Board of Directors & Committees

A twelve-member Board of Directors (Board) governs the San Antonio River Authority (SARA). The Board consists of two at-large members from each of Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties, plus two at large members for Bexar County and one member for each of four SARA Districts in Bexar County, for a total of six members representing Bexar County. The SARA Districts in Bexar County correspond to Bexar County Commissioner Districts.

All Board terms are for a period of six years. There are no term limits. All positions are elected except in the case of vacancy prior to term end, in which case the Governor of the State of Texas appoints a replacement to complete the term. When candidates are unopposed, the Texas election code allows for an entity to declare by ordinance that the candidates are unopposed and are elected to office. Elections for SARA Board members are staggered. SARA holds elections every two years.

For more information about appointments to unexpired terms, log onto www.governor.state.tx.us/divisions/appointments.

The list below identifies SARA’s Board, the county and/or district they represent, and their respective terms of office.


Sally Buchanan • Bexar County At Large
Chairman of the Board
Board member since: 1999
Current term expires: 2017
Committee memberships: Executive Chair, Communications Secretary

Contact Sally Buchanan

Buchanan, born and reared in San Antonio, graduated from St. Mary’s Hall. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history in 1964 at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She also earned a Texas Teacher’s Certificate in 1965 as a high school specialist. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Buchanan returned to St. Mary’s Hall as an art history instructor. From 1972 to 1989, she devoted her talents to a variety of professions, including social service caseworker for the Texas Department of Public Welfare, travel agent and meeting planner for the National Trust for Historic Preservation of Washington, DC. In 1989, Buchanan became executive director of the San Antonio chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has since been made an honorary member of the Texas Society of Architects. She has been a long-standing board member and president of the San Antonio Conservation Society and is vice president of the Kangaroo Court Restaurants, which have operated River Walk restaurants for more than 30 years.


Terry E. Baiamonte • Goliad County
Vice-Chair
Board member since: 2003
Current term expires: 2015
Committee memberships: Executive Vice-Chair, Communications Chair

Contact Terry E. Baiamonte

Baiamonte was born in Victoria and has lived in Goliad for more than eight years. She graduated magna cum laude from Sam Houston State University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In 1982, she received a doctorate of jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio. Baiamonte practiced civil litigation law until 1996 when she decided to stay home to care for her children. Currently back in law practice, she operates a law office behind the award-winning Blue Quail Deli in Goliad, which she also owns and operates. Additionally, Baiamonte runs a cow-calf operation on the ranch where she lives.


Hector R. Morales • Bexar County At Large
Secretary
Board member since: 2005
Current term expires: 2017
Committee memberships: Executive Secretary, Fiscal Committee

Contact Hector R. Morales

Morales is a native of San Antonio, where he has lived for more than 60 years. He attended Holy Cross High School and received a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.

Morales retired from the Civil Service after 26 years of service, and from the Texas Air National Guard after 29 years of service. He is an amateur bird enthusiast and enjoys working with stained glass, walking, running, hiking and camping.


Gaylon J. Oehlke • Karnes County
Treasurer
Board member since: 2003
Current term expires: 2019
Committee memberships: Executive Treasurer, Fiscal Chair

Contact Gaylon J. Oehlke

Oehlke was born and raised in Goliad County, where he attended Goliad High School. After high school he earned an associate's degree in arts at Victoria College. From there he attended Texas A&M University and received a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics in 1972. During this time Oehlke was a member of the Texas National Guard. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1972 and served seven years in the guard, ending as commander of Company C, 141st Battalion, in Cuero. Oehlke retired in March 2004 as president of the Kenedy and Robstown credit offices for Capital Farm Credit, ACA, after 32 years of service.


brownloweDarrell T. Brownlow, Ph.D. • Wilson County
Board member since: Appointed by Governor Perry on July 19, 2011
Current term expires: 2019
Committee memberships: Executive Committee (Member-At-Large), Fiscal Vice-Chair

Contact Darrell T. Brownlow

Darrell T. Brownlow, Ph.D., was appointed by Governor Rick Perry on July 19, 2011 to represent Wilson County on the San Antonio River Authority's (SARA) Board of Directors (Board). Dr. Brownlow replaces Mr. A.D. "Al" Kollodziej, Jr., who retired from the Board in June, after 13 years of distinguished service. Dr. Brownlow's appointment will allow him to serve until the next general election in Wilson County, to be held in November of 2012.

Dr. Brownlow is a member on the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group, and he has also served as an appointee to the Evergreen Underground Water Conservation District. He is currently a Principal in Carrizo Consulting, LP and Intercoastal Inland Services, LLC. Prior to this, he was Vice President and Chief Geologist for Cemex USA, responsible for Resource Management of Aggregate and Cement operations across the United States. Dr. Brownlow has authored and coauthored several technical articles and publications on subjects ranging from carbon dioxide capture and sequestration in the cement industry to availability of Carrizo Aquifer water for Eagle Ford Shale development.


Thomas G. Weaver • Bexar County, District 4
Board member since: 1997
Current term expires: 2015
Committee memberships: Executive Committee (Member-At-Large), Operations Vice-Chair

Contact Thomas G. Weaver

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Weaver moved with his family to San Antonio in 1942. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1950, he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in military science in 1955. Weaver was commissioned in the Air Force and completed pilot training a year later. During his career, Weaver served as a tactical officer at the U.S. Military Academy, flew 171 combat missions in Southeast Asia in the RF-101, and served on the Air Staff at U.S. Air Force Headquarters at the Pentagon. In 1971, he received a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Weaver also graduated from Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He retired from the military in 1978 as a colonel, with the rating of command pilot. The same year, he began a career with the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority, retiring as general manager in 1996.


