The Honorable S. Reed Morian
Council Chairman, Commissioner
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
S. Reed Morian was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Perry on November 18, 2015 to a six-year term which will expire on February 1, 2021. Morian serves as Chairman/CEO of DX Service Company, Inc. in Houston. He is very active in the Houston community, serving on the Board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and past Chairman of the Houston Parks Board and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma.
The Honorable Bech Bruun
Texas Water Development Board
Bech Bruun has served as a Board member of the Texas Water Development Board since September 1, 2013, and was designated chairman by Governor Abbott in June 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Board, Bruun served on the senior staff of Governor Rick Perry's administration. He also worked as the government and customer relations manager for the Brazos River Authority. During the 81st Legislative Session, Bruun served as chief of staff to State Representative Todd Hunter (District 32) and as general counsel to the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. Bruun currently is a gubernatorial appointee to the Western States Water Council and the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group. He received a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Texas - School of Law. A native of Corpus Christi, Bruun resides in Austin with his wife, Glenna, and their children, Cilla Kay and Radford.
The Honorable Rex Isom
Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board
Rex Isom is a 1979 graduate of Texas Tech University. Following graduation Mr. Isom was in Commercial and Real Estate lending. In 1987, he accepted the position as South Plains Field Representative with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB); and, on January 15, 2004, the TSSWCB selected him to lead the agency as its Executive Director. As Executive Director, Rex Isom is responsible for coordinating the programs and activities of Texas' 216 soil and water conservation districts along with conducting the state's agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint source pollution abatement program. In addition, he oversees other aspects of the agency's programs that deal with the conservation and wise use of the state's natural resources. Mr. Isom and his wife Nancy, reside in Idalou, Texas, where both continue to be very active with Texas Tech University and in local community activities. The Isom family is a long time resident of Idalou and has been involved in agricultural production since the early 1900's.
The Honorable Roel Lopez
TAMU Institute of Renewable Resources
Dr. Roel Lopez obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1993. He then went on to complete a Master of Science (1996) and a Ph.D. (2001) in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He began his career as a wildlife biologist and research ecologist before finding a passion for teaching as a professor at Texas A&M University. He has obtained numerous honors and awards throughout his career including Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, The Wildlife Society Outstanding Scientific Publication Award, TAMU Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence-Diversity Award, among others. In 2013, Dr. Lopez was named Director for Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, where he provides leadership in the field of wildlife management, military sustainability and natural resource management. This position allows him to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in developing priorities for research and extension programs, develops inter-disciplinary teams for addressing these high priority issues and supports the institutes' efforts with military interests in support of sustainable ranges initiatives. He is based out of the institutes' San Antonio office.
The Honorable Sid Miller
Texas Department of Agriculture
Sid Miller is a former vocational agriculture teacher, and a world champion cowboy who just won his 9th world title. Mr. Miller served as the Chairman of the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee which oversees the Texas Department of Agriculture. Because of his extensive knowledge and work in agriculture, Mr. Miller was chosen to work directly with the Texas Agriculture Commissioner as a member of the Agriculture Policy Board. He is a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and a former Farm Bureau Director. He was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus and was named by the independent Rice University Study as “one of tope three most conservative members of the Texas House.” Mr. Miller has been endorsed for Agriculture Commissioner by CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS and the YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS.
The Honorable Salvador Salinas
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Salvador Salinas serves as the State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas. Salvador, a native of Rio Grande City, Texas, and seventh generation land owner was raised on a Spanish Land Grant in South Texas, close to the Mexico Border. He graduated from Roma High School in 1974 and received his bachelor’s of science degree in range science from Texas A&M University in 1977. Salvador started his career as a range conservationist in 1978 with the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has served as range conservationist in Johnson City and Mason, Texas; District Conservationist in Van Horn and Benavides, Texas; and as Deputy State Conservationist in Texas. Salvador served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in Massachusetts and Texas. He also served on a 2-year international assignment in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The Honorable Thomas R. Kelsey
Berie Lamberth, LLP
Mr. Kelsey is an attorney in Houston and his family has owned a ranch in Waller County since the mid-sixties. They donated a conservation easement on most of the ranch is 1996 and since then he has been involved in land conservation issues. He was a founding member of the Texas Land Trust Council and is a member of the TLTC Honorary Council. He was appointed to the Farm and Ranch Land Conservation Council in 2006 by Governor Perry. He is an advisory director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy and represents KPC and other land trusts and landowners regarding conservation easements and other real estate related issues. He has a degree from Washington and Lee University and a law degree from the University of Texas, School of Law.
