2017 Capital City Village Board of Directors
Sally Van Sickle, President
Sally Van Sickle received a BSME degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently a Program Manager at Applied Materials. She has served as a volunteer for several organizations including the Fine Arts Festival’s “Art After Dark” and Girlstart’s STEM Conference, and has participated in reviewing and approving grants. An avid cyclist, Sally currently serves on Capital City Village’s Development & Marketing Committee.
Kay McHorse, Past-President
Kay McHorse, following her BS degree from Oklahoma State University, taught preschool for fifteen years. For over twenty years she has been involved in directing various children’s music programs and hand-bell choirs. Along with serving on the board of CCV, Kay has also served on the boards of Recording for the Blind, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, and Helping Hand Home for Children. For the latter, she is a past president, an honorary member, and a continuing volunteer. Kay currently chairs Capital City Village’s Development and Marketing Committee. Residents of Austin for the past 37 years, Kay and her husband, Tom, are grandparents to eight grandchildren.
Sue Hoffman, Emeritus; Chair, Membership Services Committee
A founding member of Capital City Village, Sue Hoffman is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed marriage and family therapist. A recipient of a B.S. degree from Southern Methodist University and an M.S. in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin, she is a past-president of the ENDRIA Board of Directors and was named in 2010 the University of Texas School of Social Work Charles I. Wright Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Sue enjoys reading, and traveling, canoeing, and bicycling with Mart, her husband of 43 years.
Tom Knutsen, Treasurer; Chair, Finance Committee
Tom Knutsen has lived in the same house in Austin since August 1980. He and his wife, Caroline, have two adult children, Amy and John. Both attended Austin public schools, graduating from McCallum High School, as did Caroline. Since the summer of 2008, Tom has been a volunteer driver with Drive a Senior – West Austin. He has represented Tarrytown UMC on its board since 2010, and served as treasurer from 2013-16, overseeing both a financial review and an audit. Tom has been an active member of the Town Lake YMCA since 1981. There he has run the Town Lake trails, lifted weights, and served on its board of managers, overseeing the installation of the Y’s swimming pool. He bicycles when weather permits. Several electric utility trade journals have published Tom’s writings on the analysis and application of electric meter data to assist businesses and industries to reduce their electricity costs.
Maxine is a retired Registered Educational Diagnostician from Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston. She earned a BA in Psychology from University of Houston and an MA in Education from Texas Woman’s University. She and her husband moved to Austin from Houston thirty years ago to be near their daughter and son-in-law. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters for over fifty years having served as president of the League of Women Voters of Columbus, Ohio, and the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area. She was the first Advocacy Vice-president of the League of Women Voters of Texas. In Austin, she served on the City of Austin Arts Commission for fifteen years during which time she served as Vice-chair and then Chair, six years on the board of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and four terms as board president of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin. She has also been president of and still serves as a board member of the Hampton Park Home Owners’ Association. She has been quilting for many years making bed quilts and wall hangings. She has been writing her memoirs for the past four years, five of which have been published as a freelance writer for a magazine called Bend of the River. Among her awards is the Peacemaker Award for Culture from the Dispute Resolution Center. She is the widow of the late Mark Barkan.
Peter is an environmental engineer and President and Founder of Alpine Technology based in Austin, TX. He studied at University College Dublin in Ireland. He specializes in bringing new and improved ideas to fruition. His clients include City and Federal Agencies as well as both U.S. and International green energy companies. Supported by his children, Laura and Paul, Peter is a caregiver for his wife Elizabeth. She had a stroke in 2011, which resulted in Peter rethinking the setup of their home and researching outside support services. One of the better models he came across was that of people supporting each other to live independent longer, and this led him to CCV. As he ages, Peter finds our rapidly changing world to be both scary and exciting. It also gives him motivation to help evolve the available options, both for himself and others!
A 50-year-resident of Austin, Rachel Flake attended Washington University in St. Louis and has a nursing degree from an associated School of Nursing. She worked as an Occupational Health Nurse for a large Austin company for 15 years, leaving there 20 years ago after neurosurgery left her disabled. She served on the Board of Lone Star Girl Scout Council as the Camp Texlake Chair; was President of West Austin Caregivers as well as Secretary and an office volunteer; has served on the board of Deacons at two Austin churches, where she also was a choir member for 50 years, and plays Handbells. She is active in NWHills Democrats and AAUW; other interests include painting, quilting, and travel. She has two daughters and two granddaughters – the latter both at Anderson High School. She is grateful that The Village concept made its way to Austin, and has already assisted her in her desire to live independently as long as possible.
