Deborah Lane Bio
Spring Lake Educational Operations Manager
Deborah Lane directs the Spring Lake Environmental Education Operations at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. She is responsible for managing and directing all income generating operations including Glass-bottom boat tours, Environmental Education programs, the Gift Shop and Special Events.
Deborah was hired at Texas State in 1998 to coordinate and reinvigorate Special Events at Aquarena Center. Following the 1998 flood of the San Marcos River she was given the responsibility of assessing damage to the historical buildings and their contents and proposing a conservation assessment for the historic Merriman and Burleson cabins and the Kyle City Jail. In 2001 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Aquarena Center and became responsible for managing the daily operations of Aquarena, including the selection, development, performance and management of staff, student workers and seasonal part time staff, implementation of budgetary and strategic goals, oversight of educational exhibits in the Archaeology exhibit, Aquarium and Endangered Species exhibit, Gift Shop, Conference Center and Wetlands Boardwalk. During this time she edited and compiled the Diving for Science book used in the Dive Authorization Course, developed and created presentations and informative videos at the entrance to the Gift Shop about the history and cultural resources of Spring Lake, designed and created the website for Aquarena, oversaw the design and production of billboards, rack cards and other promotional materials, created and developed 3 fellowship positions in collaboration with the Graduate College and assisted the Director in establishing stronger ties with University through the development of University Seminar tour boats.
Deborah's educational background is in teaching English, Learning Disabilities, tennis, Drug and Alcohol Counseling and 20+ years of management experience in the hospitality industry. Long an advocate of animal and human rights, defender of the environment and the conservation of cultural resources, she has supported and served on numerous nonprofits in her communities including the San Marcos River Foundation, PALS (Pet Prevent A Litter), the San Marcos Heritage Association, the San Marcos River Rangers, and the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance. Deborah is also an avid paddler, has competed in central Texas canoe racing for the last 15 years and holds the Texas Water Safari record for "Mixed" winner. Other interests include organic gardening, yoga, cycling, photography and music. She lives on an historic farm in Central Texas with her husband, 3 dogs, 10 cats, 13 chickens and 30 cows.