TFRLCP Council Members

S. Reed Morian

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.

Mr. Peter M. Lake

The Honorable Peter M. Lake
Chairman
Texas Water Development Board

Peter Lake has served as a Board member of the Texas Water Development Board since December 15, 2015. Governor Greg Abbott designated him Chairman in February 2018. Lake has held a variety of financial roles across a number of industries. Previously, he acted as director of research and head of automated trading at Gambit Trading. He has also served as director of business development for Lake Ronel Oil Company. Additionally, he served as director of special operations for VantageCap Partners. Lake graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy with a specialization in economics from the University of Chicago, and he earned a master's of business administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Lake was born and raised in Tyler, Texas.

Mr. Rex Isom

The Honorable Rex Isom
Executive Director
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.

Dr. Roel Lopez

The Honorable Roel Lopez
Executive Director
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.

Mr. Sid Miller

The Honorable Sid Miller
Commissioner
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.

Mr. Salvador Salinas

The Honorable Salvador Salinas
State Conservationist
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.

Mr. Thomas R. Kelsey

The Honorable Thomas R. Kelsey
Attorney
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.

Ms. Leslie Kinsel

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.

Ms. Natalie Koehler

The Honorable Natalie Cobb Koehler
County Attorney
Bosque County

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.

Mr. Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas

The Honorable Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas
Ranch Manager
East Foundation Ranches, LLC

Gilly was raised on a cow/calf and stocker operation in central Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics in 2000. He then graduated from the TCU Ranch Management Program in 2002 and has an MBA from UTSA in 2018. Gilly currently manages the East Foundation Ranches, which focuses on supporting wildlife conservation and other public benefits of ranching and private land stewardship. He serves on the Board of Directors for Texas & Southwestern Cattle raisers and is involved with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

Mr. G. Dave Scott

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.

Mr. John Zacek

The Honorable John Zacek
President
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.