TWA Leadership

TWA Officers

TWA Executive Committee

TWA Board of Directors

TWA Regional Leadership

TWA Statewide Committees


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TWA Officers

President - J. David Anderson

J. David Anderson currently serves as President of the Texas Wildlife Association.  He has previously served TWA as the Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Chairman of the Whitetail Deer Committee, Chairman of TEAM Houston, and has served on the Executive Committee for over 15 years.

J. David is a Life Member of the Texas Wildlife Association. He joined TWA in 1993. He is also a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church Board of Stewards in Houston, serves as a Director on the St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation and serves as the CEO of Andon Specialties Inc. and Andon Energy Services LLC in Houston, and PANELS+ LLC in Ontario, CA.

J. David and his wife Brenda live in Houston.  They have 2 daughters, 1 son, and 8 grandchildren.  He is a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont. J. David’s passion is to make sure that his grandchildren and the children of their generation get to experience nature and the outdoors as it was when he grew up as a young boy.  He and his family enjoy spending their free time on weekends and holidays at their ranch in South Texas with family and friends.



Vice President - Tom Vandivier

Tom has been a member of TWA since 1995 and currently serves as the current Vice President of TWA, Chair of Deer Management Committee, Chair of the Permanent Building Committee and he is current member of the TWA executive committee. He is also a current member of the TYHP Advisory Board, TPWD White-tailed Deer Advisory Committee and Upper Llano Rivers Watershed Protection Plan Committee.

Tom has served as the past Treasurer, Chair of Finance Committee, member of TPWD CWD Stakeholder Group, member of TAHC CWD Working Group, and past member TPWD Managed Lands Deer Permit Advisory Committee.

Tom earned his BBA from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas with majors in business and economics, as well as his JD Degree from The University of Houston School of Law. He is now retired from his law practice in Austin, Texas after 38 years of practice in estate and real estate matters, and is the owner of Llano Springs Ranch in Junction, Texas where he has received the 2007 Lone Star Land Steward Award recipient. Tom is also a 2008 Leopold Conservation Award recipient.

Tom and his wife, Sonja, live in Austin, Texas and have two children, Laura and Jessica, and two grandchildren, Lukas and Kaleb. 

Treasurer - Dr. Neal Wilkins

Dr. Neal Wilkins serves as Treasurer of TWA.

Dr. Wilkins is also President and CEO of the East Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the Foundation’s mission of supporting wildlife conservation and  other public benefits of ranching and private land stewardship.  The East Foundation owns and operates about 218,000 acres of South Texas ranchland as a working  laboratory for its research, education and outreach programs.  Before joining the East Foundation in 2012, Neal was a Professor of Wildlife Science and served as the  Director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas Water Resources Institute where he coordinated the programs of more than 45  scientists and professional staff. 

Neal has more than 28 years of experience leading research and conservation efforts across private lands in Texas, Tennessee, Florida, Washington, and Oregon.  His  primary focus has been habitat management and conservation of land, water, and wildlife resources on private lands.  His work integrates science, policy and  economics for developing wildlife conservation programs.  Until 2006, Neal was statewide program leader for wildlife and fisheries with Texas A&M Agrilife  Extension.  Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1998, he directed wildlife and fisheries programs for Port Blakely Tree Farms, a 150,000-acre forest landholding in the Pacific Northwest. 

Neal serves on the board of Texan-by-Nature and the Management Council for the King Ranch® Institute for Ranch Management and is a Professional Member of the Boone & Crockett Club.  He and his wife Sandra have two grown children, Ashley and Matt.

Second Vice President for Programs - Dr. Louis Harveson

Dr. Louis Harveson serves as Second Vice President for Programs of the Texas Wildlife Association.

Dr. Harveson was first elected Second Vice President for Programs on July 12, 2013. 

As Second Vice President for Programs, Dr. Harveson serves as an Officer contact and representative for all organizational education program efforts, and he serves as an organizational liaison and resource in matters relating to wildlife and/or natural resource research at the university and college level and with state and federal agencies.

Dr. Harveson is the Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., Endowed Director of the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. The Borderlands Research Institute focuses on assisting landowners and managers of west Texas in managing the natural resources they have been entrusted with. 

