2013 Campaign
Support Education
2014 Annual Pledge Campaign kicks off to build up scholarship funds and awards.

Little Viola
It Takes A Team
The "Little Viola" Scholarship awarded to Daniela Portillo.

Support Education
Called To Serve
Daniela Portillo at Providence High School

Little Viola
Blessed To Serve
First scholarship recipient Abigail Issarraras is fully engaged in activities at Incarnate Word High School.

Support Education
Viola Barrios' quiet, personal and diligent charity work serves as a model for giving.

Little Viola
Foundation president Louis Barrios' open letter asks for community participation in education awards.



Board of Directors

Viola Barrios' three children direct her foundation, just as she directed their life paths. All of them chose to follow her lead into service to others. The board of directors is made up of Louis Barrios, president; Teresa Barrios Odgen, DPM; and Diana Barrios- Treviño. The Board sets policy, priorities, goals and strategies. All members volunteer their time to fulfill their responsibilities to the Foundation.

In addition to co-directing the family's restaurants, Foundation President Louis Barrios' has focused his attention on service to the community. His steadfast commitment to San Antonio has garnered significant awards and recognition including:

  • H.H. Hugman Award from the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Paul Goetz Free Enterprise Award from St. Mary's University
  • Finalist Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young
  • 40 Under-40 Rising Stars from the San Antonio Business Journal
  • Restaurateur of the Year from the San Antonio Restaurant Association
  • Small Business Leader of the Year from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Pride in Progress Award in the area of Employee Relations

His current community leadership positions include:

  • San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Executive Board Director
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Commissioner
  • San Antonio Tourism Council Director
  • San Antonio Restaurant Association Director

But the achievement that has given him the most satisfaction is the full four-year, tuition-paid scholarship to Incarnate Word High School awarded by the Foundation to a student with impressive potential and limited financial resources.

"The Foundation's goal is to help individuals, mostly women, who want to help themselves," Louis said. "I would say that I'm thrilled this legacy from my mother is a living legacy and that a promising young person has been able to benefit from this tragedy that has happened to my family. It speaks to that Mexican proverb that something good always comes out of something bad."

Diana Barrios-Treviño, co-owner of the family's restaurants, has a lifelong passion to continue her mother's example in the art of preparing casero-style (homemade) Mexican food. Her expertise in Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking traditions has earned her a place alongside national and international culinary superstars. Her appearances include:
The White House, representing Southwestern United States at the Congressional Picnic
"Good Morning America," with Emeril Lagasse The Food Network, "Food Nation," with Bobby Flay The "Weekend Today Show" on NBC Good Morning America with Sam Champion The BBC "Lifestyle Show" with host Sally Meen The Food Network, "Tasting Texas," and the "SlamDunk Skillet Showdown" Telemundo, New Jersey for Bush's Beans "Throwdown with Bobby Flay" "Today Show" on NBC, with Ann Curry "Martha Stewart Living" Radio Show, with Mario Bosquez Representative for the State of Texas at Texas Media Week in New York City National Public Radio, on Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know"

Locally, Diana has been featured countless times on KENS-TV5; KMOL/WOAI-TV4; KWEX-TV41; and in the pages of the San Antonio Express-News and Southern Living magazine. She is the author of the popular Los Barrios Family Cookbook—Tex-Mex Recipes from the Heart of San Antonio, published by Random House.

"My husband Roland and I have taught our sons (Jordan, 20; Evan, 16; and Diego, 11) what my mother taught my brother and sister and me: giving is what it's all about," Diana said. "My mother always gave a portion of what she had to those who needed assistance in helping themselves. She has passed away, but she is still here, in the lessons she not only taught, but lived every day of her life."

Dr. Teresa Barrios Ogden, the eldest of the three Barrios children, chose a different path to service from that of her siblings. She is a San Antonio podiatrist. "My father always wanted me to study medicine," she said. "He was treated by a podiatrist because he had one leg that was shorter than the other by about four inches due to an accident. He said, 'You should go into that field because they help people so much.'" She worked in the restaurant until she entered college to study medicine.

Teresa graduated from Incarnate Word High School, and from Trinity University with a bachelor's degree in biology. She earned her doctorate from Dr. William Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. After serving her first-year residency in the Orthopedic/Podiatric Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, she went into private practice with her husband Dr. James D. Ogden.

Teresa said: "Through the Foundation we are able to help people—young women in particular—by promoting education. Our goal is to help them get ahead, to do well and to take part in the community. We want them to give back, and to develop good work habits. Being a good worker is about setting goals and reaching them. I have raised my children the way my mother raised me. I continue to work, to get ahead and to improve my children's lives." Teresa and her husband have two daughters. Analie, 21, is studying marketing. Lily, 18, intends to go into sports medicine.