Meet The Leaders

Carmen Casares-Cernoch
Chicktime SA Central Managing Chapter Leader
Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
I serve because I believe it is in the importance of capitalizing especially on the tribulations and adversities that are encountered in life and LEARN from them in order to grow stronger. I believe that if you find the positives and build those up, consequently the negatives get squashed. Through Chicktime women come together to share their gifts with the girls of St. PJs, girls who may not have a very large support network outside of paid staff. Investing in them now, letting them know they are worthy of good things and can have the power and tools within them be successful in what they do in life, is immensely rewarding. They are in fact our next generation. The same generation of my two daughters. The generation that will become in charge when we age out. Why wouldn’t I, or we, want to invest in nurturing them and helping to shape their lives and the future. To know that I and we, as women, can help those that come after us, find their place in the world, is food for my soul and hopefully theirs too.


My passion and gifts:
Helping others “learn” in their own way. No two human beings are exactly alike, therefore we don’t learn the same way. In the past few years, I have come to realize the importance of flexing to others’ learning styles to teach skills and make changes. Of equal importance, is finding out what is IMPORTANT TO a person and not just IMPORTANT FOR a person. “Important to” drives motivation and it takes a little time and patience and genuine interest in a person to help them discover it.


Hobbies & interests:
I am a wife and mother. Most days I feel like my daughters are my hobbies with all the things they have going on at school and extra-curricular activities. I enjoy cooking, crafting anything that comes to mind, running around with the girls watching them be kids and have fun, baseball and ballpark nachos in particular!


Anna Bulgarides
Chicktime SA Central Chapter Co-Leader


Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
I was adopted from an orphanage in Athens, Greece when I was 23 months old. Though adopted into an amazing family and having a privileged life, I had a troubled childhood and experienced various forms of abuse and consequent pain. It is that very pain, that has taught me empathy and filled me with the need to share love and support with others. I serve a leadership role because I have an abundance of love and compassion inside and want to make a difference.

My passion and gifts:
My biggest gift (aside from my family) is the amount of love I have inside that needs to be shared, my intuition and ability to ‘feel’ others pain, as well as my absolute desire to give back and make a difference in someone’s life.

Hobbies & interests:
I enjoy horseback riding, arts and crafts, cooking with and for friends (I make a mean Spanakopita-Greek spinach pie!), I like to go to the cinema and love to travel! I’m blessed with an amazing son who teaches me daily and my Twin brothers whom I’m thankful for. I adore my niece and will soon become a godmother to my nephew. Michelle is more than my best friend, she’s family and knows me better than anyone.


Katy Burleson
Chicktime Bulverde Chapter Co-Leader
Chicktime Inc Co-Founder


Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime:
I co-founded Chicktime in High School with my mom, Lori Rhodes. We wanted to serve and love on the girls at a local children’s shelter, but there wasn’t an easy way to do this. We started off by buying beautiful toys and lotions for the girls, but wanted to do more. There birthed Chicktime, an avenue for mothers and daughters to come together and serve children in need. Before going to college, I was a co-leader at the Chicktime Canyon Lake chapter for three years. I went to Baylor and taught in Waco for a few years and now I am back in San Antonio. At the Annual Chicktime Retreat that year I told my husband, “Now that I am back where Chicktime began I want to get involved again!” The very next day Laura Sowell asked me if I would help her co-lead the Chicktime Bulverde Chapter. Man, God is good! I love Chicktime and what it has done for not only kids, but the relationship with my mom and the joy that it cultivates within me. I love to serve people and that is exactly what I plan to do! I am excited to see where this journey will take me now that I am co-leading SA Central!


My passions and gifts:
My passions in life are loving people well and making people smile. I think it is important to give back and treat others with love and respect. My mom raised me in a home that believes in helping, giving, and loving on people whenever we can. Naturally I am a nurturer, giver and because of the home I was raised in I have developed a servants heart. My gifts would be the ability to love all people and make people smile. All of these passions and gifts go towards kids, especially the ones in need.


Hobbies and Interests:
I have never been loved, supported and known by anyone more than Garrett, my husband. We are newlyweds and have a wonderful dog Cooper who reminds me how wonderful I am and how to love others with excitement! We just moved to downtown San Antonio and love to try new restaurants and explore our new city. Life is too short to not love what you do and the people you do life with. Even though most of my days are jammed packed I always try to do something for myself. Even if I can only carve out 15 minutes or so I like to indulge in some Katy Time. I love gardening, crafting (I’m REALLY good at starting projects ;P) cooking, and watching movies with my hubby!  I taught kindergarten for a few years and miss being around the little ones and loving on people. Serving at Chicktime is a hobby and a blessing. I love that Chicktime SA Central is a place where I can serve with my friends and family at the same time.


Chicktime San Antonio Central:
Volunteer Coordinator- Carmen Casares-Cernach
Facebook Manager- Katy Burleson
Website Monitor- Anna Bulgarides
Calendar Manager- Katy Burleson
Treasurer- Anna Bulgarides
Rising Managing Leader- Anna Bulgarides