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 time 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.
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.
Victoria is a Public Information Officer with the San Antonio Public Library. She has an M.A. in communications from The University of the Incarnate Word. Victoria is an avid sports fan and enjoys writing and reporting on local San Antonio teams for multiple sports blogs.