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18 PROFILE After ten years of planning, Marise McDermott, director of the Witte Museum, watches her vision to come to life.

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MARCH/APRIL 2017 PUBLISHER J. Michael Gaffney

FROM THE EDITOR Pamela Lutrell, Editor San Antonio Woman

EDITOR Pamela Lutrell ASSOCIATE EDITOR Jasmina Wellinghoff COPY EDITING Kathryn Cocke FASHION & BEAUTY EDITOR Aquila Mendez-Valdez CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shari Biediger, Patti Tucker, Pamela Miller, Tricia Lynn Silva, Molly Cox, Keli Davidson, Janis Turk, Jasmina Wellinghoff, Pamela Lutrell, Scott Austin, Neven Jones PHOTOGRAPHY Janet Rogers, Martin Waddy, Eber Guerrero, Candace Schaddelee, Al Rendon

Dear Readers, Texas wildflowers … Fiesta medals … outdoor dining … sunscreen … and vibrant colors … it must be springtime in San Antonio! April is when we dress up and host our best party of the year. Aren’t we the only city that takes a holiday just for a parade? Of course, I am talking about the single largest parade in the country completely coordinated and run by women — the Battle of Flowers Parade. We know how to do it right, don’t we, ladies? Whether directing notable events or parades, local women are also showing off how they coordinate and run businesses across our city. This is why we have started a new section of the magazine called San Antonio Woman Connect, specifically for professional women on all levels. Read the commentary of our new business contributing writer, Tricia Silva, and up-

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Marise McDermott, Director of the Witte Museum who has persevered through a complete renovation and is now celebrating the results. We also want to honor the game changers in town, women making a difference in their career or home life or community. We begin with women moving up the corporate ladder while working at home. They prove there are new ways to be successful on two fronts. Also, catch up on career fashion features from our fashion and beauty editor, Aquila Mendez Valdez. And speaking of Fiesta, check out Aquila’s suggestions for Fiesta fashions and her interview with Axelle Parker, wife of Tony Parker, our favorite NBA point guard. We have a lot to celebrate this spring, so we hope you will fix a glass of refreshing iced tea, and settle down on the patio with this edition of SAN ANTONIO WOMAN.

Keep Smiling, Pamela

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W CONTRIBUTORS MOLLY COX Molly Cox is the president and CEO of SA2020, a nonprofit that uses data to drive action. Previously, she served as the director of UTSA’s Center for Policy Studies, where she led nonprofit management programs for current professionals and students. In 2011, she opened Nonprofit FancyPants to work with area nonprofits on communication strategies, program evaluation and strategic planning. Her first client was SA2020. She has served on the selection committees for the Texas Governor’s Volunteer Awards, Silver and Black’s Team Up Challenge and San Antonio’s Ethics in Business Awards. She has also co-emceed TEDx San Antonio, judged the San Antonio Book Festival’s Literary Death Match and recently directed The Glass Menagerie at The Playhouse’s Cellar Theatre. She is vice-chair of the Nonprofit Council’s executive committee and a member of the San Antonio Express-News community advisory committee.

TRICIA LYNN SILVA A 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry, Tricia Lynn Silva was the real estate reporter/ columnist for the San Antonio Business Journal from 2000 to 2014. During that time, she broke the news about many of the largescale developments that dramatically changed the landscape of the Alamo City and repositioned San Antonio as a major player within a world economy. Her timely and accurate reporting of these events made her a trusted voice within the industry and earned her a following of readers. Most recently, she was the assistant managing editor for the Business Journal.

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Beginning in late March to midApril, Texas comes alive as the bluebonnets bloom. Take a drive through the Hill Country for breathtaking scenery.

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On April 28, most of the city will shut down for the largest parade in America completely run by women … the Battle of Flowers Parade. Don’t be late! Parade starts at noon. Viva Fiesta!

March is the official celebration of contemporary arts and includes more than 400 exhibitions involving more than 50 venues, including galleries, museums, neighborhoods and studios. Tweet us with your favorites!

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W WHAT’S NEW BEST-SELLING AUTHOR VISITS SAINT MARY’S HALL Dr. Leonard Sax, author of The New York Times bestseller The Collapse of Parenting, spoke to the Saint Mary’s Hall community at two presentations in January. Before a full auditorium of parents, Dr. Sax talked about raising self-reliant children and posed this question to parents: "Why are so many kids today so fragile?" He shared ways parents can help children transition into adulthood by allowing them to experience adversity and through their involvement in a multi-generational community. Dr. Sax also spoke to the faculty about "the four bullies." His talk centered on the wide range of behaviors encompassed in the word "bullying" and strategies to prevent and eliminate bullying on and off campus. Learning from experts like Dr. Sax offers our parents and faculty the opportunity to engage in meaningful and educational dialogue to the betterment of our students. For more information about the ways in which our community supports health, wellness and socio-emotional growth, please visit PHOTO: Saint Mary’s Hall Head of School Jonathan Eades welcomes bestselling author and parenting expert Dr. Leonard Sax to the school’s campus.

WHAT’S NEW AT NIOSA “A Night In Old San Antonio”® (NIOSA®) will be held April 25-28 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. at La Villita. These new foods will join perennial favorites: Mangonadas (Frontier Town); Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings (International Walkway); Fried Dill Dippers and Chicken & Waffles on a Stick (Main Street), new craft beers and a new NIOSA medal. Paperless entry is also new. Remember: NIOSA benefits the SA Conservation Society, so every penny spent preserves our city’s cultural heritage.

PATRIOT MARTIAL ARTS Patriot Martial Arts has opened a second location at 9200 Broadway, Suite 124. The vision of Patriot Martial Arts is to enrich the community by helping women and children get in shape, learn street-smart self defense, and at the same time instill the life skills and character of a true martial artist. They teach important values like respect, self-discipline, confidence, self-control, and integrity. 210-365-5137 © AL RENDON

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Marise McDermott is Guiding the Historic Expansion of the Witte BY JASMINA WELLINGHOFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY JANET ROGERS


en years ago, Marise McDermott expressed confidence that

lations, McDermott is proud to show off her prize. It’s a sunny day

the expansion project she and the Witte Museum were em-

in late January, and there is still work to be done. Some installa-

barking on would be successful. “If you provide something that the

tions seem pretty complete while others clearly need a few more

community really wants, it will happen,” she told this magazine.

days or weeks. The light fills the Valero Great Hall in the Dinosaur Gallery, which will probably fascinate children with its full-size

McDermott, who was and still is president and CEO of San Anto-

skeletons of animals that inhabited this land many millions of

nio’s oldest museum, was referring to the $100 million transfor-

years ago. Adjacent to it is the Texas Wild Gallery featuring life-

mation of the venerable institution, involving 174,000 square feet

size dioramas of flora and fauna from the eight ecological zones

of redesigned and newly constructed space. Today, much of the

of Texas, which is practically a 3-D geography and biology textbook

ambitious plan has become reality, and the New Witte is scheduled

in one large hall. Upstairs, there is the equally detailed and well-

to open its doors to the public in early March. The guiding principle

built exhibit focusing on ancient Texans, the Lower Pecos Indians,

behind the entire effort was a desire to clearly define the museum’s

complete with 3-D hunting and gathering scenes and a typical rock

identity as well as to accommodate growing numbers of visitors

shelter. The popular room with live critters has been recreated as

and enhance their learning experience. Another goal was to create

well. All galleries have complementary labs where visitors can

an urban campus that connects the San Antonio River, which runs

learn through interactive activities. “This is where they find out

behind the buildings, with the Broadway cultural corridor.

how we know what we know,” says the CEO about the labs.

“The Witte is where nature, science and culture meet,” says the

The expansion was planned in three phases. Completed in 2014,

amiable CEO, who has worked tirelessly to assemble the best pro-

Phase I involved the transformation of the H-E-B Science Tree-

fessional team and raise funds for the huge undertaking. “The

house into the H-E-B Body Adventure, an interactive health-related

overarching theme of our exhibits is Texas Deep Time – Water,

permanent exhibit, and the development of the Robert and Helen

Land and Sky, with all galleries telling the stories of Texas, from

Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center in the old Texas Centennial

millions of years ago to today.”

Building. Phase II includes the main building, outdoor gardens and water features and the Mays Family Center, an event facility that

During a tour of the main building, ripe with workers in hard hats

will also house traveling blockbuster exhibits during the summer

casually going about the finishing touches on the various instal-

months. Phase III will follow later.

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Marise’s advice for younger colleagues:

“Just keep moving forward: As long as you have a strong strategic base and great energy, you just

have to determine the incremental


steps that will take you to your goal.

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L-R: Gary Staab, Dr. Thomas Adams, Curator of Paleontology and Geology of the Witte Museum, Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum, Randall Webster, Vice President of the Exhibitions of the Witte Museum work on the display with the Quetzacoatlus sculpture (Quetzy) by Gary Staab located in the HEB Lantern.

McDermott must have given this same tour to many people, but she is just



every time. The museum is so much part of her life that she jokes about being incorporated into its walls. The chair of the Witte’s board of trustees, Don Gonzales, said


Witte wouldn’t have become the New Witte of today without Marise McDermott. She was the catalyst and the leader



headed the transformation.” He went on to praise her for having the wisdom to develop the staff, the board and the plan for the New Witte before starting the massive fundraising push. “She knew which critical elements had to be in place to make sure that the vision could be realized, and she led us all along the way,”

he said.

Museums Tell Stories It all started more than a decade ago when McDermott was hired to develop a strategic plan to guide the beloved but aging museum into the future. She had worked at the Witte before for several years before following



Hollis Grizzard, to Iowa where she spent six years




Rapids History Center, learning



outs of running a non-

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profit. One of the first things she did upon rejoining the Witte was organize a series of meetings with various constituencies to get a sense of “the stories that this community wanted the museum to tell.” Water resources, science and Texas land and history emerged as main interests. After taking over as CEO, she was instrumental in organizing two “prototype” exhibits, The Wild and Vivid LandStories of South Texas and World of Water which embodied those themes and attracted record numbers of visitors. In addition to the three “umbrella themes,” San Antonians also expressed the desire to see the big blockbuster shows that other cities were seeing. “All of that helped us formulate the conceptual structure for the expansion,” notes McDermott. “At the same time the Broadway Corridor was starting to grow, so we decided to do it big.”

Marise McDermott meets with Randall Webster, Vice President of Exhibitions of the Witte; Yesika Moreno, Chief of Staff at the Witte; and Priscilla Soto, CFO of the Witte the week before the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

For years she lived in the River Road neighborhood within walking distance to her job, but the Grizzards eventually moved much farther north to a larger residence with a pool to accommodate visiting







step-grandchildren. “I’ve been married to Hollis for 37 years, so I consider his children (from his first marriage) and grandchildren mine as well,” she says. The youngsters love the Witte and have attended “museum school” there. “They want to know everything that’s going on at the Witte,” says the proud grandma. She is also proud of her own, now adult offspring, James and Julia, for choosing professions that focus on the environment and education, respectively. “These are such important issues. Wow! That’s so inspiring to me that they chose these career paths.” They certainly had a role model in their mom. Does she see herself as such? I ask. She hesitates a bit. “Well, I have a lot of experience and I want to share what has worked in my experience. I love sharing,” she explains. “Because of my age and my long tenure in nonprofits, I can see a longer trajectory than younger people can. So

L-R: Bryan Bayles, Curator of Anthropology and Health of the Witte Museum, Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte Museum, Helen Holdsworth, Curator of Texas Wild of the Witte Museum and Bruce Shackelford, Curator of South Texas Heritage meet to make final opening plans.

that’s a help for my younger colleagues. (My advice has been), just keep moving forward; as long as you have a strong strategic base

Before she got into museum work, McDermott was a journalist and

and great energy, you just have to determine the incremental steps

editor at the former San Antonio Light, which, in her opinion, is a

that will take you to your goal.”

wonderful background for a museum administrator. “Writers understand the power of storytelling,” she notes, “and the Witte tells

Her leadership style is collaborative, she says, emphasizing team-

a lot of stories, from the artistic narrative of rock art, to a scientific

work in making decisions. She repeatedly praises her co-workers

narrative or a forensic narrative, stories that help people learn

in addition to giving credit to the trustees, especially Peggy Walker,

and be transformed by that knowledge. Interestingly, and increas-

for raising the money to make her vision possible. Many minds

ingly, I am meeting museum directors who are writers. I am so

working together deal with challenges better than a single person,

pleased by that. I love gathering the narratives of so many scholars

and there were many challenges along the way. “I can’t even re-

and then figuring out how to create an effective layered learning

member when I last had a full night’s sleep,” she quips. “When you


are working on something transformative like this, high anxiety is part of the deal. We had to be loyal to the legacy of the Witte while

She plans to return to writing someday to document the Witte’s

also being adventuresome and creating something new. That was

story from where founder Ellen Quillin left off, namely from 1960

a huge challenge.” Furthermore, Chairman Gonzales points out

to the present. But that has to wait until things quiet down a bit at

that McDermott had to run a working museum while also dealing

the museum. What she looks forward to in the immediate future is

with architects, contractors, preservationists, donors, the city and

welcoming San Antonio and other Texans to the New Witte. “I am

a myriad of other things. Challenges indeed! “I learned a lot and

dreaming of visitors, lots and lots of visitors, coming through our

am still learning every day,” is how McDermott puts it.

doors,” she said.

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The New Executives Achieving Professional Success from the Home Office BY JASMINA WELLINGHOFF PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARTIN WADDY

Though most of us still commute to work every day, a growing

Monica Early Not that long ago, it would have been almost unthinkable that a senior company executive such as a VP could carry out

number of people opt to work

her duties working from home.

from home for a variety of

a’changin’,” as Bob Dylan famously sang. Monica Early and the

But “the times… they are

company she works for, EndoStim, are on the forefront of that

reasons, and analysts predict

change. With all the existing technological tools for connecting,

that the trend is likely to grow.

conferencing and exchanging huge data files, physical location

The explosion of new technologies that keep people connected across the

matters much less than in the past. Employees no longer have to live in the same city. A chemical engineer by training, Early is currently the VP for regulatory affairs for EndoStim, a company that developed an original implantable medical device for treating acid reflux without drugs. Now in clinical trials, the de-

globe is changing the way

vice is a pacemaker-type neurostimulator that affects the mus-

we do business in both

cles that control the condition. The original idea came from a Mayo Clinic physician, Dr. V.K.

traditional and high-tech fields.

Sharma, who later joined a small group of investors to start the company in 2009. For most of its existence, EndoStim was a vir-

The three women profiled in this article combine the old with the new to make

tual company, says Early, but now there are offices in Austin and in Holland, and the manufacturing takes place in Uruguay. When a recruiter contacted her on behalf of EndoStim three years ago, she was immediately interested. “Two things attracted me,” she explains, “regular income and the device itself, an active implant,

money and pursue

the kind of thing I like working on. It was a good fit for me. Also,

what they love.

there was no similar product on the market.” In addition, she was all too familiar with acid reflux, having taken drugs to suppress it for 18 years. Working from home, however, is not a new thing for her. A native Texan who was employed by several medical device startups in California before moving back here, she first opted for homebased consulting work after becoming a mother. Though the practice gave her independence and flexible hours, the income was

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somewhat unpredictable. Now divorced and under more pressure to make money, Early spends most days in a pleasant home office working hard but thankful that she doesn’t have to brave rush-hour traffic or get all dressed up every morning. She can drive her son to school and pick him up, and they can live wherever they want, she points out. In fact, they moved to their current neighborhood to be close to the boy’s Keystone School. Still, there are disadvantages. “I am working all the time,” she says. “I get emails day and night (her boss is in Israel); you are never away from the office, and it becomes hard to separate work and personal life. Also, sometimes I feel isolated. You don’t develop the same relationships on the phone or through email that you have when you see people every day.” So how did she get from chemical



recognition as an expert on regulatory affairs? Early discovered the medical device field early in her career, thanks to a job at a pacemaker



Freeport, Texas, where she was responsible for obtaining and maintaining international regulatory approvals for clinical investigation and the commercial release of the product. After mov-

So-called “pivotal trials” are presently taking place to evaluate both

ing to California, she sought similar employment, especially with

the safety and effectiveness of the device. Next comes the pre-market

innovative startups. “It’s fun for me,” she notes. “I get to work on the

approval application, which finally opens the door to commercial pro-

development of something new. Most of my job consists of dealing with

duction. And that’s not the end. A post-marketing study is expected as

regulatory agencies in Europe and with the FDA. There are regulations

well, and the company has to stay current on all regulatory changes.

we need to follow at every level and applications to submit for human

The documentation she handles is rather massive and very technical.

trials approval. For a device like ours, there’s a lot of back and forth with the FDA.”

