2018 Board of Directors
Monica L Becerra is a long-time resident of San Marcos. She and her family feel lucky to reside in Spring Lake Hills, abutting our historic springs.
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Monica and her family are proud to be founding members of the Mermaid Society. To Monica and her family Mermaid Society is a vital component to keeping our city beautiful and maintaining the integrity of our rich and diverse local culture.
Monica is an entrepreneur; she owns and operates a prosthetic and orthotic business since 2013. She has been married to her husband, Ruben Becerra, for 25 years. They have two sons, ages 23 and 22. Monica works with her husband and children managing her business, as well as their family restaurant and bakery, Gils Broiler & Manske Roll Bakery. On her free time, Monica enjoys time with her family; particularly when it is time spent enjoying the river together.
Tim Bauerkemper is a husband and father, a pastor, and if he ever has to grow up wants to be a tinkerer. He describes himself as terminally curious.
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His innate curiosity led him to get involved with Mermaid Society because the combination of arts, environment, local culture and entrepreneurship matches well with his passion for connecting faith, science, history, art and inclusive community.
He once told an acquaintance that he is not an artist, just one who appreciates their work. The person said “So you’re calling God a liar? It is the nature of God to create, and humans are made in God’s image to be co-creators.” So, he now says he is an artist who just hasn’t found his real medium yet.
Tim spent his early years in Austin, before college at Texas Lutheran, where he studied history and German. Seminary took him to Ohio, but the day after graduation he aimed the front of his truck southwest to return to Texas. After serving as a pastor for 14 years in Seguin, he moved to San Marcos in 2015 to serve First Lutheran Church on Holland Street. There, he is establishing new connections with the congregation and community, including work to establish a community garden and gathering space as well as a ministry connecting arts and music with faith exploration.
With his case of terminal curiosity, Tim bounces between many hobbies, currently including fishing, cooking, camping with his family, gardening, and kayaking.
Scot is resident of San Marcos of over twenty years and lives within walking distance of the San Marcos River.
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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
Lisa Westerbeck is a Research Coordinator for the C3 Research Center at Texas State University, helping faculty in the College of Fine Arts and Communication with grants management.
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She is also a co-partner with Vision Granted and helps nonprofits, local governments and schools with grant writing and project management.
Lisa has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and B.A. in Anthropology and Geography from Texas State University. Lisa’s first experience with writing and managing grants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland in 1999. Since then she has worked with grants in city, county, regional government and academia attaining more than $7 Million over the past decade.Lisa’s passion is seeing people accomplish the impossible.
Lisa strongly supports Mermaid Society’s mission to strengthen connectivity among like-spirited community partners. This is what will make San Marcos thrive, help local entrepreneurship, the arts, and protect the beautiful San Marcos river.
Christopher T. F. Hanson
Conductor, violinist, composer, pedagogue, and musicologist, Hanson enjoys working with a large and eclectic group of ensembles in the state of Texas and abroad.
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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.
Natasha was born and raised in San Marcos, Texas and has been an avid supporter of Mermaid Society since its inception.
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She 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 transplant nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. In addition to nursing, Natasha is a passionate nutritionist and yoga advocate. She especially enjoys swimming and tubing in the San Marcos river during her many visits home to spend time with family.