Our 2019 young citizen attended school in Pleasanton. When she was young her Grandma opened Cafe Chris, a hometown restaurant that people of this community-supported and loved eating there. She became very interested in the cafe and the way it operated. She worked there whenever she could, to learn as much as she could, about this business.
She graduated from high school in 2010, during high school she played soccer and loved the game, played all through high school. She received an academic scholarship to attend Howard Payne University, played soccer for them, and graduated with a degree in kinesiology and a minor in business.
Upon graduation, she still had the restaurant business calling her. She talked with her grandma about wanting to work at the cafe with the intention to eventually own it after grandma retired. So, this began her career to return to her hometown and pursue her dream of working at Cafe Chris. She actively participates in the day to day operation of the cafe, from general manager to waitress. She enjoys everyone she comes in contact with, from relatives and longtime acquaintances to new residents of our community. She has learned how to serve her community in different ways by working with and meeting the public at this popular place.
Working at Cafe Chris requires lots of hours, but when she can she is still devoted to the game of soccer. She is on our local Parks and Recreation board, director of coaching under the Alamo Area Youth Soccer Assn., has helped with the Special Olympics field day, still coaches several teams. Likes working with kids and stays involved with them to see good things happen.
Returning to her home-town and continuing to pursue the operation of the Cafe, is a plus for this community and we hope it continues for a long time. Your 2019 young citizen of the year is Erica Lopez