J. Allen Tharp, President
Allen is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the San Antonio-based Allen Tharp LLC and the Olde England’s Lion & Rose, as well as a minority partner in a chain of quick-service chicken restaurants called Golden Chick. It is noteworthy that Allen’s endeavors provide approximately 1,000 local jobs to San Antonians and pump almost $30 million into the local economy annually.
Having worked for over 27 years with the restaurant industry, he has served as a liaison for government and legislative affairs, as a speaker at various restaurant industry conferences, and is an active member of the president’s forum within his industry’s professional association. Mr. Tharp holds a B.A. degree in political science.
|Jeanette Rhodes Kalk, Director/Treasurer
Jeanette is a proud, patriotic American and passionate Conservative who enthusiastically donates her time, energy, talents, and skills to support the goals of the San Antonio Tea Party.
|Paula Villagran, Director/Secretary
Paula is a Texas native who received her BBA from University of Texas at San Antonio and her MBA from Texas A&I University. She has approximately 25+ years experience in accounting, budget, and finance in state and city government. She has also worked for a major local construction company. Paula is a true Conservative who gladly volunteers her time to work for political candidates who fight for our rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
|Cynthia Guzowski, Director
Cynthia is a native San Antonian and a graduate of Highlands High School and Durham Business College. She served as an Executive Secretary for the U.S. Air Force at Kelly AFB. She is a member of the British Society of San Antonio. Cindy considers herself a constitutional conservative and serves as a delegate of her Precinct 3090. She also serves as an election clerk for Bexar County and is a volunteer deputy voter registrar. Cindy has been active with the San Antonio Tea Party since 2010. Married for 32 years to her husband Ron, they have three grown children and four grandchildren.
|Ray Wilkinson, Director
Ray is a native San Antonian, graduate of MacArthur High School and Texas A&M, President and CEO of a local business for 30+ years, and married for 26 years with 3 sons. He is a long-time parishioner, 20-year member of the Arborians of St. Pius X Catholic Church. Active in his community, Ray has served on VIA Advisory and Advance Transportation District Oversight Boards; has served as Commissioner, Bexar County Bond Oversight Committee; and is President of Bexar County Emergency Services District 3.
|Mike Patterson, Director
Mike is a Board Certified attorney in injury trial law for a major insurance company in San Antonio. Married for 35 years, he and his wife have two grown children.
|Don Kirchoff, Director
Don grew up on a farm in Wilson County and received a BS in mathematics from Texas Lutheran University and a MS in physics from University of North Texas. He worked in the oil & gas industry and founded a business brokering firm. He and his wife are politically active in The Heritage Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, and various TEA parties.
|Denny Kalk, Director
Denny is a strong Constitutional Conservative who is active in his church and community, serving on multiple boards for professional, educational, and charitable organizations.
|George Howard, Director
George graduated from Texas A&M with degrees in Animal Science and Ag. Journalism in 1969 & 1972. Served in the US Army Reserves from 1972 until 1980 as a Captain in the Signal Corps. Work history: retail grocery business, school photography business, and finally 28 years in pharmaceutical sales as a territory manager. Retired from Merck in 2007.
Long-time conservative having grown up in a household where politics was discussed at the dining room table. Concerned about the future of our country and got involved in the Tea Party to make a difference. He also serves as chairman of SATP’s Convention of States Project 17 Committee.
|Douglas Richter, Director
Doug graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio with a B.A. in English with a concentration in professional writing. He is the co-owner and VP of Operations of LCR Publishing, LLC. Doug also serves as co-leader of the Alamo Patriots neighborhood group of the San Antonio Tea Party.
|Don Krebs, Director
Don Krebs says he was a Geek from early on, fixing TVs and radios, repairing lawnmowers and motorcycles for friends and family while in his teens. Assisting the Chief Engineer for a local radio station where he began his avocation as a radio broadcaster.
As a young father and husband with a full-time job, he received an Associates Degree from Brazosport College and undergraduate studies at University of Houston in the field of Behavioral Management Science.
A registered Medical Technologist, he managed hospital laboratories until entering his life-long career in medical laboratory sales and marketing: Sales Manager, Product Manager, Product Specialist, Corporate Trainer and Director of Sales and Marketing.
