Board of Directors/Committees

Our philosophy is simple, “Let’s co-create a sustainable, shared wellbeing.” We believe a community which supports the arts, fosters social capital which makes for a greater quality of life. We believe river stewardship is not an option but our responsibility as a river community. We support local because it is essential to our growth and the preservation of our economy. We are an ever growing “like” spirited community who is proud to call San Marcos, Texas, home… a place where we live, work and play.

July Moreno, Founder/Executive Director

Founding Members

The Becerra Family

Shirley Rogers

Fraye Stokes

Board of Directors

Monica Becerra

Scot Courtney

Bio

Scot is resident of San Marcos of over twenty years and lives within walking distance of the San Marcos River.  He can be regularly found there with his wife and son enjoying all that it offers.  Scot’s wife of sixteen years, Gena is pursuing her Masters of Science in Nutrition at Texas State and his son attends Miller MS.

Originally coming to San Marcos in 1984, Scot attended and graduated from Texas State University (SWT) with degrees in both Political Science & Environmental Resource Management.  After graduating with honors from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1994, he began his career as a Criminal Defense Attorney with his mentor, Robert Scardino, Jr. in Houston.  After a decade-long partnership, Scot relocated his practice, moving back to San Marcos with his wife to have and raise their son.  Board Certified in Criminal Law, he has enjoyed a twenty-four year professional career devoted entirely to protecting and defending the rights of citizens; appearing in over 150 Criminal Courts in more than 64 Texas Counties, as well as various Appellate and Federal District Courts, including trademark work in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Courts.

While at SWT, he was a collegiate athlete and member of the first SWT Rugby Club to win a Texas Collegiate Championship.  After returning to San Marcos in 2004, he spent the next ten years as Head Coach of the Texas State Rugby Club, guiding them to three Texas Collegiate Championship Titles, helping to build the program to national prominence and remains Director of Rugby.  In 2006, he established and remains a Board Member of TXST Rugby Alumni Foundation, Inc. [501(c)(3)].  He continues to contribute time and counsels the other local rugby organizations, which include: San Marcos Greys Rugby Football Club (Mens), who reached the National Semi Finals last season; San Marcos Sirens Rugby Club (Women), as well as the San Marcos Youth Rugby Association.  Scot is a USA Rugby level 400 Certified Coach and Referee, and sits on the Board of Directors of Rugby Texas (501(c)(3) for the youth game in Texas.  He also serves on the USA Rugby Collegiate Management Committee and is a Committee  Chairman with the Texas Rugby Union.

Scot has some experience in the arts, as well.  He is a three-time published author, whose current print publications include, Legal Street Smarts: Texas Edition & Student Body of Law for Texas – Everything the Texas College Student Needs to Know About the Law.  He is also an accomplished artist who works in stained glass, designing and constructing original works in both the Tiffany & Lead Came methods.
While his career, community service and the arts are time consuming, he most enjoys time with his family and manages to maintain a serviceable golf game, when his time allows

Carol Frank

Bio

I am a proud BISM (Born in San Marcos), 6th generation San Marcan.   My husband David and I have two grown sons and three grandchildren.  I retired from the Texas Association of School Boards in Austin after 35 years as the Manager of the Media Services Department, which included photography and a full in-house production suite and studio.  I am a Member of the Heritage Association and Spring Lake Garden Club.  I am highly involved with the Mermaid Society and have been part of the organization since its launch last year.  I volunteer on multiple levels and currently serve as the co-chair of the Mermaid Ball Décor & Design committee.

Christopher Hanson

Bio

Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Hanson enjoys working with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad. Hanson holds three Masters Degrees from Texas State University in Music History, Music Theory, and Music Composition. He is currently working on his PhD in School Improvement at Texas State University, with a focus on teacher and student agency; as well as, a Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, with a focus on the transformative powers of fine arts education . As a violinist and composer Hanson has premiered several works in multiple genres and serves as the chief arranger and first violinist of the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego. Hanson works as the Orchestra Director for San Marcos High School in San Marcos CISD. He is the founder and artistic director of the SMART Orchestra, a community-based orchestra created to encourage string education, established in the city of San Marcos in 2009. Hanson currently resides in Kyle, Texas with his wife Erin, and his two children Emily and Graham.

Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Hanson enjoys working with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad. Hanson holds three Masters Degrees from Texas State University in Music History, Music Theory, and Music Composition. He is currently working on his PhD in School Improvement at Texas State University, with a focus on teacher and student agency; as well as, a Masters in Applied Philosophy and Ethics, with a focus on the transformative powers of fine arts education . As a violinist and composer Hanson has premiered several works in multiple genres and serves as the chief arranger and first violinist of the Sacred Ensemble with Dr. Shana Mashego. Hanson works as the Orchestra Director for San Marcos High School in San Marcos CISD. He is the founder and artistic director of the SMART Orchestra, a community-based orchestra created to encourage string education, established in the city of San Marcos in 2009. Hanson currently resides in Kyle, Texas with his wife Erin, and his two children Emily and Graham.

Kayli Head

Marieta Carducci Hutchison

Bio

Marieta Carducci Hutchison, M.Ed. (TXST 1986, 1992) is a retired Physical Education, Health Education, and Special Education teacher with 25 years experience, half of those years with San Marcos CISD.  Her career included teaching over 7,000 students, publishing in national journal; TEPE (Teaching Elementary Physical Education) and presenting in state-wide conferences; TAHPERD, TEA and ALL-WELL.  She is also a 2007 graduate of the Texas Writing Project where her writing/presentation was chosen Elementary Lesson Plan of the Year.       

Marieta has volunteered throughout our community beginning in 1990s with developing and implementing the San Marcos Little League Basketball Clinic.  She currently supports the San Marcos Art Advocates and is a member of the San Marcos Art League.  In January 2016 she met July Moreno at a SMAA meeting and began volunteering wherever she was needed for the Mermaid Society SMTX.  In May of 2017 she was named Youth Outreach Liaison for Mermaid Society and has helped launch the 2017 summer Mermaid Chats and the SPLASH Patch Program. Her specialty is collaboratively writing curriculum and narrative for both programs.       

Marieta’s other passions include fitness and was awarded the National Sports Foundation San Marcos Fit Woman of the Year in 1996, at 40.  She also enjoys photography, piano, poetry and hanging with her husband Steve, children and grandchildren, especially at the river!

Megan Jung

Bio

Megan Jung is a proud supporter of Mermaid Society.  She is committed to the vision of actively participating in community growth to ensure San Marcos retains it's identity of history and beauty.  Megan spent much time in San Marcos growing up and is an alumni of Texas State University (actually Southwest Texas State University).  Previously, Megan was a volunteer at Central Texas Medical Center and worked for many local businesses while studying for her degree in Biology.  Megan spent much time at Aquarena Springs as a kiddo and later as a glass bottom boat driver.  Megan participated in the installation of the boardwalk at Spring Lake and planted many of the native trees around the lake.  Of course, she always wanted to be a Mermaid performing at the park!
For the past two years, Megan has rejoined the San Marcos community and has found her roots again.  She has also found a community of friends who inspire her to create, participate and share her love of the river and it's conservation.  Professionally, Megan is a research scientist working on new clinical therapies.  In her "real" life she is living the dream in San Marcos, inspired by Mermaid Society SMTX to facilitate connections in the community.
Megan is the co-chair of the Mermaid Ball Décor & Design committee and loves to share the good will of Mermaid Society with the various communities within San Marcos.  She has been inspired by the local business owners, leaders and artists in our community and thrives on the possibilities of what is to come as Mermaid Society fulfills it's potential.

