The following slate of nominees to serve on the KWA Board of Directors for 2014-2015 was announced at the general meeting on August 6.

Many thanks to the volunteers who served on the Nominating Committee: Chris Price, chair, Ethel Pedraza, Gloria Arecchi, Rusty Guyer and José De Lara.

Voting will take place at the General Membership meeting on September 3.


Patricia (Patty) Garcia Duarte
KWA Social Committee Chair, National Night Out Chair
21-year resident, Claudia St.
Children: Jared
Occupation: Deli server

Maureen Strauss Gonima
2-year resident, E. Guenther St.
Children: Laura, Nico and David
Occupation: Attorney

Eddie Romero
3-year resident, Beauregard St. (wife has lived in KW for 7 years)
Children: Ashlynn and Halynn
Occupation: Membership and Events Manager for Centro San Antonio

Christine Viña
KWA Architectural Advisory Committee member
18-year resident, Adams St.
Occupation: Planner/Architect (Project Manager, Urban Design; VIA); former COSA Planner, former Southtown Mainstreet Alliance Director

Harry Shafer – President Elect
KWA Finance Committee
12-year resident, Madison St.
Five grown children
Occupation: Archeologist and Curator of Archaeology at the Witte Museum
Personal statement: We love King William, the community, the fair, parade, neighborhood and historic atmosphere and traditions. I want to help keep the neighborhood safe, as free of crime as possible, and its walls clean of graffiti. I have learned that tagging left on is an invitation for more tagging, and tagged walls are a clear sign of neighborhood degradation and a signal to the criminal element that we don’t care. It does take a neighborhood, and I will work to get the neighborhood involved in keeping us safe, keeping our events (including First Friday) family oriented, enjoyable for participants and residents alike.

Gary Woods
8-year resident, W. Sheridan St.
Occupation: University Librarian at UTSA for Architecture and Planning


Max Martinez, Past President

Anne Alexander

Patrick Conroy
2013-2014 Board Vice-President
13-year resident, Madison St.
Children: Patrick, Paul and Aine
Occupation: Attorney and full-time Dad

Annice Hill
Co-Chair KWA Fair Food committee, Chair KWA Membership Committee
5-year resident, St. Benedict Lofts
Two grown children, 5 grand-
Occupation: Project Manager at UTHSCSA for the Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center

Curtis Johnson
Community Development Ad Hoc Committee Chair
8-year resident, Madison St.
Occupation: Retail owner

Ethel Pedraza
52-year resident, Mission St.
Occupation: Retired business owner

Nora Peterson
Public Relations Committee Chair
16-year resident, Adams St.
3 children; 8 grandchildren
Occupation: Retired from several pursuits: ad agency accounting in Chicago; social work; resident director of college dormitory; innkeeper of B&B on Adams St. for 9 years

Chris Price
2012-2014 Board Treasurer
11-year resident, Adams St.
Children: Emma and Liam
Occupation: real estate development

Jessie Simpson
2014 Board Parliamentarian
39-year resident, King William St.
4 children, plus 4 grandkids
Occupation: retired

Bradley Toland