July 15, 2001 to present
I am a PC/Network Support III Computer Technician employed at Texas Tech University Center at Junction and the Llano River Field Station. My responsibilities at the Center is to maintain all computer and networking equipment. Assist Faculty, Staff and Students with operating programs, software and electronic hardware. Duties include working with OLLI, ArcGIS Mapping, purchasing, desktop support, wireless support, research and much more.
My affiliations and community involvement.
Kimble County 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor/Coach: In the fall of 2008 I was certified as the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor and Coach. I restarted the 4-H Shooting sports program in the spring of 2009 with 15 students from age 10-18. . Since 2008 I have written grants to the NRA Foundation and to date have received over $78,000 in grant funding for the program. In the fall of 2011, I was honored by our local 4-H by being named the "4-H Volunteer of the Year" and was awarded the Golden Clover Award by the District, an honor which I consider one of the highest I have ever received. 2017 will begin our 9th year of the program
Chairman, Kimble County Friends of NRA- Established March 2010. In May of 2010 we held our 1st Annual FNRA Banquet and netted over $5,000 for the NRA Foundation. Our last banquet was held in Feb. of 2016, we raised over $18,000 for the Foundation. Since 2010 we have raised more than $96,000. Monies raised at these events are used to help support and promote Shooting Sports throughout the Country. With half of it going to 4-H, Boy Scouts, ROTC and other youth related shooting sports organizations.
Chairman, Texas Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) - In 2015 I was selected to serve as Chairman of the NRA's Texas State Youth Education Summit. A program that introduces High School sophomores and juniors to their State Government and the role that future generation of voters will play. In 2017 we selected 17 students from the three NRA Regions in the state (West Texas, South Texas and North Texas) to represent their prospective regions in Austin. From those students, we will select three (one from each region) to represent Texas at the 2017National Y.E.S. Conference held in Washington D.C.
Co-Chairman, West Texas State Fund Committee (Friends of NRA), I have served on this Committee since 2010 and was elected as its Co-Chairman in 2011. The State Fund Committee is responsible for receiving, reviewing and recommending for approval all grants submitted to the NRA Foundation in the West Texas Area. In 2017, we granted out over $250,000.00, to area 4-H, Boy Scouts, ROTC, FFA, Law Enforcement and museums. A record amount for West Texas
Texas Parks and Wildlife Certified Hunting and Boating Instructor. In the fall of 2015, I was certified by TPWD to teach both the Hunter Safety Course and Boater Safety Course as required by State Law to hunt and boat in Texas.
Past President, Junction Rotary Club: I was a member of the Junction Rotary Club from 2001 to 2009. I served as President for the 2007-2008 year. I served as the club Treasurer for three years from 2002 to 2005 and served as Vice-President for the 2005-2006 year and President-Elect 2006-2007. I was in charge of the Annual Exotic Hunt Raffle which was our biggest fund raiser of the year, raising over $8,7000 in 4 years as its director, which was used to award scholarships, support local charities, and give to the Polio Plus Foundation. I was named the 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2006-07 and 2007-08 Fundraiser of the Year. I was selected as the 2007-08 "Rotarian of the Year". In the summer of 2009 I resigned from Rotary to fulfil my obligations as the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor and Coach.
Past President, Kimble Hospital Foundation: In Jan. 2007 I was elected to serve as the President of the Kimble Hospital Foundation. The foundation was created to raise money to support and expand our hospital here in Junction. I was elected to be the first treasurer for the Kimble Hospital Foundation in 2002 and served in that capacity until Jan. 2007. In 2009, as President of the Foundation, I assisted in the efforts to pass a $16 Million Dollar Bond to build a New Kimble County Hospital. My Term as President expired in Sept, 2009, serving a total of 7 years on the board.
Fire Fighter, Junction Volunteer Fire Department: In March 2003, I became an active member of the Junction VFD and the Kimble County Ranch Fire Association. In March of 2008 I was selected as the 2007 Junction VFD & KCRFA "Firefighter of the Year". I served as the President of the Department for the 2010 year. Working with the Junction Volunteer Fire Department allowed me to become certified as an Advanced Scuba Diver in November 2004. In February of 2010, I was State Certified as a Basic Fire Fighfighter, Wildland Firefighter and Level II Instructor. In the fall of 2011 I took and passed my test to become an Accredited Basic Fire Fighter.
Junction Independent School District, Board of Trustees Place 1: In 2004 I got involved with the school system, and politics. I ran un-apposed for place 1 on the School Board and was sworn in on May 12, 2004. In 2009 I was re-elected to my second term, running un-apposed for the second time. I served as the Board Vice-President during the latter half of my first year and served as Board Secretary from 2006 until 2010. I was the first board member in our district’s history to be certified by TASB and receive a Boardmanship Basic Certification and accepted into the Leadership TASB program, a program that hand selects only 35 School Board Trustees from across the state to attend the yearlong intensive leadership development program. I graduated from the program in 2007 as a Master Trustee. In 2010, I ran a third time but was defeated in my re-election bid.
Certifications and Achievements.
Associates of Applied Science (Computer Maintenance/Networking)
Accredited Basic Firefighter
Certified Wildland Firefighter
Certified Level II Fire Instructor - Junction Fire Department
Certified 4-H Rifle Instructor/Coach
NRA Certified Instructor - Rifle
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer
Winchester/NRA Distinguished Expert – Rimfire Prone
Winchester/NRA Expert – Smallbore Prone
Winchester/NRA Sharpshooter – 4P Rifle
TPWD Certified Hunter Safety Instructor
TPWD Certified Boater Safety Instructor
Certified Open Water Advanced Scuba Diver
FEMA Certificate of Completion: Emergency Manager -
Emergency Management Institute's Professional Development Series
(Over 30 hours of CE Courses in Emergency Management)
Certificate of Completion for Department of Homeland Security
WMD (Weapons of Mass Destructions) Hands-on-Training (HOT) Course in Anniston AL
4-H "Volunteer of the Year" - Kimble County - 2011
4-H Golden Clover Recipient - 2011
"Firefighter of the Year", Junction VFD & KCRFA - 2007
LTASB Master Trustee, Class of 2007
"Rotarian of the Year", Junction Rotary Club - 2007-08
"Fundraiser of the Year", Junction Rotary Club - 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008
2001 ALL-STATE Academic Team - Howard College
2001 ALL-USA Academic Team Nominee - Howard College
Howard College Student of the Year- 2000-2001
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA)
CompTia A+ Certification
I am passionate about outdoor activities. Aside from my family, Fishing, Hunting and Shooting are the things I love to do most. I am a strong believer it promoting and protecting our precious resources. I also believe strongly in teaching our children the value of our heritage and natural resources and that it is only through our children, can we protect its future. It is our responsibility as adults and leaders to pass our knowledge on to our younger generation, least we have no future.
For most of you that know me, I am also a diehard Hockey Fan, and my one and only favorite team is the Dallas Stars. When I'm not working, volunteering for something, fighting fires, hunting, Fishing, or out at the range, you can find me in front of the TV watching the Stars.
“Education, I fear, is learning to see one thing by going blind to another.”
“We face the question whether a still higher "standard of living" is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free.”
“The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?”
“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.”
“At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant.”
“...the most fun lies in seeing and studying the unknown.”
― Aldo Leopold