2021 Board Nominations

Jan 06 2021

2021 Board Nominations

2021 Board Nominations

For President:

Larkin O’Hern, East Myrtle: Resident in Tobin Hill since 2018. Larkin was first elected to the THCA Board in 2019 and as President of the Board 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. When not working, Larkin enjoys strolling along the Museum Reach, biking the Mission Extension and reading whatever book is up next for the THCA Book Club.

Resident Board Member Nominees:

Paula Starnes, East Magnolia: Resident of Tobin Hill. Paula is a native of San Antonio and grew up on the southside. She bought a house on East Magnolia 30 years ago after renting for 8 years in Tobin Hill. She graduated from Texas State University with a BA in management. She currently serves on the board for the Tri Point YMCA and the zoning committee for the Tobin Hill Community Association. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Paula has been active in women’s organizations in San Antonio and at the state level for over 40 years. In addition to being the previous President of the San Antonio NOW (National Organization for Women) chapter and founding member of the Rape Crisis Center, she worked in IT for most of her career and spent the last 15 years working for a local financial real estate firm which buys mortgage notes, makes investor loans and manages real estate.


Joe “Joey” M. Salinas III, Home Ave: Resident of Tobin Hill since 2006.  Joey has been a member of the Tobin Hill Community Association Zoning and Development Committee since 2020.  As a 6th generation Texan with a family seat in Fredericksburg Texas since its founding in 1846 and growing up within a ranching and construction family, Joey has been around historical construction and architecture since birth.  The family construction company hails back to 1946 in Fredericksburg Texas and has worked on many notable homes including the late President LBJ historical ranch home, Lady Bird Johnson’s personal home in Austin, and a plantation in Georgia dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America and also to include many historical churches and public buildings throughout Texas.  Joey has also been an Associate Broker with Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty since 2005 and has worked in all historical neighborhoods and ranches in and around San Antonio.  Joey is currently obtaining his MBA with Rice University and also active in both political and organizational committees for Tobin Hill and its pursuit of persevering its heritage and integrity.


Business Board Member Nominee:

Lynn Knapik, Broker/Owner, Lynn Knapik Real Estate LLC. – Lynn is both a business owner and resident of Tobin Hill, and has lived at the Pearl since 2010. While a previous connection to Pearl that began when her family moved to San Antonio in 1972 for a job at Pearl is what brought her to the neighborhood, she became an active member of the THCA due to the desire to connect with residents in the area. Lynn has served on THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee for a number of years and is happy to do her part to help preserve the character of the neighborhood. From the beginning of moving to the area, Lynn found a passion for community involvement, starting with the Midtown Brackenridge Master Plan Initiative in 2010; on to SA2020, attending all of the community meetings; eventually be invited by Mayor Taylor to serve on the Midtown TIRZ in 2013. She remains today as a TIRZ board member. During Mayor Nirenberg’s recent Mayor’s Housing Task Force, Lynn served on the Neighborhood Working Group.

Until COVID put many activities on hiatus she was also serving on a SAHA “Move to Work” task force and was a Reading Buddy with second graders a Hawthorne Academy for 6 years. Having moved a house from Alamo Heights to Bandera, TX in 2002, taking it down to the studs, adding on to it, restoring every window and door and so much more over two years of hands-on labor, Lynn came to truly appreciate older homes and the craftsmanship that went into building them and properly restoring them. She has participated in the Historic Home Specialist classes provided by OHP at COSA, even consulting on the classes. She also sponsors the OHP annual Historic Homeowners Fair. Lynn is a promoter of historic neighborhoods, SAISD and recently helped the neighbors in the E French Place Historic District and Terry Court and save their pocket park from “going to the dogs!”


The 2021 Board Member election will be held virtually at the Annual meeting in January. Members eligible to vote in THCA elections will be limited to those individuals registered as members at least sixty (60) days preceding the election. 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. 

To find out more about the Tobin Hill Community Association, read our Bylaws here.