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Corinna Holt Richter leads HOLT CAT

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Wellness Jennifer Newell helps bridge

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Health Why cycling is taking over the fitness scene

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An award-winning writer who enjoys sharing the stories behind the faces and places that make San Antonio shine, Dawn Robinette has more than 25 years of communications experience and is listed as an expert on the Alamo City by the San Antonio River Walk Association. Despite being told by her high school English teacher that she couldn’t write, Dawn has made a career doing just that and is a regular contributor to Alamo City Moms, Rio Magazine and Texas Lifestyle Magazine.

Jason studied fine art & theatre at Ohio State University. He relocated to New York City where he pursued a career in show business and commercial art. During this time he performed on Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, and did some television work.. Since that time he has worked in the commercial art field as a graphic designer and illustrator which eventually led to developing his interests as a photographer and video. The lion’s share of Jason’s current work is now in photography.





Al Rendon photographs the homes seen in San Antonio Woman magazine. “A room is four walls until someone moves in the first object. People choose their environment and the decor in a room to express their personality. The room expresses the family’s taste, and the unique homes of San Antonio Woman are very tastefully detailed. My photographs use light to bring a home’s personality to life. When I raise the camera and focus on a room’s view, I am composing to express its owners’ personality in the best light.” He has had more than a dozen major solo exhibits, and his work is in such permanent collections as the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

Half Texan on her mother’s side, Meredith was born and raised in Southern California, where she graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Advertising. She has called San Antonio home for over 25 years now and is raising a son and a daughter as a single mom with a pack of rescue dogs. An incurable foodie with an insatiable case of wanderlust, she has travelled the world, and is passionate about writing, cooking, landscaping and music of all genres. Meredith is usually the loudest person in the room, and she is always up for new adventures and experiences.



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While the phrase “Rise to the occasion” has certainly been used before, the global pandemic that we have found ourselves in has challenged all of us in ways we never could have imagined. Life as we knew it has been put on hold as we figure out how to teach children, feed families, pay bills and get work done, all while confined to our homes. The crisis brought some of us to a refreshing, slower-paced life; for others, the crisis spurred a new-found energy and creativity. Either way, we stepped up to get things done. The women in this issue are true examples of stepping up and rising to the occasion. Our Feature story offers a glimpse into the lives of three brilliant women who were thrust into the spotlight when the worldwide pandemic struck our city. These women brought leadership and perspective to the situation and, with the help of their dynamic teams, are finding solutions and continue to navigate uncharted waters as we look to a post-COVID-19 San Antonio. Our cover Profile, Corinna Holt Richter, is poised and graceful - traits you would not expect in the world of large construction equipment. Corinna leads an organization of almost 3,000 people, along with her brother, Peter. She has been in training for this role her whole life, as she is the fifth generation in her family to lead HOLT CAT. I think you will agree that Corinna stepped up to lead her company with a fresh perspective and high expectations for growth. Our Role Model, Vanessa Van de Putte, learned the value of relationships from hard-working, successful parents. Vanessa stepped in to lead her family-owned business, Dixie Flag & Banner Co., and navigated her company through the COVID-19 crisis to serve our community. Also in this issue, we meet some of San Antonio’s brightest attorneys and financial advisors who bring purpose and passion to their work. As I step Into my new role as owner and Editor of San Antonio Woman magazine, I am very aware that I can’t do my job without being surrounded by amazing people. Susan Thornton, whose inner joy brightens a room, has patiently guided me through my first issue. Mike and Nancy Gaffney have graciously allowed me to carry on the brand that they have been nurturing and growing for almost 18 years. And my amazing family, who inspire me with their energy and perseverance, have lifted me up with a lot of laughter - and a few tears - along the way. I can’t wait for you to read this issue! So, grab a cup of coffee or a refreshing cold drink, settle in, and get ready to be inspired. I’d say the women in this issue fit perfectly with our mission of sharing unique stories of compassion, knowledge and strength that inspire the women of San Antonio. Stay well!

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The SMH Class of 2020

SAINT MARY’S HALL CLASS OF 2020 ON A COURSE FOR SUCCESS Though their senior year has been one of challenges and uncertainty, Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) graduates are now off on a journey toward success in college and fulfillment in life. “I am excited to say that we are ready for the next chapter in life. No matter where we are going next year, we can all rest assured that Saint Mary’s Hall has prepared us so well for our departure into the world,” said Senior Class President Sophie Silva as she addressed her senior class. On May 22, a total of 88 graduates from the Class of 2020 officially graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall during a virtual Commencement Ceremony. They then received their diplomas in person during a Diploma Conveyance Ceremony held June 6.

These exemplary students earned nearly $10.5 million in merit scholarships and had a 100 percent college acceptance rate. They will attend 52 different colleges and programs across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Some of the impressive colleges and universities include Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, NYU, Georgetown, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, UC-Boulder, UCLA, Northwestern, TCU, Tulane, MICA, RPI, and SMU. The Class of 2020 will forever be defined by their strength and perseverance as they go on to achieve greatness beyond the halls of Saint Mary’s Hall.




In recognition of the tremendous efforts and rapid response put forth by San Antonio’s Pre-K through University educators and faculty members to shift to online classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is celebrating area teachers by offering a complimentary summer membership to experience SAMA. The membership offer is effective beginning June 22, 2020, and will be valid for visits through September 30, 2020. Educators can register in-person at SAMA or online by visiting, and will be prompted to show their school badge or I.D. at the time of their first visit for verification. In addition to this special offer, SAMA is also offering an online Summer Teacher Institute featuring presentations by high caliber speakers as well as other programs, lesson plans and resources to assist educators and faculty in preparing for the upcoming school year. For more information, visit programs-events/program/educator-programs/.

At the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, we view diversity as a core value which embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect and multiple perspectives. For us, diversity serves as a catalyst for change resulting in health equity. As the rapidly changing demographics are reshaping the delivery of health care today, we’re how a biomedical workforce and student body that reflect this change are being created.

We’re how. You’re why. Chiquita A. Collins, Ph.D., pictured center, is Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer at UT Health San Antonio, designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. JULY/AUGUST 2020



Dream Night, a VIP event for children with special medical needs, provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the zoo without concern for social stigma or issues. This year, in response to the pandemic, the zoo teamed up with University Health System and The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio to bring a virtual version of Dream Night to hospitalized children who may not have had an opportunity to visit the zoo. The video will be played on a closed-circuit television program in each of their rooms. This one-of-a-kind experience allows the patient and their families to learn more about the zoo’s animals from the

comfort and safety of their hospital room. Originating in 1996, the concept for “Dream Night at the Zoo” began at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands when animal keepers acknowledged how rarely children diagnosed with cancer were able to visit the zoo. Families of these medically frail children often had other expenses to meet, had difficulty finding the free time to visit, had the obstacle of being stared at, or dealing with people’s reactions. Dream Night was developed so these children and their families could have a relaxing and fun experience while at the zoo. The idea has spanned worldwide, with over 248 zoos around the world participating.

24-HOUR RECOVERY HELPLINE By connecting those in need of recovery support to the appropriate agency, efforts will ensure help is just a phone call away. Alpha Home, Lifetime Recovery, Pay It Forward, and Rise Recovery are proud to announce their partnership in providing the Bexar County area with a helpline for those seeking support with substance-related issues. Operators will listen intently, answer questions and provide a referral to the caller based on their specific need. The partner organizations look forward to reaching those in our community who are searching for much needed substance use-related information and support, and a clear path to recovery. This United Way supported partnership initiative ensures that these organizations will continue to save lives and change the paradigm of drug and alcohol recovery in the greater San Antonio area for years to come. For more information on the partner organizations please visit: Alpha Home - 16


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Pre-K 4 SA and Vooks, the leading streaming service for children’s books, have partnered to provide a free, one-year subscription of Vooks to children and early learning teachers across Bexar County. Vooks is the most engaging way for young children to read books and achieve self-directed, read-aloud time each day. In Bexar County, where three in five children are economically disadvantaged and more than 30% are not reading on grade level by third grade, the need for early access to books is tremendous. “With this generous contribution from Charles Butt to the children of our community, Pre-K 4 SA and our partners will tackle the challenge of limited book access by putting the entire library of animated storybooks and specially designed learning guides in the hands of early learning educators and families with a 4-to 6-year-old child,” Pre-K 4 SA CEO Sarah Baray said. “Combining animation with reading can enhance retention even further, which makes Vooks an ideal resource for both parents and teachers.” The Vooks app is mobile-friendly for smart phones and devices. The San Antonio Public Library Foundation (SAPLF) and BiblioTech, Bexar County’s all-digital public library, have committed to extend the distribution of the subscription program and access to Wi-Fi to families across San Antonio. BiblioTech will allow families to check out personal hot spots for home access to Vooks.

THE FIESTA SAN ANTONIO COMMISSION HAS ELECTED NEW LEADERSHIP FOR ITS 2020-21 FISCAL YEAR Fiesta’s new President is Baltazar (Walter) Serna, Jr., of the Law Offices of Serna & Serna. He has served as a Commission officer since 2016, was Rey Feo LXII in 2010 and Regent of the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation from 2011 to 2016. His civic service includes the City of San Antonio 16 de Septiembre Commission, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Planning Organization, VIA, and Alamo Regional Mobility Authority. “I am honored to serve with this outstanding team of officers,” said Walter Serna, President. “These unusual times only accentuate how important Fiesta is to all of San Antonio – even more than the $340 million economic impact, it’s how we come together every year to celebrate what we have in common and what makes us different.” In addition to Mr. Serna as President, the following officers were elected: • President-Elect: COL (Ret) Jon Fristoe • Senior Vice President: John Meyer • Vice Presidents: Roger O. Flores and Richard Sparr • Secretary: Ferne Burney • Treasurer: David Christian Fiesta 2021 is April 15-25, 2021. Please visit: JULY/AUGUST 2020



Corinna Holt Richter Building on a Family Legacy BY DAWN ROBINETTE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON ROBERTS

When you are five and you see your name on a cool yellow bulldozer, it’s easy to understand why you want to claim it as your toy. And in a way, it is … if your mom is Corinna Holt Richter, and the bulldozer happens to be an actual bulldozer.




e named our son Holt. I didn’t anticipate what the conversations would be like when he could read his name. I don’t think he quite gets what we do at work,” she laughs. But someday, he might follow in his mother’s footsteps to join the family business.

The teams at HOLT form a basis for how she and Peter lead. “We have a leadership role of supporting people. We are accountable for setting a vision and a direction and then supporting our teams in accomplishing their goals, removing barriers, providing resources and being consultative and supportive in that way.”

President and Chief Administrative Officer at HOLT CAT, Richter is the great-great-granddaughter of Benjamin Holt, who introduced the first practical track type tractor in 1904. She and her brother, Peter J. Holt, CEO and General Manager, represent the fifth generation of the Holt family business. The two took the reins when their parents, Julianna Hawn Holt and Peter M. Holt, retired in 2018.

The siblings work hand-in-hand leading the company, relying on each other’s strengths to make the perfect team. “The way we structured our teams, the way we structured our responsibilities, we feel really aligned with our strengths individually and together. I really trust him and our values and our mission for the company.”

While she grew up around the family business, she gained a new perspective on everything HOLT when she began the company’s leadership training program in 2012. “It was eye-opening to see how connected we are with so many other parts of how society runs and our community runs. That was eye-opening and really humbling,” she explains. The training program allowed her to learn the HOLT business from the ground up. “I did everything from ride along with salespeople to meet customers, to work in our invoicing department. I worked on machines for as short an amount of time as they would let me,” she laughs. “But I really got an idea of what we do in our shops, in our parts warehouses, out in the field, what our customers are doing, how we contribute as a company to the infrastructure around our society. It was a great experience. And bottom line, I got to build relationships with people around the organization.” After the training program, Richter was promoted to the role of General Parts Manager for the Machine Division. From there, she assumed the role of Vice President of Product Support Sales. In 2016, she was named Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer before taking on her current role.

The pair even have their own mission statement. “We have our own set of core values that are different from the company’s, although of course, very aligned. It’s about stewardship, stewarding this business and growing it and putting our individual mark on it for future generations.” What could have been a monumental shift, her parents retiring and the next generation taking the reins, was smooth. “The first day after we signed our contract with Caterpillar and my parents retired, it really felt like business as usual. We’re here to serve our customers. We’re here to be good community citizens and to take care of our employees. That hasn’t changed. “We have such a solid foundation when it comes to our core values and our mission. That is how we were able to transition so successfully. “One of my proudest career accomplishments is making this transition from my parents, to Peter and I taking on the business responsibilities and ownership of the company. It’s complicated and complex, with a lot of different stakeholders. It was a true testament to collaboration and people coming together dynamically to provide solutions and positive outcomes for everybody. That includes the health and strength of our company, which employs almost 3,000 people and takes care of their, and I



families. Having that success? I’m very proud of that.” In spite of the long line of Holts behind HOLT CAT, her family never pressured her to join the family business. “My parents, to their credit, looked at my college experience as an opportunity for me to get a true liberal arts education, where I could explore my passions and learn about a lot of different things. Then from there decide how to channel that and where to go,” Richter explains. “My dad didn’t go to college. He just said, ‘Go take this opportunity. Enjoy yourself.’ The love of learning itself is a big part of our family values – curiosity and continual learning,” she notes. That path brought her to art and a study of art history. Richter also attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu, a creative outlet she enjoys, though she laughs because her current focus is on kid-friendly mac and cheese and chicken nuggets for Holt, and his three-year-old sister, Charlotte. Along with husband J.B. Richter, the family enjoys exploring San Antonio together. On her path to HOLT CAT, Richter spent time in London and New York City where she worked for Sotheby’s. During that time, she also enrolled in a continued studies program at New York University, broadening her business education before returning to San Antonio and joining the HOLT CAT team.

We put together an art collection for the office. It’s one of the things we believe helped create a fulfilling, energizing work environment for our employees.

Her creative side came into play when it was time to design the company’s new headquarters. “You can’t compartmentalize your life. I like to bring things I’m passionate about into work. We put together an art collection for the office. It’s one of the things we believe helped create a fulfilling, energizing work environment for our employees. We feel a lot of collaboration and teaming and ideas coming out of this environment.” Her role as a parent influences how she leads the company. Her brother Peter has three young children as well, making family a priority at the family-owned business. “Peter and I are trying to create a culture in which people value their families first 20


and prioritize their families. It’s not just about being a working mom. It’s about being a working parent, and we want all of our employees to feel like they can spend the time they need with their family members. “We are learning how to make it a ‘work and life integration’ versus a balance,” she explains. “I don’t think balance is achievable really. One day may be on more at work and one day is more family and you just have to give yourself a little grace. And give your coworkers a little grace. “We’re bombarded by these images of what the perfect balance is and these people who seemingly have it all together.

So there’s this high expectation on ourselves that we can do it all. How can you live up to that?” she asks. “I reflect a lot on pre-motherhood and motherhood because I feel like that shaped me as a person, as a leader. I think it’s given me more grace for others who are parents and realizing what a challenge it is to try to integrate our lives like this. We spend so much time at work and we’re so busy, but we also believe in family first. How do you manage that and bring those two things together? That’s definitely shaped me.” While Richter may be a Holt at HOLT CAT, she’s still a woman in a typically male-dominated industry. That has also weighed into how she approaches her role. “It’s about showing up authentically and vulnerably and with empathy. In anything I do, that’s how I try to show up. My purpose is really trying to create an environment where everybody’s voice is included and we have a diverse set of ideas and people feel valued for their input. Regardless of your gender, race, your experiences, your background, you have a voice here. I try not to look at it as male-dominated. I try to just do my part to make it a really inclusive environment.”

When it comes to helping out, “I don’t say no very much,” she laughs. “There are so many amazing organizations in San Antonio doing such great things. I look at it as time, talent, treasure,” she explains. “So if I can spread it out through those three avenues to a multitude of different organizations, then I can have a bigger impact. It’s a value here at HOLT CAT. It’s part of our mission to enhance the communities in which we live and work.” With all that’s on her plate, Richter has learned to make herself a priority as well. “Taking care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally taking time for myself … daily devotionals, exercise … if we’re not healthy and taking care of ourselves, how can we take care of other people and be of service to other people?” That drive to help others guides Richter as she looks to the future. “I hope to continue to grow, to get better at being a mother, a wife, a leader, and a friend, and I want to continue to have a positive impact on my community.”

She also looks at her path as a path, not an end goal. “I try to remember that life is a journey. There’s no destination. I’m always looking for progress and not perfection. I am a recovering perfectionist. So that’s one that I keep in mind: it’s about getting a little better each time, learning from your mistakes and failures and not about getting it right.” Always. Reflecting on her own experiences, Richter explains, “I’ve been afraid to fail and that has sometimes prevented me from taking risks. Those risks often come at the expense of being vulnerable and showing who I am really. I would advise women to seize the opportunity and look for mentors along the way to help them because we all need advocates and allies as we move through new roles and experiences.” Richter draws her motivation from the people around her. “Mealtimes with my children are a really special time for us. It’s a sacred moment in my day, breakfast and dinner. But in between, at the office, my days are meeting with my team, supporting and encouraging them, meeting new people, meeting customers, meeting community members. It’s a lot of interaction and relationships, and that’s what keeps me going and motivated.” She also makes time to give back to the community. “We have such history and different cultural influences in San Antonio. I love that uniqueness. And It really feels like the community comes together here, which I love.” JULY/AUGUST 2020



The Shining Lights Guiding San Antonio Through COVID-19 BY MEREDITH KAY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON ROBERTS


here isn’t a single American today who doesn’t feel like the world has gone a little crazy. 2020 has been quite a roller coaster, and it’s only half over. With racial tensions heating up, social unrest, protests rampant in our communities, and COVID-19 threatening the population, it seems we’ve lost control of life as we knew it. There are some who feel that shaking things up a bit will realign our belief in what is important, and there are others who just want to return what they deem as “normal.” San Antonio has always been a tight-knit community, a big city with a small-town character. From the time of the Alamo, the members of this community have been committed to building a better tomorrow for everyone, and the current COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. There are many heroes on the front lines battling this horrible virus, but the three women that you are about to meet stand out on a level far above the rest. They are brilliant, forward-thinking warriors, and they are launching San Antonio to the forefront of city leadership, making the rest of the country sit up and take notice. These ladies are powerful forces, each with an amazing team of colleagues that have helped to shape a successful response to the pandemic and forging a path to come out even stronger on the other side.



