Capital City Village Staff
Tommi Ferguson, Executive Director
Tommi first became interested in the Village model while researching supportive senior housing options during her graduate studies in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin (MS 2004). A native Texan, she has more than a decade of non-profit experience including more than six years working in the Village movement (formerly with North Shore Village outside of Chicago) and is proud to have the opportunity to strengthen the movement in her home state. Prior to graduate school, Tommi worked in marketing and local media including The Austin Chronicle and The Austin Business Journal. Tommi and her family live in South Austin.
Bonnie Gilson, Volunteer Director
A third-generation Texan with a BBA from University of Houston, Bonnie joined Shell Oil Company in its early days in Houston, a career that ended when Shell sold its Belpre, Ohio, Plant. After receiving an M.S. degree in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve, she moved into nonprofit development, beginning with disaster recovery in West Virginia and culminating with a return to Texas following Hurricane Katrina to develop a state-wide AmeriCorps*VISTA project for recovery. Twice “retired,” Bonnie began as a volunteer with CCV before becoming a staff member. A live-music fan who headed the fundraising committee to save the Cactus Café, Bonnie attends shows there and at other venues and enjoys time with her sons and their families, and with close friends.
David Chambers, Intern – University of Texas School of Social Work
David, a candidate for his Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas, has come to Capital City Village as an intern to help us further our mission in helping others age well. David has lived in Austin since 2000, working in youth ministry. Through youth ministry, he has helped young people and their families discover their gifts and connect them to opportunities to use those talents to serve others locally, in Austin, as well as in various cities throughout the United States. David is an enthusiastic traveler who has explored places like Peru, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Russia, and even lived in Hawaii for a short time where he worked for Apple Computers.