The University Library and Wittliff Collections are fortunate to have an Advisory Council comprising dedicated enthusiasts of the humanities, education, and lifelong learning. Members of the council serve as our chief ambassadors to the world, championing the mission of the University Library and The Wittliff Collections and promoting our priority projects among diverse audiences. The Advisory Council helps raise awareness via their personal and professional networks as well as through social media platforms. Council members also serve as influencers for fundraising projects – reaching out to potential supporters, opening doors, providing leads, and voicing support for key funding initiatives.
Council members serve a two-year term. The group meets once in the fall and once in the spring.
ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Chair: Sam Pfiester, Georgetown
Sam Pfiester was born and raised in Fort Stockton, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Plan II. In 1968 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving two tours in the Vietnam War. During the second tour he was senior advisor to a river patrol group operating in the Ca Mau Peninsula along the Cambodian border, and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service. In 1971 he was hired as a petroleum land man for independent oil operator Clayton W. Williams, Jr. He worked for Williams for ten years, eventually becoming exploration manager. Since 1982 he has operated his own exploration company, Pfiester Oil and Gas. Sam is the author of three books: The Perfect War, about his experiences in Vietnam; The Golden Lane: Faja de Oro; and Solomon’s Temple: Musjid-i-Suleiman & the Quest for Oil in the Middle East. He and his wife, Rebecca, have three children and seven grandchildren.
Mary Lockwood Crouch, Austin
Mary Lockwood Crouch is a native Texan from Port Arthur. She has been a classroom teacher and a meeting planner for a trade association. Her love of The Wittliff stems from her degree in art history and her own experimentation with and love of photography. Mary actively supports Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Communities in Schools. Traveling at home and abroad is among her favorite pastimes. She has three children and three grandchildren.
Hilary Dominguez, Austin
Hilary Dominguez is co-owner of Farm to Family, LLC, and manages day-to-day operations for several other family-owned businesses. She has been involved in a variety of philanthropic organizations in the Austin area including Junior League of Austin, Rodeo Austin, Texas State Alumni Association, Raise ’Em Up Foundation, and Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity Alumni. She graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor of healthcare administration. Hilary and her husband have a Vizslador named Lady.
Craig Hester, Austin
Craig Hester, CFA, CIC, is a principal of Luther King Capital Management (LKCM). He joined the firm in 2012 and serves as a portfolio manager. Prior to joining LKCM, Craig was the chairman, chief executive officer, chief investment officer, director, and portfolio manager of Hester Capital Management in Austin. He served as director of regional asset management for InterFirst Investment Management, chief investment officer of the Texas Municipal Retirement System, assistant vice president and trust officer for Republic National Bank Dallas, and senior analyst for the Teachers Retirement System of Texas. He is currently chairman of the board of Employees Retirement System of Texas. Craig graduated with a bachelor of business administration and a master of business administration in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. Craig and his wife, Felicia, live in Austin and enjoy spending time at their ranch. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Susan Longley, Austin
Susan Longley is president and owner of The Longley Group. As a fundraiser, volunteer, and political activist in Texas politics, Susan has been a tireless worker for democratic causes and campaigns. She is on the advisory board for the Bob Bullock Archives Endowment at Baylor University and Texans for Stem Cell Research; is immediate past president of the Texas Democracy Foundation, which publishes the Texas Observer; and she served on the National Founding Board for Atticus Circle. For several years Susan co-chaired the MOLLY National Journalism Prize, now one of the preeminent honors available to the nation’s finest journalists. Susan previously served as president of Zachary Scott Theatre Center where she is currently an emeritus member and the Texas Book Festival Board. Susan is known for her knowledge of the legislative process and skillful political instincts. She was chief fundraiser for Bob Bullock and directed his legislative agenda when he was both Comptroller and Lt. Governor. She was the legislative liaison for Bob Bullock both at the Lt. Governor and Comptroller’s offices. Susan served as statewide co-chair for Democrat Tom Schieffer’s 2009 campaign run for governor of Texas; finance co-chair for the Ann Richards/Bob Bullock Inaugural Committee, finance chair for Tony Sanchez’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, and campaign manager for Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s first campaign to the Texas Senate. She has also worked for former Lt. Governor Ben Barnes and former gubernatorial candidate Sissy Farenthold.
Will Meredith, Austin
Will Meredith is co-founder and principal of MFI Real Estate, LLC, a community-oriented real estate development firm based in Austin. Will has dedicated over eleven years of service to advocating for social justice and equity through the built environment in Central Texas, with both his real estate development work and his community service efforts. Will is married to Natalie Rose Meredith, a public elementary school educator in Austin. They recently welcomed a baby girl, Frances Rose, to their family in February of 2017.