“I get calls from recruiters all the time,” says Early. “But I want to see this product through. I believe in it, and I like working from home.”

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W GAME CHANGERS Lori Goldblatt Artist and mother of four, Lori Goldblatt opted for a modernday business model to add to her family’s budget while also working from home. Eighteen months ago, she was introduced to Rodan + Fields, which makes a premier skin care line. “All my children were in school during the day, and I was eager to do something more than my artwork,” she explains. “I wanted to add a little more value to my life, so I was thinking about what to do. Then my sister suggested I talk to a friend of hers who had her own business as an independent consultant for R+F.” Despite initial reluctance, Goldblatt spoke with the woman and decided to go for it. “It’s basically like owning a virtual franchise,” she notes. Upon enrollment, the company set up a website for her, and she made a modest investment in a business kit that contained information on how to get started. “I gave myself a couple of months to see if it was right for me, and in my second month, I earned back my investment,” she says. “That was encouraging.” As with most sales, success depends on the quality of the product and the skill and effort of the salesperson. “It’s all about talking to people,” emphasizes Goldblatt, who started by talking up the skin care products to her friends and family members. An R+F independent consultant is not expected to throw sales parties. Transactions are conducted digitally, and the products are shipped directly to the customer from the parent company, so Goldblatt doesn’t have to stockpile merchandise. Though she spends a couple of hours a day working the business on her computer, the opportunity to tell people about R+F is everywhere, whether it be soccer practice for the kids or their piano lessons. To reach beyond her personal circles, she uses social media and relies on word-of-mouth recommendations from satisfied users to bring her new devotees. “Women always want to look good and to improve their skin,” she ob-

business appeals to Goldblatt, as it helps create a community of col-

serves. “It’s a huge industry.

leagues who support each other.

Developed by dermatologists Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, the R+F

“What I like best about this work is what it has done for my life,”

product line generally has received good reviews for its safety and ef-

says Goldblatt. “It doesn’t take away anything from my life as a mom

fectiveness, and the company has been growing steadily since its

and artist, and it gives me a reason to connect with other incredible

launch in 2002.. According to the market research firm Euromonitor

women. We empower each other. It’s become a passion for me to men-

International, it is presently the second-largest premier skin care brand

tor other women in this business.” And though she doesn’t throw sales

in the world, just behind Clinique. Naturally, Goldblatt uses the prod-

parties, she is happy to host occasional business gatherings for people

ucts herself, calling them “transformative.” Her skin is lovely, but her

interested in joining the team.

thick eyelashes especially caught my eye — the result, she says, of

Her income contributes to the family budget, pays for summer

using the new R+F serum, Lash Boost. Although she conceded she

camps and other children’s activities, “buys furniture” and takes care

was wearing mascara at the time of this interview, her lashes look

of her personal needs.

nicely dense and natural. Who wouldn’t want lashes like that? Similar to the modern model of social marketing, a consultant can

Beyond flexible hours and increased income, Goldblatt says she loves what she is doing because “it helped me to find my voice again.

enhance their income by recruiting others into the network, which en-

It’s been very much a personal growth journey.” Her current title is

ables them to collect a commission on their sales. That aspect of the

Level 5 Executive Consultant, which means she is mentoring at least

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achieved the first level of promotion based on sales volume. And there’s an additional bonus for her. She gets to see more of her husband, Jeff Goldblatt, the former lead anchorman at KENS-TV, who uses their home as a base for his business as a marketing entrepreneur.

Christina Welch Unlike Goldblatt, Christina Welch loves trunk shows and home parties. Welch’s dining table looks like a jewelry shop display case minus the top glass. Welch is a “personal stylist” for Stella & Dot, a San Francisco-based social selling company that sells other fashion accessories, including handbags, in addition to jewelry. The table “store” commands attention. There is so much to choose from. She picks up a few pieces — a necklace and a pair of earrings — to demonstrate their versatility. Deftly, she manipulates the necklace to show how it can be worn three different ways by attaching the various parts in different ways. The earrings, too, offer at least two options. The clever necklace costs $128, and all the other prices are reasonable as well. After eight years with the company, Welch has risen to the leadership position of star director, thanks to her consistently high sales volume and the

together with girlfriends for a couple of hours, hang out, get some style

fact that she has built a sales team of more than 1,000 other stylists.

advice and try things on,” she says. “I am there to see what their needs

She won the company’s highest recognition, the Spirit of Leadership

are and help them find something they will love. I want to be of service

Award, and sits on the Stella & Dot Style Council, a body that advises

to them.” She is also ready to set up a show in an office during lunch

the company’s designers.

hour or in a store or even in a school. In addition, she organizes Face-

A former fashion PR professional and mother of two sons, Welch says she chose to start her own sales business because “I was craving

book sessions to interact with a bunch of far-flung customers. Like Goldblatt, Welch praises the social marketing companies for

to call my own shots and have control over my time.” While researching

providing entrepreneurial opportunities for women and loves seeing

options online, the Stella & Dot jewelry caught her eye. “What the heck,

the people she mentored succeed.

I’ll try this,” she thought; “the worst that can happen is I’ll end up with

Is selling easy for her?

a lot of cute jewelry if I decide to quit.” Not only did she not quit, this

“I consider myself more in service than in sales,” she notes. “I have

has become a flexible yet full-time job for her. Each week is carefully

something fun to offer – amazing products, fun events – the jewelry

planned. For example, Monday may be reserved for calling women who

sells itself.”

might be willing to host in-home shows; Tuesday may be spent coaching

But she acknowledges that certain personality traits are needed.

her existing team; on Wednesday, she is likely to assist new stylists

“You definitely need to talk the talk and walk the walk,” she observes.

who just joined her network; and Thursday is for actual trunk shows.

“You have to be persistent, resilient, comfortable with being told ‘no,’

On Fridays she runs errands and follows up on all unfinished business.

and you need to be excited about your work and have a goal. Stella &

Though she uses all the available digital media, in her opinion, the trunk or pop-up show is still the best sales vehicle. ”It’s pleasant to get

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Poet’s Walk of San Antonio recently hosted a fun evening called Bonding with Brushes. Special guest painters included discharge planners, social workers, and business development directors from rehabs, adult day cares, and home health/hospice companies. Poet’s Walk is located at 5438 Presidio, 78249.

Fashion Group International held their Spring Trends Fashion Event on February 8 at Neiman Marcus at the Shops of La Cantera. The evening included an update about spring fashion and beauty trends; as well as, a tribute to the local Girl Scouts and 100 years of selling everyone’s favorite cookies. Local Girl Scouts walked the final runway roundup with the models. Pictured here with Girl Scouts and models are Michael Rolf, the general manager of Neiman Marcus San Antonio; Xitlalt Herrera Salazar, marketing director of Neiman Marcus San Antonio; and fashion journalist Michael Quintanilla.

CREW LUNCHEON Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of San Antonio met February 8 at the Oak Hills Country Club for the monthly luncheon. The program was with former Mayor and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who spoke on “Public/Private Collaboration and Investments Fueling Growth in Bexar County: An Outlook for 2017.” Pictured above: Top (L-R) Smita Bhakta, LeAnne Berreth, and Judge Nelson Wolff. Middle (L-R) Sherri Arnold, Novie Allen, Hanna Rochelle, Payal Kakadiya. Bottom (L-R) Dena Welch, Laura Fuller, Amanda Reed, Stephanie Burton, Kelly Rabanal 26 |

The Witte was a beautiful location for hundreds of local women all dressed in red who joined together on February 9 for the Go Red Luncheon. Supporting the American Heart Association at the SAN ANTONIO WOMAN Table were (L-R) Janet Rogers, Nancy Gaffney, Tracie Hasslocher, Cindy Jennings, Pamela Lutrell, Linda Elliott, Sandi Teeter, Madeleine Justice, and Debbie Margozewitz.


Masterpiece by Design in Cordillera Ranch BY KELI DAVIDSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

When Rachel and Mike Trevino met, fell in love and married four years ago, they first worked on blending their families, as each included adult children from their previous marriages. Each had houses with their own distinct style, lots of furnishings and accessories. Rather than attempt to blend it all together, they decided to give most of their things to their appreciative grown children, who were just embarking on building their own lives. To help create a balance of their personal styles, one that would complement their new combined lifestyle, the Trevinos found the perfect mediator in Kim Kraemer of Rue Designs of Boerne. Originally the couple had planned to keep the house that Mike already owned in Cordillera Ranch, since it was close to his work in Boerne. They both appreciated the rural feel and untouched beauty of the Hill Country while living with the amenities and proximity of the city that Cordillera Ranch offers. Looking at an extensive remodel of that home led them to purchase a nearby house by Trey Garner since it already had the outdoor living space that the couple listed as their first priority in a remodel. It was just eight months ago that Rachel entrusted Kraemer to undertake designing the Trevinos’ lifestyle for their new house, and she further tasked her to make it look as if it were not done quickly. Rachel and Kraemer tirelessly pored over CAD drawings and story-boards to create the perfect reflection of the couple’s blended style, which Rachel calls “transitional French.” After creating a clear blueprint of what the house should look like, Kraemer and Rachel took trips to the Dallas Furniture Market, as well as sourcing in Boerne to carefully fill in the pieces to create a masterpiece. No one could ever discern that less than a year ago the couple moved in “with just a mattress on the floor.” This stylish contemporary home is now a joyful and light-filled space that perfectly reflects the couple’s desire to offer a welcoming place for their family and friends and a serene backdrop for their new life together.

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The living room reflects the ease of lifestyle and views that the couple sought in the home’s purchase. Open glass frames the outdoor living area, and the fireplace is gaslit for easy and frequent use. Leather sofa and tufted side chairs are by Hancock and Moore. Cocktail table, square end table and lamps designed by Theodore Alexander. Artwork by The Left Bank and large occasional chair by Century.

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This beautiful room gives the exact juxtaposition of old and new that the couple wanted for their new look. The 18th-century sconces and mirror are from Laurie Saunders Antiques, located in both Boerne and Alamo Heights. The area rug is by Feizy, buffet by Hooker and dining room table and chairs by Century Furniture. The bar setup is reflective of the frequent entertaining that the Trevinos do together. This past November, Rachel and Mike hosted a large blended-family Thanksgiving even before the dining room chairs arrived. The glasses and small accessories are new and reflect the couple’s desire to create a fresh feeling, down to the smallest details.

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Above: The couple loved the warmth of the rock wall, but wanted a more contemporary feel than most typical rusticstyle homes found in Boerne. The master bedroom reflects this balance perfectly. The two occasional chairs, matching ottoman and accent table were sourced from Ambella Home. Bed and nightstands by Theodore Alexander. All the bedding is by local design company Lili Alessandra.

Right: With clean lines and devoid of clutter, the master bath is as much a refuge as the rest of the residence. The couple trusted Kraemer to round out this room with such details as the vanity stool from Cox and the plush towels from Horchow. The glamorous chandelier, artwork and accessories were all sourced at the Interior Trade Cartel (“ITC�) in San Antonio, where Kraemer keeps her office for Rue Designs.

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Left: This is Rachel’s home office that she adores. The views of the street and Hill Country make her feel right at home as she works. The azure area rug is by Feizy and modern desk from Selva at Interior Trade Cartel. Below: This urn by Noir gives the warmth of old and is situated on a contemporary leather pedestal from Ambella. It frames the entry with the uncluttered look that the couple carefully cultivated throughout the house.

Right: The kitchen is light and airy, as is the rest of the home. Rachel used as few window treatments as privacy afforded to gather up the Hill Country views and light. The counter stools are from Horchow and swivel all around to make for easy conversation and entertaining. The swan vases are from Home Accessories Company, and Garcia Glass did the custom art glass vases and platters. The dog platter reflects the homeowners’ love for their two dogs.

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SAN ANTONIO WOMAN: Hi Axelle, thanks for having us today. Tell us a little about your favorite trends or staple items that you’re loving for spring and summer. Axelle Parker: For spring I really like the casual chic trend of an oversized shoulder blazer or suit jacket. Then, even though I generally prefer to wear miniskirts and dresses with black sheer hose or opaque tights during colder seasons, I’d rather them be longer this spring. So I’ll opt for gold and silver 36 |

lamé over-the-knee dresses or halflong pleated skirts.

game? What should a girl wear to support the team but still look stylish?

I like to mix the basics like a tweed jacket with a simple no-sleeve top. I love to mix materials with sneakers. In France everyone has a pair of Stan Smith Adidas sneakers. They are just coming here, but I always have people asking me where I found them.

AP: It depends on what you want to do. If you want to cheer, you put a jersey on, preferably number nine. (Laughs.) Usually I wear flats. I’m crazy about the Louboutin “Fred” shoes; I wear them the whole yearround. But it’s a family atmosphere, so we like it a lot.

SAW: What kind of advice would you give someone going to their first Spurs

SAW: You’ve been in San Antonio for


As the French wife of San Antonio Spur Tony Parker, Axelle Parker has every excuse to have her nose in the air. One might imagine her sitting in her mansion, looking down upon the rest of us meager peasants and wondering what she’s done wrong to end up in the heart of Texas. But to meet her is to know that she is the precise opposite of that snooty Parisian stereotype. She is warm, inviting and fantastically kind. And yet, she commands a closet and a sense of style that may be second to none in San Antonio. She can rattle off brand names and fashion terminology the way some Texans can list breakfast taco flavors. This, no doubt, makes her the perfect candidate to style those of us who are not blessed with natural “cool girl chic” running through our veins. When we sat down in her La Cantera offices, homemade macarons in hand, I was curious to discover if this serious journalist-turned-basketball-wife has what it takes to dress the city’s elite. I should have known simply by the evolution of Tony’s wardrobe since they’ve been together that the answer would be an emphatic yes.

a few years now. Is there anything that you like about our style? AP: What I like is that San Antonio women are not afraid to show some skin, to show that they are sexy. In France we are not too colorful, so I like to take a bit from both and mix it for my clients. SAW: If you had to pick one thing to add to every woman’s closet, what would it be?

