2019 Rising Stars of New Braunfels announced

Each year, Rising Stars of New Braunfels recognizes 20 leaders under the age of 40 for their contributions to the community.

The 2019 Rising Stars honorees were announced Nov. 10 by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.

Rising Stars are citizens who are excelling in their careers or bettering New Braunfels through volunteerism and are poised to be the community’s next generation of leaders, according to a chamber news release.

A formal gala will be held Jan. 17 at The Milestone, 1723 Herbelin Road, New Braunfels, to honor the 2019 recipients. The 2019 Distinguished Young Leader Award will also be presented, the release said.

Tickets and sponsorships for the gala will be available to the public beginning Dec. 1.

The 2019 Rising Stars of New Braunfels are listed below:

  • David Brawner, 39, New Braunfels ISD

  • Stephen Brockman, 39, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce

  • Justin Castillo, 31, NB Hoop Masters

  • Erica Clarke, 24, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce

  • John Coker, 27, USAA

  • Sarah Doeppenschmidt, 37, True North Counseling

  • Francesca Edwards-Hays, 39, Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels Emergency Department

  • Matt Gandrud, 29, State Farm Insurance

  • Michelle Haag, 38, Reliance Residential Realty

  • Lindsay Haas, 36, Hoffmann Financial Services

  • Heather Harrison, 39, Hope Hospice

  • Graham Hauptman, 39, GVEC

  • Ryan Kelso, 30, NBU

  • Emily Lane, 32, ASA Properties

  • Heather Orsak, 29, The Perfect Day

  • Tiffany Quiring, 33, River City Advocacy & Counseling Center

  • Alex Sieczkowski, 27, Valeo Chiropractic

  • Rylan "Ky" Slone, 28, GVEC

  • Kathryn Walters, 35, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church

  • Christopher Werk, 36, Faust Brewing Co.

By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren Canterberry began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development and breaking news. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017.


NBISD will not offer a pre-K program for 3-year-olds during the 2020-21 school year. (Monica Romo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Braunfels ISD discontinues pre-K program for 3-year-olds after decrease in funding

The district will continue to offer a full-day pre-K program for 4-year-olds with Head Start funding for 34 eligible students.

(Community Impact Newspaper)
Meyer Ranch homebuilder sells homes around COVID-19

Homebuilders had to adjust to changing consumer demands as concerns about the virus spread.

The city said residents should make sure they are only watering on their scheduled days based on address. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
Georgetown faces watering restrictions, SW Austin private school closes: News from Central Texas

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas here.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, shown here in March, announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide additional resource to help Texas combat COVID-19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Department of Defense task forces deployed to help Texas combat COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott announced July 13 the U.S. Department of Defense would provide more resources to Texas to combat the rise of COVID-19.

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced in a June 30 State Board of Education meeting that students will be taking the STAAR in the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Pixabay)
Education organizations call for STAAR requirements to be waived another year

Gov. Greg Abbott waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, testing requirements in March of earlier this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a clinical background in internal, pulmonary and critical care medicine, Corry has been with BCM for 20 years. He now focuses primarily on inflammatory lung diseases, such as asthma and smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Q&A: Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. David Corry discusses immunity, vaccine production amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid development and distribution of a vaccine worldwide and successful achievement of herd immunity will be key players in determining the lifespan of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Dr. David Corry, a professor of Medicine in the Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Section at Baylor College of Medicine.

Three more Comal County residents have died, and 103 more COVID-19 cases were reported. (Community Impact staff)
Comal County reports three COVID-19 deaths, 103 new cases

Comal County confirmed July 10 the coronavirus-related deaths of three area residents, all of whom were residents of area long-term care facilities.

The new partnership will provide on-site, same-day testing and results for assisted-living facility staff and their residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
State announces partnership for increased COVID-19 testing for patients, staff at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes

These test sites will help the state work toward the goal of processing up to 100,000 tests in the first month.

More than 19,000 jobs were retained in New Braunfels due to the first round of federal PPP loans. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
DATA: More than 19,000 jobs retained in New Braunfels due to federal PPP loans

Small Business Administration data shows 1,806 New Braunfels businesses received federal assistance through PPP loans.

Comal and Guadalupe County registered voters can cast ballots July 14 at one of 40 combined polling sites. (Courtesy Pexels)
Election day voting for July 14 primary runoffs to be held at 12 polling locations

Election day voting for the July 14 primary runoffs will take place in Comal and Guadalupe Counties from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 40 combined polling locations.

Former Cedar Park Police Department Chief Sean Mannix is pictured in this 2015 file photo. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
Cedar Park police chief moves to Burnet, driver's license offices reopen: Most popular news this week from Central Texas

Read the most popular Central Texas news from the past week on Community Impact Newspaper's website.