President & CEO
In 1989, Stephen Mabry was offered two different positions in the Texas Hill Country, but felt a special call to the mission of the Texas Lions Camp. Consequently, Stephen joined the seasonal staff of the Texas Lions Camp in the summer of 1989 as the Summer Horsemanship Director.
In 1990, Stephen was invited to join the Camp’s professional staff as ranch manager, where he developed the Camp’s therapeutic riding program to include more than 100 students, in addition to the summer camp’s riding program. Stephen was later promoted to asst. program director in 1992, and in 1994 became the program director. In August of 1995, Stephen was hired as the organization’s executive director where he served for 14 years, until being appointed as Texas Lions Camp’s first Chief Executive Officer in August of 2009. Stephen was appointed as TLC's first President & CEO in February of 2019.
Early in Stephen’s career, Texas Lions Camp ran the most successful capital campaign in its history (known as CAMPaign 2000), and successfully completed more than 6.5 million dollars in renovations. These important upgrades allowed TLC’s facilities to be renovated and modernized, and have positioned the Camp for improved and expanded service for the future. In the past decade, TLC has expanded its service base to include a robust leasing program that has included notable names such as: the American Cancer Society, University of Texas Band, Texas Burn Survivors, Texas Epilepsy Foundation and the Texas A&M Extension Service just to name a few. Most recently, TLC added a camp for children who have Down syndrome, further expanding TLC’s outreach to children with special medical conditions.
Stephen was a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with the American Society of Association Executives for two decades, has been a Certified Fund-Raising Executive with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (CFRE) for over 10 years, is a 1990 graduate of Texas A&M University, and is married to Shawn Mabry, who also graduated from A&M. Stephen and Shawn have three beautiful children who have all been proven, stewards that have each advanced the mission of the Texas Lions Camp and have since moved on to begin their careers.
On average, it takes five (5) years to evaluate the results and impact of the executive hiring decision. The below listed chart contemplates TLC's Net Worth every year since Stephen accepted the helm in 1995. (All numbers have been harvested from TLC's audited financial statement, as prepared and presented from an independent, and reputable accounting firm.)