AP: A trench coat. I have the Burberry trench coats in beige, like everyone should have. And I have a red, navy blue and black. We love trench coats in France, too. SAW: What’s the biggest challenge in dressing San Antonians? AP: It’s a big challenge for the men to leave the boots behind. This is nice, but when you want to look more professional, you have to wear the dressier

shoes. I’m very good friends with Christian Louboutin, so I can have some shoes sent from Paris with a discount, and this is a very classy shoe. Parker’s clients range from oil and gas CEOs to stay-at-home mothers, and she considers it her passion to help each one find a unique style within their budget. Her services range from wardrobe consulting for men and women to makeup application lessons with her female clients. For more information about her company, send her an email at

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W FASHION CALENDAR March 5 Roshnic’s Fashion Show Whitley Theological Center 285 Oblate Dr. 2-6pm

Texas Biomedical Forum Saks Fifth Avenue 7400 San Pedro Ave. 12-2pm Jewelry on One

March 9-10 Dian Malouf Jewelry Trunk Show Julian Gold

March 23-24 Julie Cohn Jewelry Trunk Show Julian Gold

March 9-10 Denim Event Julian Gold

March 25 Uniqque Boutiqque’s Heart-2-Haute Spring Fashion Show 6227 Krempen Ave. 6-9pm

March 11 Plunge Fashion Show – Jennifer Monrreal Designs The Movement Gallery/ Underground Library 1412 E Commerce 6pm March 21-23 Christine Moore Hat Trunk Show Julian Gold March 22 Theresa Harper-Bruno PA Designer of Jordan Alexander Jewelry Luncheon to benefit the

March 29 Roberto Coin Spring 2017 Trunk Show Saks Fifth Avenue 10am-5pm Jewelry on One

disabilities O’Connor High School 12221 Leslie Rd, Helotes, 78023 1-3pm

Special Cocktail Reception @6 on April 19 Saks Fifth Avenue Jewelry on One

April 4 Etro Fashion Event to benefit the SA Museum of Art Saks Fifth Avenue 6-8pm Designer on Two

April 20 – 30 The Spring Market at La Cantera The Shops at La Cantera 15900 La Cantera Pkwy

April 5-7 Trina Turk Contemporary Trunk Show Julian Gold

April 23 Fiesta Olé San Antonio Shrine Auditorium 901 North Loop 1604 W 10am-2pm

April 18-20 Peace of Cloth Pants and Separates Trunk Show Julian Gold

March 30 - April 1 Peggy Jennings Couture Trunk Show Julian Gold

April 19 Cutting Edge Fiesta Fashion Show Rosenberg Skyroom 847 E Hildebrand Ave. 6pm

April 2 FashionABLE: Fashion Show for Children w/ physical

April 19-20 David Webb Spring 2017 Trunk Show

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Fiesta Beauty fit for a



ach year when Fiesta rolls around, San Antonio women look forward to one thing: COLOR. It’s in the parade floats, the raspas and, of course, their own wardrobes. We asked this year’s La Reina Linda, Christina Martinez, to show us how to pull off a festive eye makeup

look. With the help of makeup artist Olivia Villa, now you can recreate it at home! After foundation and contouring, Villa started with Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Duo in Chocolate to define Christina’s brows, a must, she says, when attempting a bold eye. She then blended Tartiest PRO Amazonian Clay Palette in classic all over the lid and brow bone. For a transition color on the crease, Villa chose the shade Bold and Edgy to deepen the definition. The key to a bright eye is to choose a shade that will complement your overall style without overwhelming. In a nod to Pantone selecting Greenery as the color of the year, we were feeling inspired by turquoise, greens and emeralds. Villa recommends Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Single

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Fiesta Beauty continued...

in Aqua on the lids for a subtle shimmer. Using a large shader brush, she started below the crease and slid the brush down the lid to the lash line to give the hue its true pigment and shimmer without having to pack on the product. As an added touch, she deepened the outer “V” of Christina’s eye with the Edgy shade to give the look a smoky effect. To finish, Villa defined her eye with Inglot Eyeliner Gel, then swept L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black on her lashes. And voila! An easy look for any San Antonio Fiesta soiree, be it the River Parade or A Taste of the Northside. Keep an eye out for Christina during all the festivities, serving in her role to raise thousands of dollars for scholarships on behalf of the Lo Bello Women’s Association. For more information on the title and responsibilities of La Reina Linda, visit their website at Viva Fiesta!

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hen this doctor tells you to eat right and exercise, you only need

walk outside the clinic door to take a step in that direction.

It’s there, in the great outdoors of a San Antonio Medical Center parking lot, that Dr. Lillian Chou and her staff at the Aurora Cancer Center grow everything from olive trees and cactus to herbs and vegetables in galvanized watering troughs and window boxes and, in fact, anywhere there’s a mound of dirt.

“If you have sunshine, you can grow food,” Chou says. But while her patients are free to clip a sprig of rosemary, harvest a few peppers or pick a peach from the branches of her urban orchard, Chou’s gardens are more than food. They are meant to inspire sustainable living. “There are many ways you can do your part, but the best way is an edible garden,” Chou says. “The rain and sun are what heaven gave us. The leaves are the solar panels. The plants collect water naturally.” It’s a way of life for Chou that began when she was growing up in Taiwan. Her dad was a teacher, so the family of eight grew a garden to supplement their food sources, and her mother loved to cook what they grew. “In Asia, we don’t plant things just for aesthetics, even though many food plants are aesthetically pleasing,” she says. “In Taiwan, a fruit tree is also a shade tree.” fitting in, chopped the trees down. “Only one pear tree escaped,” says Chou came to San Antonio when she was 27 years old to attend a res-

Chou, but that didn’t deter her.

idency program in radiation oncology at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, then moved to Houston, where she met her husband.

Going behind his back, she purchased 259 acres — “a sad chemical

They bought their first home in a nice neighborhood in Lubbock, and

farm that grew cotton every year” — and started the city’s first organic

Chou planted peach and pear trees.

farm, growing peaches, pomegranates and jujubes, working toward her dream of sustainability and education. Chou invited groups of stu-

“When they were blooming, it was very beautiful. But in 1989, nobody

dents from local schools to visit the farm on Earth Day and helped

would have edible plants in the front yard, and they hired others to

them plant their own edible schoolyard gardens.

work in the yard for them,” Chou says. Her husband, concerned about

Today, she grows food on acreage she owns in South Texas (ruby red

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grapefruit grows well there), but also in Dallas, San Diego and near Nashville, where the farm also serves as a rehabilitation facility for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. “We know that nutritional imbalance can cause depression, and nature is therapeutic,” Chou says. “What could be better than farming?” She also commutes weekly between her clinics and their “urban gardens” in Lubbock and San Antonio and still travels to Taiwan twice a year to visit her 87-year-old mother. Back at home, she plants and eats what she grows and cooks herself — lemon grass and lime leaves for pho, loquats in bread, pumpkin in oatmeal, salads with cactus, sage and aloe vera. Though Chou recognizes gardening isn’t for everyone and encourages others to learn more about edible plants and hire a gardener if necessary, she says everyone has space, even if it’s just a balcony. But Chou, at age 61, is a breast cancer survivor who relies on gardening for exercise as much as a healthy food source. In her practice, she

edible, including plants like garlic chives and carrots, for ground cover, and she composts as well. On a recent day, Chou was eager to report that she had just harvested

talks to patients diagnosed with breast cancer about exercise and eat-

more than a dozen papayas. They grew on a plant that grew from a

ing right as a way to battle the disease. The Aurora Clinic holds work-

seed — one she saved after enjoying the fruit purchased at H-E-B.

shops and potlucks to share seeds, food and information, like the fact that loquats are good for the immune system and lungs, says Chou. For sustainable growers like Chou, nothing goes to waste, not even the water she uses to wash dishes. Using soap instead of detergent allows Chou to use the “gray water” for her plants. All her plants are

“It’s a way of life for me,” Chou says. “Some women spend time doing their makeup, some people like to shop. But what makes you happy? If you are happy, then you have time for it.”

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JOSÉ RAMON CAMPOS Businessman, Co-Owner of



s a student at Southern Methodist University, José Campos took advantage of a

study-abroad program to spend a semester in Nantes, France, learning the language and immersing himself in the local culture. The experience was so rewarding to him that upon graduation, he promptly returned to France to work for a French government project in Grenoble, teaching English to disadvantaged school children. Back in the U.S., and armed with degrees in economics/finance and political science, Campos spent a summer working for an investment firm in San Francisco before joining a friend in the short-lived business consulting firm, Dan & Camp, which helped a variety of clients with growth and marketing strategies. That was good

Whose idea was it to open a coffee shop? It was Jorge’s. He has a successful real estate company, and it was his dream to open a small, intimate coffeehouse. When I got involved, I brought in the French aspect. I said: Let’s bring in the artisanal traditions that exist in France. You have to offer something unique, and we do. There is nothing quite like this in San Antonio.

preparation, he says, for his next undertaking. In early 2015, he and partner Jorge Herrero opened the now popular CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery on Davis Court, near the intersection of Broadway and Hildebrand. Only 26, Campos sums up the partners’ roles this way: “He is the money, I am the work.”

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How did you find your French baker and chef? My French friends told me about the sites that bakers go to, to look for jobs, so we advertised the position on those sites. Two hundred people responded. We conducted 30-40 Skype interviews, and in December 2014 I

went to France for the final face-toface interviews. That’s how we got (baker) Vincent Lacoste, who makes absolutely the best croissants in town. Our chef, Olivier, is also French, but he was already here in San Antonio, so that was easier.

And now you plan to expand to other locations. Tell us about it. We already have a contract with the city to move into Hemisfair, which is likely to happen in March. Very exciting! We are also working with the Baptist Health System to open kiosks in three of their hospitals, and we are exploring the possibility of opening coffee shops in two office buildings. They see us as an amenity, and we are ready. I

Foudant Au Chocolate from CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery.

For recipe

GO TO SAWOMAN.COM to see and learn more. I have now traveled to 36 countries. Among my favorites were Turkey, Serbia and Bosnia. Last year I went to Lebanon to work with Syrian refugees for a short time.

With refugees! That must be tough. Actually, I co-founded a nonprofit here at Trinity University, the International Humanitarian Crisis Initiative, with a Syrian student, Yara Samman, (and a few others). Texas takes more refugees than any other state, people who have been brought in legally. We try to help them integrate into our society. A bunch of students from the Near East are helping with the work. think it’s cool. If we do this right, what’s stopping us from going well beyond that?

How did you come up with the CommonWealth name? The name invokes a sense of community; we liked that. We do a lot of projects with local nonprofits – sponsor fundraising galas and make donations. We are in a residential area, and we like to cultivate a feeling of community.

estate business with their own separate companies. My mom’s business is America Realty, and my dad bought a RE/MAX Elite franchise. He’s also named José Ramon. I am José Ramon IV. I like to think that I have the entrepreneurial spirit, too. In fact, I want to start an investment group to invest in real estate projects, something I have been interested in since I was very young.

Can you tell us a little about your background and your family?

What kind of impact did your time in France have on you, besides obviously educating your taste buds?

My entire family is from Mexico City, but my siblings and I were born here. We spent summers in Mexico, and we still speak Spanish at home. All my close relatives have relocated to San Antonio now. Both my parents are entrepreneurs, and both are in the real

I think it’s a necessity for everyone to study abroad. Take a leap, get out of your comfort zone! In Nantes I had to learn French fast because no one spoke English. I was definitely out of my comfort zone. It also opened up a new horizon for me. It made me hungry

What are you personally focusing on right now in your business? We have a good manager who runs the coffee shop, so I am mostly dealing with the expansion – contracts, marketing, dealing with the city and logistics in general.

Any advice for young people who wish to start a business? Go for it, but make it unique. You have to distinguish yourself from others. It’s a risk and you may fail, but you’ll learn from your mistakes. That’s what the U.S. is all about – taking risks. I think it’s fun. CommonWealth Coffeehouse is a good example of how something can come out of nothing when you have a plan and work to realize it. I love building, creating something. You can really see the results and effects of your work.

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Almost two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the avalanche of important information I gleaned while stumbling through this dark and exhausting land of studies vs. opinion, options vs. necessities and shock vs. acceptance is noted in Google Docs, paper binders and hastily written notes.

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I could literally write a book (and have the research piles to prove it), yet it’s not the education I ever hoped to gain. My journey started when I discovered a small lump. My doc immediately scheduled a mammogram. The results were unlikely to be cancer, so I was advised that it would be safe to do nothing and recheck in six months, which is what I did. You know, while the beast continued to grow within.

Who just shivered? Previously, after a routine mammogram I had been told, almost offhandedly, that my breast tissue was dense. It meant nothing more to me than my mammogram images would be scrutinized a bit more closely than if they weren’t and that my breasts would “age in place” better than if they were more fatty. What I didn’t know, what I wasn’t told, what would have pushed me for a biopsy six months earlier was this: Women with dense breast tissue are at a higher risk to develop breast cancer, possibly as much as six times higher. I was furious. My appetite for devouring everything I could find related to my particular breast type and how it related to cancer had begun.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Dense breast tissue (less fat, more connective tissue) appears white on a mammogram. So does cancer.


Dense breast tissue can hide cancer, or cancer can be mistaken for calcifications on mammograms.

Learn about your breast tissue and the steps needed for the most conclusive results.

Two-thirds of premenopausal women have dense breast tissue.

Educate others. Only one in five women are aware dense tissue can make for inconclusive mammograms.

One-fourth of postmenopausal women have dense breast tissue. Increased dense breast tissue = higher risk for breast cancer. How do you know if you have dense breasts? Ask your doctor about the density of your breasts based on the radiologist’s reading from your mammogram. You can also request the report yourself, which is always a good idea.

Ask for your mammogram results.

If you have dense breasts, ask about an ultrasound as well. Some states require insurance companies to cover the additional testing, based on density. You can check your state at

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Cecilia Villalva Pink is important, and if you ask Susan G. Komen, there’s not enough pink as long as 40,000 women and men continue to die each year in the U.S. from breast cancer. However, pink is more than just a color; it represents the impact each person is making in the fight against the most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2016, Susan G. Komen nationally launched the More Than Pink movement and “The List”— recognizing scientists, clinicians, community leaders, athletes, musicians, public figures, and everyday heroes for their contributions and progressive impact in working towards a cure. This year one of San Antonio’s courageous breast cancer fighters, Cecilia Villalva, was named one of 35 inaugural More Than Pink™ honorees. Cecilia has been touched with breast cancer twice in her lifetime. After being in remission for three years, what she thought was back and hip pain, was actually Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she continues to fight for her life and stay strong.

“Listen to your body,” says Cecilia, “If it’s in pain, it’s trying to tell you something.”

Since beginning this battle, her relationship and commitment to San Antonio has grown and continues to strengthen each day. During her first di-

Cecilia continues to fight, motivate and educate

agnosis in 2010, she received a care package from

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lowing her diagnoses, Cecilia became more

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involved with Komen. She regularly speaks at local events to empower and encourage both women

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and men to know their bodies and get screened if

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they are experiencing any type of pain or concern.

definition of what is More Than Pink™.




Besties for Breasties Eight years ago, Missy Rael was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following her diagnosis, she became more involved with Komen and soon organized her own Race for the Cure fundraising team. Having two daughters of her own and experiencing breast cancer first hand, Missy felt the need to do what she could to give back and help other women who are battling this disease. Since 2008, Besties for Breasties has grown into a team of over one hundred members, many of whom are survivors or are currently battling breast cancer themselves. Though her team was originally named “Power Pink Girls”, Missy changed the team’s name to “Besties for Breasties” after many of her dearest friends and team members were diagnosed with breast cancer or another form of cancer. One of her closest friends, and Co-captain, Pat Shreder, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Missy and Pat work diligently in arranging fundraising events to motivate their team and get their members, and the community involved. The team has organized many silent auctions, pink parties, and wine tasting events which have proven to be very successful being a Top Fundraising Team. Besties for Breasties are working with companies such as Kendra Scott, Painting with a Twist, and Topgolf who have been exceptional contributors and supporters of the Komen cause. When planning fundraising events, Missy and Pat suggest that the best way to encourage team members is with constant communication. This motivates members to stay active with the team’s end goal. Also, to never be afraid to ask for help or to reach out to the community and local businesses because most individuals are more than happy to offer their support. Since Missy’s diagnosis, it has been her mission to act as an advocate and encourage other women who are currently battling this illness. Missy feels that is important for women with breast cancer to be in touch with one another and to provide comfort and reassurance during these difficult times. When speaking to women about the Komen cause and breast cancer disease, Missy likes to remind fighters and survivors that it may be tough, but “Tough Women Stand Together.”




