Larkin O’Hern, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2018. Larkin was first elected as THCA President in 2020. He and his wife Rachel bought a home in Tobin Hill in 2017 and (finally) moved in early 2018! After spending eight years in the Army bouncing from place to place, they were ready to put down roots and loved the community feel of Tobin Hill, its proximity to downtown, and mix of historic preservation with exciting potential. Larkin is a 2008 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a master’s degree from George Washington University-which he uses never. When not working at USAA Larkin enjoys “walking” along the Museum Reach and biking the Mission Extension and is a proponent for sidewalk and bike-lane enhancements.
THCA’s President is elected on a yearly basis and is allowed to serve up to four (4) consecutive terms.
THCA Board Members
Michael Cepek, East Courtland Pl: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2008. Michael was first elected to the THCA Board in 2017 and re-elected in 2019. He has been in Tobin Hill since mid-2008, when he bought a 1927 house on East Courtland Place, in the historic district. He is a Chicago native and came to San Antonio to work as a professor of cultural anthropology at UTSA. Within six months of his 2007 arrival, he knew he would stay for a long time, which is why he moved from an apartment in Monte Vista to Tobin Hill. Michael enjoys frequenting the clubs and venues on the St. Mary’s strip with his wife Amy Rushing, who is Head of Special Collections at the UTSA Libraries. He knows many of the owners and workers of businesses along the strip, and believes he can be a good connection to that very significant part of our neighborhood. Many folks here have seen him walking his three dogs–a rat terrier, a chihuahua, and a chihuahua-poodle mix–along our streets, and a few others have already met his mother, Char, who recently bought a home in Tobin Hill to get away from Chicago winters. Michael has long been interested in various neighborhood issues: keeping our homes and streets safe; working to maintain a good balance between Tobin Hill’s history as a mixed residential and business/entertainment district; and helping to make sure the neighborhood remains open and affirming for our many LGBTQ residents, as his brother is gay and his family has a long history of involvement with Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
Malcolm Hartman, Owner – Tycoon Flats (BUSINESS). Malcolm was first elected to the THCA Board in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. He is a 6th Generation Texan and absolutely loves his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. He remembers going to watch George ‘The Iceman’ Gervin and the Spurs play at the old Hemisphere Arena and even remembers taking the monorail from the parking area. Wow, what a throwback… Malcolm received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and has been in the restaurant business all his life. His restaurant inspiration came from his mother, who is a gourmet caterer. Malcolm is married to his wife Amber, who is a mother and former elementary school teacher.
While not a resident of Tobin Hill, he and his brother Richard (also a former Board Member of THCA) own and operate Tycoon Flats restaurant on N. St. Mary’s. “It is such a thrill to see and be a part of the continued growth, history and cultural significance of the Tobin Hill area,” Malcolm says.
Frederica Kushner, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill. Frederica was elected to the THCA Board in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. Research into the history of her home and others in the neighborhood, as well as reading about the American Arts and Crafts movement has helped inform Frederica’s point of view about historic neighborhoods. She worked for designation of the original Tobin Hill Historic District and, more recently, the East French Historic District. She was a member of the Planning Team which produced the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan, adopted by the City in 2008. And, more recently, she was a member of the Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage Working Group which contributed to the SATomorrow Comprehensive Plan, now being implemented by the City of San Antonio. Additionally, Frederica is a member of the Steering Committee of the Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition, and a past member of the board of the San Antonio Conservation Society who has chaired both their Historic Building Survey and Historic Gas Station Survey Committees. She is also active in the Tobin Hill Community Association as chair of the Historic Preservation Committee, which functions as an architectural review committee.
Heidi Patterson, Gillespie: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2019. Heidi was first elected to the THCA Board in 2020. A self-described Army brat, Heidi grew up in San Antonio after her dad retired here. She is a registered nurse, and worked in the operating room at Methodist for 15 years. In 2015 she followed her passion and heart, opening a CrossFit gym, with the perfect location in the heart of Tobin Hill! One year later she bought and remodeled a triplex on Gillespie street, where she now lives. Heidi is super happy to be a resident in the neighborhood in which she has built her business. She says, “Tobin Hill has been really good to my husband and I over the years we have been here, and we’d love to give back to community that has given us so much!”
Anisa Schell, East Mistletoe: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2014. Anisa was first elected to the THCA Board in 2018 and re-elected in 2020. Originally from Denver, CO, she and her family moved to San Antonio in 2013. Anisa’s background is in construction estimating and project administration. In 2006, she left her career to stay home with her three children. Since that time, she has served on numerous boards and committees in her community. Since 2016, Anisa helped establish and organize the annual Dia de los Muertos/E. Mistletoe Porch Crawl. In 2018 Anisa represented neighborhoods on one of the five Technical Working Groups for the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force. She is a member of the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition’s Steering Committee, and is working along side the San Antonio Conservation Society’s Neighborhood Liaison Committee on issues dealing with infill development in San Antonio’s legacy neighborhoods, including Tobin Hill.
Blayne Tucker, Owner – The Mix on N. St. Mary’s St. (BUSINESS). Mr. Tucker was first elected to the THCA Board in 2017 and re-elected in 2019. He has worked on virtually every aspect of the music and entertainment business for a variety of clients including Cyril Neville, Bobby Valentino, and Gary Clark Jr. On behalf of Gary Clark Jr., Mr. Tucker has participated in every aspect of his career: management, business management, legal affairs, tour management, booking, promotions, marketing, publicity, merchandising, fan club interaction, and publishing administration. He is the founder of the North St. Mary’s Business Owners Association, served as Commissioner on the Tricentennial Commission when appointed by then Councilman Ron Nirenberg, and is owner of The Mix on North St. Mary’s St. Additionally, Mr. Tucker is the managing partner for Do210.com. San Antonio’s premiere event calendar listing providing the most comprehensive event database for local and national events.
Mr. Tucker was in private practice handling a wide variety of cases that involved: business litigation, multi-district litigation, criminal defense, business transactions, international law, wills and probate, personal injury, divorce, child custody, adoption, and appeals before the Court of Veterans Appeals and Air Force Board for the Correction of Military Records. Mr. Tucker has practiced extensively in both state and federal district and appellate courts. Mr. Tucker completed his B.S. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in just over two years, as well as attaining his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas.
THCA Board members are elected for two-year terms and are staggered so that half are elected or re-elected in even-numbered years and half are elected or re-elected in odd-numbered years. No member may serve more than four (4) consecutive years on the Board.
Contact Your THCA Board:
Larkin O’Hern, President
email@example.com | (931) 980-4846
Michael Cepek, Resident Member
Malcolm Hartman, Treasurer, Business Member
Frederica Kushner, Resident Member
Heidi Patterson, Resident Member
Anisa Schell, Resident Member
Blayne Tucker, Business Member
Find out more about the Tobin Hill Community Association: read our Neighborhood Plan and Bylaws here.