In the Family Tradition

In the Family Tradition

you’ve lived in San Antonio for more than a New York minute, you’ve probably eaten at the tried-and-true Chinese restaurant on Broadway, just inside Loop 410. And if you’re one of Hsiu Yu’s regulars of decades’ standing, you’ve probably gotten acquainted with the...

Role Model: Laura Batz

Role Model: Laura Batz

When Louise Batz waited for her knee replacement surgery in the pre-op room of a San Antonio hospital in April 2009, “She was great, ready to go,” says her daughter, Laura Batz Townsend. A normally energetic, busy person, Batz enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren...

Is There Healthy Fast Food?

Is There Healthy Fast Food?

Despite the bland appearance of its office-park headquarters, there’s a spicy aroma in the air at MaGi Foods that says something rich and complex is going on there. “Those are the flavors of my life,” says Kathleen Mayes, president of the company she and her husband,...

Two Jobs Keep Her Using All Parts of Her Brain

Two Jobs Keep Her Using All Parts of Her Brain

Ivy Zwicker Age: 38 Occupation: Director, Autism Treatment Center of San Antonio; owner, Hill Country Herbalist Personal: Married 11 years to Ryan Zwicker, director of engineering for a firm that designs and manufactures vehicle air-conditioning systems; their dog...

Mixing Technology and Wine

Mixing Technology and Wine

If Melissa Unsell had stuck to her original plan, she’d be able to identify her occupation with one word: radiologist. Instead, she took some unexpected steps and is now marketing director for an electronic discovery provider and co-owner of a boutique wine shop that...

She’s a Survivor

She’s a Survivor

It takes a lot of careful planning and energy for Gloria Rivera Rodriguez to handle a full-time job with irregular hours, a separate small business and frequent public-speaking dates, but she's grateful for every crowded day. As community-relations coordinator of the...

A Marriage of the Minds

A Marriage of the Minds

Many of us can relate; planning a wedding is an absolute hair-pulling task. While the allure of the perfect white dress beckons, many stressors rise like Mount Rushmore in the background. Does your jaw tighten at the thought of where to seat the relatives you haven’t...

Juggling Among the Palm Trees & Roses

Juggling Among the Palm Trees & Roses

Marisa Ayala Age: 34, “but I feel like I’m still in my 20s” Occupation: Special events coordinator, San Antonio Botanical Garden Personal: Single; extended family in San Antonio; would love to have a dog “but not until I can do it right” Goals: “Never stop learning,...

A Talent for Marketing: Michelle Robertson

A Talent for Marketing: Michelle Robertson

While preparing for a completely different career, Michelle Robertson took a job that wasn’t supposed to be her “real” work but led indirectly to her present position as senior marketing manager for The Shops at La Cantera and North Star Mall. Robertson was studying...

On the Road to Becoming an RN: Svetlana Descamps

On the Road to Becoming an RN: Svetlana Descamps

At Stone Oak Methodist Hospital, Svetlana Descamps isn’t a doctor, an administrator nor yet a registered nurse, but she’s a star. As she walks through the hospital’s corridors, giving a visitor a tour, staff in different departments smile when they see her...

Leaving Wall Street and Wal-Mart Behind

Leaving Wall Street and Wal-Mart Behind

Catherine O’Gorman spent most of her early adult life getting some distance from San Antonio — only to decide that home and her first-ever professional interest were right for her after all. O’Gorman, who graduated from Alamo Heights High School, went on to earn...

Up the Ladder to Success:  Lt. Valerie Frausto

Up the Ladder to Success: Lt. Valerie Frausto

Not many firefighters can say they found their way to their career through a trip to the mall, but that’s how it happened for San Antonio Fire Department Lt. Valerie Frausto, 37, now a company officer at the Gembler Road fire station. As a child, Frausto had looked up...

Building Houses and a Career:  Valerie Hendricks

Building Houses and a Career: Valerie Hendricks

On a hot, sunny Saturday morning, Valerie Hendricks is at work —outside in a residential neighborhood near Palo Alto College, shuttling between two home sites, one nearly complete and one still at the framing stage. Like most houses in the immediate area, these two...

Born to Work with Young People:  Sarah Cozad

Born to Work with Young People: Sarah Cozad

If anyone could have been said to have been born to work with young people, it’s Sarah Cozad. With a younger brother and younger cousins, “I was always the oldest,” she says of her childhood growing up on a ranch near Linn, Texas, where the nearest neighbors lived...

Family Connections : Maricella Borroel

Family Connections : Maricella Borroel

When Maricella Borroel was getting ready to go off to boarding school for the first time, it was a gift from a family member that brought home how much her life was soon to change: “When my tia sent me a ski hat, I knew how different it was going to be — different...

Attention!  Sharon Cox is first woman military instructor at TMI

Attention! Sharon Cox is first woman military instructor at TMI

When Sharon Cox and her family get ready on weekday mornings, everyone is dressed in a military uniform — Air Force blue for her husband, David, and Army green for Sharon and their two daughters, Samantha and Shannon. “We joke that he’s outnumbered,” says Sharon, who...

Making Sunshine:  Emily Stark

Making Sunshine: Emily Stark

EMILY STARK Age: 30 Occupation: School counselor, Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children Personal: Experienced hearing loss as a young child and now hears with the help of a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. Married to Brian Stark, who works in medical-equipment...

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