Every August at the KWA General Membership meeting the slate for next year’s board members are named by the nominating committee in addition members have an opportunity to nominate a qualified member “from the floor”. This year we have nine returning board members and six new members. Elections will be held at the September 6 General Membership meeting. Please come out, vote and meet your board members.
Joe, my husband, took up his parents’ antique business in the 1990s. Which allowed us to focus on our own collecting passion: the American Arts and Crafts Movement, whose furniture is sometimes called “Mission.” Mike and Penny Wiederhold connected with us through that business and invited us to their house on King William Street. We then stumbled across Mission Street, and a charming Arts and Crafts bungalow that was for sale. My husband and I moved to King William in October 1998 from Castroville.
Our new neighbors were also welcoming and encouraged my involvement with neighborhood issues. Through the years, I volunteered for the Fields of the Missions Neighborhood Association (think KWA alternative), served on the KWA board and the finance committee, chaired the KWA home tour, and chaired the KWA Fair three times. I write for the newsletter and tackle special projects when I’m not busy practicing law, researching genealogy, wearing kimono, or weaving rugs.
As a military brat, I know that change is inevitable. But I also believe that respect for history makes change manageable. Our neighborhood is constantly assailed by forces of change, and it is our duty to ensure the change is positive.
Margaret Leeds, who lives on King William Street, is a native-born Texan who moved to King William in 1998 after retiring as Assistant Principal of Beverly Hills High School in California. She currently serves as lead trainer and mediator at the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center.
Margaret served previously on the King William Board of Directors. Soon after moving here she joined the campaign to stop tour buses from coming into the district. Margaret has worked in the Information Booth numerous times during the King William Fair and has been a docent many times for the King William home tours. Her focus as a board member will be on preserving the owner-occupied, family-oriented quality of life in the neighborhood.
Nathan Morey is a six-year resident of King William. Nathan and his wife, Jennifer, first arrived in San Antonio 10 years ago so he could attend St. Mary’s School of Law. After he accepted a job offer at the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office they knew King William was where they wanted to settle.
Any time not taken by work and nurturing their daughters Alice, 9 and June, 3, is spent riding his bike around San Antonio and nearby counties or playing guitar on the porch of their home on Mission Street. Those who know Nathan describe him as calm, companionate and thoughtful – not a man who is self-serving, but one who will consider a matter from all perspectives.
Milton Naumann is a San Antonio native. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and upon graduating served in the 82nd Airborne Division. After his military service, Milton attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a BBA in accounting.
Milton and his wife, Luisa, have lived on Madison since their marriage in 1969. Milton enjoys gardening, woodworking, stained glass and his latest hobby, welding. He takes great pleasure in working on their house and is committed to maintaining the historical integrity of their residence and the King William area. Milton and Luisa love spending time with their sons, daughters-in-law and their five grandchildren.
I’m a San Antonio native, moved into the neighborhood in 1990, live on Wickes Street. I served on the board in the 90s and was Holiday Home Tour Chair one year. Since then I have continued to volunteer at the home tour and at the King William Fair each year. I was one of the original organizers of Basura Bash, the annual citywide San Antonio Riverbank Cleanup. I’m a semi-retired academic librarian currently working on archives for a developing the Polish Heritage Center at Panna Maria, Texas.
The reason I am interested in serving on the board is because I’m committed to our mission, particularly advocating for preservation of residential integrity. I also want to help maintain our commitment to neighborhood schools and to cultural organizations such as SAY Sí. I love living in this neighborhood because so many people pull together to build community.
Colonel Jeffrey “J.R.” Rust, USAF retired, and his wife, Dr. Stacé Rust, live on Madison Street since moving from the Hill Country in October 2015. Since his retirement, J.R. has remained active in the aviation and defense fields, and serves as DynCorp International’s Director, Flight Training Operations. J.R. devoted almost 24 years to the USAF as a fighter pilot and commander, and is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
J.R. and Stacé are very involved in several community charitable organizations and efforts such as the Fisher House, Women Involved in Giving, Nurturing, & Sharing (WINGS) for breast cancer survivors, and San Antonio Livestock Exposition. J.R. hopes he can be helpful and value added to the King William community as it works through persistent issues such as zoning, parking and infrastructure with the City while preserving the beauty and special heritage of King William.
Returning members: Chris Price, President; Shawn Campbell; Shelley Galbraith; Gretchen Garceau-Kragh; Erich Landry; Monika Maeckle; Connie Martinez; Brad Shaw; and Amanda Strickland.