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.
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.
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.
Marykate has lived in five different states, including New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, and finally Texas. She moved to Austin in 2015, and has played an active role in the nonprofit community ever since. After two years of AmeriCorps service, she was hired at the Sickle Cell Association of Texas as a Community Coordinator, connecting clients to resources, and planning fundraising events. Afterward, she spent two years at Gethsemane Lutheran Preschool as a Lead Instructor for a class of two and three-year-olds. She was then hired as the Lead Instructor at The Learning Center, which is an adult literacy program with the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. Now, as a MSSW intern at Capital City Village, she looks forward to connecting with each member to build community.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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