Executive Committee Members
Mary Margaret McAllen (Chair)
Mary Margaret McAllen was raised on a storied South Texas ranch and writes about the history of the Southwest and Mexico. Her three books include the award-winning and best-selling I Would Rather Sleep in Texas (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2003); A Brave Boy and a Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier (Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 2006); and Maximilian and Carlota: Europe's Last Empire in Mexico (San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2014). She has written book introductions and contributed to anthologies and has appeared on the PBS series History Detectives and contributed to Henry Louis Gate’s Faces of America. She lives in San Antonio, and after earning her M.A. in history she taught as an adjunct professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She currently serves as Director of Special Projects at the Witte Museum.
Emilio Zamora is a professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Mexican American history, Texas history, oral history, and transnational (U.S./Mexico) working class history. His latest publications are Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Job Politics during World War II and Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation (co-edited with Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez). Zamora has served as the Vice Chair of the advisory board of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC, Austin), and a member of the advisory board of the Hispanic Texas History Project, a statewide archival collection program with the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project based at the University of Houston. Zamora also serves as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and as a Fellow of the Barbara White Stuart Centennial Professorship in Texas history at The University of Texas.
Patrick Cox, Ph.D. of Wimberley, Texas is an award-winning and nationally recognized historian, author and conservationist with a record of service, policy development and implementation. A sixth generation Texan who resides with his wife Brenda in Wimberley, Texas, he is President of Patrick Cox Consultants, LLC. His firm specializes in historical and environmental publications and projects. Dr. Cox received his Ph.D. in history and his B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his M.A. in History with Honors from Texas State University. Selected publications include: Ralph W. Yarborough, The People’s Senator; Tom Sealy – A Man of Action; Ranching in the Wild Horse Desert; The House Will Come to Order; and The First Texas News Barons. Service and publication awards include: Texas State Historical Association Fellow; East Texas Historical Association Fellow; Texas Institute of Letters; Distinguished Alumni Award - Texas State University; Distinguished Alumni - Texas State University College of Liberal Arts; Texas Oral History Award, San Antonio Conservation Society Book Award, the American Journalism Historians Association – President’s Award; the Philosophical Society of Texas; and the Melvin Jones Humanitarian Award from the Lions International Foundation.
Sarita Armstrong Hixon of Armstrong and Houston, serves as a County Commissioner of Kenedy County. Proudly following in the footsteps of her mother, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Ms. Hixon was appointed to fill her mother’s position as a County Commissioner and was re-elected to the office. For over 150 years, her family has owned The Armstrong Ranch—a working ranch in Kenedy County, where Ms. Hixon grew up and which she now co-manages. Ms. Hixon serves on the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Houston Hospice. Ms. Hixon was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and served until 2011. She is a former Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and on the board of trustees of the Friends of Communities in Schools in Houston. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Owen D. Cox, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas and was an associate attorney with the Houston law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP.
R. Lance Lolley is the managing partner of the accounting firm Lolley & Associates. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in public accounting and focuses his practice on closely held businesses. He consults with and advises business owners on taxation, financial reporting, and estate planning. Additionally, he has substantial practice focus in advising not-for-profit organizations. Lolley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Sean P. Cunningham is Chair of the Department of History at Texas Tech University. A recipient of Texas Tech's President's Excellence in Teaching Award and a member of its Teaching Academy, Cunningham specializes in twentieth-century U.S. political history, with a particular focus on Texas and the American Sunbelt. He is the author of Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right (Kentucky, 2010), American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region (Cambridge, 2014), and Bootstrap Liberalism: Texas Political Culture in the Age of FDR (Kansas, forthcoming 2021). Cunningham also serves on the Board of Directors for Humanities Texas and, at Texas Tech, serves as Title IX Liaison for Academic Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in modern American history from the University of Florida and now resides in Lubbock with his wife and two daughters.