Chris Humphries
Chris Humphries was born in Texas City, TX and graduated from Santa Fe High School. After high school, he attended Southwest Texas State University where he majored in Resource and Environmental Studies and minored in Geology.
 
After college Chris began his career in the construction industry and worked for a large general contractor. After a few years of traveling with his company, he decided to specialize in the HVAC/plumbing industry and went to work for a mechanical company in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. With aspirations of wanting to live in the Hill Country, in 2001 Chris was able to transfer to a mechanical contractor in San Antonio and chose New Braunfels as his home. In 2008, Chris married his wife Allison, a native of New Braunfels. They have two children, Addison age 11 and Caitlynn age 8.
 
In December of 2012, Chris decided to partner with one of his best friends and start their own mechanical construction company. They started Team Mechanical of TX with just three employees and today they employ over 100 people, and they are still growing.
 
As a child, Chris would always look forward to attending Rotary meetings with his grandad. It was not until a few years ago he learned that his great grandad was a founding member of the Texas City Rotary Club and served as the club’s first president. Chris joined the Rotary Club of New Braunfels in 2014 and has served as Sergeant at Arms, YEO, Youth Lane Chair, President Elect Nominee, and President Elect.
 
Chris is also a proud member of the Wurstfest Association. He has volunteered and coached for the New Braunfels Little League, New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association, New Braunfels Parks and Recreation, YMCA, and Upwards. He was also a recent board member for Communities in Schools, member of the Elks Lodge, and serves on the finance committee for his church.
 
Chris is extremely dedicated to serving his club and is looking forward  to his new role as President. Published 06/21/22
Travis Taylor
Travis was born in San Antonio and lived most of his childhood just down the road in Schertz. He graduated from Samuel Clemens. He then attended Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.
 
After graduating college, he went to work for a commercial real estate valuation company in San Antonio and became a partner in the firm. He then started his own practice in New Braunfels, which was later acquired by BBG, a national valuation company where he managed the South Texas Region. Last year, Travis made a change, leaving the valuation industry to partner with Steve Rodgers in the launch of SVN | Traditions. He has spent his entire 20+ year career in the commercial real estate industry. 
 
Travis is a Leadership New Braunfels Alumni, Class of 2017. He has served both of his professional organizations locally and on a national level, also serving on a couple non-profit boards. He began his Rotary membership in 2012 with the Downtown San Antonio Club as the 2012 Under 40 Class. He is also a life coach for STEPS in New Braunfels and a member of C12, which is a Christian Business Leader organization.
 
Travis married his wife, Ginger in 2006. After many years of hoping to have children of their own, it became apparent God had something else. They have made a concerted effort to re-allocate those resources to give back to their church, their community, and their friends and family, mentoring and walking alongside the many children in their lives. They have a pair of 14-year-old twin Godchildren, two nieces and many other wonderful young people they love and spend time with.
 
Travis recently decided to quit watching the news and focus on the areas he can impact. He enjoys his free time being outdoors, whether hunting, spending time at the coast, camping with their RV crew or any other hands-on project, fixing something or making it look better. He recently purchased a ranchito near Goliad and finally has a place of his own to piddle on the new junky tractor…with cows coming soon. Published 06/08/22
Dani Hensley
Dani was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. She moved Texas in 2007 and then to New Braunfels in 2011. Dani is recently engaged to her longtime boyfriend Chris, and has two sons, Carson who graduated New Braunfels High School this year, and Parker who will be a Sophomore.
 
Dani has been in banking for over 17 years. Currently she is the Senior Vice President for commercial lending at Moody Bank. In addition to being a member of Rotary, she is part of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber Board of Directors, Vice President for the SPARK Small Business Development Center, member of The Downtown Association Board of Directors, and a Past President of the United Way of Comal County. She is a 2014 Leadership New Braunfels graduate (The Best class EVER), and was also selected as a Rising Star of New Braunfels 40 under 40 in 2017.

Dani likes to spend her free time traveling to anywhere with a beach, hanging out by the pool, or with her two goats Kevin and Karin, and her chickens and ducks. 
 
Many of you have probably had drinks with Dani that usually includes a good Cabernet, ranch water, or a shot of Fire Ball. Published 05/31/22
Doreen Fisher
Doreen was born and raised in Houston, TX, graduating from Westfield High School in Spring, TX, where she played varsity basketball. She attended Texas A&M University where she majored in Industrial Engineering. Doreen married Kevin Fisher in 1988 and they will celebrate 34 years of marriage next month.
 
Doreen’s career was in the electronics industry and included employment with Motorola, Dell Computer, and two contract manufacturing firms. Her career took her out of the country frequently on business trips, and she holds a US patent for electrical circuit design.
 
Doreen took an early retirement to finish raising their three children; two daughters and one son. They have two grandchildren, Henry and Harper Ham, who live in Shiner.
 
Doreen has been a member of several local non-profits, including the Comal County A&M Mothers Club, New Braunfels Noon Lions, Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, Braunfels Foundation Trust, New Braunfels All Sports Boosters, New Braunfels Downtown Association, and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. She has also volunteered with other organizations, including Comal County Habitat for Humanity, New Braunfels Food Bank, New Braunfels Jaycees, Communities in Schools, Pink Warrior Advocates, and SJRC of Texas.
 