Lillie Jackson My name is Lillie Jackson and I am a two-time breast cancer survivor and fighter. I was diagnosed in June 2006 with Stage III Breast Cancer, which had already spread to my lymph nodes. I had 25% of my right breast removed, along with seven lymph nodes removed from my right arm. Shortly after, I began treatment and chemotherapy. I was in remission for four years. In February of 2010, the cancer had come back. However, this time it was categorized as Stage IV and had metastasized to my lungs. Metastatic breast cancer is an advanced breast cancer that spreads beyond the breast and to other organs in the body. Due to my recurrence, after 27 years, I was forced to retire to take the necessary steps to better care of my health. Through Komen San Antonio’s grant funding program and support, I have received assistance from SLEW Wellness Center, a local breast cancer non-profit agency that provides no-cost aftercare services for women recovering and undergoing breast cancer treatment. I regularly receive massage therapy for my pain, and have been fitted for prosthetic bras. SLEW provides lymphatic sleeves and therapy for women, and when I began losing my hair, they provided me with proper fittings for a wig. I am doing well now and feel very fortunate. I went from having chemo once a week to now only going once a month. I found that I have to encourage myself just as much as I encourage others, and I believe that we can do all things if we trust and believe in god. I have had such an amazing support system from both my family and Komen San Antonio, who have been such a blessing and great

“I have found that I have to enourage myself just as much as I encourage others, and I believe that we can do all things if we trust and believe in God.”

help throughout this entire battle.


Susan G. Komen San Antonio (210) 222-9009 or








The word is out…business women in San Antonio are playing at the top of their professional games and making headlines of success along the way. This new section of the magazine is just for you. We hope to provide information in order to assist with all professional goals, offer encouragement and networking opportunities. Also, check out our new online business directory, It is all about women empowering and supporting other women. For more information, contact or call 210-826-5375.

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Last year, credit-reporting website WalletHub published its 2016 list of the Best and Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses. San Antonio came in at No. 21 — out of a total of 100 cities surveyed for the report. It was the only Texas city to break into the top 25.

cial catalyst of our own company’s growth.”

What’s needed now are more programs that would encourage women into industries where they have often been left out in the cold.

But getting to No. 1, or even breaking into the top 10, is going to take some work — whether you’re talking about WalletHub or any of the myriad analyses grading cities like San Antonio on how they foster the growth of their women business owners.

“I can think of only five women-owned civil engineering firms in town — including us,” Gonzalez says. “There should be more.”

Janie Martinez Gonzalez, CEO of technology firm Webhead, says that the Alamo City has “wonderful advocates for woman-owned small business and entrepreneurship.” What’s lacking are the tools for the companies that are weli beyond the startup phase. “We need more targeted, intensive assistance for established, high-potential small businesses that are primed for growth beyond the startup or early stages (and poised) to generate more than $500,000 to $3 million in revenue.”

One organization that is doing more for women entrepreneurs is the Maestro Entrepreneur Center. The MEC is a small-business accelerator — meaning it focuses much of its attention on more established businesses, say those that have been around for three to five years or even longer, according to executive director Irene Chavez. The MEC was the brainchild of Julissa Carielo, coowner of Tejas Premier Building Contractor Inc., one of San Antonio’s leading construction firms.

The Small Business Economic Development Advocacy program is a step in the right direction. The SBEDA utilizes the city’s purchasing power to provide opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses to compete for, and win, city contracts.

Then there is Martinez Gonzalez, who has harnessed her passion into a new venture, Latina CEO. The organization is dedicated to mentoring other women entrepreneurs, giving them the tools to become San Antonio’s next generation of business leaders.

This program has been an effective tool for growing our small-business landscape. Ayda Gonzalez, CEO of civil engineering firm Gonzalez-De La Garza & Associates, says SBEDA “has been a cru-

“As a woman business owner, I am focused on breaking the barriers for other women business owners,” Martinez Gonzalez says. “This is what keeps me going.”



How do you find balance in your life – career, community and home life? I take one day at a time. Every day brings new challenges .... I put on my big-girl underwear and just move forward every day.

LETTY TIJERINA Owner, Elle & Elle Boutique What do you do? Everything that one has to do to run a business.

What is your favorite relaxation strategy? I love to paint and do all kinds of crafts.

Length of time at this job: Ten months.

What is your favorite thing to do in San Antonio? Go downtown and feel like a tourist. I love my city so much!

What is it that you like best about your job? My customers. Education/Major: Associate degree in computer accounting. What career path led you to where you are today? I have had several businesses in the Rio Grande Valley, and when I recently moved to San Antonio, I decided it was time for my greatest store.


How would you describe your personal style? Eclectic. How would you describe your leadership style? Simple. What is your favorite vacation? I love Northern California, especially Sonoma County.

What is your favorite cell phone app? Any app that has to do with editing/enhancing photos. What type of music do you like? I love Motown, jazz, samba, guitar and salsa. Who has been the biggest influence in your life personally and professionally? Personally, my children have influenced me the most. I always have wanted them to be proud of the work that I do. Professionally, Jean Hamer taught me so very much about retail. She allowed me to learn from her on a daily basis and gave me the opportunity to grow. What community groups or not-forprofit groups are you involved with as a volunteer? I belong to my neighborhood garden club.

When did you know that you were in the right place in your career? When my customers would tell me, “I love your store and style!”

What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to make jewelry, work in my yard, scrapbook, do photography and explore new places to eat.

Would you encourage your children to go into the same field? No. Who were your mentors? Jean Hamer and Jean Landers.

What’s the best movie you have seen in the last year and why? Just saw Hidden Figures and loved it. I loved the set, the costumes, the time period and, of course, the message.

What is the best advice that you have ever received? Don’t ever give your sources away.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A flight attendant.

What is you all-time favorite movie? Funny Girl.

People would be surprised to know that: I am afraid of the dark!

What are your goals? To make my children, family and friends proud.


Top Interior Designers Experience Adventure Every Day

PROFILE His disappearance continues to inspire many theories, but it was his transformation of the Thai silk industry that remains one of the great accom-


plishments of designer Jim Thompson, a former Army


adventure, their ability to transform a home, even the

officer and spy whose career really began when he opened the Office of Strategic Services in Bangkok. The women featured on these pages are representative of Jim Thompson in many ways. Their sense of fascinating ways in which they came into their professions are proof that it is the sum of experiences that can lead to the career of a lifetime. For each of the business owners, interior design is


not just a profession, it’s a passion. They make their living transforming houses into the personal, fabulous, unique spaces that their clients will call home.

NICOLE ROBERTS WINMILL NR Interiors LLC, Founded in 2008 Native of: Galesburg, Ill., “a town with a large, charming historic district.” “I’m a nature girl all the way,” says Nicole Winmill. “If I weren’t an interior designer, I would spend my days working outside and enjoying the spectacular beauty of nature.” The business owner has, however, found a way to bring nature into the homes she designs. “I try to incorporate elements that are very organic, very natural,” she says. The use of wood in a dimensional contemporary feature wall, for example, can help bring some warmth to a contemporary home, explains Winmill, “It gives the interior a balance.” Her office in north San Antonio, in the International Trade Cartel Building, offers her access to the 10,000-square-foot design showroom that is the ITC. She has thousands of designer fabrics, fine furnishings and home decor at her fingertips to help her create that balance for clients. This entrepreneur has clients in San Antonio. She also has carved a niche for herself among the high-end neighborhoods in Boerne and areas north of the Alamo City, including Lake McQueeney and Austin. While she started her company with a focus on new homes, Winmill also has seen a growing demand for her talents on remodels. Whatever the scope, it is her job to be there from the very beginning — from reviewing the architecture plans to selecting the construction finishes to designing the custom furnishings. She does it all, inside and out. “I want to make the process as stress-free as possible,” she says. The Illinois native’s childhood home was an older Victorian house. That home helped to instill in Winmill an appreciation for fine craftsmanship and for homes with a little bit of character and fueled her passion for remodeling homes and incorporating special, one-of-a-kind details in each design. As for her dream house, this nature girl would love to one day have her own home on the lake. “I love designing lake homes. They are instantly calming,” Winmill says. “I’m saving my pennies — one of these years it will happen.” march/april 2017 | 71


HOLLY RABINOWITZ Collected by Holly Rabinowitz Opened storefront in Fall 2015 Her goal: “I want to deliver more than the client is asking for.” Holly Rabinowitz says she always wanted to be an adventurer. But take one look around her showroom and her warehouse — at the vast collection of bespoke lamps, antique furnishings and one-of-akind art pieces that take up nearly every inch of space. She’s living her dream. Rabinowitz’s inventory is available via the 1stdibs website and by appointment. Her collection is varied and ranges in age from the 17th century to vintage pieces and items of the modern era. “Because all of our projects are so different, I buy what I believe in and what I love,” she says, “with the idea that pieces may work their way into a project someday.” This business owner believes in giving clients more than they ask for. So strong is her belief and her love of the profession that she has made runs at 11 o’clock at night to find that one item that will help her create a space that exceeds the expectations of a client. Sometimes, exceeding expectations means delivering something clients didn’t even realize they wanted. “Our goal is to help our clients achieve the best version of their space,” Rabinowitz says. “So, of course, I try to steer them outside of their comfort zone a bit when it’s right for the project.” Rabinowitz knows firsthand the joy that comes from unanticipated surprises. She initially signed the lease in Olmos Park to create warehouse space for the inventory she was already selling on 1stdibs. “Upon the recommendation of a friend and colleague, I retained window frontage for a showroom,” she recalls. “It was the first time that the items I had been gathering and selling internationally had a public presence locally.” And the local public has definitely responded — proof that sometimes the greatest journey is the one you didn’t plan on. Says Rabinowtiz: “Opening this space that showcases our collection brought decorating and design work to me — even if I didn’t originally know that’s where I was headed.”



BETSY HOMAN Betsy Homan Interior Design LLC Founded in 2003 2017 is the year: “I continue creating beautiful and functional living spaces for my clients.” Betsy Homan’s first interior project? Her home, when she was around 8 years old. “My mom would come home, and the living room was all rearranged,” she recalls. “I’d get in trouble for moving the furniture.” But Homan did not start out doing residential interiors. In fact, she started college with the goal of becoming an artist. Then she received some sage advice from a professor. “He pulled me aside and said, ‘An artist is a solitary life,’” Homan recalls. “He told me to look into interior design.” This vivacious woman with a flair for color would go on to receive a degree in interior design from the University of Texas. And still the residential sector was not in the plans just yet. She honed her skills in the transportation industry — doing interior design on private aircraft for some of the most powerful business leaders and for heads of state around the world. She worked in Switzerland and Hong Kong and frequently traveled to places like Abu Dhabi, Dubai and London.

Eventually, however, the travel got old — and thus began the next phase of her career. Friend and fellow interior designer Derrick Dodge was the one who steered her toward residential interiors. “He told me, ‘If you can design the inside of a tube (an airplane), you can design a house,’” she recalls. Fifteen years later, she still loves it. “I get great satisfaction working with families and experiencing the joy of creating a beautiful, functional home for and with them. Interior design is a team sport,” she continues. “I love my clients to be engaged with the process.” As for what Homan would do if she weren’t an interior designer, this entrepreneur knows she is exactly where she belongs. “I’ve been asked that question. I would do this,” she says. “This business brings me so much joy — being able to give a client something beautiful and seeing how thrilled they are with the outcome.”

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NICOLA BATHIE McLaughlin Interiors Founded in 2015 My home is: “my initial portfolio.” When Nicola Bathie decided to open her own firm, she could think of no better project to show off her talents than the house she and her husband had just purchased. The traditional 1950s home was remodeled top to bottom. The project even included renovating separate living quarters that now serve as Bathie’s home office. “I gained so much experience doing this house,” she says. Meanwhile, the recognition she received from the publication of photos of the finished product in a local magazine has been an invaluable marketing source for her company. The entrepreneur’s focus has been on remodels not only in areas like Terrell Hills and Alamo Heights, but also in Austin. These projects have run the gamut from updating the furniture to more complex jobs involving sizable additions — the structure at the heart of the project often in a traditional home. “I love older homes,” she says. “They have so much character.” 74

McLaughlin Interiors may be young, but its founder already has several years of experience under her belt, including two years with a firm in Dallas. And before Dallas, there was the grueling curriculum at Texas Christian University required for her to earn her bachelor of science degree. She is thankful for the hard work it has taken to get to this point in her career. “It has made me more driven,” Bathie says. “If it came easy, I wonder if I would have had the same outcome.” And when Bathie needs an escape from the work, she has her business as a jewelry designer, which she operates under the Nicola Bathie Designs LLC banner. These projects, says the entrepreneur, allow her creative mind to change directions. Interior design, however, will always be her passion, says Bathie, who continues to embrace the challenges of the business. “Setbacks make me want to succeed,” she says. “I love being challenged.”

WOMEN ON THE MOVE Leah Bunting Leah Bunting has joined the San Antonio Conservation Society team as director of operations and business manager for “A Night In Old San Antonio®” (NIOSA®). Bunting is responsible for organizing NIOSA procedures and policies to increase efficiency in the operation of NIOSA and NIOSITAs and increasing revenues. The 69th presentation of NIOSA will be held April 25-28, during the city’s Fiesta San Antonio® celebration. Prior to joining the Society, Bunting served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years where she worked with intergovernmental agencies and various media outlets, as well as coordinating efforts with non-government humanitarian organizations. During her time in the Marines, she earned promotions, ribbons, commendations and medals for distinguished military service.

Heather Davis Based in San Antonio, Clear Point Results is now open for business in South Texas. The firm relies on collaboration and creative facilitation techniques to help companies operationalize their mission statements. As a lifelong devotee of continuous improvement, Heather Davis founded the company to identify and implement operational efficiencies. Ms. Davis states that, “We are proud to be a results-oriented consulting firm that believes in authenticity and collaboration through hard work and servant leadership.” The company’s vision is to become the first choice in guiding businesses with size and resource limitations using simple, repeatable tools and techniques designed to improve morale, productivity, and profitability. To make that vision a reality, they help operationalize mission statements through mission articulation, strategic planning, performance development, and straightforward communication methods with employees and customers.

Helen Loring Dear Selected Independent Funeral Homes has named Helen Loring Dear of Porter Loring Mortuaries in San Antonio, as the 2017 recipient of its NextGen Professional of the Year Award. Loring Dear was honored at a ceremony at the opening reception of the group’s annual NextGenSeminar, held January 22-26 at the Iberostar Cancun, Mexico. Recipients were presented a physical award and reimbursed for the meeting registration. The award highlights career achievements, community involvement and achievements of funeral professionals under the age of 50.

Nancy Victor Fragoyannis Cavender Audi proudly announces Nancy Victor Fragoyannis has joined the sales team. Nancy is past president of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has been featured in The San Antonio Business Journal in an article titled “Women of Power” as a Women’s Leadership Award Winner. Nancy now brings her skills, reputation and outgoing personality to the showroom. She can happily assist women of San Antonio in new and used car needs.

Mary McNeel Mary McNeel joins Myron’s Prime Steakhouse at the Alon Town Center, 10003 NW Military Highway, as the new assistant general manager. McNeel’s previous experience includes 22 years at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Concord Plaza, and she also worked as assistant food and beverage manager at La Cantera Resort & Spa. She has been with Myron’s since November 2016 and brings experience in operational duties, staff management, customer service, marketing and event planning.


