Board of Directors

The Foundation is currently managed by a 24 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 G. Stiles

Bee County
Laura Fischer
Kirkby Townsend

Jim Wells County
Hon. Karin Knolle
David D. Towler

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

Nueces County
Mike Carrell (Past Chair)
Sarah Fisher
Omar J. Leal (Vice Chair)
Richard L. Leshin
Hon. John B. Martinez
Robert W. Maxwell
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
Wes Hoskins
Irene Irey


Karen W. Selim, JD
President & CEO

Alyssa Monette, CPA
Financial Director

Desiree Porche
Administrative/Accounting Coordinator

Tracy M. Ramirez
Communications/Operations Director

Nicole Ross
Scholarship/Project Director

Lari D. Young, Ph.D.
Grants Director