She is a past Debutante Chairman for the Mid-Texas Symphony, and past president of the Comal County A&M Mothers Club. She currently serves as a board member for the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club. She has also coached youth basketball and served as a youth Sunday School teacher.
Joining Rotary one year ago, Doreen currently serves as the merchandise coordinator for the Hill Country Craft Beer Festival, is serving on the committee to revise the club’s scholarship policies, and serves in the Youth Lane as the Interact Coordinator. Her favorite Rotary volunteer shift so far has been serving as cashier at the potato pancake booth.
 
When she’s not selling kartoffelpuffer, Doreen enjoys the vibrant New Braunfels downtown scene, including live music, tubing, sports, walking her dogs, and drinking cocktails and beer. White Claw and scotch aren’t on her drink menu. Published 05/24/22
Britt Etheredge
Britt enjoys helping others and has been volunteering for many years. He has served as a Rotarian, an Opa at Wurstfest, a New Braunfels Jaycees, and is a Blue Coat with the New Braunfels Chamber.
 
Britt has been in Rotary since 2006. He was a Board Member for about five years before serving as Club President in 2011-2012. Britt’s passion in Rotary has been in Rotary Youth Exchange (thanks to Kathy Meurin for “voluntelling him” to get involved). His family has hosted four students, his daughter Brittney went on Exchange to Spain when she was 15, and he has served as Rotary District 5840 - South Central Texas Youth Exchange Co-Chair for the past five years. In addition to Youth Exchange, Britt has also enjoyed serving as Chair of our Rotary Hill Country Craft Beer Festival since it’s inception in 2019, working in the Wurstfest Booth, the Fair Booth, and helping with numerous other Rotary Projects.
 
When Britt is not volunteering, he works as a Mortgage Banker, helping people all over Texas with Financing Solutions for their residential and investment home needs. He has worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 25 years.
 
Britt was born in 1970 and grew up in the small West Texas town of Roscoe. He graduated from Roscoe High School; that’s right, he is a Roscoe PLOWBOY, one of the few mascots in the state as unique as a Unicorn. After High School, Britt attended and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics. Yes, that’s right, he is an Aggie Plowboy!… It only seems fitting that he would marry a girl from New Braunfels who is an Aggie Unicorn! Britt and Melissa will be married 27 years on June 3rd. They have two Aggie Unicorns, Brittney and Emma. Brittney is 20 and in her second year at A&M, pursuing an International Studies Degree with a Minor in Spanish. Emma is 17 and will finish at New Braunfels High School in December, then start at A&M in the Fall of 2023.
 
When Britt has free time, he enjoys hiking trips with his family, hunting trips with his brother, and Sunday afternoons at Hoity Toit Beer Joint with local friends! Published 05/18/22
Marcus Ethridge
Marcus is a man of many hats. Laborer, pipelayer, ditch digger, mason, electrician, foreman, superintendent, mechanic, welder, machinist, heavy haul truck driver, and heavy equipment operator. If it has anything to do with heavy site and utility construction, he’s been involved in it. Marcus co-owns and operates a family business, M. C. Ethridge Co. 
 
Marcus was born and raised in New Braunfels, graduated from NBHS in 1993, and went to SWT State University where he met the love of his life, Jennifer. They’ve been married 23 years and are the parents of five awesome kids, Magnus, Margo, Maverick, Marian, and Myron, ages 20-10. Marcus attends Saints Peter and Paul Church, he’s a 4th degree Knight of Council 4183, President of the Twin Sisters Herman Sons Lodge, and President of the NBHS All Sports Booster Club.
 
In his spare-time you’ll find him with his family in Blanco farming and ranching, or at Lake LBJ fishing and relaxing – or you might even see him with his extended Rotary family.
 
Marcus’ life motto: If you’re going to do it do it right, if your playing play hard, and if your loving love like there’s no tomorrow, and remember to smile.
 
By the way, his favorite meal is anything his wife cooks and his favorite drink is anything she hands him. Honey, I hope you read this. Love you. Published 05/11/22
 
Rebecca Brown
Rebecca Brown was born and raised in Sweet Home, Texas. She graduated with a business degree from The University of Mississippi where she was a cheerleader. When her senior year was cut short in 2020 due to COVID, she moved back home and received a job offer in New Braunfels, TX as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Both of Rebecca's parents are Financial Advisors with Edward Jones, so as a child she always knew she wanted to follow in their footsteps. 
 
In 2021, Rebecca was looking for ways to get involved and engaged in the community. She is involved in both Rotary and the Jaycees. She serves on various committees such as the Hill Country Craft Beer Festival Committee and The Philanthropy Committee for the Jaycees. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the New Braunfels Conservation Society. 
 