Dr. Ruth Berggren Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at UT Health San Antonio “The Importance of Being Present, Visible and Consistent” It is safe to say that Dr. Ruth Berggren has spent her life working to control infectious diseases and helping communities put measures in place to improve public health. Both of her parents were medical missionaries, and she even spent part of her childhood in Haiti where she was exposed to a world where medical care was limited. Her parents strived to help create a system that focused on preventive care and health education. Following in their footsteps, Dr. Berggren received her medical training at Harvard and ultimately found herself at Tulane University. She was in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck, devastating the city and its resources, and putting those already at risk in dire circumstances. Speaking of her experience, she recalls that many physicians evacuated for safety, “leaving vulnerable patients on their own.” She was treating patients with HIV, tuberculosis and Hepatitis C: people who had long suffered from poverty, lack of care, and the stigma of these infectious diseases. Without residents, lab support, running water or electricity, Dr. Berggren stayed with nurses and patients until they were all evacuated six days later. She considers her experience to be profoundly transformative, but nevertheless, struggled to navigate the chaos that ensued. With insurmountable barriers and political obstacles impeding desperately needed change in New Orleans, she and her husband, Dr. Tyler Curiel, packed up their children and their careers to accept positions with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (now referred to as UT Health San Antonio).

Dr. Ruth Berggren

Dr. Berggren and her colleagues have always expected, and mentally prepared for, a pandemic, but the timing of COVID-19 came as a surprise. She says, “In this globalized world, we always thought it would be an influenza outbreak.” Her initial introduction to the virus came early this year while she was teaching a Global Health class: they were informed about the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. In February, she received a call from the District Attorney’s office alerting her and her colleagues about the cruise ship evacuees being transported to Lackland Air Force Base. When someone exposed to those evacuees was arrested and sent to the Bexar County jail, she was requested to be a consultant on how to handle the incarcerated population. Epidemic history shows that congregate settings, like jails, nursing homes and schools, are most susceptible. “Jails are not like prisons. With shorter sentences, people come in and they go out. It is a highly fluid situation and there have been

challenges trying to separate COVID-positive and COVID-negative inmates,” Berggren says. An amazing team mobilized quickly to help test and segregate the nearly 3,000 inmates to prevent an overwhelming outbreak. Her leadership efforts were instrumental in effecting changes and drafting policies by San Antonio and Bexar County as they learned more about the virus. She is proud of the way San Antonio has handled the pandemic and credits city and county leaders with paying attention and making decisions early on that are grounded in evidence and science. She knows that we will see surges in virus cases this year, but she feels strongly that they can be managed with individual behavior change, citing need for the public’s help in wearing masks, staying 6 feet apart, washing hands frequently and avoiding larger gatherings. As the Director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics, she takes her mission seriously to teach and instill ethics and professionalism to medical students and health professionals while nurturing empathy and humanitarian values. She is a true, and seasoned, role model for our city and her ongoing contributions in shaping San Antonio’s response to this pandemic will no doubt help to create a foundation of planning for future pandemics. JULY/AUGUST 2020


FEATURE Dr. Colleen Bridger San Antonio Assistant City Manager and Interim Director of the San Antonio Metro Health Department “Simultaneously Responding and Planning a Recovery” With the arrival of the first cruise ship evacuees, the city of San Antonio had to spring into action earlier than the rest of the country. This posed not only a huge challenge, but also a unique opportunity for our city to become a leader and an example in how to respond, and ultimately recover, from this and future pandemics and disasters. Originally infected individuals were divided up among three different military installations here in the U.S. The evacuees sent to San Antonio came from two different cruise ships, and we also received American citizens who happened to be in the Wuhan province of China when the virus began to spread there. They were required to spend 14 days in quarantine as they were closely monitored and tested in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. Assistant City Manager, Dr. Colleen Bridger, was thrust into action when it became her task to not only track the cases in Bexar County, but also devise a plan to respond to the pandemic while simultaneously looking ahead with a plan of recovery. It was just two weeks after the evacuees arrived that San Antonio had its first community transmission case of the virus, but it was very hard, in the beginning, to track the numbers, because so many infected individuals are asymptomatic. One of the first projects undertaken by the city was to randomly test a sample of 500 households and track the contacts of those testing positive.

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Another innovative program that was borne out of the need to educate the media asking questions about the city’s response to the pandemic and the public’s interest in tracking the virus in our community was the COVID-19 dashboard ( www.covid19. On this site, anyone can track the most current data relating to confirmed COVID-19 cases and the 24


data is broken down by race, ethnicity, and geographical area. It has been essential in freeing up city resources to focus on other program implementations while allowing those seeking information to do their own research among data that is updated constantly. However, Dr. Bridger’s most important task was to design a $195 million Recovery & Resiliency Plan in response to the pandemic including how the stay-at-home orders had and would affect the city’s economy. Built upon four pillars necessary in helping individuals and local businesses recover economically, this plan was put into effect at the beginning of July and encompassed the following provisions:

throughout the city, this plan aims to help small businesses with financial planning and recovery advice as we move through the restrictions, and the city is allowed to slowly open up again. 4. Digital Inclusion – offers $27 million toward improving technology options throughout the city. This will allow new fiber and cable wiring in over 50 communities underserved by technology so that students can stay connected during stay-at-home orders as we move into an uncertain future for education. The plan will also provide infrastructures to school districts that provide digital learning devices to needy students. Dr. Bridger helped to design this far-reaching program in conjunction with city council members and county commissioners. The plan strives to “improve the economic health of the city by improving access to education, a living wage, home security, and business survival.” It has been well received and lauded by city leaders as progressive and inclusive and will most definitely create a template for future city leaders as new challenges arise impacting our entire community.

1. Workforce Development – a $75 million project that offers short term training for certifications for furloughed workers during the pandemic. It allows displaced workers to apply for specialized training and weekly stipends while they go to school and find a new job. 2. Housing Security – a $55 million program that helps people pay their rent and mortgages while trying to prevent evictions and debt. The program also connects community members in need with resources like SNAP, WIC, and TANF. 3. Small Business Recovery – sets aside $38.1 million for grants to small businesses employing 20 people or less. These make up over 50% of the businesses in San Antonio. Working with economic development organizations

She has been dedicated and versatile since she first arrived in San Antonio in late 2016 to become the Director of San Antonio’s Metro Health Department and has fearlessly stepped up to face every challenge this city has presented. Dr. Bridger acted as the interim city manager when Sheryl Sculley was transitioning into retirement, eventually settling into her position as the Assistant City Manager. However, now she is seeing her San Antonio career come full circle. Dr. Bridger was recently appointed to take over the role as acting Director of Metro Health with the resignation of Dr. Dawn Emerick. She will continue to fulfill her duties as Assistant City Manager and oversee her current departments, but will also step up to aid in the programs within Metro Health until a permanent director can be found. JULY/AUGUST 2020


FEATURE Elizabeth Waltman SVP with BioBridge global and COO of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. “Leading the Country in How We Use Convalescent Plasma to Treat the Virus” Elizabeth Waltman coincidentally found herself at the beginning of March attending a national conference for blood bank CEOs during the outbreak of the pandemic here in the U.S.. The conversations began to shift, and the CEOs speculated about what would happen to the blood supply in this country if people couldn’t get out to donate blood during stay-at-home orders. Since the conference was being held in Washington D.C., the CEOs had the full attention of the political aides as they inquired about the stay-at-home orders being implemented around the country. This realization that something big was about to go down prompted Waltman to rally the San Antonio city leaders as soon as she returned, and put together a brainstorming session with the mayor and the city managers. The question was, “If stay-athome orders ground the mobile blood collection events, how will the blood bank manage to keep up with demand during the pandemic, especially if the daily need for blood increases?” What resulted from this meeting was a news conference that spotlighted the mayor donating blood himself, and announcing a 3-day blood drive at the Alamodome with socially distant donor stations in order to adhere to the new CDC guidelines. The drive at the Alamodome brought in around 400 units of blood per day and was considered a success, but the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center routinely needs to see 500 donors every day in order to keep up with the demand in, and around, our community. Alarmingly, once the quarantine was put into effect, that number dropped by 30%. This forced Waltman and her incredible staff to get creative and act quickly. The first change they implemented was requiring donors to schedule an appointment instead of just showing up at a donation center. This allowed staff to control the social distancing and impress upon donors how important it was to show up for their scheduled appointments. Normally, the “show rate” before the pandemic was 60-65%, but they found that during the pandemic, the community wanted to get involved and do their civic duty, and the “show rate” increased to 80-85%. This was wonderful, but then brought on a staffing crisis, as the donation centers were staffed according to the numbers, and they found themselves unable to accommodate all the donors at the donor rooms. Again, Waltman and her team had to pivot quickly. She says, “People wanted to be a part of a community engagement to stand with one another.” They began arranging larger community-style blood drives at churches and hotel ballrooms, with all CDC guidelines for social distancing enforced at all times. In fact, the plan was so successful, that they were able to meet the need for blood, and not a single employee at BioBridge, the organization that oversees the blood bank, tested positive during that time. 26


Elizabeth Waltman As the virus spread and more cases were reported, attention shifted to research showing that convalescent plasma had the ability to drastically improve a COVID-19 patient’s recovery time. Convalescent plasma contains antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19, and it is derived from patients who have recovered from the virus. It may provide passive immunity and healing properties to certain patients, and it is currently being used by hospitals and doctors treating COVID-19 infected patients across the country. South Texas Blood & Tissue was one of the first blood centers in the U.S. to collect and provide convalescent plasma to hospitals because of access to specialized antibody testing provided by QualTex Laboratories, sister subsidiary of BioBridge Global. Once a patient has recovered from the virus and has been symptom-free for 14 days, he or she may donate their plasma to help others recover. Waltman beams with pride when speaking about this revolutionary and life-changing breakthrough, and she states, “Every once in a while, we get to see how what we do positively impacts people.” While the research into the use of convalescent plasma is still in its early phases, the results have been astonishing. It should give every San Antonian a sense of pride to know that it was our city that got there first and continues to lead the way, changing and growing to meet the needs of our community and others across the country. Waltman states emphatically that it is her outstanding team that has met this challenge with success beyond anything she could have imagined. However, there are still many obstacles to tackle. Encouraging people to get out and donate, that we all need to become “stewards” of the blood supply in our own community, is the most important message she can leave us with.


Paying it Forward, On and Off the Clock BY SUZANNE BADGER


ebecca Berich never set out to be a hero, but a campaign run by a distracted driving app has placed her in the spotlight.

Rebecca is a pediatric ICU nurse at University Health System. When COVID19, began she had to self-quarantine for 2 weeks out of precaution. During that time, her co-workers and neighbors brought her food when there were shortages of supplies in the grocery stores. When it was time to go back to work, Rebecca decided she needed to pay it forward. “I began emailing vendors to put together care packages for hospitals,” Berich said. The need was answered by Duck Donuts, Coffeecionado and the members of The Fashion Group International of San Antonio who decided to donate masks. “I’m still delivering,” Rebecca said. “I work four nights a week, order the care

packages, pick them up the next day, and then deliver on my day off.”

texting while driving, and she lost control of the vehicle.

The New York native has been in San Antonio for several years. She packed up her things as an adventure and has never regretted it. She loves San Antonio and working for University Health System. “We are a family,” she says of her team in the Pediatric ICU. “We look out for each other and care for one another.”

“It rolled three times before it finally stopped. One of my friends was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. The other was airlifted to a hospital but she passed away that night. They were only a month away from graduating and starting the rest of their lives. I think about them a lot, and it’s because of them that I never use my phone while driving.”

When she was nominated by a friend for SAFE 2 SAVE’s “Unmasking A Hero” campaign, she was honored. SAFE 2 SAVE is a rewards-based incentive platform that works to end distracted driving. Rebecca has been a SAFE 2 SAVE user because of what happened to her in her first year of college. “I lost my two best friends to distracted driving. They were still seniors in high school at the time, and they called me to ask if I wanted to go to the mall with them.” Berich declined the invite and learned the next morning that one of them had been

“Rebecca Berich believes in giving and being a part of a community and making a difference both on and off the road,” said Marci Corry, CEO and founder of SAFE 2 SAVE. You can help end distracted driving by downloading SAFE 2 SAVE on the App Store or Google Play and receive 1000 points to redeem free items plus discounts at local restaurants, retail stores, and more in San Antonio by using the code SAWOMAN. JULY/AUGUST 2020






The pandemic has forced us to take our business home to the office

Olivia Flores-Ortiz’s Southside home office, which shares a space with quarters for her kids’ nanny/ nurse, is painted in colors dominant in her artist husband Cruz Ortiz’s palette, including a coral orange, brilliant turquoise and canary-onsteroids yellow. She works at a small desk with a window to watch the world, and holds meetings at a central work table.


amily is one of the main reasons Olivia FloresOrtiz works at home in a brightly colored space with a central work table. She helps manage her husband Cruz Ortiz’s skyrocketing art career and runs her own design firm, Burnt Nopal, from a Southside live/work compound that was once a railroad warehouse facility. Flores-Ortiz has three young daughters, including one with special needs. “For us, it means we are just more present, and if something happens, we can take care of it quickly,” she said.




An Anthropologie desk is the centerpiece of Jennifer Shemwell’s Alamo Heights home office, which is done in muted grays, greens and creams. A houseplant soaks up natural light -- a home office essential -- and diplomas and awards, including a leadership award from the Harvard Business School, are displayed on one wall.

A tasteful mix of muted grays and greens, with book-stocked shelves, a desk from Anthropologie, family photos in knickknack niches, Jennifer Shemwell’s Alamo Heights home office is a cozy refuge flooded with natural light from two large windows. “This used to be an open, outdoor porch,” she said of the space’s original purpose. “When we bought the house, I liked it, but I was concerned that it didn’t have an office. My husband, who is an architect, said, ‘That’s easy. We can add the office you want.’ So, this is sort of an addition.” As the Coronavirus crisis peaked and stay-at-home rules were instituted, Shemwell moved from the headquarters of the local realtor Phyllis Browning Co., where she is president, and worked out of her home full time for a couple of months. Aside from her laptop and smartphone — essentials for any home office — there are two significant objects in the small space: the first is an artwork, a framed pantheon of classical figures from Wedgewood, which Shemwell inherited from her grandmother. “I remember it hanging in her bedroom,” she said. The other is a light ring, ordered from Amazon, with an adjustable O-shaped light, a black tripod stand, and a clamp for a cell phone. “It connects to my computer and throws off great light to my face on Zoom calls,” she said. The art grounds her in the past, while the light ring gizmo describes the present — and possibly the future. Is the traditional, 9-to-5 office structure a casualty of the 30


Coronavirus — and another victim of the internet? It’s probably too early to count out the cubicle, but both studies and anecdotal evidence indicate that the home office is going to play a much larger role going forward. The Harvard Business Review estimates that some 30 million to 40 million people in the United States are either telecommuters or home-based workers. And a Gallup Poll found that almost 60 percent of Americans working from home would prefer to work remotely “as much as possible” when restrictions are lifted. “It’s technology-driven,” said San Antonio architect Paul Casseb, who has been working from his Northwood home off and on since the ’90s. “Being disciplined and selfaccountable — if you have that in you — it’s definitely the way to go.” Dana Laramore has that in her. A top recruiter for the San Antonio professional services firm Deacon Recruiting, Laramore and her husband John recently built a new home in Spring Branch, 45 minutes north of downtown, and designed




into the original plans a home office just off the dining room. During the tightest days of restriction, she rose early, applied her makeup and work clothes, and after breakfast with John and 5-year-old daughter Brooke, went to work — just a few feet away from the kitchen. Her office is a mix of navy blues and grays, with a mirror-topped oval desk and a credenza for files. The space has an 11-foot ceiling and huge windows. “I’m a very structured person,” she said. “Honestly, I’ve been putting in more hours and getting more done.” Brooke knows not to disturb her mom when she’s working but occasionally draws a picture and tapes it to the custom glass door of the office. That always gets a hug, no matter how busy the day. While most home offices are makeshift — a corner of the bedroom, the dining room table — the arrangement is not ideal. The cuteness of the kids or the dog interrupting an important online meeting quickly wears off. That’s why a home office, if you can manage it, is important. According to Robert Shemwell, a principal at Overland Partners (and Jennifer’s husband), a home office should be out of a home’s traffic, but not isolated or secluded. Natural light is a must, flooding in from with a view outside. “You need to be able to see changes in the weather and things that are happening outside,” he said. “It boosts your productivity and keeps you from becoming depressed.” Color is important, too. Muted, neutral hues are best. Lighting should be reflected off the ceiling and walls, backgrounds calm. Good WiFi is essential. “Every home office now is a broadcast studio,” he said. “What that means is surroundings are important, lighting is important, acoustics is important. Your physical space impacts your psyche, which impacts your performance.” 32


Dana Laramore wanted a “pretty” desk for the home office in her new house in Spring Branch, and she found one with a mirrored top and graceful wrought iron legs at Louis Shanks, along with the high-backed velvet chair and the credenza— even the abstract painting—on the far wall. For conversation pieces, she added a fluffy white rug and a contemporary brass chandelier from Lighting Inc.




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DOSSIER Financial Advisors


n a time of uncertainty and constant change, questions of financial security are at an all time high. Unemployment, reduced hours, and adjusting to working from home in the world during COVID-19 has finances at the forefront of many people’s minds. It’s difficult to navigate these issues at any time, but especially now. Despite this, trusting an expert with your wealth can be unnerving to say the least. Finding a financial advisor that can help you reach your financial goals and plan for retirement is not a one-size-fits-all solution. As you read this edition’s Dossier highlighting some of San Antonio’s top advisors, you will learn that there is a wide range of advisors out there.Thoroughly scoping out your options and developing a strong relationship with your advisor can lead to a long-standing and trusting partnership. One that will ultimately help put your mind at ease and set you up for future success.




Donna Adams, CFP®, CDFA® What is the most important advice you are giving your clients about navigating the current COVID-19 financial crisis? The most important advice I could give is to never let short-term crises disrupt your long-term financial plan. What types of services do you provide for your clients? We provide comprehensive financial planning, risk analysis, private banking, impact investing, alternative investments, long term care, estate planning and philanthropy. What types of clients do you specialize in? I focus on the financial needs of women. Independent women often feel as though they have been underserved, and finding simple, objective and trustworthy information can be overwhelming. Our multi-generational family team brings a multitude of resources and experiences in financial planning and investment strategies for single, divorced and widowed women. What is your investment philosophy? It’s essential for us to discover who you are as a person, not just an investor, and determine what’s really important to you, your vision for the future and what might be standing in your way. We use a disciplined process to provide tailored advice and solutions for your family’s unique financial situation and goals.

What makes your team unique? We care about every aspect of our clients’ wellbeing, not just their financial health. We host many client events on a variety of topics which have included financial basics for millennials and gen-Z, cooking classes, wine tastings, and a local neurologist discussing Alzheimers and aging.

The Adams Group at Morgan Stanley | 755 E. Mulberry Ave Ste 300, San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 277-4409 |

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What do you love about your job? The best part of my job is the life-long relationships we’ve developed with our clients and their families - some since we started in the business in 1989.

