Adriana Rocha Garcia, Ph.D. is a life-long resident of San Antonio. She is a proud product of Southwest ISD, where she attended kindergarten through high school. Upon her graduation from Southwest HS, she attended the University of the Incarnate Word, where she graduated in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, with a focus in Journalism and a minor in Photography. Garcia then started her career at the Office of Public Relations at Incarnate Word, while pursuing her Master of Arts degree. In December 2002, she completed her Master’s degree, with a focus on Public Relations. Dr. Garcia has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Communications. Dr. Garcia's entire career has been dedicated to working with non-profit and public service agencies, including serving as Marketing Manager for Furniture for a Cause, as Vice-President for Communications for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and as a Special Projects Manager and Executive Recruiter for the City Manager's Office at the City of San Antonio. Garcia graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations, with an emphasis on social media. Dr. Garcia is currently a faculty member at Our Lady of the Lake University, where she teaches marketing courses in the School of Business. She has served on various non-profit boards, including Kitchen Campus, JOVEN, Adopt-A-Needy Family, and is a Past-President of the Urban Management Association of South Texas. Dr. Garcia has also volunteered her time in various committees for the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists, the International Hispanic Network, and has served as a mentor for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. In 2008, Dr. Garcia was awarded the Community Service Award by the San Antonio Chapter of the Public Relations Society.
José María González brings many years of experience in the non-profit sector, plus a global perspective and active international network.
JMG, born in Paella Land (Spain) currently serves as Chief Economic Development Officer at America’s First Hispanic business organization. Besides his current role at the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he has also worked for a Spanish Renewable Energy conglomerate, with its U.S. headquarters in Austin, TX. In addition, his previous experience includes several positions in San Antonio, New York City and Madrid, both at NGO and the private sector.
JMG has always been an active volunteer and an advocate in advancing and exposing others to their true opportunities while facing and overcoming their challenges. Culinary Arts Programs is an area where José María has assisted and supported several programs. JMG and his wife now call our Lone Star State home.
Martha Martínez-Flores, is a Creative Director and owner of MM Creative. Martha was born in the windy city of Chicago, and raised in central Mexico. After graduating high school she moved back to Chicago where she obtained a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois School of Art and Design at Chicago.
After marrying a native Texan, she made San Antonio home in 1999, where she started her career in advertising. In a span of 12 years, she worked at some of the city’s top Hispanic Ad agencies overseeing national campaigns (TV, Radio, Print, Promotions) and new business pitches. Her agency work experience includes assignment for fortune 500 clients such as: The Coca-Cola Company, The Hershey’s Company, Fisher Price and The Dial Corporation. She also worked on assignments for CNN Latino, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TIAA-CREF, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor's Authority, and CPS Energy among many others.
In 2011 she embarked on the journey of owning her own business - MM Creative. Her firm has done creative work for: SAY Sí, The DeBerry Group, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, H-E-B, San Antonio Museum of Art, City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department, City of San Antonio Department for Culture & Creative Development and the development of the brands of nationally acclaimed Chef Johnny Hernandez: La Gloria, The Frutería, El Machito, Casa Hernán, Burgerteca and VillaRica. She also worked on the rebranding of the USA Yoga Federation to present to the US Olympic Committee as an Olympic sport.
Martha’s work has garnered her local, regional and national recognition. She has won over 45 awards for her creative work. Martha is also very involved in the San Antonio community. She taught kids at SAY Sí – a youth arts program in the King William area. She is a founding board member of LSAISD an education leadership program that has graduated over 120 participants. She sits on the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council Board and is now serving as a founding board member for Kitchen Campus. She is a graduate of Leadership San Antonio Class 39 and Steering committee member of Leadership San Antonio Class 41.
