Term Expires December 2022
Carol Patterson has a long track record of advocacy and leadership on regional water issues, including service on the board of directors of the EAA’s predecessor organization, the Edwards Underground Water District.
She was elected to the inaugural EAA board of directors in 1996. After the initial two-year term, Patterson was re-elected to five consecutive four-year terms. Her current term expires in 2022.
Patterson earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College in Portland Oregon. She also studied at Lycee Michelet, Montauban, France, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Rochester Institute of Technology. She and her husband, a Texan, moved to San Antonio in 1970 where she expanded her education with many courses in geology, Spanish and design. She worked as a professional calligrapher when their children were young, and exhibited her work in the United States and abroad.
Patterson’s community service on water issues is focused on controlling costs, preserving water quality and respecting the environment. She supports collaborative recharge strategies to enhance water supply and springflow in the Edwards Aquifer in a way that protects watersheds. She was a leader in securing Wild and Scenic River status for Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande. Patterson served on Mayor’s citizens committees on water, and opposed the Applewhite Reservoir project. She served on the five-year Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP) effort and continues service on the Stakeholders Committee for the Habitat Conservation Plan. She is also president of Regional Clean Air and Water Association, and an associate member of the South Texas Geological Society.
Patterson has organized and lead numerous symposiums and forums on groundwater management and policy, authored publications and testified before the Texas legislature on water-related matters. In 2004, she successfully organized the drilling of a water well for a school for the blind in Karanji, India.
Term Expires December 2022
Abe Salinas, P.E., CFM is a project manager with 13 years of experience. His primary focus is on storm water-related issues for the purposes of flood control, erosion control and improved water quality.
Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, he attended Rice University, earning his B.S in Civil Engineering in 2005. Upon graduation Abe began working with HDR’s architectural division in Dallas, Texas where he focused on the site development of large healthcare facilities throughout the country. Shortly thereafter, he began working with their municipal engineering group designing local roadways. In 2007, Abe joined Freese and Nichols, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, working with its stormwater group. In late 2012, Abe moved and joined LNV in San Antonio working to develop its water resources and transportation planning practices.
In addition to his service on the EAA board, Abe enjoys contributing to the community through service by participating in various organizations focused on the built and natural environments, as well as volunteering with programs that encourage students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
Prior to moving to San Antonio, Abe backpacked around the world. While doing so, he developed an interest in mountaineering, having climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and spending three weeks trekking thru the Khumbu Region of the Himalayan Mountain Range, up thru Everest Base Camp and across the Cho La Pass to Gokyo.
Term Expires December 2020
Deborah Carington grew up on a small farm outside of Memphis, where her family relied on well water from the Memphis Sand Aquifer, “so I grew up with the awareness of where our water came from and knowing that it was high quality drinking water,” she said.
In college at the University of Southern Mississippi, Carington intended to major in environmental science, but a geology class changed the course of her studies and her life. After earning a Bachelor of Science, she continued her education at the University of Memphis. While there, Carington worked at the school’s Center for Earthquake Research and Information, monitoring the frequent microearthquakes along the New Madrid Fault.
With a Master of Science in geology, she landed a job with an oil company in Houston in 1982. She planned to stay in Texas a couple of years, but that changed when she met her husband Robert, an engineer. In 1998, they moved to San Antonio and Carington took time away from her professional life to raise two children.
Over the course of her career, one of Carington’s largest projects was developing a new Austin Chalk limestone reservoir in East Texas, “so I understand the subsurface geology, well-drilling process, permitting and sustainable withdrawal,” she said. When she learned there was an opening on the EAA board, she saw an opportunity to use her experience to help the community. Carington was appointed to fill the remainder of an unexpired term in August 2017.
Randall A. Perkins is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, and a businessman with substantial revenue producing management experience both in government and commercial operations.
Mr. Perkins grew up in Alamo Heights, graduated from Central Catholic High School, and graduated from the United States Military Academy West Point in 1960 with a Science Master’s Degree in Operations Research/Systems Analysis.
During his 22 years serving in the Army, he was stationed overseas in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. Mr. Perkins also served in the Office of the Army Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Army while stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
As a 15-year member of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) he was a Senior Program Manager in the areas of Personnel Information Systems Management, Facilities Operations and Financial Planning. He established, and was, CEO of a new 5-acre Homeowners Association (HOA) community in Fairfax Station, Virginia. After moving to Williamsburg, Virginia, Randall was Chairman of the Finance Committee for a 750 resident HOA which included a private country club, 18-hole golf course and a 150-slip marina.
Mr. Perkins states, “I strongly believe in the management and development of a long-range plan for the most valuable asset in Texas…water!”
Term Expires December 2020
Director of development and public relations for Hope Hospice, and former councilwoman and mayor pro-tem of New Braunfels, Kathleen Tobin Krueger was appointed to the EAA board to fill a vacancy. Her term expires in 2020.
During her time on the council, Krueger was deeply involved in the protection of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers. She also served on the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance where she “became more informed and more aware of the importance of being a good steward of that precious resource for the next generation.”
Born in San Antonio, Krueger spent her formative years in Bandera, learning to shoot, ride, fish and drive a tractor on the family ranch. After graduating from Bandera High School, she attended Texas A&M University where she earned a degree in English literature and journalism in 1980.
Krueger worked as a legislative aide and in public relations before marrying her husband, former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger. During his political career, she traveled independently to more than 200 of Texas’s 254 counties.
