Board of Directors

GBRA is governed by a board of nine directors appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the Texas Senate. Each director serves a six-year term, with three directors appointed or reappointed every two years. Prior to each regular monthly meeting, board committees meet to recommend and review policies, programs and actions for consideration. The General Manager and staff conduct management and administrative duties in accordance with policies established by the board.

Dennis L. Patillo

Dennis L. Patillo, Chair

Victoria County, Title Services
Reappointed: 2016
Term Expiration: 2021

Mr. Patillo of Victoria is president of Stewart Title of the Coastal Bend Inc. providing title services in Victoria, DeWitt, Calhoun, Wharton, Goliad, Uvalde and Real counties. He is also president of Evangelynn Hospitality LLC.

He is the past chairman of the Victoria Economic Development Corporation, the Houston Association of Realtors and the Texas Association of Realtors. Mr. Patillo has served on a number of boards and commissions including the Texas Tax Reform Commission, the University of Houston Commission on Downward Expansion, the Victoria County Airport Commission and DeTar Healthcare Board of Trustees.

Mr. Patillo received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston.

Don Meador

Don Meador, Vice-Chair

Hays County
Appointed: 2013
Term Expiration: 2019

Don Meador of San Marcos is a retired rancher and registered engineer with Procter & Gamble Company, and represents Hays County.

Mr. Meador is joint owner of Dreamcatcher Ranch at the headwaters of the San Marcos River. The ranch is protected in a conservation easement to safeguard the watershed for perpetuity. He also is past president of the Hays County Farm Bureau, past board vice-chair of the Hays County Water Conservation District, and a former commissioner of the City of Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission. Additionally, he is a past member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and American Angus Association, and a past board member of the Texas Angus Association.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Meador received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Kenneth A. Motl

Kenneth A. Motl, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer

Calhoun County, Veterinarian
Reappointed: 2018
Term Expiration: 2023

Dr. Kenneth A. Motl was born and raised in Victoria and attended Texas A&M University in College Station where he earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical science in 1986 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.

In 1995, Dr. Motl opened Bayfront Animal Hospital in Port Lavaca, where he provides treatment to small and large animals. His special interest is in beef cattle production. Dr. Motl proudly sponsors a variety of activities in his community, and in particular, supports youth at local stock shows. Dr. Motl and his wife Gay Lynn reside in Port Lavaca.

Rusty Brockman

Rusty Brockman, Immediate Past Chair

Comal County
Reappointed: 2018
Term Expiration: 2023

Rusty Brockman, of New Braunfels, retired in March 2018 after 17 years as the vice president of economic development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. He is a retired public educator, with 28 years of service. He is past president and a current member of the Texas Economic Development Council and currently serves as chairman of the Resolute Health Hospital Advisory Board. Additionally, he is a member of the Lions Club, Spark Small Business Center, Central Texas Technology Center Board, the Guadalupe Basin Coalition and the Food Bank of New Braunfels Advisory Board. Previously, he served as past president and 2017 Grosse Opa of the Wurstfest Association.

Mr. Brockman received a bachelor's degree from the University of Houston, a teaching certification from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, a master's degree in education and a professional administrator certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.

William Carbonara

William Carbonara, Director

DeWitt County
Appointed: 2013
Term Expiration: 2019

William Carbonara of Cuero is an account executive at JHC Insurance Agency and represents DeWitt County. Currently, he is on the Resource Development Committee for the Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County and is vice president of the Cuero Little Dribblers Association. He previously served on the boards of the Cuero Development Corporation, Cuero Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Visitors Center, Visionaries in Preservation and the Cuero Rotary Club of which he remains a member.

Mr. Carbonara is a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and a volunteer coach for his children's sports activities such as baseball, basketball, soccer and football. He earned a bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Steve Ehrig

Steve Ehrig, Director

Gonzales County
Appointed: 2018
Term Expiration: 2019

Steve Ehrig, of Gonzales, is owner and partner of Ehrig Brothers Ag, E Barr Feeds, and E Brothers Ranches. He is a member of the Gonzales County Young Farmers, a director with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and past president of the Texas Young Farmers. He is also a member of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program, Gonzales County Agents' Advisory Board, Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, and Texas & Southwest Cattle Raisers Association, and a past board member of the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District.

Additionally, Mr. Ehrig is a past vice president of Gonzales Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past president of the Gonzales County Farm Bureau and the Gonzales County Appraisal District Agriculture Advisory Board, and a former announcer for Gonzales Livestock Show Association.

Oscar H. Fogle

Oscar Fogle, Director

Caldwell County, Wildlife Management
Reappointed: 2018
Term Expiration: 2023

Fogle of Lockhart, is owner of Oak Hill Ranch and a retired employee of Exxon Corp. He is a trustee for the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation and Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, chairman of the Caldwell County Appraisal District Agricultural Advisory Board, and director of Envision Central Texas.

He is a past director of Polonia Water Supply Corporation, and a past member of the Caldwell Appraisal Review Board, Plum Creek Watershed Partnership Steering Committee and Lockhart Community Theater Board. Fogle served in the U.S. Air Force and attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville. He was reappointed in 2018 for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2023.

Ronald J. Hermes

Ronald J. "Ron" Hermes, Director

Guadalupe County, Physics Teacher
Appointed: 2016
Term Expiration: 2021

Hermes, a resident of Seguin, teaches physics at Marion High School. He is a member of the Private Schools Interscholastic Association State Board of Directors and serves as secretary of Citizens United for Lake Placid (CULP). Additionally, Hermes works with the Christian Youth Theater and is a lector at St. James Catholic Church.

Hermes earned a bachelor of education degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his master's degree in human performance from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Hermes is appointed for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2021

Thomas Mathews II

Tommy Mathews II, Director

Kendall County, Environmental Services
Reappointed: 2016
Term Expiration: 2021

Mathews, of Boerne, is president of Westward Environmental, Inc. He is a member of the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, Associated General Contractors of Texas and Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association. He previously served for 14 years as president and board member of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District.

Mathews is past chair of the Allied Division of the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association and a past Allied board member of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. He is also past president of the Hill Country Alliance of Groundwater Conservation Districts, past citizen representative of the Lower Guadalupe River Water Supply Project Advisory Forum, and past board secretary of the Winston School San Antonio Board. Mathews received a bachelor's degree from Trinity University.

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