Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Preservation Matters


W. A. 'Bill' Blackwell W. A. "Bill" Blackwell
Cuero, Texas
W. A. "Bill" Blackwell is a resident of Cuero. He graduated with a BBA degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and is President of W.A. Blackwell Ranches, LLC. Blackwell was appointed to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1989 by Governor Bill Clements to represent DeWitt County, and was re-appointed by Governor George W. Bush in 1995. He served as GBRA Chair during his tenure. Blackwell is one of the original trustees of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.
Blackwell is President of the Cuero Community Foundation and Treasurer of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. He is a current member of the Cuero I.S.D. Education Foundation, current member and former Senior Warden of Grace Episcopal Church and current member and former President of the Cuero Rotary Club as well as the Victoria College Foundation.
Blackwell retired as President and Managing Officer of Wells Fargo Bank-Cuero. He was a former Chairman of the Board of the Texas Bankers Association Service Company and a former member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council and the Board of Directors of the Texas Bankers Association.
Blackwell and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters, Ashley, Stephanie, and Courtney and eight grandchildren.

Todd Merendino
Todd Merendino
Bay City, Texas
Todd Merendino grew up in the rice fields and marshes of southeast Texas and has enjoyed the opportunity to get paid to "play" in the mud and water as his dad likes to say. Todd has a B.S. in Wildlife Management and an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario. In pursuit of his formal education and during his employment, Todd has been able to work in the waterfowl wintering grounds of Texas, the breeding grounds of Canada's prairie pothole region, and the farmlands and boreal forest areas of Central Ontario. Todd is currently the Manager of Conservation Programs for Ducks Unlimited in Texas, and oversees DU's conservation efforts on private lands and public lands in Texas. Todd previously worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as a project leader of the Central Coast Wetlands Ecosystem Project, and oversaw habitat management, research, and public hunting activities on state-owned Wildlife Management Areas along middle Texas Coast. Todd lives in Bay City with his wife Terry and their two children: a daughter who will be attending Texas Tech University this fall, and a son, who is in 9th grade and who loves to hunt and fish with his dad.

Denis R. Mueller
Denis R. Mueller
Westhoff, Texas
Denis R. Mueller received his BBA in accounting from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and is a 44 year banking veteran. He retired as President of the South Central Texas Region of Wells Fargo after serving 38 years with the bank and currently serves on the Wells Fargo South Central Board. He is very active on his two ranches in Westhoff raising Brangus cattle; one of those ranches is a Family Land Heritage Ranch, being in his family for over a hundred years. He has been very active on many boards and was one of the founding directors of the Dewitt Appraisal District, served on the Gonzales Area Development Corporation and many other boards. He is a current and founding member of the Gonzales Learning Center in Gonzales. He also serves as the President of the Nixon, Smiley, Westhoff, Cuero Hochheim Prairie Branch Board. Denis is active as a 65 year member of St. John Lutheran Church, Westhoff and is their treasurer. He and his wife Sheryl have one son, Kyle, who also graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos.

Oscar H. Fogle Oscar H. Fogle
Caldwell County, Texas
Oscar H. Fogle and his wife Susie own and operate Oak Hill Ranch, where they have a commercial cattle business and conducts several wildlife management practices. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from a career with Exxon Corporation. As a member of Exxon's International Oil Spill Response Team, Fogle was a Deputy Taskforce Commander during the Exxon Valdez oil spill clean-up operations. Fogle attended Texas A&I University, now known as Texas A&M-Kingsville. He is a past president of the Texas A&I Alumni Association, and is serving his thirteenth year on the Board of Trustees for the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation. Fogle serves as chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Caldwell County Appraisal District, is an active member of the Caldwell County Republican Party, a life member of the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association, an amateur radio operator, and a pilot. Fogle is a member of the First United Methodist Church-Lockhart, where he is a certified lay speaker and serves as the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. Fogle will serve on GBRA's Board of Directors through February 2014.

