There’s no way we can live completely risk-free lives, but most of us try to minimize what we can by buckling our seatbelts, washing our fruit and buying insurance to address risks to our lives, property and health. Remembering the seatbelt and the fruit washing is pretty easy, but when it comes to insurance, many of us make mistakes that can end up costing a lot. Without getting too far into the yawn-inducing weeds, here are five common mistakes people make when buying insurance.

2. SETTING YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE TOO LOW Ideally, you should look at insurance as being for what you can’t afford to handle yourself, rather than for minor expenses like replacing your glasses if you sit on them. If you look closely at how much you pay for each lower deductible level, you’ll probably find that you’re paying up front for 80 to 90 percent of the difference. For example, if you lower 1. SKIPPING FLOOD INSURANCE

your deductible from $1,000 to $500, your pre-

No matter how good your homeowners insur-

mium may go up close to $500! It’s probably better

ance is, it doesn’t cover what the industry calls

to put that money in your pocket and spend it re-

“rising water,” whether from a nearby lake or river

placing those glasses if you need to. Lower your in-

or a big rain combined with poor drainage. Just

surance payment by increasing your deductible,

six inches of water in a typical 2,000-square-foot

and set aside for emergencies the money you

home is likely to cause around $40,000 of dam-

would have paid for a lower deductible.

age. Oh, but San Antonio never floods? Not if you

Another consideration is that the new health law (the Affordable Care Act, or

don’t count when it does, such as in 1998 and

“Obamacare”) requires most health insurance policies to cover certain kinds of pre-

2002. Almost 20 percent of flood insurance

ventive care, so your health insurance will automatically cover more than it used to

claims are from areas designated as moderate to

without your having to reach a deductible to get the benefits. These include:

low risk for flooding. Keep in mind also that new construction near you can change how your area drains water from big downpours, and what never flooded before during a big rain can flood now. Flood insurance

• Blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol tests • Many cancer screenings, including mammograms and colonoscopies • Counseling on topics like smoking, weight loss, nutrition, treating depression and reducing alcohol use • Regular well-baby and well-child visits, from birth to age 21

is really cheap — just over $100 a year for an av-

• Routine vaccinations against diseases like measles, polio and meningitis

erage home — so it’s a pretty good bargain, con-

• Counseling, screening, and vaccines to ensure healthy pregnancies

sidering the risk you’re addressing.

• Flu and pneumonia shots

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W DOLLARS & SENSE 3. NOT GETTING REPLACEMENT COST ON YOUR HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE If your TV is stolen and you don’t have replacement cost coverage, your insurance company will depreciate its value based on how long you’ve had it and will pay you what the TV is worth, not what it costs to replace it. For example, if you’ve had it for five years, they’re likely to pay about half of what it would cost to replace it with a new TV of similar grade. If the event is larger — say, you have a fire that destroys everything in a room, the difference can add up and cost you a bundle. A friend of mine recently lost a camper to a fire. This was a small travel camper she and her husband pulled behind their truck to enjoy weekends at the coast and in parks with the family. The value of the camper itself aside, by the time they added up everything that was inside the camper — clothing, dishware, towels, food and so on — they were surprised to find that $24,000 worth of stuff had gone up in flames along with the camper. If they hadn’t had replacement cost insurance, they figured the insurance company would have given them about half that after depreciation. Instead, they got enough to replace everything so they could get back to enjoying their family trips. Adding replacement cost to your homeowners insurance costs very little and is worth checking out. 4. KEEPING COMPREHENSIVE AND COLLISION COVERAGE ON YOUR CAR TOO LONG OR GETTING RID OF IT TOO EARLY Comprehensive and collision coverage on your car insurance isn’t required by law, so many people think of it as optional and happily pocket the extra hundred dollars or so they save on their car insurance policy by discontinuing it. But many people get rid of it too soon. Collision pays for damage to your car after an accident if the other driver is uninsured, if the accident is your fault or fault is shared, or if the other driver is unidentified (such as when your car is hit while parked). Comprehensive covers damage that occurs from events other than collision, such as a fire or something falling on the car. It’s a good idea to keep these two types of coverage if your car is still worth a lot. However, your policy won’t pay “replacement” value but only up to what the car is worth, so it might be sensible to discontinue the collision and comprehensive coverage if your car isn’t worth much. A good rule of thumb is to cancel collision and comprehensive coverage when the annual premium is more than 10 percent of your car’s value, or the six-month premium is more than 5 percent of your car’s value. 5. SKIMPING ON UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED (UM/UIM) LIMITS ON YOUR CAR INSURANCE If you carry a $300,000 liability limit, which pays for injuries you cause to someone else, but a minimum UM/UIM limit of only $20,000, you’re saying covering yourself isn’t as important as covering total strangers. Chances are about one in seven that a U.S. driver is uninsured and even more are underinsured, so if the person who hits and injures you is uninsured or underinsured, and you’ve skimped on your own coverage, you’ll be paying out of your own pocket for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and so on.

You can’t insure against every risk, but many people try, relying on insurance for every ding and hiccup in their lives. To avoid paying too much for insurance while still protecting yourself from financial disaster, it’s important to find a balance between what you can reasonably pay for yourself — the occasional bout of flu, the broken kitchen window or the ding on the driver’s side door that drives you crazy — and what risks you really should address with insurance to protect yourself from a financial hit you can’t afford.

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SA Woman Connect Women in Business Directory

Can we talk about your reputation? In ancient Greece it was areté, during the Renaissance it was dubbed honor and today we call it branding. It's important to understand how others perceive you and your company; success depends upon it.

EGR Communications develops visibility campaigns to build identity, grow market share and expand business creatively and cost efficiently.

(210) 872-3843

Accounting Hill & Ford, P.C. Certified Public Accountants • Branding and Image Development • Strategic Vision and Marketing • Media Relations • Media Training • Crisis Communications • Partnership Marketing • Community Involvement and Charitable Giving

Kimberly C. Ford - Managing Partner 8620 N. New Braunfels, Ste 300 San Antonio, TX 78217 Phone: (210) 340-8351 Email: Website: We specialize in forensic accounting, litigation support and business valuations. We also help business owners achieve their financial goals by providing business consulting, income tax, estate tax and successions planning.

Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations EGR Communications Evie Reichel P.O. Box 171254 • San Antonio, Texas 78217 Phone: (210) 872-3843 Email: EGR Communications develops visibility campaigns to build brand identity through media and community relations, strategic vision and planning to grow market share creatively and cost-efficiently.

Elliott Connection, LLC Linda Elliott P.O. Box 461186 • San Antonio, TX 78246 2013 Broadway • San Antonio, TX 78215 Phone: (210) 495-1733 Email: Website: Elliott Connection, LLC creates and develops strategic business alliances through “targeted” relationships, resulting in increased profits and visibility.

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Caryn Hasslocher, CMP 2020 Broadway • San Antonio, Texas 78215 Phone: (210) 226-5919 Email: Website: At Fresh Horizons, our name and reputation are built on freshness. We will create a signature event, whether intimate or grand, that is distinctively you! Let Fresh Horizons make you

a guest at your next event!

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Commercial Real Estate Drake Commercial Deborah Bauer, President 19310 Stone Oak Pkwy#201 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Phone: (210) 402-6363 Email: Website: Drake Commercial Group is a commercial real estate company dedicated to providing the finest commercial brokerage services. For over 25 years, we have focused solely on matching the right clients with the right properties.

Computer & Technology Help Me!! Tech Team Nancy Victor 903 Austin Highway • San Antonio, TX 78209 Phone: (210) 822-8817 Email: Website: Specializing in the design, sales, integration, installation and maintenance of networks, security systems (including CCTV/Controlled Access), EMR and Practice Management, VOIP/Telephones, POS systems and Cabling. Help Me!! Tech Team provides proactive managed services, emergency repair and project work, since 1991.

Consignment Shops Off My Rocker Jo Lynn Swint 204 W. Olmos • San Antonio, Texas 78212 Phone: (210) 826-0250 Email: Website: Off My Rocker has grown to be one of the most successful consignment shops in the area ad beyond. Definitely on the list for antique shoppers and “junkers”! There is everything from the elegant item to the salvaged architectural piece! The shop is a mixture of delightful and unusual pieces of furniture, lighting, art, rugs and collectibles. New consignment items arrive daily.

