Generation Listen Leadership Council
Cyle Perez is the marketing/public relations associate and Generation Listen coordinator at Texas Public Radio. He is a San Antonio native and is involved in networks such as San Antonio Young Professionals, LOOP, World Affairs Council and the local theater community. Cyle’s primary work experience is with entertainment companies such as Six Flags and Walt Disney World, where he created shows and unique experiences for guests from all around the world. He is excited to lead this initiative because he believes in the TPR mission and the direction of San Antonio’s booming young professional climate. Cyle believes through stories, networking, dialogue and community building that we can shape a better future for the next generation.
Nick thinks the world would be a better place if everyone had more TPR and micheladas in their life. You can find him on the weekends trying delicious new spots to eat inside the loop. Nick was going to be a history professor (blazer, pipe and all), tried being a political hack, and now writes about new technologies (don’t buy bitcoin; do buy a self-driving car).
Jamie Bloodsworth joined San Antonio Economic Development Foundation in March 2015 and is responsible for managing internal and external communications. Prior to joining the SAEDF, she was the marketing and communications intern with Visit San Antonio. Bloodsworth attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with bachelor's degrees in communication studies and Hispanic studies.
Although a Midwest native, Emily has worked in science in Virginia, Texas and California studying cancer therapeutics. She now works at the Mind Science Foundation in science outreach and education. Emily is passionate about sharpening the public's scientific literacy and designing educational tools to inspire future generations to love science. Now that Texas is her home, she enjoys taking her two loves, a miniature dachshund and a collie mix, on adventures and attending festivals & Spurs games.
Clare is the director of operations for San Antonio Pets Alive, and dedicated to making the city a no-kill community. She loves the TPR programs and the different events in town that connects her to new people and places. Cinema Tuesdays, Worth Repeating, and Fest of Tails are some of her favorite TPR events. When not working at SAPA, Clare loves riding her bike around town, and exploring new spots in the city with her husband, Conor.
Brianna Dimas is the chief operations officer for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For three consecutive years, she was accepted into the San Antonio Ambassador Program, an initiative launched by former Mayor Julián Castro to encourage more local students to return to San Antonio after graduating from colleges and universities outside of Texas. Brianna was recently selected as a “40 Under 40” award recipient for the San Antonio Business Journal. In her spare time, Brianna serves on the board of the MOVE San Antonio Foundation and is a founding member of the TPR Generation Listen Leadership Council.
Adam Gates is an architect and emerging leader in San Antonio. He believes that good design is the result of thoughtful dialog, and that TPR will play a vital role in our city's bright future. In addition to TPR Gen Listen Leadership Council, Adam also serves as the director of AIA-San Antonio Young Architects, and the master planning director for Gardopia Gardens.
Chase Hathaway is the cluster marketing manager for Merlin Entertainments at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Aquarium in San Antonio, opening in early 2019. Throughout Chase’s career, he has promoted events featuring First Lady Michelle Obama, Sir Elton John, Taylor Swift, and Eric Church. He’s an avid "Weekend Edition" and "Marketplace" listener with a long-shot dream of appearing on the Word Puzzle with Will Shortz. In his spare time, he can be found exploring San Antonio with his wife, Heather, and cheering on sports teams from his alma mater the College of William and Mary.
Jenina Hernandez-Nerio has lived in San Antonio since 2004. Jenina is from El Paso and came to San Antonio to attend college at Our Lady of the Lake University. After graduation, she worked as a producer for KTSA 550 AM before starting her career in digital advertising with H-E-B. Jenina has seen San Antonio change and grow so much while living here and she is so excited to see the city's culture grow and thrive. Some of Jenina's favorite things to do in the city is ride her bike through the Salado Creek Greenway and along the Mission Trail, check out concerts and local art, and explore the hill country with her husband, Joseph. Together they have two fur babies, a dog named Leo and a cat named Once (11 in Spanish).
Ezra Hurd is a 22-year-old student at St. Mary's University studying business management with entrepreneurship and innovation. For the past six years, Ezra and his family have owned a book and record store in San Antonio called Imagine Books and Records. Through the store, Ezra has become the event coordinator as well as organized benefits, music festivals, and is an active member of the music community. Ezra has joined TPR's Generation Listen because he believes in a community that is well-informed and involved and wants to support the next generation of young professionals.
