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Our Board

Members of the All-Volunteer Board of Directors, left to right:  Chris Marcum, Kevin Herron, Ben Ingram, Tim Lulfs, Laura Payne, Judy Carter, Susan Santamaria

Susan Santamaria, President

Board member since 2007. Susan Santamaria has resided in the Dripping Springs area with her husband, Richard Santamaria, for almost 20 years.  She has served as President of the Board of the Dripping Springs Community Foundation for the past 6 years.  She is a member of the Dripping Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Dripping Springs Women’s Club, and the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church.  Susan grew up in south Austin and, after graduating from The University of Texas in Austin, resided in Chicago, IL for 26 years.  She has consistently been involved in the communities she has called home.  Susan has been named an honorary member of the Women’s Board of the Children’s Home & Aid Society in Chicago, the largest non-sectarian child and family welfare service agency in the Midwest.  She has also received a certificate of merit for outstanding dedication in volunteer service from the Ex-Students Association of The University of Texas at Austin as a result of the many years she served as President of the Chicago Chapter.  Susan has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Advisory profession and is currently engaged with capacity as a Financial Advisor and Branch Manager with Raymond James Financial Services in Dripping Springs. She and Richard live on 30 acres in the Pedernales River Valley outside of Dripping Springs.

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Tim Lulfs, Vice President

Board member since 2010. Tim and his Family, Tina (wife), Andrew (son) and Erin (daughter) have resided in the Dripping Springs area since 1998. He has been an eight year Board Member on his Homeowners Association serving a two term presidency. Tim and his wife own/operate Insurance Printing Solutions a forms management and compliance company in the Dripping Springs area. He is active with the Boy Scouts of America in the Dripping Springs area and is co-founder and former board member of a 400 member men's group at Lake Hills Church.

Judy Carter, Treasurer

Board member since 2015. Judy Carter and her husband Ed have lived in Dripping Springs since 1988.  Judy served as CEO of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for 22 years.  When she retired in 2008, the Food Bank was providing 17 million pounds of food per year to 300 food pantries, soup kitchens, and community non-profits.  Judy has served on local, state, and national boards, primarily in the areas of basic needs and hunger, and she has a master’s degree in non-profit management.

Kevin Herron, Director

Board member since 2009. Kevin, his wife and three children have lived in Dripping Springs since 1996. He has been a registered Architect in the state of Texas since 1998 and has had his practice in Dripping Springs since 1999. His projects have included numerous private residences, local business concerns and local churches. Kevin and his family are active members of Gateway Hill Country Church.

Ben Ingram, Director
Board member since 2014. For the better part of a decade, Ben Ingram has been helping customers realize their real estate dreams in Central Texas. A graduate of Texas State University with a BBA  in finance, Ben has focused his talents on developing relationships both with builders and with realtors in the area. Through this practice, along with his work ethic and attention to detail, he has builders and realtors who send 100% of their clients directly to him. He finds it especially rewarding to be able to provide these clients with the advice and lending products they need to achieve their financial goals. Outside of his work at SouthStar Bank Ben enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time on his family's land in the beautiful hills and valleys near Lampasas, Texas.

Chris Marcum, Director
Board member since 2015. Chris Marcum is a philanthropy consultant in Central Texas and has assisted with development strategy and grant-seeking efforts resulting in the raising of millions of dollars to grow and sustain the missions of dozens of local nonprofit organizations.  She also consults with companies who have or wish to develop giving strategies to support the nonprofit sector, and assists a corporation with its giving strategy in 16 countries.  Chris is proud to have raised a DSISD Tiger alum and enjoys living in the Dripping Springs area.  

Laura Payne, Director
Board member since 2017. Laura and her husband John have lived in Dripping Springs since 1994. Community involvement has always been important to Laura. First in the school district as a parent volunteer while her children were in school here, then in various organizations. She has been a board member of Helping Hands and Dripping Springs Women's Club. She is currently volunteering at RED Arena and Harmony Place. Laura is a certified Master Gardener and a certified Master Naturalist and volunteers on various projects throughout the area with those organizations. She is also quite involved with her church, Dripping Springs Presbyterian. When not volunteering, Laura enjoys spending time with her growing family, working outside in her yard, playing with her dogs and playing golf.

