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|Education||MBA, University of Houston|
|Occupation||Retired - City Govenment|
Having worked in the water industry for over 25 years I have been looking for an opportunity to give back to our community. The privilege to run for the Lone Star GCD Board is the perfect use of my experience, knowledge and skills. After receiving my MBA from the University of Houston I worked for several water and wastewater operating companies in the Fort Bend area managing numerous Municipal Utility Districts. I then worked for the City of Sugar Land as the Director of Water Utilities, and lastly as the Woodlands Division Manager for the SJRA.
As Director of Utilities for the City I was responsible for the water, wastewater, and storm water systems for the City. During my tenure the City was required to convert from a groundwater-based water supply system to a mix of ground and alternative water supplies. The planning and eventual conversion to blended water supply sources required extensive long-term water system planning for the City and its ETJ even the use of legislative solutions was required to meet the City water supply needs. I worked extensively with the Fort Bend Subsidence District to assure their regulations were fair and equitably written and enforced.
While at the City I had first hand experience dealing with regulatory agencies like the TCEQ, EPA and Groundwater Districts. The skills developed to manage and implement the regulatory agencies rules along with balancing the needs of constituents, both City elected officials and residents of the City, have primed my ability to be a knowledgeable and effective elected official on the Lone Star Board.
The following list of accomplishments during my career illustrates the items I have worked on that dovetail with the challenges facing the Lone Star Board as they finalize the various engineering studies and implement their revised regulations.
As the Woodlands Division Manager for the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA), I was responsible for the wholesale water and wastewater supply to The Woodlands Township. This included representing the Division to the Woodlands Joint Powers Agency’s Board of Trustees (WJPA) who represent the 10 Municipal Utility Districts (MUD) within the Township.
I have utilized my financial acumen and fiscal management skills to develop and implement effective budgets that have taken a full comprehensive look at all the competing priorities and assured the most important corporate missions were fulfilled first.
I would appreciate the opportunity to bring my experience and knowledge to the Lone Star GCD and to work as a team with the other Board members and staff to protect our long-term groundwater supplies in a cost effective, fair and equitable way.