Dick Kallerman - Chair
Dick Kallerman works primarily on transportation issues, trying to convince the power structure to build something other than roads or, at least, better roads in better places. Dick is also the transportation issue coordinator for the Sierra Club Austin regional group and the Sierra Club Texas state chapter and is a board member of the Save Barton Creek Association. He is retired from IBM. Dick has a BS from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from New York University.
Karin Ascot - Vice Chair
After graduating from UT's Plan II Honors Program, Karin spent five years studying and working in Freiburg, Germany. She returned to the U.S. in 1994 and completed a master's degree in Applied Geography, Resource and Environmental Studies at Southwest Texas State University. Since then Karin has worked as a freelance technical translator of German and has served as the Austin Sierra Club's Conservation Chair (Feb. 1998 - Jan. 2001) and Club Chair (Jan. 2001 - Jan. 2003). She is currently the Political Chair of the Austin Sierra Club and also serves on the City of Austin's Environmental Board.
Robert Corbin - Treasurer
Robert grew up and attended college in Oklahoma. After extensive travel in Latin America, Robert started business in wholesale imports in 1968. He began retail import sales with his business Nomadic Notions in 1989. Robert still travels to Latin America, along with swimming regularly at Barton Springs. Robert recently discovered a new plant species in the Colorado River bottoms of East Austin. The amazing discovery and scientific description of Iva corbinii is reported in Lundellia, the Journal of the Plant Resources Center of the University of Texas.
Roger Baker- Secretary
Roger is a long-time Austin environmental activist. His particular interests have focused on transportation issues, especially highway building and CAMPO transportation planning. In addition to transportation, he writes on science, energy, economics and politics for Austin-based "The Rag Blog" and various other online publications. Roger has been active volunteer in the SOS movement from the beginning. He has also served several years on the Save Barton Creek Association Board.
Mark Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. - Science Officer
Mark is a Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas where he specializes in population genetics and evolution. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Washington University. He wrote the petition to list the Barton Springs salamander as an endangered species. Dr. Kirkpatrick has for several years volunteered his time and expertise to the Save Our Springs effort.
John attended Duke University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and received a degree in East Asian Studies from Vassar College in 1974. Beginning in 1977, John's professional focus has been the rehabilitation of neglected housing in central Austin. A long-standing supporter of environmental issues, John was the founding Vice President of the Upper Frio River Protection Association. John's concern is the preservation of the natural environment for future generations.
Michael Maguire - Board Attorney
Michael attended Holy Cross University in Worcester, Massachusetts, before making his way to Austin and The University of Texas Law School, from which he graduated in 1969. After practicing law in Houston, he returned to Austin in 1980, practicing law with intermittent writing sabbaticals since then. He is also a member of the boards of Texas Fine Arts and Sharir Dance Company. He believes that Barton Springs is a great asset to the city which he has seen slowly deteriorate and is determined to do everything to save it.
Nancy Scanlan - Board Member Emeritus
Nancy is a professional award winning photographer and long-time community leader. Ms. Scanlan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Northhampton, Massachusetts in Art History. In addition to her work with SOSA, she serves on the boards of KMFA Radio and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as well as the advisory councils of the Harry Ransom Center and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. A mother of two, Nancy believes protecting the environment is the single most important challenge facing our generation.
Jerry Jeff Walker - Board Member Emeritus
Jerry Jeff Walker is a nationally known singer, songwriter and recording artist. Recently, he demonstrated artistry on Capitol Hill through his tireless lobbying efforts on behalf of the Barton Springs salamander. The salamander is a critical barometer on the health of the Edwards Aquifer and is now on the Endangered Species List.
Susan Walker - Board Member Emeritus
Before becoming a concert and video producer as well as her husband Jerry Jeff's business manager, Susan worked as a legislative aide to Congressman Charles Wilson in the early 1970's. Since 1984, she has been an integral part of Jerry Jeff's success as both his business manager and executive producer of several albums, including Hill Country Rain , Viva Luckenbach , Night After Night , and Scamp . In addition to her work in the music industry, Mrs. Walker has been actively involved in Austin theatre, working with Paramount Theatre and Live Oak Theatre, serving as President of the Board of the latter.