Amy Johnson is a social media consultant and founder of the creative lifestyle blog, Maker Mama. Although not a San Antonio native, Amy has called the Alamo City home for over 20 years, and has been a TPR listener for nearly as long. She loves a good thrift store find, as well as live jazz and swing dancing.
Regina Peña Jimenez is the brand experience alignment manager for Whataburger restaurants. She is responsible for developing and executing communication outreach campaigns, strategic planning, and media opportunities. An active and engaged community organizer, Regina serves on various nonprofit committees throughout San Antonio such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Public Theater and the United Way Emerging Leadership Council. She also fosters her creative growth by teaching ballet to young girls at Mary Lou’s School of Dance. Regina grew up in Bay City, and she received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alabama. “Roll Tide!”
Jordan is the owner of All The Days Event Co., a wedding planning business for LGBT+ couples and creatives. She prides herself on her advocacy work for women of color with KeepHer San Antonio. She's also the assistant editor of Catalyst, a feminist wedding magazine. She joined Generation Listen to connect other women of color to San Antonio's most informative media outlet to continue TPR's legacy of inclusivity and engagement.
Rob is an artist, musician, and content creator. His passion for storytelling and connecting with people inspired him to produce Delve Curiously, an interview series that explores the relationship between creativity and curiosity. He currently works and studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. You may find him playing a gig or riding his bike around downtown.
Jenny’s military family brought her to San Antonio at a young age, and although she earned her doctorate in West Texas, she came back to the San Antonio area as soon as she could. As a pharmacist, Jenny displays determination in learning how she can best help her patients in innovative ways, including developing a system to ensure dosing accuracy for pediatric antibiotics. With a love for creating organizational systems and painting elaborately designed accent walls in her home, Jenny loves spending time with her husband and two Yorkies, curling up with a good book, or watching, yet another, "Gilmore Girls" marathon.
Hallease (pronounced Hall - lease) is a video producer, editor, and digital storyteller based in San Antonio. She has always enjoyed storytelling, creating small skits with her first video camera and neighborhood friends. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film. Always interested in documenting and reflecting on her life, she created her Youtube channel – Hallease. This allows her to catalog her life through short films reviews and occasional collaborations.
Jake is a financial advisor for a local financial planning firm, i*financial. Jake is also the host of a bi-weekly podcast show "Jake of All Trades," which showcases new lines of communication to connect with millennials and young families to make financial planning accessible, fun and easy to understand. Jake serves on the board of directors for LOOP SA, a young professionals non-profit organization. In his spare time, Jake enjoys meeting up with friends and exploring new areas of San Antonio with his two cocker spaniels, Nolan and Daphne.
Kirk originally came to San Antonio as a 2010 Teach For America corps member and elementary teacher in San Antonio ISD. After his two-year teaching commitment, Kirk headed to NYC to work on Teach For America's national Marketing & Communications Team. Three years of the Big Apple was enough to remind Kirk of what was important: kind people, delicious tacos, and a community committed to building a brighter future. In 2015, Kirk returned to San Antonio and joined the marketing and communications team at KIPP San Antonio Public Schools. Kirk is a 2010 graduate from the communications studies program at West Texas A&M University and a former WTAMU student body president. In his spare time, Kirk can be found chugging coffee, practicing yoga, eating a taco, and exploring the ever-changing San Antonio community.
Matteo Treviño serves as the communications coordinator in City Councilwoman Ana Sandoval’s Office. He joined the office after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and working for MOVE San Antonio. Matteo is a proud patron of the Rollercade on Recoleta, where he regularly belts verses of John Legend’s underrated, “Who do we think we are?”
Faris is currently a manager in annuity product management and president of San Antonio Young Professionals. After graduation, Faris moved to the New York metro area to work at Accenture as an actuarial consultant. In 2013, Faris moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to work for the Knights of Columbus. During his time in Connecticut, he also formed an organization focused on economic and community development; he worked with Yale University, the state of Connecticut, and several municipalities to make the area a better place for young professionals. He serves on the non-profit arm of f New Haven, which decides on how funding will be spent to promote arts, culture, and tourism. He also serves as a volunteer grant reviewer for the Greater New Haven's Community Foundation.