Beauty BLUSH make-up & hair Ashley Kravitz — Owner Phone: (210) 842-3794 Email: Website: The professionals at BLUSH have over 10 years’ experience preparing brides for their big day. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, creativity, and the convenience of having us come to you.

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Beauty Urban Studio Salon Beth Yuras — Owner 19834 FM 2252, Suite 100 Garden Ridge, TX 78266 Phone: (210) 651-4373 Email:, With over 14 years of experience, Urban Studio Salon offers customers a soothing relaxing place to get away. We accept appointments for formal hairstyles including bridal updo's and more. Call us when your ready to relax and unwind. Haircuts for women, men, and children as well as highlights, hair color, extensions, eyebrow threading, facial waxing, and brazilian blowout .

Eating Disorder Treatment Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio (EDCASA) Susan C. Mengden, PhD, Kay C. Watt, MAPC, LPC 515 Busby • San Antonio, Texas 78209 Phone: (210) 826-7447 • Email: Website: EDCASA provides comprehensive outpatient treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorders. We offer multilevel treatment programs providing medical, psychological, spiritual and dietetic care for individuals of all ages.

Engineering Bain Medina Bain, Inc. Pamela Bain – President 7073 San Pedro • San Antonio, TX 78216 Phone: (210) 494-7223 Email: Website: Bain Media Bain provides civil and transportation engineering and land surveying for city, county, state and private entities. We have been named in the “Best Places to Work” for five years.

Financial Services Ameriprise Financial Doris Dollar-Kuretich Financial Advisor 19311 FM 2252 • Garden Ridge, TX 78266 Phone: (210) 651-1927 Personal financial planning • Tax management strategies Stocks, bonds, and mutual funds • Insurance and annuity products • IRAs and retirement plans Brokerage, Investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member of FINRA and SIPC.

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Real Estate Kuper Sotheby's International Realty Jakey Weilbacher, GREEN — Realtor® 6606 N. New Braunfels • San Antonio, TX 78209 Phone: (210) 394-2210 Email: Website: Jakey is a lifelong resident of San Antonio and blends an active lifestyle and love for San Antonio with dedication for Buyers and Sellers. She is relocation certified with experience selling the exciting destinations of San Antonio, the Hill Country and resort properties on the Texas coast. She is also a member of the National Trust of Historic Preservation/Real Estate program.

Jewelers Peñaloza & Sons Alice Peñaloza 2001 N.W. Military Hwy • San Antonio, TX 78213 Phone: (210) 340-3536 Email: Website: Family owned Peñaloza & Sons celebrates over 50 years of quality, craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. The store offers its own custom designs as well as unique pieces from around the world, appraisals, engraving, repairs and complete watch services.

Photography Langmore Photography Marie Langmore – Co-Owner 5800 Broadway #203 • San Antonio, TX 78209 Phone: (210) 826-6300 Website: For the last 25 years, Langmore Photography has committed itself to matching state of the art technology with classic technique to produce outstanding archival and museum quality prints. Today, siblings Will and Marie Langmore continue to enhance the Langmore legacy creating timeless portraits of children and families

Tourism Daisy Charters & Shuttles June Bratcher, CEO/Founder 1505 E. Houston St. • San Antonio, TX 78202 Phone: (210) 225-8600 Email: Website: A deluxe Charter coach provider with over 30 years of experience in transportation. Specializing in mass transportation locally and nationwide with 25 deluxe coaches with offices in San Antonio and Corpus Christi, TX.


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Help Me!! Tech Team President

What do you do? My team connects the dots of technology … I draw the line clearly so that people can see the big picture.

tice Cathy Stone. Nationally, our Secretaries of State, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton.

Length of time at this job: 21 years.

What is your favorite vacation? Nothing beats our last one — 21 states in an 11-day road trip that we took with our two kids. The mayhem and memories that came from that were totally worth it.

What is it that you like best about your job? Helping people (hence the name Help Me!!) solve their technology problems by simplifying what many people feel is complicated, thereby improving their business, profitability and even their own clients’ experience with them. What career path led you to where you are today? It started with a desire to help and a knack for technology, which led to filling a need and starting a business. I am fortunate that I have a family team willing and able to merge our natural talents, forge relationships, work for a common goal and continue evolving in the process. When did you know that you were in the right place in your career? • A proud moment was when we purchased our building that now houses our business. • Our grand re-opening/re-brand in 2009. • When I was selected as Bexar County SWMBE Woman of the Year in 2009 during Women’s History Month. • During my first visit to the White House Business Council meetings in June representing San Antonio small businesses and then again in December representing NAWBO-SA. • At the lectern during NAWBO-SA’s Affordable Care Act meeting with Assistant Secretary Ned Holland from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Would you encourage your children to go into the same field? I encourage my kids to find their passion and pursue that with vigor.

Photography Greg Harrison

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What do you like to do in your spare time? Writing and public speaking feed my creative side and energize me. I also love to spend time with my family. Sometimes I combine the two and force my children to listen to my speeches! Who has been the biggest influence in your life personally and professionally? My daughter. A wise mentor once asked me if I’m doing a service to her by limiting myself. This had a profound impact on me. Now I ask myself, “Am I setting the best example that I can as a strong woman for her?” Hopefully, my son will benefit from this also. What brought you to San Antonio? While I’m not military, the military was responsible for my family relocating to San Antonio. In 1980, after a summer vacation to San Antonio to visit my aunt and uncle (a retired lieutenant colonel) who were stationed at Randolph AFB, my parents came home to Chicago and promptly put the house up for sale. San Antonio’s been our home ever since. What community groups or not-for-profit groups are you involved with as a volunteer? I am president-elect and public policy chair for NAWBO-SA; a mentor for three local Toastmasters Clubs; an active Rotarian.

Who were your mentors? I am blessed to know many outstanding women who mentor me both in business and my role in organizational leadership. Jan King, Lynn Weirich and Patsy Foxworth are particularly special.

What are your goals? To leave a legacy and to show women how to use their voices to create change in the world.

What person do you most admire? Champions against injustice who use diplomacy to make a difference — especially women who set this example. Locally, I admire defense attorney Cynthia Orr and Chief Jus-

People would be surprised to know that I ... have a twin brother, named my children Storm and Stone, am a closet comedian (what’s not funny about technology?) and that I used to be a deacon.

What is the best advice that you have ever received? BE YOURSELF and think BIGGER.


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Bank on Great

Lady Leaders Strong women with careers in San Antonio banks, from marketing to management BY JANIS TURK PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG HARRISON

There’s so much more to banking than tellers and lenders and the things we see when we walk into a branch lobby. What you might not notice right away is that behind the scenes many women hold prominent positions that make the complex world of banking run smoothly. But don’t assume these women are all math geeks tied to a desk — many are naturally outgoing “people” persons whose jobs reach far beyond the teller windows and the vaults, requiring that they have as much of a heart for their customers and their community as they have a head for numbers. Whether they work in public relations for the bank, focus on community development, or take charge as senior vice president, these great women are all important cogs in the wheels that make the banking world go round. So we sat down with four top women in the world of banking in San Antonio and asked them to tell us about their careers. Their answers are sure to inspire you.

Jeanne Bennett Senior vice president/private banking manager Amegy Bank of Texas Years in banking: 32 Education: BBA in management from the University of the Incarnate Word

How did you get started in banking? I wish it were glamorous, but in reality I just needed a job out of high school. I enjoy working with people and have an affinity for numbers, and the bank took a chance on me, hiring me as a teller.

What are some misconceptions people have about bankers/banking? People don’t realize it, but we really do want to say yes as often as we can, respond timely and never make mistakes! The regulatory environment has really challenged our ability to always be the “good partner” with our clients that we want to be.