Scroggins Advisory Strategies

What is the most important advice you are giving your clients about navigating the current COVID-19 financial crisis? Community is so important in any crisis situation. Talk about what’s on your mind and build a strong network of people you can depend on. People need people to lean on for advice, not only financial, but more importantly, emotional support and advice. Staying positive and worrying about the things we can control will get us through these trying times. There’s a lot of opportunity right now to take action and I am excited to see what innovation is ahead once we begin to work together as a community. What types of clients do you work with? Helping clients build strategies toward meeting their goals is extremely rewarding, especially when it comes to retirement planning. Having retired over 250 families

has allowed me to share my knowledge with others and help them learn how to navigate their future by anticipating needs they may not have thought about before. What is your investment philosophy? The foundation of what we do best is educate clients so they feel confident about making sound financial decisions. Our actions create the trust necessary to build life long relationships with our clients. What do you love about your job? We truly care, and have a way of eliminating your biggest fears. Whatever you wish to accomplish, we are your biggest advocate guiding you in this important journey in life. It’s not just about the money, it’s about the relationships we build along the way-it’s all about YOU!

Securities and investment advisory services offered through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC. Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are inde-pendent of Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. 3522 Paesanos Pkwy, Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78231, (210) 998-5000. 21191371-20200702

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THE DOSSIER What is the most important advice you are giving clients about navigating the current COVID-19 financial crisis? While each investor is different, I believe one thing investors can do is take steps to help diversify their assets and manage risk vs reward for their unique situation. It would be wise to be more conservative with your savings and have extra liquidity for emergencies right now. However, for those who can afford to take on the risk, the increased market volatility has provided a unique buying opportunity to buy quality company names at discounted share prices. Investors should consult an experienced financial professional for strategies specific to their situation. What types of services do you provide for clients? I provide a holistic approach that includes investment planning and tailored investment portfolio construction, as well as access to insurance and lending products and services through Wells Fargo affiliates. I also like to provide investment education to better equip my clients in their financial endeavors. What types of clients do you specialize in? I work with a varied client base that includes both conservative investors as well as investors who are interested in trending technology. What is your investment philosophy? My investment philosophy is simple and fluid. I track momentum and investor sentiment then help clients manage risk based on their unique situation. Do you have a required minimum investment? Minimum investable assets are $250k per household, though this is often spread across multiple accounts such as IRAs, individual/joint accounts, 529’s, etc. What do you love about your job? I love helping my clients find creative solutions. Each client has unique goals and I take pride in getting to know my clients on a deeper level so that each investment plan is individually designed to help them reach their financial goals.

Ellen Riley, Financial Advisor Investment and Insurance Products: NOT FDIC Insured | NO Bank Guarantee | MAY Lose Value Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Wells Fargo Advisors | 9311 San Pedro Ave. Ste. 1200 | San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 366-8916 |

Ulrich Investment Consultants Whitney E. Solcher, CFA Partner / Chief Investment Officer

How does your firm differentiate itself from other investment firms? Many people hold themselves out to be financial advisors, but we are a true Fiduciary investment consultant, meaning we have no conflicts of interest and our sole focus is advocating on behalf of our clients. We have no proprietary products, but instead build customized wealth solutions by constructing thoughtful portfolios from best-in-class managers around the globe, who undergo stringent quantitative and qualitative due diligence, as well as fee negotiation on behalf of our clients. What is the most important advice you are giving your clients about navigating the current COVID-19 financial crisis? Sticking to a long-term strategic investment policy is critical to investment success during a crisis and removes the urge to panic. In addition, where appropriate we have tactically weighted our clients’ portfolios towards innovation and technology, cybersecurity, biotech, and communication services, which have added meaningful outperformance and downside protection given their COVID resilient qualities.

How do women play a role in your firm? We believe women are an important piece to the financial puzzle as they tend to make the majority of financial decisions, however, historically have been underrepresented in the industry. At Ulrich, the majority of our decision-making team is composed of women, including our Chief Investment Officer, Head of Financial Planning and Head of Operations.

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What types of clients do you specialize in? We service high net worth families and their business entities, foundations & endowments, family offices, and can act as an out-sourced CIO.

755 E. Mulberry Ave, Suite 430 | San Antonio, TX 78212 | Phone: (210) 286-8880 |

WOMEN ON THE MOVE NATALIE HART ARRUFAT Lady of Luxury, a Mobile Nail Salon, is the newest endeavor for Natalie Hart Arrufat. She started out as a fashion designer in New York designing children’s clothes for Disney, KMart, and Sears Holdings. After moving to San Antonio in 2011 she launched two successful event planning companies, Country Sugar Events and Queen of Harts Coordinating. She owns, operates, and drives the custom built, state of the art mobile nail salon to businesses and neighborhoods to pamper people all over town.


Taylor has joined the San Antonio Woman magazine team managing their digital and social media assets. She will facilitate expanded engagement within the community, something she is passionate about. Taylor graduated from Texas A&M University before working in the catering and event planning industry dealing with project management, business development, and social media management. Taylor is excited to contribute to the growth of San Antonio Woman.


Tammy Brewer is the newest Escrow Officer to join the Presidio Title team. Tammy’s years of experience as a licensed real estate agent & manager for one of the top SA independent brokerages provides a unique perspective & added value to her new role. Her strong work ethic, commitment to her clients, as well as her sense of honor and integrity make her a great addition to Presidio Title. Tammy enjoys giving back to the community and is an active member of DAR.

Karen Shaffer is the newest to join the business development team at Presidio Title. With over 8 years in the title industry, Karen has been recognized as a leader in her field. Karen is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and has 3 children and 2 granddaughters. Karen chose Presidio Title because this Texas Owned ,San Antonio company offers our clients strength, stability and experience with a family atmosphere.



Jessica Drought recently joined M Capital Advisors to lead the firm’s business development initiatives as Director, Client Services. She is responsible for cultivating growth opportunities for new and existing clients, as well as providing wealth management services. Jessica has nearly 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, and investor relations at a publicly traded company and a private equity firm. Jessica has invaluable knowledge to help provide her clients with exceptional service.

Alamo Heights ISD welcomes Cory Smith as the new Principal of Alamo Heights High School. Smith most recently served as the Principal at Ramblewood Middle School in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second-largest in the state of Florida, serving 270,000 students. Smith is focused on igniting student passion for lifelong learning through rigorous classroom instruction supported by appropriate and innovative technologies, and community outreach, with the goal of creating civic-minded citizens with global perspectives.



Heather Hanson is the new president of BioMedSA. Hanson has spent over 20 years in the medical device technology industry with Corvax Solutions, Seno Medical Instruments, Inc., and Southwest Research Institute, serving in diverse leadership roles including C-suite management, research and development, engineering, manufacturing, quality/regulatory, marketing, and operations. She holds 24 U.S. patents for a variety of medical technologies and is a graduate of Arizona State University (BS in Mechanical Engineering) with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.




Cindy Villarreal has joined O’Connell Robertson as Project Architect/ Project Manager. Bringing over 12 years of experience in higher education, science + tech, and healthcare design, Cindy is located in Houston and will focus on regional expansion for O’Connell Robertson as she adds to the Firm’s knowledge and expertise in these project types.


July 15-17 North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce 2020 Texas Employment Relations Symposium The Westin Riverwalk 5:30, 8:15, 7:15 pm July 23 San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce Transformational Leadership Development Series Zoom 10:00 am July 20 CREW San Antonio Open Mic Monday Zoom Meeting 1:00 pm July 21 North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce State of the County Marriott Rivercenter 11:00 am

August 4 North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce CFO Forum: Digital Transformation Omni Colonnade Grand Ballroom 11:00 am

All events are subject to change due to COVID19. Please check with the event host to confirm event details. The San Antonio Woman Business Calendar lists upcoming events for women’s local business groups that are open to the public. If you would like to have your group’s meeting or events listed, please send them to taylor@sawoman. com and include “SAW Business Calendar” in the subject line.

“Kim Ford and theKFORDgroup team have been instrumental in keeping our agency abreast of the ongoing changes regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. They also designed an Excel spreadsheet specific to tracking the company’s payroll and expenses for this program. Without their continuous guidance, our agency would have had to spend hours reading the continuous revisions of the bill and try to understand all the provisions. We are so appreciative of their knowledge and ongoing explanation of the revisions.” – Shirley Crandall, President of Crandall & Associates Insurance


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Summer 2020 TRENDS


If you are like me, vacations are canceled, and we are sitting at home kissing those beautiful destinations goodbye … for a good reason. Getting used to the new normal post-COVID includes finding peace and relaxation in our hometown or safely beachside as we would if we were in Mexico or Greece. Say hello to these summer 2020 timeless fashion trends that will transport your “staycation” to those beautiful destinations as you say good-bye to your quarantine sweatpants. Imagine a spicy margarita in your hand as you venture with me to the most amazing summer trends for your poolside or beach getaway.

LIGHT AND BREEZY As Texans, any lightweight and breathable fabric have always been our go-to for beating the summer heat. Any tailored trouser has my heart, but LINEN tailored trousers are a great staple piece for your summer wardrobe to look smart and effortless. Any monochromatic outfit looks very on point and as if you put a lot of thought into it. STYLE TIP: For an elevated lunch look, try pairing a silk camisole with some linen trousers both of the same color range, and a great pair of wedges! Linen is where comfort meets chic. Versatile clothing means so much for me and many women on vacation. Clothes become less to worry about when you have multiple pieces that you can wear more than once in different outfits.



BRIGHT COLORS Vacation is a great time to play with bright colors if you’re not totally comfortable to add it into your daily wear. Flowy fabrics or puffy sleeves including a pop of color are wonderful if you’re into bold statement pieces. Zimmerman has the dreamiest collection for your summer wardrobe. New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer was all about these impeccable pastel neon pieces. STYLE TIP: Unfortunately, we don’t live on a runway in New York so how do we incorporate bright colors into real life while maintaining a tasteful and chic vibe? Start with a small colorful bag or a pair of really fun bright shoes. Morgan Stewart via Instagram @morganstewart shows a tasteful way to add a pop of color in her Chanel Spring/Summer 2020 Apple Green sling-backs.

70s POOLSIDE CHIC One of the beautiful trends this summer are small touches of the 70s. Instead of calling it a “trend”, let’s forever embrace it because it is truly timeless... even if your pool party or BBQ is only a party of 10 due to the current circumstances. I am all for versatile clothing, especially on when relaxation mode is ON. STYLE TIP: Wearing a one-piece bathing suit paired with a skirt or shorts are both quick ways to look put together in a matter of minutes. Pack a lightweight dress that can be used as a cover-up, a swimsuit that is so soft yet durable enough to wear as a bodysuit under linen shorts, or a cute beach bag that doubles as an on the go bag when you’re running errands. You will have more time to relax and unwind while looking effortless, rather than overpacking and overthinking.

JEWELRY LAYERING This year has been all about layering dainty yellow gold jewelry rather than one large statement piece. Herringbone necklaces and bracelets are all the rage, being layered one on top of the other creates a shiny soft glow in the summer sun. Tube hoop earrings are back in style and will be staying here for a good while as they are such a great earring for every type of outfit. STYLE TIP: Don’t be afraid to layer, layer, layer! This current jewelry trend is a great way to start investing in your gold jewelry. Bracelet photo courtesy HRH Collection




Stuck with

Quarantine Skin? Here’s how to deal with it. BY TIFFANY ROSENBERG, RN


n theory, quarantine sounded like a great way for our skin to take a break and relax from the stress of our normal lives. We expected that we would see better results from practicing self-care techniques at home and avoiding wearing daily makeup. However, why is it that so many of us are experiencing new skincare complaints, not the opposite? Here are a few of the main reasons why, and what you can do about each to get your skin on the road to recovery.


Stress It’s no secret that we have all in some way been affected by COVID-19 ... there have been significant life changes made in the past few months for the vast majority of us which can cause stress. Stress in the body can release the hormone cortisol which is released into the glands in our skin that create oily substances leading to an increase in breakouts. How you handle stress is different for everyone, but if you can find an outlet, your skin will thank you in the long run.


Indoor Climate This is probably one of the largest players in the dry skin game. Now throw in the fact that we are all washing our hands and faces more frequently, and boom! You’ve got really dry, damaged skin. Our air conditioning consists of dry cooled air, and it is uncommon for most households to use a humidifier. At home, consider purchasing a humidifier to thicken the air and give some of that moisture back to your skin for a more plump and hydrated look. Additionally, use a thicker moisturizer that has hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a game-changer because this substance binds to water to help retain the moisture and lubrication in your skin in order to avoid being dull and dry. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid we produce decreases and requires supplementation.




Irregular sleep routines All jokes aside, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason! While you sleep, your body produces and releases collagen which keeps your skin smooth and supple. Changes to your sleep routine interrupt this process because the body struggles to make up for lost time and inconsistency. It’s totally expected that staying at home more often might throw off your regular routines and habits, you may find yourself napping, staying up later, or not waking up at a consistent time. It’s easier said than done, but making some active attempts to keep a more consistent routine in place will help your body make the most of the time spent asleep. There are a few things you can do to help rejuvenate your skin at home, but it is important to treat yourself to a routine backed by science and delivered by professionals to finish off your look. Take for example microchanneling, a non-invasive skin rejuvenation therapy using a small handheld device to create tiny perforations in your outermost layer of skin, stimulating the production and release of collagen. Collagen helps your skin appear youthful and fresh, giving that vibrant look to your appearance. This process is generally helpful for those who struggle with fine lines and dullness to their face. Microchanneling helps to tighten the skin and serve as an antiaging regimen, as well. The best part is that there is no downtime associated with this new technology. You will see results instantly and can treat several areas on your body that pose a concern. Another important therapy to consider for your skin would be an IV therapy to rehydrate your body and give yourself a beauty boost. You may consider asking your provider for a solution with Glutathione, a natural antioxidant known to your body to help cells regenerate. Glutathione is an excellent source for healthier skin because it improves the skin’s elasticity. If used regularly, you will reap the benefits of having that “glowing” look that we are all searching for. Another important ingredient to consider asking your provider for would be Biotin, a natural substance to make hair, skin, and nails healthier and stronger. When these ingredients are mixed with saline and delivered to your body, you are not only giving yourself a beauty kick, but you are hydrating yourself as well.

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If there are still some areas of concern once you’ve put these steps in place, speak with your provider about dermal fillers and/or Botox to finish off your look. Some wrinkles are stubborn and need the needle to achieve the desired results. Fillers contain hyaluronic acid to create more volume and change the cosmetic appearance of your skin. Botox is a muscle relaxant, therefore it will treat areas prone to wrinkles such as your forehead and around the eyes. Ask your provider about any of these therapies mentioned, and you will soon be on the way to a more refreshed look, and dismiss those quarantine skin concerns. Tiffany Rosenberg is a Registered Nurse in San Antonio, TX where she was born and raised. She is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Injector with a passion for the community and helping others feel more confident in themselves. She loves to travel, paint, and blog in her free time. You can follow Tiffany on Instagram @nursetiffanyaesthetics.


‘A little awkward but mostly okay’ How San Antonio’s young women feel about their healthcare experiences BY JENNIFER NEWELL


t what age did you have your first women’s health visit? Did you go to an OB-GYN or did you visit your family doctor? Maybe you saw a pediatrician during your teen years. What prompted your visit? How was your experience? In my work to build Betty’s Co. – an up-and-coming women’s health company for younger women – I reflect often on these questions. I first entered into women’s 46


health at 17 and was met with some major challenges in the healthcare system that I had to personally navigate. Ultimately, though, I became a better manager of my healthcare—a lesson I want to pass to younger women. So, I’ve asked dozens of women, younger and older, about their early experiences and their daughters’ early experiences with women’s health. I also surveyed 200 San Antonio women between the ages of 18 years and 24 years. In the

conversations and survey responses alike, three main themes became abundantly clear for how younger women feel about women’s health.

have her first visit between the ages of 13 years and 15 years.1 The Mayo Clinic makes these recommendations for a first gynecological visit between the ages of 11-18 2:

The first is a general feeling of discomfort and awkwardness.

1. Delayed puberty (no breast tissue changes before age 14) or delayed menarche (no menstrual cycles before age 16) 2. Painful menstrual cycles, especially if missing school or activities due to symptoms 3. Unable to wear a tampon 4. Any sexual health concerns or contraceptive needs.

These feelings seem to have more to do with the nature of the visit than any interaction with a particular women’s health practitioner. Anecdotally, young women feel anxious about being first-timers and not knowing what to expect aside from having an awareness that a stranger will likely be probing them physically and verbally. When surveyed on “How would you best describe your experience receiving women’s health services?” the most popular answer was “a little awkward given the nature of the visit, but it was mostly okay” with 39% of respondents expressing that sentiment. A close runner up was the very positive “good because I liked my doctor/nurse” with 35% of respondents selecting that option. While only 12.5% identified their experiences as either “could have been managed better” or “among the most uncomfortable experiences of my life,” 26% went on to assign a negative descriptor to their experience. These phrases included misunderstood/unheard, ashamed/shameful, and ignorant/ uninformed. So, while many of the experiences might be neutral or positive, the expectation of discomfort and overall awkwardness that presents around women’s healthcare can be hard for younger women to overcome. The second commonality among young women’s healthcare experiences is uncertainty about when and where they should go. When I was first designing the concept for Betty’s, I sat down to talk about women’s health with three college women, each of whom was either 20 or 21 at the time. None had been to a women’s health provider because, according to their reasoning, they weren’t sexually active. They had all, however, been thinking they needed to go soon and didn’t know if they should find a doctor near campus or back home in San Antonio. Like these college friends, 15% of the women surveyed answered they don’t go anywhere for women’s health services. “Where do you go to get women’s health services such as pelvic exams, STI screenings, birth control, and general counsel?” • A private OB-GYN practice 49% • My pediatrician or family doctor 20% • I don’t go anywhere 15% • Planned Parenthood or another sexual health clinic 11% • The clinic on campus 5% • A virtual clinic 2% This begs the question, “When should a young woman visit a women’s health provider?” The American College for Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends a woman should

The college women who shared they had not visited a gynecologist represent a minority in terms of their sexual activity. According to research by the Guttmacher Institute, over 80% of women have been sexually active by the age of 21 and the average age for a young woman to have sexual intercourse for the first time is 17. Their findings are consistent with the survey of San Antonio’s young women, for which the average age was 21, which found that 80% had been or were currently sexually active. Women’s health isn’t just about sexual activity, though. ACOG goes on to discuss the health topics young women should cover with their gynecologist: cramps and problems with menstrual periods, acne, weight, sex and sexuality, birth control, STIs, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and emotional ups and downs. The third theme is purely anecdotal: every woman has a health story. I often share my vision for Betty’s in casual conversations with other women, and in every single instance, they take the opportunity to share their own experiences. Their openness and vulnerability in sharing their stories, each one unique, is inspiring. Women want to be seen and heard, even in the awkward space of personal health. Jennifer is a passionate healthcare entrepreneur striving to make a positive difference in the lives of young women. After nearly 15 years in healthcare and higher education marketing strategy, Jennifer has set out to start Betty’s Co., a women’s healthcare company that serves younger women with the care, products, and education they need from period to family planning. For more information on Jennifer and her plans for Betty’s Co., connect with her on LinkedIn or visit Building Betty’s on YouTube.

