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About the Authority
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.
2017 SRA Board of Directors
Stanley N. "Stan" Mathews
|Stanley N. "Stan" Mathews
Mr. Mathews owns and operates Mathews Jewelers, Inc., established in Orange, Texas in 1984 and ≠expanded to Beaumont in 2002.
Born and raised in Orange as the son of J. L. and Laverne Mathews, he is very active in his community. He has served as Board Member, VP of Economic Development and
Life Ambassador for the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Mathews was named 1997 "Small Business Person of the Year." He previously served as a school board member of
Little Cypress Mauriceville ISD and as an advisory board member for Memorial Hermann Baptist Orange Hospital. He is a member of the Texas Jewelers Association, a member of the
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Lamar University Cardinal Club Board of Directors and a 22 year member of the Orange Rotary Club. In his leisure time, he enjoys golf, fishing and travel.
Stan and his wife, Linda, have two children and five grandchildren and reside in Pinehurst, 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 W. Koonce
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.
Cliff R. Todd
|Cliff R. Todd
Mr. Todd is semi-retired and is currently doing consulting and contract work with an emphasis in working with rural communities and
also for the oil and gas industry in several areas. He was formerly with C & J Energy Services.
Previously, he was the executive director of the Marshall Economic Development Corporation. He is a past member of the Austin and Carthage Rotary clubs
and a past president of the Carthage Rotary Club. He retired after nearly 30 years with the Texas Department of Agriculture, serving in Austin and later with the
TDA Rural Economic Division for the entire East Texas region. He is involved in overseeing the management of his family-owned farm and ranch in Panola County.
He has served as a longtime adult and college Sunday school teacher for over 25 years. He currently serves as a deacon for Central Baptist Church.
He enjoys being a pilot and spending time outdoors on weekends on their farm. His wife, Denise, is a retired kindergarten teacher.
They have one daughter, Sara Roth of Dallas and two grandchildren. Mr. Todd received a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Ms. Newcomer is a past education certification instructor at Lamar State College-Orange and a former educator in the state of Alaska.
Ms. Newcomer is also past president of the Alaska School Counseling Association, and a past member of the National Middle School Association, National Education Association,
Matanuska Susitna Agency Partnership, Alaska Extended Learning Advisory Board, and LifeQuest Mental Health Executive Board.
Ms. Newcomer received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University, a master's degree in elementary education from Stephen F. Austin State University,
and a master's degree in education counseling from Oregon State University. Ms. Newcomer has a daughter and son-in-law and four grandchildren.
She resides with her husband, Ed Newcomer, in Mauriceville and is a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Orange.
Holly Lake Ranch, TX
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 Womenís 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 Womenís 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 masterís degree in strategic planning for Global Situations from the Army War College.
Governor Greg Abbott recently appointed Laurie E. Woloszyn of Longview to the Sabine River Authority of Texas (SRA) Board of Directors for a term to expire on July 6, 2021.
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.
Cary "Mac" Abney
|Cary "Mac" Abney
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.
J.D. Jacobs, Jr.
|J.D. Jacobs, Jr.
Mr. Jacobs is the former President and CEO of Jacobs Transportation, Inc. He resides in Rockwall County where he farms 4000 acres of cotton, corn, milo and wheat and runs a 100-225
head cow/calf operation. Mr. Jacobs is a current member of the Farm Service Agency County Committee, the Rockwall County Extension Service Advisory Board and serves as VP for the
Rockwall County Farm Bureau Insurance Board. He formerly served on the Rockwall Housing Development Corporation Board. He received the "2001 Agricultural Excellence Award" from the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Jacobs and his wife, Ollie Marian, have three children and four grandchildren and are members of the Lake Pointe Baptist Church of Rockwall.