Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters


Jack Jones Jack Jones
Boerne, Texas
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.

W. A. 'Bill' Blackwell W. A. "Bill" Blackwell
Cuero, Texas
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.

Denis R. Mueller
Denis R. Mueller
Westhoff, Texas
Denis R. Mueller received his BBA in accounting from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and is a 44 year banking veteran. He retired as President of the South Central Texas Region of Wells Fargo after serving 38 years with the bank and currently serves on the Wells Fargo South Central Board. He is very active on his two ranches in Westhoff raising Brangus cattle; one of those ranches is a Family Land Heritage Ranch, being in his family for over a hundred years. He has been very active on many boards and was one of the founding directors of the Dewitt Appraisal District, served on the Gonzales Area Development Corporation and many other boards. He is a current and founding member of the Gonzales Learning Center in Gonzales. He also serves as the President of the Nixon, Smiley, Westhoff, Cuero Hochheim Prairie Branch Board. Denis is active as a 65 year member of St. John Lutheran Church, Westhoff and is their treasurer. He and his wife Sheryl have one son, Kyle, who also graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos.

Oscar H. Fogle 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.

James “Wayne” Musgrove, a resident of Mountain Home. Mr. Musgrove has a past career in marine transportation, aviation, ranching, and marine construction. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and as a Naval Aviator flew on and off of several aircraft carriers during the Cold War and Vietnam Era. He is an aircraft pilot and has ratings that include Multi-Engine, Land and Sea. He has served on many boards of directors such as Arcadia State Bank, Twin City Barge Lines, American Waterways Operators, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation and was appointed to the Upper Guadalupe River Authority by Governor Greg Abbott. He has been active in the Republican Party for over 45 years. He has served under President George Bush and Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole as one of the founding member of the Lower Mississippi River Safety Advisory Committee which is in use today on the Mississippi River port corridor. He was founding member of Weldon Miller Marine Contractors, Trans-load and Transport, Musgrove Cattle Company, and Gulf Island Development Co.

Tommy Mathews
Tommy Mathews
Boerne, Texas
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.

Todd Merendino
Todd Merendino
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.
Lockhart, Texas
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.

Carrie Kasnicka
Executive Director
Carrie Kasnicka joins the GBRT team as the Conservation Director. New to Texas, she worked with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority in 2014-2015 as the Grants Administrator and quickly became familiar with The GBR Trust. Previously, she spent 8 years as the Administrator of Environmental Education and Land Stewardship for the City of Indianapolis where she managed public lands, multiple nature centers and environmentally sensitive natural areas. She played an integral role with design and oversight of the opening of two environmental education centers, including the Earth Discovery Center of Eagle Creek Park and the Ornithology Center of Eagle Creek. She has experience with fundraising, capital improvement projects, board relations and participation, wildlife studies, and fostering communication with stakeholders. She brings knowledge and enthusiasm in connecting others to the outdoors and protecting our vital natural resources.

Kasnicka earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Benedictine University and completed certification through The Revenue Development and Management School (NC State University/National Parks and Recreation Association). She has affiliations with the National Recreation and Parks Association, North American Association of Environmental Education, American Zoological Association, State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Six Sigma, Grant Professionals Association - Austin Chapter, and recently participated in the Guadalupe Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.

Todd Votteler, Ph.D Todd Votteler, Ph.D
Director Ameritas
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 currently serves as Executive Manager of Resource, Policy and Stewardship on the 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.