Staff


Angelina Flores

Administrative Assistant to Programs

Angelina Flores is a creative design thinker with a background in data, policy, and process analysis. She serves as our Programs Administrator and helps bridge our administrative and programmatic teams. Flores graduated from Texas State University with B.A. in Art History and attended the University of Houston to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy. She was a Teaching Artist for over five years in Austin, TX, working in diverse communities and serving pre-K through middle school students. Her experiences in multiple schools across East Austin and the social justice framework provided by Creative Action prompted her to concentrate on Educational Policy to address the inequities and failed policies of the U.S. public school system.

Like many people during the pandemic, Flores found her way back to her hometown to be with family and was delighted to have the opportunity to return to supporting youth development and arts programming. She believes every child is an artist and every person contains a creative spirit that only needs to be unlocked. And she wants more artists to run for office. She hopes her efforts in supporting staff and fighting for a healthier workplace will bring tremendous gains in serving our students, families, and community partners. To keep herself sane in the midst of our staff transitions, she frequently camps, bakes pie, meditates, and tracks an inordinate number of to-do lists.


    Michael Foerster

    Visual Arts Teaching Artist

    Michael is a local artist from San Antonio. He earned a BFA with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2018, has studied at Haystack and Penland Schools of Crafts, and has exhibited work both locally and nationally, including creating temporary and permanent public art pieces in San Antonio. Michael’s work finds its roots in his subconscious and explores ideas of intimacy, separation, grief and memory. For more info on Michael, visit his website or instagram.


      Anahí Gonzalez

      Operations Manager

      Born in Monterrey, N.L. Mexico and later raised in the Rio Grande Valley, Anahí González moved to San Antonio, TX to fulfill her college career at Our Lady of the Lake University. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and quickly dived into the world of social justice. She has experienced the harsh realities of our foster care system having served a role as Residential Specialist for a long-term care facility, Investigator 1 for Child Protective Service and Case Manager for a child placement agency. Seeing the lack of government support/funding in these areas of need led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management. She graduated in 2014 with an MS in Non-Profit Management from her alma mater, OLLU, which has allowed for her to thrive as Operations Manager for SAY Sí.  Her passions include spreading the message of health and wellness through nutrition & exercise, cooking authentic Mexican cuisine and photography.


        Jon Hinojosa

        President and Director of Innovation

        Jon is an artist masquerading as an arts administrator. He is active in professional: local, regional and national creative youth development initiatives and has presented and facilitated learning at numerous conferences and symposia on the value, tangible evidence, and the transformative power the arts have on urban youth. He also serves as a board member of Texans for the Arts. Jon has prioritized youth voice throughout the organization's timeline, empowering SAY Sí's artists to drive the growth of the organization and take ownership of the internationally recognized programs. He hopes his legacy will be inspiring and educating the next generation of our nation's creative leaders.


          Emmanuelle Maher

          HIVE New Media Studio Assistant

          Emmanuelle Taylor Maher is a Queer artist and First-Generation American based in San Antonio, Texas. Between coding, drawing silly comics, and posting internal monologues online—Emmanuelle is always trying to find new ways to engage creatively with others. Their works exist at the intersections of Activism and Introspection surrounding Identity, navigating Mental Illness and often explores ideas of Consequence and Trauma recovery. As a huge proponent of Radical Tenderness, Emmanuelle applies these tenets when interacting with youths—both inside and outside of SAY Sí. Ultimately: It’s Tenderness that governs their art and actions.


            Ned Meneses

            New Media Teaching Artist

            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

              Theater Arts Director

              Amalia Ortiz is an actor, playwright, and performance poet. She was awarded the 2020 American Book Award for Oral Literature and appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. She also starred in the indie film, Speeder Kills. NBC Latino named her book of poetry, Rant. Chant. Chisme. one of “10 Great Latino Books of 2015,” It was also awarded the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. She was chosen to speak at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Grant, a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and the 2018 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant to film videos for her book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret & Other Songs. She won a 2021 City of San Antonio Individual Artist Grant to create poetry inspired by women in punk. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna. Amalia received her MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.


