2019-2020 Officers and Executive Board
Contact Information for Officers and Executive Board:
President: Sylvia Ostos – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Bunny Bond – email@example.com
Secretary: Shannon Palmquist – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Bob Shipman – email@example.com
Past President: Val Ostarch – firstname.lastname@example.org
Standing Committee Chairs:
Communications: Linda Stegall – email@example.com, 830-257-2795
Legislative: Stephanie Ertel – firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership: Barbara Young – email@example.com
Parliamentarian: Susan Curtis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations & Newsletter: Jeannie Berger – email@example.com
The board meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Doyle School Community Center, 110 W. Barnett Street, Kerrville. Anyone interested is welcome to attend
Meet Your Board Members -Stephanie Ertel, Legislative
Stephanie Ertel grew up in Kerrville on the banks of the Guadalupe River. As a lifelong Texan and the fourth generation of her family to live in Kerr County, she has a deep appreciation of the Hill Country and its unique place in Texas.
Stephanie has retired from two careers, as a public school teacher and an attorney. She is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University and holds an M.S. in political science from the U. of North Texas. After teaching over a decade, Ertel pursued a law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law. She was a corporate lawyer at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld in Dallas, then became the Sr. V.P. and General Counsel of The Coca-Cola Bottling Group (Southwest), Inc., the fifth largest Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S. After the bottler sold to The Coca-Cola Company, Ertel practiced corporate and employment law with her husband, Rick. Pro bono clients have included refugees, churches and other nonprofits.
Stephanie and Rick live in a sustainable off-grid home on 60 acres near Mountain Home with wildlife habitat restoration, rainwater harvesting, and solar power. The Ertels retired from their law practice in 2015. Stephanie is active in organizations that are concerned with issues of clean, flowing water, clean air and renewable energy, including the Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Hill Country Alliance and Riverside Nature Center.
Stephanie and Rick have two grown daughters and two young grandsons who live in Austin.
Stephanie’s civic involvement includes volunteering with Hill Country CASA, Kerr County Women’s Chamber, Hill Country Retired School Employees Association, Hill Country Chorale, Interfaith Welcome Coalition and Texas Impact in addition to supporting Emily’s List, TDW and other Democratic Party candidates and causes. Stephanie and Rick are members of St. James Lutheran Church in Harper.
Stephanie has served as President and as a Board member of TDW over a number of years from 2009 to the present. Stephanie was a candidate for State Representative in Texas House District 53 in 2016 and 2018, with a campaign focused on the environment, rural health care and public education.
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Linda Stegall, Communications
I was born in Beaumont Texas, but moved to Louisiana for a few years. Later I moved to Houston, where I went through grade school. I graduated from the University of Houston with a teaching degree and taught special education for 26 years.
My husband is a retired special education teacher. My son is a computer specialist and is married with three sons and lives in Dallas. My daughter is a lawyer who is teaching English to law students in France. She lives in Rully, France and is married to a French wine salesman and has three teenage children.
During the 22 years we have lived in Kerrville, we have traveled a lot. We have visited our daughter in France many times and have loved the sights in Paris. I have loved living in Kerrville and the Hill Country. I am on the board of American Association of University Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, and have joined four book groups. It is good to stay busy and enjoy life to the fullest.
The communication committee has been fun to work on for Texas Democratic Women
Meet Your Board Members – Bob Shipman, Treasurer
I’m a seventh generation Texas native. I grew up in Fort Worth, the first “city kid” in a family of ranchers and farmers. I studied architecture and building construction at Texas A&M, and the University of Texas at Austin admitted this Aggie into its fledgling MBA program. Many, many years later, after a career in commercial construction management and consulting and after the sale of our firm, I retired to Austin and Hunt.
My wife, Sally Shipman (deceased 2007) and I raised two daughters and our son in Austin, all Aggies! Sally became active in Austin city politics and served as Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission for five years before being elected for three terms, seven years, to the City Council…. you have to experience Austin to really understand! This led a few years later to Governor Ann Richards’ appointing Sally to chair her Texas Commission on Homelessness.
Since becoming a full-time resident in our “second home” in Hunt, I have stayed busy enjoying my two grandsons, travel, boat building, volunteering stints with Meals on Wheels, CAM and First Presbyterian Church committees.