WOMEN IN BUSINESS March 1 North SA Chamber of Commerce SBA 8(a) Business Development Program Overview SA District Office 615 E Houston St. Ste. 298 11:30am – 12:30pm

March 22 SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Smart Women Series Girl Scouts of SW Texas 811 Coker Loop 11:30am – 1pm

March 8 NAFE Meeting Location – TBD Check-in & Networking 11:30 – 11:45am Lunch & Speaker 11:45 – 12:30pm Opportunity Networking 1 – 1:30pm

March 23 SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Development Series 8am – 12pm Transformational Leadership Spotlight – 8:30 – 9:45am Location: TBD

March 8 NAFE Celebrate SA’s Tricentennial Initiatives Old San Francisco Steakhouse 10223 Sahara Dr. 11:30am – 1:30pm

March 24 NAWBO ESA Gala The Club at Sonterra 901 E Sonterra Blvd. 6:30 – 10pm

March 9 North SA Chamber of Commerce Member Benefits Orientation North Chamber Board Room 12930 Country Rd. 8:30 – 9:30am

March 28 SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Bloomberg Business Program SAWS 2800 US Hwy 281 North 11am – 1pm

March 14 North SA Chamber of Commerce 2017 March Networking Breakfast The Petroleum Club 8620 N New Braunfels Ave. #700 7 – 9am

April 1 North SA Chamber of Commerce OLLU 5K Confetti Run & Walk 411 SW 24th St. 7:30 – 11am

CALENDAR April 5 SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Fiesta Mixer Location: TBD 5:30 – 7:30pm April 5 North SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce SBA (8)a Program Overview SA District Office 615 E Houston St. Ste. 298 11:30am – 12:30pm April 11 NAWBO WMB Luncheon Petroleum Club 8620 N New Braunfels Ave #700 11:30am – 1pm April 11 North SA Chamber of Commerce 2017 April Networking Breakfast The Petroleum Club 8620 N New Braunfels Ave #700 7 – 9am April 12 NAFE Location TBD Check-in & Networking 11:30 – 11:45am Lunch & Speaker 11:45am – 12:30pm Opportunity Networking 1 – 1:30pm

April 13 North SA Chamber of Commerce Member Benefits Orientation North Chamber Board Room 12930 Country Rd. 8:30 – 9:30am April 20 SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Development Series 8am – 12pm Transformational Leadership Spotlight – 8:30 – 9:45am Location: TBD April 25 SA Women’s Chamber of Commerce Bloomberg Business Program IBC Bank 8650 Fredericksburg Rd. 11am – 1pm April 27 NAWBO WMB Luncheon The Petroleum Club 11:30am – 1pm

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Put Your Best Foot Forward By AQUILA MENDEZ-VALDEZ


elebrity stylist Rachel Zoe tells clients, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” What your fashion choices say about you communicates volumes in the workplace and can determine your career path. So this month we are discussing how to put your best foot forward… literally. Here are four footwear selections that will capture the attention of your colleagues and send messages of strength, intelligence and confidence. First, to pick up on the embroidered trend, we love this closedtoe pump from Sam Edelman. The navy backdrop makes for a mature choice, while the soft floral decoration adds interest. Pair with a sharp pair of trousers and a deep burgundy blouse for a polished look.

Copper leather flats from Sophia Webster

Next, we can picture these Tom Ford pumps in the closets of San Antonio’s female architects and graphic designers. The zipper detail delivers a masculine touch, while also creating a unique silhouette. And a great pair of white heels can be worn a million different ways with San Antonio’s moderate climate. If you’re simply not willing to go the stiletto route at all, flats are increasingly chic for the woman who wants to feel powerful with her feet firmly planted on the ground. These leather Sophia Webster flats are made in Brazil and will bring a South American sense of flair to your cubicle. A keen eye might notice the delicate embroidered butterfly across your toes, but the rose gold hue will inevitably have your team members asking, “Where’d you get those shoes?”

Embroidered pump from Sam Edelman

Finally, for creative types or those with a bit more gumption in their business wardrobe, these oxfords from Aquatalia are currently available for pre-order from Saks Fifth Avenue, and we suggest jumping on board as soon as possible. The graphic cutouts add pizazz to an otherwise standard style, and we’re always a fan of borrowing from menswear to add assertive confidence to one’s office look. Pair with cropped pants, a tailored jacket and gold accessories for a powerful ensemble. Above all, in San Antonio’s increasingly flexible and innovative work environment, the rules of business fashion are blissfully adaptable as well. It is possible to look polished while having fun with your look. After all, we spend far too many hours at the office to wear boring clothes. The easiest spot to start is on one’s feet, so don’t be afraid to take some risks!


Zippered pumps from Tom Ford

Oxford from Aquatalia



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Enjoy Fiesta, Then Vote. By MOLLy COX

As you celebrate Fiesta and crack cascaraónes, I want to toss out another item that maybe doesn’t get thrown around too much during the festivities: civic engagement. Because that’s exactly what you’re doing anytime you head to a party or parade — supporting local nonprofits and scholarship funds that will help create more opportunity for people in San Antonio. In the spirit of Fiesta, I want to talk about some other ways to get involved. They may not include live music or chicken on a stick — mostly ‘cause I’m a vegetarian — but I promise it’s important. By the year 2040, there will be another one million people living in San Antonio. Have you heard that yet? It’s an estimation based on population growth. We’re basically doubling our population in the next 20ish

to double down efforts and where we need to

There are 850 million reasons to show up

years. Mind blown.

keep up the good work. We even give you sev-

to the polls. That’s how many dollars are in the

eral calls to action, so that you can immedi-

city bond up for a citywide vote. The 2017-

ately get involved.

2022 Bond Program consists of projects that

“Where are one million people going to live?” “In 2040, will I be able to beam downtown for the Battle of Flowers Parade so I won’t have to find parking?” “What happens when one million more people are going after my funnel cakes?”

San Antonio is one of the most income-

will both enable our city to accommodate the

segregated cities in the United States. Basi-

aforementioned rapid growth, while ensuring

cally, the people who have more live among

current residents get some much needed in-

people who have more, while the people who

frastructure boosts.

have less live among people who have less. What does this have to do with a growing

A couple of things of note regarding this bond: 1) if you live in San Antonio, you live

population? We have to make smart, equitable

within one mile of a planned project, and 2)

decisions as we grow. And how can you help

this bond will not raise your city property taxes.

in the planning and strategy behind a growing metropolis? By voting.

Also, every City Council district has been allocated funds for various streets, sidewalks, drainage, parks and facilities projects. And all

San Antonio is a City on the Rise. Perhaps you’ve heard that moniker. In 2016, we landed on more “best” lists than I can actually count. We have seen tremendous improvement in our unemployment rate, arts and culture attendance, high school graduation rates and our

Between the 2013 and 2015 municipal elections, we nearly doubled our voter turnout in Bexar County.

To 12.4 percent.

This is how we roll at SA2020: celebrate successes and highlight challenges. And you can







tors that objectively show us where we need

We hope to see you around town during Fiesta, supporting some amazing causes and celebrating our city’s history. But after that,

Let that sink in. Our voter turnout in 2013

ther your community involvement by research-

was so low we could nearly double it and only

ing what this bond – and the election of the

barely crack double digits.

San Antonio mayor and City Council – would mean to you, and, ultimately, our community

at We report on 59 indica-

in our community. You can read more about it at

or in between the events, we hope you’ll fur-

teen pregnancy rate. We also have some serious work to do.

of these help boost quality of life for everyone

On May 6th of this year, we vote again.

as a whole. This year, make Fiesta last into May and party to the polls. march/april 2017 | 81

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DREAM HOME Guide Luxury homes available for purchase in San Antonio and the Surrounding Texas Hill Country Area


Women in Real Estate Find your dream home with the help of some of the best women in the business.


Leesa Harper-Rispoli, President of Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS®, has been ever present watching the company her parents built blossom. The growth Leesa and D’Ann Harper have worked hard at cultivating in their “CBHarper Family” business is the product of both compassion and passion for empowering those around them to achieve success. Among the first of its graduates, Leesa Harper-Rispoli mastered the Ascend Executive Leadership Program. Exclusive to Realogy, of which Coldwell Banker is a subsidiary, the program is available to brokerage owners in helping participants lead their respective companies into the future. Budge Huskey, former president and CEO of Coldwell Banker, LLC, said of Leesa’s achievement, “I am deeply proud that D’Ann Harper had the foresight to send Leesa Harper Rispoli to a program that is purely focused on helping participants master the competencies needed to be the leader of a real estate brokerage company in the future.” On the trail blazed by her mother before her, Leesa truly believes in the vision to provide services that exceed the expectations of esteemed clients and business partners. Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® lives its ongoing mission to incorporate innovation, trust, and partnership into all aspects of the daily business. This means, continuing the legacy of supporting various causes and charities throughout the year, with organizations such as Roy Maas youth Alternatives, Habitat for Humanity and Any Baby Can of San Antonio. As a leader in the real estate industry Leesa HarperRispoli plans to carry her family name into a vastly successful future. Making Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper, REALTORS® a family affair has built a sense of trust and partnership both in the community and through the employees who value being a part of it.

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2016 SABOR REALTOR of the Year ABR, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, REALTOR® Named SABOR's 2016 Realtor of the year, Denise graves started The graves group in 2003 with the vision to offer extraordinary service to her clients—both locally and globally. The graves group has been in the Top 10 of the Top 25 Real Estate Teams (SABJ) since 2005 and sets the standard for real estate in San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. With one of the most recognizable faces and groups in the Industry, Denise says real estate is about all the things she loves— working with people, art, design, problem solving— and with this career comes the satisfaction of helping my clients achieve their goals! Having sold over $350 million in her last 500+ transactions (and that’s just since 2006), Denise is a consistent multi-million dollar producer. As a Platinum Top 50 realtor since 2002, Luxury League Alumni, Pinnacle, Platinum, Super Star Winner and she holds several key real estate designations including: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist, Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyers Representative and graduate, Realtor Institute. Denise is uniquely comfortable working with a CEO or walking acreage with a Rancher in the Hill Country. Her listings include some of the finest homes/properties in the Hill Country and San Antonio. Her business mantra of “high tech, high touch” makes her properties stand out and keeps bringing clients back.

Boerne | The Dominion | Alamo Heights Cell: 210.260.2176 | Dominion: 210.978.0132 | Boerne: 830.331.9898 Email: | march/april 2017 | 85


Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner BA, ABR, ALHS, GRI, SRS, LTG Tracie is the sole broker owner of Hasslocher Boutique Realty, LLC. Located on Crownhill Boulevard, Tracie has sold residential, land, and farm and ranch real estate since 2005 in

all areas of San Antonio, including Charlotte, Karnes City, and Hondo. Confidentiality, mutual respect and trust are qualities she strives to accomplish with every client she helps. She has a Master's Degree in Residential Real Estate, Marketing and Broker Management. She is actively involved in the SA Board of Realtors and currently serves as Chairman of governmental Affairs and Public Policy Committee. MEMBERSHIPS:

San Antonio Board of REALTORS® Texas Association of REALTORS® National Association of REALTORS®

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Virginia native Leslie Brown’s experience as a collegiate athlete at James Madison University instilled training and conditioning that she now incorporates into her real estate business. She is known as one of the hardest working and highest performing agents in San Antonio. Leslie is a member of Phyllis Browning Company’s highly respected relocation team. Integrity and discretion, combined with Leslie’s strong negotiating and communication skills, have become hallmarks of her business. A connoisseur of land and architecture, Leslie began her specialization in historic housing during her travels abroad with classes in classic architecture in England. Leslie is known throughout the area for her expert market knowledge and involvement in the community. She volunteers for Meals on Wheels and is a member of both Preservation Texas and Texas Public Radio.

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With 30 plus years of real estate experience, Judy Dalrymple possesses the knowledge and skill to achieve your real estate goals. Her ability to build longterm client relationships earned her ranking as one of the area’s top REALTORS® in San Antonio Business Journal since 1999. To honor her commitment to excellent service for her clients, Judy leads a professional team tasked to guarantee customer satisfaction. She and her team consistently average one home sale every three days totaling more than $35 million in annual sales. Judy’s honors include REALTOR® of the year San Antonio Board of REALTOR® (2007), Career Achievement Award Platinum Top 50 (2013), Platinum Top 50 Agent (1996-2016) and Texas Real Estate Super-Agent (Texas Monthly), which is awarded to fewer than 1% of all Texas REALTORS®.

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Depth of experience…that is what any buyer or seller should consider when choosing a Realtor. Kathy Hoermann possesses that depth of experience in residential sales, interior design and staging, and renovation and remodeling. Kathy has what it takes to market and sell or negotiate the purchase of any size property for her clients while maintaining exceptional service.

Barbara previously owned her own real estate company before joining Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty in 1985. With over 30 years of experience, she is a consistent multi-million dollar producer. Barbara Finch has been honored as one of the top 15 in sales volume with Kuper Sotheby's International Realty and one of the top 25 Luxury Home Realtors in the San Antonio Business Journal. Her team includes Steve Markham and Stephanie Rinn. She says her greatest reward is satisfied buyers and sellers as well as the added blessing of developing lasting friendships.


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Rosanna Schulze has a proven record of success in a career that spans over 25 years that has been built one sale at a time from countless repeat clients and personal referrals. Her unique sales experience includes 13 years selling new luxury homes and is extremely knowledgeable and competent in every aspect and detail of building. Rosanna’s approach is to be a good listener and communicator and provides unmatched customer service and attention to detail. Whether you are buying, selling, or building your dream home, you can place your trust and confidence in Rosanna.

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KATIE DETMER San Antonio Real estate professional Katie Detmer has represented buyers and sellers locally, nationally and internationally for over eight years. Her dedication to her clients and her love of real estate is clear with every transaction. She works hard to ensure that her services exceed the expectations of anyone who hires her to represent them as their REALTOR®. As a Relocation specialist, Katie is meticulous about listening to the wants and needs of her clients. Prior to real estate, she owned homes and land in San Antonio, the Texas Hill country and the East Coast, so she is mindful of the emotion involved when buyers and sellers are preparing to move. Her ultimate goal is to provide outstanding service and a seamless, stress free experience for each of her clients.

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ABR, CRS, GRI, REALTOR® 2015 SABOR REALTOR® of The Year Janice Tisdale entered real estate in 1995 and has been a consistent top producer, repeatedly recognized as a Platinum Top 50 REALTOR® and a Five-Star Professional Real Estate Agent. Passionately involved with the San Antonio Board of REALTORS®, Janice serves as the Chair of the REALTOR® Image Committee and on both the Farm and Ranch and Education Committees. She speaks about safety at the monthly New Member Orientation and was recognized by SABOR for this dedication to both the Board and her fellow members.

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San Antonio native Kate Parish Lanfear is a multi-million dollar producer with nearly 10 years of experience as a REALTOR®. Kate’s reputation for protecting her client’s best interests and effective problem solving began while serving as an international flight attendant. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University with a focus on Negotiations and Business Law, which gives her an edge in helping her clients navigate the home buying and selling process.

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A native Texan, Melanie Wilson graduated from Southern Methodist University and entered real estate in 1981. Her years in real estate, combined with experience as a state-certified general appraiser for both commercial and residential properties, allow her to assist clients with a variety of real estate interests.

Rarely in life does one get to spend their working hours doing what they really enjoy. I like talking to and getting to know people. I like helping them even more. For everyone, buying or selling a home and moving can be a very traumatic experience. I can help make this time much easier for you. As your agent I will be there guiding you through the entire process letting my experience make this a positive time period in your life.

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girl of almost any age knows the unbridled joy of spinning and


twirling in a flowy, feminine skirt. For Sarah Dressler, there’s joy in a skirt and so much more — the kind of self-confi-

dence, fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from a job well done.

by Dressler, and 70 more on, exceeding her 2016 sales goal by 30 percent. The label on every skirt she custom-makes by hand bears the name of her business, Skirt Effect. But Dressler didn’t dream of a fashion

Two years ago, as a mother of two, Dressler was blogging fashion

designer’s life. Growing up the daughter of a service member and mov-

tips between homeschooling her children when a photographer friend

ing from one duty station to another throughout her childhood,

asked for help finding a ballgown skirt made of the fine netting fabric

Dressler married into the Air Force and worked in retail until her son

known as tulle. Dressler couldn’t come up with one. So she thought,

was born a few years later.

“I’ll just make one.” The only problem? “I had never made anything before. But I YouTubed it, got the materials, and it came out great,” Dressler says. “I got excited that I had created something with my own hands. It brought me so much more joy than I had expected.”

