Tobin Center Board

Bexar County Performing Arts Center Board of Directors

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Samuel G. Dawson
Chairman
Samuel G. Dawson

As CEO for Pape-Dawson Engineers, Sam is responsible for the firm's management, allocation of resources, strategic planning and operations. He is also responsible for reviewing and coordinating major projects.

Sam is active as a volunteer and serves on numerous boards and committees including: the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Mobility Coalition, the Witte Museum, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Sam is an active member and former President of the Texas Society for Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Professional Engineers in Private Practice. He currently serves as Chairman of the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Texas and is an active member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering.

Dennert O. Ware
Vice Chairman

Mr. Ware has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare field. Most recently, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CeloNova from 2010 to 2014. Prior to his initial retirement in 2006, Mr. Ware served for 6 years as President and C.E.O. of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. where he grew revenue from approximately $350 million in 2000 to nearly $1.4 billion. Mr. Ware was named the 2005 Medical Device Executive Officer of the Year by leading industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan in recognition of his leadership, vision and impact on KCI’s growth and performance. In addition, he was selected as a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2006. Mr. Ware also spent 28 years with Boehringer Mannheim Group, a division of Roche, in a variety of management positions, including President and CEO of Boehringer Mannheim Corporation.

Mr. Ware holds a BSChE degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University.

John McLaughlin
Treasurer - Finance Committee Chair

John McLaughlin served twenty years as a Senior Vice President with The Capital Group Companies, an international research and investment firm. Prior career experience includes twenty years in various executive leadership positions in the commercial airline industry and he is a former United States Marine Corps Officer.  John retired from the Capital Group Companies in 2011 and since then has served on many non-profit boards in our community.

John and his wife, Vicki, are very active and philanthropic in the State of Texas  supporting multiple charitable organizations to include the San Antonio Zoo, Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf, The Charity Ball Association, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Texas Biomedical Research Institute,  San Antonio Botanical Garden, Texas Public Radio, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and many more important non-profit organizations.

Evangelina Flores
Secretary

Evangelina Flores is President of ROFO’s Inc., dba Paloma Riverwalk and Manager of  F.I.G. Management, LLC.   Evangelina and is a Charter Member of the Texas A&M San Antonio Foundation and currently serves as Chairman of the Board since November of 2014.

Ms. Flores is actively involved in her community.  She was President of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission during 2011-2012, Chairman of the Board of the San Parks Foundation from 2006 through 2011 and served on the River Expansion Oversight Committee.  She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio Museum of Art, and has worked on several city appointed committees throughout the community. 

Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation/ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts; she is a member of the Las Misiones Advisory Committee and a board member of the World Affairs Council and is also serving on the Tricentennial Celebration Committee for the City of San Antonio.  Professionally, she is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Paseo del Rio association.

Evangelina Flores and her family own and operate La Paloma Riverwalk, formerly, La Paloma del Rio.  Both her son, Roger O. Flores and her late husband Roger A. Flores served as City Councilmen for District 1.  She is a lifelong resident of San Antonio and hopes to further develop her historic building on the Riverwalk which now houses her restaurant.  She is an alumnus of Our Lady of the Lake High School and San Antonio College.

Evangelina has been recognized for her community contributions.  She received the Department of the Army (Army North and Fort Sam Houston) Commander’s Award for Public Service in 2012.  She was inducted into the San Antonio Woman’s Hall of Fame in 2011.  She received the La Prensa Foundation community and business award and was recognized in Profiles in Philanthropy by Our Lady of the Lake University in 2007. 

Evangelina Flores has two children, Roger O. Flores and Mariela Flores Lopez married to Orlando Lopez, and eight grandchildren.

J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.
Founding Chairman
J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.

J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. is Chairman and Trustee of The Tobin Endowment, a private charitable foundation, in San Antonio, Texas and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, owner of the new $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. Mr. Bugg currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and Chairman of the Endowment Investment Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of The Santa Fe Opera in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He is former Trustee of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Hall, a private school in San Antonio, Texas,  former Chairman of the Board of Governors of Cancer Therapy & Research Center, and former Officer and Trustee of the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, a Trustee Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the McNay Art Museum.

Mr. Bugg is a member of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation.  He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott on February 13, 2015 and confirmed by the Texas State Senate on March 17, 2015, for a six-year term.  