                Ashley Perez, Class of 2003

                Visual Arts Director | Middle School Coordinator

                Ashley Perez is a proud SAY Sí alum and artist who works in various mediums centered around painting and drawing. Her work explores memory, identity, mental health, wordplay, and personifying elements of the natural world. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio in painting in 2010. Her work has been featured at Centro de Artes, Blue Star Contemporary, the McNay Art Museum, and Presa House Gallery.


                  Alex Ramirez

                  Interim Media Arts Director

                  Alex Ramirez (he/him) is an award-winning Mexican-American filmmaker, playwright, and educator based in San Antonio, Texas. He is the head of his own film production company, Mala Bruja Pictures. In 2021, he was named “Best Local Filmmaker” by San Antonio Current Magazine. He has been featured in many other publications for his film work such as KLRN The Beat, UTSA’s The Paisano, CultureSA Magazine, VoyageDallas, La Prensa Texas, and the San Antonio Express-News. He has served as a panelist for ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival, a judge for the San Antonio Film Festival, and formerly as the Education Coordinator on the Board of the San Antonio Film Society. He has been with the Media Arts Studio and SAY Sí since 2018. View some of his work here!


                    Stevan Živadinović

                    New Media Director

                    Stevan Živadinović (b. 1983, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) is a new media artist and educator working in web comics, robots, paper, paint, installations, and performance. He studied painting at the University of Texas in San Antonio. Since 2014 he has been the director of the HIVE New Media Studio at SAY Sí, where he has had the freedom and responsibility to define what "new media" means to a generation of young San Antonio artists.

                       

                      Board of Directors


                      Paula Cantrell

                      AVP Project Manager at Bank of America

                      Paula is a Project and Production Manager responsible for functional and matrix teams developing and delivering projects, contracts, RFPs with industry leaders in the financial and
                      medical vertical markets. She is experienced in managing multiple inputs, risk mitigation & remediation, problem-solving for processing and technology solutions.


                      Paola Fernandez

                      Urban Planner and Community Engagement Specialist at Able City

                      LorPaola Sofia Fernandez graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2014 receiving a Bachelors’s degree in Architecture. Her education and experience in Architecture sparked her passion for urbanism, mobility, data, and creating the best quality of life for all communities. Paola currently works at Able City as an Urban Planner and Community Engagement Specialist, where she works to create opportunities for public participation and community engagement, motivated by a desire to create inclusive and equitable cities through the built environment.
                      Paola is an active member of the community. In addition to Director of Outreach and advocacy for NOMA, she serves on the HDRC board as the Mayoral Commissioner, board member at the
                      VIA Transit Community Council, ActiveSA board member, and SAY Sí board member.


                      Claudia Guerra

                      Cultural Historian at City of San Antonio

                      Claudia Guerra is San Antonio’s first Cultural Historian, a position in the Office of Historic Preservation created in 2014. As Cultural Historian, Guerra engages the San Antonio community in identifying places of cultural significance, working with a multi-cultural and multi-generational citizenry, fostering the next generation of heritage stewards, as well as including voices who may feel disenfranchised from historic preservation.


                      Billy Lambert

                      Director at French & Michigan

                      William Lambert is the Director of French & Michigan in San Antonio, Texas. Lambert received his Bachelors and Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. From 2001-2008, Lambert taught in the architecture department of the university. Lambert previously worked at various architecture firms throughout San Antonio including Curtis Wunderlich, Sprinkle Robey, Dixie Watkins III + Associates, Poteet Architects, and Candid Rogers. In 2005, Lambert began his own professional
                      work and studio, which eventually became known as French & Michigan in 2013. Projects include residential and commercial remodels and new buildings. Lambert expanded the studio to include a gallery and later a fabrication workshop. Lambert is a board member for the Friends of Government Canyon and SAY Sí.