I became interested in HCTDW as a way of honoring my wife’s years in politics and public service. As treasurer, I am now struggling to master QuickBooks accounting system.
Meet Your Board Members – Secretary Shannon Palmquist
Shannon Palmquist is a retired University of Texas at Austin employee. She retired in 2012 as a buyer at the Center for Transportation Research, a research center for the College of UT Engineering. Before her career at UT, Shannon was a Texas public school teacher. She taught high school chemistry and English, middle school science and English, and was a middle school counselor. She also wrote children’s books.
As a senior at the University of Houston, she was one of two selected to complete her student teaching at an American school in Brasilia, Brazil. In 2010, Shannon was selected as an Outstanding UT employee from over 500+ Austin employees.
Shannon has earned three degrees: a BS in biology from the University of Houston, a BA in English education from the University of Houston and an MS in Personnel and Guidance from Texas A&M in Commerce, Texas.
She has been happily married to Michael T. Palmquist for 46 years. Michael is the retired Adjutant Emeritus of the Texas American Legion. They have two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Currently she lives with her husband and a 16-year-old Havenese dog on 18 acres outside of Kerrville towards Medina. During her free time she enjoys working outdoors on their property, crafts and sewing for her granddaughter.
Shannon became involved with HCTDW because of Sue Sommers. While they were both volunteering as election officials at the Callouix Center, Sue just mentioned that there was a wonderful organization that was involved in democratic issues and asked if she would she like to attend their luncheon.
Meet Your Board Members – Vice President Bunny Bond
My legal name is Michael Louise Bond. Bunny is a nickname given to me by my maternal grandmother, as I was born on Good Friday in April 1943 in Corpus Christi, Texas. In my childhood and adolescence, there were numerous moves – Washington state, San Antonio several times, Ingleside once, Corpus Christi twice, and Austin twice.
After graduating from UT-Austin, I married and lived in the area around Randolph AFB and taught 6th grade at Schertz-Cibolo ISD. In 1968 we moved to the Panhandle of Texas, and I lived there until April 1985. During 1971 and 1972 we lived in Melbourne, Australia when my first husband was on a teaching fellowship at a high school. My youngest son was born while we lived there, so we experienced a government health plan very different from healthcare in the US. After moving to Kerrville, I re-married in November 1986. Red Bond had lived in Kerrville since 1967, as the Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The blended family of my two sons and Red’s three daughters (and their families) and adopted son has been interesting with children and grandchildren of the same ages.
Most of my career life had been in education, so to be hired at Kerrville State Hospital in January 1989 was a continuation of an educational focus in a job. Mental illness has been a lifelong interest, as two of my five first cousins had schizophrenia. Retirement in May 2005 as Director of Rehab at KSH, did not end my involvement with “shattering the stigma.”
Texas Democratic Women came into my life thanks to Dr. Gloria Olsen, retired CEO of Kerrville State Hospital, and Linda Seymour, a retired teacher who volunteered at KSH. Both women mentioned TDW to me at the same Christmas Tea in 2007. As a life-long Democratic voter, I am grateful for the organization.
President Sylvia Ostos
My name is Sylvia Bryant Ostos. I am a native Texan. I have lived in the Panhandle, Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi. We have lived at Tierra Linda over twenty years. I have been married to Dan for fifty-five years. We have two married sons, a daughter, five granddaughters and two grandsons. We also have two dogs and a cat.
I attended SMU and graduated from the University of North Texas with a BS in Education. I taught for three years before I retired to have children and start my career as a community volunteer. My volunteer career has taught me many things. As treasurer of the Corpus Christi Junior League I learned to manage various financial situations. As president of Texas PTA I worked with a 50-member board, 15 paid staff, organized 160 training workshops, chaired a convention for 3000 delegates and met with state and national legislators. I was honored with several awards and am an alumna of Leadership Texas.
Currently I mentor at Daniels Elementary School. As the daughter of a United Methodist minister I was taught to try to live by the Golden Rule in all areas of my life. I believe the adage that because you have been given much you are required to give in return. Most of all I have learned the satisfaction that comes from working with dedicated volunteers on projects that benefit others.