Board

Claudia Guerra (President)

Claudia Guerra is a native San Antonian who grew up in Alta Vista and graduated from UTSA before heading off to Washington, D.C., and New York. After living in New York for sixteen years, she returned to San Antonio in 2005 with her husband, also a Texan, so they could raise their two young children in their favorite neighborhood—Alta Vista.

Claudia currently works in the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation as the city’s Cultural Historian. She is committed to using her knowledge and skills to ensure Alta Vista remains a thriving and wonderful place to live for all its residents — newcomers and life-long residents alike.

David Garza (Vice President)

Bio forthcoming . . .

Tino Gallegos (Secretary)

Bio forthcoming . . .

Anita Vela-Johnson (Treasurer)

Bio forthcoming . . .

Erin Zayko (Immediate Past President)

I served on the AVNA Board for several years and finished up a three-year run as President in 2016. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and made my way to San Antonio in 1999.

My husband Kris Zebrowski and I bought a home in Alta Vista in 2012 after living in and around Midtown for more than a decade. We are proud parents of a son and couldn’t be happier to be putting down roots in Alta Vista. I am especially humbled to be a board leader alongside the other stellar cast members who dedicate a significant portion of their lives to our great neighborhood.

I appreciate Alta Vista’s rich history and architecture, and enjoy advocating for this neighborhood’s people and places.  My family enjoys walking to San Pedro Springs Park, where San Antonio was first founded, to enjoy its bounty of open space, big trees, and water.  We often walk to spend time with friends, and are excited that there are more places on the periphery of our neighborhood to enjoy a bite to eat.  My family’s love of this neighborhood isn’t unique.  That’s why I stay connected to the neighborhood association — to do my part to make sure it continues to be a special place for those with old roots and those just planting anew.

Alma Noriega-Sotirhos (Director-at-Large)

Although I am originally from Chicago, I have lived in Texas for many years. I first moved to Houston, then to San Antonio, and became an Alta Vista resident in 2002. My husband, Dimitris, and I have been married for 34 years and are thrilled to have recently become grandparents. Our daughter, who is married and lives outside of Austin, just had her first baby. Our son resides in Washington, D.C., and is getting married this summer. Both of them are proud graduates of UTSA. Dimitris is originally from Greece so we travel there as often as possible. In addition to speaking Spanish fluently, I am perfecting my Greek and learning to speak French.

After having spent many years focused on a career in financial services, I recently decided to reinvent myself by going back to school. My new career choice is Community Health with an emphasis on Wellness.

I really love living in Alta Vista and feel fortunate to serve on the board.

Donna Guerra (Director-at-Large)

I am a native San Antonian who grew up on the West side (next to San Fernando Cemetery) and lived as a teenager in the Thomas Jefferson area. After living in Austin, TX, and Cambridge, MA, for many years, I returned to San Antonio in 2012, landing in a Craftsman home in the wonderful Alta Vista neighborhood.

With so much development happening all over the city, it’s important to me to pay attention to the character of our neighborhoods along with the growth.

Edwin Blanton (Director-at-Large)

Edwin Blanton is a Missouri native who has lived in San Antonio for ten years, settling in Alta Vista in 2012.  Edwin is a former trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps as well as a former Peace Corps Volunteer.  In 2006 he co-founded Ready, Willing . . . Enable!, an international non-profit focused on educational programs for children with disabilities in developing countries.

Edwin serves on various non-profit and community boards in San Antonio and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator. Edwin holds a Ph.D. in International Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of the Incarnate Word and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.

Edwin is proud to serve on the Alta Vista Neighborhood Association board where, among other items, he can address his key issues of safety and sidewalks.