Staff

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Nicole Amri

Program Director

Amri is a 2006 alumni of SAY Sí’s Visual Arts program and a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BFA in Painting and a BA in Communication: Public Relations. She is also a certified nonprofit professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Nicole’s great passions are education and the arts; she’s driven by learning and creating. Her artwork predominantly explores human rights issues with a focus on interpersonal relationships and societal conditions.

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    Erin Frisch

    Operations Manager

    Erin joined SAY Sí the summer of 2014. She graduated from Trinity University with a B.A. in Art History with honors and English. Erin has consistently promoted the arts-- conducting art historical research, cataloging the work of contemporary artists, and encouraging young artistic voices. Prior to working at SAY Sí, Erin advocated for minority, first-generation college students as a college counselor in a public high school. Her experiences researching, archiving, and creating art drive her love of arts education.

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      Gustavo Garcia

      Development Manager

      Gustavo is a graduate from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Art and a minor in Nonprofit Management. He is also a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) Certified Nonprofit Professional. Gustavo began at SAY Sí as an Administrative Intern in Fall 2011 and then became the Administrative Assistant and Social Media Manager in Spring 2012. During Fall 2012 he worked for Invisible Children, formerly based out of San Diego, CA, as a full-time regional representative donating over 1500 hours of community service and speaking to over 18,100 people in formal high school, college, and community assemblies throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico. Since January 2013 Gustavo has been back with SAY Sí’s administrative team as Development Manager. As an artist, Gustavo’s goal is to inform people about issues of social injustice through his work and inspire people to do something about those issues being presented.

       

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        Rafael Gutierrez

        Visual Arts Instructor

        Rafael F. Gutierrez Jr. is a multidisciplinary visual artist who recently graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a BFA and Art History minor. He came into being and spent the early years of his life in the city of Augusta, Georgia. Rafael lived throughout America, Europe and Asia before returning to San Antonio, Texas following his enlistment in The United States Air Force as an Emergency Medical Technician. His work is concerned with exploring the vast landscape of memory and how this shapes individual operations within society. Rafael uses painting/drawing alongside time-based mediums of sound, video and performance to regain entry into his past. Rafael F. Gutierrez Jr. is influenced by Artists such as Jean Micheal Basquiat, Coco Fusco and Dred Scott who have and are currently reacting consequently to their own personal state of existence juxtaposed against the world they occupy. Rafael hopes to present himself as the medium in which experience can manifest itself into original, universal and personal art.

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          Stephen Guzman

          Communications Manager

          Stephen Guzman is a poet, photographer and graphic designer from San Antonio, Texas. An English/Communications graduate from St. Mary’s University, Guzman has been part of the SAY Sí family for 3 years. He flexes his creative muscles by writing short fiction and performance poetry. As Communications Manager, he oversees the SAY Sí brand by molding and sharing it’s multifaceted story with various audiences.

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            Jon Hinojosa

            Artistic | Executive Director

            Jon serves as the Artistic / Executive Director of SAY Sí, a tuition-free program encompassing 6 distinct multidisciplinary arts programs, including visual, performing, film, and game design. Jon is also a producing and exhibiting visual artist and is active in professional - local, regional and national arts education initiatives, including currently serving as a trustee for the National Guild for Community Arts Education and on the National Advisory Committee of the National Teaching Artists Guild.

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              Daniel Jackson

              New Media Instructor

              Daniel Jackson is a digital media and interaction designer working primarily in live performance and installation contexts. His work incorporates projection mapping, video game engines, reactive and generative systems to create new experiences. Daniel has worked as a designer and technician with Andrew Schneider (NYC), The Wooster Group (NYC), Radiohole (NYC), Young Jean Lee (NYC), and Jump-Start Performance Co. (San Antonio, TX). Daniel holds an MFA in Video for Performance and Integrated Media from the California Institute for the Arts, and a BA in Drama from Stanford University.

               

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                SAY Sí Cat

                Jasper serves as the SAY Sí cat, whose main function is to attack people’s legs as they come through the office.  His favorite past times include eating, sleeping and pooping.  He was orphaned at a young age and spent some time in foster care before SAY Si adopted him.  He is obsessive about eating cactus and tearing up toilet paper rolls.  Jon is working to teach him to sign his name so he can stop coming to work.

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                  Joy Jimenez

                  Theatre Arts Instructor

                  Joy Jiménez has been serving SAY Si’s innovative Theatre Arts program as a working artist mentor since 2012. Joy relocated back to San Antonio in 2009 after 20 years, including ten years of living abroad helping diverse minority groups tell their stories through performance, public speaking, theatre and satellite TV production. She is passionate about the empowering effect of ALAS’s devised theatre process, which encourages creative risk and honest expression within a safe and nurturing space.

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                    Ned Meneses

                    Media Arts Instructor

                    A native from Bolivia, Ned Meneses completed his high school education in the US and received a BA in Art from the University of the Incarnate Word in 1996. He has shown digital art at various galleries locally and internationally. As a media arts instructor he has participated in the evolution of the Media Arts Studio into a high performance film program. Ned has worked with SAY Sí since 2002.