The Honorable Leslie L.W. Kinsel
Kinsel Cattle Company
Leslie Kinsel is an attorney and third-generation rancher in La Salle and surrounding counties. She and her husband manage Kinsel Cattle Company, and she is a co-owner of Runnells Peters Feedyard in Eagle Pass, Bar V Cattle Co. in McLennan County, and Dan Kinsel Ranch Broker LLC. Mrs. Kinsel is a member of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, American Quarter Horse Association and South Texas CattleWomen. She has volunteered her time with the La Salle County Fair Association, Texas High School Rodeo Association, La Salle County 4-H, Texas Youth Rodeo Association, La Salle Youth Rodeo Association and Alamo Area Christian Educators. Mrs. Kinsel has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Nueces River Authority. Mrs. Kinsel attended Texas A&M University, received an economics degree from Texas State University, and earned her law degree from the University of Texas.
The Honorable Natalie Cobb Koehler
Natalie Cobb Koehler is a fifth generation rancher and Bosque County Attorney. She is also owner and attorney at Koehler Law Firm, P.C.. Ms. Koehler is currently serving on the board of directors for Texas Lyceum, Texas State Bar College, Meridian Public Library and Central Texas Youth Fair Board. She has previously held leadership positions with professional and community organizations as president of Texas Young Lawyers Association, trustee for Texas Bar Foundation, board member for State Bar of Texas, president of Erath County Bar Association, chairman of the Bosque County A&M Club and “Go Texan” committee member for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Ms. Koehler enjoys volunteering her time at Camp John Marc, a camp for special needs children in Central Texas. She received the South Texas College of Law Alumni Impact Award for making a significant impact in her profession and community. She and her family raise registered and commercial Brangus cattle. Ms. Koehler received her bachelor's degree in agriculture development from Texas A&M University. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law.
The Honorable Pam McAfee
Farm & Ranch Realtor
Graves & Associate
Pam McAfee was born in Austin, Texas, is a 6th generation Texan and a direct descendant of one of the original settlers of Stephen F. Austin's “Old 300”. She and her husband live on and care for the ranch that has been in her family since the late 1800s. The ranch was awarded the Family Land Heritage Program designation in 2008. Since 1996 she has been a Realtor serving farm, ranch and residential real estate. She is a TMCA certified mediator in civil, family and CPS mediation. She is currently President of Heritage Circle, a non-profit organization which promotes and preserves history in and around Dripping Springs. Pam was presented with the Yellow Rose of Texas award by the Governor in 2015 for her contributions to preserving history in Texas.
The Honorable G. Dave Scott
Statewide Agricultural Representative
G. Dave Scott of Richmond is Chairman of the Boards of the Brazos River Authority. He is a past president of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Currently, he is member of the TSCRA Executive Committee. He serves as a Board Member of National Cattlemen's Beef Association and as a Board Member of Western States Water Development. He is a member of Texas Livestock Market. He has life memberships with Brazoria County Cattlemen's Association, Fort Bend County Fair Association and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he is a past chairman of the Range Bull and Heifer Committee. Mr. Scott attended the University of Houston and Sam Houston State University.
The Honorable John Zacek
South Texas Area Prosperity Bank
John was born and raised on a 1,500 acre farm and ranch in Jackson County, Texas. In 1982 he graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics (Agri-Business Option) and in 1993 he graduated from Southwest School of Banking. He is currently the Chairman of Prosperity Bank in South Texas and owns the Doubletree Cattle Company, a commercial Brangus cattle operation in Jackson & Victoria counties.