Roger Welder, of Victoria, Texas is a partner in J. F. Welder Heirs, Ltd., a fourth and fifth generation family ranching enterprise located on the Texas Gulf Coast. Roger is the son of Virginia Callan Welder and the late Leo James Welder. He graduated from Texas Christian University and the TCU Ranch Management Program in 1980. He serves on the Board of Directors of First Victoria National Bank, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation, Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association, Victoria Performing Arts Center, Victoria Business and Education Coalition, Victoria Symphony Endowment, Victoria College, Victoria Airport Commission, Victoria ISD Education Foundation, Attwater Prairie Chicken Recovery Team, and Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust. He has formerly served on the boards of St. Joseph High School, Beef Industry Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Victoria Economic Development Corporation, Texas A&M College of Agriculture Development Council, Trinity Episcopal School, Victoria Community Theatre, City/County Joint Services Committee, University of Houston - Victoria Presidents Advisory Council, Corpus Christi Bay National Estuary Program, and he is involved in numerous other civic activities. He and his wife, Donna G. Welder, have three sons, Roger Fleming Jr., Philip Portilla and William Hugh.
Jack Jones is originally from San Antonio, and has lived in Boerne over 40 years with his wife Betty. Jones owns and operates a cattle, sheep, and goat ranch along the Guadalupe River in Kendall County where he and his wife raised their daughter. He is a Realtor®, specializing in selling land, residential and investment properties in Boerne, the Texas Hill County, and San Antonio. Jones is a graduate of Trinity University and attended University of Houston School of Law. In addition to an extensive background in the information technology industry, he is a graduate of Realtor Institute, Texas Realtor Leadership Program, and is certified as an e-PRO Internet Professional. Jones belongs to the San Antonio Board of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and is past Chairman of the Farm and Land Committee of SABOR, the Multiple Listing Service Design Team and the 2009 Housing Forecast Planning Team. He received the Joseph Cullinane Award as the outstanding Farm and Land Practitioner for 2008.
Denis R. Mueller
Denis R. Mueller received his BBA in accounting from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and is a 42 year banking veteran. He is presently President or the South Central Texas Region of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Mr. Mueller is also very active on his two ranches in Westhoff raising Brangus cattle. He has been very active on many boards and was one of the founding directors of the DeWitt County Appraisal District, served on the Gonzales Area Development Corporation, is a current and founding member of the Gonzales Learning Center in Gonzales. Mr. Mueller is an active 60 year member of St. John Lutheran Church, Westhoff. Mr. Mueller and his wife Sheryl have one son, Kyle, a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos.
W. A. "Bill" Blackwell
W. A. "Bill" Blackwell is a resident of Cuero. He graduated with a B.B.A. degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and is President of W.A. Blackwell Ranches, LLC as well as former President and Managing Officer of Wells Fargo Bank-Cuero. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Texas Bankers Association Service Company and a member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council and the Board of Directors of the Texas Bankers Association. Blackwell serves as President of the Cuero Industrial Foundation and Treasurer of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. He is a former Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church and President of the Cuero Rotary Club. Blackwell was appointed to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1989 by Governor Bill Clements to represent DeWitt County, and was re-appointed by Governor George W. Bush in 1995. He served as GBRA Chair during his tenure. Blackwell is one of the original trustees of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust. Blackwell and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters, Ashley, Stephanie, and Courtney.
Oscar H. Fogle
Caldwell County, Texas
Oscar H. Fogle and his wife Susie own and operate Oak Hill Ranch, where they have a commercial cattle business and conducts several wildlife management practices. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from a career with Exxon Corporation. As a member of Exxon's International Oil Spill Response Team, Fogle was a Deputy Taskforce Commander during the Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up operations. Fogle attended Texas A&I University, now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville. He is a past president of the Texas A&I Alumni Association, and is serving his thirteenth year on the Board of Trustees for the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation. Fogle serves as chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Caldwell County Appraisal District, is an active member of the Caldwell County Republican Party, a life member of the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association, an amateur radio operator, and a pilot. Fogle is a member of the First United Methodist Church-Lockhart, where he is a certified lay speaker and serves as the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. Fogle will serve on GBRA's Board of Directors through February 2014.
