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.

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