Texas State Aquarium Facility Leaders

  • Jesse Gilbert

    President and CEO

  • Julio Flores, Jr., CPA

    Senior Vice President of Business Operations & Chief Financial Officer

  • Jennifer Vela

    Chief Government Affairs & Marketing Officer

  • Justin Sefcik

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Nicole Andrade, SHRM-SCP

    Director of Administration and Human Resources

  • Cheryl Wolfe, CPA

    Director of Finance

  • Emma Gilbert

    Director of Animal Care

2021 Board of Trustees

The Texas State Aquarium is honored to have the following members of our community serve on our Board of Trustees: 

Executive Committee

Charles W. “Charlie” Zahn, Jr., Chair
Darcy Schroeder, Vice Chair
Julie Buckley, Past Chair
Bruce S. Hawn, Secretary
Donald E. “Don” Kingsbury, Treasurer
Rob Hall, Past Chair
Julie McNeil, At Large
Ted Oakley, At Large
Larry Urban, At Large
Dos Gates, Appointed
Catherine Hilliard, Appointed
Patt Hawn Wallace, Appointed


Esperanza “Hope” Andrade
Tree Baker, III
Dr. Osbert Blow
Allen G. Borden
Julie Buckley
William C. “Chris” Bush
Mary Campbell
Louise Chapman
Steven Davidson
Ben A. Donnell
Larry R. Elizondo, Sr.
Sidney H. “Sid” Evans, II
George Finley III
Laura Fischer
Dr. Robert R. “Bob” Furgason
Thomas “Dos” Gates, Jr.
Jason Gilbert
Paul J. Guilfoyle
Kim Hammer
Bruce Hawn
Scott Heitkamp
Joe Henkel
Charles A. Hicks
Catherine Hilliard
Susan Hutchinson
Donald “Don” Kingsbury
Aleisha Kolb
Mark LaRue
Nelda Martinez
Robert A. “Bob” May
Dr. Larry McKinney
Julie McNeil
Larry Meyers
Dr. Kelly Miller
Patty Nuss
Ted J. Oakley
Patricia Outtrim
Hoelt Pohlmeier
Loren Rock
Kurt Roush
Andy Saenz
Keleigh H. Sasser
Darcy Schroeder
Kristen Sterett
Judith Talavera
Larry Urban
Rhodes “Chip” Urban
Christina Villeda
Patricia “Patt” Hawn Wallace
Cassandra Wolfe
Dr. David Yoskowitz
Charles “Charlie” W. Zahn, Jr.

Trustee Emeritus

R.C. Allen
Barry Andrews
Charles C. Butt
Peggy Lasater Clark
Thomas Dobson
John F. Dorn
Judith Hawley
Gloria Hicks
Bill Maxwell, Jr.
Celika Storm
Rich D. Tuttle
Arthur Zeitler


Sam L. Susser
Donna Lawson

Friends of TSA

Mark Meyer
Nathan Taggart

  • Past Presidents

    1978-81   Arthur W. Zeitler/Lillian A. Murray
    1981-82   Lillian A. Murray
    1982-83   Arthur W. Zeitler
    1983-84   Paula Butt
    1984-85   Elinor Donnel
    1985-89   John F. Dorn
    1989-90   Thomas V. Shockley, III
    1990-91   Luther Jones
    1991-92   Stephen W. Sullivan
    1992-93   Gary Miglicco
    1993-94   Charles Wade
    1994-95   Gloria Hicks
    1995-96   Paul Pearson, III
    1996-97   Gene Urban
    1997-98   R. B. “Randy” Cutlip
    1998-99   Sylvia A. Whitmore
    1999-01   Thomas R. “Tom” Dobson
    2001-02   R. Scott Heitkamp
    2002-03 Thomas Dobson
    2003-04   Mark Meyer
    2004-05   Eddie L. Garcia
    2005-07   Bruce Hawn
    2008-09   Rich D. Tuttle
    2009-11   Judy Hawley
    2011-12   Lee Jordan
    2013-14  Deneece Squires
    2015-2016 Larry Urban
    2017-2018 Rob Hall