Board of Directors

The Foundation is currently managed by a 25 member board of directors. At least two board members serve from each of the seven counties; members are chosen for their leadership and philanthropy in the Coastal Bend. Current members include:

Aransas County
Paula Dean
Amanda Kellar
Betty Stiles

Bee County
Laura Fischer
Kirkby Townsend

Jim Wells County
Karin Knolle
David D. Towler

Kleberg County
Ricki W. Cunningham
Jonathan M. Hornblower
Brad Womack

Nueces County
Mike Carrell (Past Chair)
Judge Bobby Galvan
Ken Herring
Rumaldo Z. Juarez, PhD
Omar J. Leal (Vice Chair)
Robert W. Maxwell
Henry Nuss
Richard F. Scanio (Secretary)
F. John Shepherd (Treasurer)
C. Michelle Unda
Jennifer B. Vogt (Chair)

Refugio County
Louise N. Aduddell
Nancy D. Linney

San Patricio County
Irene Irey
Jon R. Whatley


Karen W. Selim, JD
President & CEO

Arely Chapa
Finance Director

Desiree Porche
Accounting Coordinator

Tracy M. Ramirez
Communications Director

Nicole Ross
Program Director