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Protecting the well-being of our clients, has and will always be our top priority. We are still able to meet the needs of our clients during COVID-19 via tele-health or phone counseling services. Our sexual assault advocates are still responding to area hospitals, and our 24/7 crisis hotline still remains in full affect. If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual violence during this trying time, please feel free to reach out to our 24/7 hotline at 48




Lucy Ziegler

Lucy K. Ziegler LPC, MBSR-QT, LLC | Southwest Counseling and Mindfulness Center | 210.289.6066 PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

What area of mental health do you specialize in? I specialize in trauma and the normal reactions to abnormal events. My clients and I work together to address their experience of trauma, as it is for them, and the natural attempts to cope with trauma in order to provide choices for discovering what is helpful.

It is the learning and practice of self-managing the attention, in the present moment, in order to manage and to modulate the intensity of the physical feelings of anxiety as well as the mental thoughts and feelings that contribute to their rate and speed of development.

What changes have you seen in the types of issues your clients are experiencing since the outbreak of COVID-19? I have had a number of clients calling for appointments to talk about anxiety since the Pandemic. Fears about finances and job security and worry about friends and relatives who are isolated could result in depression, and that is something we want to pay attention to as well. Talking about this can help. In addition to talking, the research on Mindfulness-Based Stress Re-duction (MBSR) supports the observation that the development of stress reduction skills increases resilience to immediate and prolonged stress through learning how to manage responses to stress by paying attention to sensations, thoughts, and feelings of the moment.

How have you adjusted your practice in light of the ever-evolving restrictions and your clients’ health concerns? We have established and continue to uphold the higher level of protection in the offices. I am a sole provider in the Boerne office and the sole practitioner present on the days I meet clients in San Antonio. This allows me to schedule visits 15 – 30 minutes apart in order to wipe all sur-faces with sanitizingbleach wipes before the next client and to liberally apply and provide hand sanitizer. I schedule appointments with clients to talk on the phone or Face Time in order to provide No-Contact Appointments. Beginning in August 2020, I will offer group classes of MBSR on Zoom for 8 weeks, 2.5 hours per week.

How can practicing mindfulness help people experiencing anxiety? Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was founded 40 years ago by Jon Kabat-Zinn and defined as: “the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally. By focusing on the breath, the idea is to cultivate attention on the body and mind as it is moment to moment, and so help with pain, both physical and emotional.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Oct 22, 2017.

How have you continued to stay current on the research and changes in your professional arena? I am a member of the American Mindfulness Research Association and have recently submitted documentation of having met the requirements for certification as a Teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from Brown University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and meet the 24 hours of Continuing Education Units acquired since the last renewal. JULY/AUGUST 2020



Making a Case for

Leadership, Community, and Balance BY: JENNY JURICA | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON

Women have been practicing law in the United States for over 150 years.1 Though the climate for women in the legal profession has evolved over time, modern-day women in the field often struggle to achieve the same professional successes as their male counterparts, while also carrying the load of family obligations on their shoulders. However, a career in law can be fulfilling and successful with the right tool kit and mindset in place to tackle the obstacles often placed in the path of women in this profession. This month, we will introduce you to five lawyers, each of whom are managing lucrative legal careers, coupled with rewarding personal lives. These women have valuable advice to offer those embarking on a career in the legal field (or any new endeavor), all having emerged as leaders in their communities. They are setting a precedent of integrity, tenacity, and graciousness that is helping to pave a path for future women in law.




Tiffanie Clausewitz President Clausewitz Law Firm


s a self-described “activator,” Tiffanie Clausewitz counts her ability to set plans into motion as one of her super powers,both personally and professionally. And this superpower has been advantageous both in the field of business law, as well as in the leadership of several local community organizations that Clausewitz has been instrumental in forming. Shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University, Clausewitz found herself looking for a way to make a difference. This longing to do more led Clausewitz to pursue her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law, a program that is known to be especially good for non-traditional students (Clausewitz was 31 years old at the time). Clausewitz, now in her 12th year practicing business law, started her own firm, Clausewitz Law Firm in August of 2019. While her firm keeps her busy attending to her small to midsize business clients, Clausewitz’s true passion comes from helping other female attorneys to become leaders. In 2014, she founded the Bexar County Women’s Bar Foundation’s LEAD Academy, a leadership program for San Antonio women attorneys. “We help women attorneys determine who they are and what they want out of the practice. We help to identify their strengths and teach them how to get around barriers that might (otherwise) cause them to leave the field,” explained Clausewitz. As for tips to young women pursuing a career in law, Clausewitz offers some sage and universal advice. “Find a network of women and find them quickly! Ingratiate yourself and become a contributing member of the network. A supportive tribe will be there to advise you and hold you up when you need it,” advises Clausewitz.




Gayla Corley

Langley & Banack


hen asked what drew her to a career in the legal field, Gayla Corley answered with candor, “A failed path to medical school.”

Interested in medical school, but more proficient in English and history, Corley quickly learned that many of the same set of logic skills used in medicine overlap into law--but with fewer math and biology requirements. After graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1994, Corley began work in commercial litigation and personal injury defense. While Corley never had young children, and thus didn’t feel quite the same “Superwoman” struggle of many of her colleagues, she admires those who traveled down that path. “We were able to stand on the shoulders of the ladies who went before us to blaze that trail,” adds Corley. Corley has some words of wisdom for women embarking on a career in the legal field. “Make time for yourself. Find a hobby. Travel,” she said. Corley recalls a time when she was fresh out of law school and working too many hours. “I noticed vacation brochures mysteriously appearing on my desk and then one day, my supervising attorney and mentor said to me, ‘Corley, you’ve got to get out of here!’” These days, Corley relishes finding time in her busy schedule to travel. She counts traveling to new places and meeting different people as great sources of inspiration. A seasoned marathon runner, Corley is currently training for her third New York City Marathon, which is scheduled for November 1, 2020.



Carrie Douglas Clark Hill Strasburger


arrie Douglas wasn’t raised to be a lawyer. In fact, Douglas was groomed from an early age to follow in her physician father’s footsteps and go into medicine. Lawyers were thought to be so low on the “food chain” in Douglas’ childhood home that she wasn’t allowed to watch L.A. Law on television. However, it was when Douglas entered the University of Texas to study Pre-med, and she found the business and finance classes more appealing than the organic chemistry classes, that she knew she was destined to disappoint her physician father. These days, Douglas has found a way to pursue her love for law and honor her father’s wishes. For her entire career, Douglas has been a healthcare lawyer. To date, Douglas has worked closely with hospitals and physicians to collect in excess of $12 million for her clients in their reimbursement disputes. Douglas admits that the legal field is not without its challenges for women pursuing a career in the profession. “The two biggest challenges I face are balancing everything and being taken seriously,” explains Douglas, who recalls being mistaken for a court reporter early in her career. Douglas, however, has wise words for women considering going into law. “Mentors are assets when it comes to navigating firm politics and the work/life balance debate.” Douglas adds, “Also, pay extra for those amazing heels that not only look great, but also feel great. I’m known in my circles as that feisty lawyer with great shoes!”




Ashley Farrimond Killin, Griffin & Farrimond


shley Farrimond didn’t know much about the legal world when she first started law school. At the time, Farrimond was simply looking for a way to continue going to school, something that she enjoyed, and law school seemed like as good of an idea as any. When Farrimond graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2008, she landed in the lucrative field of land-use and development law. While all fields of law have their challenges for women, Farrimond notes that in her field there are fewer female lawyers. “It’s a challenge sometimes to be the only female in the room but it’s also a good opportunity to separate yourself from everyone else,” explains Farrimond. Farrimond counts time management as one of her superpowers, an attribute that comes in handy as a mother of two who, like many, suddenly found herself working from home during the COVID-19 crisis ... a mere two weeks after opening her new firm. “Women in general are really good at being adaptable in terms of where you can work. There’s an old school idea about having to be in the office to get work done, and that’s not true,” added Farrimond. A former college athlete, Farrimond has a passion for exercise and uses her daily workouts to aid in stress management. She also counts her parents as role models in her life, especially her mother. “My mother just started her own business in her 60’s.” Farrimond adds, “My parents have always encouraged me and never held me back.”



Deborah Williamson Dykema


hen Deborah Williamson graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1982, the legal field looked very different than it does now. “When I first started practicing law, women were wearing men’s cut suits, with floppy ties and pantyhose. We were just trying to have a presence in the courtroom,” remembers Williamson. These days, Williamson has seen changes come in the form of gender roles and the constant quest to find balance. When asked what sorts of challenges she sees women in law face, she replied, “Finding time for family, for work and investing in yourself is a challenge.” Williamson’s 38 years in the field of bankruptcy law have served as a lesson in finding her authentic voice. “Once I realized that I didn’t have to have that voice, dress that way...I could just be me, life got easier. It’s harder for women to find their authentic voice and it changes as your life changes over time,” said Williamson. A natural-born problem solver, Williamson enjoys the challenge of learning and finding solutions for her clients. “The Bankruptcy Code is constantly evolving but I’m still having fun, still learning, and have an outlook that is unique,” she explains. Williamson, also isn’t afraid to check in with herself to make sure she’s on the right path by asking herself this reflective question: “If I won the lottery would I still practice law? My answer today is yes,” explains Williamson. “But if your answer is not yes, you’d want to ask yourself ‘Why would I want to do this?’”



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Not every family law matter needs to be litigated. Know all your options before you walk into the court room!

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Jamie Graham has more than twenty years of legal experience and a well-earned reputation for excellence. Mrs. Graham has earned multiple awards for her excellence and dedication as an attorney. Most of her clients are retained through referrals from current clients, and many times, from the former spouses of clients. You can rely on receiving accurate information and experienced advice from Mrs. Graham. Her priority is to ensure that you have the information and advice you need from an experienced attorney to make informed decisions throughout the family law process. Mrs. Graham specializes in representing members of the United States military and their spouses in family law cases as certain factors involved with military divorce and family law matters differ considerably from civilian matters. There are specific laws in place to address some of these issues, laws that only apply in military cases, such as the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA). Jamie Graham & Associates, PLLC, is a law firm dedicated to helping men and women throughout the San Antonio and surrounding areas in divorce and other family matters. We earn your trust through honest, skilled and diligent representation. We earn it by learning about your specific situation and objectives, and then putting in the hours of work necessary to achieve your goals. “When I was young, I saw my parents go through a very nasty divorce. It had a profound effect on me, and I became a family law attorney to help others, especially children, avoid going through that experience, if possible.”

Jamie Graham & Associates, PLLC 310 S. St. Mary’s Street, Suite 2500 San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 308-6448



ROBBIE WARD Growing up in West Texas, Robbie learned the value of loyalty, hard work and dedication from her parents - values that serve her clients well as a Criminal Defense Attorney. Robbie graduated from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2001 and has considered San Antonio home ever since. Robbie’s early mentors taught her that the best criminal defense attorneys had more often than not, been prosecutors first. Knowing her ultimate goal was to become the best criminal defense attorney she could be, she took that knowledge and started her career in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. From there, Robbie went to work as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Texas. Her roles as both a State and Federal Prosecutor helped increase her knowledge of how to effectively evaluate and try cases. Robbie left the U.S. Attorney’s office to become a criminal defense attorney and has been extremely successful in her representation of clients. She has tried many state and federal cases as both a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. As a Criminal Defense Lawyer, she is the go to Lawyer for those who have been arrested or accused of a crime. Robbie represents people accused of violent crimes, white collar crimes, and drug offenses in State and Federal Court. Robbie has successfully defended doctors, lawyers, other professionals, and people from all walks of life in both State and Federal Court. She takes great pride in knowing that her clients never doubt that she will always fight hard for them and that they appreciate the efforts she puts into each case. Robbie attributes her success to being able to do what she loves and is passionate about. She says, “Although the work is hard and can require lots of long hours, the ability to help people in their most trying times is worth it.” Robbie is proud that her daughter knows that she is making a real difference in people’s lives and that she is learning the value of hard work, just as Robbie was taught by her parents.

Robbie Ward Law 530 Lexington Avenue San Antonio, TX 78215 O (210) 758-2200 C (210) 758-8500 | JULY/AUGUST 2020


BANDOSKE, BUTLER & REUTER, PLLC RACHEL REUTER, ASHLEY BUTLER AND STEPHANIE BANDOSKE At Bandoske, Butler & Reuter, PLLC, we understand the high stakes and deep emotions involved in every family law matter. We strive to give our clients a sense of security and peace during uncertain times. Our attorneys and staff offer a personalized approach to each case and work diligently to achieve the resolution that is right for each client, and understand the ability to stay in touch with your attorney is very important.


With integrity, attention to detail, and commitment to ethical practices, our goal is to provide high-quality legal services for clients who are looking for the best family law representation in town. Why should someone hire Bandoske, Butler and Reuter, PLLC? • We attempt to maintain a supportive, levelheaded atmosphere, even in high-conflict situations. • Our lawyers are some of the most respected family law attorneys in San Antonio. • Not only does our firm include two partners who are Board Certified in Family Law, we have more paralegals that are Board Certified in Family Law than any other firm in San Antonio. • We offer almost 50 years of comprehensive experience in most areas of family law.

Bandoske, Butler & Reuter, PLLC 500 Lexington, San Antonio, Texas 78215 (210) 299-4777




Everyone has a story and I am passionate about my client’s story primarily because of my experience and my story. Born and raised in a small, poor rural community outside El Paso, Texas, by two blue collar working parents, I was encouraged to be a nurse or a teacher as you can always help someone. For much of my young life, my father was chronically ill and bedridden, so my mother was the sole provider and decision maker for my father’s medical choices. Watching my mother and father struggle with the daily decisions of a chronic illness, made me aware of a healthcare system that was complicated. I decided that nursing school was the natural choice for me to understand the system and to be able to support families in crisis. I saw the health care system as a way for me to help families and it was a natural fit for me. As many young people do, working two or three jobs to attend school was necessary and taught me organization and time management. I was licensed as a registered nurse in 1978 and I loved working in the hospital. I enjoyed meeting families and working with patients that had devastating injuries. It was very rewarding to watch patients overcome obstacles that initially appeared insurmountable. Moving up the career ladder into Risk Management for a large hospital corporation, I realized that a lot of families needed legal help after being critically injured. Working as a Risk Manager, I had a “aha” moment when I met an elderly lady that was neglected and severely crippled. Law school was the next path. Licensed as an attorney in 1998 I have had the opportunity to meet, work and help incredible people. Passion and empathy for the injured and the rights of the families devastated by negligence is the driving force that keeps me going. I have two wonderful children and I am a grandmother of four, counting my deceased sister’s child that I consider my grandchild. Family is the most important force in my life. Everyone has a story.

Cathleen Lockhart Lockhart Law Firm P.C. 530 Lexington San Antonio, Texas 78215 T (210) 223-8334 F (210) 223-8364



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PARTNER BOARD CERTIFIED - FAMILY LAW TEXAS BOARD OF LEGAL SPECIALIZATION Amber Liddell Alwais is an experienced family law attorney who protects her clients, making them feel safe and secure while fighting for them. She is compassionate and committed to providing legal services in all Family Law matters including traditional and non-traditional divorce, custody issues, property division, child support and adoption matters. Amber has been a source for the San Antonio media to speak on Family Law issues during the COVID-19 crisis. Amber graduated from Sam Houston State University and St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1996. She has been acknowledged for her excellence in family law, being recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2013-2020. Amber also serves as a law instructor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her clients describe her as “a true professional, but not at the expense of being a beautiful human being.”

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Marine Finds Passion in Practicing Law BY CPL GABRIELA GARCIAHERRERA


he sound of the gavel rings through the court room to signal the start of a trial. Many would be intimidated by such a scene, but for U.S. Marine Capt. Ashley Robert, a defense attorney with Marine Corps Defense Services Organization at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, this is just another day. She stands confidently because she knows this is another chance to help a fellow Marine.

through school… that feeling got stronger, and my passion for law kept developing.”

Adrenaline-filled court rooms are where Robert thrives. She acknowledges the rumors and speculation about military law, including the perceived strict punishments often involved. She steps up to the bench she knows that she is representing her client and, ultimately, the idea that every Marine has a right to a defense.

“I knew it was going to be a challenge,” said Robert. “I wasn’t sure if I could make it through or not. Law school had not prepared me for the Marine Corps. I was already working as an attorney when I was recruited and I knew I wanted to go into public service. When the Marine recruiter reached out to me, I looked into the program and I saw it as an opportunity to reach that goal.”

“A lot of times people think the military is harsher when it comes to giving out punishments, but everyone has a right to an attorney,” said Robert. “This still holds true in the military. I’ve been a defense attorney for a while now, and our slogan at the DSO is ‘Marines defending Marines.’”

Robert said her biggest obstacle was the mental challenge brought on by the physical trials during her 10 weeks at Officer Candidate School.

Robert, a native of Fredericksburg, Texas, attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, before continuing on to law school at the St. Mary’s University School of Law. “I didn’t think I was going to go back to school, but I feel like I have a strong sense of justice,” said Robert. “As I went 64


Robert said studying law gave her purpose and drive. She went to practice law for a year, however she yearned for something more and a chance to grow her career. She found what was missing when she was approached by a Marine recruiter.

“You have to want to be a Marine. Not just a Lawyer,” said Robert. “It’s a really significant accomplishment when you finally earn that Eagle, Globe and Anchor. I think you can be a great lawyer, but I think you also need that desire to be more.” Her officer selection office helped prepare her to overcome challenges through training, perseverance, and preparation before she left for Officer Candidate School. Even now, she

commissioned through the Marine Law Program and finds that her passion continues to grow as an attorney and Marine. “I love being a defense attorney in the Marine Corps,” said Robert “I think it is rare opportunity. It gives you something in common with your clients. At some point you’ve experienced the same things; running a PFT and CFT. You have a connection that you don’t necessarily feel when practicing civilian law.”

relies on what she learned from them, other Marines and mentors to mold her leadership. “People are very direct in the military,” said Robert. “I’ve learned and developed my own directness and assertiveness in my leadership style; as an attorney and a Marine.” Robert states that it’s important to have diversity in leadership, regardless of race, gender or background. Each person is unique and brings something to the table. Unique perspectives can be essential to different situations and added diversity of thought makes the organization stronger. Robert attributes her success to many Marines she has encountered in her journey, but perhaps none as much as the officer in charge at her first duty station. “My OIC (Officer in Charge) was so supportive. She cared about developing me as a Marine, not just as a lawyer. She always made it look easy. She’s great at her job, has two kids and isn’t afraid to be aggressive.”

The Marine Corps Law Program offers many other opportunities other than defense attorney positions. Before becoming a Judge Advocate General lawyer one would need to graduate from law school, then complete Officer Candidate School, or OCS, and follow-on officer training. Afterwards, the individual would receive training on the military justice system by attending the Naval Justice School (NJS). The basic aspects of military law are taught to judge advocates in training, as well as the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Criminal Law and Procedure, Operational Law, Trial Advocacy and Administrative Law. This is an opportunity that helps someone grow as a lawyer, as a Marine and as a person. It allows you to gain the experience, but may also give important lessons to bring in real-life scenarios.

