Board of Directors

How the Board of Directors is chosen

ANRA is governed by a nine member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of Texas to six year terms.  The Directors are residents of the Neches River basin and one third of the Board is appointed every two years.

Duties of the Board of Directors

The Board sets policy, provides oversight, and employs a General Manager.

ANRA Board of Directors

President

Mr. Jody Anderson
President

Term Ends: 9-5-2025
Angelina County - Lufkin

Mr. Anderson, of Lufkin, is the Co-Owner of Timberland Mobile Housing. Anderson served as the Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association in Austin. He served the Association for almost 3 years before leaving that post. In 2014, Anderson was contacted by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and asked to serve on the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). The MHCC is a 21 member advisory committee for H.U.D. that assists the agency in developing national policy decisions concerning the regulation of manufactured housing.

Mr. Anderson received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

Vice-President

Mr. Thomas R "Tom" Murphy
Vice-President

Term Ends: 9-5-2025
Houston County - Crockett

Mr. Murphy, of Crockett, is retired from VHSC Cement. He is on the Board of Directors for Texas Concrete Pavement Association and Military Service Academies Board, District 8. He is also a member of the American Concrete Institute and the Associated General Contractors of America.

Mr. Murphy received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University and has additional coursework in geology, meteorology and finance from the University of Houston and Wharton School of Business.

 

Secretary/Treasurer

Mr. Dale Morton
Secretary/Treasurer

Term Ends: 9-5-2021
Nacogdoches County - Nacogdoches

Mr. Morton, of Nacogdoches, is Pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, and previously served as Superintendent of Wells Independent School District for 19 years. He is a member of the Texas Association of School Administrators and Global Network of Christian Ministries. Additionally, he is a past president of the Area IX Ag. Teachers Association.

Mr. Morton received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.

 

Secretary Pro Tem

Mr. Skip Ogle
Secretary Pro Tem

Term Ends: 9-5-2021
Smith County - Tyler

Mr. Ogle, of Tyler, is Director of Public Affairs for Suddenlink. He is a member of the Tyler Area Builders Association, The University of Texas Health Northeast Foundation Board and the East Texas State Fair Board of Directors. Additionally, he is area chairman for the Tyler Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Ogle received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from The University of Texas in Arlington.

 

Director

Mrs. Francis G. Spruiell
Director

Term Ends: 9-5-2021
Shelby County - Center

Mrs. Spruiell, of Center, is the Regional President for the Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Garrison and Timpson branches of Austin Bank Texas. She has been responsible for the Nacogdoches office since it opened in 2001, and has worked in the community banking industry for more than 30 years. She is a member of the Texas Bankers Association and the Nacogdoches Economic Development Executive Committee, President of the Rotary Club of Nacogdoches and a board member of Solid Foundation. She also served as a past Chairman for both the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and the Nacogdoches Medical Center Hospital Governing Board.

Mrs. Spruiell received an Associate of Applied Science from South Plains College, and is a graduate of the Texas Tech School of Banking and Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.

 

Director

Mrs. Virginia M. “Ginger” Lymbery
Director

Term Ends: 9-5-2023
Angelina County - Lufkin

Bio to come...

 

Director

Mr. Donnie R. Kee, Director
Director

Term Ends: 9-5-2023
Angelina County - Diboll

Bio to come...

 

Director

Dr. Kimberly M. Childs
Director

Term Ends: 9-5-2025
Nacogdoches County - Nacogdoches

Kimberly McRae Childs is the Dean in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, Executive Director of the STEM Research and Learning Center, and professor of mathematics at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. Dr. Childs received her B.S. in mathematics from Dallas Baptist University, M.S. in mathematics teaching from SFA and her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction/mathematics education from Texas A&M University. She has taught mathematics at the high school, community college and university levels, earning the rank of professor at SFA in 2005. She was appointed Associate Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2008. In 2010, she was named Interim Dean and in April 2012 was named Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

While at SFA, Dr. Childs has received the College Teaching Excellence Award and the SFA Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She currently serves as an invited presenter at regional, state, and national levels addressing pressing issues in STEM education and productive leadership in higher education. Dr. Childs serves as a mentor for the Texas Academic Leadership Academy and has recently been accepted into the Harvard Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management class of 2021.

Dr. Childs remains active in research, grant activity, professional development and fundraising and continues to provide outreach and service in STEM education and higher education leadership. Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Childs has authored and directed grant-funded projects from the National Science Foundation, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Education Agency for grant awards totaling over $14 million.  She has acquired funding to support competitive faculty research engagement grants, mentored undergraduate research, engagement of students across diverse populations in undergraduate STEM programs, K-12 students outreach activities, and two endowed professorships. She played an integral role in the university’s efforts to secure a $46.4 M Texas Revenue Bond that funded the construction of the new state-of-the-art Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building at SFA.

 

Director

Mr. Eddie Hopkins
Director

Term Ends: 9-5-2023
Jasper County - Jasper

Eddie Hopkins of Jasper is the Executive Director of the Jasper Economic Development Corporation. He is the board chair of the Texas Forest Country Partnership, President of the Jasper Public School Foundation, Vice-Chair of the University Interscholastic League Sports Officials Committee, and board member of Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas, Jasper County Airport Advisory Board, Jasper Higher Education and Technology Foundation and Immediate Past Chairman of the Texas High School Basketball Officials Association. Hopkins graduated from the Texas Department of Public Safety All Services Trooper Academy, Southern Methodist University- Intermediate Banking School and Texas Economic Development Council – Basic Economic Development Certificate.