In her free time, Rebecca likes to play golf, watch Ole Miss sports, and support local drinking establishments. The Rotary Club of New Braunfels has become an important part of her life. The Membership has made her a better friend, advisor, and community member. Published 05/03/22
John Howe
John was born in Jamaica in 1943 to Canadian parents. In 1948 his family emigrated to the US and settled in Kingsville,TX, which he calls home. He became a naturalized US Citizen in at age 11.
 
He graduated from Texas A & I University in 1965 with a degree in physics and math, but his favorite classes were computer programming and data processing. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. John married his college sweetheart, Linda, in 1966.
 
Upon completion of his military service, John worked for Humble Oil in Houston in the computer and data processing department.
 
John had always wanted to be an entrepreneur and moved back to Kingsville in 1971 and started a data processing service bureau. Kingsville was home until they moved to New Braunfels in 2013. During this time, he established and built several successful companies some of which he sold.
 
John’s father was a Rotarian in Canada and upon moving to Texas, he joined the Kingsville Rotary Club. John joined the Kingsville Rotary Club in 1970.  He and his father were father/son members of the Club for many years.  Rotary has been a major factor in his life since.
 
John’s major project with the Rotary Club of New Braunfels was to gather and organize information about the Charitable Contributions Committee (CCC) and to document what had been a collection of oral history and fragmented documentation. He served as Chair of the CCC for two years.  He also served on the 2021 Strategic Planning Committee and was involved with helping establish the Science Fest project. He especially enjoys working at the monthly Food Bank Distribution and the HCCB Festival.
 
John’s other community activities are River Chase Property Owner’s Association, River Chase Veteran’s Association, and the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. He and Linda are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
 
After bringing the family to New Braunfels for several summers to float the rivers, John and Linda decided that New Braunfels would be a great place to retire. In 2005, they bought a lot in River Chase and moved to New Braunfels in 2013. They designed and started building their dream home that year. In 2014, they moved in and settled down to the good life in the Hill Country.
 
John and Linda have enjoyed 55 wonderful years together. They have three children, Travis, Justin, and Susanna, and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Texas.
 
Linda says John’s hobby is moving rocks on their property. John’s other hobby is fly fishing. Their joint hobby is travel and cruising. They look forward to another cruise in August and are already planning the next cruise.
 
John’s drink of choice is a wee dram of Speyside single malt whisky, neat. Published 04/27/22
Glenn Roblin
Glenn was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and moved to New Braunfels in 2013 upon graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Construction Science Management. He had so much fun the first time at Texas State he enrolled in the Masters Business Administration program and graduated in 2017. Glenn met his wife Emily Roblin while attending Texas State and married in January of 2019. They currently do not have any children but have two dogs, Che and Lilly. 
 
For the past 8 years, Glenn has worked with Woolsey Construction in New Braunfels and is currently their Chief Estimator. His favorite projects he has been lucky enough to be a part of include the CASA offices in San Marcos and being a part of River City Advocacy office built in New Braunfels.  
 
Outside of work you will typically find Glenn spending time with his wife Emily, riding in off-road motorcycle competitions with his friends and family, or enjoying a water-related activity during the summer. 
 
Glenn is looking forward to the upcoming Hill Country Craft Beer Festival and volunteering at the event to help raise money for all the great causes Rotary contributes to. In addition to Rotary, Glenn is also currently in the Leadership New Braunfels program and is an active member of the New Braunfels Jaycees. 
 
If you took Glenn to a bar he would order a beer he has not tried before. Published 04/12/22
Joyce Yannuzzi
Joyce Yannuzzi is the District Director for State Senator Donna Campbell, M.D. Joyce has been active in politics, at some level, for over 40 years and has loved (almost) every minute of it!
 
Joyce grew up in Dimmitt, Texas and worked on her first campaign for Kent Hance, a hometown candidate for State Senate, who won his race in November 1974 due to her envelope stuffing skills. It sparked an interest in politics that is still going strong, and she has volunteered on, worked for, or managed a campaign in almost every election since then.
 
Joyce completed a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in 1990 then immediately enrolled in graduate school at Texas Tech. She married her then-husband Frank Yannuzzi, who was an instructor pilot at Reese AFB in Lubbock, had two daughters, Jennifer and Allyson, and moved 14 times in Frank’s 22-year career in the Air Force. Joyce and family arrived in New Braunfels in March 2001 and instantly knew this was home.
 
Throughout her time here, Joyce has served in a wide-variety of organizations as a small way of giving back to a community that welcomed her with open arms to include: Comal County Child Welfare Board; the 100 Club of Comal County (current Scholarship Chair); The Constitutionalist Foundation (founding member and current President); The Sophienburg Board; The United Way of Comal County Board; New Braunfels Republican Women (President); the Braunfels Foundation Trust; a New Braunfels Chamber Blue Coat; the City of New Braunfels Partnership Committee; a 2016 graduate of Leadership New Braunfels; Emerging Leaders (founding member and current Government Relations Chair); and a governor-appointee to both the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board and the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.
 
Joyce was honored by her Rotary Club as Rotarian of the Quarter in 2015 and 2016 and was named a Pillar of the Community by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in 2019.
 
She has served the Rotary Club of New Braunfels as Grants Chair, President, the current Programs Chair, and will begin a 3-year term as an Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5840 on July 1, 2022.
 
