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STAFF, BOARD and COMMITTEES 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TOMMI FERGUSON

Tommi first became interested in the Village model when researching supportive senior housing options during her graduate studies in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin (MS 2004). A native Texan, she has 12 years of nonprofit management experience including more than a decade working in the Village movement (formerly with North Shore Village outside Chicago) and is proud to have the opportunity to strengthen the movement in her home state. Prior to graduate school, Tommi worked in marketing and local media, including The Austin Chronicle and The Austin Business Journal. Tommi and her family live in South Austin.

 

VOLUNTEER DIRECTOR JOHANNA MANDEL

Johanna joined CCV in March 2019. She has experience with Parkinson's support, has served as a Legal Assistant, and most recently spent 11 years in multiple positions with the City of Irving. She has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, was a Leadership Irving graduate, and served on the Board of Examiners for the Quality Texas Foundation. In her role as Performance Manager, Irving received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. After moving to Austin she worked with public organizations seeking to apply the Baldrige framework. Johanna lives with her family in Pflugerville and Pfinds it Pfriendly.

 

 

TECH ADVISOR BONNIE GILSON

Bonnie started out as a volunteer with CCV, became the Volunteer Director in 2012, then the Executive Director in 2013. In 2016, she decided to move to the coast of Texas and work on the website, newsletters, member directory and reports, which can largely be performed remotely. A third-generation Texan with a BBA from the University of Houston and an MS in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University, Bonnie's first career was with Shell Oil Company. She has two sons and four grandchildren in San Antonio and Fort Worth.

 

VILLAGE CONNECTIONS INTERN MEGAN MONACELLI

Megan is a native Austinite and spent the past nine years in Colorado. She recently moved back to pursue a Masters of Social Work at UT Austin. She worked the past few years in the software industry as a technical writer, writing instructions and creating content for others to use software better. She compares herself to the cute and unforgettable Microsoft Clippy. She also has experiences in justice spheres, leading cases referred from the District Attorney’s office through a restorative justice model as an alternative to courts. She lives in East Austin with her partner and puppy.

 

 

 

 

BOARD

Scott Blech, President

Scott has led local, state and international associations during his 35-year career in association management. He retired in 2012 after leading EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) as Executive Director for eight years. During his tenure EMDRIA started its professional journal and the EMDR Research Foundation. He currently serves on the CCV Finance Committee and the board of the EMDR Research Foundation. Scott previously held volunteer leadership positions with several professional, civic and charitable organizations. And he was President of the Jewish Federation of Austin and a Vice President and board member of Temple Beth Shalom, Austin. Scott has a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MA with honors from the University of Missouri. He received his Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

Tom McHorse, Past President

Tom describes himself as married to world’s best wife, Kay. Their three sons and their families live in Austin. Tom is a semi-retired gastroenterologist, a graduate of Millsaps College and the Baylor College of Medicine. Other interests include indigent healthcare at the Voluntary Healthcare Clinic, tennis, and membership at Tarrytown United Methodist Church.

Sue Hoffman, President Emeritus

A founding member of Capital City Village, Sue Hoffman is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family therapist. A recipient of a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University and an MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, she is a past-president of the ENDRIA Board of Directors and was named in 2010 the University of Texas School of Social Work Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Sue was the original recipient and namesake of the Sue Hoffman CCV Volunteer of the Year Award in 2014. Sue enjoys reading, traveling, canoeing and bicycling with Mart, her husband of 43 years.

Tom Knutsen, Treasurer

Tom Knutsen joined the board of Capital City Village in 2017, volunteering as treasurer. For the previous three years he was the treasurer of Drive a Senior - West Austin. He represents that organization on behalf of Tarrytown United Methodist Church. Since retiring from the Lower Colorado River Authority in the summer of 2007, he's volunteered on church missions, helped youngsters read at Blackshear Elementary School, driven regularly for Drive a Senior, and volunteered with CCV. He and his wife Caroline have two children: Amy, a surgeon married to a surgeon, both at the Ohio State Medical School in Columbus, Ohio; and John, a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard, whose wife teaches biology at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Amy and Bryan have two children, eleven and nine, and John and Becki have a daughter born in December 2016. Tom graduated from Yale University with an AB in history, and holds an MA in communication from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as a beat reporter for three daily newspapers in Texas before joining LCRA. Between college and graduate school he earned a commission in Military Intelligence in the U.S. Army, ultimately serving active duty at Fort Hood, Texas.