“I love being a defense attorney in the Marine Corps,” said Robert “I think it is rare opportunity. It gives you something in common with your clients.

Roberts knows she owes a lot of her success to those who supported her on her journey; and it’s those Marines who have helped her shape her leadership style. Additionally, Robert’s mother had a large impact on her development. She not only raised her, but helped inspire her to become the woman and Marine she is today.

“She had me at a young age,” said Robert. “She’s never let anything stop her. She never let anyone tell her she couldn’t do something. She also works in civil service. As a young mom, she started out as a secretary. Then she continued and developed her education and now she is professor at a university.” After going back to school, finding her drive, completing her officer training and earning the title Marine, Robert

“I’ve been out to the field,” said Robert. “I helped give advice on simulated casualties. There are so many different opportunities to take advantage of. You can learn civil law or military operational law. I learned a lot about ethics because of how many reports I wrote up during the exercise. You can be deployed with a [Military Expeditionary Unit] or even get attached to Special [Marine Air-Ground Task Forces].”

Robert says each experience has helped mold her into the leader she is today. “If you’re nervous or unsure you can’t make it through, there is support,” said Robert. “Don’t doubt your ability. There are people out there that will tell you can’t do it, but there are also people who will have your back. If you want it, you shouldn’t let the what-ifs deter you from pursuing your dream of becoming a Marine, moving forward and completing your goal.” For more information regarding the Marine Corps Law Program, please contact the Austin Officer Selection Officer Marine Corps at (512) 585-0332 or scan the QRC. JULY/AUGUST 2020


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Biking The Benefits of


As a child, there was nothing in the world I loved more than hopping on my pink Barbie bike and cruising around my neighborhood, handlebar streamers flying in the wind.



As an adult, cycling is still one of my favorite activities, and as both an indoor cycle instructor and avid outdoor rider, I’ve come to appreciate it for not just the physical, but also the mental benefits it provides. San Antonio offers a variety of ways to enjoy both indoor and outdoor cycling, and whether you prefer to hit one of the city’s many trails, explore the winding roads of the Texas Hill Country, or saddle up on a stationary bike in a studio, anyone can reap the rewards of cycling, regardless of age, skill, or fitness level. The Burn and Beyond From a physical standpoint, cycling is an effective way to burn calories, gain muscle, and increase your cardiovascular health, all without putting unnecessary stress and strain on your knees and joints. In fact, studies have shown that it can actually reduce arthritis symptoms such as pain and stiffness and cut your risk of heart disease by as much as 50 percent. On a functional fitness level, it helps with things like balance, endurance, core strength, and, depending on the level of resistance involved, it can help build bone density, something we begin to lose as we age. While the physical benefits alone are worth putting the pedal to the pavement, or signing up at the nearest studio, for some people it’s the mental benefits that make it worth the ride. “Leaning into the physical endurance required of indoor (and outdoor) cycling can be a test in our focus and mental stamina as well,” explains Rhodie Lorenz, co-founder of JoyRide Cycling Studio. “After all, discipline begins with our mind and the body follows.” Lorenz adds that the release of those “happy hormones,” otherwise known as endorphins that come from exercise can improve your mood, enhance your feelings of wellbeing, and give you the confidence you need to face your day and whatever challenges that may bring— especially important in today’s climate.

about things like traffic, headwinds, or falling. Another bonus? The community. Studio cycle classes are fueled by the strong connection the riders have with each other and their instructors. That community feeling not only keeps people accountable but also keeps studios thriving, even in the digital age. “Connecting with the community in real life is something that you cannot recreate virtually,” says Cerroni. “That feeling of riding together as a group is impossible to replicate.”

While the physical benefits alone are worth putting the pedal to the pavement, or signing up at the nearest studio, for some people it’s the mental benefits that make it worth the ride. Community and Connection Indoor cycle studios have cult-like followings—and for good reason! These classes are known for providing highintensity workouts led by hyper-motivating instructors who play the hottest tunes, and guide riders through a series of drills that focus on speed and resistance. All of this takes place in a dark room where the positive energy is palpable and the sense of community is strong.

Switching Gears While you may not be able to replicate that intimate indoor cycle feel out on the road, there are other aspects of outdoor riding that make it an appealing option for athletes in training as well as those just looking for a leisure activity. Efren Rodriguez is the manager of Bike World at The Pearl. Rodriguez says he has seen an increase in bike sales due to the closures of gyms and studios during the current pandemic. “It’s a good way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and explore the city,” he explains. “It gets you moving and gives you a different perspective.”

“It’s an intense workout that is safe and effective,” describes Becky Cerroni who, before becoming the CEO of JoyRide was (and still is) a rider who thrives on the high-energy vibe. “I generally take morning classes and leave feeling empowered and like I can do anything.”

In recent years, San Antonio has expanded its offerings of paved bike trails and implemented bike-share programs that make it easy for San Antonian’s to explore the city on two wheels. However, unlike the controlled environment of the indoor studio, the great outdoors presents more challenges, and you have to pay close attention to your surroundings to avoid accident or injury. Always make sure you wear a helmet, never ride while wearing headphones, and observe the traffic laws. Riding with a friend or joining one of the many local outdoor cycling groups is also a good idea. And remember, you don’t have to “go hard or go home.”

Part of the appeal of the indoor class versus an outdoor ride is that you can focus completely on your form and on pushing your limits rather than worrying

“You can achieve many of the benefits associated with cycling without being competitive,” assures Rodriguez. “Just get out there and get moving.” JULY/AUGUST 2020




Where You Can Go, to Cool Off Swimming opportunities this summer could be limited



The summer of 2020 is a season of uncertainty. With COVID-19, people and governments are playing it “cool” when it comes to opening outdoor parks and attractions.


o, unless you have your own pool, you may have to travel a bit to find places to swim.

“Frío” means “cold” in Spanish, and that is why the Frio River is popular for swimming, tubing, and all manner of chillin’. Some visitors park a chair in its refreshing waters and dip their toes in. The Frio spans several counties west and southwest of San Antonio, including Uvalde County. Here, Concan is a nice stop with a cluster of lodgings and shops serving tourists.

Annabel McNew, the executive director of the Texas Hill Country River Region, enthuses about what visitors will encounter in the area “They will see the crystal clear waters of the Frio River, and a winding county road with vacation homes, and Neil’s Dining Room, open since 1924.” A greatgrandson of the original owner still runs this quaint eatery, so you know Concan must be a Texas favorite! “For generations, people have been coming out to the Frio,” McNew says. And, they are visiting this summer.

“People are anxious to get outside. They’re excited to get fresh air and be in the water. There is a lot of room to spread out, and the early and mid-week visits are so quiet.” Concan outfitters rent flotation devices, and Garner State Park is right up the road with trails and picnic tables and “… with a beautiful stretch of the river,” McNew adds. If you want to swim where it’s just you and a river bend, visit the quiet landscape of James Kiehl River Bend Park in tiny Comfort, or stop by Joshua Springs Park and Preserve. In Boerne is Kreutzberg Canyon Natural Area for water recreation. These serene parks are nestled along the Guadalupe River. North on 281, Canyon Lake is just west of Spring Branch, and it’s open! The Canyon Beach Park on the north side of the lake has a swim beach open weekdays 1-6pm and weekends/ Holidays 8am-6pm (starting fee at $5.00 a car). W.O.R.D Comal Park is on the south side of the lake and has a swim beach open 10am - 6pm daily limited to the first 200 cars (starting fee at $10 a car). Northwest of San Antonio is Bandera County, home to Medina Lake Park. The lake offers light sandy beaches for swimmers, and its RV campground has a big pool.

Tucked inside of the city of New Braunfels is Landa Park, the perfect place for anyone with a hankering for the water.

What´s Behind the James Kiehl Park: “James Kiehl was from Comfort and joined the service right when things in the Middle East were heating up, leaving behind a promising basketball career and his pregnant wife. He was killed in a pre-dawn ambush in 2003 in Iraq. He is a local hero, so James Kiehl River Bend Park is a memorial park for him.”

Built in the 1940’s, The Heights Pool now offers admission with the purchase of a season pass. They don’t offer day passes but this oasis, with its crepe myrtles, and lounge chairs, is open daily through early September. So, if you get a membership, (singles passes start at $300.00), you will enjoy a huge Olympic pool, a deep blue diving pool, a snack shack, showers, and changing rooms. The country’s oldest park is San Pedro Springs Park founded in 1630! They have a gorgeous, massive old pool. But, the City’s reopening plan includes the limited opening of 11 outdoor pools from July 3 – August 9. The website does not list which facilities, so check before you go.

Swimmers can dive into the Springfed Pool. “This historic body of water is fed by the Comal Springs and stays a constant 72 degrees year-round. Built in the early 1900s, it is one of the oldest and most historic bathing pools in Texas,” says the city website. If a pool is not your thing, you can slide your feet into the meandering little waterways that roam the park or rent a paddleboat to cruise the lake. Landa Park has two other swimming pools, but this summer, they’re closed. Springfed Pool will have a limited capacity. A nostalgic San Antonian may wonder: “What ever happened to the old public swimming pool, in Alamo Heights?”

For directions on these road trips, go to They’ve mapped out routes like, “Texas Hill Country Trail Scenic Drive”. Before you go anywhere this summer, research their opening hours and COVID-19 restrictions, which may mean a limited number of visitors. In this environment, things change fast. “The pandemic has disrupted travel worldwide,” says spokesperson Daniel Armbruster of AAA Texas/New Mexico. “It has impacted all facets of the travel industry, and will likely lead to changes in all segments of the industry.” This summer, COVID-19 will be traveling alongside us, no matter where we go.





rian Evans, a 22-year-old young man, visited his Primary Care Physician, Dr. Greene, who has cared for Brian and his family over the past 15 years. Brian had been complaining of episodes of shortness of breath and pain in his chest. His labs and physical exam did not show a physical cause for the symptoms. Dr. Greene wanted to rule out Anxiety and Depression so he referred Brian to a clinical therapist.



In the assessment, the therapist noted remarkable “psychosocial stressors” related to his significant challenges of transitioning into adulthood. Brian has been living with his parents since he withdrew from Texas State University in San Marcos during his first semester. Although he was on the honor roll in high school, he was failing all his first semester classes. Brian was experiencing severe emotional difficulties, including self-harmful behavior, not attending classes, and isolating himself from other students. After he moved home, he unsuccessfully attempted to attend the local university and started a cycle of enrolling then dropping out of his community college 3 times over the past 2 years. Brian has tried working minimum wage jobs and has been fired from 3 jobs within a 6-month period. Brian has given up. Society now has a name (although derogatory in nature) known as “Failure to Launch.” WHAT IS FAILURE TO LAUNCH? “Failure to Launch” is a syndrome that describes young adults like Brian who have not been successful in transitioning into adulthood. We are seeing an alarming number of young adults who have significant difficulties after graduating from high school. Often, they have undiagnosed or misdiagnosed psychiatric

disorders which result in an inability to be successful in college or maintaining a job. Their symptoms interfere with their success, leaving them with extreme feelings of frustration and identifying themselves as failures. FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE? Dr. Melissa Quinn is a Psychiatrist in San Antonio with a wellestablished private practice specializing in the mental health treatment of young adults. She states, “One of the main reasons that we are seeing an increase in the number of young adults not transitioning into adulthood is undiagnosed mental health disorders.” According to Johns Hopkins’ most recent statistics, of the 26% of American adults suffering from mental disorders, the young adult population (early mid-twenties) is the average age for onset of Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Panic Disorder. Dr. Quinn reports that “young adults who are predisposed to having a mental health disorder often present with symptoms after graduating from high school. The young adults are overwhelmed with lack of structure, too many choices, and stressors from society.” The lack of structure and loss of “safeness” (knowing what tomorrow will bring) often results in the presentation of the disorders. Dr. Quinn continues, “It is devastating for the young adult who is continuing to struggle to find independence. They often feel shame, isolation, and loneliness.” These young adults feel rejected because they can’t meet their family’s and society’s expectations. They develop poor self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness, sadness, and a strong sense of failure. One young adult says, “I feel like I am constantly letting my parents down and that I am a burden to them. I really feel horrible about myself, and I think I will be stuck like this forever. I just can’t believe this is my life.” They watch their peers graduate and start their careers while they feel ashamed of themselves for their lack of achievement. Eli Leibowitz, Ph.D. from the Yale Child Study Center states, “They frequently suffer shame and alienation as same-aged peers accumulate accomplishments while they accrue increasing disability.” The “failure to launch” syndrome also affects the relationship between the adult child and their parents. It is very challenging for parents as they often do not understand or validate mental health disorders and the need for treatment. A young woman says to her therapist, “I am so tired of hearing my parents say that they do not understand how I can be so lazy and unmotivated to get a job or go to school. They just don’t understand how difficult it is for me and how every day I feel worse about myself.”

HOW CAN WE HELP? Often a young adult’s physician is the first line of defense. Specifically, Primary Care Physicians and Gynecologists have developed a bond with the family and young adult through years of treatment. It is important to be extremely cognizant of symptoms of depression and anxiety when treating these young adults. Parents and doctors should continue to ask questions regarding their education, employment, and daily routines. It is important to be proactive in referring these patients for treatment. Often, there is a great relief for them and their families when they are informed by a mental health professional that there is an actual diagnosis that is treatable. AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS; PREPARING FOR THE LAUNCH There is a tremendous opportunity for successful treatment. The Psychiatrist will do a thorough Psychiatric evaluation of the patient which will often result in the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder such as untreated ADHD, Depression, Anxiety (specifically social anxiety), Bipolar Disorder, and/or other mood-related disorders. FINDING THE “LAUNCH” IN TREATMENT In addition to medication management, counseling is vital and a necessary component of treatment. Individual therapy with a clinical licensed social worker provides a safe platform. It is here where the patient utilizes their own strengths; developing tools and strategies to achieve the successful “launch” into adulthood. Family therapy is also necessary for the parents to learn the parenting skills specifically designed to help support and empower their young adult child. Group Therapy is a highly effective modality of treatment. A young adult group led by an experienced clinical therapist significantly addresses the patient’s feelings of isolation and rejection in society. It allows the young adult to feel support from other group members and develop appropriate therapeutic skills. It also is an excellent vehicle to reduce social anxiety by practicing social interactions. Accurate diagnosis and treatment can create needed accomplishments for our young adults. They develop positive feelings towards themselves as they transition into adulthood and begin their contribution to society. Deborah Levi Lane, LCSW is a clinical therapist in private practice. She provides individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She also consults with medical groups, hospitals, and schools about the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other psychiatric disorders. For more information, please contact Deborah at 210326-4294 or email or visit www. JULY/AUGUST 2020



Keeping Kids Safe in a Digital World A Solution That Works


One morning, my daughter asked a question I wasn’t prepared for. It was highly sexualized. This was not a “where do babies come from” question. I didn’t know this “thing” existed until I was a nineteen-year-old college student. She was NINE! 74



nother fourth-grader had watched a sexually graphic video at home and described it in detail to kids the next day. No screens were present, but my child had been exposed to pornography. That was the moment I realized parenting had changed. I thought we had been responsible parents by not giving her a phone. We tried to protect her, but it didn’t keep her safe from online dangers. I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Why do kids have to grow up so fast today? That was seven years ago, and I’ve been on a mission to keep kids safe ever since. When I started this journey, I needed to identify the new problem we face. We know that technology is impacting our kids, but what does that mean? There are things like social media, apps, screen addiction, and sharing nudes; we’re the first generation of parents to tackle these new challenges. There are also issues that have been around for years, but technology has changed them … like pornography, bullying and strangers. For example, we’ve always had to be concerned about stranger danger. Our kids being kidnapped is still a concern, but technology has complicated it. Now, your eleven-yearold can be next to you on the family sofa chatting with another “kid” online. But behind the profile picture of a young boy could be a sex-trafficking pimp. Strangers can reach our children in our homes, at school, at a friend’s house—anywhere. Traffickers often act as if they’re the same age as your child. To establish a personal connection, they identify with a child’s feelings and experiences, like messaging, “I hate my parents!” To groom a child, a sex trafficker often tries to get the child to do or say something bad. When the child does, the sex trafficker might say, “If you don’t send me a nude, I’ll send these messages to your mom on Facebook.” A child who is blackmailed into sending a nude can be blackmailed into doing

Now, your elevenyear-old can be next to you on the family sofa chatting with another “kid” online. But behind the profile picture of a young boy could be a sextrafficking pimp. just about anything. Imagine being told, “Go to this app after bedtime, take off your clothes, and live stream.” The pimp can then collect money. Did you know your child can be trafficked from their bedroom? We’re in new territory. And all kids are at risk. As I sought to find a solution to this overwhelming problem, I looked everywhere. I knew bubble wrapping (not allowing technology) failed because my child was still exposed to pornography. Once she earned a phone, I realized monitoring products had loopholes. For example, there are some operating systems and apps that prevent thirdparty monitoring. Even if I could find the perfect app, kids use their friend’s phone when they want to hide something!

road, getting up and going to bed. “On the go” jumped off the page because I had noticed my kids asked awkward questions in the car because they didn’t have to look at me directly! I know this “talk to your kids” solution sounds simple. But it’s actually about creating a whole new culture of conversation in our homes. We must build a place of trust. Keeping kids safe online is more about relationship than rules. I’ve seen that when guidelines, filters, and restrictions didn’t work, open communication did. My daughter has said, “This person is messaging and asking where I go to school.” My son has jumped in the car and yelled, “I heard this word on the playground. What does it mean?” If kids tell us what they see and hear, we get to be their source of information. Technology is exposing our kids to new dangers, but building a powerful culture of open communication keeps our kids safe in a digital world.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t use all of the tools that are available to us. Subscribe to the phone-monitoring apps. Set restrictions and parental controls. Do random phone checks. Implement a phone contract with clear guidelines. Restrict phones in bedrooms and bathrooms. Be engaged in your child’s online world. But the solution and the first line of defense is open communication. It’s about having healthy, on-the-go conversations about everyday issues and questions our kids struggle with. I discovered the solution in Deuteronomy 6:6-7: talk when we’re at home, on the

For information on talking to kids about online strangers, check out the “Grooming” and “Online Manipulation” shows on the nextTalk podcast. In Mandy’s upcoming book, she gives ten practical ideas for building a culture of conversation. JULY/AUGUST 2020


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Every child has different learning styles and needs, so it is important to consider the many, varying options offered: class size, curriculum, extracurricular activities including athletics and fine arts, foreign language instruction and college preparation. Schedule a tour to meet with admissions counselors and ask a lot of questions to help find the school that will allow your child to thrive.