Mr. Bugg is also Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for The Bank of San Antonio, and Chairman of The Bank of San Antonio; and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Hill Country Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for Texas Hill Country Bank.  In addition, Mr. Bugg also serves as Chairman of San Antonio Capital & Trust Co., L.L.C. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Argyle Investment Co., L.L.C., a private investment firm.

Mr. Bugg was appointed to serve as Chairman and President of the Texas Economic Development Corporation and a Senior Advisor to Governor Perry on the State of Texas’ economic development strategies and initiatives from 2012 to May, 2014.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Bugg was appointed to serve as the Governor’s appointee on the Board of Directors of Humanities Texas in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Bugg is a member of the State Bar of Texas and holds Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Southern Methodist University.  He is 60 years old, married to Alethea Bugg, has two sons, Jim and Tom.  Mr. Bugg is an Eagle Scout.     

Walter Belt, III
Audit Committee Chair

Mr. Walter Belt, CPA, serves as the  Managing CFO Partner of the San Antonio office of  Aventine Hill CFOs, Inc.  Prior to joining Aventine Hill, he had 27 years of experience as an audit partner with KPMG LLP focused upon banking and financial services, two years as the Chief Credit Officer of a newly chartered community bank, and two years consulting with community banks on credit, financial reporting, regulatory compliance and risk management issues. He has had clients ranging in size from the world's largest banking organizations to newly chartered commercial banks. Mr. Belt has led and delivered a variety of projects including the establishment of internal management and external financial reporting systems and processes, acquisition planning and integration, regulatory compliance, and audit committee governance. He also serves as a Director of The Bank of San Antonio. Mr. Belt earned his BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and  his MBA in Finance at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Steven Q. Lee
Building Committee Chair

Steven Q. Lee is a native of San Antonio and the son of Quincy Lee, a pioneer in the construction of quality, low-cost housing and a leader in commercial and industrial development. President of Lee Partners Inc., a real estate investment company, he began his career in the home building business in Houston. He returned to San Antonio to join his father in the industrial development business. He and his brother Bruce manage the family investment business, focusing on real estate, securities and local business investment. Mr. Lee is a board member of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation and past board member of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority. He served on the Mayor's Select Committee for Downtown Development and the Strategic Planning Task Force Vision 2000 committee.

 

William G. Moll
Communications Chair

William G. Moll served for three years as CEO of KLRN public television in San Antonio, concluding his career of more than 58 years in broadcasting. Mr. Moll’s wide-ranging experience includes positions as President of WNBC-TV in New York; President/CEO of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) in New York; President/CEO of Clear Channel Television in San Antonio; President/CEO of WKRC-TV, in Cincinnati, Ohio; President/CEO of Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in San Antonio. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the USO World Board of Governors, Trustee of the University of Incarnate Word, Trustee of The Broadcasters’ Foundation of America, Trustee of the Masters Leadership Program in San Antonio, Member of the Civilian/Military Council of San Antonio, Trustee of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Trustee of the KIPP Aspire Academy, and is a member of the Texas Tech University School of Mass Communications National Advisory Board. Mr. Moll is the former Chairman of The Television Bureau of Advertising, Chairman and President of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, former Chairman of the San Antonio Art Institute and has served on numerous other boards.

He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Thomas A. Stephenson
Nomination and Governance Committee Chair

Mr. Thomas A. Stephenson served as the Publisher of the Houston Chronicle Publishing Company and also as President and Publisher at San Antonio Express-News of Hearst Corporation from January 1, 2006 to February 2, 2012. Mr. Stephenson previously held the positions of Executive Vice President of San Antonio Express-News of Hearst Corporation as well as the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of San Antonio Express-News of Hearst Corporation. Mr. Stephenson joined Express-News in March 1997 as Senior Vice President of Operations and Administration. He worked with Knight-Ridder Newspapers for 22 year. Mr. Stephenson serves as a Director of the San Antonio United Way and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Junior Achievement and Golf San Antonio. He also serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee for the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. Mr. Stephenson was raised in Aberdeen and attended college at Northern State, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He earned an MBA in General Management from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.

