Peter Grojean

 

FOGC President

Peter Grojean is the founder and owner of Accessibility Unlimited, a company which helps ensure facilities in Texas are accessible to those even with disabilities. He was born into a naval family and had the opportunity to live all around the country growing up. At the Virginia Military Institute, he graduated with a degree in engineering and worked as a professional engineer in Houston and San Antonio for many years before opening up an architectural firm with two other partners. Currently his once-side project has turned into a career, as he focuses his attention on helping to ensure that facilities in Texas are accessible to all. Peter leads continuing education classes on the topic and acts as an expert witness when needed. His office is located in a re-purposed Quonset hut near the Pearl, which he had a hand in modernizing.

He became involved in Government Canyon after 2008. In addition to Government Canyon, Peter is on the board of the Accessibility Professionals Association, and was also on the board of the ARC of San Antonio.

Peter's interests include glider flying, archery, cycling, WWII movies, and stinky hound dogs.

 


Founder and Owner

Accessibility Unlimited


Dan Weissling

FOGC Vice President

Retired, Southwest Research Institute

Dan Weissling has been an active member of the Friends of Government Canyon Board of Directors since 2012, and is currently serving as the Board’s Vice President.  Dan joined the Board after retirement from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), where he was employed for 34 years.  With degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in both Zoology/Pre-Med and Mechanical Engineering, Dan’s experience included mechanical engineering design, project management, and general management.  He was a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Texas, and a registered Project Management Professional (PMP).  Dan worked as a Department Director and Program Director during the last ten years of his career at SwRI.

Dan and his wife Debi, a retired educator, have resided in San Antonio for almost 40 years.  They enjoy having their three children, and six grandchildren, living nearby.  Debi is the event reservationist for the Activities Committee at Government Canyon, coordinating many of the public events held there.  With his strong love of nature and the outdoors, Dan actively supports Government Canyon, both as a Board member and as a volunteer for many of their activities.  

Jon Cutshall

FOGC Secretary

Jon Cutshall was born at Texas City, Texas in 1964.  Due to military connections, he lived primarily outside of Texas until 1971.  He lived in far south Texas until 1974 then moved to San Antonio for two years.  Through middle and high school he lived in New Braunfels, Texas.  He met his wife of almost 28 years, Wiede, during his college years at The University of Texas at Austin. During these years, opportunities to experience central Texas were when he first developed a love of the Hill Country, already having an appreciation for other parts of Texas and the world.  He is a 1988 graduate of UT Austin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (as is Wiede).  He started his career working at The Dee Howard Company (in San Antonio), and then accepted a position at Southwest Research Institute in 1989, where he is currently a Principal Engineer working in aircraft structural life assessment.

Jon and Wiede have been active volunteers with San Antonio Boosting Engineering Science & Technology (SABEST – an organization supporting a grade school robotics competition) since it began in 1994.  Jon is currently on the Board and Treasurer.  They are also active (since 2009) with the AIAA Design, Build, Fly - a collegiate aircraft competition.  He and Wiede have been active at Government Canyon State Natural Area since about 2003 as members of the Trail Patrol.  He has been on the Board of Friends of Government Canyon for two years.



Carolyn Harris, CPA

FoGC Treasurer

Carolyn received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Macalester College and her MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University. As a Certified Public Accountant, Carolyn serves part-time as McMillin Texas Homes’ Financial Consultant. Her professional career began as an Accounting Teacher at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Carolyn than later served as Gordon Hartman Homes’ Controller and the Vice President of Finance/Controller at McMillin Texas Homes.

Carolyn’s volunteer work includes serving as the Treasurer for Friends of Government Canyon, Hidden Forest Garden Club, and the Yalku Cai Condominiums in Akumal, Mexico.


Financial Consultant

McMillin Texas Homes


Graham Beach, AIA

Graham is a native San Antonian who spent his formative years exploring the hills and valleys of his grandparent’s Hill Country Ranch. Those experiences instilled an appreciation of the Central Texas landscape, and an obligation to preserve it, conserve it, and enjoy it! As an enthusiastic outdoor recreationalist, he spends most of his free time with his lovely wife looking for a new trail to hike, stretch of river to paddle, or way to impart a love of nature to their 3 year old son. The remainder of his time is spent trying to craft buildings that are informed by their environment and bring people together.