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PRIVATE SCHOOL DIRECTORY Please note, as CDC guidelines and COVID-19 policies continue to change, schools are determining the best course of action for their students. Some schools are offering distance learning options for the Fall 2020 semester. Please check with each institution to confirm enrollment and operating details. Acorn School Preschool - Kindergarten 3501 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-8804

The Atonement Academy PK – 12th 15415 Red Robin Rd. San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 695-2240

Bracken Christian School K4 – 12th 670 Old Boerne Rd. Bulverde, TX 78163 (830) 438-3211

Antioch Christian Academy PK-6th 227 Eross San Antonio, TX 78202 (210) 222-0159

Blessed Hope Academy 9th – 12th 3355 Cherry Ridge Suite 200A Boerne, TX 78006 (210) 697-9191

Brighton Center Special Needs School 14207 Higgins Rd. San Antonio, TX 78217 265 E. Lullwood Ave San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 826-4492

Antonian College Preparatory 9th - 12th 6425 West Ave. San Antonio, TX 78213 (210) 344-9265

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School PK – 8th 600 Oblate Dr. San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 824-3381

The Buckner Fanning School at Mission Springs PK3 – 12th 975 Mission Spring San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 721-4700

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Calvary Chapel Christian Academy K – 12th 2935 Pat Booker Rd. Ste. 118 Universal City, TX 78148 (210) 658-8268

The Circle School PK3 – 8th 217 Pershing Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-0461

Cornerstone Christian School K4 – 12th 17702 NW Military Hwy San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 979-9203

The Christian School at Castle Hills Ages 18 months – 12th grade 2216 NW Military Hwy. San Antonio, TX 78213 (210) 878-1000

Colonial Hills United Methodist School Ages 18 months – K 5247 Vance Jackson Rd. San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 349-1092

Crossroads Christian Academy PK – 9th 5834 Ray Ellison Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78242 (210) 623-4500

Central Catholic High School 9th – 12th 1403 N. St. Mary’s San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 225-6794

Concordia Lutheran School PK – 8th 16801 Huebner Rd. San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 479-1477

Discovery School of San Antonio Inc. Ages 2 – 1st grade 222 Salem San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 344-4372

CHILD Montessori School Ages 2 – 5th grade 2829 Hunters Green St. San Antonio, TX 78231 (210) 493-6550

Converse Christian School and Learning Center PK – 4th 9146 FM 78 Converse, TX 78109 (210) 659-0203

Freedom Hill Academy Ages 2 years – K 3950 Eisenhauer Rd. San Antonio, TX 78218 (210) 655-6831



PRIVATE SCHOOL DIRECTORY First Baptist Academy PK3 – 12th 1401 Pat Booker Rd. Universal City, TX 78148 (210) 658-5331

Grace Christian School K4 – 12th 7760 Prue Rd. San Antonio, TX 78249 (210) 265-8166

Holy Spirit Catholic School PK3 – 8th 770 W. Ramsey San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 349-1169

Gateway Christian School PK3 – 12th 6623 Five Palms San Antonio, TX 78242 (210) 674-5703 ext. 35

Hill Country Montessori School Ages 18 months – 8th grade 50 Stone Wall Dr. Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 229-5377

Holy Trinity Presbyterian Day School Ages 6 weeks – K 16245 Nacogdoches Rd. San Antonio, TX 78247 (210) 654-3411

Geneva School of Boerne K – 12th 113 Cascade Caverns Rd. Boerne, TX 78015 (830) 755-6101

Holy Cross of San Antonio 6th – 12th 426 N San Felipe St. San Antonio, TX 78228 (210) 433-9395

Incarnate Word High School 9th – 12th 727 E. Hildebrand San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 829-3100

The George Gervin Academy PK – 12th 6944 South Sunbelt Dr. San Antonio, TX 78218 (210) 568-8800

Holy Name Catholic School PK3 – 8th 3814 Nash Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78223 (210) 333-7356

St. John Paul II Catholic High School 9th – 12th 6720 FM 482 New Braunfels, TX 78132 (830) 643-0802

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Keystone School PK3 – 12th 119 E. Craig Pl. San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 735-4022

Montessori Children’s House of SA Infant – 6 years 4911 Golden Quail Rd. San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 558-8339

Mount Sacred Heart School Montessori – 8th grade 619 Mount Sacred Heart Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 342-6711

Little Flower Catholic School PK3 – 8th 905 Kentucky Ave. San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 732-9207

Montessori School International Ages 18 months – 6 years 8222 Wurzbach Rd. San Antonio, TX 78229 (210) 614-1665

New Braunfels Christian Academy PK – 5th 995 Mission Hills Dr. New Braunfels, TX 78130 (830) 629-6222

Lutheran High School of San Antonio 9th – 12th 18104 Babcock San Antonio, TX 78255 (210) 694-4962

Montessori Schoolhouse Ages 12 months – 7 years 10711 Dreamland Dr. San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 341-0731

New Braunfels Christian Academy 6th – 12th 220 FM 1863 New Braunfels, TX 78132 (830) 629-1821

MacArthur Park Lutheran Preschool Ages 18 months – 1st grade 2903 Nacogdoches Rd. San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 822-5374

The Montessori School of San Antonio Ages 3 years – 14 years 17722 Rogers Ranch Pkwy. San Antonio, TX 78258 (210) 492-3553

New Life Christian Academy Hybrid PK3 – 12th 6622 Highway 90 West San Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 679-6001

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River City Believers Academy PK3 – 12th 16765 Lookout Rd. Selma, TX 78154 (210) 656-2999

Saint Mary’s Hall PK3 – 12th 9401 Starcrest Dr. San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 483-9100

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School PK3– 8th 16075 N. Evans Rd Selma, TX 78154 (210) 651-6811

River City Christian School K – 12th 5810 Blanco Rd. San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 384-0297

St. Andrew’s Weekday School Infant – K 722 Robinhood Pl. San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8737

Providence Catholic School 6th – 12th 1215 N. St. Mary’s St. San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-6651

St. Jose Sanchez del Rio Catholic School PK3 – 8th 21140 Gathering Oak San Antonio, TX 78260 (210) 497-0323

St. Anthony Catholic High School 9th – 12th 3200 McCullough Ave. San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 832-5600

Legacy Christian Academy K4 – 12th 2255 Horal St. San Antonio, TX 78227 Elementary: (210) 674-0490 High School: (210) 640-4081

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St. Anthony Catholic School PK3 – 8th 205 W. Huisache San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8801

St. David’s Episcopal School Infants – K 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-2481

St. James the Apostle Catholic School PK3 – 8th 907 West Theo Ave. San Antonio, TX 78225 (210) 924-1201

St. Luke Episcopal School PK3 – 8th 15 St. Luke’s Lane San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-0664

St. George Episcopal School PK – 8th 6900 West Ave. San Antonio, TX 78213 (210) 342-4263

St. John Berchmans Catholic School PK3 – 8th 1147 Cupples Rd. San Antonio, TX 78226 (210) 433-0411

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School PK3 – 8th 1700 Clower St. San Antonio, TX 78201 (210) 735-1381

St. Gerard Catholic High School and Regional Middle School 6th – 12th 521 S. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78203 (210) 533-8061

St. John Bosco School PK3 – 8th 5630 W. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX 78237 (210) 432-8011

St. Matthew Catholic School K4 – 8th 10703 Wurzbach Rd. San Antonio, TX 78230 (210) 478-5044

St. Luke Catholic School PK – 8th 4603 Manitou Dr. San Antonio, TX 78228 (210) 434-2011

St. Monica Catholic School PK3 – 8th 515 North St. Converse, TX 78109 (210) 658-6701

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School PK3 – 8th 700 Dewhurst Rd. San Antonio, TX 78213 (210) 342-0281


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St. Paul Catholic School PK3 – 8th 307 John Adams San Antonio, TX 78228 (210) 732-2741

St. Pius X School PK3 – 8th 7734 Robin Rest Dr. San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-6431

Salem Sayers Baptist Academy Ages 2 – 12th 5212 FM 1628 Adkins, TX 78101 (210) 649-1178

St. Paul Episcopal Montessori School Ages 18 months – 12 years 1018 E. Grayson St. San Antonio, TX 78208 (210) 271-2861 St. Peter Prince of Apostles School Ages 18 months – 8th grade 112 Marcia Pl. San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-3171

St. Thomas Episcopal School Ages 2 years – 5th grade 1416 N. Loop 1604 E. San Antonio, TX 78232 (210) 494-3509

San Antonio Academy of Texas PK – 8th 117 E. French Pl. San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 733-7331 San Antonio Christian School PK3 – 12th 19202 Redland Rd. San Antonio, TX 78259 (210) 340-1864

St. Thomas More School PK3 – 8th 4427 Moana Dr. San Antonio, TX 78218 (210) 655-2882

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San Antonio Country Day Montessori School Ages 2 – 6th Grade 4194 Jung Rd. San Antonio, TX 78247 (210) 496-6033

TMI – Episcopal School of Texas 6th – 12th 20955 W. Tejas Tr. San Antonio, TX 78257 (210) 698-7171

Scenic Hills Christian Academy PK3 – 12th 11223 Bandera Rd. San Antonio, TX 78250 (210) 523-2312

Town East Christian School K4 – 12th 5866 U.S. Hwy. 87 E. San Antonio, TX 78222 (210) 648-2601

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School and Childcare Ages 6 weeks – 8th grade 6914 Wurzbach Rd. San Antonio, TX 78240 (210) 614-3741

Trinity Christian Academy and Preschool K – 8th 5401 N. Loop 1604 E. San Antonio, TX 78247 (210) 653-2800

Sunnybrook Christian Academy PK – 12th 1620 Pinn Rd. San Antonio, TX 78227 (210) 674-8000 Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children Infant – 5th grade 603 E. Hildebrand Ave. San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 824-0579

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Vanessa Van de Putte





anessa Van de Putte caught the vexillology bug at a young age, but don’t worry—it runs in the family. As President and CEO of Dixie Flag & Banner Co., she’s the fourth generation of Van de Puttes to work at the family business. Dixie Flag was founded by her grandfather, who borrowed $10,000 from his mother, Vanessa’s great-grandmother, to start the business. She was also one of the first seamstresses. Vanessa’s father, Pete Van de Putte, still serves as chairman of the board. The fifth-generation, Vanessa’s infant son, Hugo, already makes office appearances. “He has more stuff in my office than I do,” she laughs. Having family around is what drew her to Dixie Flag. “What I love the most about Dixie Flag is that it really is a family business. I’m not talking about the Van de Putte family, but it is the business of families. Over the 62 years we’ve been in business, there have been so many family units that have worked here. Debbie, our bookkeeper, her daughter worked here when she was in college. One of our salespeople, both of her sons worked here. Our general manager, Rudy, started working with us when he was still in high school. His aunt was one of our seamstresses and now he’s been with us for almost 20 years. His little brother is our production manager. We treat each other like family. It’s not only our family but our collective families.”

50 percent of their regular business is from festivals, events, and fairs, none of which could be held. Making sure the team at Dixie Flag is taken care of drives Van de Putte’s day. “Coming in and seeing what I can do to make their lives a little easier, provide the guidance and the support they need to serve our customers. That looks different every day, especially now.” That also means that she takes work home. “I know many people would get mad because the work/life balance is so important but work really is personal for us. When you have a small family business and you look at everyone you work with as family, there is no line between the two. “I don’t feel that my time at the office takes away from my time as a mom or my time as a mom takes away from my time at the office.” After all, it’s how her role models raised her.

My dad was always a good role model… He taught me to put people first.

The people behind Dixie Flag, and the customers they work with, are what motivate Van de Putte. And what made COVID-19 such a challenge. “What I was terrified of as a small business owner and leader wasn’t losing money or not making our goals. It was how 33 families were going to support themselves if we closed down.”

“My parents are two incredible people. They’re both very accomplished in their own careers. My mom was very successful in what she did. And my dad was very successful in what he did. My mother (former State Senator Leticia Van de Putte) is the queen of multitasking. She had six kids in nine years. She ran a small business. She was a pharmacist and an amazing public servant for 25 years. She did it all: balanced family and business and public service. It was amazing to watch because she isn’t retired yet.

Rather than close down, Dixie Flag jumped into producing face masks, a vital need in short supply for healthcare workers. Working with University Health System, Dixie created a washable, reusable mask that could be used in the absence of N-95 masks. “We had to adapt and be flexible,” she explains, especially since as much as

“My dad was always a good role model less on a professional basis and more on a personal level. He taught me to put people first and to put relationships first. That’s what’s important, remembering the people aspect.” Family also inspired Van de Putte’s personal philosophy. “We

did a lot of camping growing up. And one of the things my father taught us is always to leave the campsite better than how you found it. I use the number one rule of camping as my personal philosophy and try to apply it globally. I try to leave every place, organization, and relationship better than it was. I aim to contribute meaningfully to the growth and wellbeing of those around me and in turn, allow myself to learn and grow with each new experience and relationship.” Reflecting on what advice she’d give other young women, Van de Putte offers, “Allow yourself to grow, adapt, learn, develop, but stay true to who you are. Sincerity is incredibly important. Don’t try to be anybody else. Be yourself.” She also offers the same advice to others that her father gave her. “Do what you’re passionate about. Follow that passion. If you’re doing what you love, you can’t go wrong. Follow your passion and do what’s important to you.” Her free time is spent with baby Hugo, her husband Hugo Sulaica, and laundry. “Why is there so much laundry? Washing, folding, and never putting away laundry,” she laughs. But she’s ready to get back to festivals, fairs and events, a pastime she enjoys. “You learn so much about culture and people by going to special events. I’m so looking forward to the post-pandemic world when everything’s opened back up and we can start celebrating together and getting together.” But no matter what’s ahead, Van de Putte is happy where she is. “I really like where I am right now. In 10 years, I hope to be a better version. My personal philosophy is to leave every place and every relationship better than it was. I’d like to spend the 10 years doing that and grow Dixie and grow our staff. Not just by adding people, but helping develop them and make Dixie a better place.” JULY/AUGUST 2020



From Praised Mascot to Motivational Speaker Tim Derk Inspires in Second Act




hen San Antonians hear the name Tim Derk, they immediately think of the always entertaining Spurs Coyote mascot who had crowds cracking up for 21 years. He’s charismatic, charming, and known for laughs on and off the court. Derk’s time in the Coyote suit came to an abrupt end in 2004 when he suffered a massive stroke, but his life since then has been equally entertaining and also inspiring.

You were born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. What brought you to San Antonio and how did you wind up as the mascot for the San Antonio Spurs? I was a tennis player in high school and came down to attend Trinity University which I loved. When I graduated with a degree in business, I gave myself six months to figure out exactly what I wanted to do career-wise, and in the meantime took a job teaching tennis at San Antonio Country Club. That six months turned into eight years. I was teaching tennis lessons and also doing commercials and community theater at the same time. When attendance was low at Spurs games in the 1980s, they decided they wanted to bring on a mascot. They spoke with their ad agency who knew me. My life really plays out like a movie. I actually met my wife while out on the court as the Coyote. In 2004, you experienced a massive stroke that ended your time as the Coyote and began a long road to recovery. What was that like? I started having a few dizzy spells. I was so used to being uncomfortable as the Coyote, the dizzy spells were not exactly noticeable. They were lasting like 20 seconds, very brief. I was often dehydrated. I would lose six pounds of fluid each game from running around in the suit. I was used to being all beat up. I didn’t even tell my wife about it. One day near Valentine’s Day I had a massive stroke. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t talk and was paralyzed on my right side. I spent weeks in intensive care, and one day a nurse came in to take my vitals, and she had on a latex glove. She grabbed my right hand, and I could feel the latex. I couldn’t tell her that because I couldn’t speak, but I could feel a little bit of texture. With athletes like myself, all you need is one small bit of improvement and you seize it. That one small bit of improvement would grow. It motivated me. I went to a rehab facility after that for six months. Then, the first thing I did when I arrived home was crawl from my first floor to my second floor just to prove

history and culture of the Spurs to new hires and employees. It’s kind of funny to think I spent 21 years working and not saying a single word, and now all I do is talk with people. The Spurs organization was so beyond supportive after my stroke. When I was recovering, Coach Gregg Popovich came to my house at 4:30pm on a game day to check-in and see how I was doing. I received more than 10,000 emails from people sending well wishes.

Public speaking has lent itself to entertaining others and also getting the word out to others about stroke. to myself I could do it. I then began walking on grass in the dark so my neighbors couldn’t see, and then into the street. And a year after my stroke, I ran 10 miles to the Tower of the Americas building, slapped it, and ran back home. Since recovering from your stroke, you’ve written a book and are still working with the Spurs, just in a different role. What’s that like? In the beginning, I was on the game operations side, working with the mascot and entertainment at the games, but now I’m the Assistant Manager of Internal Communications, which is really cool because I get to teach the

Along with working for the Spurs, you also do quite a bit of guest speaking with people about stroke and life in general. How has speaking with others changed your life? I started guest speaking when my book “Hi Mom, Send Sheep” came out, then began speaking about stroke and also my relationship with my wife, Colleen. Public speaking has lent itself to entertaining others and also getting the word out to others about stroke. I got this amazing opportunity from being an entertainer, and now I have another chapter in life that’s just as enjoyable. Since recovering from your stroke, have you gone back to any community theater? The stroke caused me to lose my pitch, so it’s something I had to work hard to rehab. I ended up going to the San Pedro Playhouse and auditioning for Damn Yankees, and I got the part of the devil. They gave me an award for “Outstanding Actor in a Musical” and at that point, I did a mic drop and walked away. Since the stroke, your life has been about determination and proving you can do things. How has your mindset on life changed? I think it’s human nature to begin to take life and all that is has to offer for granted. Everybody catches themselves. When you go through something like a stroke, you’re less likely to overlook anything. It definitely puts everything into perspective. JULY/AUGUST 2020



Answering the Call to Service Amid Life’s Changes BY JENNY JURICA PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON ROBERTS

Whether it’s assisting customers in a whimsical boutique, meeting the needs of businesses and homeowners, or helping to heal the wounded, these three Hill Country women have each answered the call to service amid the unexpected twists and turns of their own lives. 92


Debbie Bell Gruene With Envy New Braunfels


wenty years ago, New Braunfels native, Debbie Bell returned to her hometown looking for work after a failed marriage with two young sons in tow. Serendipitously, Bell stumbled upon a job as a manager of a newlyopened boutique in Gruene, appropriately called Gruene With Envy. It was within the walls of Gruene With Envy that she bloomed under the mentorship of the boutique’s owner, Nita Dixon. Ten years into Bell’s employment, Dixon announced, “I’m retiring and you have to buy this store!” Bell knew that the opportunity to purchase the boutique was an offer that she couldn’t refuse. However, faced with financial hardship and finding that no one in town was willing to give a loan to a single mother, Bell did the only thing she knew to do. She persevered. “I went to banks, and they’d say, ‘That’s impossible!’ but I just kept going back and I didn’t give up,” remembered Bell. Eventually, Bell was able to make her dream a reality, and she purchased Gruene With Envy 10 years ago. The boutique that offered a harbor for Bell is now celebrating its 20th year in business. A large party was planned to commemorate the anniversary, but a global pandemic had other plans. So, just like countless other businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis, Gruene With Envy performed a “pivot,” and beefed up its Internet sales. “We got orders from people in Maine, Massachusetts, California, Nebraska, Wyoming,” said Bell. Gruene With Envy hopes to have its 20thanniversary celebration at a later date and celebrate the occasion with the tourists and locals alike who have come to love the boutique.



