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The Sabine River Authority of Texas is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors. Each board member serves a six-year term. The Governor of Texas appoints three board members every two years. Directors are required to reside within a county situated wholly or partially within the watershed of the Sabine River. The members of the Sabine River Authority Board of Directors are leaders in their communities. They are dedicated citizens who are active participants in the water issues being addressed by the Sabine River Authority of Texas.

2018 SRA Board of Directors


Earl Williams
Orange
President
Earl Williams
President

Orange, Texas

Mr. Williams is CEO of Tool Tech Machining in Beaumont, Texas, partner of Cypress Bayou Industrial Painting and President of Cypress Bayou, Inc. in Orange, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard Payne University, a Masters degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and completed post graduate work at Texas A&M University. Mr. Williams was appointed to SRA's Board of Directors by Governor Rick Perry in 2001. He previously served on SRA's Board from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Williams and his wife, Suzanne, have two children and live in the Orange area.




David Koonce
Center
Vice-President
David W. Koonce
Vice-President

Center, Texas

Mr. Koonce is President/CEO of General Shelters of Texas Ltd., president/CEO of Campbell Portable Buildings, Ltd. and also has partnership interests in three small businesses. He is past president of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, past president and treasurer of the Shelby County Bass Anglers, Director for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, member of Shelby County Area Go Texan Committee, member of Shelby County Cookers, past vice chairperson for the Shelby County Historical Commission, committeeman of Shelby County Ducks Unlimited and past board member for Center Crime Stoppers. Mr. Koonce received a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, travel and spending time with his grandson. He and wife, Angela, are members of the First Baptist Church and reside in Center.




Jeanette Sterner
Holly Lake Ranch
Secretary-Treasurer
Jeanette Sterner
Secretary-Treasurer

Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

Col. Jeanette Sterner was honorably discharged from the United States Army and Texas Army National Guard after 30 years of service. While serving in the Texas Army National Guard, she worked for the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Dallas as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and clinical coordinator for the Veterans Homeless Program. She is an active member of the Military Officers Association of America, VFW Mineola, and the Women’s Service Guild Holly Lake Ranch. She is vice-president of Greater Hawkins Veterans Memorial Association and president of Holly Lake Ranch Veterans Association and the Women’s Auxiliary to Greater Hawkins Memorial Association. Col. Sterner received a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma City University, Masters of Science from Trinity University and a master’s degree in strategic planning for Global Situations from the Army War College.




Cary "Mac" Abney
Marshall
Secretary Pro-Tem

Cary "Mac" Abney
Secretary Pro-Tem
Marshall, Texas

Mr. Abney is a certified public accountant and president of Abney and Company, PLLC. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Texas Forestry Association, and a board member of the Marshall Harrison County Joint Airport Zoning Board, and the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA. Mr. Abney is also past president of the Harrison County Housing Finance Corporation and Harrison County Airport Advisory Committee, director and secretary of the Turney Foundation and the Slaughter Foundation, and secretary of the Fern Lake Club. He received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the College of Financial Planning. Mr. Abney and his wife Claudia have two children and five grandchildren and reside in Marshall.




Laurie Woloszyn
Longview
Laurie Woloszyn
Longview, Texas

Ms. Woloszyn is the Gregg County Auditor. Prior to serving as auditor, Ms. Woloszyn served as the Gregg County Clerk for eight years. She is a member of the Texas County Auditors Association. Ms. Woloszyn received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Tyler.




Thomas "Tom" Beall
Milam
Thomas "Tom" Beall
Milam, Texas

Thomas Beall is the president of Beall’s Furniture Inc., and current owner of Cimarron Equipment. Additionally, he is current owner of Red Hill Ranch Cattle and a former owner and manager of several Ashley Furniture Home Stores. Mr. Beall served on the Hemphill Independent School District Board for 15 years and is a current board member for First State Bank in Hemphill. Mr. Beall received an Associate’s degree in management from Tyler Junior College. He and his wife Kelly reside in Milam, Texas.




Andrew Mills
Hemphill
Andrew Mills
Hemphill, Texas

Andrew Mills is a vice-president at Southside Bank in Hemphill. He is the area chairman of Sabine County Ducks Unlimited and a member of the Sabine County Appraisal District Board of Directors, Sabine County Economic Development Committee, First Baptist Church Personnel Committee, and the AWANA’s Kid’s Program. Mr. Mills received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Texas A&M University. He and his wife Ashlee reside in Hemphill, Texas.




Janie Walenta
Quitman
Janie Walenta
Quitman, Texas

Janie Walenta, a Telecom Manager by profession, retired in 2008 after a 32-year career in telecommunications. In 2010 Ms. Walenta was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the One-Call Board of Texas as a Public Member and reappointed in 2012. She was reappointed to the OCB again in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott and recently was elected Board Secretary. Ms. Walenta received a BBA in business management from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA in business management from the University of Dallas. She is active in local politics and enjoys East Texas day trips and reading.




Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Jacobs
Kaufman
Jeffry D. "Jeff" Jacobs
Kaufman, Texas

Jeffrey D. "Jeff" Jacobs of Kaufman is the owner and manager of Jacobs Farms. He is a board member on the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Ag Increment Advisory Board and the Rockwall County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Jacobs attended Eastfield College in Mesquite, where he studied drafting.




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