Ronaldo E Morales, M.S.W., President: Ronaldo Morales has served on the Conjunto Heritage Taller’s board of Directors since March of 2011 and currently serves as Board President. He was born in McAllen, Texas and moved with his family to San Antonio when he was a year old. His connection to family and culture in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio’s west side, Edgewood community exposed him to various Latino music genres, but it is the Conjunto genre that instilled in him the gratitude for his roots and culture. Ron graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in psychology. He received his Master’s of Social Work degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, also in San Antonio. Ron has been practicing in the field of Social Work for 40 years, both as a clinical social worker and an executive administrator, primarily in the field of child and adult mental health. He also has spent several years working in the field of child welfare and early childhood education. Ron is the founder of the South Texas Family Support Conference, a 20 year old annual conference that provides family education on critical issues that impact families with a loved family member(s) diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness and/or an intellectual developmental delay. Community building pursuits and advocacy in the realms of mental health and child abuse prevention have been hallmarks of his career.
Abril “Andi” Linn, Vice-President: Andi was born into a family of artists. Growing up she participated in the family tradition of teatro and costume/mask making. She is an artist, arts instructor, seamstress, poet, child care provider, cultural arts advocate and a mother of two children. She has over 15 years of experience working with various non-profit cultural arts organizations as an event coordinator, office administrator, board member, instructor, volunteer and artist. A few of the organizations she has worked with include, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, JumpStart Performance Company, Centro Cultural Aztlan, Martinez Street Women’s Center, Fuerza Unida, Labor Serena and many more. She is currently a board member for Atta Girl Productions. A few of her accomplishments include: A six year term as board member for San Anto Cultural Arts (2003-2009). Three of which she served as Board President. She is a founding member of the poetry/performance group Women of Ill Repute:Refute. The group performed over 30 shows across the country and donated all proceeds to the Rape Crisis Center. She is currently working as an arts and craft instructor and nursery attendant for Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program.
Rodolfo Lopez, J.D., Artistic Director: Rodolfo Lopez is a Co-Founder and past President of the Conjunto Heritage Taller Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board as its Artistic Director. Born in San Antonio, the Mecca of Conjunto music, Rodolfo was immersed in this happy toe-tapping music from day one. At the age of 50, he bought a bajo sexto and learned to play the music that he had heard all his life, and today, he often accompanies CHT students at community performances, as well as in their accordion classes. Rodolfo has been a resident with the Texas Commission on the Arts for 17 years, and in that capacity, founded the Conjunto Program at the Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguin 17 years ago. Dedicated to the perpetuation of Conjunto music, Rodolfo continues to recruit “youth of all ages” to learn, and hopefully teach others, the music he loves.
Jack Harmon, Treasurer: Jack Harmon is new to the Board, having joined in May of 2014. He was born in New York City in 1950 and has lived most of his life there, interrupted only by long periods of international travel for business and pleasure. New York in the 50′s was fertile ground for American musical forms, and Jack was immersed in all of it. His passion for various traditional idioms was fueled by listening to Pete and Mike Seeger, Leadbelly, Richard Dyer-Bennet, Hank Williams, and a host of others. Upon his arrival in San Antonio in 2011, he was introduced to a new folk form to fall in love with and explore — Conjunto. An avid life-long guitarist, he was surprised to learn that the bajo sexto was not a 12-string guitar. Jack brings to the Taller 40 years of experience in the business world, including 25 years as the sole proprietor of his own firm, and currently serves as CHT’s Treasurer/Secretary. He is married and has two children and three grandchildren.
Patricia Sánchez, Ph.D., Secretary: Patricia Sánchez has been a Conjunto Heritage Taller Board member since March 2013. She was born and raised in a bilingual immigrant home in El Paso, Texas, regularly visiting family in Chihuahua. This transnational lifestyle afforded her the opportunity to listen to and appreciate Norteño and Conjunto music. She has lived in San Antonio for 10 years and works as an associate professor at UTSA in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. Patricia hopes to continue to connect Latina/o student organizations at UTSA with the CHT while developing K-12 curriculum related to Conjunto music’s history. One of her favorite things about the Taller is watching youth learn how to play the accordion.
Adriana Flores was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University at College Station with a Bachelors Degree in English, with minors in History and Marketing. She obtained her Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She worked for the San Antonio Public Library for 10 years and left as a Branch Manager of the Johnston Library to raise her two young children. Her love of literature, music and education returned her to work with her family music business, Alamo Music Center. She runs Alamo Music Center with her two nephews, continuing its history into its fourth generation. She shares her love of music and the arts with her two sons, as they spend many weekends listening, learning and exploring all forms of arts in San Antonio.
Martin Martinez: Martin Martinez has been on the Conjunto Heritage Taller Board since 2010, and during this time, he has served as Cultural Historian/Archivist. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of education with both children and adults. Martin is currently a part of the Formation Faculty at Assumption Seminary, preparing future Catholic priests and is involved in various parish ministries. Martin also conducts cultural awareness training and pastoral ministry through the Mexican American Catholic College (formerly the Mexican American Cultural Center). He is the accordionist and second voice for the Conjunto group, Los Padrinos.
Rebecca Salazar Rush: Rebecca Salazar Rush was born in San Antonio. She retired from Southwest Airlines and has worked for the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultural, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, City of San Antonio and Conjunto Heritage Taller. She has been volunteering in various nonprofit organizations for 28 years. She has received awards from these organizations for her volunteer work including the Golden Rule Award from J.C. Penny. She has attended the Community Leadership Institute, heading a mural project Mis Palabras, Mi Poder in the Edgewood School District honoring five women that made an impact in the westside community of San Antonio, Texas. Rebecca has served in her parish council. She has been the coordinator for prayer homes in her parish. She currently coordinates a group that meets once a month to pray the rosary dedicated to families and the sick. She came to Conjunto Heritage Taller in 2009 and served as a member, volunteer and then President of the organization. She returns to Conjunto Heritage Taller because she has a passion for music and art. She wants to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to learn and play music and experience art. She wants our cultura to continue.