James "Wayne" Musgrove, a resident of Mountain Home. Mr. Musgrove has a past career in marine transportation, aviation, ranching, and marine construction. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and as a Naval Aviator flew on and off of several aircraft carriers during the Cold War and Vietnam Era. He is an aircraft pilot and has ratings that include Multi-Engine, Land and Sea. He has served on many boards of directors such as Arcadia State Bank, Twin City Barge Lines, American Waterways Operators, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation and was appointed to the Upper Guadalupe River Authority by Governor Greg Abbott. He has been active in the Republican Party for over 45 years. He has served under President George Bush and Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole as one of the founding member of the Lower Mississippi River Safety Advisory Committee which is in use today on the Mississippi River port corridor. He was founding member of Weldon Miller Marine Contractors, Trans-load and Transport, Musgrove Cattle Company, and Gulf Island Development Co.

Tommy Mathews
Tommy Mathews
Boerne, Texas
Tommy Mathews is president of Westward Environmental, Inc. He is a member of the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists, Associated General Contractors of Texas, and Texas Hot Mix Asphalt Pavement Association, and president of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District. Mr. Mathews is past board chair of the Allied Division of the Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association, and a past board member and past secretary of the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. He is also past president of the Hill Country Alliance of Groundwater Conservation Districts, past citizen representative of the Lower Guadalupe River Water Supply Project Advisory Forum, and past board secretary of the Winston School San Antonio Board. Mathews received a bachelor's degree from Trinity University. Mathews is also serving on the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Board through February 1, 2015.

John P. Schneider, Jr. John P. Schneider, Jr.
Lockhart, Texas
John P. Schneider, Jr. received a BBA degree from Texas A&M University and is president of Schneider & Associates, Inc., specializing in commercial, farm and ranch real estate in Central and South Texas. He belongs to the Austin Real Estate Council, the Society of Texas A&M Real Estate Professionals, the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, board member of the Twelfth Man Foundation, past chairman of the Texas Real Estate Center Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee of the Texas Agriculture Summit, is past chairman of the A&M College of Agriculture Development Council, and the Association of Former Students. He was a former member of the State Executive Committee and Austin Chapter President of the Coastal Conservation Association. Schneider assists in managing the family cow-calf operation. Schneider was appointed to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority in 1999 by Governor George W. Bush and was elected GBRA Board Chair in 2003. He is one of the original Trustees of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust.

Wilfred Korth Wilfred Korth
Goliad, Texas
Wilfred Korth, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in park administration. Korth started his park service career at Lake Somerville State Park. He also worked at Lost Maples State Park before spending more than 37 years developing and running GBRA's Coleto Creek Park. A former Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) chief ranger, Korth brings a wealth of experience and commitment to conservation to his position as a trustee. His experience also includes being a certified leisure professional through the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS); a certified park operator through the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), and a certified Texas master naturalist. Korth said he is an active volunteer in Goliad County serving on the Goliad County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee, current chair of Canoe Trail Goliad, director on Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District, the Goliad representative on the San Antonio River Authority's Environmental Advisory Committee, and the Goliad representative on the Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council.

Carrie Kasnicka
Executive Director
Carrie Kasnicka joins the GBRT team as the Conservation Director. New to Texas, she worked with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority in 2014-2015 as the Grants Administrator and quickly became familiar with The GBR Trust. Previously, she spent 8 years as the Administrator of Environmental Education and Land Stewardship for the City of Indianapolis where she managed public lands, multiple nature centers and environmentally sensitive natural areas. She played an integral role with design and oversight of the opening of two environmental education centers, including the Earth Discovery Center of Eagle Creek Park and the Ornithology Center of Eagle Creek. She has experience with fundraising, capital improvement projects, board relations and participation, wildlife studies, and fostering communication with stakeholders. She brings knowledge and enthusiasm in connecting others to the outdoors and protecting our vital natural resources.

Kasnicka earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Benedictine University and completed certification through The Revenue Development and Management School (NC State University/National Parks and Recreation Association). She has affiliations with the National Recreation and Parks Association, North American Association of Environmental Education, American Zoological Association, State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Six Sigma, Grant Professionals Association - Austin Chapter, and recently participated in the Guadalupe Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.