Joyce is very grateful to her Rotary sponsor, Mr. Don Miller, who first invited her to a Rotary meeting in September 2014 which was the start of a remarkable journey! Rotary has been incredibly impactful in her life and she feels blessed to be part of the “Best Club in the District” that does so much for those in need in New Braunfels, the surrounding area, and Zacoalco, Jalisco, Mexico, where the club makes an annual service project trip.
 
You can (still) find Joyce out on the campaign trail and, occasionally, downtown New Braunfels at The Downtowner enjoying an old fashion with her best friends, Laura and Lisa. Published 04/06/22
 
Norma Castilla-Blackwell
Norma Castilla-Blackwell has been the Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Texas for the past 19 years in Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays counties. 

She was born in Reynosa, Coahuila, raised in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M International University with the class of 1988. She married her husband Chris Blackwell, a native of New Orleans, in 2002 and they have three fur-babies – Daisy, Sammy, and Jacks. 

While working alongside longtime friend David Ender, she found her passion for community work. In her leadership at CASA she has grown the organization fourfold, bringing in new donors and increasing assets to include owned facilities in New Braunfels and San Marcos. Helping children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect, CASA of Central Texas now serves over 600 children annually. In addition, Norma pursues her passions by volunteering on various community boards supporting a number of causes. She is currently a Tablescapes planning member for the Braunfels Foundation Trust, and she has previously served on the boards of the Sophienburg Museum, the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society, and she is also a New Braunfels Chamber Blue Coat. 

Because of her tireless energy and amazing accomplishments, in 2017 she was recognized as the Herald-Zeitung Citizen of The Year and Unsung Hero.
 
The Rotary Club of New Braunfels has become another deeply meaningful part of her life in service to others. Membership in this club has led to friendships and connections with people she might not have ever met. She is a better wife, Executive Director, advocate, community member, and Ranch Water drinker because of Rotary. Published 03/23/22
Joe Castilleja
Joe Castilleja is a second-generation citizen of New Braunfels and a proud graduate of New Braunfels High School. After high school, Joe graduated from Southwest Texas State with a BBA degree with a concentration in Finance, and is an Alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha. His education led him to be a career banker where he currently serves as the Sr. Vice President of Community Banking for Frost Bank.  
 
Throughout the years, Joe has participated on numerous boards and committees for our community. To date his involvements, include: 
 
The GVEC Board since 2017, Wurstfest Board, Volunteers in Medicine Board, 2015 Chair of Board for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Zoning Board of Adjustments, United Way of Comal County Board, 2013 and 2018 Advisory Bond Board, Chair of the Unicorn Action PAC, Chair of the Hispanic Mural Project, Chair of the NBISD Facility Committee, Rec Center Advisory Committee, and the Vice Chair of the City of New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission.  
 
Joe has been married for 21-years to Kristy Castilleja and they have two children, Dylan and Chloe.  When he isn’t volunteering his time, he enjoys playing golf, barbecuing, and traveling. Published 03/15/22
Lindsay Haas
Lindsay is the current Vocation Lane Chair and Festivals Co-Chair. She’s from Lubbock, Texas and a 2005 graduate of Texas Tech University. She married Matt Haas, a native of New Braunfels, in 2008 and they have two children - Kennedy age 10 and Branson age 5.
 
She’s been an advisor at Hoffmann Financial Services for the past 11 years. She found her passion for community work while working alongside Carroll Hoffmann. Lindsay is the scholarship chair for the Texas Tech Alumni Association of Comal County, a board member of the Sophienburg Museum, and a Tablescapes committee member for the Braunfels Foundation Trust.
 
In 2019 she was named as a Rising Star of New Braunfels and chosen as that year’s Distinguished Young Leader. The Rotary Club of New Braunfels has become an important part of her life. Membership in this club has led to friendships and connections with people she might not have ever met. She is a better wife, mother, advisor, community member, and beer drinker because of Rotary. Published 03/08/22
Chris Sitton
Born in Grand Junction, CO in 1968 but soon moved to San Antonio where he lived until he went off to Baylor where he graduated with a Bachelors in Ed, unfortunately in 4 years.  
 
Deciding he didn’t like working while all of his friends at Baylor were still playing, he went back and got his Masters in Ed, graduating for the last time in 1995.
Pretty good for someone who does not like school or studying. 
 
Chris always knew he wanted to work with those who realized how important life is and felt no one knew that more than those who know theirs is about to end so ended up in hospice care. 
 
Chris has been in hospice work for 25 years with the last and best being at Hope Hospice.
 
In hospice Chris has been a Volunteer Coordinator, Admissions Coordinator, Chaplain, Bereavement Coordinator, Director of Business Development, Executive Director, and now works as a Community Liaison.  He does not know what the last one means, but he gets to do a lot of fun things in that position so feels it is the best job at Hope. 
 
As part of that job, he gets to work with the We Honor Veterans Program, honoring Veterans for their service through individual ceremonies as well as helping them with benefits, and educating them and the community about Veterans issues and needs. 
 