Don also enjoyed his parallel part-time avocation of radio broadcaster with 12 years in Christian radio broadcasting in the San Antonio market.
Also known as GranPaSmurf, DocSavage, or (for about 6 weeks at the end of the year) KringleKrebs, Don serves as Webmaster for San Antonio Tea Party.
About the Board of Directors
Who are the members of the San Antonio Tea Party (SATP) Board? Another question might be: How can you become a board member?
The first question is easily answered by going to the San Antonio Tea Party website and searching on Board of Directors. There is a biographical sketch and photo provided for our board members. The answer to the second question above needs a little more explanation.
Responsibilities of the Board
The SATP Board of Directors is responsible for insuring compliance with all State and Federal legal requirements. The Board ensures its meetings are conducted according to the bylaws of the SATP charter and that the SATP is compliant with 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization regulations defined by the IRS. To help the Board with these issues, we hired (1) an accounting firm to ensure all financial activity comports with standard accounting practices and (2) a legal firm to guide the board on legal questions that arise. The board works hard to ensure all the activities approved by the board comply with these requirements.
Another area the Board oversees is our communication and messaging. Messaging is vitally important as this is what the public sees or hears about the San Antonio Tea Party. For example, the Board strives to craft and promote the “Message of Liberty.” Ideally, how we present ourselves to the public creates an emotional link or bond that our supporters as well as the general public can relate to and support. To help in this effort, the Board has a Director of Communications to manage this important function. The President of the Board is authorized to speak to the media on behalf of the SATP, as is the assigned director or someone who has received official approval to speak for the SATP. If you have questions on this, please contact the assigned director (currently Tom Shumaker).
Board Leadership, Guidance, and Collaboration
Beyond the requirements explained above, the SATP is responsible to its supporters. We are a grassroots organization and have a network of groups that we foster, nurture, and support: neighborhood groups and issue-oriented groups.
- Neighborhood groups provide our supporters with a sense of community, a common constituency, and a convenient location to meet and get to know each other. These groups are interested in a variety of issues consistent with the SATP mission. Detailed neighborhood group information is provided on the SATP website.
- Some supporters have a passion for a specific issue. Examples include concerned citizens who back the Article V Convention of States Project to limit the power and scope of the Federal government and those who are focused on immigration or transportation policy. These issue-oriented groups operate as Tiger Teams and receive support and guidance from the Board. The level of support provided by the board varies but normally includes dedicated website space and collaboration. If it is a “hot” board issue, support may include meeting space, funding, and other available SATP resources.
Board Member Selection Process
So how are Board members selected? Sometimes the Board will ask a member of the community with a needed talent or area of expertise to join the Board. More often, our supporters submit applications to be considered for a board position.
Board responsibilities involved in this process:
- Ensure all Board member candidates support the mission and charter of the SATP.
- Populate the Board with a cross-section of talent that meets the needs of the Board.
- Screen applicants to prevent potential discredit or harm to the SATP.
So if you have a passion for the mission, if you have talent and want to work hard for the cause, if you want to help bring credit to the SATP, we encourage you to apply to the Board of Directors. The application process is simple:
- All applications will be considered and reviewed.
- A background check will be conducted on all applicants.
- All applicants will be interviewed by the board to determine their potential contributions to the SATP.
- It is helpful when applicants are involved in SATP activities and functions and are known by existing board members.
Board Administrative Issues
While there is no limit on the size of the board, there is a practical size to get things done efficiently. We seem to work best with about seven to twelve Board members. The term for a Board member is 12 months based on the calendar year. The member may continue to serve for additional terms based on the needs of the Board. A member may be removed for any reason by majority vote of the Board at any scheduled meeting.
Since most of the Board members have full-time jobs, we meet earl y in the day. Our monthly meetings stat at 7 AM and generally run for an hour and a half and sometimes longer depending on the number of agenda items. On occasion the Board will hold a special meeting to address a specific issue. All Board members are encouraged to attend SATP neighborhood group and Tiger Team meetings to foster collaboration and improve communication.
We hope this information helps answer questions you may have about the SATP Board of Directors.
Application for Prospective Board Members
You may fill in and submit the online application or click here to print the application. If using the print version, please scan the completed form and e-mail it to Allen Tharp, firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to the following address: San Antonio Tea Party, P.O. Box 702057, San Antonio, TX 78232.