Gov. Greg Abbott on June 21, 2018, appointed Laura Figueroa of Brenham, Tom Kelley of Eagle Lake and Nancy Yeary of Burnet County to join the LCRA Board of Directors for terms that expire Feb. 1, 2023. The new Board members will replace Directors Kibby, Balas and Franklin, respectively. Directors Kibby, Balas and Franklin will continue serving until the new Board members take their oaths of office.
The LCRA Board of Directors is composed of 15 members appointed to six-year terms by the governor with advice and consent of the Texas Senate. The Board meets regularly to set strategic corporate direction for the general manager and staff, to approve projects and large expenditures, and to review progress on major activities and issues. For more information, see
Timothy Timmerman, chair
Timothy Timmerman of Austin is a real estate investor/developer and owns Commerce Texas Properties, Inc. He developed the Star Ranch Community and Golf Course north of Austin. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Texas real estate broker's license. He serves on the boards of International Bank of Commerce – Austin, the Round Rock Community Foundation and St. David's Medical Center in Round Rock. He is a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Austin. Timmerman received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a master's degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board in February 2008 and named him LCRA Board Chair in January 2011. He was reappointed in 2013 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2019.
Thomas Michael Martine, vice chair
Thomas Michael Martine of Cypress Mill is president of Martine Properties Inc. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, Austin Commercial Real Estate Society, Real Estate Council of Austin, and Austin Apartment Association. He also is a member of the Westcave Preserve Council, Texas Wildlife Association, Austin Woods and Waters, and the Tributary League, which supports the Colorado River Alliance. He received his bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the Boy Scouts and Seton League House boards of directors. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board in 2009 and reappointed him in 2013 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2019.
Steve K. Balas, secretary
Steve K. Balas of Eagle Lake is a pharmacist and owner of Eagle Lake Drugstore Inc. He also owns and manages a rice farm in Eagle Lake. Balas is a member of the Lower Colorado Regional Water Planning Group for the state's Region K water planning area and a past board member of the Texas Rice Producers Association and the U.S. Rice Producers Association. He is a board member of the First National Bank of Eagle Lake and a past advisory director of The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He also serves on the boards of the Rice Medical Foundation, the David and Eula Wintermann Foundation of Eagle Lake, and United Drugs, a national pharmacy cooperative. He received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board in 2007 for a term that expired in 2011 and reappointed him in March 2011 to a term that expired Feb. 1, 2017. Balas continues to serve until Director Kelley takes his oath of office.
Lori A. Berger
Lori A. Berger of Flatonia is self-employed. Berger, a former city council member and mayor of the City of Flatonia, has been vice chair of the Association of Rural Communities in Texas and has served on the boards of the Fayette County Gardenia Jansen Animal Shelter, Fayette Memorial Hospital Foundation, St. Marks Hospital, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Board Regional and State Review committees. She served as co-chair of the Flatonia Czhilispiel and as a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Committee, Flatonia ISD Education Foundation, and Flatonia Chamber of Commerce. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed Berger to the LCRA Board in 2009. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed her in 2015 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2021.
Stephen F. "Steve" Cooper
Stephen F. "Steve" Cooper is owner and principal of Emerald Ag Investments and former president and owner of La Tierra de Esmeralda/Emerald Sod Farms, which he oversaw for 28 years. He also is vice chairman of the El Campo Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and serves as an adviser to the El Campo Youth Memorial Park for Little League. He formerly served as chairman of the Leadership Advisory Board of Wharton County AgriLife for 10 years. Cooper earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. He is an Eppright Distinguished Donor and a member of the Association of Former Students Endowed Century Club, the Champions Council and Athletic Ambassadors of the 12th Man Foundation, the Chancellor's Century Council, the A&M Department of Agricultural Economics' Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry, the College of Agriculture Development Council and the Texas A&M Foundation Legacy Society. He is recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, awarded since 1962 to only 249 of Texas A&M's more than 436,000 former students. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed him to the LCRA Board in December 2015 and reappointed him in 2018 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2023.
Joseph M. "Joe" Crane
Joseph M. "Joe" Crane is a managing general partner of BU Growers, Ltd. and Lester Winfree Rice & Cattle, LLC in Bay City, Texas. He currently serves on the Matagorda County Drainage District and as a member of the Wharton County Fair Association. Crane received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed him to the Board in May 2015 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2021.
Pamela Jo "PJ" Ellison
Electric service area, Washington County
Pamela Jo "PJ" Ellison of Brenham is president and owner of Ellison's Greenhouses Inc. She is a member of the Society of American Florists, a past director of the Texas State Florists Association, and past grower director of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association. Ellison currently serves as chair of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Advisory Committee at Texas A&M University in the Department of Horticulture. She also is a member of the American Floral Endowment Board of Trustees, a member and past president of the Brenham Historical Society, and a past member of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors. Ellison received a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame College. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to the Board in May 2013 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2019.
