Board of Directors

The GRF is operating under the guidance and direction of three of the maximum seven unpaid Board of Directors authorized under its bylaws. Collectively these three directors, who hold the offices of President, Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer, have more than fifty combined years of experience in water resource education, administration and management.

Rusty Brockman

Rusty Brockman of New Braunfels is director of economic development for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. He is vice-chair of the Texas Economic Development Council, Comal County representative on the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s Board of Directors, economic development committee chair of the Austin/San Antonio IH-35 Corridor Council, a life member of the Texas Parent/Teacher Association, and a member of the International Economic Development Council. Brockman is also director and past president of the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions.

Brockman earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston, teaching certification from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and a Master's Degree in Education and professional administrator certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.

David Welsch
Vice President

David Welsch of Seguin is the Executive Manager of Business Development and Resource Management for GBRA where he evaluates and expands strategic business alliances for the Authority, oversees activities for new services and projects, property acquisition, acquisition of state and federal permits, and for the management of water quality and environmentally related services. His operational area serves as the point of contact for chamber relations, new customers, economic development partners, and grant funding partners.

In May 2007, the United Way of Comal County honored Welsch for a second consecutive year with its Volunteer of the Year Award. Professionally, Welsch has participated with the Alamo Area Council of Governments, Texas Water Conservation Association, National Water Resources Association and the American Public Power Association. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

Cinde Thomas-Jimenez

Cinde Thomas-Jimenez has developed original water curriculum supplements for grades 1-12 and developed, coordinated and presented numerous workshops for both elementary and secondary teachers. She has assisted with the design and development of unique software programs for use in secondary schools, coordinated the production of educational videos and development of correlating classroom materials. Certified to teach elementary general and secondary social sciences, she has worked as a classroom teacher for at middle school and elementary levels in Seguin Independent School District. She also was an Instructor of cultural and physical geography at Texas Lutheran University and co-taught state-sponsored (TCEQ) Environmental Sciences for teachers graduate level courses at Texas Lutheran University, University of Texas San Antonio, and Southwest Texas State University.

Thomas-Jimenez was recognized with the 2009 Outstanding Support for Geographic Education Award by the National Conference on Geographic Education. She has held affiliations with the Science Teachers Association of Texas, Texas Association of Environmental Educators, and Texas Alliance for Geographic Education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education Master of Applied Geography degrees from Southwest Texas State University.

Volunteer Staff

To oversee the administration of the organization and execution and implementation of the Board’s policies and directives, the Board appointed an experienced Interim Executive Officer who has 20 years of management experience with 14 years experience in the water and natural resources field. Assisting the GRF with its funding endeavors is an experienced grant writer and administrator.

LaMarriol Smith
Interim Executive Officer

The Board of Directors appointed LaMarriol Smith as the Guadalupe River Foundation’s Interim Executive Officer in April 2013. As GBRA’s Executive Manager for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs, she serves as chief spokesperson for the authority and manages corporate communications, including publications, news releases, media relations and social media. She provides public relations consultation to the General Manager and Board of Directors and supports governmental relations efforts. She also manages public affairs, marketing, audio/visual production and events, environmental education, Board of Directors relations, geographic information systems, grant coordination and administration, and advertising. Smith also is experienced with website management, higher education campaign communications, reporting for a mid-sized daily newspaper, speechwriting, project management and state-level policy development.

Smith has held affiliations with the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), PRSA Counselors to Higher Education division, and the American Association of University Women having served as president of the Texoma Chapter. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Baylor University and her Master of Public Affairs degree from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tim Dusek
Grant Writer/Administrator

Tim Dusek joined the Guadalupe River Foundation volunteer staff as Grant Writer/Administrator and serves GBRA in that capacity as well. A native South Texan, Dusek worked 18 years in the administration of federal and state workforce development and youth development programs in the San Antonio area. He has experience with researching and writing grants, as well as the day-to-day administration and operation of grant programs. He also has significant experience in community outreach and developing relationships with stakeholders. Dusek earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association – Austin Chapter.