                      Greta McFarling

                      Attorney at Chasnoff, Mungia, Valkenaar, Pepping & Stribling, LLP

                      Greta is an attorney practicing commercial litigation at Chasnoff, Mungia, Valkenaar, Pepping & Stribling, LLP. She previously spent over ten years working as a staff attorney at the Fourth Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. She studied art history in college and worked at the Kimbell Art Museum after graduation. Her favorite artwork was created by her children, ages 10 and 13.


                      Jim Mendiola

                      Independent filmmaker, curator, and writer

                      Jim Mendiola is an independent filmmaker, curator, and writer based in Texas. His films have screened in numerous film festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, public television, and cable TV. He recently completed an artist-in-residence program at the The University of Texas at Austin.


                      Barry Middleman

                      Architect Emeritus retired, formerly CEO of MDN Architects

                      Barry Middleman, a native San Antonian, graduated from Jefferson High School and The University of Texas. He founded Barry P Middleman and Associates, Architects in 1973 which ultimately became MDN Architects and enjoyed success for over 45 years. Barry merged his company with Luna Architecture, in 2017 in forming Luna Middleman Architects until fully retiring in 2020. His firm specialized in all forms of commercial development but prominently specialized in retail development encompassing everything from store planning to specialty centers, neighborhood community centers, power centers, and mall design on a national level. Barry has been licensed to practice Architecture in 32 States. The firm also emphasized sustainable Architecture achieving a Platinum LEED award and 3 Gold LEED awards and the city’s recognition as “Green” project of the year. Barry’s successful career upon retirement led to membership in the Masters Leadership Program which, in turn, inspired him to bring his experience to SAY Sí as a member of their Board of Directors Barry is very passionate in being an active partner in SAY Sí’s continued growth and success.


                      Jason Moran

                      Architectural Designer / Owner

                      Jason Moran is an architectural designer whose passion is collaborating with like-minded people and businesses on new challenges and ventures. He is a father of 3 amazing children. He loves to eat, bike ride, and walk through downtown admiring the amazing architecture that has created the urban fabric
                      of the city of San Antonio.


                      Clarissa Ramon

                      Marketing Manager at Google Fiber

                      Clarissa Ramon is a San Antonio native who recently relocated to Seattle, Washington with her spouse and their two dogs. She is a marketing manager for Google Fiber focused on inclusive and multicultural marketing. Ramon joined the board of SAY Sí to more formally support the San Antonio arts community.


                      Ricardo Romo

                      Retired

                      Ricardo is a retired University President, educator, and administrator with 40 years of teaching experience. He currently serves on five non-profit boards including World Affairs, La Prensa Texas, and Southwest Research Institute. He is also the author, historian, and editor of Latinos in America Newsletter.


                      Ricardo Salazar

                      Group Supervisor at State of Texas

                      Ricardo is a public servant. Graduating from SouthWest Texas State University, he has proudly worked for the State of Texas for 31 years as an accountant/CPA. Ricardo is the husband of a beautiful and loving wife of 30 years. He has two adult daughters and one son that bring him joy every day due to their brilliance, empathy, and acceptance of all people. Ricardo believes in serving and giving to the community because it is our example and the love that we give to those in need that has the most
                      impact on society.


                      Michael Schroeder

                      Partner at INSITE Architects, Inc.

                      Michael Schroeder is a founding partner of INSITE Architects, an interior design and architectural studio in San Antonio, Texas. INSITE Architects was founded in 1988. He is also a founder of SAY Si and has remained active on the Board of Directors. “It has been a real pleasure to see SAY Si grow and flourish as an exemplary youth development arts program throughout the community and the United States.”

                      Leadership Council

                      • Lainey Berkus
                      • Stephen Cavender
                      • Liz Chiego
                      • Teresa Corbin
                      • Doug Cross
                      • Dr. Mike Flores
                      • Susan Toomey Frost
                      • Brenda Gilpin
                      • Gisela Girard
                      • Maureen Gonima
                      • Debra Guerrero
                      • Kaye Lenox
                      • Dennis Martinez
                      • Michael Mazzei
                      • Marcia McKinley
                      • Dan Naranjo
                      • Margaret Schellenberg
                      • Diana Schumacher
                      • Cheri Seabers
                      • Lisa Wong