James W. Callaway​
James W. Callaway​

Jim Callaway served as group president of AT&T Inc., where he was responsible for leading the merger transition between the former SBC Communications and the former AT&T Corp. Since February 2005, he served as group president of SBC, responsible for leading merger-integration planning efforts. Previously, Mr. Callaway served as group president responsible for SBC's international operations, directory operations and Sterling Commerce. Before that, he served in a variety of strategic and high-level positions, including that of state president of SBC Kansas and SBC California. Mr. Callaway began his career with SBC through its subsidiary, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, in 1968.

Susan C. Franklin
Susan C. Franklin

Ms. Franklin is Co-Founder of Franklin Park, an industry leader in independent living, assisted living, and memory care retirement communities.  She oversees many aspects of the operation of Franklin Park including brand management, design management, first impressions management, as well as the company’s community outreach and philanthropic presence.  Ms. Franklin’s outreach efforts frequently culminate in unique experiences for Franklin Park’s residents including on-site concerts and events as well as cultural outings.

In June 2014, Susan and her husband, Aubra, were awarded the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year designation for Central Texas.  This annual award recognizes entrepreneurs who have a proven track record of innovation that has resulted in exceptional success in their industries.  Ms. Franklin’s leadership of Franklin Park was honored in December 2014 with a cover article for the statewide launch of Texas MD, NSIDE Medical Magazine.  She was also selected as the NSIDE Texas Magazine Gala Honoree for 2014.

In addition to her responsibilities at Franklin Park, Ms. Franklin gives enthusiastically of her time and talents to support many non-profit organizations.  Her desire to elevate both the appreciation and the accessibility of the fine arts in San Antonio inspires her passionate service to multiple cultural standard-bearers.  Ms. Franklin currently serves as a Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation board member where she is a member of the Building Committee and is a Founders’ Network Co-Chair.

In addition to her contributions to the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, Susan also serves on the boards of Musical Bridges Around the World and Arts San Antonio.  Her commitment to the fine arts extends beyond board service as she has graciously opened her home to host notable musicians such as Nobuyuki Tsjuii, the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist, Emmanuel Borok, world-renowned concert master of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Anya Grokhovski, Musical Bridges artistic director and concert pianist, and Lilya Zilberstein, acclaimed pianist.  Ms. Franklin also serves as a Guild Member for New York City Ballet.  She is a Noble Patron of the Charity Ball Association of San Antonio and a Golden Circle supporter of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.  

Winell Herron

As H-E-B's vice president of public, diversity and environmental affairs, Winell Herron regularly travels the state to engage with communities, customers, and 87,000 store partners, or employees. "I grew up on a 100-acre dairy farm outside of Austin as the youngest of eight siblings, so I believe in family first," says the fun-loving community advocate who inherited a strong work ethic from her father. She serves on the boards of March of Dimes, Houston Zoo, Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Ensemble Theatre and Community Artists' Collective. In San Antonio, where H-E-B is headquartered, Ms. Herron is a board trustee for University of Incarnate Word and a board member here at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and at Texas Lyceum. She and husband, Doug Herron, also lend their support to Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Houston Chapter of The Links Inc.

Susan Naylor

Susan Naylor is the Founder and President of The Will Smith Charitable Foundation, which honors the legacy and generosity of her son, Will Naylor Smith, and supports projects in San Antonio, Hawaii, and Africa. Ms. Naylor’s philanthropy and that of The Will Smith Charitable Foundation can be found across San Antonio extending to organization such as the Witte Museum, The DoSeum, Respite Care, Boys and Girls Club and many, many more.   Ms. Naylor most recently funded the naming of the Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza at The Tobin Center, the primary space for free education and outreach activities on the campus.

Ms. Naylor is a Texas resident and Maui enthusiast, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the Witte Museum. She also owns and has raced horses including Arlington-Washington winner Solitary Ranger, Cat SUP, and Vaporman.