Joanne (Jo) O’Neill has been a resident of Austin since 1981. She received her BA in English from Wake Forest University and an M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina. After 20 years as an administrator and faculty member at Austin Community College, she began a private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist which continues today. Twelve years ago she participated in a training called Somatic Experiencing (a sensory-based therapy that addresses symptoms of PTSD) and then coordinated bringing that training to Austin. She assists with the trainings in Austin and other locations throughout the US, Asia and Australia. She appreciates that her only son gave her the gift of becoming a grandmother of 3. She also volunteers with Austin Shambhala Meditation Center, Zach Scott Theatre and Gold Ribbon Rescue.
Arnold Orange, a 38-year Austin resident, received BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. His career has been spent primarily as a geophysicist, working on academic and industrial research and exploration projects world-wide. He currently has an appointment as a Research Associate at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of California, San Diego. He is an active CCV member, and enjoys both the service and social aspects of the organization.
Yolanda Uribe Rangel
Yolanda was born in Laredo, Texas on November 11, 1954, but grew up in San Ygnacio, a small ranching and farming community. She graduated from Zapata High School in 1971, subsequently attending Southwest Texas State University where she graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and sociology. She began her career with the Austin Independent School District as an English teacher at O.Henry Junior High School, where she remained for eleven years. In 1979, she married Jose Manuel Rangel, who at the time was an Assistant Attorney General, and in 1982 they had Carlos Alonso, now 34 and a Senior Copyright Editor for DDB Chicago. Between 1984 and 1886, while still teaching, Yolanda attended graduate school in the evenings and in the summers, and in 1986, she graduated from Southwest Texas State (Texas State University). She has a Master in Education degree in Guidance and Counseling, with a double minor in psychology and sociology. In 1986 Yolanda joined the counseling department at Fulmore Junior High School; and the following year, she and her husband welcomed Cristina Elisa to the family. Cristina is an out-patient pediatric speech pathologist at Children’s Hospital in Dallas and also works with Pathways, an early autism intervention program. While at Fulmore, Yolanda was appointed to the Lead Counselor’s position and also served on AISD’s Counselor Leadership Team, which was instrumental in writing the curriculum and implementing a comprehensive developmental guidance program for every school in the district. Ms. Uribe Rangel served the Fulmore community for twelve years and in 1998, she helped open Gonzalo Garza Independence High School, an alternative school of choice for juniors and seniors in AISD. She served as Lead Counselor for the fourteen years that she worked at GGIHS, until her retirement in June of 2012. Ms. Uribe Rangel has been active in a number of professional organizations, including Austin Association of Teachers, Texas Counseling Association, and Capital of Texas Counseling Association, where she served as president (2005-2006). Yolanda is Co-First Vice-President, in charge of programs, in Lambda Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honor society for key women educators. Throughout her 35-year membership in the society, she has held almost every office, including that of president during the 2000-2002 biennium. She has led workshops both in Solution Focused Counseling and in Developmental Guidance and Counseling at various local, state and national conferences. She is presently active in the Texas Retired Teachers Association and Austin Retired Teachers Association. Yolanda’s community involvement includes membership in St. Austin’s Catholic Parish, where she volunteers as an outreach minister at Cornerstone Hospital. Between 1996 and 2005, she volunteered on Saturdays at St. Michael’s Thrift Shop. Yolanda has served on the Advisory Board for Con Mi Madre (1999-2009), a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, educational resources, and college readiness for Latina middle and high school students. Since 2005, Yolanda has been a member of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church’s Honduras Mission Team. She oversees teacher training to forty kindergarten teachers from various communities in the Agalta Valley. Yolanda also serves as an interpreter for the medical team. She and her husband are active Century Club Members of the Austin Theatre Alliance where she also serves on the ATA Advisory Board and Education Outreach Committee.
Dr. Peggy Russell
Dr. Peggy Russell practiced Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in Austin, TX from 1984-2015. She is dedicated to compassionate, high quality medical care. Dr. Russell works throughout the local, state and national medical community to improve health care especially for the complex older individual. Dr Russell is the founder and president of Austin Geriatric Specialists, P.A. Her practice included work as Medical Director in multiple skilled nursing facilities as well as a Hospice Medical Director. Honors and awards include: Physician of the Year, Travis County Medical Society 2014; Austin Groups for the Elderly “Community Service Award” 2010; TexPEC Championship Award 2005; Jack Sayres Weinblatt Award 2004; President of the Travis County Medical Society 2006; Past President of the Texas Medical Director’s Assn.
