Sam & Troy Anker of Sam's For Play Cafe
Sam and her son Troy have a deep admiration for amazing women in Sonoma County. They are excited to present to you this month's honoree for Women Inspiring Women.
Nayleia Juarez Cisneros
If you look down the roster of players for the Santa Rosa High School Panthers Football team, you'll find a name you might not expect... Nayleia Juarez Cisneros. Yes, it is unusual for a girl to play in what is traditionally a male sport, but it didn't phase Nayleia one bit.
Since she first walked onto the field in her freshman year, she has put on the cleats, helmet and pads and played the game with everything she had.
"It's about being on a team and working together," she says, "It is not just about you." Was her mom worried? Sure, but mom showed up at every game to cheer on her football playing daughter who challenged the status quo and proved that anyone can do anything they put their mind to.
Nayleia's new plan? To become a sports photographer for Sports Illustrated. We have a funny feeling that she might just succeed.
For breaking the norm in high school football, we name Nayleia Juarez Cisneros at a Women Inspiring Women.
At 12 years old, Amelia Ceja left her small town home in Jalisco and headed for America. Weeks later she found herself in a vineyard with a harvesting knife in hand, ready to do what thousands had done before her. Would this be all that life held in store? She remembered what her grandmother had told her over a cup of mint tea, “Whatever you do, if you love it and learn everything you can about it, you will be successful.”
Taking that lesson to heart, she went to school, cooking on the side to make enough money to study at UC San Diego. She married and together with her husband Pedro, helped create Ceja vineyards.
After being named Business Woman of the Year and winning numerous awards for the winery, the California legislature recognized Amelia as “Woman of the Year” for “breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business.” She was the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery.
Because of her drive, of her story and her success, Sam’s for Play Cafe names Amelia Ceja as another Woman Inspiring Women at KZST.