Fernando Reyes

Fernando Reyes is a businessman, entrepreneur, community leader and family oriented individual. Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration degree, he continued on to the University of Southern California where he received his Master’s degree in public administration. Reyes is President of Reyes Automotive Group II and Reyes AmTex Automotive, which are both Tier One suppliers for Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc., in San Antonio, Texas. Along with his two joint venture partners, Reyes leads the manufacturing of plastic parts and carpeting for the Toyota Tundra and Tacoma Trucks. His other businesses ventures, Reyes Development and Reyes Properties, involve land development and commercial real-estate acquisition. He is a dedicated and energetic individual and is active in many civic organizations serving as the 2007 & 2008, Chairman of the Board for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Senior Vice President of the San Antonio Fiesta Commission; Rey Feo LX and Treasurer for the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation; Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s University; San Antonio Parks Foundation Board; Board Member of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation; Board Member on the World Affairs Council of San Antonio; and Board Member of the San Antonio Texas Bio and Agro Defense Consortium Community Relations Advisory Council; and Director for the Bank of San Antonio. Most recently he was elected as Fiesta Commission President, serving 2014 to 2015. He was appointed by then Governor George W. Bush to serve on the Texas Workers Compensation Insurance Fund Board; the Texas Skills Standard Board; Reyes served as a Commissioner on the Texas Lottery Commission having been appointed by Governor Rick Perry.

Edward Steves

Edward Steves is CEO of Steves & Sons, the San Antonio-based company which is the oldest building materials company in the U.S. under the same family’s continuous ownership and management. Dating back to the pioneer days of Texas, Steves & Sons has evolved from a frontier lumberyard to one of the largest interior door manufacturers in the United States. In 2014, Steves & Sons were named the Millwork Partner of the Year by Home Depot. 

Dr. Alice Viroslav
Dr. Alice Viroslav

Dr. Viroslav is a graduate of SMU and UT Southwestern Medical School, and served as Chief Resident in Diagnostic Radiology at Emory University. She is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with added qualification in Neuroradiology, is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, and holds a teaching appointment at UTHSCSA.

She is a former chair of the boards of Saint Mary’s Hall, the Winston School San Antonio, and the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, and is current chair of the boards of the Mind Science Foundation and of the Campus of the Jewish Community of San Antonio. She also serves on the boards of Playhouse San Antonio, the San Antonio Chamber Choir, and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Nationally, Dr. Viroslav is a co-founder of the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. She serves on the board of the Jewish Federations of North America and is the former co-chair of the National Young Leadership division of JFNA. She is a classically trained soprano and is a member of the San Antonio Mastersingers. Her husband, Dr. Sergio Viroslav, is an orthopedic surgeon, and they have three children, ages 23, 19, and 17.

Advisory Board

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Peter Holt
Chairman

Mr. Peter M. Holt serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Holt CAT. Mr. Holt owns the largest Caterpillar dealership in the United States. Mr. Holt previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of San Antonio Spurs, L.L.C. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Board of Directors at Trinity University. He is a community leader who believes in corporate responsibility to support local projects. In August 2003, Mr. Holt was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission. He is very active in the San Antonio United Way (2001-2002 chairman of the board) and his companies match employee contributions, earning United Way’s “Gold Award” for many years. He serves on the boards of JPMorgan Chase Bank, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Inc., Free Trade Alliance San Antonio, The Trust Co., the Texas State Aquarium, Trinity University, and the Development Board of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Mr. Holt served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he earned a Silver Star, three Bronze Stars for Valor, a Purple Heart, and many other awards. Mr. Holt attended The University of Texas at Austin. 

Richard T. Schlosberg, III
Vice-Chairman

Dick Schlosberg is the former Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times and the past President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Packard Foundation is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic foundations. Dick continues to be very active in civic and professional organizations. He is currently a board member of eBay, located in the Silicon Valley of Northern California, and of Edison International in Southern California, where he serves as the Lead Independent Director. In addition, he is Chair of the Board of the Kaiser Family Foundation and is a founding director of the United States Air Force Academy Endowment, a charitable foundation supporting the Air Force Academy. He is the past chairman of United Way campaigns in Denver and Los Angeles. His previous board affiliations include the Smithsonian Institution, BEA Systems, Junior Achievement, Pomona College, the USO and the Newspaper Association of America.

After returning to San Antonio in 2004, Mr. Schlosberg became a founding director of The Bank of San Antonio, Bandera First State Bank and San Antonio Capital Management and Trust Holdings. He also serves on the boards of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the San Antonio Medical Foundation.

Mr. Schlosberg graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned a master’s degree with honors from the Harvard Business School. He served five years as an Air Force pilot and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. In 2003 he was honored by the Air Force Academy and named one of its distinguished graduates.