Ginger Browning Interior Protection Systems New Braunfels


uccessful Kuper Sotheby’s Realtor and New Braunfels native, Ginger Browning, wanted a business she could call her own. When Browning’s husband retired’ she started brainstorming business ventures that might complement her lucrative real estate career. It was during this time spent in luxury homes, seeing homeowners struggle to keep their homes beautiful and healthy, that Browning decided on her next move. Three years ago, Browning started Interior Protection Systems, a high-end textile protection service. Operating primarily in homes, office buildings, nursing homes, and hospitals, Interior Protection Systems offers the treatment of interior textiles to protect against staining, wear and tear, and UV. The treatment also renders textiles bacteriostatic, resisting the growth and spread of pathogens, which is of utmost importance during this time. Browning enjoys the flexibility that being a small business owner affords her. She is able to help care for elderly parents as well as enjoy beekeeping, riding motorcycles, and kayaking with her husband. As the industry partner liaison for the American Society of Interior Design, San Antonio chapter, Browning garners inspiration from doing what is right by the world. She is hopeful that Interior Protection Systems can help make furniture more sustainable and extend the serviceable life of these items. “I want the best for my clients and for the world,” says Browning. “I want to do what’s right, using a sustainable product, offering the best service I can to my clients. The best thing you can do as a business owner is to help other people solve their problems,” added Browning.



Pam Colaw

Hidden Springs Youth Ranch Converse


ocated just 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio sits a place of quiet serenity where hope is rebuilt, souls are rehabilitated, and life slows down to a more manageable pace. Hidden Springs Youth Ranch founder, Pam Colaw, first had the vision for Hidden Springs Youth Ranch years ago when she realized that kids today don’t often get to visit farms and ranches to interact with the animals. “Growing up on a farm, I processed a lot of life’s challenges in the barn. When you’re shoveling manure, or weeding a garden, you don’t have time to think about if you’re feeling anxiety today,” said Colaw. Colaw firmly believes that our circumstances don’t define who we are and don’t predict our future. This rule applies to the families who visit the ranch, which was established in 2014, as well as to the horses, all of whom have been rescued and rehabilitated. Colaw speaks of Ralph, the beloved ranch horse and “retired” cow horse competitor, “Ralph still has a purpose, just because he can’t do that job, he still has a job to do.” Hidden Springs is the answer to Colaw’s prayer to share her ranch experiences with kids and families who may be struggling. Today, Hidden Springs Youth Ranch relies on the passion and dedication of its volunteers and serves as a safe haven where families and kids come together. The ranch is open to everyone, but estranged families find it to be a safe, neutral territory to rebuild, while kids who are struggling can find healing through the horses. Hidden Springs Youth Ranch exists to mentor the child, restore hope, repurpose the horse, and grow one’s faith.




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BOERNE EPICURE GOURMET MARKET Treat yourself to many fine food products and a fabulous deli! Boerne Epicure Gourmet Market offers amazing organic and gourmet choices. Lunch served daily. 210 S Main SMOKEY MO’S BBQ This family barbecue business has been smokin’ up lean brisket, tender, juicy chicken and turkey and of course hot delicious sausage since 2000. Add to that some mouth-waterin’ hot buttered potatoes, creamed corn, refreshing coleslaw, and our house-made Pinto Beans…Then you’ve got yourself a meal 1685 River Road

VALERIA RESTORANTE ITALIANO A modern European restaurant servingItalian favorites with flair. Pair your meal with a glass from their expansive wine list. 109 Waterview Pkwy #105

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THE CREEK RESTAURANT Seafood-centric American cuisine in a rustic, romantic setting. Enjoy views of the Cibolo on their spacious deck seating area. 119 Staffel St.

COMFORT COMFORT PIZZA Old-world, wood-fired pizzeria with unique flavors, a fantastic beer and wine list, gelato, coffee, and alfresco dining under umbrellas and misters.

HIGH’S CAFE & STORE Fast, Fresh, and Friendly Cafe in the heart of downtown Comfort, Texas. Serving soup, salads, and sandwiches. Full espresso bar, great coffee, wine by the glass, draft beer, and house made baked goods 726 High St

’RE E W PEN O LANI’S CHEESECAKE & COFFEE HOUSE Lani’s gourmet Cheesecakes are custom-order, made from scratch, and definitely delicious. While you’re there, try their sandwiches and other baked goods! 510 Hwy 27

Gruene with Envy Boutique

NEW BRAUNFELS/GRUENE GRISTMILL Located in the historic district of Gruene just beneath the famous Gruene water tower, The Gristmill serves thick steaks and large hamburgers, chicken fried steak, fried catfish, and more with a spectacular view under the oak trees 1287 Gruene Road

MCADOOS SEAFOOD COMPANY Fresh Seafood and authentic Cajun specialties pair with great cocktails at this post office turned upscale restaurant. 196 Castell Ave

BUTTERMILK CAFE This Breakfast and Lunch is proud to serve market fresh comfort foods prepared by people who love to cook, and love to eat. Enjoy fresh pancakes for breakfast, fried shrimp for lunch, and everything in between. 1324 Common St

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FREDERICKSBURG PASTA BELLA Small, colorful Italian restaurant offering sandwiches, hearty pasta dishes & other entrees 103 S Llano St

THE AUSLANDER A German-American eatery with a Texas vibe, outdoor seating, live music & a large beer selection. 323 E Main

SUNSET GRILL A new American bistro serving all of your breakfast favorites, classic lunches, and brunch with a cocktail selection sure to please. 902 S Adams st

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August 7 DAVID ADAM BYRNES LIVE Freiheit Country Store 2157 FM 1101

Saturdays NEW BRAUNFELS FARMERS MARKET New Braunfels Farmers Market 186 S Castell Ave Saturdays SATURDAY IN THE VINEYARD - LIVE MUSIC Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 1741 Herbelin Rd Mondays in July THE NBTX FAMILY CRAFT PROJECT Online

August 15 - August 16 GRUENE MARKET DAYS Gruene Historic District 1720 Hunter Rd August 21 COLTON’S KIN Dry Comal Creek Vineyards 1741 Herbelin Rd

July 24 DEANA CARTER LIVE AT FREIHEIT Freiheit Country Store 2157 FM 1101 July 31 LOCAL LIVE: TRIBUTE TO ZZ TOP Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Assn., Inc 290 W San Antonio St.

August 21 - August 22 SWAN LAKE PRESENTED BY: AMERICAN DANCE CO. Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Assn., Inc 290 W San Antonio St.

BOERNE July 31 MOVIE IN THE PARK Main Plaza 100 N. Main St

Thursdays GUADALUPE RIVER MARKET Tusculum Brewing Company 236 S. Main St Saturdays FARMERS MARKET AT THE CIBOLO Historic Heff Farm 33 Heff Road

July 23 MAKING HERBAL COCKTAILS Online- Patrick Heath Public Library August 7 FIRST FRIDAY YOGA Patrick Heath Public Library 451 N Main St



August 8 BOERNE MARKET DAYS Main Plaza 100 N. Main St

Sculpture Jewelry Ceramics Painting Drawing

August 8 MOONDANCE CONCERT SERIES Cibolo Nature Center 140 City Park Road Saturdays FARM: YOGA ON THE PORCH Historic Heff Farm 33 Heff Road

AUGUST 14 MOVIE IN THE PARK City Park 106 City Park Road


Photography Mixed Media Unique Gifts and Fine Art Treasures

July 24 KEVIN FOWLER The Backyard Amphitheater 2254 S. US 87 3rd Saturdays FREDERICKSBURG TRADE DAYS Sunday Farms 355 Sunday Farms Lane

Saturdays in August GRAPE STOMP Hye Meadow Winery 10257 US-290 July 17 - Jul 26 ANNIE Fredericksburg Theatre Company 1668 South US Hwy 87

August 20 - August 23 GILLESPIE COUNTY FAIR Gillespie County Fairgrounds 530 Fair Drive JULY/AUGUST 2020




K.Day and Aiden Gamez “Spiritual Level (Cultures version)” mixed media analog collage

athleen Day is an internationally published, multidisciplinary, contemporary artist, author, and the founder and Creative Director of The Courrier nonprofit international mail art project. And if that is not enough to keep her schedule full, she is also the mother of a special needs child, ten-year-old autistic artist, Aiden Gamez. Art has been a part of her daily life since childhood. She began her professional freelance art career directly after graduating from high school in 2000. Having lived in and traveled to various places throughout the world, San Antonio is now home-base. Kathleen’s work has been featured in many international platforms and galleries. The most recent of which in London, UK, Shanghai, China, Italy, and Germany.

Since the launch of The Courrier, Kathleen and Aiden have given back to the community not only as an outlet for artists, but also through donations, fundraising, auctions, and especially by mobilizing support through art for the black community. “We have been incrementally choosing local businesses to purchase masks and other goods from who give portions of their proceeds to COVID and BLM related initiatives,” explains Kathleen. Beyond initiatives through The Courrier, Kathleen has been a panelist and contributed her and Aiden’s works for The Display Room show hosted by Byoung Fine Arts in Shanghai, China ... twice! BYoung Fine Art’s focus is on social justice issues, solidarity, and peaceful activism through art, and on seeking to redefine the way in which emerging artists bring light to their creative works.

In the wake of COVID-19, Kathleen, her partner Joe A. Gomez III, and son Aiden Gamez realized a need within the community and beyond, and they launched San Antonio’s first and only nonprofit international mail art project - The Courrier. After her son Aiden was forced into distance learning at home, he was hit hard by the isolation. Aiden is a low-verbal autistic 10-year-old multidisciplinary artist with a cognitive disability. He has been using art as a creative outlet since he was two years old. Considering the mental health implications of the pandemic for struggling families and communities and the desperate lack of positivity in the world, Kathleen understood the need for a project like The Courrier.

The Courrier mail art project is meant to welcome artists from all over the world and invite them to create, share, and spread hope to others now and indefinitely into the future. This is a platform for those who want to be heard, to inspire, and to experience art as a therapeutic means of self-expression. Artists may submit their work to The Courrier gallery via submission guidelines listed on their website below. The collection of works featured in The Courrier’s mail art gallery serves to showcase art in the community which may be publicly shared, displayed in galleries across the globe, traded, or auctioned for the benefit of nonprofit organizations and in support of relevant, and meaningful causes.

“Giving children and adults an outlet, creative prompts, something they can do alone to beat the boredom, or as a family to bond is incredibly important. Following up by publishing their heartfelt works gives people a sense of pride and is encouraging in these otherwise dark times,” Kathleen shared. She explains that Aiden has always been a prolific artist. When she approached Aiden and Joe with the idea to start a mail art project, their response was overwhelming excitement.

The Courrier Nonprofit international mail art project + virtual gallery @the.courrier on Instagram Website



K. Day – Founder + Creative Director J. A. Gomez III – CFO Aiden Gamez – Co-founder


Assistance League of San Antonio


ransforming Lives – Strengthening Community … this is what the Assistance League of San Antonio is all about. Every one of their key programs focuses on supporting education: helping improve school attendance and academic performance, empowering children to make good personal safety decisions, providing parents with developmental information for children birth through pre-school age, offering supplemental programs and materials to schools, and awarding scholarships to college students. Operation School Bell®, its flagship program, provides kindergarten through 5th graders with new clothes. But, it’s more than just giving kids new clothes. It’s the impact of receiving new clothes that makes the difference by building confidence, encouraging school attendance and participation, and motivating young students to reach their full potential. Many of these kids come from families that cannot afford to buy school clothes or school supplies, which often keeps them from attending school. Statistics from the Annie E Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT initiative are staggering – 108,000 children in Bexar County live in poverty; that’s 1 in 5 children at or below the poverty level. To reach these children, Assistance League of San Antonio coordinates with Title 1 schools, local governmental agencies, and nongovernmental groups. The children come to the Assistance League of San Antonio Thrift House where member volunteers act as “personal shoppers” and assist the children in choosing three new outfits, including shoes. Togs For Tots addresses clothing needs of infants through pre-school, including uniforms for Head Start and Pre-K students. Agency partners distribute the clothing to those in need. Included with the new clothes is a “Watch Me Grow From Head to Toe” developmental guide to educate young parents. I’m In Charge, a program that is primarily delivered to kindergarteners through 5th graders at their schools, teaches personal safety – what to do when you’re alone, on the computer, being bullied, approached by strangers, or made to feel uncomfortable because of advances from an older kid or adult.

With Enhanced Learning, Assistance League of San Antonio purchases unbudgeted items for Title I schools, encouraging them to choose items that are STEM or STEAM related. Scholarship Program awards scholarships to 3rd and 4th year college students who need that little extra boost to get them to the finish line and to Alamo Colleges District students who may just be continuing their college experience at a four year university. It also offers GED support to individuals in Bexar County’s Early Intervention Program. Two other Assistance League of San Antonio programs address well-being. Adopt A Resident provides companionship to residents of a local Assisted Living Facility. Many of these residents have no family nearby or sadly have outlived their families. Birthday parties, games, and fellowship let them know there are those who still care. Working together with Ronald McDonald House, Fisher House, the Texas Burn Society, and several San Antonio cancer treatment centers, the CAPS program distributes hand decorated caps to children and adults receiving treatment for serious illnesses and blankets to patients undergoing cancer treatments. Assistance League of San Antonio is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization that transforms lives and strengthens the San Antonio community through philanthropic programs. To learn more, call (210) 732-1200 or visit https://www. san-antonio/. JULY/AUGUST 2020



Local Attractions Now Open as Alamo City Begins to Reopen BY RUDY ARISPE

Now that summer is here and San Antonio is ready to reignite its economy, several area attractions and museums have opened their doors again although with safety and social distancing guidelines in place. So whether it’s a trip to the San Antonio Zoo to say hello to the animals or a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art to view treasured works of art, they will all be happy to welcome you back. McNay Art Museum More than 200,000 visitors each year enjoy works by modern masters including Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and so can you now that the McNay and its 23-acres of landscaped lawns have reopened. San Antonio Zoo You’ll notice a number of “pawsitive” changes throughout the zoo. For starters, timed-entry ticketing must be purchased online before your visit. Entry time slots are valid each hour, so plan to arrive during your designated time. • Restaurants will be open with enhanced safety measures including no tables of 10 or more people. Other retail locations will also open with safety measures so please be prepared to pay using a credit or debit card. Some locations, however, accept Apple Pay and Android Pay since the ability to use cash is limited.

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It’s important to note that some enclosed spaces and animal interactions will still be closed, including Giraffe Feeding, Flamingo Mingle, Butterfly House, Kangaroo Krossing, San Antonio Zoo Train, Carousel, Reptile House, Fredrich Aquarium and the Hixon Bird House, among others. As the elephants, monkeys, and lions look forward to seeing you again, don’t forget to plan your visit ahead of time. 102


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Exhibitions on view have been extended for our community to enjoy: Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday extended to September 13, 2020 Robert L. B. Tobin: Collector, Curator, Visionary extended to August 30, 2020 Selena Forever/Siempre Selena extended to January 10, 2021 2020 CAM Perennial: Topographies of Truth extended to September 13, 2020 Goya’s Caprichos and the Human Condition extended to August 9, 2020 Spotlight: San Antonio’s K-12 Artists Embrace Diego Rivera extended to September 6, 2020

All programming and special events, including weddings and event rentals, have been postponed through July 31. Ongoing event updates will be available at

Briscoe Western Art Museum It’s time to saddle up and head downtown now that the Briscoe Western Art Museum, which features the saddles of Western icons, such as Roy Rogers, Buffalo Bill and Pancho Villa, has opened again, welcoming visitors with enhanced safety protocols. First of all, the Briscoe is tipping its hats to healthcare workers by inviting them to enjoy the museum for free throughout the summer. Just show your valid identification so the museum can say thank you. To safely welcome guests back, the Briscoe will monitor attendance through ticket counts and limit admissions as necessary. Tickets and memberships may be purchased in advance online to limit in-person interaction. Details on the reopening protocols are available on the museum’s website at www.

San Antonio Museum of Art Now on view through September is “Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art,” which is the first major exhibition to focus on Texas women working primarily in the mode of abstraction. It includes 95 works in painting, sculpture, and installation, as well as works on paper by 17 artists from different generations. “No matter the media, materials, or processes each artist uses, she brings inventiveness, risk-taking, and experimentation to her practice,” said Suzanne Weaver, The Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and curator of the exhibition. “Over careers of many decades, each has challenged approaches to abstraction—organic and gestural or inorganic and geometric—to make work that is continually fresh.”

Witte Museum The Witte Museum’s Re-Opening Task Force was launched soon after it closed its doors in March and has been working on safety measures and procedures ever since.

Artists include Dorothy Antoinette “Toni” LaSelle (1901-2002), Dorothy Hood (1919-2000), Susie Rosmarin (born 1950), Terrell James (born 1955), Margo Sawyer (born 1958), Sara Cardona (born 1971, Mexico City), and Liz Trosper (born 1983).

“Standing true to its vision, the Witte Museum continues to be a bold, cultural leader, with online programs, “Witte Where You Are” and the innovations and installations by the ReOpening Task Force,” Marise McDermott, president and CEO, said in a statement.

Tickets will be sold by designated time blocks and timed tickets are required during Bexar County free hours. Additionally, while visitors will need to keep their arrivals to their designated time blocks, they will be permitted to stay and enjoy the museum until close of business.

The Witte can be experienced through “Witte Where You Are” featuring online content from the Witte Museum curators and educations using award-winning demonstrations and school program curriculum, as well as behind-the-scenes tours. Programming is available on all Witte Museum social media platforms as well as the Witte’s webpage: www.wittemuseum. org/witte-where-you-are/.

In an effort to provide a “paperless experience,” SAMA has made advance online ticketing available at https://www. SAMA will offer online programming to share the arts with individuals from their homes. SAMA’s virtual offerings can be found at JULY/AUGUST 2020


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR Please note: All events, dates, and times are subject to change due to COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, check with the event venue or host at the websites listed. We encourage everyone to practice social distancing, wear protective face coverings, wash and sanitize your hands regularly, and follow CDC guidelines. Tuesdays and Thursdays LOOPS, SYNTH, AND SAXOPHONE MUSIC WITH NOAH PETERSON Live Stream

Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday night at 9pm and enjoy a variety of music from the mind of Noah Peterson. Explore ambient sounds, funky loops, some wailing sax, synthesizers, and beats for tunes, jams, songs, and improvs. It’s never the same twice, and always a lot of fun. 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursdays STORYTIME IN THE GARDEN San Antonio Botanical Garden


San Antonio Museum of Art

Texas has been well known for its representational and figurative art since at least the nineteenth century. But by the mid-twentieth, parallel with innovations outside the region, several artists began a rigorous exploration of abstraction and non-objectivity—and women artists made significant contributions. Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art explores this untold story. The first major survey to focus on Texas women working primarily in the mode of abstraction, the exhibition will include ninety-five works in painting, sculpture, installation, and works on paper by seventeen artists from different generations.