Natasha Koenigseder-Vera

Bio

Natasha was born and raised in San Marcos, Texas and currently resides in Pearland, Texas with her husband Jerry.  She is a Registered Nurse graduate of the UT Heath Science Center at San Antonio, and has worked as a travel nurse in several destinations across Texas.  Natasha presently works as a oncology nurse at CHI St. Luke’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. In addition to nursing, Natasha is a passionate nutritionist and yoga advocate. She enjoys outdoor activities, family time, especially with her 4 yr old niece, and reading books on spiritualty, wellness, and health.

John Lopez

Bio

Starting at a young age, John A. Lopez was exposed to some of the best in Latin music. His father Aruto Lopez was the founder and director of Mariachi Chapultepec, one of the best mariachis to ever come out of San Antonio. His mother, Beatriz Llamas, La Paloma del Norte, was a famous mariachi and conjunto singer; she has been inducted into the Tejano and Conjunto halls of fame.

John began his musical career as a percussionist at Thomas Edison High School in San Antonio, TX and upon graduating attended Texas State University as a music major. He eventually received a Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Composition from Texas State in 1992. Shortly after graduating he began working as a part time faculty member at Texas State in charge of marching percussion; however, he quickly started to create classes in the music department that highlighted his passion for Latin music. This inevitably evolved into the expansion of Latin music at Texas State. In 2003 Mr. Lopez became a tenured Associate-Professor as well as the founder and coordinator of the Latin Music Studies area. Starting with the creation of Salsa del Rio in 1995, the Latin Music Studies area has grown to include Mariachi Nueva Generacion, Mariachi Lince De Oro, Orquesta del Rio, and Mariachi Infantil, the youth mariachi program. The total number of students involved in these programs has grown to over one hundred.  Under his direction, the Salsa and Mariachi ensembles have gained much recognition throughout the state, as well as nationally and internationally through several performance opportunities. Salsa del Rio has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Brienz Jazz Festival, Carnaval de Nice, Cancun and Mexico City, Mexico. Nationally, they have performed at the prestigious Notre Dame Jazz Festival, where they have won several awards.

Mariachi Nueva Generacion has quickly risen as one of the best university Mariachi ensembles in the state of Texas. They compete regularly at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza held annually in December in San Antonio, TX, where they have won first place seven out of the last ten years that they have competed. Internationally, Mariachi Nueva Generacion has toured Europe alongside the Texas State University Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Mariachi Nueva Generacion and Salsa del Rio toured and performed in Chile.

In May of 2016 both ensembles once again showcased their talents during a tour of the West Coast with performances in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Mermaid Chats and Guardian Patch Program

Jennifer Bloodworth, Troop 616, Texas Star Service Unit - Mermaid Society Youth Outreach Committee Member

Stephanie Brown, Troop 1098
Mermaid Society Youth Outreach Committee Member

Marieta Carducci Hutchison,  
Mermaid Society Youth Outreach Liaison

Angela Zumwalt, Mermaid Society Youth Outreach Mascot - Maya the Mermaid

STMX Mermaid SPLASH Leadership

Tim Bauerkemper, Logistics Chair  Downtown Mermaid Parade

Ruben Becerra, Chair
Downtown Mermaid Parade

Reyna Caraveo, Event Mgt.
Mermaid Society Ball

Kevin Gilley, Chair  
Mermaid Society Ball

Christopher Hanson, Chair
Arts Symposium

Derek Head, Logistics Chair
Mermaid Society Ball

Terri Hendrix, Stage Chair
Mermaid Aqua Faire

Marieta Carducci Hutchison,

Robert Jung, Co-Chair
Mer-tini Shakedown 

Kimberly Meitzen, Chair  
River Guardianship Symposium

Jana Minifie, Chair
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Symposium

Katilyn Polk, Event Director  
Mer-tini Shakedown Competition

Kathryn Voigtel Welch, Artisan Alley Chair Mermaid Aqua Faire

Megan Tuberville, Catering Chair
Mermaid Society Ball

Miranda Wait, Eco Village Co-Chairs Mermaid Aqua Faire

Tracy Weinberg, Stage Liaison
Mermaid Aqua Faire

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