Doug Bell

Doug is a semi-retired civil engineer with 50 years of experience. He works part-time as an expert witness in construction law cases. His involvement in community affairs includes founder and board member of Trinity Center, a homeless shelter in downtown Austin, member of the Vestry at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and leader of a program to work on racial healing in the Episcopal Church. His interest in Capital City Village is to work with a population of his peers who want to remain active in their homes during retirement.

Barbara Epstein

Barbara is an Austin attorney who provides low-cost legal advice primarily to older adults. Her work history includes assignments at the General Land Office, Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Legal Services, and private practice. She has provided legal advice statewide to Area Agency on Aging benefits counselors and ombudsmen, worked closely with CMS, Social Security, Department of Aging and Disability, Health and Human Services and Adult Protective Services staff. She is a graduate of Antioch College, holds a MA in History from the University of Sussex, and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.

Pam Farley

Pam arrived in Texas after meeting her Peace Corps volunteer husband in Kenya. She had trained and worked in Liverpool, England as an occupational therapist and was assigned through Voluntary Services Overseas to open the first occupational therapy training program in Kenya. Pam Americanized herself by completing a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from St. Edward's University and a master's degree in Allied Health Science from Texas State University. Prior to retirement, she directed local and statewide physical rehabilitation and respite care programs and assisted in the development of policy. Other interests include fiber arts, reading and swimming.

Gayle Hight

Gayle Hight is new to the Capital City Village Board. Her broad career experience includes marketing, sales promotion, higher education, and financial services. Gayle earned her BS and MBA at The University of Texas at Austin and her MS from Texas Woman’s University. Currently a marketing manager at McCombs School of Business, Gayle is recognized for Outstanding Community Outreach on behalf of the University of Texas. She is active in Tarrytown Methodist Church. Her interests include graphics, branding, marketing, and messaging. She has three children and six grandchildren.

Mart Hoffman 

Mart has a long-term commitment to CCV and was one of the original founders. He is the Coordinator of the Annual CCV Golf Tournament, and is the Chair of the Community Outreach/Membership Recruitment Committee...and supports his wife Sue in all of her CCV duties! Mart's undergraduate degree is from SMU, and he has a Master's in Social Work from UT Austin and an MBA from St. Edward's University. Fun activities include playing with grandchildren, golf, canoeing and attending weekly study groups.

Heather Potts

Heather Hart Potts has over 25 years' success in the senior living industry, where she has enjoyed her life work with senior adults. In addition to Heather's senior industry experience, she is the co-owner and operator of two successful restaurants located in downtown Austin, with her husband Steve Potts. Heather and Steve stay busy raising their three children and enjoy attending the extracurricular activities that keep their schedules full and on the move. In addition to the CCV Board, Heather serves on the Board of AustinUp. She is particularly interested in exploring opportunities for more affordable housing options for senior adults and creative programming for life enrichment and workforce development for older adults who want to continue to work. Heather has a BA in Speech Communications with a minor in Business Administration from Texas State University.

Ellen Ward

"I got here as soon as I could”… as the expression goes. A native of Mississippi, Ellen moved from Dickinson to Austin in 1998. She first engaged CCV through interest groups in her south Austin neighborhood, eventually serving on the Program Committee. She attended Randolph Macon Women’s College and graduated from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a double major in Language Arts and Fine Arts. Comprehensive community organization was the focus of her career at Region IV Education Service Center (Greater Houston area) and as Executive Director of Texans Standing Tall (Austin, retired 2005), a statewide coalition established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for prevention of underage alcohol and other drug use. These positions have given her extensive experience in adult professional development, program development, grant writing, and non-profit management. Personally, as an artist, photographer, gardener, and potter, she lives by Emily Dickinson's quote: "Dwell in possibility."  

COMMITTEES

Development and Marketing - Interim Chair Tom McHorse

Finance - Chair Tom Knutsen

Governance - Chair Maxine Barkan

Membership Services - Chair Sue Hoffman

Programs - Chair Rick Cloud

Community Outreach/Membership Recruitment - Chair Doug Bell

Anyone interested in serving on a committee may contact us at info@capitalcityvillage.org and we will connect you to the committee chair.