John J. Flieller • Wilson County
Board member since: Appointed by Governor Perry on May 6, 2008
Current term expires: 2015
Committee memberships: Operations Secretary, Communications Committee

Contact John J. Flieller

After graduating from Floresville High School in 1980, Flieller joined his three sisters at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where he received a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Risk Management Insurance. After graduation, Flieller went back to Floresville and started working at the family owned insurance company, Flieller Insurance Agency, Inc., where he has been now for over 20 years.

Flieller has served for the past year as a member of SARA’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC). Prior to his appointment, Flieller was also an active board member for the Floresville Chamber of Commerce, where he served for six years. He also served a two-year term on the Sacred Heart Catholic School Board and served on the Wilson County Tax Review Board for four years.


James Fuller • Goliad County
Board member since: 2013
Current term expires: 2019
Committee memberships: Operations Committee, Fiscal Committee

Contact James Fuller

James Fuller, M.D., is a retired Cardiothoracic Surgeon.
He has been actively involved in the San Antonio River Watershed and currently serves on the Goliad Soil and Water Conservation District. He also takes part in ongoing conservation projects with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Ducks Unlimited and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust. As recognition for his service, Dr. Fuller received the Lone Star Land Steward Award in 2005 and 2006. The award recognizes private land owners for their accomplishments in habitat management and wildlife conservation.


Lourdes Galvan • Bexar County, District 2
Board member since: 2013
Current term expires: 2019
Committee memberships: Fiscal Committee, Communications Committee

Contact Lourdes Galvan

Businesswoman Lourdes Galvan is a former San Antonio District 5 councilperson. She brings a wealth of experience in community service to SARA. Ms. Galvan works as a business development specialist with Dependable Business Solutions. The new SARA board member is excited about her role and has been a major supporter of the Westside Creeks Restoration Project for many years.


Jerry G. Gonzales • Bexar County District 1
Board member since: 2013
Current term expires: 2019
Committee memberships: Operations Committee, Communications Committee

Contact Jerry G. Gonzales

Jerry G. Gonzales formerly represented constituents on the Bexar Metropolitan Water District and the Canyon Regional Water Authority. He is a manager for HEB and has been married for 33 years. Mr. Gonzales is an enthusiastic supporter of the Westside Creeks Restoration Project.

 


Michael W. Lackey, P.E. • Bexar County District 3
Board member since: 2009
Current term expires: 2015
Committee memberships: Operations Chair, Fiscal Secretary

Contact Michael W. Lackey

Michael W. “Mike” Lackey is Principal of Lackey de Carvajal Cx, which offers LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) building commissioning services. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Lackey certifies that buildings or communities are designed and built to achieve energy and water efficiency, to reduce CO2 emissions, and to improve indoor environmental quality.

A member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT), Lackey traces his lineage to Jose Luis Carvajal who inherited land out of the Andres Hernandez grant at the confluence of the Cibolo Creek and the San Antonio River. The spot was known as Carvajal Crossing because it had a firm bottom for the ox carts traveling the Camino Real between San Antonio and Goliad.

Lackey is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Houston. He is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M.


H.B. “Trip” Ruckman III • Karnes County
Board member since: 1987
Current term expires: 2015
Committee memberships: Communications Committee, Operations Committee

Contact H.B. “Trip” Ruckman

Ruckman graduated from Karnes City High School and, in 1967, received a BBA from UT-Austin. In 1984 he graduated from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU in Dallas. Ruckman was commissioned through the Navy ROTC and served as a supply officer on the USS Hanson during two Vietnam deployments. He also served at NAS-Kingsville and in Bahrain. Ruckman resigned from active duty in 1974. He remained active in the Naval Reserve for 17 years, retiring as a captain. In 1974, Ruckman joined the Karnes County National Bank, where he specialized in lending, and he became president in 1985. In 1995 he became chairman of the bank’s board. Ruckman is currently active with the Karnes City Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, First Presbyterian Church, Karnes County Economic Development Corporation and the Karnes County Historical Society.


CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

Section 176.004 of the Local Government Code requires a “local government officer” to complete a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement (CIS) disclosing any business relationship with the local government agency if he of she receive taxable income or certain gifts from any person or business that contracts with the River Authority or is considering doing business with the River Authority.

A “Local Government Officer” (LGO) is required to file a CIS if:

  • The person has contracted with the local governmental entity; or
  • The local governmental entity is considering doing business with the person and the person has an employment or other business relationship with the local government officer or family member of the officer, that results in the officer of family member receiving taxable income; or
  • The person has given a local governmental officer or family member one or more gifts that have an aggregate value of more than $250 in the 12 month period preceding the date that a contract was executed or the local governmental entity is considering doing business with the pers.

The local government officers of the River Authority are:

Board of Directors:

Terry E. Baiamonte
Darrell T. Brownlow, Ph.D.
Sally Buchanan
John Flieller
James Fuller
Lourdes Galvan
Jerry G. Gonzales
Michael W. Lackey, P.E.
Hector Morales
Gaylon Oehlke
H.B. Ruckman, III
Thomas G. Weaver