Badass Women of San Antonio: Ending Family Violence w/ Judge Diaz and others!

Our third “Badass Women of San Antonio” series will feature SA Women who are taking on family violence head on through advocacy, policy and legislation.Panel: Judge Monique Diaz, Dr. Stacey Speedlin Gonzalez, and Patricia S. Castillo L.M.S.W., and others. Hosted by Reporter Bekah McNeel.

We are “striving to bring family violence to the forefront of policy and community discussions because we understand that it sadly affects an unacceptable number of individuals and families in Bexar County,” said Judge Diaz.

About Monique Diaz:Monique Diaz was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she and her two brothers were raised by their Puerto Rican mother and Dominican father. Monique successfully earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. Along the way, she developed her passion for working with families and children. Monique focused her studies on early childhood education in low-income populations. In law school, Monique remained committed to serving families and children while working at the Child Support Division of the Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a judge of the Texas 150th District Court. Diaz assumed office on January 1, 2019. Diaz’s current term ends on December 31, 2022.

About Stacey Speedlin Gonzalez:Dr. Stacy Speedlin, Ph.D, LPC, LCDC, NCC- Clinical TeamStacy is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and a nationally credentialed counselor (NCC). She has a doctorate degree in counselor education and supervision and is a visiting professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Dr. Speedlin has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for over ten years, has presented at several national and state level conferences, and published several manuscripts on various topics pertaining to mental health.

About Patricia Castillo:Patricia has 35+ years of working to end violence against women and families. In 1990, she co-founded the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative (Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts) Initiative, a coalition of 48 agencies, organizations and individuals as well as the F.A.C.T. (Family Assistance Crisis Teams) Program based in San Antonio, Texas. Using collaboration and community organization she serves as an advocate, educator and technical assistance resource to civic, legal, medical, religious, activist, educational, human resource and media groups. She’s done casework at the Women’s Shelter and with inmate women and their families at the County Jail. She was the first social worker ever assigned to the police Sex Crimes Unit-Homicide Bureau.

Pub Theology Panel: Serving the Homeless & Working Poor During The Pandemic with Megan Legacy and other community leaders.

Pub Theology Online Panel: SATX”Serving the Homeless & Working Poor During Pandemic”.
Co Hosts: Megan Legacy, SA Hope Center & Pastor Gavin Rogers.
Panel: Katie Vela, @SARAH – South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless; Mark Stoeltje, Corazon Ministries; Juliana Barnes, Veteran Supportive Services Case Manager for Endeavors San Antonio; and Veteran John Anderson! Happy Veterans Day John!

Pub Theology is a weekly interfaith dialogue group that talks about faith, our community and creating the common good.

About Megan & SA Hope Center:
Megan Legacy is the CEO of the SA Hope Center. The SA Hope Center is a non-profit whose mission is to love people well by empowering them to meet their needs. Born and raised in Colorado, she began her career in Washington, DC, where she worked for the US Senate and then later for a government relations firm. In 2009, Megan moved to San Antonio and worked for three years as the Development Director for Haven for Hope, one of the country’s largest homeless organizations in the US. Megan has been with the SA Hope Center since 2012.

The SA Hope Center’s mission is to love people well by empowering them to meet their own needs. The SA Hope Center helps individuals and families break the cycle of poverty by addressing their individual barriers and helping them achieve their own goals by building on their strengths. Services include mentoring (case management), job readiness, health and wellness classes, senior services, financial literacy, nutrition, AA, parenting classes, anger management, client-choice food pantry, parenting classes, clothing, pastoral counseling, adult spiritual services, and more!

About Katie and SARAH:
Katie Vela, San Antonio native and dedicated nonprofit leader, has served as a director at SARAH since its inception as a standalone agency in 2015. Vela has vast knowledge and experience working across complex systems with diverse stakeholders to enact systems change. Serving as the Director of Operations has prepared Vela to transition into this role, as SARAH continues to grow and expand its impact on our community.

In 2015, the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) was designated as the lead Continuum of Care (CoC) agency for San Antonio and Bexar County. The SARAH alliance of service providers, board of directors, and people with lived experience of homelessness guide community-wide planning efforts, strategically allocate resources and drive change to provide supportive housing to all. Our goal is to ensure everyone has a place to call home.

