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2011 Mardi Gras on Main King and Queen
Mardi Gras on Main 2011 was topped off with the crowing of the King and Queen. This year, local celebrities Dr. Tim Summerlin and Rhonda Taylor reigned as Mardi Gras Royalty.


Dr. Tim Summerlin

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Sponsored By:
Schreiner University

Dr. Tim Summerlin's educational background began in 1968 when he received his BA in English from Abilene Christian College. From there he would travel to New Haven, Connecticut where he would attend Yale University and receive his MPh in English in 1971 and his PhD in English in 1973. Some additional education includes a year of study of academic administration through the American Council on Education's Fellows Program from 1988-1989 and completion of the University of Tennessee's Executive Development Program in 1995.

He has thirty eight years’ experience in higher education, two decades as a faculty member teaching courses in English composition, literary surveys, and upper level/graduate coursework in American literature, and literary criticism and the Bible as literature. In addition, he has one edited book published, nineteen articles, book chapters or critical reviews; fifteen professional papers presented; numerous workshops and panels and four years' service as a journal editor.

The constant of his professional career is higher education. After a quarter of a century in public higher education, he made a conscious decision to move to the independent college world, the world of his undergraduate education and that of his family. With that being said, he was made President of Schreiner University in 2001 and has never looked back. He has found the rewards of building great relationships with those who value education both inside and outside of the academy to be great. Family - both immediate and extended - abides as a fundamental value to him and a powerful contributor to his well-being and sense of purpose.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 43 years, Mary; his children, Sam, Sarah and Beth; and his 3 grandchildren, Karly, Maggie and Charlie.
He also has a passion for traveling, whether overseas (usually tending to include Italy) or long hauls around this country.


Rhonda Taylor

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Sponsored by:
Rhonda Taylor Insurance

 A fun little fictitious tale.... Rhonda was born in the back of a piano bar on Bourbon Street in New Orleans on the night of February 14, 1956.  She was taken in and raised by a pack of gypsies known as the Ragin’ Cajuns until she was able to panhandle enough funds to escape at the age of 18. At this time she began her slow journey to the magical land also known as the Texas Hill Country.  Due to her vast experience with the gypsies, when she reached Kerrville, she began her career in graft and corruption. After her arrest for embezzling campaign funds of a past mayor while serving as his campaign treasurer, a dear woman paid her bail and Rhonda was able to turn her life around. She owes so much to her gypsy family for teaching her some of life's greatest lessons; to the County Judge for throwing out her case; and, to that dear woman who is now involved in city government but asked that her name not be mentioned or connected with anything involved with this tale.

Her greatest desire is to reign as the Queen of Mardi Gras for 2011.  This would prove to all those back home on Bourbon Street, that the piano bar kid, born on Fat Tuesday all those years ago, can make it to great heights. 

Now for the rest of the story and a much more truthful account of the life and times of Rhonda Taylor:

Rhonda, a true Hill Country gal, was raised in Fredericksburg.  She began a long banking career beginning in 1980 with Hill Country Savings and Loan - Kerrville. Under the direction of Col. Harry Schwethelm (retired), president of the savings and loan,  Rhonda excelled at banking.  Surviving numerous bank mergers, Rhonda left the banking industry to assist Kit Werlein establish Founder’s Trust.  In 1997, Founder’s Trust was purchased by Northwest Bank and Rhonda was recruited back to the banking industry by Broadway Bank Kerrville.  While there, Rhonda established the Hill Country Trust Division for Broadway Bank Kerrville. 

Since then, she has stayed involved in the community through several organizations.  She is a past graduate of the Leadership Kerr County Program, past Board member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kerrville Downtown Business Association, Main Street Advisory Board, Executive Women's Club, Kerrville Performing Arts Society and currently remains on the board and is actively involved with the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation.

Rhonda is married to real estate broker Billy Taylor. Her most favorite activity these days are being with her family and friends, with either a book, golf club or fishing pole in hand.

In 2003, Rhonda completed her certifications and purchased a Farmers Insurance Agency now known as Rhonda Taylor Insurance Agency & Financial Services.

City of Kerrville
701 Main Street
Kerrville, TX 78028