 



Mary Flannigan

Mary Flannigan is the Director of Communications and Partnerships with San Antonio Youth Literacy. She holds a Bachelors of Arts and Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and a Certification in Social Media Communications from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Alfred University, Mary joined AmeriCorps, a national service organization, which brought her to San Antonio. She served as a Construction Crew Leader with Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio for two years, then went on to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha as their Volunteer Manager. 

In addition to serving on the Friends of Government Canyon Board of Directors, Mary also volunteers with Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, and is an active member with the San Antonio AmeriCorps Alumni chapter. Mary enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, and spending time with her dogs.


Director of Communications & Partnerships

San Antonio Youth Literacy


Billy Lambert

Billy Lambert is the Director of French & Michigan in San Antonio, Texas. Lambert received his Bachelors and Masters in Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio. From 2001-2008, Lambert taught in the architecture department of the university. Lambert previously worked at various architecture firms throughout San Antonio including Curtis Wunderlich, PE; Sprinkle Robey Architects, Dixie Watkins III + Associates, Poteet Architects, and Candid Rogers Architect.

In 2005, Lambert began his own professional work and studio, which eventually became known in 2013 as French & Michigan. Projects include residential, commercial, and landscape renovations and new buildings. Recently, Lambert expanded the studio to include a gallery and later a fabrication workshop. He also founded the Maxwell House program, an architecture residency for graduate students at the original location of his studio. Lambert is a board member of the Friends of Government Canyon and SAY Sí.



Iliana Pena

Iliana received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University (1998) and a M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (2003). Iliana has 16-years’ experience in project management and partner collaboration and synergy. She has spent the last 7 years overseeing coastal and grassland bird projects for Audubon Texas including but not limited to management and restoration of critical habitat for guilds of bird species including but not limited to colonial waterbird and grassland birds. Iliana serves on various regional and state conservation boards.

Personal information:  Iliana grew up in the Edinburg, TX and spent lots of time with her family fishing in the Laguna Madre and traveling to various state and national parks during the summers.  Today, she and her husband enjoy trail running, paddling and camping.  They have a 3-year old daughter named Sierra that keeps them wonderfully busy.


Director of Conservation

Audubon Texas


Patricia Schofield

Patricia Schofield, now retired, has a long standing interest in conservation and the outdoors and in symphonic music.  She served as Executive Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony from August 2008 - June 2014.  In 2007-08, she taught Non-Governmental Organizations Law as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Sofia University in Bulgaria.  Before moving to Bulgaria, she served as the San Antonio Symphony’s Grants Director and In-House Counsel from 2004-07.   Between 1985 and 2004, she practiced law in San Antonio with Drought, Drought, & Bobbitt and in Bucharest, Romania with Altheimer & Gray.  As a followup to her own Fulbright experience, she regularly serves on the panel screening Bulgarian applicants for Fulbright scholarships to the United States.  She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court.  She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law (with honors, Order of the Coif) and the State University of New York (B.A., M.S.).  She served as an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review and co-authored articles related to transacting business in Romania.  She enjoys camping and hiking and still plans, someday soon, to through hike the Appalachian Trail. 


Retired, Executive Director

Mid-Texas Symphony


Allen Sikes

Allen has been involved in the public and private construction industry for almost 25 years since he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He started his professional career as an officer in the Air Force while assigned to the Civil Engineering Squadron at Barksdale AFB and Randoph AFB.  He left the Air Force as a Captain and entered the private sector when he joined G.W. Mitchell, a San Antonio General Contractor, in 1999.  As the Senior Project Manager, Allen was responsible for over $63 million of diverse construction projects throughout San Antonio and the surrounding regions.  In 2005, Allen joined the real estate development team at the former Pearl Brewery where he has served as their Design and Construction Manager overseeing the design and construction of over 1.5 million square feet of commercial and residential space.  Since 2005, Pearl has been completely transformed from an industrial site shut down in 2002 to a vibrant urban center with local retail, office, 433 apartments, 19 restaurants, 4 bars, a world class culinary school, event venues, and Hotel Emma—a 146 room, boutique hotel rated #3 in the nation last year. 


Design and Construction Manager

Silver Ventures