Fredrick “Rick” Cloud III, Former Vice President
Rick Cloud holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and for over 45 years has been involved in the computer industry, including work at the Johnson Space Center, Texas Instruments, Intel and several software firms. In 1983 Rick founded Counselor Systems Inc (CSI), and continues as its president and principal consultant. He is a board member of the Dream Come True Foundation, and is a long-time member of Tarrytown United Methodist Church. He has two daughters and two granddaughters. For Capital City Village, Rick serves as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and Co-Chair of the Program Committee.
Don Cook, interim executive director of CCV in 2010-11, is a native of Dallas. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, Don served as a pilot in the US Air Force during the Vietnam era before working for NASA, the Peace Corps, and the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1990, Don worked in the General Land Office in Austin and for UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Smithville. A long-time Rotarian and member of the Headliners Club, Don holds masters degrees from Harvard and American University, and is interested in trading old-west antiques.
David Gamble, M.D.
A native Texan, David Gamble holds a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University and an M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. A Vietnam veteran and retired pediatrician, David practiced pediatrics in Dallas before establishing a private practice in Austin in 1974. He is a past-president of both the American Diabetic Association and Faith in Action Caregivers. David enjoys traveling with his wife, Barbara, and friends, along with sailing, baking, gardening, and reading.
Dell Gully, Former Secretary
Dell Gully, a resident of Austin since 1970, is a native of Mississippi who has a degree in library science and has worked as both bookseller and librarian. Widowed a decade ago, Dell has two grown children and three grandchildren who help occupy her time. She regards volunteering, for example, with The Settlement Club–for which she is a past-president–as her main avocation at present. Her leisure activities include traveling, reading, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Dell’s long-term goal is to live independently in her own home as long as possible.
Drew Sawyer, M.D.
After his childhood and youth in Iowa Park, TX, Drew Sawyer graduated from TCU in Fort Worth and Southwest Medical School in Galveston, held residencies in Oklahoma City and Seattle, and served in the US Navy in North Carolina. In 1979 Drew moved with wife Emy Lou to Austin. Here he practiced as a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist before retiring in 2010. Married almost forty years, he and Emy Lou are parents of three grown children. In retirement, Drew enjoys playing golf, riding bicycles, and taking lessons in photography and banjo.
Taylor Woodard, Student Board Member
Taylor Woodard is currently a University of Texas – Austin dual degree graduate student, studying in both the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Work. Her aspiration is to become an administrator of a nonprofit such as CCV. For her undergraduate studies, Taylor attended Trinity University in San Antonio, graduating magna cum laude and being awarded the Trinity Student Achievement Award for Volunteerism. Upon graduation from Trinity, Taylor relocated to New York City where she worked on Wall Street for two years before returning to her home state to follow her true passion, advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations. Taylor developed an interest in organizations such as CCV after watching, from 1,200 miles away, her own family’s efforts to help her beloved grandmother maintain independence. Taylor loves to explore the world of food and to travel, most recently journeying to Moscow, Russia and Istanbul, Turkey. She plans to travel to Jordan and Israel over the upcoming holidays.
Sandy Youman, Former and Founding Board Member
Since moving to Austin in 1971, Sandy Youman has devoted herself to a life of service, primarily through fundraising for non-profit organizations. Among these have been the PTA; Junior League; Austin Arts Commission; Hospice Austin; New Horizons Home (for troubled children out of Goldthwaite, TX); and KLRU/TV Austin PBS. Sandy has been a board member of Hospice Austin, Austin Arts Commission, New Horizons Home, Ronald McDonald House, as well as CCV. In 2005 she retired from KLRU/TV Austin PBS as Vice President of Major Gifts and is co-chair emeritus of Dell Children’s Hospital.
Jo Ann Farrell
Iowa-born, Jo Ann Farrell has a B.A. degree from Stanford University, a secondary-teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Counseling from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a high school teacher of English in California, a co-owner of a Baskin-Robbins in Austin, and a counselor and administrator for AISD. Jo Ann has served on the boards of Keep Austin Beautiful, The Environmental Connection: Austin, and is a volunteer with The Settlement Club. When not working on spreadsheets, she enjoys traveling with husband, Ed, and spending time with her two sons and their families.