Nights in July and August THE DRIVE-IN AT FIESTA TEXAS Fiesta Texas

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we are on a mission to transform nights at the movies to cinematic events like no other. You bring your friends and loved ones, and we’ll bring you city skylines, sunsets, starlit evenings, awesome drinks, delicious food, and great movies on the big screen. Driven by our love of film, our Rooftops promise a handpicked curation of cults, classics, and new releases. We stand for social cinema because we believe it’s the future. Join our movement.

10:00 am - 10:30 am The Botanical Garden will offer children’s storytime during the summer months through August 20. Each session will feature a different nature-themed book designed to stimulate young minds and foster an appreciation for the great outdoors. Families are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on during storytime. Recommended for ages 5 and under. Please arrive early as spaces are limited.

Thursdays SUMMER NIGHTS! San Antonio Botanical Garden

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Back by popular demand! The return of Summer Nights invites you to get outdoors this summer and enjoy extended Thursday night hours at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This 38-acre urban oasis is the perfect place to physically distance, get some fresh air and connect with nature. Summer Nights will feature cash bar and picnic baskets prepared by Jason Dady Catering, gourmet shaved ice by Kona Ice, music, and beautiful bloom displays. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Visitors are welcomed to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Saturdays PEARL FARMERS MARKET Pearl Brewery

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Pearl Farmers Market is open on Saturdays only from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmers Market will serve as an open air grocery store. Seating and tables will remain removed to avoid congregating and eating or sampling in the market footprint will not be permitted. To accommodate the overwhelming response to curbside pickup in the wake of COVID-19, Pearl will also continue to offer its Farmers Market curbside service



4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Join Dr. García on Friday evenings from 4-5:30pm via online group Zoom Sessions. We encourage parents and one child to join the online group sessions. Let’s work together and form healthy relationships with our family while we learn to communicate and help each other cook as a family. Menu for the group session will be posted each week in the group discussion in the event.

10 am - 2 pm We are family-friendly, dog-friendly open-air marketplace where farmers bring fresh, locally-grown produce and farmprocessed foods to sell directly to consumers. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Alamo Heights Farmers Market is operating in limited ways. We will remain open for essential shopping needs. Visit our Vendors page to get in contact with our vendors for special orders.


Alamo Quarry Market

Saturdays (July 4 - August 8) JUNGLE BOOGIE NIGHTS San Antonio Zoo

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm When the sun goes down, the zoo will transform into a roaring good time every Saturday night, July 4 – August 8. The party begins at 5 p.m. so that guests can enjoy the cooler evening temperatures along with live music and adult beverages. There will even be food and fun family games!




7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Enjoy an energizing night of Cocktails and Culture at the Witte Museum on Wednesday, July 22nd. Get your garden on with a variety of plants for sale and gardening tips from Plant Parenthood SA. Stretch, rise, and renew with yoga and guided meditation while enjoying a refreshing featured cocktail. Leave the kids at home, meet a new friend of bring a date to relax and recharge for the evening with our featured artist Alson Alonzo.

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Kickback, relax and refresh yourself with an assortment of summer wines on Thursday, July 23. Listen to live music, play games, eat delicious food and more. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the perfect evening surrounded by the garden’s blooms as the sun sets over our beautiful city. Nine wine samples included with ticket. Food will be available for purchase.

The Witte Museum

July 22 SUMMER PICNIC DISTANCE LEARNING San Antonio Botanical Garden

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm It is that time of year to grab your baskets and blankets and head to the park for a fun picnic. Learn new and exciting recipes from Chef Katrina Flores. Impress your friends with oven fried southern hot honey chicken, herby potato salad, and blueberry lavender mason jar cobblers. Participants may choose to pick up ingredient box or request a grocery list to shop ahead of time.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

July 24 DATE NIGHT: SURF & TURF - DISTANCE LEARNING San Antonio Botanical Garden

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Grab your sweetheart and fire up the grill for this decadent date night! Learn the secrets of grilling and using fresh herbs in flavorful sauces from in-house Chef Katrina Flores. Make grilled New York strip steak and shrimp topped with fresh chimichurri, served with creamed corn polenta, grilled asparagus, and finished off with a butterscotch bourbon budino with salted caramel. The meal will be paired with red or white wine of your choice, hand selected by Hargrove’s Fine Wine & Spirits.


The Witte Museum

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Maldonado Grill. The Witte Museum where Nature, Science, Culture and Food Trucks meet! Picnic along the shady banks of the San Antonio River and Acequia Madre. Chow Y’all!

August 7 SUSTAINABILITY WALK San Antonio Botanical Garden

9:00 am - 10:30 am Learn how the Botanical Garden showcases ways to conserve scarce resources. Its infrastructure, architecture and plants offer important lessons on building sustainable communities. Join specially trained docents on a walk to examine these diverse features. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System. Face coverings required. Space is limited.

10:00 am - 11:30 am Without caterpillars there would be no moths or butterflies. To sustain the many beautiful species of butterflies that call Texas home, every stage of these organisms’ lifecycles must be supported in a habitat. In this distance learning workshop, Landscape Designer, Emma Jones will provide the tools to support the entire lifecycle of butterflies. She will cover the different species of local butterflies, identify native plants these butterflies require for their larvae, and talk about how best to incorporate those native plants into local landscapes.


4:00 pm The National Geographic Live series event “The Search for Life Beyond Earth”, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 5th, and later rescheduled for Sunday, June 14, 2020, has been rescheduled again for Sunday, August 16th at 4 PM. Please hold on to your originally issued tickets for admission to the show on the newly rescheduled date.

August 20 SIPS & SUNSET IN THE GARDEN San Antonio Botanical Garden

7:30 pm The Alan Parsons Live Project, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 7:30 PM. Please hold on to your originally issued tickets for admission to the show on the new date.

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Kickback, relax and refresh yourself with an assortment of summer wines on Thursday, July 23. Listen to live music, play games, eat delicious food and more. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the perfect evening surrounded by the garden’s blooms as the sun sets over our beautiful city. Nine wine samples included with ticket. Food will be available for purchase.







The Pearl has become the crown jewel of the dining scene here in San Antonio since the old brewery was revitalized into the ultimate social destination. The diverse complex offers high-end residences, hip office space, trendy bars, eclectic social venues, an outstanding weekend farmer’s market, and a collection of some of the best restaurants in town.


or the past five years, the complex has achieved national recognition with the completion of Hotel Emma. An architectural beauty offering elegant and unique accommodations, the hotel has captured the attention and admiration of some of the most respected travel publications and critics in the country. A key element that continues to be mentioned by discerning critics is the hotel’s restaurant, Supper. Executive Chef, Jaime Gonzalez, has been with Supper and Hotel Emma since it opened in November of 2015. Under the guidance of Culinary Director, John Brand, Chef Gonzalez has faithfully maintained a consistent level of quality with a farm-to-table wholesomeness that has elevated Supper to a culinary superhero. The menu is very vegetablecentric, and their delicious treatment of locally sourced produce will entice even the most hardcore vegetable hater. The décor at Supper is simple and clean. It is light, airy, and welcoming. While the dishes are meant to be shared and there is plenty for everyone in your party to enjoy, you will find yourself wanting to order more so that you can savor the intense flavor of each bite, trying to decipher exactly which ingredient stands out. And don’t expect to find anything as mundane as steamed green beans on the menu at Supper. Instead, you’ll be treated to Blistered Green Beans with Sunchoke Granola, Zatar, and served with a deliciously creamy remoulade. I promise that you will never look at a green bean the same way again. Another shareable standout is Chef Gonzalez’s Lamb Meatballs. This Asian inspired dish takes its flavor from his in-house Five Spice BBQ Sauce. The meatballs are then sprinkled with sesame seeds, scallions, and spicy peanuts bringing back memories of the

best Chinese spareribs you’ve ever tasted. If you are a salad adventurist, then you will want to move over to the section of the menu labeled “Greens, Roots, and Grains.” For one of the most deliciously colorful dishes you will ever encounter, order the Beet and Spinach Salad with Kumara and Grains served with a decadent Pumpkin Seed Morita Relish. There are so many amazing flavors coming through that it is like a gastronomical scavenger hunt to identify each one.

and setting a standard that will take them into the 2020’s as a leader in the upscale San Antonio dining scene.

Supper American Eatery Hotel Emma @ The Pearl 136 E. Grayson

Chef Gonzalez, born and raised in the Los Angeles area, is a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and has worked under Chef Brand for many years. Gonzalez is outwardly proud of his staff and the way that Hotel Emma has handled the COVID19 situation. He boasts, “Everyone here has worked together to be very transformational. Not a single employee was furloughed or laid off.” The cohesiveness of the team is evident as every staff member at Supper is friendly and welcoming. This summer they will continue to evolve with weekend specials and their “takeout with a twist” to continue to encourage their guests to pick up lunch or dinner and enjoy a social distance picnic by the river or at home. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with reservations highly recommended. There is also a lovely patio where guests can enjoy their meals and an outstanding bar program with unique craft cocktails in addition to an outstanding beer and wine list. Chef Brand’s original goal with Supper was to elevate hotel dining to a new level and create a place where hotel guests and local diners can come together to enjoy a unique culinary experience that is part fine dining with a lot of Southern farm table charm. Five years and one pandemic later, the restaurant is thriving JULY/AUGUST 2020





SA Eats

We all know women have distinctive tastes when it comes to dining out. So, ladies, this restaurant guide is custom tailored just for you! Please note, due to COVID-19, the locations listed may have a change in operating hours, dine-in, and carry-out availability. Limited Dine-In availability across San Antonio. Check with each location for the most up-to-date information!


a selection of charcuterie and

spices to pair with craft Sangria,


cheese plates, baked goods and

Margaritas, and Beer $$


With French inspired pastries,

ever changing specials. $$

5115 Fredericksburg Rd.

This Southtown Dog-Friendly

fresh baked breads, and

302 E. Lachapelle

eatery serves “Insta-worthy”

sustainably sources Texas coffee,

breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Commonwealth Coffeehouse

Stop by for a bite to eat, or

& Bakery is an uncommon


This Neighborhood favorite spot

just a sip! They serve coffee,

experience you are sure to enjoy. $


is the place to go for all things

beer, and wine, with a patio

118 Davis Ct

This new BrewPub serves house

beer. With ingredients sourced

you could spend all afternoon

brewed craft beers to pair with

locally, a taproom on site, and

artisan pizzas and other bites,

food menu that won’t disappoint,

BRUNCH on Sundays, and a

Weathered Souls is definitely

feeling of community while you

worth a try! $$

enjoy your bites and brews! $$

606 Embassy Oaks - Suite 500

516 Brooklyn Ave


on. $$ 318 E. Cevallos





Since December 2014, Alamo Beer Company has proudly brewed


the only beer to bear the ALAMO

With culinary roots deep in the

name since the start of Prohibition

heart of Texas, Green Vegetarian

in 1919. Open on weekends for to-

Cuisine has created really good



go, take a case of beer home with

food that happens to be plant-

A plant-forward coffee shop,

San Antonio’s first artisanal

a bite to eat, too! $$

based. Check out the deep-fried

Revolucion offers cold pressed

craft brewpub, re-inventing old

202 Lamar st.

dill pickle spears or cauliflower

juices, homemade nut milks,

beer styles into flavorful and

hot wings. Green’s something-for-

and healthy food options

innova-tive works of craft beer

made fresh daily in

artistry. Beers are served with


kosher dairy! $$

house! $$

a fusion of German and Texan

Locally sourced and crafted with

200 E Grayson St, Suite 120

7959 Broadway St. Ste 500

fare in a warm and welcoming

love, Sangria on the Burg offers a

10003 NW Military Suite 2115

neighborhood environment with

fusion of Texas BBQ and Mexican



everyone menu is also certified





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Personalized strength and weight loss training. Personal meal plan, at home core and cardio workouts, access to 24/7 private gym.

Train Anytime Gym 16215 University Oak, San Antonio, TX 78249

We’re painting our community with bright spots! Join the women of Impact SA & create a brighter future for our city! We make substantial grants to area nonprots for projects that improve our community. We fund them by pooling our membership dollars. 100% goes to grants. Wherever you go in our area, Impact SA grants have touched someone nearby -- we’ve given over $3.7 million since 2004! Each paint spot on our map represents one of the 80 grant projects we have funded, shown at the recipient agency’s location. Learn more about each project via the fun interactive map on our home page. Please join us at: Membership deadline August 31 Grant Award Night October 26

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cookie recipes are made from

inspired ice cream shop. Visually

Earth Burger is one of the nation’s

By combining locally-sourced

scratch every day! With a wide

stunning, and tastefully delicious

first plant-based drive-thrus

ingredients from the heart of

selection of cookies, brownies,

Ice Cream treats! $$

offering a healthy, low calorie

Central Texas, dietary guidelines

and ice creams, your perfectly

6565 Babcock Road

take on fast food for those on the

borrowed from the world’s

custom Ice Cream sandwich


go. From “Chicken” Sandwiches

longest living cultures, and the

awaits. $

and French Fries, to hearty

familiar fare of Latin Cuisine,

The Shops at La Cantera

grain bowls, and everything in

Pharm Table has become a

15900 La Cantera Pkwy

between. $

critically-acclaimed and top-

2501 Nacogdoches Road

rated organic restaurant in San

818 NW Loop 410

Antonio. $$


Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery

106 Auditorium Circle

Tiff’s Treats brings hot, fresh-

boasts a curated, seasonally

from-the-oven cookies and

shifting menu that’s influenced by

brownies to hungry treat lovers

Texas coastal classics married with

everywhere. Order online for for

the comfort of southern cuisine.

yourself, or for a friend! $

They also feature a selection of

5 locations throughout San

house-brewed beers! $$



Pearl Brewery

Jeremy and Anne met while

136 E. Grayson St. #120



working for Thomas Keller at

Bouchon Bakery in the Napa


Valley, California and have been

This food truck is serving up



baking together ever since. Now

shaved ice, mangonadas, treats

Paramour is a stunning rooftop

A Low-key, colorful BYOB eatery

in San Antonio, Bakery Lorraine

and more. The perfect spot to

space featuring a legendary

featuring an eclectic menu of

features pastries, sweetbreads,

cool off in the Texas Summer

indoor lounge and a striking

organic, locally sourced vegan

and Coffees with an ambience

heat! $

outdoor patio overlooking the

eats. $

that won’t disappoint! $$

5503 W Loop 1604 N

San Antonio Riverwalk and

620 South Presa St

4 locations throughout San


the historical Museum district.

Antonio $

Inside you’ll find an unmatchable HOLY POPS

collection of wine and spirits


This family-owned shop

curated by the city’s top beverage

The food at La Botanica

specializes in natural, handcrafted

professionals. $$$

embodies the rich traditions

popsicles with a wide selection

102 9th St.

of TexMex, Gulf Coast, New

of top-pings. The popsicle

Mexican, and Mexican cuisine.

possibilities are endless! $

They are a vegan restaurant

19141 Stone Oak Pkwy, Ste 303


with a full bar and community



space that’s dog friendly!

A warm combination of rustic



elements and modern touches

2911 N St Mary’s St


Kuma is San Antonio’s first Hong

make for an inviting place to

Their homemade and original

Kong egg waffle and Asian

dine with friends and family.



Co nve n i e ntly p re - packag e d

Braza Brava serves authentic


Napoletana pizza and fine Italian cuisine for Lunch, Happy Hour,


and Dinner. $$

This American eatery Serves

7959 Broadway Suite 300

a Sunday brunch with a

Mexican twist. We can’t wait for the Bloody Mary and


Mimosa bar to return post-

Vibrant eatery offering Mexican


favorites, margaritas & frequent

1806 N 1604 W

live music. $$

13421 San Pedro Ave


4 CO M B O PaCKS to ch o o se fro m !

A neighborhood favorite, El

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Mirasol serves Mexican cuisine, fresh salsas, and delicious CHISPAS that can be enjoyed on the patio at either location. $$ 13489 Blanco Road 10003 NW Military Hwy. Suite 2107


From Benedicts to Bloodys to whatever you’re feeling at the moment, Snooze is always looking to turn food upside down and on its side. Delicious drinks, and unique pancakes make for an awesome brunch. 255 E Basse Road 1305 N Loop 1604


11255 Huebner Road

Toro Kitchen + Bar is a locally

crafted Spanish culinary experience. They bring traditional Spanish


flavors in their menu lineup with

Enjoy your weekend brunch

a lively casual yet sophisticated

on the patio with a margarita!

atmosphere, and live music and

Paloma Blanco is a family

flamenco from time to time. $$

favorite, serving delicious

115 N Loop 1604 E, Suite 1105

Mexican fare.

1142 E. Commerce St. Suite 100

5800 Broadway St

Get your happy hour delivered! Order online or download our mobile app for quick and easy delivery or in-store pick up.

You must be 21+ to shop and order online, receive delivery, or pick up in store. All deliveries require in-person verification of a legal photo ID at point of delivery. Orders will NOT be left unattended. Limited delivery area and pick up only available at select locations. All in-store promotions and pricing do not apply to online order. Exclusions apply. Please drink responsibly. 111 JULY/AUGUST 2020

Not Just a Photograph! My Goal is to Make Every Image a Frameable Piece of Photographic Art. (Featured photo: Family session at the McNay Museum of Art)

...Creating beautiful images that capture a priceless memory that will be a personal or family treasure for years to come. In addition to photography, some of our clients also capture their special moments and tell their story with video. Contact me for a no-obligation initial consultation to begin the process of recording and preserving your special once-in-a-lifetime moments.


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Karime Garcia Sarquis & Guillermo Guajardo February 29, 2020

Melina Villarreal & Alex Rios December 6, 2019

Elizabeth Kerr & Andrew Schmidt March 7, 2020

Tim Laielli Photography

Ashley Medrano Photography

Ashley Medrano Photography

Cassie Jevic & CJ Cox June 12, 2020

Cupcake Photography

Stephen Miller, Daddicus Photography

Wayfarer Photography

Sofie Kyhnel & Mitch Pritchard February 29, 2020

Kendall Tiller & Chris Mercado May 2, 2020




Artist: Jane Wells “Texas Hill Country” oil on linen 36 x48

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou

Photo courtesy of The Hunt Gallery 4225 McCullough Ave. San Antonio TX 78212 210-822-6527



You work hard to achieve success. We work hard to take care of you. At Broadway Bank, our local mortgage experts have extensive experience working with professionals like you. The Professional Mortgage program provides the ease and flexibility you need when purchasing your new home. •

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To get pre-qualified, visit or contact a local expert at (210) 283-4020. Membership qualifications to Private Banking at Broadway Bank apply. All loans subject to credit approval, verification and collateral evaluation. Rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. Lending area and other restrictions apply. Member FDIC. Rev. 06/20 / #439708248

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