After a very successful 22 year career in homebuilding, native San Antonian Gordon Hartman decided to direct his focus toward helping those with special needs. His 22-year-old daughter, Morgan, who deals with both physical and cognitive challenges, inspired him and his wife, Maggie, to establish The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. Since 2005, the Foundation has given the Greater San Antonio special-needs community significant financial support as well as valuable business counsel.
The Foundation has served as the launch pad for other unique projects such as Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind but built for everyone’s enjoyment, and The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a school that provides students with special needs a unique learning environment to help them reach their maximum individual potential. Construction is also currently underway for the addition of Morgan’s Inspiration Island which, like Morgan’s Wonderland, will be ultra-accessible and feature tropically themed aquatic elements so everyone can have fun in the sun.
Because of his generosity and vision, Gordon has earned extensive recognition on the local, regional and national level including an honorary Doctorate of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Gordon’s motto is: “Together, we ARE making a difference!”
Maggie, co-founder of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation and The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, has worked tirelessly alongside her husband in trying to make life better for individuals with special needs. Their 22-year-old daughter with special needs – Morgan – is the inspiration for their ongoing vision and leadership.
A lifelong San Antonian, Maggie was working in the mortgage business when she met Gordon. They married in 1991, and Morgan was born in 1993. Maggie became a stay-at-home mom to focus on Morgan’s care and well-being. In 2013, Maggie was diagnosed with and successfully treated for breast cancer. As a result of that experience, she has become a staunch advocate for early detection. She is an ardent supporter of WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving Sharing), a breast-cancer treatment organization and ThriveWell Cancer Foundation.
Maggie is actively involved in Mission Road Ministries, which operates residences for those with developmental disabilities; The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a school for students with special needs situated next to the completely wheelchair-accessible, non-profit theme park; and the annual Free to Soar Gala to help raise funds for both Morgan’s Wonderland and The Academy. She is also an active member of Impact San Antonio, a philanthropic women’s club.
Becky began working as Gordon’s assistant in 2000 at Gordon Hartman Homes. In 2005 after the sale of his homebuilding business, she transitioned with Gordon when he established The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. She is responsible for managing all daily office administration and all aspects of the Foundation’s annual grant cycle.
Becky has served multiple organizations in a volunteer capacity including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Arc of San Antonio, The Animal Defense League, Special Olympics and Haven for Hope. She is the chairperson of the annual Free to Soar Gala benefiting Morgan’s Wonderland and The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland.
Becky grew up in McAllen, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She and her husband, Thomas (affectionately known as “T2”), have a son, Stephen, in Columbus, OH and daughter, Becca, in New Braunfels, TX.
Jaime joined The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation in October of 2008. She is responsible for implementing and managing all programs and special projects for the Foundation including hosting annual dances and events for individuals with special needs and their immediate families. She also updates the Foundation’s Online Resource Directory and assists parents, caregivers & individuals with special needs in finding the appropriate resources for their specific situations.
Jaime is an active board member of the City of San Antonio’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) #15, and has served on this board since 2010. In her free time she enjoys volunteering and supporting several different special needs focused non-profit organizations and other charitable organizations throughout the San Antonio and Austin areas; as well as spending time with her beloved miniature dachshund/terrier mix named Jazzy.