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About LifeLong Learning-San Marcos

Embracing Henry Ford’s adage that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80,” Marianne Reese launched LifeLong Learning-San Marcos (LLL-smtx) in 2014 to ensure older adults can participate in courses, lectures, and other learning opportunities.

LLL-smtx is a 501(c)(3) education non-profit whose mission is to provide accessible no-cost/low-cost experiences for San Marcos-area older adults to explore, question, learn, and engage with others. LLL-smtx is an organization of volunteers governed by an Advisory Council, whose members are listed below.

LLL-smtx offerings are presented in partnership with San Marcos Parks and Recreation and the San Marcos Public Library as well as other local venues (e.g., Cheatham Street Warehouse, Sunset Bowling). During the Covid-19 pandemic, LLL-smtx successfully moved to on-line learning, drawing participants from throughout Central Texas and several states. Current offerings are now a mix of in-person and on-line learning.

LLL-smtx does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.

Advisory Council

Executive Committee


Dr. Marianne Reese, Founder and Director

Marianne is a life-long educator. In public schools, she served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and superintendent. Moving to Texas State University, Marianne taught courses in the Educational Leadership program and retired as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Marianne was honored by the University as Associate Professor Emerita of Educational Administration.


Ms. Becky Duval Reese, Associate Director
Becky worked for over a decade at the Blanton Museum at UT-Austin and retired as director of the El Paso Museum of Art. Becky now serves on the Wittliff Collections Advisory Board at Texas State University. Her curatorial and publication focus is the art and artists of Texas. The Art of David Everett: Another World—edited by Becky—is one of the Austin American-Statesman’s top ten gift books for people who love Texas culture.

Ms. Susan Beebe, Secretary

During her 40-year career as a professional educator, Sue taught English and communication studies while co-authoring five college-level textbooks. Now retired from the Department of English at Texas State University, Sue continues her work as a textbook author. She is also an avid reader and enjoys exploring new topics and ideas in LLL-smtx courses.

Dr. Wayne Schurter, Treasurer

Wayne served for 40 years at all levels of public education in the Midwest, retiring as a Chicago-area superintendent. He was appointed a National Defense Education Act Fellow and is a Certified Public School Business Official. After his wife, the love of Wayne’s life is Bonnie, a Gordon Setter he raised and trained from a puppy.



​Ms. Stephanie A. Korcheck, Assistant Director

With over 30 years of policymaking, teaching, and program experience in education-related government and nonprofit organizations, Stephanie has expertise in education policy and law, advocacy, and strategic communications. She currently serves on the San Marcos Police Chief’s Advisory Panel and provides support to the KZSM Board of Directors. Stephanie enjoys mixing drinks and cooking for family and friends, cheering on the Fighting Irish and Longhorns, and learning stuff.

​Ms. Patricia Margerison

Patty is a recovering English teacher, having taught grades seven through college. Reading, writing, cooking, and researching family history keep her busy. When she's not in San Marcos, you'll find her in Michigan visiting her family.

Ms. Patsy Pohl
Patsy is a longtime resident of San Marcos, having come here as a college freshman and never leaving. She was a Senior Lecturer in Texas State’s Department of English and once served as President of the Texas State Alumni Association. Currently, Pat is a member of the San Marcos Cemetery Commission and the Brackenridge Club.

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