Rebecca Espinoza is an intern through the Students + Startups program. She is an Economics Major at the University of Texas at San Antonio, on track to graduate with her Bachelor's in Business Administration in 2023. She is currently in the Business Honors Program.
She enjoys marketing and analytics, writing and social media. At UTSA, she belongs to the Green Society, an environmental organization, is the fundraising coordinator of the Women in Leadership and belongs to the Hispanic Student Association.
In her spare time, she enjoys writing, painting and knitting.
While she was attending Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, Rebecca was a Teen Art Guide at the McNay Art Museum and collaborated in the creation of McNay Teen Takeover, which showcased the music, comedy, arts and crafts talents of area teenagers.
Esperanza’s board and staff consist of dedicated individuals from all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual identities, religious and political ideologies, and socioeconomic upbringings. We came to the Esperanza at different times in our lives. Some of us have stayed a while, some have left, and others return and leave as their needs direct them. We are people surviving in a world overwhelmed with hate and anger, but we are also people who still hold on to hope. We believe in the role of art and culture in helping to share that hope. We believe that peace and justice can be reached, but we are people who also know that the road to esperanza, peace, and justice takes time and patience. Despite this, we are committed to the mission and vision of the Esperanza. We are Esperanza.
I was born in Seguin and raised in Schertz, when Schertz was just a hick town of about 7,000 people.
I started my journalism career at The San Antonio Light in 1986 and later was a staff writer for The San Antonio Express-News.
I like telling people's stories, especially if there's a strong human interest element to it.
I graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in English and enjoy art history, sports, reading biographies and oh so much more.
Beth Graham is NOWCastSA's MVV (Most Valuable Volunteer) because she manages the newsletter, our primary contact with the NOWCastSA community. In her spare time, she is a board member for the Friends of San Antonio Public Library, and a freelance journalist who prefers the Oxford Comma.
Brandy Ruiz is a multimedia journalism major with a double minor in marketing and political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. During her summer 2020 internship at NOWCastSA, she monitored and reported on immigration news, a virtual workshop on "Healing with bibliotherapy," and how mask regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic affected people with hearing loss.
For five decades, Deborah Charnes has been immersed in journalism, marketing, and public relations, while having a passion for nourishing body/mind/soul. Her communications legacy gives her the framework for strategic concept development, ideation, and marketing for her prescriptive non-fiction work based on lessons from a dozen of her gurus.
While straddling the major league corporate PR life with her healthy living leanings and learnings, the constants were her life long passions: writing, traveling, and imbibing knowledge from anyone and everyone.
She's currently writing a self-help body/mind spiritual book.