“I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, and I decided to throw all of my energy into being a great mom,” she says. “It was very fulfilling, and I never wanted to do anything else.” But as her son and daughter grew older and more independent, like many women, Dressler felt she could be doing something creative and

Her next turn at the sewing machine, making matching mother-

productive with her free time. “I also feel that it’s good for your kids to

daughter skirts her 4-year-old had requested, sealed it. “It came out

see you doing something that’s not just family, family, family. It’s good

so good, I just started doing it for fun,” she says. And when her friends

for them to see me having that creative outlet,” she explains.

began asking for skirts, Dressler knew she had something. Last year,

But as a military spouse, Dressler sought something that could

she designed, sewed and sold some skirts through her blog, Dressed

move with her from one duty assignment to another, and she began

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blogging. Though in the end she didn’t find fulfillment in her blog, it

With model good looks and a reputation among her friends as the

was an outlet that helped her build the supportive and encouraging

one who dresses up when she leaves the house, Dressler began to no-

network she would need to launch Skirt Effect.

tice how her attention to style was slowly having an effect on others.

“I didn’t think I would be able to do this at this stage of my life,”

“They said I had inspired them to put in more effort, and that was the

Dressler says. “But God puts people in your life to encourage you, and

mission I’d had all along,” she says. “You can wear an outfit and not

I’m thankful for that.”

feel like you’re standing out in the crowd if you just feel confident.”

At Skirt Effect, you can shop for skirts in a range of colors and

Then one day on a bike ride a butterfly landed on her, and like the

prints, fabrics and lengths, for women or girls. Comfort and quality

scientific theory that says a single occurrence, no matter how small,

are her trademarks, and a recent collection of skirts is actually in-

can change the course of the universe forever, her new joy — her busi-

spired by the textures and colors she remembers from the time she

ness — had not only a name but a defined purpose.

lived in Italy. Every skirt has a name, too. A lacy lilac skirt is Lily, and the flouncy red one is Holly. An elegant gold medallion number is Elizabetta.

“I have a goal to learn at least one new thing a week about the business or sewing or a new technique, and that has helped me to stay focused,” she says.

“All of my skirts are named after people I know because something about it reminds me of them,” Dressler says. “I want to honor them and their impact on me — my family and friends, people who have supported me far longer than when I began designing skirts.” Even the name she’s given her business holds special meaning.

“My hope is to continue to grow and help women feel beautiful and be a positive impact and role model in their lives and continue to be good mom and teacher to my kids.” march/april 2017 | 91


KEEPING KIDS FIT More now than ever, physical


activity is important to raising healthy kids. Subsequently, it has become a financial burden for many of us — costing hundreds of dollars per month, as we seek businesses to provide this much-needed exercise.

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Childhood Obesity Facts. (2015, August 27). Retrieved December 26, 2016, from

How much are you willing to pay to keep your child healthy? Depending on the number of children you have, this figure may be staggering. Registration fees and contracts are designed to keep us digging in our pockets to secure healthy lifestyles for our children, but as they grow, so do their interests. This makes it hard to commit to any one activity long term and leaves us with a large bill to pay.

Here are some things to consider when seeking out activities that can save you time and money:

Try it before you buy it. Extracurriculars can be expensive (especially if you have multiple children). By enrolling in trial classes, you can gauge your child’s interest level before you take the plunge. Groupon is a tremendous help in finding cheap or free trial classes.

YouTube it. Even though you think you know what your child needs, try surfing YouTube for videos of lessons in progress. Your child will get a better idea of what to expect and can decide if it’s something they’re interested in. Be sure to watch a lesson in progress and not a performance so that your child understands what the “small steps” look like. No one starts off as a prima ballerina, and it’s important for them to understand that upfront.

Find a friend. Having a friend in the same class helps your child to feel more comfortable in trying a new activity. If they see a familiar face or friend who’s doing it, they’re more likely to stick with it.

“Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” — Start with a cheaper option. There are plenty of CYO (church youth organization) groups, YMCA programs and local school district programs that tend to be cheaper than businesses or organized sports associations. Once you know your child has a real interest, then you can upgrade.

Staying healthy doesn’t need to bankrupt your family. I encourage you to explore all of your options before becoming victim to a sales pitch. Joining play groups, playing outside with the neighborhood kids or heading to the park with a soccer ball are other free ways to get your kids active (and you, too!) march/april 2017 | 93




aby boomers caring for an aging family member who

is immobile face special challenges. It can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to start. These tips can help make the job easier. Learn everything about their condition Learning about your parent’s condition makes it easier to understand changes in their personality. Catherine Ciarrocchi, who cared for her 93-yearold father and 84-year-old mother for two years in their home, noticed a change in her father’s personality. He often got upset or anxious because he didn’t understand what was happening around him, she said. “It was hard for him to accept that I had to take over,” Ciarrocchi explained. Her father had limited mobility and Parkinson’s disease; her mother was caring for him until she fell and had partial hip replacement surgery and became immobile herself. Ciarrocchi found two books helpful in understanding the change in her father’s behavior: When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents and The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss. These books helped her realize his changing personality was a result of his illness. “Instead of arguing with him or trying to change his mind, it really helped to understand that that was part of the disease,” Ciarrocchi said.

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Understand all services available to the family Learn about the many companies available to assist with an immobile family member. For example, Texas Mobile Dentists specialize in using modern portable dental technology to care for those who have a hard time leaving their homes. “We cater to assisted living facilities, memory care facilities and homebound patients in San Antonio and the surrounding area,” says Charity Huber, marketing director. Most basic dental needs are provided, including X-rays, fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals and reconstructive dentistry.

Encourage daily movement, even small steps Eighty percent of injuries in people 65 and over are because of falls, most of which are caused by weakness, said Jonathan Leeper, fall prevention specialist at Prolific Motion.

“Whenever someone falls, gets injured or doesn’t walk, they become less confident in themselves, and with less confidence you have less movement,” he explained. Baby boomers can encourage their parents to gently move by reminding them it will increase their quality of life, he added.

Consult with your health care professional or search online to find range-of-motion exercises that can be performed safely.

Make sure the home is safe and comfortable Sandra Leahy of Wheelchairs Plus recommends the floor be clear of clutter, extension cords, unsecured area rugs or anything else that can cause falls. Be sure the bathroom is easy to navigate as well by adding grab bars or tub transfer benches, she added. Making sure their bedroom is comfortable is important because they will be spending most of their time there. When people have limited mobility, they may try to create a bedroom downstairs, sleep in the living room or sell their home and buy a one-story, according to Don Zimmerman, owner of Home Elevator of Texas. Instead, he suggests finding a solution to help them safely get to their bedroom, such as installing a stairway lift. “It’s a stress for them to move out of their home and their neighborhood in many cases,” he said.

Be sure to take time for yourself without feeling guilty “Use whatever resources can be found so that you can find time for yourself to take a breather, because if you are going to just be there all the time, you will burn out,” advised Ciarrocchi. Alamo Area Council of Governments ( is a great place to start, she added. Consider using a provider service to help look after your parent while you are at work or taking a break. “Don’t think you’re selfish because you have to do something for yourself to de-stress,” Ciarrocchi said. She put her career on hold to care for her parents because she wanted to be there for them during the last years of their life, she said. By taking some time for herself she was able to better care for her parents.

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Cookie Program Fosters the Entrepreneurial Spirit to Power Amazing Experiences for Girl Scouts Everyone has a special place in their heart for Girl Scout cook-

by engaging with the

ies. Not only because Girl Scout cookies are spectacularly de-


licious, but because purchasing them powers the Girl Scout

spend more time with

Cookie Program and helps girls fulfill their dreams, follow their

their daughters, to have

passions, and change the world! Girl Scout cookies help Girl

an impact on girls’ lives,



Scouts earn money for fun, educational activities and com-

and to contribute to a wor-

munity projects, and also play a huge role in transforming girls

thy cause. They know that

into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)™ as

one of the most important aspects

they learn essential life skills that will stay with them forever.

of the cookie program is helping girls feel more confident, es-

And while fun is part of the experience, giving back to our

pecially when they interact with others.

communities has been a hallmark of the Girl Scout Cookie Program since the first-known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts in 1917. Through the

So, what do girls like best about participating in the cookie program? Of course, there’s the

Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls gain the

fun and the friendships, but there’s more

power to change their communities and

to it than that. Girls also realize that setting

the world.

and reaching their goals is both fulfilling and empowering. When coupled with

From buying a bulletproof vest for a fe-

the social interaction with friends, family,

male police officer to creating care

and customers, the cookie program be-

packages for patients at a children’s cancer center, girls nationwide use their cookie

comes an essential part of the Girl Scout experience.

revenue to fund projects that benefit their communities in amazing ways. Recent local examples include a community garden at Frontier Charter School to help encourage healthy eating habits and a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) curriculum that helped the East Side YMCA robotics team win its first ever competition.

For 100 years, Girl Scouts have used cookie earnings to build everyday leaders who make a positive impact on our world. And there’s no doubt: American society today is better because of the girls who have taken part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

While girls are taking the lead in selling cookies and deciding what to do with those cookie earnings, parents and caregivers are there to support the girls every step of the way. From troop

But how did it all begin?

leaders to cookie moms and dads, adults support Girl Scouts



Powered by Girl Scout cookies! It started in 1917 when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere always do. They had a great idea, got together, and took action to make it a reality. The girls of Mistletoe Troop hit upon the clever idea to fund their projects by selling cookies they made themselves in their kitchens at home. So simple—and so smart! Other troops took note, and the idea of Girl Scouts selling cookies took off. Cookie sales got a boost in 1922, when a special sugar cookie recipe was published in The American Girl magazine, along with a cookie-selling business plan to help troops maximize their efforts and returns. Girls held their first sale of not just any cookies, but of what they specifically called Girl Scout cookies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1933. Those forward-thinking girls learned goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—something that continues to this day. From the very beginning the Girl Scout Cookie Program—and Girl Scout cookies—has been the engine that powers Girl Scouts. The sale of Girl Scout cookies has made an indelible impact on the millions of Girl Scout alumnae who have sold them. In fact, 57 percent of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the program was key in the development of their skills today.

Girl Scout Cookies Fuel a Century of Adventure for Girls





Girl Scout Alumna:

Marsha Shields For Marsha Shields selling is a family business. And Marsha credits her experience with the Girl Scout Cookie Program with helping her learn how to interact with customers. “I had to introduce myself, describe the cookies and then ask the person to buy them,” Marsha said. “For delivery, I had to locate the buyer and again introduce myself and to deliver the cookies. Mumbling, looking at the ground while I was speaking, or not being excited about the cookies never resulted in a sale.” Like many Girl Scouts, Marsha was able to sell cookies at her father’s place of business and he even gave her a few sales tips.

“My best sales territory was in my father’s dealership. ‘My father bought 8 cases of cookies, how many cases would you like to buy?’ Now that was a great sales technique!” she said. “I had fun, I learned about myself and others while practicing organizational and math skills, and I learned that helping others created a good feeling”. Marsha chased after the coveted Top Cookie Seller spot and while she was a close second, she didn’t win. “I quickly learned in yet another way that life has wins and losses. All these activities taught me lessons I continue to use today.”

Girl Scout Alumna:

Lisa Wong

Lisa Wong credits the Girl Scout Cookie Program as one of her earliest experiences learning about responsibility and seeing a project through from start to completion. “Handling inventory, selling the cookies, collecting the money and turning it in was all a requirement in earning our merit badges, but it was so much more,” Lisa said. “It was actually my earliest training ground for learning how to operate my own little business venture! I learned valuable sales, marketing and team building skills too – how to work with others, set up your cookie stand outside a business, approach strangers, family and friends – all important aspects of being a good business leader.” Lisa says her Girl Scout Leadership Experience as a whole helped shape her as a business woman and a citizen. “(Girl Scouting) taught me valuable people skills such as honesty, integrity, being a good neighbor, being respectful of all peo-



ple,” she said. “These are important principles that come into play now when dealing with my customers and different personalities on my team.” Lisa said she carries part of the Girl Scout Promise with even now. In stating the promise, girls pledge to help people at all times. “We were taught to open the door for an elderly person or help them carry their groceries if you saw them struggling,” she said. “We learned to pitch in where we were needed and that has helped me tremendously in the food and hospitality industry because service is at the center of what we do every day.”

Girl Scout Ambassador:

Morgan Russell Morgan Russell knows how to set high goals and work hard to achieve them. The Girl Scout Ambassador has participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program since she was in the first grade and has seen first-hand how the program has not only given her business skills but confidence. “It’s an amazing program,” she said. “It’s given me confidence and gives me time and money management skills. But it’s also shown me what I am capable of – and I know now that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.” Morgan started the program as a Girl Scout Daisy, selling cookies with a large troop and learning the basics of money management – counting change. As she’s grown in the program she has taken on more responsibility of the business. “Now I decide how many cookies we’ll order, how much change we take with us. I even help reconcile the books at the end of the season. This is my business, it’s what I’m responsible for. For the past three years Morgan has set a goal of selling 4,000 boxes and has come as close at 3,700 boxes. She’s not afraid to set her sights high. “It gives me an amazing sense of accomplishment. Wow this is what I sold, I did all of this. I

have amazing support from my friends and family, but it’s an amazing experience to know I accomplished this.” In addition to giving her skills that she can use throughout her life. the Girl Scout Cookie program has provided Morgan with funding for her Girl Scout Silver Award project, a StoryWalk at the Schertz Public Library. The cookie program has also given Morgan the chance to learn to sail, scuba dive, kayak and rock climb. She has even traveled through Great Britain with money earned during the program. “It’s so much more than raising money,” Morgan said. “The cookie program gives girls opportunities to challenge themselves, opportunities to grow. It gives girls skills they need to shoot for the moon. They'll have these skills to use later in their everyday life. There’s so much more to this program than you could ever imagine!”

Fiesta Medal To commemorate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is selling a limited edition Fiesta Medal featuring a crowd favorite — the Thin Mint! Medals will be sold at both the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center and the West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center for $8.



Juliette’s Circle is an extraordinary group of individuals who are passionate about Girl Scouts and its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character. Each gift is an opportunity to change the world one girl at a time. By making an investment in girls, members of Juliette’s Circle are helping them lead healthy lives and achieving their fullest potential. We know that when girls succeed, so does society. Special thanks to our founding members of Juliette’s Circle, who show their heartfelt support through their individual gifts.

We invite you to become a founding member of Juliette’s Circle because without you, our circle is not complete. To join, call 210-349-2404 ext. 223 or email

Founding Members of Juliette’s Circle William T. (Bill) Avila Carri Baker Karen Baen Sarah Baray Leah R. Bennett Nelwyn Simes Belt Yonnie Blanchette Mary Rose Brown Jelynne LeBlanc Burley Laura Burt Ella Carrasco Cece Cheever Nancy & Charlie Cheever Jean Cheever Sally Cheever Regina Cheever Deena Clausen Kelly Colotla Stephanie Finleon Cortez Chris Crane Beverly Watts Davis Luis de la Garza Yolanda Delgado Patricia Diaz Dennis Angelica M. Docog Lisa Drozdick Jan McCaleb Elliott Kelly Faglie Sandy Finleon Gretcha Flinn Leah D. Flores Ramon Flores



Lisa D. Fox Jeannie Frazier Nicki Frey Elizabeth Friedman Lisa A. Fullerton Monica Gonzalez Jackie L. Gorman Suzanne Goudge Mimi Gourley Roger Graham Carrie A. Gray Barbara A.F. Greene Lisa Greer Christina Grogan Sondra L. Grohman Teri M. Grubb Beth Hair Mary Henrich Jody Shaw Hernandez Mary Hime Susan Hough Janet Irwine Dr. Arcelia M. Johnson-Fannin Katie McKinney Jones Hon. Yvonne Katz, Ed.D. Estella Reyna Kierce Wendy Kowalik Rosemary Kowalski Pam Landry Madelon Yanta Leone Jane H. Macon Christina Markell-Balleza

Charline H. McCombs Jessica Mobley Jennifer Moriarty Hon. Susan Pamerleau Priscilla Parsons Anne Parrish Janet Pedrotti Suzanne Peterson Rebecca Puryear-Jennings Linda A. Ramon Cathy Ritter Maj. Gen. Angie Salinas, USMC (Ret) Sandra Schlortt Sharon Jones Schweitzer Marsha McCombs Shields Blythe Simonson Cecilia M. Smith Patricia P. Stout Jocelyn L. Straus Rita Sutton Marlene M. Teal Diane M. Theiss Cheryl Thorpe Annie Turner Laura J. Vaccaro Nikole Vaughn Suzanne Wade Teri L. Wenglein Dela W. White Jeanie Wyatt Judge Renée Yanta







Making all the difference:

Five Business Patch Partners What could the future workforce accomplish if all businesses—large and small—took a vested interest in advancing female leadership today? By investing in a girl’s success at an early age, each of us plays a vital role in ensuring the future of the community and the country is in good hands. With a combined contribution of $175,000 to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, CPS Energy, H-E-B, Shining Star Energy, Valero Energy Foundation and Wells Fargo have all taken the lead in supporting innovative patch programs for each company’s area of expertise.

