Monday, June 26, 2017
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TAGD Officers


President - Joe B. Cooper 
Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District

Joe B. Cooper is the General Manager of the Middle Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. Prior to his employment at MTGCD in 2003, Joe worked as a marketing manager for AT&T for 27 years, retiring in 1999. In 2002, he and Debbie, his wife and best friend, relocated from the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex to Comanche County in pursuit of a more rural lifestyle. Through his work at MTGCD, Joe has become passionate about water. In addition to his duties at MTGCD and TAGD, Joe is an executive committee member of the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group, Vice-chairman of the GMA 8 Joint Planning Group and is a board member of the Texas Water Conservation Association. Joe received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University in 1973. He and Debbie have been married 42 years and have two sons and five grandchildren.

 

Vice President - Dirk Aaron

Dirk Aaron has been the General Manager of the Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District since 2011. Prior to becoming the district General Manager, Dirk worked as a County Extension Agent for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service for over 30 years. He served in multiple counties across Texas in the areas of production agriculture and irrigation efficiency, beef cattle production, swine production, and horticulture and economic development. During his first 20 years of employment, he worked directly with the agricultural industry in the Texas High Plains to implement irrigation efficiency with new technology and also worked directly with the groundwater management teams to implement those technologies. Dirk was recognized with the Agency's Superior Service Award three times during his career. Dirk received his Bachelor Degree from Texas A&M University in 1981 and completed his Master of Science Degree in 1991 from Texas Tech University. He has been married for 33 years to Cindy and has two sons.

 

Treasurer - Zach Holland
 
Zach Holland is the General Manager for the Bluebonnet Groundwater Conservation District, serving Austin, Grimes, Walker, & Waller Counties. Zach is originally from Mertzon, Texas and has worked with the district for nearly four years. Zach’s love of water management led him to Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Business (2008) and then a Masters of Water Management & Hydrological Sciences (2010). His graduate research focused on a Carrizo-Wilcox Study ordered by Senator Ogden and highlighted the benefits and good works of groundwater conservation districts. Through that project, Zach was able to reach out to many districts and gain a greater understanding of groundwater management. While finishing up his graduate work, Zach started working as a permitting assistant at Bluebonnet GCD under then-general manager Lloyd Behm. When Lloyd retired from the District in 2010, Zach took over as general manager.

 

Secretary - Leah Adams
Panola County GCD

Leah Adams currently serves as General Manager of the Panola County Groundwater Conservation District (PCGCD), a district with a history of heavy oil and gas drilling. She brings a wealth of experience including over 15 years working with local governments and non-profits throughout the State. Prior to joining PCGCD in May 2011, she was employed with Redflex Traffic Systems as an Account Manager. The position required working with local police officers in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Tennessee to improve public safety through photo enforcement with both speed and red light programs. Before working with Redflex Traffic Systems, Leah ran a nonprofit Library System for Panola County, TX where she worked in conjunction with the Texas Library Association to perform a compensation study for all public libraries in the State of Texas. The survey was published in the summer of 2004 Texas Library Journal. She also worked for MAXIMUS Consulting as a Consultant where she worked with city and county agencies throughout the Southeastern United States to perform compensation studies and cost allocation plans, as well as, providing her professional experience on several strategic planning projects. Leah holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX and a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Her areas of specialization are in governmental management, compensation, and human resources. In her spare time, Leah spends time on her family’s farm milking goats to make cheese and soap, gathering eggs from their hand raised chickens, and making several varieties of wine, gardening, quilting and spending time with her daughter Emma and husband Travis, a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Bullfighter.

 
Parliamentarian - Jim Polonis
 

Jim Polonis became the General Manager of the Sutton County UWCD in 2009, after first serving as the District's field technician beginning in 2008. He also serves as the chairman of GMA-7 (Groundwater Management Area- 7), and a board member of the Sonora Economic Development Corporation. Jim began his career as an electronic technician at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX and retired after 33.5 years in 2004.  After earning his bachelor’s degree and later an MBA, Jim worked in several divisions at SwRI, including the bioengineering department on a large project to develop and instrument a facility to study the effects of 60Hz electric fields on primates. Jim later worked in the electronic systems division where he became responsible for project management and promotion of project work in the area of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). He later became the manager of the EMC section managing, marketing and participating on EMC standards committees and wrote papers on various aspects of EMC technology.  Jim was a member of the IEEE (International Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Society, SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), IEEE/EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) Society, NARTE (National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers), and served on the SAE Standards Committees (Radiated and Conductive Immunity and Radiated and Conductive Emissions) for automotive electronics.  Since retiring from SwRI, in 2004, he has enjoyed spending time on his family's  ranch in Sutton County.