In 1991 Chris married way up to Julie his wife of 22 years who now also works for Hope as the HR Manager.  This may help Chris keep his job longer than he probably would have on his own. 
 
Chris has two kids, Devin who is 27 and is married to Hailey, both of which are accountants.  And, Kaleb who is 17, about to graduate from High School and is headed off to A&M to study Computer Hardware Engineering. 
 
In his free time Chris loves to visit with friends over a cold drink, sit by the fire pit outside, hunt, fish, woodwork, and pretty much anything else that sounds fun. 
 
Chris has been in Rotary for almost three years and loves the family and opportunities to serve he finds here. Published 02/22/22
Steve Rodgers
Steve Rodgers currently serves as the Treasurer of our Club as well as the President-Elect Nominee.  Steve has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 25 years after graduating from Texas A&M University, and has recently joined follow Rotarian, Travis Taylor, in forming SVN | Traditions here in New Braunfels offering commercial brokerage and property management services.

Steve and his wife, Keri, have been married for 26 years and started dating when Steve was a senior in high school and Keri was a sophomore.  They have two sons, Brayden (23) and Christian (19), both of whom attended New Braunfels High School and then Tarleton State University.

In their free time, Steve and Keri enjoy rv’ing, fishing on the coast, and just being homebodies. Published 02/15/22
Alice Jewell
Hunger, homelessness, mental health crises, substance misuse. Those words may not be those that many would use to describe New Braunfels, but for Alice Jewell those issues are a way of life. Since the inception of the McKenna Foundation in 2008, Alice has been fortunate to learn about a side of our community that can be scary and uncomfortable to some. Instead of ignoring those realities that face our neighbors every day, Alice feels fortunate to be part of a nonprofit community that is committed to changing lives for the better.

With a unique opportunity to invest funds and forge partnerships that can alleviate crisis, the McKenna Foundation has helped lead the way down difficult paths toward progress while the easy path would have been acceptable. The difficult paths have led to an increase in capacity for the social sector to serve those in New Braunfels and Comal County who are in need, totaling more than $10 million toward strategic, catalytic projects and almost $25 million invested in community nonprofits overall in the last 13 years.

Alice grew up in New Braunfels and is now raising her two children here with her husband, Jeff. Her parents and this community taught her that every day you give everything you can for the people and things you care about. This once small town now faces big city challenges, and all families deserve a chance at “the good life” in New Braunfels. As the CEO of the McKenna Foundation, Alice feels honored to be in a position to convene leaders, make plans, take risks, swing the bat and miss sometimes, educate and occasionally agitate for progress in the community she loves. All that said, she’ll take a whiskey neat. Published 02/08/22
Neice Bell
Neice Bell is the publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung newspaper. She was born and raised in San Antonio and is a sixth generation Texan. Her sixth great grandfather traveled to Texas with Daniel Boone and her fifth great grandfather fought with Sam Houston in the Battle of San Jacinto.
 
Neice attended Schreiner University in Kerrville on an athletic scholarship and started her newspaper career at the Kerrville Daily Times while attending college. She has been in the newspaper industry for 43 years and has published papers in Boerne, Seguin, Lufkin, Kerrville, and New Braunfels. 
 
Neice and her husband Jeff have been married for 18 years and have four children and two grandchildren. She is active in the community and is on the board of directors for the United Way, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, The New Braunfels Food Bank, and a member of the New Braunfels Manufactures Association. Published 02/01/22
 
Usiosefe “Usi” Aimiuwu
Sometimes in life you must take that leap and follow your dreams to achieve what you want out of life. For Usiosefe Aimiuwu, it was only a matter of time before he made that move.
 
Usi and his wife, Gomen, who is in medical school, arrived in New Braunfels Fall of 2020. Immediately, he Joined the Rotary Club of New Braunfels through his relationship with JP Kesselring and started networking to get to know the people in the community. 
 
His journey to get here might seem daunting to some. To Usiosefe, however, it was simply a vision and following his plan to becoming a successful entrepreneur. He would tell you it was not easy but having the support of family and Gods grace it was achievable. 
 
Cyber security is something that most businesses do not really think of as important for various reasons and in recent years there has been an inflection point. Banks and insurance agencies are starting to be more assertive making sure this aspect of the business is healthy to reduce liability and risk.
 
This is why CMIT Solutions of New Braunfels is in this community and ready to help small and medium size businesses reduce their risk tolerance to cyber-attacks and intrusions. Here at CMIT we “Worry about the I.T” so you can focus on your business.
 
Outside of work, Usiosefe is a family-oriented person. He has two daughters, Erun and Amen (Ahh-men), both attend Walnut springs Elementary here in town. He loves spending time with them and attending community events. He is on the Board of Directors of the Brauntex Theater, a member of the fourth degree Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Jaycee’s, and Seguin and New Braunfels Chambers of Commerce.
 
