Board of Directors

Deborah Morin – President of the Board

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Deborah is the co-founder of The Great Springs Project and President of the Board of Directors. She was a past President of the Board of the Hill Country Foundation and has continued working to preserve local springs and creeks in the Texas Hill Country.

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Dianne Wassenich – Secretary

The former Executive Director of the San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF), which she helped found 33 years ago, Dianne has dedicated her career to the protection of the San Marcos River by preserving recharge zone lands above the San Marcos Springs.

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Kyndel Bennett – Treasurer

A 30-year veteran of the real estate industry who has worked in development, construction, and as a principal in a billion-dollar real estate investment fund, Kyndel is CEO of Cayetano Development, a developer of affordable residential communities throughout the State of Texas.

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Hope Andrade – Member

Tim McClure – Member

Native Texan Tim McClure is a cofounder of GSD&M Advertising; Founder & CEO of Mythos Legends Brand Consultancy; and Founder & CEO of Iconic Texas, a brand design, strategy and storytelling company.

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Senior Staff

Garry Merritt – Chief Executive Officer

Having represented clients in over $800 million in corporate, financial, and real estate transactions, Garry brings the Great Springs Project (GSP) a unique combination of business development savvy, real estate law expertise, government service, and longstanding commitment to conservation of Texas’ natural resources.

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Lyda Creus Molanphy – Chief Strategy and Operations Officer

Lyda brings over 30 years of strategic public affairs experience, environmental nonprofit operations expertise, a deep network of contacts in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and a Texas-sized passion for the mission of Great Springs Project.

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Emma Lindrose-Siegel – Chief Development Officer

An experienced fundraiser with a demonstrated history of working in non-profit development and managing successful capital campaigns, Emma has raised over $34 million for Texas organizations and brings a proven track record of success and first-hand conservation experience with one of Texas’ four great springs, Barton Springs.

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Bill Barker, FAICP – Regional Transportation Planning Director

A former Planning Director for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Interim Planning Director at the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, and Director of Transportation for the North Central Texas Council of Governments (Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Planning Organization )…

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Advisory Board

Anne Ashmun

General Manager of Ashmun101 Ranch LP for ten years, Anne’s environmental volunteer work has been a lifelong passion. Anne has served on The Nature Conservancy (TNC) boards in Texas, North America and Patagonia …

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Ray Brimble

Mike Burke

Mike Burke is the retired CEO of four multi-billion dollar energy corporations, including the Fortune 500 corporation Tesoro Petroleum. He is the Founder of the San Antonio pk-12 regional Education Forum and the San Antonio annual Water Forum.

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Ted Flato

Bill Johnson

John Mackey

John Mackey is the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. He was named the 2003 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and one of the top 30 CEOs in 2007 by Barron’s magazine. 

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Les Shephard

Lee Walker

Raised in Three Rivers, Texas, Lee Walker graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics graduating Phi Kappa Phi. Lee received the NASA and National Science Foundation funding for his post graduate work in nuclear physics (theoretical cosmic ray research).  

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Bill West

Bill has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and marketing professional. He has led advertising and brand strategy teams for over 100 clients from small business/start-ups to large regional and national brands. 

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