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How is technology changing banking today? Honestly, I was nervous at first that technology would detract from the relationship with our clients. What we have found is that it complements our ability to serve our clients more efficiently by giving them access to critical information on a real-time basis.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job or in life in general? I think it is what most people are challenged with these days, and that is life balance: making sure that you are growing in your career but also making time for your family and your faith. It is a daily juggling act!

Banking was for many years a man’s profession, but now many women are finding their place in this field, don’t you agree? I have been very fortunate to have worked in situations where my job skills were valued regardless of my gender. In general, I do see more women in positions of influence and authority and challenge them to give back, to be a mentor to a young woman seeking a career in banking.

What do you love best about your job? People! My No. 1 motivation in my job is going the extra mile for my clients — not only taking care

Jennifer Moriarty

of their banking needs, but trying to anticipate those needs to give them something extra.

What is your daily life like? Well, there is no

Vice president, community development officer

such thing as “banker’s hours” anymore. A typi-

Wells Fargo

cal day is 10 to 12 hours long, and even once you

Years in this position: 7 plus

leave the office, you are connected by phone and

Total years in banking: 27

email. You better love what you do!

Education: BBA in finance from Texas State University, MBA from St. Mary’s University

Do you have any advice to women interested in a career in banking? Embrace every experience, good or bad, as it gives you a

How did you get started in banking? My first job out of college was as a teller, but very

well-rounded knowledge base from which to

shortly I transitioned into mortgage lending as a loan processor and originator. I have

build. Find someone in a position of authority

worked in a wide variety of positions in banking, and prior to joining Wells Fargo, I ran a

that you trust and respect, and ask if she or he

local community development financial institution that was shareholder owned by 21 local

will mentor you.

banks and provided financing to small businesses that couldn’t secure traditional bank financing. The organization has since merged with ACCION Texas, Inc.

How do you give back to the community? By finding organizations where I have a passion for

What led you to be interested in this kind of work? Actually, I didn’t aspire to be a

their mission and that have similar value systems

banker. As a matter of fact, my grandmother served as a vice president at a bank, and she

and integrity in the way that they do business.

discouraged me from a career in banking because she didn’t feel that women were paid well in that industry. Fortunately, a lot has changed since her time. My father, who is very

Any other pearls of wisdom? Have integrity

persuasive, was in the mortgage business and thought that it was a good path for me. I

in all things you do, communicate effectively and

enjoyed working in mortgage lending, yet it was when I began focusing on homeownership

often, listen and surround yourself with people

for first-time homeowners that I really found my passion, and ultimately it led me to a

who are smarter than you are!

much broader focus in supporting the needs of our community.

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Were you always a math whiz? Absolutely not. While I liked finance, I would never say I was a “math whiz.” In fact, the graduation ceremonies at Texas State

I do see more women in positions of influence and authority and challenge them to give back, to be a mentor to a young woman seeking a career in banking. — Jeanne Bennett, Amegy Bank of Texas

University were held before final grades were released. I can vividly recall sitting in my cap and gown, with my parents and grandparents in the audience, praying that I had actually passed my math class. I didn’t know at the time, but I had earned a C. Whew!

How is technology changing banking today, and what challenges/opportunities does that afford you in your work? When I was processing mortgage loan files in the late ‘80s, everything was done via typewriter and mail — and in triplicate. Now, everything is computerized, allowing us to be so much more efficient and reach a much broader audience. Yet because much of my work is focused in underserved communities, I recognize that the digital divide is a very real challenge. Not everyone has a computer, and not everyone is technology-savvy, and that creates access issues for a large percentage of our community.

Now everything is computerized, allowing us to be much more efficient and reach a broader audience. Yet ... I recognize that the digital divide is a very real challenge. — Jennifer Moriarty, Wells Fargo

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job or in life in general? Without question, I see more opportunities than I do challenges. One of the greatest opportunities I have is inspiring Wells Fargo’s more than 5,000 team members in San Antonio to actively engage with our community. Recently, our volunteer chapter members told me that they adopted 1,000 Angel Trees on behalf of the Salvation Army program. That’s 1,000 families in this community that will have had a better holiday because of Wells Fargo.

What do you love best about your job? I love my leadership and colleagues.

What is an average day like? I am married to Kevin C. Moriarty, CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, and I have one son, Reid, age 16. Kevin has four grown children — Kendra, Kevin, Kenneth and Christopher. Most days are kicked off with Kevin’s serving me cappuccino, and then I head off to take Reid to school.

Marketing involves creative work, but it also involves knowing our products backward and forward. — Betsy Baker, Jefferson Bank

Typically, my workdays include conference calls. I also meet with various community groups and support several internal employee engagement committees. Every day is ripe with new challenges and opportunities, and that’s what I enjoy about my life.

What advice would you give to a young woman interested in a career in banking? I would tell her that there is a lot of opportunity in the financial services industry and that she shouldn’t be shy about embracing and seeking out leadership roles. Former ambassador and author Linda Tarr-Whelan has a great quote that is applicable here: “When the door of opportunity opens, step through it.” I’d add that you shouldn’t hesitate and assume that it was opened for someone

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is hearing the clients' stories — learning about their family, profession and dreams and finding the correct solution for their financial needs.

else. It’s there for you! So step up, work hard, and everything else will fall into

— KaRynn Kolm O'Connell, Broadway Bank

and I joined the board of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas last year and serve

place, especially if you are passionate about your job.

What hobbies or things outside of work do you enjoy? I love art. Right now, I am working on a project that includes lots of bottle caps and cut-up soda cans. I also make jewelry and enjoy reading, traveling and cooking for friends and family.

How do you give back to the community in your job? Right now, I am focused on Wells Fargo’s commitment to home preservation and financial education. Also I was appointed the chair of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council this year,

on the organization’s executive committee. I am a trained facilitator, and I have spent a significant amount of time this year working with nonprofit organizations.

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What are some things about your job that others might be surprised to know? Marketing tends to encompass a lot of things. I wear many different hats, which keeps the job exciting. I enjoy working with and learning about all the departments within the bank and how our area can help. Marketing involves creative work, but it also involves knowing our products backward and forward.

What are the biggest challenges you face in your job or in life in general? Balance! Growing up, my father taught my three siblings and me the concept of the “fourlegged chair”: religion, health, education/wisdom and family/friends. The goal is to distribute the weight (importance) equally. When we stop focusing on one, we lose our balance. At this stage in my life, my constant struggle is balancing work and family. Jefferson Bank is a family-oriented place, and thankfully I have never had to sacrifice one for the other. I do feel out of balance at times and have to stop and re-evaluate where my priorities should be.

What do you love best about your job? The people! I can wholeheartedly say we have the most amazing employees and customers I have ever experienced.

What is an average day like for you at home and in

Betsy Baker

your job? Each day holds a new challenge. Most days start with getting my two children off to school, then coming in to work. I have a few routine responsibilities, but after that our department is reacting to the needs of other de-

Vice President, marketing director Jefferson Bank

partments, working on projects with our advertising agency, Texas Creative, and strategic planning for the weeks/ months ahead. Some days are longer than others;

Years in this position: 9 Total years in marketing/PR: 15 Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Texas at Austin

however, a lot can be done from my computer at home. So, if a project requires longer hours, I can still give my family time after work and then pick back up after children go to bed. My husband, Wally, owns Casa Verde Land-

How did you get started in this field? After graduating from college, I entered the retail leadership program at Texas Commerce Bank

scaping. I have a son, Owen, who is 10, and a daughter, Elizabeth, who is 7. We also have a sweet yellow Lab, Lily.

in Houston (now Chase Bank). Even though my degree was in elementary education, I saw this as an opportunity to learn about bank-

What advice would you give to a young woman interested in a

ing from the ground up on a faster track. The program was familiar to

career in this field? Get as much exposure in as many different de-

me through friends with whom I graduated. I was curious about what

partments of the bank as you can. It is so beneficial to have an under-

opportunities it might offer.

standing of how each area operates, what each focus is, and what the challenges are. It’s important to know what messages our customers

What led you to be interested in this kind of work? I felt that with

are receiving.

my education degree, opportunities in teaching would be available; however, the opportunity to learn banking through class and experi-

What hobbies or things outside of work do you enjoy? I enjoy

ential work was rare. I didn’t get into marketing until I started working

hunting and fishing with my husband and family, I like to exercise, and

at Jefferson Bank. I began in February of 2000 in small business lend-

I adore time with good friends

ing, then P&E lending. After four years at Jefferson, there was an opening in marketing. I had always had an interest in that, and I felt I

How do you give back to the community in your job? I am on the

knew our bank well enough to convey the right messages to cus-

board of Mission Road Ministries, I am a Guardian of Girls Inc. of San

tomers and prospects. It turned out to be a great fit, and I have loved

Antonio, and I am involved in my church as well. I also volunteer with

every day of my job since then.