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                      Billy Muñoz

                      Theatre Arts Instructor

                      Billy Muñoz is an instructor for the SAY Sí’s collaborative ensemble known as the ALAS Youth Theatre Company. With ALAS he teaches students performance and original performance creation techniques, as well as technical theater skills such as light, sound, and set design.  Billy is a Southside San Antonio born and raised performer/artist/designer. Most recently as a performer, he played the role of Hamlet in Classic Theatre and Jump-Start Performance Company's joint production of Hamlet. He is also a company member and part of the education staff of Jump - Start Performance Company. As a designer he has worked with Jump-Start Performance Co., The Guadalupe Theater, The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Musical Bridges Around the World, and the San Antonio Lyric Opera. He is currently a member of Alternate ROOTS a nationally recognized arts organization for 7 years. He has also been on the Executive Committee for Alternate ROOTS for 2 years. As a visual artist, he is co-founder of the yarn graffiti group The Yarn Dawgz. With the Yarn Dawgz he has yarn bombed many structures with hand knit covers such as stop signs, parking meters, and a current installation over a 50ft pipe at the Pearl Brewery.

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                        Ashley Perez

                        Visual Arts Instructor | Middle School Coordinator

                        Ashley is an alumni of SAY Sí’s visual arts program and graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with her BFA in painting in 2010. As an artist she is primarily a painter but also enjoys drawing and mixed media collage. Perez currently acts as coordinator for the San Antonio Scholastic Art awards.

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                          Sergio Ramos

                          Media Arts Instructor

                          Sergio is a Film and Photography Instructor for highschool students. He is an alumni of Say Si, ℅ 2011 and a recent graduate of Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with concentrations in both Cinematography and Directing. He also works as a freelance Camera Operator for Cineveliz, where he continues to gain more experience to further the students knowledge and professionalism in a film production setting.

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                            Guillermina Zabala

                            Media Arts Director

                            Born in Argentina, Guillermina Zabala is a San Antonio media artist, filmmaker and photographer. She graduated from Columbia College-Hollywood with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree in Cinema. Currently, she is the Media Arts Director at San Antonio’s SAY Sí. In October 2008 she received the San Antonio Artist Foundation Award for her documentary project Juanito’s Lab (in post-production) and in November 2006 she was awarded the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant for the same project.

                            From August to October 2015, Guillermina was one of the participating artists at the Printmaking Exhibit “25Veinticinco” at the University of Texas in San Antonio. This exhibit included 25 original prints of prominent Latino artists. In 2014, she had a solo exhibit at the McNay Art Museum in the Octagon Gallery showcasing her single-channel video “I, Me, Light”. In November 2013, she was selected by the City of San Antonio to write and direct the short film “Yanaguana Woman” based on a poem by SA Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, and in October 2013 she wrote and directed the music video “A Night in December,” a track composed by Joël Dilley. In March 2012, Guillermina had her fist solo exhibition “Juanito” at the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Museum, and that same year her mixed media 10-panel piece La Inmigrante was shown at Centro Cultural Aztlan. Additional exhibits include Waterflow at San Antonio Museum of Art, 50/250 at French & Michigan Gallery, New Media Festival, Los Angeles; Luminaria’s featured artist, Windows into our Community, Mujeres de Vision, and Ars Latina in Havana, Cuba. Her artworks have been shown in numerous galleries in San Antonio, as well as in NY, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, Spain, Argentina, and Germany.

                            Presently, Guillermina is in post-production of Juanito’s Lab, a documentary that explores the life of blind musician Juanito Castillo, 26, proficient in 14 instruments.

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                              Stevan Živadinović

                              New Media Instructor

                              Živadinović is a Serbian-born artist based in San Antonio. He graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio with a BFA in 2007. When he is not teaching video game design he moonlights as a designer, developer and comic book artist.

                                Board of Directors

                                • Richard Davis
                                • Jenee Gonzales
                                • Lindsey Johnson
                                • Melissa Levine
                                • Bruce McMillan
                                • Jason Moran
                                • Laurie Posner
                                • Mike Schroeder
                                • Molly Shafer
                                • Victoria Suescum
                                • Dora Verde

                                Leadership Council

                                • Lainey Berkus
                                • Stephen Cavender
                                • Liz Chiego
                                • Teresa Corbin
                                • Doug Cross
                                • MIke Flores
                                • Rose Mary Fry
                                • Laurie Garrison
                                • Brenda Gilpin
                                • Gisela Girard
                                • Debra Guerrero
                                • Linda Hardberger
                                • Kaye Lenox
                                • Louise Mandel
                                • Dennis Martinez
                                • Marcia McKinley
                                • Dan Naranjo
                                • Veronica Prida
                                • Lisa Rosenbloom
                                • Cheri Seabers
                                • Sandy Weingart
                                • Penny Wiederhold
                                • Lisa Wong