The team — meet the Del Rio Parks Foundation Board of Directors
Laura Gill Vasconcellos, President
Laura is a transplant from the Midwest but is enjoying the weather and welcoming community of Del Rio. Specializing in media and marketing, Laura works as a freelance consultant and is also a mom of 2 boys. After spending 15 years playing rugby around the country, Laura thought she'd try her hand at community gardening. It's not the same whatsoever, and she seems to be much better at sports than plants, but the ability to lead a great group of people has kept her involved and passionate about creating and executing beneficial and exciting new projects in Del Rio. Have an idea for something new in Del Rio? Contact her at email@example.com.
Monica Salazar, Vice President
Monica was raised in Del Rio and after living on both coasts resides in Del Rio and enjoys pitching in to make her home town a better place. She enjoys her work as a freelance internet marketing consultant and project manager, and also nerdly pursuits including b-movies, comic books, technology and rock hunting as well as karaoke and travel.
Roky King, Secretary
Javier Calderon, Treasurer
After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies concentration in Corporate Communication and a Bachelor of Business Administration concentration in Finance, Javier moved back to his hometown of Del Rio, TX. With a great interest in promoting the community of Del Rio, he joined the Del Rio Parks Foundation with great hopes of aiding the improvement of the community’s parks and outdoor recreation areas. Javier is also the Chief Operating Officer of MBM Radio, a regional telecommunication company, and a Texas Licensed Real Estate Agent, and he’s no stranger to putting the needs of others above his own.
Gay Culbertson, At-Large
Trisha Urban, At-Large
Trisha loves to garden and cook what she’s grown. Inspired by a speaker at a monthly 4-H meeting, she worked in Calhoun County to locate land and begin gardens. The passion continued at home, and after over 45 years of gardening, she still loves growing her own fruits and vegetables. When she’s not gardening, she enjoys scuba diving, fly fishing, reading, crafting and cooking, especially over the campfire and in the earth-oven at the community garden. She loves how the community garden has brought together so many wonderful individuals and families, and she’s honored to be a part of the group.
Ken Hayes, At-Large
Robyn Maple Ha, At-Large
Growing up on a banana farm in Hawaii, Robyn often made her dad clear small plots so she could plant her own garden. She didn’t always follow through as a child, but her gardening attempts here in Del Rio have been more fruitful. She works with local area non-profits and is the mom of 2 crazy girls. She enjoys the sense of community and friendly nature that is present in Del Rio.
Natalie Granatelli, At-Large
Natalie is initially from Indiana, has lived all over the country, and is proud to call Del Rio her home. She loves that Del Rio is full of welcoming and kind people who are passionate about making this town the best it can be. She owns Branelli Coffee Co. and is the mom of a very active daughter plus 2 dogs and 2 cats. While she doesn’t have much talent when it comes to gardening, she loves the community environment and positive energy that radiates through the community garden.
Maria Onofre, At-Large
A native of Del Rio, after marrying and traveling the world for 20 yrs, she found food united families and cultures. Returning to her hometown she longed for that sense of welcoming and the sharing of meals based on local homegrown food. Finding options were few, she started Granja la Negra, a farm in Del Rio, and has dedicated her time to teach others how to grow and spread the knowledge.
Rowland Garza, At-Large