Behind The Publication

russell2Russell Groomer
Publisher of Welcome Home
Director of SOBA
Director of 10 West

One of the founding partners of Welcome Home, Russell is an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the business. As editor-in-chief, Russell is responsible for overseeing everything from graphic design to final layout of each issue.  Russell was born into an entrepreneurial minded family in Port Isabel, TX. He developed a sense of business acumen while assisting his parents who operated their own successful business. Russell brings his expertise to Welcome Home, balancing bookkeeping and business development. Outside the office, Russell enjoys spending time with his two children and his dog and constant companion, Angel. To this day, he also helps out with his family’s business between deadlines at the paper.

Kristin OliverKristin Oliver
Director of Production and Marketing:

Kristin has been with Welcome Home for three years. She has lived in San Antonio for most of her life and currently resides in Boerne with her fiancé, Eric. Kristin is directly involved in marketing and advertising, layout and design, and sales. Her strong, positive attitude, direction and leadership has pushed Welcome Home to reach new heights.  On weeknights, Kristin can be found leading group fitness and yoga classes. On weekends, she can be found on the couch with a good book or running all over town after her niece. She is very close with her family and treasures the time she is able to spend with them.

Patrice Long
Senior Account Representative

Patrice joined the Welcome Home team nine years ago with more than 15 years of sales, marketing and customer service experience. Patrice brings creativity and business savvy to her role and believes that listening to the needs of each client is the essence of a successful relationship. Patrice attributes her success to her ability to quickly understand her clients and their objectives; partnering with them to design advertising solutions. She is very committed to the Stone Oak community; a beautiful place where family, work and recreation come together.

Israel VazquezIsrael Vasquez

Israel has been with Welcome Home for over six years. An instrumental part of the organization, he is responsible for collection and distribution of the paper to over 900 businesses spanning nine zip codes each and every month. Israel was born and raised in San Antonio and is an expert at navigating his way through the growing and sometimes very congested Stone Oak area. He attended San Antonio College, where he studied art, philosophy and theology. When not at work, Israel spends his time writing and working on art. He also enjoys cooking and baking.

meStefanie Young
Editor and Writer
Social Media Director
Website Manager

Stefanie joined the Welcome Home team in June 2014.  She currently helps produce content for the paper while maintaining the websites for Welcome Home, SOBA, 10 West, and Living Through Giving. She also works to communicate through and  cultivate the social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and YouTube. She recently finished a web design and coding boot camp where she broadened her abilities. She also attends her regular college classes full-time during week nights while spending her weekends with her fiancé, a good book or video games.

Brittany Oliver
Administrative Assistant

Brittany joined Welcome Home in September 2014, after moving home from Idaho. Brittany was born and raised in San Antonio where she was raised with her 6 siblings. She moved to Idaho in 2011 looking to expand her horizons. While in Idaho she worked in technical support. Brittany enjoys traveling around the United States; she recently finished a hike through both Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Her next adventure will be the Grand Canyon. When she is not traveling, Brittany enjoys running the odd mile or two, and most of all hanging out with friends. Brittany is thrilled to work with this amazing organization. She is eager to learn the ins and outs of the company, and take on a whole new aspect of work.