When her husband served as an ambassador in Africa, Krueger worked with Habitat for Humanity building homes in remote villages. She also led an International Red Cross expedition into the Kalahari Desert to provide clothing for the Bushmen of Botswana. Together, the Kruegers authored an award-winning book, “From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi: Our Embassy Years During Genocide,” published in 2007.
Krueger has worked for Hope Hospice, a non-profit hospice and bereavement agency in New Braunfels, since 2013.
“More than anything, I want to lead a life of purpose – to be of help wherever I am and in whatever ways I can,” she said.
Term Expires December 2022
A realtor and retired computer geologist, Ronald J. Walton has 34 years’ experience working for various federal agencies on water-related issues.
Walton grew up on a small farm in Indiana where his parents raised cattle and hogs and grew corn and soybeans. Much like the Edwards Aquifer region, the topography of the surrounding area featured limestone deposits, sinkholes, caves and underground rivers. His interest in hydrogeology was sparked by the exploration geologists who frequently visited the farm.
After graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science in 1961, Walton intended to go to the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School. Before Walton could to be sworn in, he was offered a job as a geological oceanographer with the U.S. National Oceanographic Data Center in Washington, D.C. At the time, private industry jobs were scarce, so he “jumped at the opportunity.”
Next, he went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers. Walton’s first job with the federal agency was running the Great Lakes Regional Data Center in Detroit. He then transferred to the U.S. Coastal Engineering Center in D.C. where he oversaw beach erosion studies around the country. During this time, he earned a master’s degree from American University. Most recently, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver.
Walton and his wife Judith have been married for 55 years. She is a former secretary to senators John Tower (Texas) and Edward Gurney (Florida) and development director of a superfund investigation company in Denver. The couple has three children, including a son in San Antonio and a daughter in Austin. In 2008, they moved to the Hill Country to be near their grandchildren.
Ronald J. Walton was elected to the EAA board in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. His current term expires in 2022. A member of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels, he considers serving as a deacon his greatest achievement.
Austin Bodin is the GIS Administrator for the City of San Marcos with 11 years of experience in both the public and private sector.
Born and raised in Edmond, OK, he attended the University of Oklahoma and Texas State University, earning a B.S. in Geography in 2010 and a Master of Applied Geography (M.A.Geo.) in 2021. After completing his undergrad, Austin worked in the oil business in Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma as a GIS Analyst. In 2015, he moved back to San Marcos and took a job with the City of Austin, working in the Transportation Department and then in Watershed Protection, where he got some of his first exposure to water-related issues. In 2018 he took a job with the City of San Marcos as a GIS Analyst for the San Marcos Electric Utility and was then promoted to GIS Administrator of the Information Technology department in 2020.
Austin first became involved with the EAA during graduate school. He conducted research using HCP data to investigate trends in the planting and removal of submerged aquatic vegetation in the San Marcos River. In addition to his work with the EAA, Austin is a member of the San Marcos River Foundation and the Texas Rivers Protection Association.
An avid angler and paddler, Austin spends as much time as possible exploring Texas’ rivers and waterways and has completed multiple expedition paddling trips to remote reaches of the Texas backcountry. He also enjoys canoe racing, mountain biking, and triathlons.
Term Expires December 2022
Rachel Allyn Sanborn has lived in Hays County since 1981. She became involved in water issues in 1997 by volunteering for the San Marcos River Rangers, part of the Texas Stream Team Network of water quality monitors working to identify non-source pollution and areas of poor water quality. She eventually became the Volunteer Coordinator and has trained over 700 volunteers to serve as citizen scientists monitoring water quality along the San Marcos River and across the state. The River Rangers now boasts over 50 regular volunteers a month – alerting city and county officials to potential problems and learning more about the natural cycles of the San Marcos River.
She has spent the last 20 years developing student and community interest in environmental stewardship and encouraging residents to take an active role in the preservation and protection of their river and aquifer. She has participated in San Marcos and Cypress Creek watershed plans and is familiar with the Habitat Conservation work being done to improve water quality along the San Marcos. She boasts being a veteran trash-picker and kayaker and participates in numerous river clean ups all year long.
Sanborn holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Political Science Department at Southwest Texas State University and has served two terms on the board of the San Marcos River Foundation. She is currently employed with the San Marcos River Foundation to administer the River Ranger program and assist with SMRF’s expanded work in land conservation and watershed protection of the recharge zones. Additionally, she has served seven years as President of the Friends of the San Marcos Library, has volunteered with numerous youth groups and was the 2014 inductee into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame.
Term Expires December 2020
As a fourth-generation farmer, Scott Yanta has a vested interest in the preservation of the Edwards Aquifer.
The owner of Yanta Hay Farms, an irrigated coastal hay farm in Devine, Yanta grew up hunting and fishing with friends. After high school, he attended Tarleton State University, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural systems management.
The family farm was started on 300 acres in the early 1900s by Yanta’s great-grandfather Joe, a Polish immigrant who entered the United States through the port of Galveston and settled in the community of Panna Maria. The farm, which has grown with each generation, is now more than 2,500 acres.
A former member of the Medina County Groundwater District board, Yanta was elected to the EAA board in 2014 and re-elected in 2016. His current term expires in 2020.
“I want to protect the interest for these farmers out here,” Yanta said. “In population we’re just a small number, but we use half of the water consumed out of the Edwards.”
Yanta’s son Cole, a student at Texas A&M University, and daughter Kaylee, who has been accepted to A&M, both plan to return to the farm when they complete their educations.
“We’ve got to have this water to make a living,” Yanta said. “We’ve got to make it last for the next generation to come.”