City: Austin, Term: 2005-17
Earl Broussard was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Broussard is the founder of landscape architecture and planning firm TBG Partners and currently serves as chairman of the board of directors. He started the firm in 1987 after working professionally for several well-known design firms in addition to teaching at Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University. Broussard received his Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects and previously received gubernatorial appointments for positions on both the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners as well as the Texas Historical Commission. He previously served for 12 years on the West Lake Hills City Council.
City: Dallas, Term: 2007-19
John Crain of Dallas is President and CEO of the Summerlee Foundation. He is past president of the Texas State Historical Association and is a life member of its board of directors. Crain is also a former chairman of the Dallas County Historical Commission, an ex-officio member of the Sixth Floor Museum, an advisory director of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and director of the Southern Methodist University Clements Center. Crain received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree from Southwest Texas State University.
City: McLendon-Chisholm, Term: 2012-15
Michael "Mike" D. Donegan was raised in Texas and attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Economics in 1972. He served five years in the U.S. Army stationed in the U.S. and Europe. His professional career has been in agricultural sales positions in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Texas. Mike is a Fertilizer Accounts Manager with El Dorado Chemical in Rockwall, Texas. He has been a city councilman and held the office of Mayor of McLendon-Chisholm for 17 years. He has served as the co-chair of the Dallas area Fundraiser for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis," Lou Gehrig's Disease") for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He also served on the board of directors for the Rockwall Youth Fair and was class agent for the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M. Mike is involved in Ridgeview Church and the American Legion in Rockwall and the Rockwall County Historical Commission. He and his wife Sharon live in McLendon-Chisholm.
August W. Harris III
City: Austin, Term: 2012–15
August W. Harris III, is vice-chair of the Commission. A native Austinite, he is president of Covenant Financial Solutions, LLC and a consultant with Seeds for Change Consulting, LLC. He was selected a 2014 Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) McBee Fellow. He is treasurer of Leadership Austin, on the board of Preservation Austin, and serves in leadership roles for numerous other civic and nonprofit organizations. He is former chair of the transportation committee, the local issues committee, and the public policy roundtable of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce; is past president of the Austin High School Continuing Education Foundation; former treasurer of the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation; and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Harris received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and is a certified mediator from the University of Texas School of Law Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution.
Steven L. Highlander
City: Austin, Term: 2009–15
Steven L. Highlander of Austin is a founder and the managing member of Parker Highlander PLLC. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Organization, American Bar Association, and Association of University Technology Managers. Highlander received a bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State University, and a doctorate degree in cell and molecular biology and law degree from the University of Michigan.
City: Austin, Term: 2011–17
Matthew Kreisle of Austin is managing partner of the Austin office of PageSoutherlandPage—a 113-year-old international architecture and engineering design firm founded in Austin in 1898. He has served as Principal-in-Charge for significant projects such as the Barbara Jordan Passenger Terminal in Austin, the Austin Convention Center, the Samsung Semiconductor Fab A2, and Kashm Al Aan Medical Center Master Plan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Kreisle served two terms as president of the Heritage Society of Austin where he initiated and led the Heritage Austin Program, for which he was recognized with the Katherine Drake Hart History Preservation Award through the Austin History Center Association. He received his bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.
City: Buffalo Gap, Term: 2011–17
Tom Perini of Buffalo Gap is the owner/operator of Perini Ranch Steakhouse. He is a member and past president of the Texas Restaurant Association, a member of International Association of Culinary Professionals, James Beard Foundation, and the Abilene-Taylor County Public Health Advisory Board. He is a former board member of the American Red Cross, St. John’s Episcopal School in Abilene, and the Ben Richey Boys Ranch of Abilene. Perini grew up proudly surrounded by historians. Locally, Perini serves on the board of the Buffalo Gap Historic Village, the Fort Chadbourne Foundation in Bronte, Texas, and various committees of the Buffalo Gap City Council, including Planning and Zoning. He graduated from Peacock Military Academy in San Antonio and attended the University of North Texas.
Gilbert E. Peterson
City: Alpine, Term: 2007–19
Gilbert E. “Pete” Peterson III is the chair of the Texas Historical Commission. He is an investments officer located at West Texas National Bank in Alpine. He is President of the Davis Mountains Trans-Pecos Heritage Association, President of the Board of the Museum of the Big Bend and Vice-President of the Friends of the Center for Big Bend Studies. Peterson is Past President of the Board of Leadership Big Bend and of the Rotary Club of Alpine, former member of the Alpine Public Library Board, and former Treasurer of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Board of the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion. He is also a member of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Peterson received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University.
City: Caldwell, Term: 2011–17
Judy Williams Richardson was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2011. She is currently a member of the Burleson County Historical Society and the Burleson County Historical Commission. As fifth-generation person living on the family land, she has had numerous opportunities to be instrumental in the preservation of history, including contributing to the writing of “Astride the Old San Antonio Trail," a history of early Burleson County and it’s families. Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. She worked for Tenneco Oil before starting the family's insurance business with her husband Gordon Richardson about 40 years ago. She continues to be a leader in community activities, was a charter president of the local Lions Club, a former school board member, and a former chamber of commerce director.
Robert K. Shepard
City: Weatherford, Term: 2012–17
Robert K. Shepard of Weatherford is the secretary of the commission. He is a rancher and retired American Airlines pilot. He also served as Captain and aircraft commander in the U.S. Air Force after receiving a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. Shepard is a past member of the Allied Pilots Association, a past member of the North Texas Tollway Authority Board of Directors, and an involved member of New River Fellowship. He and his wife Janelle have two children and four grandchildren.
City: San Antonio, Term: 2009–15
Nancy Steves of San Antonio is a community volunteer. She is past vice president of the San Antonio Conservation Society, past director on the San Antonio River Authority Board, and a past member of the San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Witte Museum boards of directors. She is also a member of San Antonio Museum of Art and San Antonio River Foundation boards of directors, and represents the San Antonio Museum for Art to the San Antonio Fiesta Commission.
Daisy Sloan White
City: Houston, Term: 2011–17
Daisy Sloan White has more than 40 years of experience in fundraising, development, communications, and planning. She has organized and executed many large local and national productions. Events have included multi-day Presidential Inauguration events, Super Bowl, Major League Baseball World Series, and corporate and nonprofit events, large and small. She was recognized by the United States Secret Service with a Certificate of Appreciation in 2004 for her organizational, management, and communication skills, as a result of her work on 41 @ 80, the 80th birthday for President George H.W. Bush. She continues as a Special Events Consultant in Houston, Texas.
Volunteering has long been the hallmark of White’s life. She chaired the largest fundraiser in the nation for the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Baron’s Ball of Houston; the Nutcracker Market of the Houston Ballet, the very first year that it raised over $1 million; and the Race for the Cure, continuing its reputation of breaking both attendance and fundraising records in its efforts against breast cancer.
White currently is on the Texas A&M University Press Advancement Board and is a member of the Campaign Committee of The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She has served as a member of the Governor’s Commission for Women from 2005–2011.
She received her bachelor's degree from The University of Texas and her master’s degree in speech pathology from Southern Methodist University. She is married to John D. White, a partner in the Southern Funds Group in Houston. They have two daughters.
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