The Executive Committee is comprised of TAGD’s elected officers, the immediate past President, and one member elected from each TAGD area that is not represented by another member of the Executive Committee. It has the power to fill vacancies of officers, represent TAGD during the legislative session, gather information and make decisions for TAGD as directed by the membership, review, adopt, and take action on financial matters, and perform other duties and responsibilities deemed necessary by the membership. Find out more about TAGD areas here.
President – Joe B. Cooper – North Texas
Vice-President – Dirk Aaron – North Texas
Treasurer – Zach Holland – Upper Gulf Coast
Secretary – Leah Adams – Upper Carrizo
Parlimentarian – Jim Polonis – Upper Edwards Trinity
Past-President – Kathy Turner Jones – Upper Gulf Coast
Janet Adams – Far West Texas
Amber Blount- Ogallala
Ron Fieseler – Lower Edwards Trinity
Greg Sengelmann – Edwards Carrizo
Lonnie Stewart – Lower Gulf Coast
The Nominating Committee includes the current president and the two immediate past presidents. Members of the Nominating Committee are ineligible to run for office in the upcoming election, and nominations are solicited from the membership at large.
Joe B. Cooper
Kathy Turner Jones
The Bylaws Committee reviews and considers changes to TAGD bylaws, policies, and action plans; ensures that TAGD activities and programs operate within the established policy guidelines; and performs other duties and responsibilities deemed necessary by the membership.
Victoria Messer Whitehead
Finance & Budget
The Finance and Budget Committee consists of the current treasurer, the Vice-President, and three TAGD members appointed by the President. This committee is responsible for formulating and presenting an annual budget for the fiscal year and providing for an audit of TAGD’s financial affairs as needed.
The Groundwater Protection Committee works with the representative of the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee, established in 1989 by the Texas Legislature, and assists the representative in carrying out the duties assigned him/her by the TGPC.
David Van Dresar*
Information & Education
The Outreach & Education Committee is responsible for various public informational activities, including gathering information and formulating plans and programs to promote TAGD and its members, disseminating information to non-member districts and other potential members, maintaining a dialogue with the public and government officials to educate them on the benefits of groundwater conservation districts, and contacting districts that have been declared non-operational with an offer of support. This committee also works on gathering data and updating TAGD’s Groundwater Conservation District Index (GCDI), creating educational resources for new GCDs and General Managers, and developing articles on popular issues.
The Legislative Committee is responsible for informing the membership of relevant pending legislation. If possible, the committee will develop a position and act on such legislation with approval from the Executive Committee. This committee is also responsible for initiating legislative proposals, policies and resolutions for presentation to TAGD.
Joe B. Cooper
Kathy Turner Jones
Conference Planning Committee
The Conference Planning Committee assists TAGD and its partners in planning, organizing, and producing our annual Texas Groundwater Summit.