Although he did not school in Texas, he is a proud Buckeye who is now making New Braunfels home and loving it. He feel’s New Braunfels have a lot to offer, and this is the right time to be here. He will continue to explore the culture and fun sites like the parks, caverns etcetera in the community and contribute anyway he can. Published 01/26/22
Ami Feller
Ami moved to New Braunfels in 2003 because it was the geographical center between her workplace and the father of her daughter’s work. They fell in love with New Braunfels at first sight, driving in on the loop off of Rueckle Road – the cliffs and the bluebonnets. Ami is the Roofer Chick. She fell into the industry after following her big brother Scott and doing whatever he was doing. She loves roofing and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. In 2017, Lee Edwards invited Ami to join Rotary. He’s been a mentor for her and if he said it was a good idea, she trusted him. Her favorite memory as a Rotarian is climbing in a tree in Louisiana with a ladder and a chainsaw. In Ami’s free time, we can find her traveling, running, writing, and playing guitar. If Ami could only have one meal for the rest of her life, it would be whatever Kathy is cooking. If you took Ami for Happy Hour, she would order a club soda and some chocolate. She says that White Claws are from Satan. Published 12/15/21
Lisa Fredrickson
Lisa moved to New Braunfels the summer of 2014 with her two boys who were still in elementary school at the time. Her husband had always wanted to live here since he was in college back in the 1980s. So, they built a house and moved. Lisa is a licensed REALTOR who invests in real estate properties. Her grandfather taught her how to look for good properties and the value of triple nets. She joined Rotary in February of 2018 and knew a lot of the members from her leadership class through the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. She joined Rotary as an avenue to give back to the community. Besides Kathy's cooking, her favorite memory has to be the late nights at Wurstfest working the booth. In her free time she likes to volunteer and be with her friends either playing tennis, crafting, shopping, or day drinking! If Lisa could only eat one meal for the rest of her life, it would be a filet mignon with Myron’s butter, and a wedge salad. If you took Lisa to happy hour, she would have a vodka soda with a twist of lime, not a White Claw.  Published 12/08/21
Gretchen Pruett
Gretchen is a public librarian, and to her, that is so much more than just getting books for people. She supports literacy in all of its forms - technical, physical, social literacy to name a few. Gretchen advocates that librarians help level the playing field for our citizens - making sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and live their best lives. Gretchen was originally a CPA, but discovered that her passion was for teaching and learning. A former boss of hers told her that the best way to learn about and become part of a community was to join the Rotary Club. She wants to give a huge shoutout to Don Miller for sponsoring her in 2009. When asked about her favorite memory as a Rotarian, she said the day she was sworn in and the first time she was allowed to cook a kartoffelpuffer. In her free time, you can find Gretchen reading, knitting or gardening. If she could have one meal for the rest of her life, it would be chicken piccata. If you took Gretchen to Happy Hour, she would order a frozen margarita, “the perfect Texas beverage” in her words, not a White Claw.
                                                                   Published 12/01/21
Lisa Hood
Lisa moved to New Braunfels in March of 2018 from Port Aransas after Hurricane Harvey. She did not know anyone here but thought it would be a cool place to live. She is a private Spanish tutor, a real estate agent, and a photographer. Lisa was a teacher for 11 years before these many professions. As a real estate agent, she loves to find people the home they love. As a photographer she loves to take photos of this area and show its unique beauty. Lisa was in the Rotary Club of Port Aransas and when she moved here she transferred her membership so that she could be involved as quickly as possible. Her favorite memory as a Rotarian so far is meeting Bill Biggadike. When Bill found out she had nowhere to live, he invited her to move into his guest house where she lived for 9 months before her house in Port A was sold. In Lisa’s spare time, she is soaking up every moment with her grand babies and taking photos. If she could only have one meal for the rest of her life, it would be the Reuben Sandwich from Krause’s. If you took Lisa to Happy Hour, she would order a Texas Ranger whiskey on the rocks, not a White Claw. Published 11/10/21
Michael Meek
Michael moved to New Braunfels in the late summer of 1988 for a job with The Chamber of Commerce. He started volunteering for the Chamber in Rockport and decided to make a career out of it for over 30 years. Michael joined the Rotary Club in Rockport because he thinks it's the best service club out there and joined our club when he moved to the area. His favorite part of being a Rotarian is working in the Wurstfest booth. In his free time, we can find him doing yard work or attending his grandchildren's sporting events. If Michael could only have one meal for the rest of his life, he would want a seafood dinner cooked by his wife. If you took Michael to Happy Hour, he would order a Vodka Tonic, not a White Claw. Published 10/26/21
W. Tyler Compton
Tyler moved to New Braunfels in 2016 when his insurance firm acquired another agency in the area, and he was asked to move out here and run the southern states operation. Tyler graduated with a degree in Finance, but insurance was his first job out of college. He has now been in the business for 17 years. When Tyler first moved to New Braunfels, he attended a Chamber Mixer where he met Joyce Yannuzzi and she invited him to a Rotary meeting – he has been a member ever since. His favorite part of being a Rotarian are the holiday meetings with music, dancing, and booze. In his free time, we can find Tyler going to concerts or playing golf. If he could only have one meal for the rest of his life, he would have dinner with his wife, any meal is fine. If you took Tyler to Happy Hour he would order a Shiner Bock on David Lasher's bar tab, not a White Claw. Published 10/19/21