Junior Achievement through the bank.

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What do you enjoy most about your job? The people I work with and relationships I develop make my career fun and enjoyable, which brings a smile to all. I take time to get to know my clients as individuals and deliver the best financial solutions that our company has to offer. Client satisfaction is a No. 1 priority. Broadway has a great group of resources, and I am proud to be a part of the Broadway Bank team.

What are some things about your job that others might be surprised to know, and what are some misconceptions people have about bankers/banking? At Broadway Bank, each loan is discussed collegially to arrive at an innovative, creative solution for each client. It may surprise people to know that the solutions we offer are never “cookie cutter” or “one-size-fits-all.” It should also be comforting to know that loan decisions are made right here in San Antonio by local Broadway Bank executives.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background. I am a native of San Antonio who enjoys volunteering in the community, and I have actively provided leadership to many community and civic organizations.

KaRynn Kolm O'Connell

In what ways do you enjoy giving back to your community? I served as the 2004 Junior League of San Antonio president, as a former co-chairman for Leadership San Antonio, as a volunteer for NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Final Four and Midwestern

Senior vice president, private banking

Regional City Events and as a previous board member

Broadway National Bank

for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Antonio, as well as for

Years in professional banking: 22 the San Antonio Library Foundation. I am currently a

Education: BBA in finance from the University of Texas at Austin

member of the Battle of Flowers Association and the Downtown Rotary Club.

How did you get started in this field, and what do you like best

San Antonio is a great place to live. Tell us about your home life

about your career in banking? Helping clients and prospects with

with your family. My husband, Keith O’Connell, is a local attorney and

their financial business needs gives me great joy. I help my clients de-

immediate past president of the Texas Association of Defense Coun-

velop a strategy designed to help them optimize their liquidity and

sel. We are proud parents of a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who is cur-

manage their debt and savings, including establishing a wealth man-

rently in her second year of law school. We are also lucky to have three

agement plan for their family. One of the most enjoyable parts of my

Labrador retrievers.

job is hearing the clients’ stories — learning about their family, their profession, their dreams and finding the correct solution for their fi-

What hobbies or activities outside of work do you enjoy when

nancial needs. At Broadway Bank this becomes a win-win for every-

you’re off the clock from banking? I enjoy meeting people, volunteer-

one and builds lasting relationships.

ing, traveling, saltwater fishing and spending time outdoors.

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Effective Connecting It’s about building relationships By Linda Elliott

Wikipedia says: “Business networking is a socioeconomic

• If you focus on them, they will like you, but they really won’t know

activity by which groups of like-minded business people rec-

much about you. Why do they like you? Because you are interested in

ognize, create, or act upon business opportunities.” Does that

them. It’s an ego thing! That’s exactly where you want them. • Be cautious that you do not interrupt private conversations in your

help you at all? I suspect not! Personally, I’m not a fan of the terminology “networking”. I prefer to refer to the activity as “connecting to develop relationships” which is es-

quest to meet and greet. That is considered rude! • Don’t “bug” people. Accept the fact that not everybody is going to warm up to you. Just write those individuals off, and move on.

sential for creating new business opportunities. Some may be intimidated

• It is always fun to meet new people, so make sure you go to every

while others may consider the activity pure drudgery. No matter what, it

networking event with the attitude that you are going to have fun. You

is important to maintain a positive attitude, and enjoy the success it will

will find that you are a magnet!

yield you!

Let’s assume you have had what could be considered a super con-

So, if you are on board with me, networking is actually relationship

necting experience at an event. You sure don’t want to blow it now, do

building — if you want to justify your time, money and effort. Here are 10

you? You’ve collected a few business cards (hopefully with notes about

valuable tips for effective relationship building.

the people jotted on them). Be sure to enter them into your database

• Always remember that people like to talk about themselves, not

and FOLLOW UP IMMEDIATELY! Technology is a wonderful tool for us

about you. So, be interested, not interesting! That will be the best tip

to use in most instances, but an old-fashioned handwritten note is the

you will EVER receive. • The more you discover about individuals, the easier it is to engage

ultimate compliment in all instances. Send a simple note (via email or posted note) expressing that it was a pleasure to meet him/her and you

them in helping or recommending you and your services. This will allow

look forward to knowing them better. It’s always good to mention some-

you to tailor your recommendations to best meet their needs.

thing that you chatted about in your brief message. You can then strate-

• Don’t appear to be pushy or aggressive. That equates to desperation. Be upbeat and confident in yourself in a subtle but friendly fashion. • Ask lots of questions about them. Keep their interests in mind so that you can always be looking for articles or opportunities to share with

gize on how to further develop your relationships. Of course, each one will — and should — be unique. Remember that quality relationships are developed one at a time. In the end, people inevitably prefer to do business with people they like.

them. And, if a helpful idea or thought comes to mind as you’re visiting,

And here’s an extra tip for you — If you do take the time to handwrite

offer it immediately. This proves that you’re invested in the conversation

a note, it is wise to send another message by email so that you can begin

and are sincerely interested in them.

to develop an email connection. After all, that has become the universal

• When in a large networking environment, don’t cling to one per-

means for communicating. AND, you better be keeping up with your

son or group. Move around. And, don’t sit with other people from

email, or all of this advice is for naught! Sorry to be so harsh, but it is re-

your company — pick a table where you don’t know anyone. In other

ality in this new world we live in. With the right attitude, the right system,

words, mingle!

and a big smile you will be awesome!

• Don’t give your entire story at a networking event. Practice your very brief elevator speech. Ambiguity stirs the curiosity and creates an opportunity to meet again for a schedule appointment.

May all of your business connections be successful and enduring! Linda Elliott is president of Elliott Connection, LLC, a company that helps develop strategic business connections.

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The Poinsettia Ball



1. Dr. Fernando Guerra and Beverly Purcell-Guerra with Lori and Mark Wright 2. Paul and Mary Overstreet and Rick Cavender with Toffe and Sherry Satel 3. Karen Dawson, Mary Ann Franzke, Mary Denny, Sally Owens and Renee Murray 4. Beth and Jim O'Brien with The Hon. Sandee Bryan Marion and Dr. Homero Garza 5. Patricia Fooshee, Lois Jones and Barbara Schneider Rattan 6. Mary Beth Fisk and Danny Miller with Tenchita and Alfredo Flores 7. Lisa and Tim Blonkvist 8. Pam and Art Burdick 9. Veronica and Ruben Escobedo 10. Ginger and The Rev. Mike Cave

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Women’s Wellness Cosmetic Surgery: A Life-Changing Experience By Anne Moore


You can

lift, enhance,

augment, rejuvenate or


Cosmetic surgery is no longer for the rich and famous. You, too,

Often, as part of a face-lift, other procedures are added in the

can lift, enhance, augment, rejuvenate or correct almost any area

areas of the forehead, cheeks, brows and eyes. Lasers are now

on your body you’d like to see changed.

used to sculpt or resurface areas of the neck and jaws.

Today, aesthetic surgeons have access to modern implements and materials to make the performance of procedures safer, faster, more precise and less painful. Some of the most popular

Because smaller incisions are required, endoscopy (which utilizes an illuminated tubular instrument to visualize the interior of a hollow body part) can sometimes be used, depending upon the pa-

procedures still include the face-lift, breast

tient. This results in faster recovery time while

reshaping and nose, ear and eye modifica-

causing less trauma to the underlying tissue.

tions. Can hip and butt enhancements be

Liposuction can be used to remove notice-

far behind?

able fat deposits in the neck/chin area.