Barbara Morgan, Austin
Barbara Morgan co-founded the Austin Film Festival in 1993 and has served as the sole executive director since 1999. Barbara developed and produced the film Natural Selection and co-produced the feature documentary Antone’s: Home of the Blues. Both films were released internationally. Most recently, she produced the documentary feature, Portrait of Wally, and the narrative feature, Spring Eddy. She developed and produces the TV and radio series “Austin Film Festival’s On Story,” currently airing on PBS stations across the country as well as on Public Radio International. Barbara co-edited the book series On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft, published by UT Press. She has one daughter.
Tracy LaQuey Parker, Austin
Tracy LaQuey Parker is senior vice president of business development for Parker Solutions Group. She is active in the community and is a member of several boards including the Texas Tribune, the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities, the Austin Film Society, and the Advisory Councils for UTeach and the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. Tracy previously served as director of The UTeach Institute and worked in the Chief Technology Office of Cisco System. She is the author of two best-selling books, The User’s Directory of Computer Networks (Digital Press) and The Internet Companion: A Beginner’s Guide to Global Networking (Addison-Wesley), the first trade book on the Internet, published in 1992. Tracy attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received an undergraduate degree in computer science. She and her husband, Patrick, have two children.
John Spong, Austin
John Spong, a staff writer at Texas Monthly since 2002, was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2010 for his story celebrating Texas dance halls, “Step Right Up,” and has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters’ O. Henry Award for Magazine Journalism – in 2007 for “The Good Book and the Bad Book,” and in 2010 for “Holding Garmsir.” He is the author of A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove (UT Press), and his magazine stories have been collected in Best Food Writing 2012 (Da Capo Press), The Best American Sports Writing 2009 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Literary Austin (TCU Press), and Rio Grande (UT Press). He holds a bachelor of arts and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from The University of Texas at Austin. John and his wife, Julie Blakeslee, have two sons, Willie Mo and Leon.
Rhonda Summerbell, Austin
Rhonda Summerbell has nearly thirty years of experience in financial services and higher education communities establishing partnerships that enhance the academic and broader communities. Rhonda serves on multiple boards and committees within the higher education, credit union, and community/non-profit sectors. She is a strong advocate for community engagement and education pipeline programs that help facilitate college readiness and encourage all youth to reach their full educational potential. She is a supporter of post-secondary education that puts Texas graduates in a position for future success. Rhonda has two children who attend Texas State University – a son who is an exercise and sports science major and a daughter who is a business/marketing major.
Cathy Supple, San Marcos
Cathy Supple earned her bachelor of arts degree in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in English education at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, New York. She taught high school English in Willsboro, New York, and was a feature writer and photographer for the North Country Catholic newspaper. In her avocation as a singer and guitarist with her late husband, Jerry, Cathy organized Plattsburgh music festivals and country dances. She served on numerous San Marcos community boards until 2002. Her avocation now is duplicate bridge.
Bill Wittliff, Austin
Bill Wittliff was born in Taft, Texas, and while growing up lived in Gregory, Edna, and Blanco. In 1964 he and his wife, Sally, founded Encino Press, a book publishing company specializing in regional material about Texas and the Southwest. In the mid 1970s, Bill began his long career in writing and producing films. As a screenwriter and producer, Bill’s credits include The Perfect Storm, The Black Stallion, Legends of the Fall, Raggedy Man, and Lonesome Dove. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Texas Philosophical Society, and he is a former board member of the Sundance Institute, past president and fellow of the Texas Institute of Letters, and recipient of the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award, among many other awards for writing, filmmaking, and book design. Bill and Sally founded The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in 1986.
Sally Wittliff, Austin
Sally Wittliff is an Austin attorney with a general practice. Born in New York City, she spent most of her childhood in Washington, D.C. Sally moved to San Antonio during her high school years, and has been in Texas ever since. She is a member of Inns of Court and a fellow of the Texas State Bar and Austin Bar Foundations. She is a former secondary mathematics teacher, chair of the City of Austin Urban Transportation Commission, president of We Care Austin, and board member of many civic organizations, including KLRU Public Television, Safe Place, and the Contemporary Austin. Cofounder with her husband, Bill, of Austin’s Encino Press and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, Sally is also the business manager of Pangaea, Inc., an Austin film production company, and of Wittliff Properties. Sally and Bill have two grown children and four grandchildren.