Gov. Greg Abbott has made recent appointments to the Gulf Coast Authority, Sulphur Basin River Authority, and San Jacinto River Authority. In addition to controlling, storing, preserving, and distributing the water of area rivers and tributary streams, including the storm water and flood water, some water authorities also conduct studies and research on the control of water pollution and waste disposal within the district.
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Lamont Meaux and appointed Kevin Scott to the Gulf Coast Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on August 31, 2018. In addition, the Governor has reappointed Nancy Blackwell for a term set to expire on August 31, 2019. The Gulf Coast Authority has the authority to provide water systems and control water pollution and waste disposal within the district. In addition, they conduct studies and research on the control of water pollution and waste disposal within the district.
Lamont Meaux of Stowell is the owner and president of Seabreeze Culvert, Seabreeze Chemical and Seabreeze Farm. He is a member of the Winnie-Stowell Chamber of Commerce, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Farm Bureau, and the General Land Office Regional Advisory Board. He is a past member of the American Rice Growers Association, American Soybean Association, American Rice Growers Exchange, and the Texas Rice Festival. He is also a member of the East Chambers Agriculture Historical Society, Texas A&M University Association of Former Students, and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association and a member and past muster chairman of the Beaumont A&M Club. Meaux was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.
Kevin Scott of Santa Fe is co-owner and funeral director of Scott Funeral Home. He previously served as a teacher, coach, and vice principal for the Santa Fe Independent School District. He is a member of the Santa Fe High School Football and Baseball Booster Clubs. In addition, he is a former member of the Texas State Teachers Association and the Texas High School Coaches Association. Scott received a Bachelor of Science form Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters of Science in educational management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.
Nancy Blackwell of Spring is president of AEI Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer. She is past president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, American Water Works Association, and the Association of Water Board Directors. She is a board member of the Texas Engineering Foundation, past chair of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, volunteer with MD Anderson Children’s Art Project, and team captain for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Blackwell received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.
Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Brad Drake and Wally Kraft to the Sulphur River Basin Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2019. Additionally, the governor appointed Bret McCoy and Katie Stedman for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2021, and appointed Kelly Mitchell, Gary Cheatwood, and Chris Spencer for terms set to expire on Feb. 1, 2023.
In addition, the governor named Spencer presiding officer of the board. The board has the responsibility to construct, maintain, and operate inside the state and in the watershed of the Sulphur River and its tributaries inside or outside the boundaries of the authority any works considered essential to the operation of the authority and for its administration in controlling, storing, preserving, and distributing the water of the Sulphur River and its tributary streams, including the storm water and floodwater.
Brad Drake of Paris is CEO of Lamar Companies LLC. He is a former board member of the North Lamar Education Foundation. Drake received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.
Wally Kraft of Paris is a veterinarian and the owner of Animal Health Center. He is the Texas delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association and former president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, he is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club and Farm Bureau. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. Kraft received a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of veterinary medicine from Kansas State University.
Bret McCoy of Omaha is a financial advisor who works in the financial services business. He is a board member of the Morris County Farm Bureau and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Parish Council. McCoy received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture development from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in agriculture from Texas A&M University – Commerce.
Katie Stedman of Mount Pleasant is president and CEO of the Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she was the director of operations at Prepared 4 Life. She is a member of the Lions Club of Mount Pleasant and the Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant. Stedman received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.
Kelly Mitchell of Texarkana is the president and chief operating officer of TEXAR Federal Credit Union. He is secretary and board member of Riverbend Water Resources and an ex-officio member of the Region D Water Planning Group. He is a member of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Wilber Smith Rotary Club and president of the Wright Patman Chapter of Credit Unions. In addition, he previously served as the chair of Harvest Texarkana and Texas A&M Texarkana Alumni Association. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University at Texarkana.
Gary Cheatwood of Bogata is an equipment operator for Pat Donelson. He is president of the Cuthand Volunteer Fire Department and an archeological steward for the Texas Historical Society. Previously, he served as a member of the Region D Water Planning Group. He was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard. Cheatwood received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from East Texas State University in Commerce.
Chris Spencer of Hughes Springs is president and chief operating officer of Crump Foods, Inc. He is the current secretary of the Linden Economic Development Corporation and past president of the Hughes Springs Chamber of Commerce. Spencer attended The University of Texas at Tyler majoring in Management and minoring in economics.
Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Charles “Ed” Boulware and Mark Micheletti to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on Oct. 16, 2023. The governor additionally appointed Kaaren Cambio for a term to expire on Oct. 16, 2019.
Charles “Ed” Boulware of Montgomery is retired after 38 years at Shell Oil Company. He is the past president of the April Sound Men’s Club. Boulware received a Bachelor of Science in computing science from Texas A&M University.
Mark Micheletti of Kingwood is the executive director for Berkeley Eye Center. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s and the Houston Society of CPA’s. He currently serves as chairman of the Lake Houston Economic Development Council and past chairman and current member of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce. Micheletti received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Kaaren Cambio of Kingwood has recently retired as president of Caymus Resources. She is a former member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Investment Recovery Association, Pipeline Contractors Association, and the Houston Pipeliners Association. She is the past president and current member of the Kings Trails Chapter of the National Charity League and a member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Scholarship & Tours Committees. Additionally, she serves as a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood and volunteers with the USO at the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Cambio received a Bachelor of Business Administration from San Diego State University.