Catrina Kendrick is an award winning designer and owner of Catrina’s Ranch Interiors. She has sat on many boards and was last year’s vice president of the Dominion Women’s Forum at Dominion Country Club.
Catrina has been very active in helping the Moonlight Fund. During the past several years she has repaired, restored and distributed all types of furnishings to Moonlight Fund recipients who are in need. She recently gave $10,000.00 worth of new furniture to one of our soldiers and a further $40,000.00 in furnishings for his new home just last year.
Having worked in the furniture industry for 45 years Catrina has managed furniture stores, been a buyer and has owned her own business since 2000. Her diligent work ethics and her ability to give direction have built her a very successful business.
She continually brings in new donors and is always available to help. Catrina is a dedicated mother and wife and a true friend to all who know her.
On a sunny November afternoon, I finished my pre-flight inspection and hopped into the cockpit of my custom-built EDGE 450 aerobatics monoplane. The sky had never seemed bluer, the hum of the engine as I took off, never sweeter.
I headed into an upside-down half outside loop with a two-point roll followed by a snap roll. Sheer exhilaration surged through me as I shot skyward.
What was that? A damp and acrid fluid soaked my arms and chest.
Fuel! Ruptured fuel tank!
As I righted the plane, the cockpit filled with flames. Beating at my burning clothes with one hand, I switched off fuel, mags, master switch, and dropped into a nosedive. If the wind doesn’t put this out fast I’ll be too low to jump!
Plunging, I opened the canopy and released the seat belts. Groping for the D-ring on my parachute, I ejected at 400 feet. Where’s that ring? The Velcro that should have held it to my chest had burned away. I was free-falling.
Then my fingers closed on the ripcord. I yanked it and felt my body hoisted upward. The ground quickly closed in, knocking the wind out of me.
I tugged off the melted mass that had been my goggles and looked down. The fire was out, but my arms were absolutely white. I’m burned bad.
My lovely plane was a smoking tangle of metal. I wrestled out of my chute and started walking. I walked the whole way to the airfield, three-quarters of a mile, before the pain began.
I remember the helicopter trip, being wheeled into the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center. The medical team cut away what was left of my clothes. Then a mask closed over my nose and mouth and I sank into blackness.
That first pain-racked week at B.A.M.C. burn unit was a battle simply for survival. Once I was stabilized, the grafting began, using unburned skin from my back, thighs, and scalp. During two lengthy operations the grafts were secured with more than 3,000 staples through my flesh.
Here I was, the self-made guy, lying helpless in a hospital bed. How much more torture could I endure? The physical therapy to stretch the healing skin was agony, but the worst was the scrub baths – two a day. The nurses were merciless in their mission to rub every inch of my flesh raw. No screaming or pleading would sway them, and as the hour approached I’d actually cry in dread. Gritting my teeth as the brutal brush scoured away, I’d think, I don’t even have say-so over my own skin.
The nurse lifted me back onto my bed. Each touch, even the breeze he stirred as he left, brought tears to my eyes.
After a month in the hospital I was released to continue my recovery. With me came a whole new orientation. Physical & occupational therapies were grueling and I, the self-reliant guy, was learning another kind of reliance.
Today I can hide the scarring except on my hands. I’m not sorry it shows. It’s a reminder of other hands with scars on them. Henry currently lives in the Fort Worth area with his wife Trish and their five children. Henry stays busy running multiple companies including: Coffeen Management – Automotive Consulting; Jet Link – Aircraft Management; Lone Star Yamaha; and GI Tax – Tax Service. Henry has returned to his love of flying and pilots his personal jet for business & pleasure.
Henry’s legacy of giving to those less fortunate is a founding principle of Moonlight Fund.
In summary, I was a commercial banker for 38 years. I was a Group Vice President at World Savings responsible for Deposit Operations (16 departments). I worked for World at total of 21 years. Locally, I was a Treasury Management Officer at Broadway Bank for 3 years. I was the president and board member of Majestic Ranch Arts Foundation, president and board member of Hill Country Family Services, Boerne. I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and past board member of the Hill Country CASA, Kerrville.
Deborah has close to a decade of experience in Advertising, Media and Public Relations. During her career, she has worked in several Texas cities, New York City, and the Washington, D.C., metro area. A native of Mexico City, Deborah has a passion for languages and culture. She is a certified professional translator in Spanish and English and she is also fluent in German and conversant in French. Deborah is the owner of DOH Marketing and Bilingual Communications; a communications consulting firm in San Antonio, Texas that offers media, public relations, writing and Spanish<>English translations services.
Additionally, Deborah works as a public relations consultant for Pennino and Partners, an agency that specializes in media relations and publicity, writing, business development, issues and crisis communications, internal communications and industry relations.
During her career, Deborah has worked for some of the top advertising and media firms in the country including Wieden + Kennedy, the second largest private advertising agency in the world and GateHouse media, one of the nation’s most prominent newspaper conglomerates.
When she is not working, Deborah enjoys spending time with her husband and two-year-old son. She also enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, writing and cooking new dishes to share with friends and family over a good bottle of wine.
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David Miller is a Commercial General Contractor, Rancher and Sportsman. He is married to Kelly Miller. He moved to San Antonio from Meridian, Texas in 1980. He has been a Moonlight Board member since October 2014. David enjoys traveling and hunting.
Paul Martin began his investment career with Merrill Lynch and then Oppenheimer & Co. in New York City from 1985 to 1989. Since then he has been the managing partner and chief investment officer of Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, a registered investment advisor with offices in Austin and San Antonio. The performance of the firm’s investment portfolios over the past two decades has often been ranked at or near the top of all diversified investment strategies.
Mr. Martin is an active participant in the Austin and San Antonio communities through leadership positions in a variety of cultural and civic organizations, including the San Antonio Public Library Foundation (board member, chairman of the investment committee and executive committee member), the San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporaries (executive committee member), the Thomas Jefferson Center at the University of Texas at Austin (chairman of the advisory board), the Artist Foundation of San Antonio (advisory board member), the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship at UTSA (team mentor), the Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio Alumni Association (board member) and the Mind Science Foundation (board member). Additionally, he has served as board president of the Southwest Texas Council of American Youth Hostels, board president of the Austin chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors, executive committee president of the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum, board vice president of The Jung Society of Austin, board treasurer and secretary of the Austin Investment Association, and chairman of the investment committee of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute. He is an active member of the CFA Societies of Austin and San Antonio, the Rotary Club of San Antonio, the San Antonio Business and Economics Society, the Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, the Association for Corporate Growth (Central Texas Chapter), the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, and a lifetime member of the Naval War College Foundation and the UDT-SEAL Association.
Mr. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1980 and is an active supporter of the college. As a member of the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College, Mr. Martin chaired the investment committee and was instrumental in establishing a formal investment policy for the college. He has been active in the St. John’s College Alumni Association for many years and is currently co-president of the Austin/San Antonio chapter and serves on the Alumni Association Board’s nominating committee.
Additionally, Mr. Martin is a retired U.S. Navy Reserve commander. As a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), his service included eight years in Naval Special Warfare and a two-year tour as a U.S. Navy Reserve SEAL Team commanding officer.
Partner at the law firm of Murphy & Vickers, P.C. which specializes in Corporate, Probate and Real Estate law.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Attended Texas Military Institute in high school. Received bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University. Graduated from South Texas College of Law in 2005.
Was on the Board of Directors for Prevent Blindness Texas from 2007-2011.
Currently on the TMI Alumni Board of Directors.
During his time off Tom enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar, running, anything involving the outdoors and spending time with his family.