A face-lift is a surgical procedure with the goal of obtaining a more youthful appearance. The first one was performed in 1901 in Berlin. So, a big thank you to the surgeon, Eugen Hollander. The medical name for a face-lift is rhytidectomy, meaning “excision of wrinkles.” This surgery involves reshaping of the lower one-third of the face by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying tissues.

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As mentioned before, other individual techniques, such as an eye lift, can be performed along with the face-lift. Sometimes, after a face-lift, your ears or earlobes might appear to be a little larger or just not quite “right.” If this occurs, the disparity is easily corrected. Overall, a face-lift gives one a smoother and therefore more youthful appearance. The procedure tightens sagging, drooping

W WOMEN’S WELLNESS skin and tissue that causes the formation of those deep creases from the nose down to the lips. It can take a couple of weeks before bruising and swelling decreases. Scars, although hidden, may take as long as a year to totally fade. Breast modification procedures continue to be very popular, particularly breast augmentation. You can also lift, enhance, reshape and even reduce the appearance of your breasts. Whichever procedure you choose will certainly change your self-image. Breast augmentation can give you a va-va-voom look if you desire, or it can be effective in correcting asymmetrical or misshapen breasts, giving you a more self-assured, natural look. You’ll need to make several decisions regarding your breast surgery. For example, depending upon your expectations, there are different types of implants you can choose from, including saline and silicone, each having its own set of pros and cons. In addition, several types of incisions can be used. One type is what’s called an inframammary incision, which is placed below the breasts, thus hiding the scarring. Another type is the periareolar incision, which is made around the areola, preventing any scarring around the breast itself. Additionally, you’ll need to consider where you prefer to have the implant placed — submuscular (under the muscle) or submammary (behind the breast tissue). You and your surgeon will discuss these various choices, the advantages and disadvantages of each and his or her recommendation for you. A breast lift helps reverse sagging breasts resulting from aging, breastfeeding or yo-yo weight gains and losses. You and your surgeon can create an entirely new shape to your breasts, making them firmer and perkier. Or you can choose to lift your breasts just enough to turn back the clock.

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W WOMEN’S WELLNESS On the other hand, there are those requiring breast reductions

imperfections or for cosmetic preferences. Implants provide per-

— a concept foreign to many of us. Evidently, large, heavy breasts

manent changes, whereas injections provide temporary fixes

can be a pain in the b-u-s-t! And they produce pain in the shoul-

lasting from a few months to a year or more. Keep in mind that

ders, the back and the neck. I recently read of another reason for

implants require a much longer recovery period than injections,

downsizing the breasts — one I admittedly would not

and, as with any surgical procedure, there are more

have thought of on my own — the limited ability to par-

chances for complications. If it’s necessary to actually

ticipate in sports or exercise programs. Trying to reduce

file down the jawbone in chin surgery, consider all your

or otherwise tone your body can be frustrating when

options because this is much more serious surgery.

you can’t burn those extra calories off. Your surgeon

Ears that are oversized, that stick out or are de-

can provide you with all the details if you decide to have

formed can be embarrassing to children as well as

this procedure.

adults. More than likely, you’ve probably noticed that

Just as with your eyes, ears and other facial areas,

the ears continue to grow as we age. Ears needing more

your neck can be lifted. This is particularly important

dramatic results may require the reshaping of the bone-

when some say one can tell the age of a woman just by

like cartilage within the ear. Many times, some trimming

looking at her neck. A neck lift is said to give you a big

or reshaping of the skin and underlying tissue structure

bang for your buck. That’s because it can offer a signifi-

can fix the problem without involving the thicker carti-

cant, very natural-looking change in your appearance,

lage material. Most of the time, scarring is well hidden.

without a long recovery period. The bonus is that you not

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, still ranks high among

only look younger, but also thinner since the fat is re-

popular cosmetic surgery procedures, even more so

moved, along with the tightening of the muscles. You’ll

since cosmetic surgery becomes more and more ac-

quickly look as if you have lost weight.

cepted and attainable. After all, your nose is right there

Other singular procedures include surgically re-

in the center of your face! Here, any little “defect” or im-

shaping your chin or lips, using implants. As with your nose, it

perfection, perceived or real, is noticeable. Of course, nose work

may be that you want these changes because of some sort of

can be overdone, a la Michael Jackson. Many people require nose

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W WOMEN’S WELLNESS surgery because their breathing is affected by a deviated septum or other obstruction. Blockages causing nasal problems sometimes result from an accidental blow to the face from a fall or a car wreck or some other trauma to the face. Thanks to certain popular entertainers, and famous others who have no talent, we’ve become more aware of and enamored with larger, shall we say, “backsides.” Cosmetic butt augmentations and lifts are now sought after by those seeking a more youthful appearance. Least invasive is the transfer of your own fat, which has been obtained from other areas of your body and then placed in your butt. Since this procedure increases the fullness of the entire butt, it gives new meaning when we say, “might as well just stick this (pastry, candy bar, ice cream and so forth) directly onto my hips.” For the butt lift, the harvested fat is placed in the upper quadrant of the butt. This placement “rejuvenates” the butt without adding size to the entire area. For a permanent butt lift, just as in a breast lift, silicone implants are used instead of fat or some other substance. For an overall tuned and toned appearance with minimal down time, you can just go with various forms of liposuction. Using liposuction techniques, you can lose inches, even pounds, resulting in a leaner look to your arms, legs, stomach, thighs — just about any part of your body. In most instances, there is no need for general anesthesia. Please choose a board-certified plastic surgeon for any of these procedures. The more experience he or she has performing cosmetic surgeries, the better. You want to have a life-changing experience that is also positive.

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Kathy Rafferty and Wendy Atwell visit at the Symphony League Holliday Coffee.

Doreen Magoon gathers with Cathleen Meriweather and Heather Lammers at the Holiday Coffee hosted by the Symphony League.

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Barbara Brinkman, Suzan Taff and Heather DeCamp chat with Sharon Caraway and Susan Revier at the Alpha Phi Sorority's Annual Founder's Day Luncheon.

Marilyn Lanfear receiving the Best and Brightest Award from the University Roundtable president, John Blaha.

Bill and Susan Chandler, Bill and Virginia Van Cleave with Judy and Al Rath at The Lamplighters Winter Dinner Dance.

Kenneth P. Trevett joins Julie Zacher and Robert Davey, Ph.D, at the Texas Biomedical Forum Fall Lecture Luncheon.


Her Goal is Healing



Photography by JANET ROGERS

hen Ivy Zwicker started her

that’s what the organization needed,” says

approach that teaches social and verbal skills

first job after college, she says,

Zwicker, who earned her MBA in 2007. There

through observation and reinforcement. To

“I thought I’d give it five years,

was no conflict with her wanting to be a clini-

make it accessible to more families, the center

then see what other opportunities I could

cian, despite her undergraduate work in psy-

operates on a sliding scale, making treatment

find.” More than 14 years later, she’s still there,

chology: “I came here to be in management,

that privately would cost $40,000 affordable

only now she’s head of the organization.

and that’s where my natural strengths were,”

to families who pay anywhere from $15 to

she says.

$800 a month.

At the same time, she found a way to get back to her roots, as the daughter of a

As she advanced to human resources man-

botanist whose childhood found her “always

ager, then operations manager and two years

wouldn’t otherwise have any place for their

ago to director, the center grew, too, increasing

child,” says Zwicker. “When someone comes

outside, up a tree or looking at flowers.”







After growing up on the move — Harlingen,

its focus on children’s services. It now provides

to us in crisis, they’ve had so many doors

Yucatan and El Paso — Zwicker graduated

services for 92 children and adults with autism,

closed on them because of (the child’s) be-

from the University of Texas at San Antonio

a disorder that affects the development of so-

haviors. We take that person in crisis and

with a degree in psychology and answered an

cial and communications skills. Young clients

slowly work on the healing process.”

advertisement for a human resources and

come for a diagnosis, receive occupational,

Children with autism, when uncomfortable

safety assistant at the Autism Treatment Cen-

physical and speech therapy and attend the

interacting with others, may resort to violent

ter, one of only three such centers in Texas and

center’s year-round school, accredited by the

or antisocial behaviors because they have

only 30 nationwide. “As five years came and

Texas Education Agency, while adults may par-

learned that kicking, hitting or any other unde-

went, I became part of the mission,” she says,

ticipate in the residential program.