Claudell Kercheville, a retired Commerial Banker, was with Frost National Bank of San Antonio, for 33 years as Vice President, Commercial Loans. While in San Antonio, she was active in many civic and professional organizations, such as the North Chamber of Commerce, Business and Professional Women's Clubs and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. After moving to the Texas Hill Country, she has been an active volunteer in Republican Party activities, Alpha Omeaga Life Center, Families and Literacy, Texas Arts and Crafts Fair, and serves on the vestry of St. Peters Episcopal Church.
Tommy Mathews is president of Westward Environmental, Inc. He is a member of the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, Associated General Contractors of Texas, and Texas Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Association, and president of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District. Mr. Mathews is past board chair of the Allied Division of the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association, and a past board member and past secretary of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. He is also past president of the Hill Country Alliance of Groundwater Conservation Districts, past citizen representative of the Lower Guadalupe River Water Supply Project Advisory Forum, and past board secretary of the Winston School San Antonio Board. Mathews received a bachelor's degree from Trinity University. Mathews is also serving on the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board through February 1, 2015.
Bay City, Texas
Todd Merendino grew up in the rice fields and marshes of southeast Texas and has enjoyed the opportunity to get paid to "play" in the mud and water as his dad likes to say. Todd has a B.S. in Wildlife Management and an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario. In pursuit of his formal education and during his employment, Todd has been able to work in the waterfowl wintering grounds of Texas, the breeding grounds of Canada's prairie pothole region, and the farmlands and boreal forest areas of Central Ontario. Todd is currently the Manager of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited in Texas, and oversees DU's conservation efforts on private lands and public lands in Texas. Todd previously worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a project leader of the Central Coast Wetlands Ecosystem Project, and oversaw habitat management, research, and public hunting activities on state-owned Wildlife Management Areas along middle Texas Coast. Todd lives in Bay City with his wife Terry and their two children: a daughter who will be attending Texas Tech University this fall, and a son, who is in 9th grade and who loves to hunt and fish with his dad.
John P. Schneider, Jr.
John P. Schneider, Jr. received a BBA degree from Texas A&M University and is president of Schneider & Associates, Inc., specializing in commercial, farm and ranch real estate in Central and South Texas. He belongs to the Austin Real Estate Council, the Society of Texas A&M Real Estate Professionals, the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, board member of the Twelfth Man Foundation, past chairman of the Texas Real Estate Center Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Texas Agriculture Summit, is past chairman of the A&M College of Agriculture Development Council, and the Association of Former Students. He was a former member of the State Executive Committee and Austin Chapter President of the Coastal Conservation Association. Schneider assists in managing the family cow-calf operation. Schneider was appointed to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1999 by Governor George W. Bush and was elected GBRA Board Chair in 2003. He is one of the original Trustees of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.
Steve Jester was born in Waco. He has a B.S in Agriculture from Texas State University and an M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. Steve has extensive experience with both land and wildlife conservation that includes positions with The Nature Conservancy in both Texas and Wyoming and as a wildlife biologist and later district leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in north central Texas. He has also held positions with the Armand Bayou Nature Center in Clear Lake, Texas and with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He has written a variety of articles pertaining to wildlife conservation that have been published in both technical and popular publications. Steve and his wife Suzanne have two daughters.
Todd Votteler, Ph.D
Executive Director Emeritus
Todd Votteler was born in Dallas. He has a B.S. in Natural Resources from The University of the South, an M.S. in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University. Todd served as the Federal Special Master for the Endangered Species Act litigation over the Edwards Aquifer, Sierra Club v. San Antonio. Previously, he was the Federal Court Monitor's assistant during, Sierra Club v. Babbitt, which established the first limits on pumping from the Edwards Aquifer. His previous experience includes work as a Research Scientist at the Battelle – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Washington, D.C. Todd joined the Guadalupe – Blanco River Authority in 2000 where he is currently a member of the five person GBRA Executive Team. He also serves on the Board of the Texas Land Trust Council, which works to promote and sustain the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts. He has written on a range of Texas water issues in academic journals and magazines such as Texas Parks & Wildlife. Todd and his wife Sharmon have two young daughters. He spends his free time hunting and fishing.