Role Model: Sarah Dressler of Skirt Effect

Role Model: Sarah Dressler of Skirt Effect

A girl of almost any age knows the unbridled joy of spinning and twirling in a flowy, feminine skirt. For Sarah Dressler, there’s joy in a skirt and so much more — the kind of self-confidence, fulfillment and satisfaction that comes from a job well done.

Role Model: Gemologist Amanda Moreno

Role Model: Gemologist Amanda Moreno

An Expert in all that sparkles. The most important gems in the colored-stone market, rubies are a symbol of wealth, success and passion. They’re also a favorite of Amanda Moreno, 30, a role model for all those assets. A face you’ll see daily at Peñaloza & Sons...

Role Model: Taylor Breshears

Role Model: Taylor Breshears

SECOND-GRADE TEACHER AT NORTHWOOD ELEMENTARY By Kristin Mears Photography by JANET ROGERS Instilled with the passion to be a lifelong learner at a young age, Taylor Breshears knew that a career in education was the path for her. “My dad was in education,” she...

Role Model: Katie Kinder DeBauche

Role Model: Katie Kinder DeBauche

DIRECTOR OF INDIVIDUAL GIVING FOR THE SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK Katie Kinder knew early on that she wanted to make a difference, and it was important to her to work with others to achieve something today that they weren’t able to do yesterday. DeBauche’s dad, David...

Role Model: Elysia Etter

Role Model: Elysia Etter

Arborist for Etter Tree Care Not many San Antonians can say that they are “a steward of the earth,” but Elysia Etter, a certified arborist at Etter Tree Care Service, carries that title proudly alongside her family of entrepreneurs. “Every day I help educate people...

Role Model: Alissa Lockett

Role Model: Alissa Lockett

Director, Distribution & Collection at SAWS While many San Antonians pour themselves a glass of cold water on a blistering Texas day, engineering manager and interim director of distribution and collection Alissa Lockett is part of the hard-working team at San...

Role Model: Resa Groff Wohlrabe

Role Model: Resa Groff Wohlrabe

Artist & Teacher Designer of the 125th anniversary Fiesta Poster Imagine you are back in fourth grade and you are filling out a questionnaire about yourself, including your family, favorites and future aspirations. You come to the question, “What do you want to be...

Role Model: Melissa McKennon

Role Model: Melissa McKennon

Program director for Grace After Fire While most high school juniors were counting down the minutes to senior year, Melissa McKennon had another plan in mind — serving her country by joining the Army Reserves. She attended basic training during the summer of her...

Role Model: Brooke Lanie Changes Directions

Role Model: Brooke Lanie Changes Directions

Her love of sports and people bring her to UTSA No one would have expected, not even Brooke Lanie, manager of donor relations, engagement and communications for UTSA Athletic Development, that a San Antonio native pursuing her doctorate in public policy and political...

Role Model: Brookdale Memory Care Director Courtney Cox

Role Model: Brookdale Memory Care Director Courtney Cox

Courtney Cox Age: 25 Personal: Overcame a rare condition as a teen. Occupation: Memory Care Director at Brookdale Hollywood Park overseeing Alzheimer’s and dementia patient care. Believes that: “You have to have a calling, passion for your life’s work. So many of my...

Role Model: Cindy Sebek

Role Model: Cindy Sebek

Cindy Sebek Age: 35 Personal: Newly engaged to Dirk Quick; also shares her life with Scout, “a great rescue dog.” Occupation: Works in medical sales, simultaneously founder and president of The Gracious Gift. Why she’s a Role Model: Got a charitable company off the...

Role Model: Sylvia Cardona

Role Model: Sylvia Cardona

Education propels "Valley Kid" to legal career For attorney Sylvia Cardona, the idea to pursue her profession came in an envelope addressed to her father. “He got one of those class-action notices in the mail,” she remembers. “Having had little education and with...

Role Model: Ashley Simpson

Role Model: Ashley Simpson

Making a difference with music Four years ago, “If you’d asked me where I’d be teaching, I would have said, ‘Anywhere but middle school,’” says Ashley Simpson, choir director at Mark Twain Middle School in the San Antonio Independent School District. Simpson — and...

Role Model: Tiffani Nair

Role Model: Tiffani Nair

A Heart for Helping Others, Tiffani Nair has found her niche in nonprofits When Tiffani Nair — “rhymes with fire” — first decided to major in communications at Angelo State University in San Angelo, “I didn’t even know there was such a thing as public relations,” she...

Lindsey Roznovsky: A Multifacedted Talent

Lindsey Roznovsky: A Multifacedted Talent

Not just because she’s a dancer, Lindsey Roznovsky knows when and how to move on, away or upward. Just 30, she’s already been a national entertainment journalist, prosports cheerleader, dancer and director. Formerly based in Nashville, where she was simultaneously a...

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