Cathy Burzik

Catherine Burzik is an accomplished senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Cathy has successfully led major medical device, diagnostic, diagnostic imaging and life sciences businesses. Most recently she served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Kinetic Concepts, Inc., a leading medical device company specializing in the fields of wound care and regenerative medicine. Cathy led significant product innovation, expanded the business globally, and diversified the business into regenerative medicine through the $1.7 billion acquisition of LifeCell. Subsequently, KCI was taken private by Apax Partners in late 2011 for $6.1B.

Prior to joining KCI in 2006, Cathy served as President of Applied BioSystems and held senior executive positions at Eastman Kodak, including CEO and President of Kodak Health Imaging Systems, and at Johnson & Johnson, where she ran the Critikon and Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. global businesses.

Cathy has extensive public and not-for-profit Board experience, serving as Chair, American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, Dickinson and Company. She is Vice-Chair of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board, on the Board of Directors of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, and the Board of Trustees of the Keck Graduate School of Applied Life Sciences. Cathy previously served on the Board of Directors of Allscripts, Baush and Lomb, and Cordis Corporation.

Cathy’s education includes a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, and a Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Buffalo.

 

Tom C. Frost, Jr.

Tom C. Frost, Jr. graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree with a major in commerce. He holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Austin College and an honorary doctor of international relations degree from the University of the Americas in Mexico City. Frost began his banking career in 1950 and was elected assistant cashier in Frost’s Foreign Department in October of that year. In 1962, he was elected president, and in 1971 he became chairman of the board. Frost has also supported community development, with service on the board of trustees of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, the Texas Research and Technology Foundation and the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital. He is also a member of the board of governors of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research and is a trustee for the Southwest Research Institute and vice president of the executive committee of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Phil Hardberger

Phil Hardberger served two terms as Mayor of San Antonio.  Shortly after taking office in 2005, his strong leadership ability was placed in the national spotlight as he led city efforts to help displaced residents of the Gulf Coast during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Hardberger, a former Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals, a civil rights attorney, a Peace Corps volunteer, and a former Air Force bomber pilot, was re-elected in 2007 by an overwhelming 77 percent of the vote.  At the end of his second term in 2009, he held an 86 percent approval rating from San Antonio residents.  His legacy as mayor includes the expansion of the River Walk and the creation of Haven for Hope, a 37-acre campus serving the area’s homeless.  He increased the city’s green space through the acquisition of a dairy farm of 320 acres and developed it into a prize-winning park.  The park was later named after him.  He also led San Antonio into the clean energy sector through the Mission Verde Sustainability plan, and he carried and implemented the city’s largest bond initiative of $550 Million for community-wide projects. 

Hardberger is one of the three founders of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, along with J. Bruce Bugg and Judge Nelson Wolff.

Hardberger received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Georgetown University.

Hardberger received a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a master's degree from Columbia University and a law degree from Georgetown.

William L. Henrich

William Henrich received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and later completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School and a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Henrich served as Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at the VA Medical Center in Dallas and Attending Physician at Zale Lipshy University Hospital. Following his services as Professor and Chairman of Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio and Chief of the Medical Service, Medical College Hospital, in Toledo, Ohio, he served as the Theodore Woodward Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and then as the Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He is the editor of the popular dialysis textbook "Principles and Practice of Dialysis" and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Tommy Lee Jones

Actor, director, producer and screenwriter.

Tracy Wolff

For over two decades Tracy Wolff has been a community volunteer and fundraiser focusing primarily on children and family issues. As First Lady of Bexar County, Tracy recently joined her husband, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, in a new project – the creation of the first digital public library in the nation, BiblioTech. The mission of BiblioTech is to “provide all Bexar County residents with the opportunity to access technology for the purpose of enhancing education and literacy, promoting reading and equipping the citizens of Bexar County with the necessary tools to thrive as citizens of the 21st Century”. In 2004, as the founder and President of the Hidalgo Foundation of Bexar County, Tracy was charged with the mission of raising $6 million towards the restoration and renovation of the Bexar County Courthouse, the oldest and largest historic courthouse in continuous operation in Texas. Because of her personal commitment to children, Tracy included in the fundraising goal, the construction of two “child abuse courts and additional support areas” which were completed in January of 2005.

