Luana Buckner, Chairman
Medina/Atascosa Counties - District 13
Luana Buckner is chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors. She represents District 13, which covers the eastern half of Medina County and a portion of Atascosa County. Ms. Buckner was first elected to the board of directors in 1996 and was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Her current term expires December 1, 2018. As chairman, Ms. Buckner presides over the board's Executive Committee.
Ms. Buckner is a resident of Medina County and attended Southwest Texas Junior College and is a graduate of Uvalde High School. She served as General Manager of the Medina County Groundwater Conservation District from 1992 - 2012.
Ms. Buckner is a member of the Texas Water Conservation Association Board of Directors (Serving as President from 2012-2013), and is a member of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, the National Groundwater Association, and the Medina County Farm Bureau. She also represents groundwater interests on the Water Conservation Advisory Council.
Ben Youngblood, Vice Chairman
Bexar County - District 4
Benjamin Youngblood is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 4, which covers the northwest portion of Bexar County. He serves on the Finance/Administrative Committee of the board. Mr. Youngblood was appointed to his current position in July 2008, was then elected to the position in November of the same year, and re-elected in 2012 and 2014. His current term expires December 1, 2018.
Mr. Youngblood, a resident of San Antonio, is an independent business attorney practicing corporate, real estate, and oil & gas law and holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas, and a degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Youngblood serves on the boards of directors of: Mission Pharmacal Company (a multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturer); Edwin M. Jones Oil Company (a diversified independent oil & gas producer); and Airport Galleria Land Company (a commercial real estate development company). Mr. Youngblood has current and past service on a variety of civic, non-profit, and charitable boards, including the San Antonio Ethics Review Board (Vice-Chair), San Antonio Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee, San Antonio Water System Citizen's Advisory Panel (Vice-Chair), San Antonio Water System Rate Structure Committee, San Antonio Water Policy Group, San Antonio City Council Redistricting Commission, Northside Neighborhoods for Organized Development (NNOD) (Past President), Northside ISD Bond Committee, and the Down Syndrome Association. He has taught youth programs in Astronomy, Freshwater Ecology, and Sailing.
Ron Ellis, Treasurer
Bexar County - District 5
Ron Ellis, a resident of the Army Residence Community, represents Edwards Aquifer Authority District 5, which covers the southeastern and northeastern portions of Bexar County. He was appointed to the Authority's board of directors in October 2007 to fill an unexpired term, and was then elected to the position in November 2008 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. His current term expires December 1, 2018. Currently, Mr. Ellis serves as board treasurer and chairman of the Finance/Administrative Committee and serves on the Aquifer Management Planning and Executive committees.
Mr. Ellis served 29 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired with the rank of Colonel. He also previously served as a district director for the Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global defense and technology company. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from George Washington University.
Mr. Ellis is the past recipient of numerous commendations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross, to name a few. He also is a member of the Air Force Association, Ducks Unlimited, and is a National Officer in the Order of Daedalian.
Enrique Valdivia, Secretary
Bexar County - District 7
Enrique Valdivia is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 7, which covers a northwest-central portion of Bexar County. As secretary, Mr. Valdivia serves on the board's Aquifer Management Planning Committee, Executive Committee, and chairs its Permits/Enforcement Committee. He was elected to the board in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. His current term expires December 1, 2018.
Mr. Valdivia, a resident of San Antonio, is a practicing attorney with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Carleton College, and juris doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
Mr. Valdivia has served as board president of San Antonio non-profits Aquifer Guardians in Urban Areas (AGUA), the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and Fuerza Unida. He also serves on the boards of Texas Fund for Economic & Environmental Education and Jump Start Performance Company.
Bexar County - District 1
Carol Patterson is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 1, which spans north central Bexar County. Ms. Patterson serves on the Aquifer Management Planning and Research & Technology committees of the board. She was first elected to a position on the board of directors in 1996, and was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. Her current term expires December 1, 2018.
Ms. Patterson, a resident of San Antonio, has a long track record of advocacy and leadership on regional water issues, including service on the board of directors (1991-1996) of the Authority's predecessor organization, the former Edwards Underground Water District. She has organized and led numerous symposiums and forums on groundwater management and policy, she's authored publications, served on various citizen's committees and advisory panels, and has offered testimony before the Texas Legislature on water-related matters. She has been acknowledged for her work on water awareness by numerous organizations, including the San Antonio Chapter of Women in Communication, the Regional Clean Air and Water Association, and the National Sierra Club.
Ms. Patterson is a charter member of the Regional Clean Air and Water Association, a co-founder of the Water Policy Group, an associate member of the South Texas Geological Society, and a member of the South Texas Farm and Ranch Club. She holds a bachelor's degree from Reed College and has studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Rochester Institute of Technology. As a professional calligrapher, her work has been exhibited both in the United States and abroad.
