We are thrilled to announce our new Executive Director! SMRF’s Board of Directors conducted an extensive search to find a new Executive Director with the right vision and experience to lead the organization into the future. After a great deal of consideration, we are delighted to announce the hiring of Virginia Parker Condie who comes to us with a wide range of experience and a deep passion for the San Marcos River.
Virginia has been a long-time member of SMRF and has served as vice president on the SMRF board. This makes her uniquely familiar with the role and expectations of our organization, and knowledgeable about the many issues facing the river. She holds a degree from Texas A&M in biomedical science and began her environmental career volunteering with Bat Conservation International at Bracken Cave. After the massive floods of 2015, Virginia helped organize and create the BR3T to deal with long term disaster relief. This Blanco River Recovery team encompasses four counties and was the first ever organization of this type in Texas. She currently serves on their board and has helped craft their mission going forward as our communities continue to rebuild while preparing for the next flood event. Virginia has participated as a stakeholder on the Texas Parks & Wildlife 2016 Task Force that attempted to deal with recreational tubing on the lower parts of the San Marcos, addressing the legislature on the safety issues occurring downstream. She comes with extensive experience in sales and real estate and will be able to transfer this knowledge to the River Foundation’s land conservation program designed to protect our critical recharge zones and greenspaces. In addition, Virginia is an avid paddler and has participated in (and finished) 8 Texas Water Safaris and holds four records for Female Time and Placement.
“ I am extremely honored to be taking on the role of Executive Director for SMRF. Dianne has led the way in how to effectively protect the unique and irreplaceable San Marcos River and all of its treasured creatures. She has done so with total devotion and I will do everything in my power to continue to build on the solid foundation that she and many others within the community have built. We have a lot of work ahead of us and I look forward to working with many of you. Please feel free to reach out! “