The Bexar County Children’s Courts are the first to be created in Texas, second in the U. S., and were named the model for the nation by the William & Mary Law School’s Courtroom 21 Project. To date, the Foundation has raised $7.5 million. Tracy is also co-founder and Advisor of “SMART START,” – a $3 million dollar San Antonio Area Foundation trust fund, launched in 1994 to improve the quality of childcare programs throughout the community. Smart Start awards grants to childcare programs and home care providers who seek to become nationally accredited. As first Lady of San Antonio, Tracy launched a SMART START multi-media educational campaign to provide early childcare information for families. Over the years, Tracy has chaired numerous fundraisers, raising thousands of dollars to support initiatives to improve the lives of mothers and children in our community.

 

Officers and Committee Chairs

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Samuel G. Dawson
Chairman, Executive Committee
Samuel G. Dawson

As CEO for Pape-Dawson Engineers, Sam is responsible for the firm's management, allocation of resources, strategic planning and operations. He is also responsible for reviewing and coordinating major projects.

Sam is active as a volunteer and serves on numerous boards and committees including: the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Mobility Coalition, the Witte Museum, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

Sam is an active member and former President of the Texas Society for Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Professional Engineers in Private Practice. He currently serves as Chairman of the Engineering Advisory Board at the University of Texas and is an active member of the Advisory Council for the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering.

Michael J. Fresher
President and CEO

Michael J. Fresher serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  In this role, he oversees and is responsible for all facets of The Tobin Center’s operations and business plan.

Prior to coming to The Tobin Center, Fresher served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall Corporation (The Bushnell) in Hartford, Connecticut.  In this role, he was responsible for all operational areas of The Bushnell including Finance, Facility Operations (including IT and Guest Services), Sales, Marketing, Human Resources and the Box Office. Additionally, Fresher was actively engaged in enterprise-wide strategic planning and new business development.

Fresher also served as General Manager of Bushnell Management Services – the venue management arm of The Bushnell.  In this role, Fresher was responsible for oversight of operations at Rentschler Field Stadium as well as expansion into additional venue management agreements.

Before The Bushnell, Fresher was the Vice President Finance and Controller for Madison Square Garden’s Connecticut operation for 10 years where he directed oversight of all financial operations and was involved in all elements of operation and management of the Hartford Civic Center (arena), the Hartford Wolf Pack Hockey Team and Rentschler Field (football stadium).

Prior to his work with Madison Square Garden, Fresher was Finance Manager/Controller of the manufacturing division of General Datacomm in Naugatuck, CT, and Vice President of Finance and Administration with Connecticut Airgas in West Hartford, Conn.

Fresher was a finalist for the Hartford Business Journal’s CFO of The Year in 2010 and was recognized as a Top 50 Most Influential Business Leaders in Hartford by Hartford Magazine in 2012.  In San Antonio, Fresher was recognized by San Antonio Magazine in 2013 as one the city’s most Important Innovators (the “IT” List).

Fresher graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BS in finance.  A life-long Connecticut resident, Fresher now resides in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas with his family

Dennert O. Ware
Vice-Chairman

Mr. Ware has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare field. Most recently, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CeloNova from 2010 to 2014. Prior to his initial retirement in 2006, Mr. Ware served for 6 years as President and C.E.O. of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. where he grew revenue from approximately $350 million in 2000 to nearly $1.4 billion. Mr. Ware was named the 2005 Medical Device Executive Officer of the Year by leading industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan in recognition of his leadership, vision and impact on KCI’s growth and performance. In addition, he was selected as a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2006. Mr. Ware also spent 28 years with Boehringer Mannheim Group, a division of Roche, in a variety of management positions, including President and CEO of Boehringer Mannheim Corporation.

Mr. Ware holds a BSChE degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University.

Evangelina Flores
Secretary

Ms. Flores is President and CEO of ROFO’s Inc., dba Paloma Riverwalk Parilla Grill, as well as President of F.I.G. Management, LLC. She is very active on many civic and community organizational boards. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the San Antonio Parks Foundation and is an Executive Committee Vice President with the San Antonio Fiesta Commission. She participated as representative on state, national and international trade missions with her late husband and former San Antonio City Councilman Roger A. Flores, and with her son and former City Councilman Roger O. Flores.

Ms. Flores is founder of the Roger & Evangelina Flores Communication Forensics Program at Our Lady of the Lake University. She is also a President’s Circle Member of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville. In prior years, she served as a board member of the San Antonio Region YMCA and the Laredo National Bank, BBVA. Her advisory council experience includes service with the American Diabetes Association and as a City of San Antonio appointee on the Downtown Advisory Board.