“not just working for the organization but part of it.”

Starting with a special early-intervention

sired behavior gets them away from the interaction. If allowed to continue, these behaviors

program for children ages 3 to 8, the center

are reinforced by experience and become

When she was ready to go back to school

offers support for people with autism across

harder to change. “What we do is very special,”

for a master’s degree, the center’s then-direc-

the life span. For its younger clients, there is

says Zwicker. The center’s behavioral thera-

tor “encouraged me to get it in business, since

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a treatment

pists observe the client, “find what’s going on,

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where they learned that aggressiveness and


what they’re trying to communicate.”

Age: 38 With interventions and exercises, a child

Occupation: Director, Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio; owner, Hill Country Herbalist.

may learn functional communication, whether through voice, sign language or pointing at pictures. Another child, who refuses to sit in a

Personal: Married 11 years to Ryan Zwicker, director of engineering for a firm that designs and manufactures vehicle air-conditioning systems; their dog Briar, cat Basil and cockatiel Chico “live in harmony,” sleeping in the same room after careful introductions.

high chair to the point of being dangerously uncooperative, might learn after six months of positive reinforcement to sit safely in the chair and have a meal. A saying in the field is that “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism” — meaning that each person with autism-spectrum disorders is different. Some may be able to learn in a group setting, while others need intensive one-on-one therapy. At San Antonio’s Autism Treatment

Why she’s a role model: While holding down a demanding nonprofit leadership post, she apprenticed to an herbalist and since started her own herbal-products business. Goals: Professionally, to launch the Autism Treatment Center’s Building Futures capital campaign; personally, to finish illustrating and to publish the children’s books she has written. Best advice ever given: “My dad taught me to expect the unexpected, and I live my life by that. Very little surprises me. It’s our responsibility to see what’s coming so we know how to respond.”

Center, says Zwicker, “We start with where a person is today, with no preconceived notions, study their behavior, gather at least a month’s worth of data and formalize a pattern, and at that baseline start the exercise of replacing un-

Believes in ... “Honesty, hard work and always finding opportunities to be a lifelong learner and teacher.” Her own role models: “There are so many — anyone who takes the time to think about how they take part in the world, who has respect for the Earth and other people.”

desired behavior with functional behavior.” Though not a clinician, Zwicker has seen

“an awesome responsibility,” she says. “It

classroom” for therapeutic horticulture. There,

the process work many times. “To see some-

never feels completed, because there’s always

clients tend and harvest cabbage, broccoli,

one who has problems with aggressiveness

a new challenge.” Applying to become a

tomatoes, eggplant and flowering herbs, in-

learn to trust and not even a year later, be able

provider with state agencies, remodeling proj-

cluding echinacea, lavender and basil, all heir-

to sit down and communicate and follow in-

ects and plans for a first-ever capital cam-

loom varieties. “It’s a safe way to connect with

structions — that’s what has kept me staying,”

paign were among them; at the same time,

their world,” Zwicker says. “If something gets

she says. “I see what we do, and I want to find

Zwicker says, “We’re all getting ready to see

damaged, it will grow back. If someone eats

a way to connect with the mission, bringing

what aging with autism looks like,” as the old-

something, that’s what it’s for.”

my own strengths and ability to be creative.”

est adults with this diagnosis head into their

Adult clients use some of the produce to

A few years ago, she used that ability to

50s and 60s. Organizations like hers will have

prepare lunches for the Haven for Hope home-

solve a health problem of her own. From that

to come up with “best practices for this other

less shelter or Meals on Wheels, which delivers

experience came a new interest that led her

end of the life span.”

food to homebound individuals. “(The clients)

to start a second career — which in turn, fit

Because her day job is a demanding one,

in with a fresh idea to enrich the center’s

she chose not to become a clinical herbalist,

den and making lunches, using the skills they’ve

school program.

“because I don’t have time to see people.” In-

developed here,” she says, adding that she

have so much fun taking things out of the gar-

Afflicted in her early 30s with a puzzling

stead, she says, “I wanted to learn to make

hopes that someday the center will be able to

combination of joint pain and gastrointestinal

skin-care products that I can trust and know

expand the program to offer produce directly

pain, Zwicker learned through testing and an

are good for you.” At home, on the five-acre

to the public, taking the participants through

elimination diet that her troubles were caused

property she shares with her engineer hus-

“the whole cycle of growing and selling food.”

by food allergies. “I was eating foods my body

band, Ryan, she planted herbs — lavender, cal-

To serve more families in need of its serv-

was fighting with,” she says. “Once I started

endula and bee balm are favorites — in raised

ices on an expanded campus, the center plans

eliminating foods I was sensitive to, I felt great.

beds within her 30-by-40-foot garden, where

to launch Phase II of its ongoing capital cam-

It cleared up everything.”

she also grows figs, tomatoes, carrots and

paign for a new school building designed to ac-

other vegetables.

commodate students with sensory sensitivities

She came out of the experience “with a profound interest in understanding food more,”

Using herbs from her own garden or from

she says. “I wanted an avenue to share it and to

trusted sources, Zwicker handcrafts the prod-

Fortunately, Zwicker is blessed with “a lot

learn more about how plants and food can help

ucts in her Ivita line of lotions, scrubs and

of energy; my brain wants to stay busy.” As for

our bodies.” Zwicker contacted an Austin

serums, available through her IvitaBotanicals

her second life in the garden, she calls that

herbalist and arranged for an apprenticeship,

store on and her Hill Country

“self-preservation, a healthy, wonderful outlet

spending every weekend for a year plus bed-

Herbalist site,,

that makes me stronger.” After a weekend

time reading on learning her new craft.

where she also writes a gardening blog. She

using “the other part of my brain,” she says,

infuses her own oils with herbs because “I

“by Monday I feel refreshed.”

At about the same time, she was promoted to her present position at the Autism Treat-

know how it should smell and look.”

ment Center. Like her previous job changes, it

Some years before, she started a garden at

felt like a natural progression, but it was also

the Autism Treatment Center, an “outdoor

and for more opportunities for adult clients.

For more information about the Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio, visit

january/february 2013 |



Lyn Belisle: the path of discovery By JASMINA WELLINGHOFF


Photography JANET ROGERS

Artist Lynn Belisle poses with some of the collages for which she is famous. She is opening a new studio and hopes to conduct Technology for Artists workshops.

is a visit to a local cemetery, where she uses moist clay to delicately obtain a press mold of faces found on gravestones

t’s a busy First Friday in Southtown,

of the day and has all the colors of the day

with people milling around, visiting

— blue sky, grey sky, pink clouds, the gold

are later embellished and kiln-fired in

galleries and restaurants. On this

of the sun and the orange of the sunset.”

small editions of 10 to 15. Treated with es-

(without damaging the carvings). These

particular night I have come to see the

But for Belisle it also became a

sential oils, the faces become “scent

new paintings by Lyn Belisle shown at La

metaphor for change and endings, not

shards,” which proved to be very popular

Vida Gallery, a colorful little place on the

only in terms of a single day but in a

with buyers at her open-studio events

northern edge of the artsy district. Collec-

broader sense. She was feeling a little blue

and in galleries. “They are creepy-pretty.

tively titled 30 Shades of Twilight, her 30

about her first grandson leaving for col-

They exude a certain gothic appeal,” says

small paintings are arrayed on the back

lege and the realization that time is indeed

the artist. “They are all different and

wall, each a nearly abstract rendition of

running out. “At my age, you realize you

seem to resonate with people on differ-

the late afternoon sky, bursting with lus-

have at best a couple of decades left. All

ent levels.”

cious colors that hide a hint of turmoil.

these things were going through my

The specific inspiration for the Twilight

mind,” she says.

