Aquarium Leadership


Texas State Aquarium Facility Leaders

President & CEO Tom Schmid
Senior VP & Chief Operating Officer Jesse Gilbert
VP of Finance & CFO Julio Flores, Jr., CPA
VP of Education & Conservation Leslie Peart
VP of Develpment Courtney Cook McLain
VP of Marketing and Communications Kelly C. Rouillard
Director of Administration and Human Resources Nicole Andrade, SHRM-SCP
Director of Restaurant Services Leon Burns
Director of Operations Justin Sefcik
Director of Sales Jennifer Vela


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


2017 Officers
Chair Rob Hall
Past Chair/Parliamentarian Larry Urban
Chair-Elect Julie Buckley
Vice Chair Bruce S. Hawn
Vice Chair Judy Hawley
Secretary Don Kingsbury
Treasurer Julie Buckley

 (Term expires December 31 of Year Listed)


Corpus Christi Area 

  2017   2018   2019
1. Tree Baker III 1. Allen Borden 1. Libby Averyt
2. George Finley 2. Mary Campbell 2. Julie Buckley
3. Dos Gates 3. Louise Chapman 3. Elinor Donnell
4. Rob Hall 4. Dr. Robert “Bob” Furgason 4. Larry R. Elizondo, Sr.
5. Gloria Hicks 5. Bruce S. Hawn 5. Eddie Garcia
6. Dr. Flavius Killebrew 6. R. Scott Heitkamp 6. Kim Hammer
7. Robert (Bill) Maxwell, Jr. 7. Charles A. “Charlie” Hicks 7. Judy Hawley
8. Maureen Miller 8. Dr. Larry McKinney 8. Ken Herring
9. Rakesh “Rick” Patel 9. Julie McNeil 9. Susan E. Hutchinson
10. Mike Pusley 10. Patty Nuss 10. Don Kingsbury
11. Darcy Schroeder 11. J. Ted Oakley 11. Edward A. Martin
12. Deneece Ann Squires 12. Kurt Roush 12. Keleigh Sasser
13. Denise Tavares 13. Larry Urban 13. Frank J. Scanio, III
14.  Sylvia A. Whitmore     14.  Celika Storm
15.   Charlie Zahn     15.  George Tanner



1. John F. Dorn (Houston)
2. Larry Meyers (Washington, DC)
3. Patricia Outtrim (Houston)
4. Mike Shaw (Denver, CO)


1. Esperanza “Hope” Andrade (San Antonio)
2. Sidney H. “Sid” Evans, II (Houston)
3. Laura Fischer (Beeville)
4. Robert A. “Bob” May (Beeville)


1. Barry Andrews (Dallas)
2. Thomas E. Dobson (San Antonio)
3. Pat Frost (San Antonio)
4. Peter Holt (San Antonio)
5. Cassandra Yturria Wolfe (Brownsville)


Past Presidents 

1978-81   Arthur W. Zeitler/Lillian A. Murray 1997-98   R. B. “Randy” Cutlip
1981-82   Lillian A. Murray 1998-99   Sylvia A. Whitmore
1982-83   Arthur W. Zeitler 1999-01   Thomas R. “Tom” Dobson
1983-84   Paula Butt 2001-02   R. Scott Heitkamp
1984-85   Elinor Donnel 2002-03 Thomas Dobson
1985-89   John F. Dorn 2003-04   Mark Meyer
1989-90   Thomas V. Shockley, III 2004-05   Eddie L. Garcia
1990-91   Luther Jones 2005-07   Bruce Hawn
1991-92   Stephen W. Sullivan 2008-09   Rich D. Tuttle
1992-93   Gary Miglicco 2009-11   Judy Hawley
1993-94   Charles Wade 2011-12   Lee Jordan
1994-95   Gloria Hicks 2013-14  Deneece Squires
1995-96   Paul Pearson, III 2015-16 Larry Urban
1996-97   Gene Urban  


Trustee Emeritus
R.C. Allen
Charles C. Butt
Margaret “Peggy” Lasater Clark
Rich D. Tuttle
Arthur W. Zeitler


Advisory Trustees
Nelda Martinez
Sam L. Susser