She is also active on several cultural, arts and service organizations. Along with being a Board member of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, she is also a member of the Las Misiones Campaign Committee, and the River Oversight Committee. She is a Trustee of the San Antonio Museum of Art and a member of the Texas A&M Hispanic Network, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Paseo Del Rio Association. 

Walter Belt, III
Chair of Audit Committee

Mr. Walter Belt, CPA, serves as the  Managing CFO Partner of the San Antonio office of  Aventine Hill CFOs, Inc.  Prior to joining Aventine Hill, he had 27 years of experience as an audit partner with KPMG LLP focused upon banking and financial services, two years as the Chief Credit Officer of a newly chartered community bank, and two years consulting with community banks on credit, financial reporting, regulatory compliance and risk management issues. He has had clients ranging in size from the world's largest banking organizations to newly chartered commercial banks. Mr. Belt has led and delivered a variety of projects including the establishment of internal management and external financial reporting systems and processes, acquisition planning and integration, regulatory compliance, and audit committee governance. He also serves as a Director of The Bank of San Antonio. Mr. Belt earned his BA in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and  his MBA in Finance at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Steven Q. Lee
Chair of Building Committee

Steven Q. Lee is a native of San Antonio and the son of Quincy Lee, a pioneer in the construction of quality, low-cost housing and a leader in commercial and industrial development. President of Lee Partners Inc., a real estate investment company, he began his career in the home building business in Houston. He returned to San Antonio to join his father in the industrial development business. He and his brother Bruce manage the family investment business, focusing on real estate, securities and local business investment. Mr. Lee is a board member of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation and past board member of the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority. He served on the Mayor's Select Committee for Downtown Development and the Strategic Planning Task Force Vision 2000 committee.

William G. Moll
Chair of Communications Committee

William G. Moll served for three years as CEO of KLRN public television in San Antonio, concluding his career of more than 58 years in broadcasting. Mr. Moll’s wide-ranging experience includes positions as President of WNBC-TV in New York; President/CEO of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) in New York; President/CEO of Clear Channel Television in San Antonio; President/CEO of WKRC-TV, in Cincinnati, Ohio; President/CEO of Harte-Hanks Broadcasting in San Antonio. He is Immediate Past Chairman of the USO World Board of Governors, Trustee of the University of Incarnate Word, Trustee of The Broadcasters’ Foundation of America, Trustee of the Masters Leadership Program in San Antonio, Member of the Civilian/Military Council of San Antonio, Trustee of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Trustee of the KIPP Aspire Academy, and is a member of the Texas Tech University School of Mass Communications National Advisory Board. Mr. Moll is the former Chairman of The Television Bureau of Advertising, Chairman and President of the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America, former Chairman of the San Antonio Art Institute and has served on numerous other boards.

He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Southeast Missouri University in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Thomas A. Stephenson
Chair of Governance & Nominating Committee

Mr. Thomas A. Stephenson served as the Publisher of the Houston Chronicle Publishing Company and also as President and Publisher at San Antonio Express-News of Hearst Corporation from January 1, 2006 to February 2, 2012. Mr. Stephenson previously held the positions of Executive Vice President of San Antonio Express-News of Hearst Corporation as well as the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of San Antonio Express-News of Hearst Corporation. Mr. Stephenson joined Express-News in March 1997 as Senior Vice President of Operations and Administration. He worked with Knight-Ridder Newspapers for 22 year. Mr. Stephenson serves as a Director of the San Antonio United Way and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Junior Achievement and Golf San Antonio. He also serves on the Legislative Affairs Committee for the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. Mr. Stephenson was raised in Aberdeen and attended college at Northern State, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. He earned an MBA in General Management from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.

 

John McLaughlin
Treasurer - Chair of Finance Committee

John McLaughlin served twenty years as a Senior Vice President with The Capital Group Companies, an international research and investment firm. Prior career experience includes twenty years in various executive leadership positions in the commercial airline industry and he is a former United States Marine Corps Officer. John retired from the Capital Group Companies in 2011 and since then has served on many non-profit boards in our community.

John and his wife, Vicki, are very active and philanthropic in the State of Texas supporting multiple charitable organizations to include the San Antonio Zoo, Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf, The Charity Ball Association, George W. Bush Presidential Center, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Texas Public Radio, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and many more important non-profit organizations.