This year, Ballet San Antonio is honoring those who have served on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a way to say thank you from our community, we want to put our front line workers center stage in our largest show of the year, The Nutcracker.

Our 2021 Honorees

We are excited to announce the 2021 Mother Ginger Honorees!

We were deeply touched to receive so many heartwarming stories about our community’s frontline heroes and the work they do for our city.  It was not an easy decision to pick only 8 people. To all our nominees, you all have done, and continue to do, a tremendous job, and on behalf of all of us at Ballet San Antonio, we want you to know that each of you are deeply appreciated.

Amanda Willauer, BSN, RN

University Hospital, Neuro/COVID ICU

December 3rd, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Charles Sandoval

Engineer/Paramedic, San Antonio Fire Department

December 4th, 2021 – 2:00 PM

Lori Noble

Special Education Paraprofessional – Garden Ridge Elementary 

December 4th, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Tim Vu MD, MBA

Emergency Physician, Complete Care 

December 5th, 2021 – 2:00 PM

Katelyn Saenz

Transportation Routing Supervisor – San Antonio ISD

December 10th, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Meagan A. Taylor, BSN, RN 

Audie Murphy VA Hospital

December 11th, 2021 – 2:00 PM

Myra A. Chavez 

Pre-K 3 Teacher, Holy Spirit Catholic School 

December 11th, 2021 – 7:30 PM

Mike Osterhage

KSAT 12, meteorologist GMSA & SA Live co-host

December 12th, 2021 – 2:00 PM


Joy Engler

Maria Mendoza

Sanford Roberts

Yosvani Cortellan

Dr. Brian Woods

Jennifer Villarreal-Zepeda

Victoria Simpson

April Rodriguez

Karina Soto

Cynthia Zuniga

Anna Gilmore

Cynthia Gonzales

Katie Maldonado

Alejandro Mascorro

Lisa Baker

Marisela Baker

Marida Salinas

Nevena Perez

Amy Palombini

Melody Romo

Crystal Gulley

Jacqueline Aguirre

Ericka Olivarez

Evangelina Saucedo Yebra

Marla Havel

Delma DeHoyos

Shada Sheppard

Alison Kimura

Irene Puente

Floranie Ora

Ken Medellin

Gabriella Rendon

Valerie Diaz

Abbie Lane

Jeff Wilson

Brenda Backlund-Pearson

Justin Richard

Magdalena Villanueva

Gina Ponce

Patricia Hill

Ashley Martin

Clarence Alberts

James Hemmi

Valeria Chavez

Suzanne Rienstra

Valerie Hinojosa

Jennifer Powell

Albert Zamarron

Jasmine Anderson

Rachel Brown

Jordyn Sloan

Amanda Tillman

Valeria Perez

Amanda Tillman

Kellie Clark-Chan

Darby Beaucage

Valeria Valdez

Melissa Baumholtz

Katie Ivey

Valeria Perez

Amber Ortega

Jillian Fabela

Julie Aulner

Joanne Pascual

Jill Laskowski

Jessie Baza

Leslie Ortiz

Amanda Rigby

Darrel Hughes

Karen Bohr

Kellie Clark-Chan

Rob Devlin

Nora Silva

Matthew Saxon-Barbo

Liesl Boltruczyk

Janett Munoz

Heather Holguin

Rebecca Wood

Emily Jenke

Jana Drew

Sam Merchant

Sheri Herb

Elise Vader

Cara Coffey

Christopher Esparza

Claudia Argueta

Camille Morales

Jania Nicholson

Allyson Michels

Valeria Perez

Melissa Damschen

Phil Jackson

Kristal Morales

Stephani Ybarra

Marla Khalikov

Rebecca Vidal

Monique Reyes-Lester

Jennifer Aleman

Jennifer Gil

Bobby Wise

Lisa Sanchez

Lori Petty

Desiree Garza

Denise Sanchez

Luis Santos

Megan O’Brien

Madeline Spencer

Kelli Lux

John Eric Hernandez

Darlene Rios

LaQuiesa Williams

Ashley Martin

Jenny Tran

Maria Carreon Gomez