Judy Kovacs-Long
Judy moved to New Braunfels in 1979 when her husband's business transferred them from Michigan. Her college roommate lived in Texas and told her, "You don't move to Texas, you immigrate." Judy is a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist. At one time she had a private practice but retired as an associate professor and chair of the counseling department at San Antonio College. Now, she is a co-founder of Hope Hospice and still volunteers often with her grief support group. She joined the Rotary Club of New Braunfels in 2008 because she wanted to reconnect with the community and find a way to significantly serve. Her favorite memory as a Rotarian is working the Wurstfest booth and working on the Charitable Giving Committee. In her free time, you can find her sorting and pricing books for St. Peter and Paul thrift store. If Judy could only have one meal for the rest of her life, she would have the Hungarian dish, chicken paprikash. If you took Judy to happy hour, she would have a Jack Daniels on the rocks, not a White Claw. Published 10/12/21
Jim Wissmiller
Jim came to the New Braunfels area from Chicago in 1974. He came with his birth family as he was just 14 years old. He later moved his young family to Corpus Christi for 15 years and then back to New Braunfels to stay because he loves New Braunfels. Jim is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. He chose this profession because he loves his work and he loves being able to make a real and positive difference in the lives of his clients. Jim joined Rotary Club because he new some really good people that were members and he was attracted to the opportunity to join others in volunteering for our communities and beyond. Jim's favorite memories are associated with the missions trips to Mexico and to Lake Charles. He says there is no better feeling than the feeling you get when you are helping people that really need the help. In Jim's free time he loves watching his grandkids play at Grammy and Pa's house, or traveling, or fishing, or playing his guitars, or studying the Word of God. Jim's one food would be omelets; bacon, egg, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions with lots of cheddar cheese. Jim's go-to drink is a Crown and Coke – abso-freaking-lutely not a White Claw. Published 09/29/21
Jacob Yaklin
Jacob was born in California but moved to New Braunfels in March of 2020 with his wife Melyn. He moved here after separating from the Marine Corps to work for a family business in Seguin. Jacob is currently a financial advisor with Oakwell Private Wealth Management here in New Braunfels. Prior to working for Oakwell, he was a company commander in the USMC located in Southern California. Both his mother and his father-in-law have been Rotarian's for his entire life and pushed him to join so that he could better serve the community and grow his network. His favorite part of being a Rotarian is the humanitarian efforts that support those in need. He enjoys the happiness and sense of relief we can bring people through our service projects and other volunteer efforts. In his free time, we can find him traveling, taking his dogs to the park or anything to stay active. If he could only have one meal for the rest of his life, he would choose sushi. If you took Jacob to Happy Hour, he would have a Moscow Mule, not a White Claw. Published 09/22/21
Austin Milam
Austin was born and raised in New Braunfels, TX. Most of his family is from New Braunfels and when he married his better half in 2018, he gained some family in California as well. Austin joined the Rotary Club in 2017 because he was on the Jaycees Board for about four-years and was looking for another organization to be a part of. His favorite memory as a Rotarian so far, is becoming a Paul Harris Fellow way ahead of schedule, which he attributes to Gary Barr. Something you may not know about Austin is that he is on the radio broadcast of Unicorn Football games doing stats, so listen to KGNB when the Unicorns play. If he could only have one meal for the rest of his life, he would choose Surf and Turf. If you took Austin to Happy Hour, he would order a tequila, with a White Claw afterwards. Published 09/15/21
Don Miller
Don Miller has lived in New Braunfels since 1985, when his job as a financial advisor brought him here. Before Don was a financial advisor, he was a C-130 pilot in the Air Force for 30 years. Don has been in the Rotary Club of New Braunfels for 17 years. He was drawn to join after seeing how involved Rotarians are and the good they do for our community. Don's favorite parts of being a Rotarian are the meetings and the fellowship. In his free time, we can find him financial planning. Something you might not know about Don, he has taught bible study for the last 20 years. If he could have one meal for the rest of his life, it would be anything cooked by Kathy Meurin. If you took Don to Happy Hour, he would order a Titos on the rocks, not a White Claw. Published 09/08/21
Helgard Suhr-Hollis
Helgard has lived in New Braunfels since 1952. She had connections in San Antonio but fell in love with New Braunfels and moved here instead. Helgard is now retired but she used to be a property manager. 29 years ago, a friend invited her to a Rotary Club meeting, and she loved the attitude and the impact that Rotarians had and decided to join. Helgard's favorite memory as a Rotarian was when she went to a meeting in Hong Kong and they did not have a program, so she ended up being the program. She has been to Rotary meetings in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Germany, and more. In her free time, we can find Helgard reading, dancing, and most of all walking. She has walked in all 50 states and 40 different countries. If she could have one meal for the rest of her life, she would have rouladen and cabbage. If you took Helgard to Happy Hour, she would have a German Riesling white wine, not a White Claw. Published 09/01/21
Bill Biggadike
