Governor Abbott Appoints Eight Members of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors | Oficina del Gobernador from Texas
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Cynthia Flores, Charles Richard “Rick” Huber, III, John Henry Luton, Austin Ruiz, OD, and W. Wintford “Ford” Taylor, III and appointed Christine Giese and Helen Jimenez to the board of directors of the Brazos River Authority Directors for terms expiring February 1, 2027. In addition, the Governor appointed Anthony Mbroh for a term expiring February 1, 2025. The Council formulates plans deemed essential to the functioning of the district and its administration in the control, storage, preservation and distribution of rainwater and flood waters of the Brazos river and its tributaries. In addition, the authority can discover, develop and produce groundwater in the Brazos river basin for the use of its clients.
Cynthia Flores of Round Rock is the Executive Director of Annunciation Maternity Home, Inc. She has served as Chair of the Brazos River Authority since 2019. She is Chair of Leadership for the Board of Directors of the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and President-Elect of Women Williamson County Professional Services. She is a past member of the Williamson County and Towns Health District Board of Directors, Sacred Heart Community Clinic, Williamson and Burnet Counties Opportunities, and Footprints Children’s Mourning Ministries. . She has volunteered as a community representative on the Allen Baca Center Advisory Board and as a member of the not-for-profit Catholic Business and Williamson County networking groups. Flores received a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas and a Certificate in Leadership from Texas A&M University.
Charles Richard “Rick” Huber, III de Granbury is a retired American Airlines captain. He is a member of the Fort Worth Air Power Council and the Gray Eagles. He is a member of the Granbury Regional Airport Advisory Board and Vice President of the Mesa Grande Water Supply Corporation. He is a past member of the Leadership Granbury Board of Directors and the Lakeside Baptist Academy Board of Trustees and past Chairman of the Hood County Assessment Review Board. Huber received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force.
John Henry Luton of Granbury is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Granbury. He is a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and a past board member for the Brazos Valley Soil and Water Conservation District and Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District. In addition, he is a member of the Texas Aggie Band Association, the Alumni Association, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Association, and the 12th Man Foundation Council of Champions. Luton received a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. He received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force.
Austin Ruiz, OD of Harker Heights is the owner and optometrist of Killeen Vision Source. He is a member of the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the American Board of Optometry, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Texas Workforce Commission and a member of the Killeen Noon Lions Club. Ruiz received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Optometry from the College of Optometry at the University of Houston.
Wintford “Ford” Taylor, III de Waco is the owner of Wm. Taylor & Co., a general construction consulting firm. He is the secretary of the Brazos River Authority. He is Director Emeritus of the Association of General Contractors – Central Texas Associated General Contractors Chapter and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Waco Business League. In addition, he is a board member of Camp Allen – Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Keep Waco Beautiful, Waco Historical Society, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Taylor received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University.
Christine giese of Brenham is the owner and president of BENCOR, a printed circuit board manufacturing and assembly company that she founded in 1992 in the living room of her home in Houston. Since then she has grown the business, which is now located in Brenham. She graduated from high school from MacArthur High School.
Helen Jimenez from Richmond is the owner of Out Stress in Sugar Land. She is a certified counselor and member of the International Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Association (EMDR) and the Houston Licensed Professional Counselor Association. She is a former Justice for Children and Lunches of Love volunteer and currently volunteers as a nationwide psychotherapist mentor in the EMDR specialty. Jimenez received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston, with Cum Laude Honors, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria.
Anthony Mbroh of Dallas is the President and Founder of Mbroh Engineering, Inc., and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and from the International Society of Automation (ISA). He volunteers as a board member for the North Texas Commission, a committee member for the Communities Foundation of Texas, and a member of the advisory board for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mbroh received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.