About Corazon Ministries:
Mark Stoeltje is the new Executive Director for Corazon Ministries. Before coming to Corazon, Mark was the Founder and Executive Director of the SA Clubhouse.Founded in 1999, Corazon Ministries, Inc. (C.M.I.) operates in the heart of downtown San Antonio at Travis Park Church serving our homeless and marginalized neighbors by providing hot meals four times per week, clothing, warm showers, hygiene items, access to primary medical care, optometry and dermatology care, barber haircuts, art therapy, recovery and prayer groups, and Bible study. We serve over 27,000 hot, nutritious meals per year and rely on over 75 enthusiastic volunteers each week to provide unconditional love and life-giving support to our neighbors.

About Endeavors:
Juliana Barnes is the Veteran Supportive Services Case Manager at Endeavors San Antonio. Endeavors® is a San Antonio nonprofit that connects vulnerable populations to a wide range of helpful services. Endeavors passionately serves vulnerable people in crisis through our innovative, personalized approach.

Endeavors seeks to provide comprehensive, effective, and innovative services that encourage growth, allowing people to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Why? Because we believe that everyone holds the capacity to grow, heal, change, succeed, and affect others positively. Endeavors restores dignity and improves the quality of life for the vulnerable people we serve through the benefits of our programs. Endeavors seeks to unify families and communities torn apart by poverty, unemployment, or neglect by providing real, practical solutions and a path to earned income. Endeavors does this through a wide array of programs and services supporting children, families, veterans and those struggling with mental illness and other significant disabilities.

Pub Theology with Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez

Pub Theology w/ Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez
Pub Theology is a weekly forum that talks about faith, our community, and creating the common good. Hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers.

About our guest:
Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez was born in Brownsville, Texas to a mother and father who instilled in her a love for both her culture and country. Her mother, Alicia Gonzalez, who recently passed away taught Rosie the importance of service to her community and the value of people in her life. After her father took ill, Rosie left her job as a Probation Officer in Austin, Texas to pursue her law degree at St. Mary’s University. Her mother requested that she pursue her education so they could access healthcare and resources for her father. (He died during her second year of law school.)Rosie graduated from St. Mary’s University with her law degree in 2001.

She practiced law for 16 years, becoming the only lawyer in South Texas to be certified as a Child Welfare Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children in her law career, she represented hundreds of children who reside in foster care or the CPS system. She mentored several new attorneys, who went on to develop successful law careers.Rosie had a solo practice, where she committed to hard work and service to her clients. Rosie loves the law. During this time, she also serves as one of Commissioner Kevin Wolff’s appointee to the Bexar County Small, Minority and Women Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Advisory Committee where she made significant contributions to ensuring that LGBT firms are now included in the county’s contracting policies and procedures.

Rosie took the bench this year as the presiding judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 13. Her top three initiatives are as follows: 1) to create a drug court/ domestic violence specialty program that addresses the core issues that bring offenders into the courtroom; 2) to create a live feed into the courtroom which would allow victims to view the hearing without having to be physically present; and 3) to collaborate with UTSA’s Counseling Department to set up a therapeutic support for the victims of domestic violence. Rosie recognizes the lack of resources in the community of San Antonio for our most vulnerable citizens.Further, she is aware that the most dangerous places in our city can exist in the home. She has dedicated her time on the bench to addressing the needs for an ever-increasing problem in our city.

A Conversation with COPS/Metro and SA Community Leaders

This week we will have a conversation with COPS/Metro, SA Clergy, and San Antonio District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia, PhD about the upcoming city ballot, Proposition B and how local parishes can get involved with local government and the issues directly effecting local communities.Pub Theology San Antonio is a dialogue group that discusses faith, our community and creating the common good. Bekah Stolhandske McNeel hosting. About our guests:COPS/Metro is a coalition of congregations, schools, and unions coming together so that we can effectively act on behalf of families. COPS/Metro works within each of these institutions to identify a diverse, broad-based leadership that can connect to each other in new ways in order to act effectively on behalf of children, families, and neighborhoods. By learning to work together for the public good, COPS/Metro leaders are able to work with the business community and elected officials to make San Antonio a better place for families.As important as the issues that COPS/Metro address are, the relationships that leaders develop and foster within their institutions and among leaders from the racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institutions that comprise these organizations are the foundation of broad-based community organizing.