John M. Franklin
John M. Franklin of Burnet County is a program manager for Celestica Aerospace Technologies, a defense contractor. He is a University of Texas graduate and former mayor of Pflugerville. He was appointed in March 2011 by then-Gov. Rick Perry for a term that expired Feb. 1, 2017. Franklin continues to serve until Director Yeary takes her oath of office.
Raymond A. "Ray" Gill Jr.
Raymond A. "Ray" Gill Jr. of Horseshoe Bay is an architect and realtor and owner of R. Gill and Associates, an architectural firm. He has provided architectural design services for a variety of projects that include schools and city and county facilities, as well as banks, office and medical buildings, car dealerships, resorts, and golf-related facilities. Gill is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the National Association of Realtors and National Homebuilders Association. He has served as president of the Chandler Creek Municipal Utility District, a director at MBank, chairman of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Round Rock Economic Development Committee, and on the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and the City of Round Rock Historic Commission. Gill also was chairman of the Architectural Registration Exam Committee, and he has received awards and honors from the Austin Associated General Contractors, Central Texas Masonry Contractors Association and the school board of the Irving, Texas, Independent School District. He is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the LCRA Board in 2011, and Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him in 2018 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2023.
Charles B. "Bart" Johnson
Electric service area, Brown County
Charles B. "Bart" Johnson is president/principal of Painter & Johnson Financial in Brownwood. He is an Eagle Scout, a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and a Master Mason. He also is chairman of the development board of Howard Payne University, fellow of the Life Underwriter Training Council and a former president of both the Brownwood Chamber of Commerce and the Brownwood Industrial Foundation. Johnson attended Texas Tech University. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed him to the Board in May 2015 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2021.
Sandra Wright "Sandy" Kibby
Electric service area, Comal County
Sandra Wright "Sandy" Kibby of New Braunfels is vice president of Wright Distributing Co., Inc. and vice president of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas. A native of Bastrop, she also serves as vice president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past member of the New Braunfels Women's Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre advisory committee, the New Braunfels Foundation Trust, and a past member of the New Braunfels ISD Education Foundation. She is a past board member of the National Beer Wholesaler Association and founder and past board member of Calvary Episcopal School in Bastrop. She also received the New Braunfels Masonic Lodge's Community Builder Award. A University of Texas graduate, Kibby was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Perry in May 2011 for a term that expired Feb. 1, 2017. Kibby continues to serve until Director Figueroa takes her oath of office.
Robert "Bobby" Lewis
Robert "Bobby" Lewis of Elgin is president of Elgin Veterinary Hospital Inc. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Texas Equine Veterinary Association, a member and past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and board chair and AAEP representative for the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium. Lewis served as president of the Texas Horse Racing Association and Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, and is a past member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and The Breeder's Cup Board of Directors. Lewis attended Northwestern State University and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board in May 2013 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2019.
George W. Russell
George W. Russell served three terms as mayor of Marble Falls, a position he held from 2009 to 2015. He previously served as the city manager of Georgetown and Marble Falls. Prior to his service as a city manager, he was director of Regional Administrative Services for the Texas Department of Health. He serves on the Texas Tech Hill Country Advisory Board, the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center Board of Directors, and the Baylor Scott & White Hospital-Marble Falls Board of Directors, and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He also served in the National Guard from 1969 to 1976. Russell received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed him to the Board in May 2015 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2021.
Franklin Scott Spears Jr.
Franklin Scott Spears Jr. of Austin has been an attorney and partner with Arenson & Spears for more than 20 years. He is an AV-rated attorney, meaning that his peers have given him the highest possible rating for his legal ability and ethical standards. Spears is a member of the St. Mary's Law School Alumni Board and an advisory board member of Ministry of Challenge. Additionally, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Austin, the State Bar of Texas, the Austin Bar Association and a past director of Austin Young Lawyers Association. He also is a member of the Tributary League, which supports the Colorado River Alliance. After graduation from law school, Spears began his legal career as a clerk for a U.S. district judge. He went on to serve as assistant attorney general of Texas from 1981 to 1983 and retired as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps, after 24 years of service. He received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas and law degree from St. Mary's University. Then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the Board in 2007 and reappointed him in 2013 to a term that expires Feb. 1, 2019.
Martha Leigh M. Whitten
San Saba County
Martha Leigh M. Whitten is an owner and operator of Alamo Pecan & Coffee Company and Martin & Whitten Real Estate in San Saba. She serves on the San Saba City Council, the economic development corporation board and the parks board. After receiving her accounting degree from Texas A&M University, Whitten worked at Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), Whitten & Rennscheidt CPAs and Whitten & Williams CPAs. She also serves as the assistant treasurer for the First Baptist Church Stewardship Committee and on the Angel Tree Project for Needy Children. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed her to the Board in May 2015 for a term that expires Feb. 1, 2021.