TAGD Officers

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.

 

Vice President – Amber Blount

Amber began her work with Sandy Land UWCD (SLUWCD) in 2007 as the office secretary.  She quickly advanced to oversee well permitting and water quality services for the District.  While continuing to act in that capacity, she served as Education & Outreach Coordinator for the multi-groundwater district education cooperative before being named SLUWCD District Manager in 2015. Amber serves as the District’s representative to several affiliations which include, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Groundwater Management Area 2, and Texas Water Conservation Association. Amber grew up south of Dallas, obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, but now calls West Texas home.    Amber is married to Tanner and the mother to three boys- Helee, Cross & Krew.  Her family resides in Yoakum County, where they own and operate their family business, raising show pigs and cattle on their property west of Plains.

 

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 Pro Tem – Janet Adams
Jeff Davis County Underground Water Conservation District

Janet began her work with the JDCUWCD in 1997. She has been the General Manager and only employee of the District since it was formed in 1993. Janet has also been manager of the Fort Davis Water Supply since 1975. Janet is a voting member the Far West Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region E), which she has served on since it was formed in 1997. She was elected as TAGD ’s first woman President, serving from 2007-2009.  Served also served as TAGD’s Secretary from 2001-2005 and Vice President from 2005-2007.

Janet has been the GMA 4 Coordinator since 2008. She has been a member of the Texas Rural Water Association’s Legislative Committee for 12 years. Janet holds many volunteer positions: Hillcrest Cemetery Board of Directors for 25 years, Chamber of Commerce Board for 15 years, Big Bend Livestock Show for 25 years, and the Jeff Davis 4-H Club Adult Leader Award for several years. Janet was awarded the Fort Davis ISD Volunteer Award and was inducted into the Outstanding Young Women of America

Janet has been married to Scott for 51 years.  They have 2 sons. Jody and wife Sara and Casey and wife Jan and one granddaughter Brooke.

Parliamentarian – Jim Polonis

Jim began his tenure with the Sutton County Underground Water Conservation District as field technician in 2008 and became the General Manager in 2009.  In addition to serving as a TAGD officer, he is also the chairman of the Groundwater Management Area-7 and a board member of the Sonora Economic Development Corporation. Jim earned his bachelor’s degree and later an MBA. He spent most of his career at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, retiring after 33.5 years with them. While at (SwRI), Jim worked in many different divisions, the bioengineering department and the electronic systems division. 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.