Badass Women of San Antonio: Birth Justice Panel

Our second “Badass Women of SA” series will host a panel of women in our community to discuss issues about Birth & Reproductive Justice. Hosted by Bekah Stolhandske McNeel and Erika Stiner.Our Current Panel:Dr. Erica Hernandez, Adrianne Ortega & Amanda R. Reyna

About our Panel:
Dr . Erica Hernandez is a chiropractor and birth doula who specializes in working with growing families. As a mom of 4 and a diverse birth history, she uses her platform to empower families on their birth journey. She plays an important role in helping them connect with themselves and the birth community.Adrianne Ortega, is reproductive acupuncturist and business owner of Alma Acupuncture. She specializes in Women’s Health/ Fertility, Pediatric, and Mental health issues. She supports birthing people with fertility, pregnancy/postpartum, and wellness needs. She also supports people with their fertility issues, IVF/IUI preparation, breech presentation, placenta previa, postpartum depression/anxiety, and other common issues during pregnancy/postpartum. She is the only female and bilingual fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine) in San Antonio as well as our state of Texas.

Amanda R. Reyna is a co-owner and the managing partner of Journey to Motherhood, LLC – Doulas of San Antonio, a birth and postpartum doula collaborative in San Antonio, Texas. Her work includes providing evidence-based support for birthing people, including full-spectrum reproductive support, childbirth preparation and education, labor and postpartum care, and placenta encapsulation services. Amanda writes for Alamo City Moms and served on the storyboard of Texas Public Radio’s “Worth Repeating.”

Pub Theology Online w/ Dr. Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA

“Keeping the Momentum Going Beyond 2020” Pub Theology with Dr. Sarah Baray, CEO of Pre-K 4 SA Co-Hosted by Bekah Stolhandske McNeel. Pub Theology is a weekly program that brings in leaders to talk about faith, our community, or creating the common good. Hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers

About our guest:
Sarah Baray is CEO of Pre-K 4 SA, San Antonio’s early-learning program. She has more than 25 years of experience in education. Before joining Pre-K 4 SA, Baray was a professor and doctoral program director at Texas State University. She began her career in the Austin School District, serving in various roles including teacher, principal and district administrator. Baray has a doctorate in executive public school leadership from the University of Texas at Austin

Pub Theology Online with Eric Vogt & Gavin Rogers

Today we are going old school and hosting “Pastor on a Hot Seat” with Pastor Eric Vogt from Travis Park Church in San Antonio, TX. We will talk about faith, our community, and creating the common good.

Pastor Eric is the lead pastor at Travis Park Church. Before coming to San Antonio he was the founding pastor at Servant Church in Austin, Texas. He is married to Rev. Valerie Vogt (also an ordained Methodist pastor) and they have two children. Eric is a graduate of Harvard University and The Divinity School at Duke University. Pub Theology is hosted weekly by Gavin Rogers. All perspectives are welcome.”Different Brews and Different Views”

Pub Theology w/ Council Members Jada Andrews-Sullivan, Roberto Treviño & Reporter Emilie Eaton

“Policing & The San Antonio City Budget.” Had a great discussion with SA Councilwoman Jada Andrews-Sullivan and Councilman Roberto C. Treviño. Co-Hosted by Emilie Eaton with the San Antonio Express-News.

Pub Theology is a weekly program hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers that discusses faith, our community, and creating the common good. All perspectives welcome. “Different Views & Different Brews.”

About our guests:
The Councilwoman grew up on the east side of San Antonio, and for 43 years, District 2 has been her home. She attended Gates Elementary School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, and Sam Houston High School. At the age of 16, she graduated from high school and attended the University of Texas at Austin for 2 years. While at UT Austin, she enlisted in the United States Army and served my country proudly for 4 years until being honorably discharged.She launched her business in 2006 and has had a successful run for the last 13 years. She was raised by a strong mother, and with her help, she has raised her 4 children here in the district. She is proud to say that I live, work and dream in District 2.

Roberto C. Treviño is a native of McAllen, Texas, which is where he grew up and graduated from Memorial High School. His hometown was also where his interest in architecture was sparked. He was captivated by the intersection between humans, design, and the ways things are built. As a result, Mr. Treviño enrolled in the Texas Tech College of Architecture.Treviño obtained his Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture from Texas Tech University and, after establishing himself in his career, subsequently a MBA from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech. Shortly after earning his degree in architecture, he moved to San Antonio, became a Registered Architect and established his professional career. As Mr. Treviño’s career progressed, he became more involved in the areas of philanthropy and community service, all while building his own private architecture practice. Through his work he relished the opportunity learn about San Antonio’s diverse communities through volunteer work or by serving on non-profit boards or citizen committees. Treviño’s acumen and thoughtfulness was a welcomed by many throughout San Antonio who, in 2014, called on Treviño to apply for the interim City Council District 1 seat.

