Jul 1, 2011
Introducing New Board Member Steve Skarnulis
Get to know Steve Skarnulis!
What is your professional background?
I started in the restaurant business, owning and managing restaurants in Austin and eventually moving to Atlanta. But when we found out that my wife Libba and I were having twins, we made a big life change. We moved back to Texas to be near family, and I went to Baylor Law School. Now, I'm a commercial litigator (trial lawyer for businesses), and partner in Cain & Skarnulis, LLP, a small firm of four lawyers. We are dedicated to our work, but we also know better than to take ourselves too seriously.
What brought you to The Arc and why did you choose to be on our board?
My father, Ed Skarnulis, always worked in the social work field, and his specialization was in intellectual disabilities. So, growing up, we helped at Arc events in Omaha, Nebraska. I even sold honey door to door as an annual fundraiser! So it was a natural fit for me and my family.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time on the board?
I'm on the development committee so I am focusing on fundraising-which is always critical. I want to help get a base of corporate and business donors to provide the Arc security against changes in public funding sources. I also want my 11 year old twins, Quinn and Carver, to have opportunities to help.
What do you do for fun?
Our family loves the beach and the mountains, but in Austin, we love a cruise on the lake during the heat of summer.
What's your favorite band or movie?
My favorite band is Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Fun, old-school R&B meets 2011 indie rock.
Favorite trip you have been on?
My wife, Libba and I went on a barge trip through the Burgundy region of France years ago-it was luxurious, lazy and very European. We'll recreate that trip some time.