Staff

Nicole Amri

Program Director

Nicole Amri is a 2006 alumna of SAY Sí and a 2012 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. Driven by learning and creating, Nicole’s great passions are education and the arts. As a multidisciplinary artist she explores human rights issues with a focus on interpersonal relationships and societal conditions. In addition to her position as Program Director for SAY Sí, Nicole currently serves on local and national committees such as city-wide collective impact initiatives: SA2020 and Excel Beyond the Bell SA and national groups: the ALAANA Network and National Advisory Committee to the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. When she’s not working or creating, Nicole loves to dance, cook and listen to music (often at the same time).

    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.

      Cassidy Fritts

      Visual Arts Studio Assistant

      Cassidy Fritts is a local San Antonio painter. Cassidy will graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in painting. Cassidy's main ideas present in her work are human connection, the idea of what it means to be human, and personal identity. In addition to painting, Cassidy also dabbles in film photography, drawing, and creating animated GIFs. Before working with SAY Sí, she has interned and volunteered with other local arts organizations as well as coordinated service opportunities for UIW students in San Antonio and other parts of Texas.

        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.

         

          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.

            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.

              Jasper

              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.

                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.

                  Amalia Ortiz

                  Amalia Ortiz is a performance-poet, actor and playwright with a BA in Theatre from UIW and an MFA in Creative Writing from UTRGV. She appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. Amalia’s book of poetry, Rant. Chant. Chisme. was selected by NBC Latino as one of “10 Great Latino Books of 2015” and it won the Writers' League of the Texas 2015 Poetry Discovery Prize. She founded the poetry performance troupe Women of Ill Repute: Refute! which raises money and awareness for the Rape Crisis Center. She was chosen to speak at TEDx McAllen in 2015, and has been awarded the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Grant created by Sandra Cisneros and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna. Amalia has appeared on the NAACP Image Awards on FOX and starred in the indie film, Speeder Kills.

                    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.

                      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.

                        Rick Stemm

                        New Media Instructor

                        Rick Stemm is a game designer, playwright, educator, and community leader. He moved from Madison, WI to San Antonio in 2011 to work as an educational games designer. He has written and produced shows, video games, and multimedia projects that engage and interact with their audiences, while also learning to work for himself. He helps run pretty much every indie game group in town and teaches kung fu. Having moved from instructional design in IT to teaching arts, he is happy to be teaching brilliant children instead of cranky doctors.

                          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.

                            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

                              • Jenee Gonzales
                              • Andres Gonzalez
                              • Lindsey Johnson
                              • Billy Lambert
                              • Tracy Loring
                              • Shirley Mock
                              • Jason Moran
                              • Molly Shafer
                              • Mike Schroeder
                              • Melanie Tawil

                              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