Bexar County - District 2
Byron Miller is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 2, which covers an eastern-central portion of Bexar County. Mr. Miller serves on the Finance/Administrative and Permits/Enforcement committees of the board. He was elected to the board of directors in 2006 to fill an unexpired term and then re-elected in 2008 and 2012. His current term expires December 1, 2016.
Mr. Miller, a resident of San Antonio, is an insurance broker. He is a graduate of Sam Houston High School in San Antonio and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the nation's prestigious Historically Black Colleges.
Mr. Miller has been involved for many years in various community service activities for which he has received numerous accolades and awards. These include serving on the boards of the Witte Museum, the Carver Cultural Events Center, and the Houston Street TIFF, as well as the East Area Council of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Coliseum Advisory Board and the San Antonio Branch – NAACP. He is a member of the Eastside Optimist Club, a former scoutmaster, and a Texas Emancipation Juneteenth Cultural Commissioner.
Bexar County - District 3
Rebekah Bustamante is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 3, which covers the central portion of Bexar County. Ms. Bustamante serves on the board's Finance/Administrative Committee. She was elected to the board in 2014 and her term expires December 1, 2018.
Ms. Bustamante is an avid preservationist & conservationist who believes that good water equates to good health not only for the community but for the endangered species that rely on the Edwards Aquifer system. She is honored to serve on the board that was created for the purpose of protecting these endangered species
Ms. Bustamante is a contractor for PRA and other destination management companies. Her civic involvement includes membership in the Professional Tour Guide Association of San Antonio, docent at the First National Trust for Historic Preservation in Texas (Villa Finale), Ambassador for the San Antonio International Airport, Usher for the Majestic Theater downtown San Antonio, and a Friday Singer with First Presbyterian Church — serving our senior communities.
Bexar County - District 6
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Comal County - District 8
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Ronald J. Walton
Comal/Guadalupe Counties - District 9
Ron Walton, Sr., a resident of Comal County, is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors representing District 9, which includes eastern Comal and western Guadalupe counties. He was elected to the board in November 2010 and re-elected in 2014. His term of office expires December 1, 2018. Mr. Walton currently serves on the board's Aquifer Management Planning Committee and Research & Technology Committee.
Mr. Walton, a realtor and retired computer geologist, has 34 years experience working for various federal agencies on water-related issues. Most recently, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, he worked for the U.S. Coastal Engineering Research Center in Washington D.C.; the Great Lakes Regional Data Center in Detroit, Michigan; and the U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center in Washington D.C.
Mr. Walton is a member of: the Geological Society of America; the American Association of Petroleum Geologists; the New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Association of Realtors; and the Texas Association of Realtors. His civic involvement includes membership in the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club, and Oakwood Baptist Church.
Hays County - District 10
Patrick Stroka is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 10, which covers a southern portion of Hays County. Mr. Stroka was elected to the board in November 2008 and re-elected in 2012. His current term expires December 1, 2016. Mr. Stroka serves on the Permits/Enforcement, Research & Technology, and Executive committees of the board.
Mr. Stroka, a resident of Hays County, was born in Odessa, Texas. He is a graduate of Permian High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas State University in San Marcos. He has been employed with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Disability Determination Service since February 1997.
Mr. Stroka is a member of the San Marcos River Rangers and has been involved with water collection and sampling at several locations since 1997. He is a member of the San Marcos River Foundation, Sierra Club, and the Ocean Conservatory. He is also a Texas Water Safari finisher in solo and tandem classes.
Mr. Stroka's civic and community involvement includes serving as the past chair of the Human Development Commission for the City of San Marcos and as treasurer and president of the San Marcos Tennis Association.
Amy Lea S.J. Akers
Hays/Caldwell Counties - District 11
Biography coming soon.
Medina County - District 12
Biography coming soon.
Uvalde County - District 14
Don Laffere is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 14, which covers the western half of Uvalde County. Mr. Laffere was appointed to the board of directors in September 2013 to fill a vacancy, and was elected in November 2014 to a two year term. His term of office expires December 1, 2016. Mr. Laffere currently serves on the board's Finance/Administrative and Aquifer Management Planning Committees.
As a lifelong resident of Uvalde, Mr. Laffere has a background and past work history in Agriculture, Real Estate, Water Utility and Oil & Gas. He is also a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. Mr. Laffere holds a bachelor's degree in Agriculture Economics from Texas State University and also holds the Eagle designation from the BSA.
Uvalde County - District 15
Rader Gilleland is a member of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors, representing District 15, which covers the eastern half of Uvalde County. Mr. Gilleland was appointed to the board of directors in September 2013 to fill a vacancy, and his term of office expires December 1, 2016.
Biography coming soon.
Biography coming soon.