CPS ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND CONSERVATION Through CPS Energy’s Environmental Awareness and Conservation Initiative, girls learn about environmental issues, the importance of its protection and how to be good environmental stewards. *Did you know: For girls ages 11-12, 73% reported improving the world around them as their favorite activity (e.g. activities related to the environment or helping others.)

H-E-B AND HEALTHY LIVING Girl Scouts recognizes that physical health, emotional health and self-esteem are connected. H-E-B’s Healthy Living Initiative promotes a balanced view of body image and develops skills to keep girls’ bodies healthy. *Did you know: Over the past 25 years, the percentage of overweight girls has more than doubled. Thirty-one percent of girls admit to starving themselves or refusing to eat as a strategy to lose weight.

SHINING STAR ENERGY For more than 100 years Girl Scouts has been preparing girls to become leaders. More than 52% of women in business are Girl Scout Alumnae, so it’s clear our approach is working. Through Shining Star ENERGY's Entrepreneurship Program, Girl Scouts learn about the fundamental dynamics of business, the scope of planning and how to prepare for an enterprising future. Entrepreneurship creates unlimited opportunities as more young women become business leaders. *Did you know: 30% of all businesses in the U.S., are owned by women and 80% of female entrepreneurs were once Girl Scouts.


(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Women continue to have a greater impact in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math than ever before. Whether they’re building robots, learning the mechanics of a car’s engine or creating a chemical reaction, girls are unlocking unexpected talents through Valero Energy Foundation’s STEM Initiative. *Did you know: When today’s girls graduate from college, America will need 3 million more scientists and engineers. However, girls tend to leave science to boys as early as the 5th grade.

WELLS FARGO AND FINANCIAL LITERACY Wells Fargo’s Financial Literacy Initiative provides girls the resources and knowledge to set fiscal goals and become financially accountable when earning and managing money. *Did you know: Women-owned funds significantly outperform funds in general, even during tough economic times. Yet women managed only 3% of hedge funds and 10% of mutual funds in the year leading to the 2008 recession.





WHO WE ARE Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is dedicated solely to girls in grades K-12. For 105 years we have enabled girls to build character and skills for success. • Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low • More than 2.8 million members throughout the United States* • GSUSA is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) • WAGGGS is a family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries (*including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas)

TO VISIT OR CONTACT GSSWT Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center 811 N Coker Loop | San Antonio, TX 78216 Phone 210-349-2404 | 1-800-580-7247 Fax 210-349-2666 West Side Girl Scout Leadership Center 5622 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. | San Antonio, TX 78237 Phone 210-349-2404


Frequently Asked QUESTIONS

• Be a girl in grades K-12 • Accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law • Pay national membership dues of $15 (financial assistance is available)

Q: What happens after a girl becomes a Girl Scout?

Call 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247 or visit to find out about Girl Scouts in your neighborhood!

PARTICIPATE IN GIRL SCOUTS THROUGH ONE OR MORE PATHWAYS: CAMP. By day or overnight, she can explore nature on two wheels, by the light of the moon or through the lens of a camera. EVENTS. Most girls have more than one passion—maybe storytelling and acting and dancing. Choose events centered on your daughter’s favorites. SERIES. Everything’s more fun when you’re sharing it with others who love the same things. Our series let girls explore interests together in a way that fits their schedules. TRAVEL. Want your daughter to go places? Girl Scouts do. When they see and experience new things, it’s always an adventure they’ll never forget. TROOP. Meeting regularly, girls can share amazing experiences ... learn to make a difference in their community ... and have lots of fun! GIRL SCOUT GRADE LEVELS: GSUSA program at all levels emphasizes development of personal values, appreciation of others, decision-making, leadership and service. Program is adapted for each grade level and for the needs and interests of individual girls. • • • • • •

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Daisy—grades Kindergarten-1 Brownie—grades 2-3 Junior—grades 4-5 Cadette—grades 6-8 Senior—grades 9-10 Ambassador—grades 11-12




Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas (GSSWT) is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to provide program in 21 counties. We are headquartered at the Sally Cheever Girl Scout Leadership Center in north central San Antonio.


A: When a girl joins the organization, she becomes a Girl Scout member. All members may choose any one, all, or some of the flexible pathways to participate during a single year.

Q: How can I support my daughter’s Girl Scout journey? A: Parents/guardians should be familiar with the flexible pathways your daughter can experience. Help her identify her interests and encourage her to participate in various activities. All of the information a parent needs to support their daughter’s Girl Scout journey may be found at

Q: Where do funds come from to pay for books, pins and awards? A: Through participation in product programs, such as the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, which provides troops or individual girls with proceeds to help pay for books, earned awards or uniform pieces. Proceeds may also be used to pay for attendance at camp or to travel, as well as various activities offered by the council. Parents/guardians of girls will often pay some of the costs. If a troop is newly formed, a troop leader may request a small amount from the parents to begin the program year. All of these specific troop details should be discussed at the first parent’s meeting. Limited financial assistance for books, membership pins and uniform pieces is available.

Q: Are uniforms required in Girl Scouting? A: Uniforms are not required, but are encouraged for visibility and Girl Scout spirit. A girl is always welcome to participate in Girl Scouting whether or not she chooses to have a uniform. The Girl Scout Membership Pin can be worn with or without the uniform. Girls are encouraged to purchase a sash or vest on which to display earned awards and other official insignia. Financial assistance is available.

Q: Is financial assistance available? A: Yes. GSSWT believes no girl should ever be denied the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts because of financial need. Funds are available to assist girls with council activities, membership dues, books, etc.

Q: Who can be a Girl Scout volunteer? A: Anyone over the age of 18 and willing to accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law is welcome to volunteer for the organization. Adults go through the following steps when applying to become Girl Scout volunteers: application with criminal background check, appointment for one year, placement and required training. GSSWT offers adult learning opportunities online and in a live class format to provide volunteers with a solid foundation for guiding the leadership development of girls.

Q: Whom do I contact for information or help? A: Much information may be found online at, or call your Girl Scout staff liaison at 210-349-2404/1-800-580-7247.


Spend your Weekends Wisely Special spring outings and weekend escapes that won’t bust your budget BY JANIS TURK

Pictured above is one of the air-conditioned and fully furnished tipis at Geronimo

Spring is the time of year in Texas when families want to spend as much time outdoors as possible, since the weather is finally nice, the hot summer season has not yet arrived with its triple-digit temperatures, and everyone is ready for a road trip.

Creek Retreat located on the outskirts of Seguin.

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W TRAVEL There are lots of places you’ve been meaning to explore, and now’s the time to do it. Here are five outings you’ll want to make this spring, and best of all, they’re affordable and close to home.



What could be more fun than spending the night in a tipi? Under the shady branches of ancient pecan trees near a rambling creek in Geronimo, Texas, just 35 miles northeast of San Antonio, lies the enchanting oasis of the Geronimo Creek Retreat. This overnight vacation rental property features four treehouse-style cabins, five air- conditioned and fully furnished tipis, and the property’s original three bed/two bath Homestead Haus. Even though it feels like you’re far from civilization, the Geronimo Creek Retreat is actually just on the outskirts of Seguin, 14 miles from New GERONIMO CREEK RESORT Braunfels and 20 miles from the outlet malls of San Marcos. So with fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, a large recreation room, a hot tub, a playground and more, and with Seguin fun nearby (see #2 below), your kids won’t get bored. And think how much they’ll love sleeping in a treehouse or tipi! 888-993-6772

a record-breaking, near-vertical angle, ZDT has one of the most thrilling rides in Texas. It also has a water coaster, go carts, a climbing wall, a parachute drop ride, a Dizzy Toucan ride, a MaxiFlight roller coaster simulator, a video arcade, games and even a café where kid-friendly meals make lunch a treat. ZDT is a clean, safe place to play, inside and out.

Body surf the Frio River and spend the night at one of the many darling cabins and campsites in and around Concan, at Garner State Park. It’s so close to San Antonio that it would make a perfect weekend trip with the kids — or a romantic night in a cabin with your husband or wife. 830-232-6132.

ZDT’s Amusement Park — This little Seguin-area theme park and game arcade is big on family fun, doesn’t cost big bucks like the large San Antonio theme parks do, and chances are it isn’t much farther from home than the other parks are. Just 30 minutes from San Antonio (Exit 809 off Interstate 10 as you head east toward Houston), this Seguinarea amusement park is doable as a day trip. Attractions here are geared to entertain a wide age-range, from toddlers to teens and everyone in between — plus Mom and Dad. With an exciting giant Switchback roller coaster culminating in a Grand Spike that sends riders to

Instead of breaking the bank to pay expensive gate fees for each child and adult in the family at the bigger theme and waterparks in the SA area, why not just pay for one hotel room and enjoy a staycation weekend by booking a Spring Experience at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa? The whole family will have access to 9 acres of water park fun, including a sandy beach, sloped entry leisure pools, whirlpool spas, private cabanas, two 47-foot tall body slides, tube slides, a children’s pool, adult-only infinity pool, 1,100foot-long lazy river, lounge chair seating and much more. The hotel

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makes it even more fun for kids and parents with a Kids’ Night Out option: Kids can participate in activities and games while mom and dad have dinner in one of the resort’s nice restaurants. The hotel also offers a Flick N’ Float evening that begins with yummy s’mores by the fire pit, then it’s onto the River Bluff activity pool for a free movie the whole family can enjoy. Float on the water or sit on the grass while you watch the movies on Friday and Saturday evenings. Afraid the hotel stay might still be too pricey? Fear not: The resort is now offering a “More is Less” package that gives guests 15 percent off three-night stays and 20 percent off four-night stays when booking those nights by May 31 and so long as you stay before June 30. 210-276-2500.


Craft your own spring calendar with various fun outings on different weekends to places like the San Antonio Public Library. Take a Rio-Taxi ride to the San Antonio Museum of Art, spend the morning at the New Witte Museum or the kids’ DoSeum on Broadway, or make a day trip to Boerne’s beautiful Cave without A Name. Venture farther and spend a Saturday at the LBJ Ranch to teach the kids about a Texan-turned-president. Or better yet, volunteer as a family at a local food bank or soup kitchen — or why not help cut and clean an elderly neighbor’s yard, or spend the day making cookies or crafting cards and little floral nosegays to take to elderly shut-ins or nursing home folks? Teach kids that weekends needn’t be lazy days; they can be productive ones. Spring is a great time to get to know your very own city, too, so spend your weekends wisely this season and enjoy the beauty of these mild and marvelous months. march/april 2017 | 117


Celebrate Spring Five family-friendly festivals where you can enjoy the Hill Country’s favorite season BY JANIS TURK


hen bluebonnets and Indian

paintbrush line the highways

and backroads of Texas, and

breezes are gentle and temperatures are mild, there’s no better time for festivals and family fun in the Hill Country. Spring fever is infectious, school is almost out, and it’s time to think about getting your lawn and garden back in shape, so why not

ship pageant, a “Destruction Derby,” 5k and 10K runs, arts and crafts stalls on the Burnet Historic Square, the Lakes Area Rod and Classic Car Display, a Burnet Gunfighters shootout at Old Town, a praise and worship time at the Main Stage, a rubber ducky race, a children’s bicycle decorating contest, a Wiener Dog Race, the “Mighty Thomas Carnival,” along with a full food court and live music, including Jason Boland & the Stragglers. Burnet is located at the intersection of Highways 281 and 29. For more information call 512-7564297 or visit

pack up the kids and make a weekend road trip to celebrate spring? Little towns all over Texas fill the mild weather months of March and April with special market days, art walks, garden shows, spring concerts and family fairs, and most are


a short drive or day trip away, so you can be back home chasing fireflies with the kids by nightfall.

34TH ANNUAL BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL, BURNET On April 7-9, celebrate the state flower of Texas, the bluebonnet, in the beautiful town of Burnet, during its annual Bluebonnet Festival. Last year more than 30,000 people attended, and this year even larger crowds are expected. The family-friendly festival will include a pancake breakfast, the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Show, the annual Grand Parade, a pet parade, a scholar118 |

compete to create giant pans of paella, a Spanish/Mediterranean dish containing seafood and rice and an array of other ingredients. Student chef teams from local high schools will also compete in an H-E-B-sponsored challenge, and all who attend can eat, drink and enjoy live music and entertainment all day for one price. Chef Johnny’s popular paella challenge has already raised $350,000plus, and all proceeds benefit Kitchen Campus, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect today’s youth to culinary opportunities through education and advocacy. Parking at the event is free, and ticket prices are all-inclusive of food, drink and entertainment. The event used to be held at Pearl, but it quickly outgrew its space there and moved to Mission County Park, located at 6030 Padre Drive. Call 210-226-3670 or visit for more information.

CHEF JOHNNY HERNANDEZ’S 8TH ANNUAL PAELLA CHALLENGE, SAN ANTONIO You don’t need to look far for your first foray into spring fun. Kick off the season with a big tasty Sunday in the park during this familyfriendly event of good eats in support of a good cause. Attend the eighth annual Paella Challenge on Sunday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mission County Park. The best restaurants and chefs from all over the city

What better way to welcome spring than with the release of thousands of butterflies, and that’s exactly what folks in Wimberley will do on Saturday, April 22, during this unforgettable festival held at Wimberley’s EmilyAnn Theatre. The festival begins at 9 a.m. with a flag dedication at the Texas flagpole at the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza atop EmilyAnn Mountain, followed by a commemorative Air Force flyover (weather permitting). Then, a live butterfly release will happen every 30 minutes throughout the day until 5 p.m. In addition to the release, there will be other fun activities: butterfly art, nature activities, pirate and princess tents, games, concessions, face

painting, an indoor butterfly house with native exotic butterflie, and live entertainment. There is no entrance or parking fee, though there are charges for certain activities and for concessions, but any donation you can make is appreciated. While at the festival, be sure to walk through the gardens, enjoy the life-sized chess/checkerboard and interactive musical garden, and enjoy the peaceful environment of the grounds. The EmilyAnn Theatre is located at 1101 FM 2325, next door to Wimberley High School. Call 512-847-6969 or visit for more information.

HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE, DRIPPING SPRINGS On Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park enjoy a big spring arts and crafts fair where vendors will showcase gifts, pottery, jewelry, gourmet foods, candles, garden items, collectibles, clothing and more. Thousands attend this annual fun spring fair with food booths, juried competitions, arr and music. Enjoy garden

talks and guest speakers, including Amanda Moon, and come for “Chicken Chats” to learn about raising backyard flocks. The Hays County Master Gardeners will be sharing gardening tips, too, and even Texas Parks and Wildlife experts will be on hand. Admission is $4 per person, less $1 with a donation to the Helping Hands Food Pantry. Children aged 12 and under are free. Dripping Springs Ranch Park is located at 1042 Event Center Drive, on RR12, north of Highway 290, across from the Dripping Springs Elementary School. Note: GPS often does not work for this location. For more information call 888-225-3427 or visit

SWING ON THE SQUARE, SAN MARCOS On April 7-9, on the Hays County Courthouse square, from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., this big 25th annual Western Swing Festival in downtown San Marcos will not only feature Western swing acts, but also other styles of music that were the roots of Western swing, including blues, 1940s jazz, big band swing and country. Along with all the music will be lots of

food as well as a big street dance, a “Brew Hop” to different local craft breweries, a Hall of Fame show, a Gospel Cowboy show, a farmers market, an arts market and lots of activities for the kids. Formerly the Texas Natural & Western Swing Festival, this San Marcos sensation is a relatively short ride from San Antonio and will make an entertaining outdoor event for the family. This rain-or-shine event is located on the courthouse lawn in downtown San Marcos at 111 E San Antonio St. For more information call 512-393-8430 and visit

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he got the nickname Azul because she was always listening to the blues in high school, explains songstress /songwriter Azul Barrientos, whose

original name was Azucena. Then when she moved from Mexico to the U.S. in 2006, people couldn’t pronounce Azucena properly, which was annoying. So she became Azul for good, legally and otherwise. And it is under this name that San Antonio got to know her as the warm-voiced star of the Noche Azul de Esperanza shows, which have been a programming staple at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center for years. But even before that, this columnist first heard her sing during a dance production choreographed by Erica Perkins-Wilson in honor of Mexican Independence Day at the Carver Community Cultural Center. Barrientos walked on stage, wrapped in a

The entire family loved music, yet never considered it as a possible

white veil representing a grieving figure, and moving slowly across the

profession. Her father’s “bohemian life” as a musician was already be-

space, unfurled that deep, eloquent voice of hers that instantly capti-

hind him at the time of her birth because he had to run a business to

vated the audience. I remember thinking that with a voice like that she

support the family. Nevertheless, he would frequently break into song

would go far. Today, Barrientos’ monthly performances at the Esperanza focus mostly on traditional music from Mexico and Latin America. “I love

with his wife or with friends. Little Azul loved to watch them and enjoyed the harmonies they produced. Her grandmother, also a singer, knew a lot of old ballads going back to the Mexican Revolution.

tangos, rancheras — the traditional ones that are different from the

While her siblings grew up to be engineers and business people —

mariachi rancheras — and other old folkloric ballads,” she says. “Also,

“left brain kind of things” — she says, teenage Azul decided that music

Romani (Gypsy) music. I look for melodic, passionate songs that con-

would be her life. A fan of Ella Fitzgerald, she remembers the feeling

nect to my feelings.” In addition, both she and her regular accompa-

that Ella’s music awoke in her. “I did not want to lose that feeling,”

nist, pianist Aaron Prado, write original songs for concerts with

says the singer. “There was something in me telling me that I, too,

special themes. Sometimes the theme is strictly musical, such as, for

could do something like that. I mimicked Ella’s singing even though I

example, tango music, while other times the concert may revolve

did not speak English.”

around a legendary personality like Mexican actress Maria Felix,

Though she studied piano and attended the National Conservatory

whose charms prompted several composers, including her second hus-

of Music in Mexico City, it was only after the 19-year-old Barrientos

band, Augustin Lara, to dedicate their compositions to her. La Virgen

started visiting the U.S. in 1999 that she eventually picked up a guitar

de Guadalupe and Frida Kahlo have also inspired special perform-

to accompany herself while singing slow-tempo boleros or composing

ances, which in addition to music feature videos and narrative parts

her own tunes. The simplicity of traditional Mexican music packed an

to both entertain and educate the audience.

emotional punch that appealed to her. That’s when she knew she had

Through the years, Barrientos has recorded several albums, in-

found her artistic niche.

cluding a mixed-genre one with jazz vocalist Bett Butler and Butler’s

In addition to performing at the Esperanza Center, where she has

husband, bassist Joel Dilley. She is now looking forward to releasing

been artist-in-residence since 2007, Barrientos goes on short tours

her “major” new album that will feature “the summit of (her) musical

from time to time and appears at special events, including the King

experience” — in other words, her best numbers. “I am at a point in

William Fiesta Fair. To supplement her income, she also works as a

my life where I am comfortable with my voice,” she states honestly.

massage therapist. In 2013, the young woman married chiropractor

“From more than 100 songs in my repertoire, for this album I’ve cho-

Aaron Root, who greeted her Mexican style with a peck on the cheek

sen the ones that feel like they were written for me. They speak to

the very first time they met. The marriage helped her to “grow roots”

my soul. I am really proud of it. I listen to the recordings in the studio,

here, just at the time when she was wondering whether to return home

and I think, if anything happens to me, I know I have already done a

after her dad died. “Now I feel like I belong here…” she says. “Well,

good job.” Recorded with the help of Grammy-winning engineer and

there’s always that feeling of being a bit of an outsider looking in, but

producer Joe Trevino at his famed Blue Cat Studio, the album also

you know that you belong.”

features Prado and his dad, bass player George Prado, as well as

Babies may be in her future, but there’s no rush. Since multitasking

other local musicians.

is not her forte, her focus is on her album right now. “It’s like your baby,”

The baby of a musical family

And no matter what, she intends to keep on making music. “I do see my-

a friend suggested, and Barrientos felt it was an accurate description. “My family was already well established as a family by the time I

self singing on stage until I die,” she says. “My intention has never been

came along,” says Barrientos. “It was like walking into a movie theater

to become a rock-type star. Traditional music is not rock-star material.

with the movie already in progress. I had to do a lot of catching up.”

I don’t want to sound too humble, but I really just want to be a bridge

Her youngest sibling was 10 years her senior.

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March 4-5 Readings by Writers at the Bihl Haus Saturday, March 4, from 2-4pm, head over to Bihl Haus Arts for an intergenerational reading by the Bihl Haus Golden Writers and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy’s Young Poets Society for Women’ History Month SA. Sunday, March 5, from 4-5pm, do not miss the closing reception at Bihl Haus Arts featuring a poolside concert by Nina Rodriguez, Azul, George Prado and Aaron Prado.

March 11-18 Harp and Shamrock Society St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will kick off on Saturday, March 11, with the 5K Run & Fitness Walk and will continue through Saturday, March 18, with downtown festivities including Murphy's St. Patrick's Day Festival (La Villita), Harp and Shamrock Music Festival (Arneson


March 4 Mockingbird Fest Yanaguana Garden and Hemisfair 12-5pm Visitors to the fest can expect a fun-filled festival of tasting, moving and discovering things that make Texas great – only at Hemisfair! Educational

activities will teach state history, natural wonders and cultural traditions, while local chefs and brewers will serve up the flavors Texans love most. The day’s events are divided into three categories: Move (musical performances), Taste (culinary experiences) and Discover (cultural activities).

River Theater), the ONLY St. Patrick’s Day River Parade in the world, dyeing of the river, landmarks going green and more.

March 21 BRAVE Coalition Foundation Kickoff and Fundraiser 5811 University Heights Blvd., 5-7pm Breast Restoration AdVocacy and Education is the core meaning of Brave. Tickets cost $35 and include an appetizer and a drink. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Regina Fearmonti, a plastic surgeon at Alon Aesthetics who specializes in breast reconstruction. Participate in a silent auction for a stay at a beautiful place in Cabo and other raffled items. Email for tickets.

March 30 Texas Senior Games Opening Ceremony and Fun Walk OP Schnabel Park, Graff Pavilion, 9:30 am The opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the fun walk following. Participate in a oneor two-mile walk, fun door prizes, music and dancing. Free T-shirts are

Arts & Entertainment also available to the first 300 people to register. registration

March 30-April 1 American Chuck Wagon Association Championship Cook-Off Texas Rangers Heritage Center at Fort Martin Scott. The American Chuck Wagon Association (ACWA) Championship Cook-Off will be held in Fredericksburg in conjunction with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. The ACWA Championship Cook-Off will include 15 to 20 prequalified chuck wagon teams that have won in previous competitions across the United States.

April 1 The State of Sisterhood San Antonio Women’s Summit Henry Gonzalez Convention Center, 9am-3pm This one-day summit will address the state of sisterhood, where it stands, where it is going and how to get there!

( EDITOR’S PICK ) April 20 – 30

SPRING MARKET AT THE SHOPS AT LA CANTERA You are invited for fashion, food and fun at the Spring Market at the Shops at La Cantera. Join a creative, pop-up marketplace for a much anticipated spring affair at this premier Texas retail destination. Artists, chefs, makers, and fashion designers showcase one-of-a-kind creations with exceptional company at the Shops at La Cantera. For more information, please contact Careen Plummer at 210-582-6669.

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April 8 5th Annual Texas Book Festival San Antonio Central Library 9 a.m.-5 pm Novelist Ann Patchett will headline more than 80 national, regional and local writers who will appear at the 5th annual Book Festival. There will be readings, panel discussions, book sales and activities for children and teens. It's free and open to everyone.

April 11 Alamo Heights Optimist Club Fiesta Event 5 -10pm Alamo Heights Swimming Pool Dance to the sounds of vintage rock ‘n’ roll with a group called Throw Back. Kids will love the carnival booths, multiple food booths and trucks, pony rides and games. The proceeds go to local nonprofit organizations. Mark your calendars now! April 19 Fiesta Hat Contest and Luncheon Alzafar Shrine 10:30am-3pm The everpopular


Photo courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission

2017 ©Betsy Newman Photography

April 22-23 Fiesta Arts Fair Southwest School of Art Fiesta Arts Fair, now in its 44th year, is an intimate two-day event that offers art lovers and collectors an opportunity to purchase high-quality contemporary and tradi-

April 25-28 NIOSA – A Night in Old San Antonio La Villita 5:30-10:30pm Each year the historic downtown village of La Villita takes center stage as 85,000 visitors gather for four nights to celebrate the city's unique


tional art and crafts from approximately 115 artist exhibitors.

heritage at "A Night in Old San Antonio." More than 250 elaborately decorated food and drink booths and more than a dozen nonstop entertainment stages represent the diverse cultures and customs of our city in 15 heritagethemed areas.

Fiesta Hat Contest and Luncheon returns for the 25th year. Participants enjoy a delicious lunch, a silent auction, a raffle, and a rip-snorting competition of prize-winning hats in several categories: Most Beautiful, Spirit of Fiesta, Glitz and Glam, Vintage, Men's Hats and many more. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for local students and contribute to the restoration of the historic landmark mansion that houses The Woman's Club.

April 20-30 Fiesta Carnival Alamodome Thrills and chills fill the air at one of the best carnivals in the land. Glittering lights, exciting rides and a wide assortment of foods in the heart of San Antonio make the Carnival a perennial favorite of Fiesta®-goers. Revenue from this event helps support the activities of Fiesta. Admission is free.

April 21 Alamo Heights Night University of the Incarnate Word 5:30-11:30pm

The 31st Annual Alamo Heights Night activities will highlight food from some of San Antonio's leading restaurants and caterers. This familyfriendly atmosphere delivers live entertainment on multiple stages, including Hotcakes, Suede (Austin), a mariachi band and more. A live fireworks show will be conducted at 10 pm. The carnival midway will captivate kids of all ages with activities such as laser tag, rock climbing, hamster balls, slides, rides, face/hair painting and more.

April 21-23 Taste of New Orleans Sunken Garden Theater If you want to experience unique and exquisite New Orleans food in a festive atmosphere, don't miss this three-day fest, alive and kickin' with the tastes and sounds of N’awlins. Nowhere else can you experience mouth-watering Creole and Cajun dishes like gumbo, crawfish, shrimp etouffe, red beans and rice, boudin and many other favorite cuisines of the region.

April 21-22 Fiesta Oyster Bake St. Mary’s University Campus 2017 marks Fiesta Oyster Bake's 101st anniversary! The event features more than 100,000 oysters served baked, raw and fried plus 70+ food and beverage booths that dish up savory favorites and quench every thirst. Enjoy continuous rock, country, Tejano, R&B, hip-hop, pop and children's musical entertainment, as well as a full carnival and fireworks on Friday evening.


parade in the U.S., it supports the educational, artistic, social and philanthropic achievements of our community’s youth. The Battle of Flowers® Parade holds the distinction of being the first celebration to be held in Alamo Plaza and is considered the founding event of Fiesta® San Antonio.

April 28 Battle of Flowers Parade 12:20-4pm The Battle of Flowers® Parade honors the heroic spirit of the patriots of the Alamo, commemorates the victory at San Jacinto and celebrates the diversity and heritage of Texas and our nation. As the second-largest day

BATTLE OF FLOWERS Photo courtesy of Fiesta® San Antonio Commission ©Jon Alonzo ©Betsy Newman Photography

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ALDACO’S At The Dominion Famous for Prize-Winning Margaritas




lanca Aldaco opened her first restaurant, Aldaco’s, in 1989. For the past 28 years, she and her team have served up traditional Mexican food in a cantina-style atmosphere. They have expanded to three locations — Sunset Station, Stone Oak and their newest location in The Dominion. This latest spot, at 22211 Interstate 10 Frontage Road right across from The Dominion, is a beautiful restaurant built by a veteran of good taste and good times. Aldaco’s at The Dominion is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, and on Saturday and Sunday they offer brunch starting at 10:30. The decor balances modern design but is aware of its culinary tradition. You will want to kick back and relax — nothing stuffy here. In fact, the only thing better than the spacious and open atmosphere inside is the expansive porch almost entirely covered by shade trees. Picture yourself with a margarita sitting on that porch. That’s why you live in South Texas in the winter, right? Or better yet, complement your Chilaquiles San Antonio with a prickly pear mimosa or Bloody Mary for a slow Saturday/Sunday morning brunch. Aldaco’s staff greets you when you arrive and offers seating on the porch, in the restaurant or at the bar. If there’s a wait, you can grab a draft beer or any number of options at the full-service bar. The mar-

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garita menu is extensive and award-winning. Aldaco’s has racked up too many awards to count, but their most recent, in 2016, is from the San Antonio Express-News for the best margarita in San Antonio. That has to be as impressive as winning the prize for the best slice of pizza in New York or the best Philly cheesesteak in Philadelphia. Aldaco’s is famous for its creamy avocado margarita, but a close contender is the Zesty Margarita. This libation blends high-end tequila, agave nectar and slivers of fresh jalapeños to create a well-balanced, slightly spicy, just-sweet-enough killer margarita. The bartenders flex their culinary chops by offering a few mezcal-based margaritas. Technically, all tequila is in the mezcal family, but what is commonly referred to as mezcal is a smoky agave-based spirit that when blended with lime and simple syrup makes for an excellent handcrafted margarita. The menu offers Tex-Mex standards alongside traditional Mexican dishes and a few of Blanca’s twists; it’s this creativity balanced with respect for tradition that sets Aldaco’s apart from other San Antonio restaurants. There are many reliable options on the menu, but for brunch the Chilaquiles San Antonio with Puntas de Puerco en Chile Chipotle is outstanding! The chilaquiles are what you would expect, but Aldaco’s takes them to 11 with spicy pork tips and a homemade

Opposite page: Aldaco’s at the Dominion colorful and modern dining area.

This page, clockwise from the top left: The Centerpiece, Outdoor Patio under the oaks, Cucumber Martini, Tostada de Camaron, Choco Flan Dessert, Pastel de Tres Leches, and Tamal De Camaron.

ranchero sauce. Ranchero sauce is a traditional tomato-based sauce that is a brilliant complement to the spicy pork, eggs, cheese and tortilla strips. The dish is served with fresh tortillas, allowing you to assemble possibly the breakfast taco of your life. If brunch isn’t your thing, the lunch and dinner menus also have many standouts. Try the Enchiladas de Camaron filled with grilled shrimp and topped with Al cilantro sauce, a light-bodied cream sauce made with fresh cilantro. If you are looking for healthier items, they offer a skinny margarita, plenty of fresh grilled seafood, salads and a section of their menu dedicated to gluten-free options, like the Pollo y Camaron, grilled chicken breast in that delicious creamy cilantro sauce with three grilled shrimp. Aldaco’s at The Dominion is a festive spot, perfect for families and large parties. They have party rooms for private events and offer cooking classes for team building and interactive events. Whether you are looking to sample San Antonio’s finest margaritas on a South Texas evening, start your weekend right with a lazy brunch, or grab a quick lunch, Aldaco’s will not disappoint. But seriously, order the Zesty Margarita and anything with their ranchero sauce, and tell them Scott sent you!

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