About our Co-Host:
Emilie Eaton is a criminal justice enterprise reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, delving into homicides, police-community relations, officer-involved shootings, capital punishment and officer misconduct. Previously, Emilie worked for two years at The Cincinnati Enquirer covering child poverty, business and breaking news.Her work has been honored in the Hearst National Journalism Awards and the Society of Professional Journalist’s Region 11 Awards, among others. Her work has been published by USA Today, and The Center for Public Integrity, among others.A native Californian, Emilie attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was the school’s commencement speaker.

Badass Women of San Antonio: Sheryl Sculley. Hosted by Iris Dimmick and Bekah McNeel.

“Badass Women of San Antonio” With Sheryl Sculley and guest host Iris Dimmick from the San Antonio Report. This is part one of a new Pub Theology series highlighting badass women in San Antonio who strive to make our city a better place to live. This week we will discuss the life and career of Sheryl Scully and her influence in our city.

We talked about Sheryl’s new book, the women who influenced her career, her and Iris’ time with Fiesta Cornyation, the City of San Antonio – Municipal Government, and had surprise guests!
Pub Theology is a weekly dialogue group that meets to talk about things like faith, our community and creating the common good. All Perspectives are welcome. “Different Brews and Different Views” Hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers and Bekah McNeel. Please go to our facebook page to learn more about Pub Theology San Antonio or watch past events.

Our next “Badass” series will host women in our community share about ‘Women’s Rights and Birth Justice.” hosted by Bekah Stolhandske McNeel and Erika Stiner next monthAbout this week:

More About this week’s guest:
When Sheryl Sculley was recruited to serve as San Antonio’s new city manager in 2005, the organization she inherited was a disorganized mess. City infrastructure was crumbling, strong financial policies and systems were nonexistent, many executive positions were vacant, public satisfaction was low, ethical standards were weak, and public safety union salaries and benefits were outpacing revenues, crowding out other essential city services. Simply put: San Antonio was on the verge of collapse.

Sheryl Sculley is an award-winning city manager who is considered an authority on city management. She gained national attention for dealing with unsustainable benefits for San Antonio’s police and fire unions—and in doing so, steered the city away from a future financial crisis. During her tenure, San Antonio achieved a AAA bond rating and invested billions of dollars into critical infrastructure updates and additions. Prior to serving in San Antonio, Sculley was the assistant city manager in Phoenix and city manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Pub Theology with Simran Jeet Singh

Here is our latest Pub Theology with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh. For more information about Pub Theology Online please go to our Facebook Page.

A much needed conversation with Dr. Simran Jeet Singh about having a loving response during times of racialization, misidentification, and hate. We will discuss his new book “Fauja Singh Keeps Going: A True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon” and how that story can teach us all about dreams, dedication and a beloved communtiy. Thank you to Mayor Ron Nirenberg, G.P and Mummy Singh, and all of our guests who made it a special night. 

Pub Theology is hosted by Pastor Gavin Rogers and special host Erika Stiner. Pub Theology is a weekly dialogue group that talks about faith, our community, and creating the common good. “Different Brews and Different Views” All perspectives welcome. #pubtheology #compassion

Simran is a prolific writer and professor who contributes frequently to various news outlets and digital platforms. He has become a consistent expert for reporters and news outlets around the world in television, radio, and print media. Dr. Singh also serves on the board for the Religion Newswriters Association, the premiere organization for religion journalists in the country.

Simran’s academic expertise focuses on the history of religious communities in South Asia, and he has taught at Columbia University and Trinity University on Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh traditions. Simran’s recent scholarship and public engagement examines xenophobia, racial profiling and hate violence in post 9/11 America. He is currently working on two books for publication – one explores the intersections of race and religion in modern Islamophobia, and the other historicizes the formation of the Sikh tradition around the earliest memories of its founder, Guru Nanak.

In addition to his academic and media commitments, Simran speaks regularly on a variety of topics related to diversity, inclusion, civil rights, religion, and hate violence. His thought leadership extends to a number of audiences, including educational institutions, religious communities, and public venues like the White House and Pentagon.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Simran is a diehard Spurs fan and avid marathon runner. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Manhattan, New York, where his wife, Dr. Gunisha Kaur, teaches and works as an anesthesiologist specializing in global health at Weill Cornell Medical College.