OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, JOHANNA MANDEL
Johanna joined CCV in March 2019. She has experience with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's support, has served as a Legal Assistant, and has 15 years of experience in local government management. She has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma from the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, is a Leadership Irving graduate, and has 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 organizations seeking to apply the Baldrige framework as an independent consultant. While not helping connect CCV members with caring and trusted volunteers, she serves as a care companion for a family in Westlake two days a week exploring local activities and resources that are dementia and Alzheimer's friendly.
Johanna holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech Univeristy and Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She lives with her two sons in Pflugerville and Pfinds it Pfriendly.
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.
Native Texan, Amelia was raised on country and folk music and the value of service. Driven by wanderlust, she traveled the US and abroad playing music professionally and submerging herself in differing cultures. After settling in her home state, Amelia decided that obtaining a MS in Social Work would be the right next step. She began researching aging in the US and became a hospice volunteer, noticing a difference from other cultures abroad, and began to realize how many American seniors were isolated, depressed and suffering from a lack of community support. In her studies and her career, Amelia aspires to incorporate social work values, community strength and the connectivity of music making to assuage the transition and stigma of aging in the US.
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.
Mart Hoffman, President-Elect
Mart is a native of Dallas and has lived in Austin since 1975. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU, his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. Mart is a retired Clinical Social Worker, Administrator and Teacher. He has also served as a Lay Leader and Stephen Minister at his church. He is one of the founding members of Capital City Village. Mart is an active camper, canoeist and golfer. He and his wife Sue have two adult children and three grandchildren.
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.
Laurie Brown, Treasurer
Laurie Brown joined the Finance Committee as a member during early 2021 and is currently serving the board as Treasurer. She has a BBA and master’s in accounting from Texas State University in San Marcos. She currently works at Texas State, as both Assistant Chair and Graduate Academic Advisor in the Department of Accounting at McCoy College of Business. She has also volunteered with CCV in other capacities. Laurie has a son and daughter, both living in the Austin area. When she is not working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling, tennis, and entertaining friends and family.
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.
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.
"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."
Development and Marketing - Interim Chair Tom McHorse
Finance - Chair Laurie Brown
Governance - Chair Maxine Barkan
Membership Services - Chair Sue Hoffman
Programs - Chair Rick Cloud
Community Outreach/Membership Recruitment - Chair Doug Bell
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