Hailing from a small farm in Wisconsin, two-time James Beard Award finalist chef Steve McHugh began to make a name for himself in the culinary epicenter of New Orleans, LA as Chef De Cuisine for Chef John Besh at August restaurant. Yet his most sterling achievement has been successfully battling cancer — a triumph that propelled him to open Cured, his buzzy rustic-chic gastro-pub in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Pearl district. The restaurant is endowed with a name speaks to his feet, as well as the artisanal cured meats that are the cornerstone to his menu. McHugh’s culinary foundation relies on the purity of natural regional ingredients and the hands-on, unadulterated methods that enhanced his own healing process. This from-scratch focus finds its way to seasonally dynamic menus of cured meats, bitters, vinegars, pickles and cocktails. McHugh’s culinary integrity resonates throughout the design of the restaurant - honoring its historic roots while adding splashes of modern, old-school, and industrial chic accents in stunning juxtaposition. The driving philosophy of Cured is appreciation, gratitude, and celebration of life, and McHugh engages in active “gastronomic giving” by donating $1 from every charcuterie board to a different charitable organization every quarter. Each September, his “Cured for a Cure” dinner raises tens of thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Years in the making, but held to Steve’s own brand of perfection, Cured, opened in December 2013 and has since garnered great acclaim, being named a Bon Appetit “America’s Best New Restaurant 2014” nominee, and Esquire “Best New Restaurant of 2014” finalist, as well as 2014’s “Best New Restaurant” by San Antonio Express-News
Estelle A. Rodriguez is committed to the early-, healthy-, and positive-life development of San Antonio’s youth.
This passion began with her upbringing and the inspiration of the love and commitment demonstrated by her grandmother, Estella H. Alvarez. Her Father, Larry H. Alvarez, a U.S. Army Combat Medic in the Vietnam War, raised her, along with her grandmother and extended family, as a single Father at a very early age. Estelle was born and raised in San Antonio and personally experienced the hardships, triumphs and pride of growing up on the Westside.
Estelle has served on the boards of the St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School and the King William Association.
Estelle graduated from O.W. Holmes High School, studied at San Antonio College, and has worked as a manager at Billing Concepts and The Hilton Palacio del Rio. She also served as an assistant in the executive offices at Rackspace and most recently, following taking time to be a full-time Mom, has worked at You’re Invited Fine Stationery.
Estelle joined the board of Kitchen Campus in 2017 and was thrilled to learn that it is located in Edgewood ISD’s H.K. Williams, the elementary school she attended.
She is most proud of her three children, Alexandra Rodriguez, 19, Arthur John Rodriguez, 16, and Isabella Rodriguez, 11. Estelle and her husband, A.J., will be married 24 years in December 2017.
Born and raised in South Texas, Zuani always felt a need to give back to the community. From cleaning neighborhood streets with her school student council or helping a child learn to read or instituting a recycling program in her college dorm, Zuani always found a way to serve and make a difference.
Zuani began her nonprofit career through Americorps*VISTA and became a volunteer for the San Antonio Food Bank. After completing her one-year commitment to VISTA, Zuani was offered a full-time position at the Food Bank and quickly proved herself as an effective fundraiser and leader, managing successful fundraising events and creating new opportunities. In addition, being fluent in Spanish gave Zuani the chance to market the Food Bank to Spanish-media outlets.
As Chief Development Officer for the San Antonio Food Bank, Zuani was responsible for the fundraising and marketing efforts of an organization whose mission is to fight hunger in Southwest Texas, overseeing all aspects of community involvement – donations of Food, Time and Money – as well as advocacy and public relations and managing a budget of more than $10 Million.
In January of 2012, Zuani took on a new challenge as Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, shifting her focus from hunger to education and youth development. During her tenure there, Zuani led an $11 million capital campaign and helped rebrand the organization as a leader in the Out-of-School time space.
Now as Director of Communication for Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization and 3rd largest nonprofit in the US, Zuani is leading communication efforts with national partners and supporting food banks across the country to generate funds, support, volunteers, and advocates to help solve hunger.
Zuani is a member of Leadership San Antonio (Class 34 alumnae, Steering Committee Class 36, 41). She has served on the Board for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and AFP-San Antonio. She received her BBA in Accounting and MS in Finance from Texas A&M University. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.