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David Alders

Term Ends: 2025David Alders

David Alders of Nacogdoches is president of Carrizo Creek Corporation, managing partner of Buck Bay Timber, Ltd. and manager of Caddo Farms LLC and Alders Enterprises, Ltd. He is a trustee of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics, director and audit committee chair of Citizens 1st Bank, and director of the Texas Forestry Association, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust, and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he is director and former president of Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, vice president of the board of Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District, and a charter member of the Region I Regional Water Planning Group board. He is vice-chair of the board of Regents Academy of Nacogdoches and an elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Alders received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1985.

Alders was appointed to the SFA Board of Regents in 2013 by Governor Rick Perry and reappointed in 2019 by Governor Greg Abbott for a second six-year term.

Robert A. Flores

Term Ends: 2021Robert A. Flores

Robert A. Flores of Nacogdoches is the chief financial officer of Elliott Electric Supply, a leading distributor of electrical and industrial automation supplies throughout the southern states. He is a board member and secretary/treasurer for The Micky Elliott Family Foundation.

Flores serves as chair of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past chair of the Nacogdoches Medical Center Governing Board and a previous board member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club.

Flores received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from SFA in 1985. He was appointed as a regent by Gov. Greg Abbott in July 2020.

Karen G. Gantt, Chair

Term Ends: 2023Karen G. Gantt

Karen Gantt of McKinney is an attorney and partner at McCraw Gantt, PLLC. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association, Dallas Estate Planning Council, North Texas Estate Planning Council, and the College of the State Bar of Texas. In addition, she is the immediate past president of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors, former member of the SFA Alumni Foundation Board of Governors, and an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney. Gantt received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SFA and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

Brigettee Carnes Henderson

Term Ends: 2023Brigettee Carnes Henderson

Brigettee Carnes Henderson of Lufkin is an independent consulting interior designer and executive assistant at Carnes and Co. Auctioneers. She is secretary of the Angelina Arts Alliance Board of Directors, chair of the Angelina County American Cancer Society’s 2011 Cattle Baron’s Gala, and a member of the Buckner Family Place Board of Directors, Buckner Family Services Circle of Angels and Junior League of Lufkin Sustainers. She is a past board member of the Lufkin Salvation Army, Museum of East Texas and Angelina Beautiful Clean. She is also past president of the Junior League of Lufkin and past president of the Angelina County Aggie Mother’s Club. Henderson received two bachelor’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.

M. Thomas Mason, Vice Chair

Term Ends: 2023M. Thomas Mason

Tom Mason of Dallas is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hillwood Development Co, LLC. He is a board member of Caruth Village Homeowners’ Association and an officer of the Land-Hyland Scholarship Fund, Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1966. He is a former member of the Urban Land Institute, The Real Estate Council, and the Real Estate Financial Executives Association. Mason received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserves and received a Bachelor of Science in math and general business from SFA. While attending SFA, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, sophomore class vice president, chairman of Greek Week activities, and elected to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

Judy Larson Olson

Term Ends: 2025Judy Larson Olson

Judy Larson Olson of The Woodlands is production manager of Prime Lending. She is a partner in The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership and current chair of the Montgomery County CASA Board of Directors. She is the past president of the Rotary Club of The Woodlands, where she was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

Olson is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and an advisory board member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, where she was recognized as “Trailblazer” in 2017. She received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from SFA and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

In 2019 Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Olson to the SFA Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Laura Rectenwald

Term Ends: Laura Rectenwald

Laura Rectenwald of Longview is the CEO and owner of Titanium Environmental Services, where she manages operations and conducts environmental consulting for clients. A licensed professional geoscientist, her areas of expertise include Texas Risk Reduction Program Assessments, industrial regulatory compliance audits, soil and groundwater remediation projects, and litigation support. Rectenwald earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in environmental science from Baylor University. Her doctorate in forestry is from SFA, and she has served as an adjunct faculty member for SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. A member of the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, Rectenwald is the coordinator for Martha’s Kitchen, a ministry that provides free hot meals for local families every Thursday night. Rectenwald has previously served as chair for business advocacy with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, new family outreach coordinator for St. Mary’s Catholic School Home & School Association, and on the Longview ISD Foundation.

