Brice Moczygemba- The Water Cyclist
Meet Brice Moczygemba, Chairman of the San Antonio River Foundation’s (SARF) Board of Directors. Through his academic, professional, volunteer and personal experiences, Brice has spent a lifetime exploring the relationship between our community and the natural resources we rely on. With perpetual energy, not unlike water itself, he dedicates his time to promoting stewardship of our water resources. Moreover, he cycles thousands of miles each year, relishing the unparalleled geological splendor of West Texas, the Hill County, and our own greenbelt trails. The impactful enthusiasm Brice has for enjoying and improving his community and the environment is evident in his dedication to the Foundation’s Mission to enhance the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, geological, and recreational experience. The following interview was done when he was selected as the Featured Board Member for January 2017.
Q: How long have you been with the Foundation?
A: June 2017 will mark the completion of my third year serving on the San Antonio River Foundation Board. I joined the Board in July 2014.
Q: If any, what position do you currently hold?
A: I currently serve as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Executive Director Ad Hoc Search Committee, and as a member of the Confluence Park Parkwerks Board. I previously served as Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee and Board Secretary.
Q: Have you had roles in other non-profit organizations?
A: Yes. Prior to joining the San Antonio River Foundation, I served on the Christian Senior Services Board from 2008 to 2014, where I served as Chairman of the Board from 2012 to 2014. I serve as Board Chairman of the Brice and Teresa Moczygemba Endowed Civil Engineering Scholarship. I currently volunteer my time on the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Citizens Advisory Panel and with Meals on Wheels.
Q: What is your educational and professional background?
A: I have undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. I am a Registered Professional Engineer having completed my 30th year with Pape-Dawson Engineers where I serve as the Senior Vice President of the Water Resources Group. The majority of my engineering career has been associated with water resource issues.
Q: What do you believe is SARF’s greatest accomplishment?
A: I believe SARF’s greatest accomplishment (to date) is the art along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River. Our community’s investment in SARF has resulted in creating world-class public art pieces which are awe-inspiring to all those who experience them. SARF has and will continue to contribute to the vibrancy and culture of our River.
Q: What are some of your hobbies or how do you spend your free time?
A: I love the outdoors, physical fitness, traveling, local history, and researching family genealogy. When I’m not traveling, you can find me cycling the Salado Creek Trails and the Mission Reach. I thoroughly enjoy cycling and put thousands of miles a year on roads and trails throughout West Texas and the Hill County. I also spend too much time on Ancestery.com and walking cemeteries in Karnes and Wilson Counties.
Q: Where are you from? What are some of your favorite things about SA? Or the River?
A: I am a native of San Antonio having grownup on the southeast side. I love how San Antonio celebrates the ethnic and cultural diversity of its people. I also love how San Antonio takes pride in its rich history, and as a result how the Missions and the River have been recognized by the entire world as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Q: What drew you to SARF/Why are you passionate about the SARF mission?
A:Since its founding to support the development and enhancements of the San Antonio River Museum Reach where it made a lasting impact on our City, I have followed the activities of the San Antonio River Foundation. I am passionate about SARF, because of its mission to enhance the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience. I share SARF’s vision to inspire stewardship of the entire river basin through Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad Counties and to bring our community back to its roots and history, which are intimately linked to the San Antonio River and its tributaries.
Q: What do you hope to see in the future of SARF and/or San Antonio?
A: I look forward to SARF’s completion of Confluence Park in 2017 and SARF’s continued support of the residents of Kenedy, Texas as they continue forward on the Escondido Creek Parkway project. In the future, we will all look back with pride on the Foundation’s execution of its Mission. I want to be part of SARF’s continued success.
Q: Do you have any stories about yourself you’d like to share?
A:I’m currently privileged to serve as a member of the San Pedro Creek Improvement Project design team. Our team’s goal is to transform and restore a neglected historical creek, on which San Antonio was founded in 1718, into a natural creek habitat and world-class linear park. I have had the honor to work with and learn from community leaders such as Jerry Geyer and Michael Cortez, accomplished AIA Architect Fellow Steve Tillotson, and archeological historian Dr. Steve Tomka to make this project a success for future generations to cherish and enjoy.