Meet Krysteen Villarreal, the Administrative Assistant for the San Antonio River Foundation (SARF). Krysteen graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and was a mental health educator in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Although born and raised in McAllen, Texas, Krysteen moved to San Antonio in 2009 and wholeheartedly calls the city her home.
"I spent much of my first few years in San Antonio near UTSA, rarely venturing out. Now, I think that was crazy of me. There are great sights to see, people to meet and a never ending list of great places to eat and drink. With each year that I am here, I move more and more into the heart of the city. I love living so close to the vibrancy of downtown while still being able to visit friends outside of “the loop.” My latest love is the River. Its’ history and stories pour over me the further downtown I go. I feel most connected to the past there. Now that I have joined the team at the San Antonio River Foundation, I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by the natural elements the river brings. I want to help ensure that our desires manifest and that San Antonio remains a city of pure charm.
When I’m not being hypnotized by beautiful views and the delightful staff of SARF, I am a part-time dancer, performer, and teacher. I have been dancing for most of my life, but for the past several years, I have been a swing dancer. I love to swing dance, talk about swing dance, and listen to jazz. There’s a great American history to swing that makes dancing and talking about it so much fun. Much like the river, swing dancing has stories that predate my generation, and that connection is important to me. Without roots, there is no growth!"