Dr. Harveson is a Professor of Wildlife Management at the university. Dr. Harveson’s specialization is Big Game Ecology and Management, Predator-Prey Dynamics, and Upland Gamebird Ecology.

Dr. Harveson is a 4th generation Texan and is a native of Fort Worth. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.S., Wildlife Management, 1991), Texas A&M University-Kingsville (M.S., Range and Wildlife Management, 1995), and Texas A&M University (Ph.D., Wildlife Science, 1997).

Dr. Harveson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and is a member of The Wildlife Society, Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and various conservation and hunting organizations

Dr. Harveson and his wife Patricia live in Alpine with their daughter Katie and son Jake.


TWA Executive Committee

The Texas Wildlife Association Executive Committee is appointed by the President. All members of the Executive Committee must be Voting Members of the Association. 

The Executive Committee governs all actions and sets all policy of the Association and may exercise all of the powers of the Board of Directors in the interim period between meetings of the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee has full power over all business as conducted by the Officers of the Association, and the Officers are responsible to this Committee. 

Members of the current Executive Committee are:

J. David Anderson, Houston
Terry  Anderson, Martinsville
Marko Barrett , San Antonio
Tina Buford, Harlingen
Randy Cadwallader, San Antonio
Linda Campbell, Kyle
Vannie Collins, San Antonio
Matthew Cooley, Houston
Charles Davidson, San Antonio
Dave Delaney, Kingsville
Louis  Harveson, Alpine
Lee Hoffpauir, Lampasas
Peter John Holt, San Antonio
Whit Jones III, Corpus Christi
Mark Kidd, Houston
William Knolle, Austin
Brad   Knolle, San Antonio
Jim Kolkhorst, Brenham
Jonathan Letz , Comfort
Mark Matthews, Hondo
Sarah Biedenharn, San Antonio
Carl Ray Polk, Lufkin
Jenny Sanders, Angelina
Matthew Schnupp, Kingsville
Greg Simons, San Angelo
Don Steinbach, Brenham
David Synatzske , Sandia
Tom Vandivier, Austin
Neal Wilkins, San Antonio
Craig  Williams, Austin
Carl Young, Georgetown
David Zimmerman, Houston
Steve Lewis, San Antonio
Wallace Klussmann, Fredericksburg
David Langford, Comfort
Dan McBride, Burnet
A. M. "Mac" Stringfellow, San Antonio
David Watts, Boerne
Joseph Fitzsimons, San Antonio
Larry Weishuhn, Uvalde
Timo Hixon, San Antonio

TWA Board of Directors

The affairs of the Texas Wildlife Association are managed by the Board of Directors. Only Voting Members of the Association serve as Directors. Each of the eight TWA regions has at least five representatives on the Board of Directors. The number of Directors is set by the Executive Committee. Each Director serves a term of three years, and there is not a limit on the number of terms a Director may serve.

Directors are divided into two categories, Active Directors and Directors Emeritus. Directors Emeritus are nominated by the sitting Executive Committee and are granted such status by the Executive Committee.

Directors Emeritus have the same rights and privileges, but not the obligations, of Active Directors. Directors Emeritus are required to be at least Active Members in good standing and have shown outstanding service to the organization, above and beyond the call of duty. To qualify for Director Emeritus status, a Director must have either served as an Officer of the organization for eight years, or served as a director of the organization for nine years, or have been a founding member of the organization.

Directors Emeritus

Hefner Appling Jr., El Campo
Richard Bennett, Batesville
M. McLean Bowman, Carrizo Springs (Past President)
Robert Bracken, Tilden
Richard Butler, Karnes City (Past President)
Charles M. Davidson, San Antonio (Past President)
Ed Dutch, Marble Falls
Derry T. Gardner, San Antonio (Past President)
Luke C. Kellogg, Amarillo (Past President)
Steve C. Lewis, San Antonio (Past President)
Gary Machen, Pearsall (TWA Co-Founder)
Paul E. McSween III, San Antonio (Past President)
Murphy E. Ray Jr., Somerset (TWA Co-Founder)
Wallace "Happy" Rogers III, Carrizo Springs (Past President)
Charles Schreiner IV, Salado
Jimmie V. Thurmond III, San Antonio (Past President)
Larry L. Weishuhn, Uvalde (TWA Co-Founder)
Marko Barrett, San Antonio
Tina Buford, Harlingen
Mac Stringfellow, San Antonio
Arthur Uhl , San Antonio
Mark Bivins, Amarillo
Fred Bryant, Kingsville
Wallace Klussmann, Fredericksburg
Keith Martin, San Antonio
Dan McBride, Burnet
Dale Rollins, San Angelo
Dan Pedrotti, Sr., Corpus Christi
Randy Rehmann, Austin
Greg Simons, San Angelo
Don Steinbach, Burton
David Synatzske, Sandia

