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.
Ever since she was a kid at Kennilworth Junior high Amy Gutierrez wanted to be a sports reporter.
When she Graduated Casa Grande, she wanted to be a sports reporter.
After College she moved to LA to work for Fox Sports all the while dreaming of being in front of the camera instead of behind it.
Finally after moving back to petaluma she got the chance to report on her favorite team , the San Francisco Giants under the name that thousand know know her.. Amy G
The team and the fans loved her so much that not only did they give her 3 world series rings, but invited her onto the bus in their celebration ticker tape parades.
Since then Amy G has written children's books, has her own web cast, even a special web site where people have her send out positive personal messages to their friends and family.
It is because of the drive of this Petaluma mother of 2 that we put her name on our list of Women Inspiring Women In Sonoma county
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.