For her 3-D collages, the artist integrates the faces with photographic, text

series came from the artist’s observation

Abstract painting is a new beginning

and other elements in framed configura-

of the sky as she was driving home one

for Belisle, who has been an artist and art

tions that tell mysterious stories in visual

evening on Loop 410. “Every time I looked,

teacher all her life. She is better known

terms. A recent series was exhibited under

there was a different view of sky and

for her paper collages, earthenware

the title Encantos, a most appropriate

bridge or sky and power lines and all these

sculptures and mixed media collages,

name. Belisle believes that artists “dip into

colors,” she explains a few days later when

which often include a clay face. The first

the well of the collective subconscious”

we meet in her small studio to talk. “Twi-

step in making those iconic faces that

and she lets us, the viewers, decide what

light is a good metaphor for the richness

have come to be identified with her style

the stories are about.

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In the past several years, her work has

At left, one of Belisle's collages based on a clay mold of a face found on a gravestone. She visits local cemeteries and uses moist clay to obtain the press molds of the faces without damaging the carvings. Below, a selection of her paintings.

been shown in several local and regional venues. In addition to La Vida, she has had exhibits at the Nueva Street Gallery in La Villita, the Rockport Center for the Arts and twice at the San Antonio Art League Museum, where she won an award in the group’s 2012 juried show. In addition, she conducts multiple workshops both at her studio and other locales, teaching a variety of creative endeavors. “I’ve been so lucky; it’s come all together for me recently,” says the artist. ART, TEACHING AND TECHNOLOGY A 35-year veteran of teaching art in public schools, mostly in NEISD, Belisle participated in a number of art shows throughout the 1980s and early ‘90s but gave up active art making about a decade ago when she was hired to teach computer applications and graphic design at Trinity University. The high-tech job took all her energy, as she was learning the very material she had to teach to the students. Eventually, a visit with her former studio partner, Carol Mylar, who now lives in Colorado Springs, motivated her to clean up her home studio and start creating. “I realized that come hell or high water, I needed to come back to art because I was really missing it,” she says. Her first two-dimensional collages were small pieces used as artsy covers for journals or e-readers that gradually led to more complex and larger works and ultimately to the 3-D collages of recent years. This past summer, Belisle had a similar

email and Facebook, Boston is no longer

paintings at the SoL Center in late April,

motivating experience during a workshop

that far away,” she explains. “I am going

and a move to a larger studio in the

taught by Gwen Fox in Taos, N.M., that in-

through a period of growth and discovery

Carousel Court shopping center, next to

troduced her to new acrylic colors and

right now, and so are they. It’s a good time

her friend Ann Pearce’s jewelry shop. The

techniques. That same feeling of I-need-

for all of us to embark on a new journey.

latter sometimes uses Belisle’s small

to-do-it-now pushed her to produce the

But I am looking forward to visiting them.”

shards as decorative elements in her jew-

Twilight series. Priced reasonably at $90

Since 1976, Belisle has been married to

elry. There, she envisions expanding her

each, nine canvases sold opening night. “A

psychologist Michael Belisle with whom

workshops and helping other artists, espe-

terrific feeling,” admits the artist.

she shares a colorful home full of art and

cially the technology-challenged ones.

Her only child, the now-famous author

art objects. It’s hard to take it all in at first,

“I have friends who are good artists

of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians

but one notices a row of multicolored

but are not savvy with computers that

series, Rick Riordan, and his wife were

books lined up on the mantel under a

can help them to present and market

mingling with the gallery-goers that night.

bright quilt by fiber artist Susan Monday.

their work,” she notes. “If an artist is able

After introducing me to them, Belisle ex-

Upon closer inspection, the volumes turn

to display her work digitally and find the

plained that they would be moving to

out to be Riordan’s books in various for-

right sites for that, she goes from a local

Boston, where their older son will be at-

eign translations, from German and Russ-

gallery to world-wide exposure. I would

tending college, which was the reason for

ian to Japanese. “I am a big fan of his,”

like to use my new space to set up Tech-

her blue feelings mentioned above. But

says the proud mama.

nology for Artists workshops. I love

now she has a more optimistic view of the

In the next few months, she has a lot to

situation: “I was so sad at first, but with

look forward to: another exhibit of her

teaching, especially adults who are really there to learn.”

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Brahms Fe st Majestic Th ival 1 ea 2/8 Fri, 8 pm tre Brahms Fe st Majestic Th ival 2 eatre 2/9 Sat, 8 pm

Shatner’s World with William Shatner Majestic Theatre 1/9 Wed, 7:30 pm

Justin Beiber AT&T Center 1/12 Sat, 7 pm


Glengarry Glen Ross Sheldon Vexler Theatre 2/7-3/3

Diana Ross Majestic Theatre 1/29 Tue, 8 pm

Painting Churches The Classic Theatre 2/8-24

Matchbox Twenty Majestic Theatre 1/30 Wed, 7:30 pm

Roads Courageous world premiere The Playhouse Russell Hill Rogers Theater 2/22-3/17

Don Williams Majestic Theatre 3/1 Fri, 8 pm


Symphony Garza Plays Mozart Majestic Theatre 1/11-12 Fri and Sat, 8 pm Symphonie Espangnole Majestic Theatre 1/25-26 Fri and Sat, 8 pm

Estampas De La Raza Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection Thru 1/27 America’s Finest Recent Work by Vincent Valdez Thru 1/27 SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART Aphrodite and the Gods of Love Thru 2/17 Rostros de Maria: The Virgin as Archetype and Inspiration Thru 2/20 WITTE MUSEUM

Leigh Anne Lester 1/10 -4/28

Texas Performers Under the Big Top Thru 1/13 Mummies of the World Thru 1/27

Julie Speed: Solo Exhibition 2/21- 4/28

Threads of South America: 2,000 Years of Textiles Thru 3/31

Tracy Lynch: Kindred Gestures 2/21 – 4/28

Artists on the Texas Frontier Thru 5/27


WWE: Smackdown AT&T Center 1/15 Tue, 7 pm

Museums Memphis the Musical

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Mr. & Mrs. Angel Huerta (Jessica Barrera) July 14, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Froese (Gaby Lagune) November 14, 2012


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Helena Oseguera, Jane Beck, Evelyn Schubert, Dria Ballew, Siobhan O'Donnell, Zoe Friedrichs and Lena Asmis

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Inga Salyers, Jeri Anne Friedrichs, Paulina, Mayra and Natalia Uribe

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Rotary Club of San Antonio All-American Bowl Awards Dinner January 4 Marriott Rivercenter (210) 222-8242 x 11

SA Stock Show & Rodeo Bar-B-Que Cookoff January 26 SeaWorld (210) 225-5851

Assistance League Lit’‘N Lunch January 11 San Antonio Country Club (210) 732-1200

San Antonio Symphony League and San Antonio Museum of Art 13th Annual Music at the Museum January 28 San Antonio Museum of Art (210) 978-8121

Junior League of San Antonio Resolve for a Better SA 5K January 12 The Bright Shawl (210) 225-1861

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Annual Tower Climb & Run February 2 Tower of the Americas (210) 829-7267

Alamo Kiwanis Club Charities 50th Western & Heritage Art Show January 18 Pearl Brewery (210) 226-4671

North SA Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala February 2 J.W. Marriott Resort (210) 344-4848

San Antonio Rodeo Let’s Rodeo Ball January 19 Freeman Coliseum (210) 225-5851

Friends of Hospice Valentine Luncheon and Julian Gold Style Show February 9 San Antonio Country Club (210) 785-5850

The Auxiliary of St. PeterSt. Joseph’s Children’s Shelter Luncheon and Style Show January 21 Holy Spirit Catholic Church (210) 481-5141

KLRN Wine Opener February 15 St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel (210) 270-9000

San Antonio Rodeo Cowgirls Live Forever Style Show and Luncheon January 24 Pearl Stable (210) 225-5851

House of Neighborly Service House with a Heart Gala February 15 Crowne Plaza Riverwalk (210) 508-8661

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber Annual Gala January 25 Grand Hyatt (210) 225-0462

San Antonio Sports Foundation Sports Hall of Fame Tribute February 15 Alamodome (210) 820-2100