Dorothy Marchand, Secretary
Dorothy joined the Board in 2018, as she and her husband, John Bassett, recently made Dripping Springs their full-time home.  Dorothy recently retired as Managing Director and Head of the BBVA Compass Energy Division, where she had worked since 1995.  Her nonprofit experience includes serving on the Board of Directors of Camp for All; Past President of the Board of Directors of Odyssey House Texas; and Past President of the Women's Energy Network.  An alumni of LSU and the mother of three grown children, Dorothy is thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in the community by serving on the Dripping Springs Community Foundation Board.

Pat Brewton, Director
Pat has been a DSCF Board member since September 2018.  Pat is now a member of the Grants Committee and has recently taken responsibility for the Nonprofit directory for 2019.  Pat has lived in Dripping Springs since 1987.  Her three children went to school and graduated from Dripping Springs schools.  She is married with three children, four stepchildren and 6 grandchildren.  Pat was an elementary school teacher in California, in Tennessee and, for 25 years, in Dripping Springs.  In DSISD she was a 4th grade teacher, an Instructional Facilitator, and a 2nd grade teacher.  After retirement in 2012, she continued to work part-time as a member of the tutoring team for students, focusing particularly on math skills.

Robert Musgrove, Director

Robert joined the Board in Fall 2018, having retired to Dripping Springs in December 2017.  Robert retired from the presidency of Pine Technical and Community College in 2015 after 17 years leading the institution.  He is a UT grade and a native of Sweetwater, Texas.  His nonprofit involvement has included being President of the Greater Pine Area Endowment, a community foundation; a member of the Board of Directors of A Place for You, the area homeless shelter; a Board member of the Pine Area Chamber of Commerce; Scoutmaster for Troop 140 in Sweetwater; a board member of the regional planning commission in Pine County; and chairman of the Municipal Auditorium Renovation Committee in Sweetwater.  He enjoys gardening, hunting, good food and sight-seeing. For DSCF Robert has taken over the organization's website and social media presence.

Dave Swincher, Director
Dave and his wife Ann have made Sunset Canyon just east of Dripping Springs their home for nearly 20 years; their two sons are Dripping Springs High School grads.  He served on the Facilities Task Team for DISD and provided the area growth projections that helped inform the District’s high school expansion and facilities additions in the early 2000’s, and served on the DSYSA Board while coaching both soccer and basketball. 

Dave enjoyed and retired early from a successful career of over 35 years in nonprofit management as a senior executive in youth services and education, and now serves as Donor Relations Manager for Saint Louise House in Austin, helping empower single women with children to overcome homelessness.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Austin Mayor’s Health and Fitness Council, and was previously a Board Member for the Foundation of the Independent Bankers’ Association of Texas.

He was co-founder and former race director of the Austin Marathon Relay, is a runner, a century cyclist, and Super Spartan event survivor. Dave and his wife Ann have a daughter who is an internal medicine doctor, a son who is a successful Austin entrepreneur, and a son preparing to take the Bar Exam.  

Members Emeritus   

Susan Richardson
Doyle Fellers

Founding Members 

Cindi and Rex Baker
Claireen and Doyle Fellers
Cindy and Mike Figer
Jay Francis
Pam Owens
Susan and Bob Richardson
Judy and Paul Watkins


DSCF Story
The Dripping Springs Community Foundation (DSCF) was established as a non-profit organization in 1999 by a filing with the Secretary of State. The IRS issued 501(3)(c) status in 2000.  

From its formation, the Foundation was seen as a community resource for the generation of funds for all nonprofit organizations and needs in the community. Funds included the Keep Dripping Springs Beautiful Fund, The Gathering Fund and the Land Use Planner Fund for the City. The Foundation also served as the fiscal sponsor for the Dripping Springs Elementary School for a fundraiser for the teachers to replace educational items not covered by insurance when the school suffered a mold problem.  The most recent fiscal sponsorship is the Dripping Springs Skate Park to be built in a corner of Founders Park.  For more information, see "News and Events".

From 2013 through 2016, the DSCF sponsored a week-long fund raising campaign called "Givin' Where I'm Livin'", ending with the Founders Day celebration.  Local non-profit organizations were awarded matching grants based on how much each group raised during that one week.  Awards were made according to the size of the organization so that smaller groups were not penalized. 

Since 2007, financial grants have been awarded by the DSCF to thirty-eight different non-profit organizations.  With the Dripping Springs Women's Club, it publishes an annual Non-Profit Directory.  The DSCF is making a real difference in the community, and we encourage you to join us.

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