Bill grew up in Houston and moved to New Braunfels in 1989 when his company was opening positions in both Austin and San Antonio. Bill and his wife fell in love with New Braunfels and he said he would only take the position if he could live here. Bill owns a landscape lighting business now that he started back in 2002. Bill joined Rotary around the time he moved here. He had a friend that was a Rotarian in San Antonio and he suggested that Bill get involved with the club as well. Bill's favorite memory as a Rotarian has been the medical mission trips to Mexico. Bill is passionate about being involved in not only the community, but in his church as well. Bill and his wife love to travel in their RV and have been to several different states. If he could only have one meal for the rest of his life, it would be Liver and Onions with mashed potatoes and peas. If you took Bill to a happy hour, he would order a margarita, not a White Claw. Published 8/25/21
David Lasher
David was born and raised in Bulverde. He moved to New Braunfels from San Antonio four years ago after falling in love with this town. David is a State Farm Insurance representative. He joined Rotary because he wants to be more involved in the community and the statement "Service Above Self" resonated with him. He is also involved with The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and The Jaycees. One thing you might not know about David is that he cannot play intramural kickball without tearing his ACL. If he could have one meal for the rest of his life, it would be a medium rare steak. If you took David to happy hour, he would order an Old Fashioned, not a White Claw. Published 8/18/21
Marian Benson
Marion and her husband moved to New Braunfels in 1973. Her husband was a professor at what was then Southwest Texas State University, and when they could not find a place to live in San Marcos, they thankfully settled here. Marian owned and operated a boutique downtown on the square for many years before she retired. She joined the Rotary Club in 1986 and was one of the first few female members. Her favorite thing about being a Rotarian is the friendships and meeting the new young members! Something people might not know about Marian is that in her early career, she was a flight attendant. If she could have one meal for the rest of her life, it would be a light lunch and a heavy dessert, cooked by Kathy. If you took Marian to a happy hour she would order a glass of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, not a White Claw. Published 8/11/21
Kathy Meurin
Kathy was born and raised here in New Braunfels, TX. We all know her as our amazing caterer, but she has an education in nursing. Years ago, at her parent's anniversary party, a friend suggested that she open up a catering business on the side and she has been keeping bellies full ever since. In 1983, back when the Rotary Club was male only, someone asked her to cater the meetings. In 1987, when the club began admitting women, Kathy was one of the first to be invited, and she became the first female president in 1993. Kathy is passionate about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and looks forward to that coming back in 2022. Kathy has two sons and four grandchildren. Something you may not know about Kathy is that she loves being outdoors with nature. Wide open spaces are her happy place. If Kathy could have one meal for the rest of her life, she would have ribs or homemade fried chicken. If you went to happy hour with Kathy, she would order an Amaretto Sour, not a White Claw. Published 8/4/21
Mike Dietert
Mike was born and raised here in New Braunfels, Texas. His family has been here for six generations. He married his high school sweetheart when they were both 19, and have been happily married ever since. Mike is currently working on his new business venture, 1845 Meat Co. Mike joined the Rotary Club of New Braunfels in 1974 when he became the General Manager of New Braunfels Smokehouse. His predecessors had all been Rotarians and he followed in their footsteps. His favorite thing about being a Rotarian is the comradery among the members. A fun fact about Mike that people might not know is that he loves dogs. In his free time, we could find Mike working on the farm and restoring an old barn. If Mike could only have one meal for the rest of his life, it would be a medium rare ribeye steak. When Mike goes to happy hour, he orders a Jameson and ginger ale, not a White Claw. Published 7/28/21
Fred Willard
Fred grew up in Cuero, Texas and moved to New Braunfels in 1965 to buy a dental practice. Before New Braunfels, he was in West, Texas, where he became a Rotarian. His father-in-law was a charter member of a Rotary Club in 1927. Because of this connection, his wife encouraged him to join the Rotary Club. He has been a proud Rotarian for 56 years! His favorite memory as a Rotarian was in the early ‘70s, the club members took out personal bank notes to rework the plaza downtown. If you have a minute, ask Fred to share this story with you! In his spare time, you can find Fred working on cars or his yard. Fred is a proud founder of the New Braunfels Car Club. If Fred could only have one meal for the rest of his life, it would a chicken fried steak. If you went to a Happy Hour with Fred, he would order a Gin and Tonic or a beer, not a White Claw. Published 7/21/21
John Dierksen
John grew up in the beautiful city of Shiner, TX. He moved to New Braunfels in 1973 to pursue his career as a Real Estate and Business lawyer. He is the first lawyer in his family. John has been married for over 50 years and has 2 children. His daughter is a pathologist at MD Anderson and his son works for the Department of Agriculture in Austin, TX. In 1974, two of his law partners introduced him to the Rotary Club of New Braunfels and he has been a member ever since. John has fond memories over the years of the youth exchange program which he has been very active in. Something you might not know about John is that he loves old cars. When asked the question, if you could have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? He answered, "Something made by Kathy Meurin." In John's free time, we could find him watching movies, reading books or traveling. If you went to Happy Hour with John, he would order a cold beer or a margarita, not a White Claw.  Published 7/14/21