BCMS Foundation Installation Banquet January 26 The Witte Museum (210) 301-4391

KLRN Champagne Brunch February 17 St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel (210) 270-9000


SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD AND TISSUE CENTER KLRN Fine Wine and Cuisine Tasting February 17 Alamodome (210) 270-9000

World Affairs Council International Citizen of the Year Dinner Honoring Dick Evans March 6 Marriott Rivercenter (210) 308-9494

Seton Home Annual Great Expectations Gala February 23 Rosenburg Skyroom (210) 533-3504

ARTS San Antonio Gala Benefit With the Joffrey Ballet March 7 McNay Art Museum (210) 226-2891

UTSA Great Conversations February 26 Institute of Texan Cultures (210) 458-5162

City Year San Antonio Ripples of Hope Gala March 7 Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Brisco (210) 247-4430

SAY Sí Small Scale Work for a Larger Cause Art Awards and Private Preview February 28 SAY Sí (210) 212-8666

Gardenia and Musical Club Julian Gold Style Show and Luncheon March 7 Oak Hills Country Club (210) 824-2493

National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter Walk MS San Antonio March 2 AT&T Center (210) 694-3201

American Heart Association Heart of Gold Gala March 9 Westin La Cantera (210) 617-2609

Junior League of San Antonio Fete du Cuvée Fine Wine Auction March 2 The Bright Shawl (210) 225-1861

NAWBO Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards March 20 Oak Hills Country Club (210) 408-1220

Northeast Education Foundation Starlight Gala March 2 Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade (210) 493-7151

Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation Crown Affair Luncheon March 21 San Antonio Country Club (210) 262-4698



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San Antonio Symphony League 43rd Annual Symphony Ball March 2 J.W, Marriott Resort (210) 865-1416

Ronald McDonald House Annual Golf Tournament March 4 The Club at Sonterra (210) 614-2554

Clarity Child Guidance Center Pinwheel Run for Hope 5K Trail Run, Walk and Fun Run March 23 (210) 582-6406

Culinaria Walk/Run: 5K Wine & Beer Run The Shops at La Cantera March 23 (210) 822-9555 Mike and Kim Fischer

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Kathleen Acock

Bre Alsobrooks

Nancy Chavana

Lisa Gomez

Irene Melendez

Sarita Waltrip

Kathleen Acock, president of Alpha Building Corporation, will become chair of the South Texas Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors in 2013. She has been in the construction industry since 1977 and is a member of the Construction Industry Advisory Councils of Texas A&M University and UTSA, where she is one of the founding members of the council.

Bre Alsobrooks joined the Allen & Allen team as a window and door expert. Previously she had been selling windows for Andersen Windows + Doors. A Texas A&M University graduate, she is a Certified Green Building Professional recognized by the HBA and served on the Executive Board for the Remodelers Council in Columbia, S.C.

Nancy Chavana has joined Broadway Bank as marketing communications officer and assistant vice president in the marketing communications department, bringing 15 years’ experience as a marketing specialist and product manager. Chavana earned a degree in advertising at the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in communication studies from St. Mary’s University.

Broadway Bank announces that Lisa Gomez has joined the bank staff as operations manager in the customer service center. She has more than 10 years of banking experience in senior risk management and as an audit specialist.

Irene Melendez has been promoted by Broadway Bank to market manager and assistant vice president at the banking center in Buda. The long-time resident of Hays County joined Broadway Bank in 2008.

Broadway Bank announces that Sarita Waltrip has been promoted to vice president— market manager at its main banking center. She joined the bank in 2011 as banking services and sales manager at the main banking center location. Waltrip earned a BBA from Texas A&M University at Kingsville.

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CAPRICORN December 21-January 19 You are really starting out this New Year with a sense of empowerment. Tackle the details of any personal plans that will enhance your causes and projects. You have a steady ship ready to fill the cargo bays; preparations to deliver the goods are very important. Be ready to revise these plans once the end of February appears. Spruce up the wardrobe, as you are in the public eye. Remember to indulge in the little pleasures of life, as you deserve them.

AQUARIUS January 20-February 18 The year starts with your looking seriously at your innermost dreams, ideals and visions; can you give them legs to walk on this earth? Be prepared to face management issues when it comes to career matters. Be careful of a “me versus them” approach; it will stir an inadequacy issue that leads to pessimism and doubt. Whatever challenges are before all of you, agree to disagree and combine forces to overwhelm the issues. You will prevail.


CANCER June 22-July 22 Only you can restore the order out of the chaos. Muster your inner strength to bring about a greater sense of peace, balance and harmony. Really confront the financial affairs that have been dodged recently. Scrutinize your inner values and make sure your self-worth and self-dignity are healthy. You are dissolving old notions of what will propel you to future horizons and directions. Pay attention to visionary dreams, as they are quite prophetic.

LIBRA September 23-October 22 Attend to family and domestic affairs as judiciously and expeditiously as possible. Your attention can be diverted with all of the different fires that you have to extinguish. So learn to embrace multitasking, and even though you may feel spread thin, with determination you will be successful. February is a better month for social engagements that are fun and enjoyable. Learn to naturally command attention, as you are ‘lionized’ and appreciated greatly.

PISCES February 19-March 20 You are in a very constructive phase in your life. Be earnest and industrious in how you apply yourself, and above all know in the marrow of your bones you have the creative insights and confidence to exercise discipline and resolve to bring about successes in your present circumstances. Your challenges come in late February as “Murphy’s Law” indicates you may begin to wander off course and chase pipe dreams and end up with nonsense.

TAURUS Promote yourself to as many people as possible, as you are like a beacon light to weary eyes. Believe in your future opportunities that you know you can develop, and pursue them with great confidence and gusto. On the serious side, an analysis of all your relationships is required, as you are meant to remove what has developed as foolishness and malarkey. A partner can shut down and become isolated; avoid being dismayed as all will correct with time.

LEO July 23-August 22 Be sure to have very healthy boundaries in place, as people may want to burden you with unnecessary tasks that help them but leave you disenfranchised. You may be asked to be a mediator in a dispute that you are quite indifferent about, yet something intrigues you to take it in great strides. Remember to remain objective and impartial, for you will provide the impetus for revolutionary change to be accelerated. Be alert to deception and fraud in February.

SCORPIO October 23-November 22 You launch the New Year with feet firmly planted on the ground, and what a Rock of Gibraltar is that ground. A “yes, I can” attitude serves you well, and you are loading the payload on the freight train so future returns on your present investments will experience a payoff. You may experience mixed signals from friends you consider like family members. One of them has lost a sense of priorities; in very certain terms you outline the most important ones.

ARIES March 21-April 20 What an upbeat mood and an I-can-have-it-all mentality as the year starts! Spend energetic times with friends and allies as “friends in high places” network for you and promote you as the cat’s meow. February is more of a month to retreat within yourself to tap into your inner consciousness that will provide you insights and inspirations; they uplift you and an inner contentment emerges. Know when to remain low-key and then pounce when action is necessary.

GEMINI May 21-June 21 Take great strides in knowing yourself more intimately — quite specifically, know your career options and your responsibilities. Realize that adjustments will be on “the fly.” Kindred spirits are attracted to you as they provide panoramic visions of what your future aspirations will become once you believe in them. Late February is a period of states of confusion that will temporarily sidetrack you; everything will be suspended in animation. Life will resume.

VIRGO August 23-September 22 People in general will react negatively to criticism and suggestions, no matter how constructive they appear to you. It will work better if you make it appear that they were the ones who came up with them. Yes, this is a backhanded way of acknowledging your intellect and expertise. Rest assured that people will eventually realize that you were the one who started it all; otherwise smug attitudes bring condemnation. You are truly worth your weight in gold.

SAGITTARIUS November 23-December 20 You bring to a close a period of great scrutiny in how you cooperate, collaborate and work with healthy compromise on other individuals’ projects and enterprises. Because of other people respecting your inputs and imagination, you will reap rewards beyond what is expected. Watch out for “casting pearls before swine,” as some individuals are determined to go down rabbit holes and remain clueless. They have their journeys, and you have yours.

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