Nancy Windham


Jennifer Wade Winston, Secretary

Term Ends: 2025Jennifer Wade Winston

A community volunteer and self-employed businesswoman, Jennifer “Jenn” Wade Winston of Lufkin is a former adjunct faculty member at SFA. She is a pilot, type rated in a jet. She is a parent volunteer at St. Cyprians’ Episcopal School and a board member and volunteer at Nacogdoches County Historical Society. She is a former board member of the Humane Society of Angelina County and a former volunteer at Oak Creek Center.

Winston received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from SFA and was appointed in 2019 by Governor Greg Abbott as a member of the SFA Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Ireland Bramhall - Student Regent

Ireland Bramhall

Ireland Bramhall, a hospitality administration senior from Ennis, Texas, has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott as the university’s student regent beginning June 2020.

During her time at SFA, Bramhall has participated in numerous student organizations on campus. She was a member of Freshman Leadership Academy her first semester at SFA and now serves as an ambassador for SFA’s School of Human Sciences.

Since 2017, Bramhall has helped produce The Big Event, Nacogdoches County’s largest day of community service. She has served as assistant director of community relations and is now on her second term as student director of community engagement. In addition, she participates in SFA Dance Marathon, which raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Tyler, Texas.

In spring 2019, Bramhall completed an internship at Walt Disney World. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education.

Former members

Former Regents Years of Service

John Harold Bates - Houston


Douglas Bergman - Dallas


Joe Bob Golden - Jasper


Roy Maness - Beaumont


R.E. McGee - Houston


James I. Perkins - Rusk


Sam Tanner - Longview


Lera Thomas - Houston


Walter C. Todd - Dallas


Robert C. Gray - Austin


Kathleen Cullum - Dallas


Glenn W. Justice - Dallas


Ernest Powers - Carthage


Peggy Wedgeworth Wright - Nacogdoches

1973-1983; 1987-1993

Homer Bryce - Henderson

1974-1987; 1988-1993

Robert E. Samuel, Jr. - Madisonville


Ted Bowen - Houston


William Fletcher Garner, Jr. - Bridge City


David Larry Jackson - Plano


Willia B. Murphy Wooten - Crockett


Luke S. Honea - Wildwood


Phil Simpson - Dallas


Dan Haynes - Burnet


Richard C. Hile - Jasper


John O. Sutton - Nacogdoches


A. Lavoy Moore - Conroe


Mack M. Stripling - Nacogdoches


A. Nelson Rusche - Jasper


L. Kelly Jones - Arlington


Wayne Salvant - Fort Worth


Senator Roy M. Blake, Sr. - Nacogdoches


Larry Jay Christopher - Crockett


James M. Windham, Jr. - Houston


Sissy Phillips Austin - Jacksonville


Dionne Bagsby - Fort Worth


Retta Baker Kelley - Longview


S. Lynn Montes - Lufkin


Ron Adkison - Henderson


R. Murray Shaw - Austin


R.A. Brookshire - Lufkin


Pattye Greer - Nacogdoches


Jimmy W. Murphy - Houston


Penny Hess Butler - Houston


Michael Enoch - Mont Belvieu


Susan Scheumack Roberds - Dallas


Gary M. Lopez - Dallas


R. Lyn Stevens - Beaumont


Mike Wilhite - Henderson


Dr. Margarita de la Garza-Grahm - Tyler


Kenneth A. James - Kingwood


Fred A. Wulf - Center


Valerie E. Ertz - Dallas


Joe Max Green - Nacogdoches


Paul Gifford Pond - Dallas


Richard B. Boyer - The Colony


James A. Thompson - Sugarland


Melvin R. White - Pflugerville


Carlos Z. Amaral - Plano


James H. Dickerson - New Braunfels


Steve D. McCarty - Alto


Connie M. Ware - Marshall


Barry E. Nelson - Dallas


Ralph C. Todd - Carthage


John R. "Bob" Garrett - Tyler


Kenton E. Schaefer - Brownsville


Nelda Blair - The Woodlands


Scott H. Coleman - Houston


Alton L. Frailey - Katy



Office of the Board of Regents
Fax: 936.468.7048

Physical Address:
1936 North Street
Austin Building
Room 310

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13026
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962