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.
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.
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.
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.