Honorary Directors Emeritus

James L. "Jaimie" Hayne Jr., San Antonio (Past President)
A.C. "Dick" Jones IV, Corpus Christi

Directors Terms Expiring 2019

Alan Curry, San Angelo
Andy Allen, Boerne
Bradford Barnes, Fort Worth
Brian Hays, College Station
Carl Ray Polk, Jr., Lufkin
Clint Orms, Ingram
Corey Howell, Houston
Dale Rollins, San Angelo
Dan McBride, Burnet
David Hewitt, Kingsville
David Zimmerman, Houston
Doug DuBois, Jr., Austin
E A Bud Christy III, San Antonio
Edward & Lucy Farmer, Cedar Park
Elliott Hayne, San Antonio
Ernest Angelo Jr., Midland
Ernie Davis, Cotulla
Foster Price, Sterling City
Fred Bryant, Kingsville
George "Timo" Hixon, San Antonio
Heath McBride, Brady
Karla Welch, Hebbronville
Jason Cross, San Angelo
Jay Harpole, Boerne
Jenny Sanders, Lufkin
Johnnir Hudman, Albany
Jonathan Letz, Comfort
Justin McCelvey, New Braunfels
Katharine Armstrong Love, Austin
Kaydie Jo Light, Camp Wood
Keith Martin, San Antonio
Kent Mills, Hermleigh
Kevin Smithhart, Lufkin
Kyle Kacal, College Station
Lamar Brown, Austin
Larry Pierce, College Station
Larry Pierce, Marshall
Lee Hoffpauir, Lampasas
Louis Harveson, Alpine
Mark Bivins, Amarillo
Mark Matthews, Hondo
Matthew Schnupp, Harrisburg
Max Yzaguirre, Austin
Milton Greeson, Victoria
Misty Sumner, Fort Davis
Neal Wilkins, San Antonio
Parker Johnson, Houston
R H Butch Thompson, Kingsville
Richard Hill, Austin
Robert Lindsey, Goldthwaite
Russell Rehmann, Austin
Selma Glasscock, Sinton
Sue Price, Blooming Grove
Susi Bell, Ingram
Tamara Trail, Albany
Terry Anderson, Martinsville
Tucker Knight, Houston
W H Bill Hoffmann, Eastland
Wallace Klussmann, Fredericksburg
Walter 'Monty' Martin, Cypress
Warren Bluntzer, Lometa
William "Whit" Jones, Corpus Christi
William Carl Young, Georgetown
William Wright, Jr., Cisco

Directors Terms Expiring 2020

Curtis Anderson, Houston
J. David Anderson, Houston
Thomas Arnim, San Antonio
John Baker, Dilley
Ty Bartoskewitz, Breckenridge
Tom Beard, Alpine
Warren Blesh, Goldthwaite
Randy Cadwallader, San Antonio
Linda Campbell, Kyle
James Cathey, College Station
Cary Dietzmann, Brenham
Robert Dullnig, San Antonio
Scott Esse, Goldthwaite
Dan Flournoy, Houston
Joel Glass, Laredo
Jackie Harker, Houston
Steven Harker, Houston
Stephen Hill, Dallas
William R Howell, College Station
E. Hudson, Fort Worth
Mason King, Fort Worth
Ricardo Longoria W, Laredo
Steven Mafrige, Tilden
Robert McFarlane, Tennessee Colony
Gary Meade, Raymondville
MaryPearl Meuth, College Station
James Oliver, San Antonio
Jason Parrish, Austin
Daniel Pedrotti, Corpus Christi
Jeremy Peters, Boerne
Scott Petty, San Antonio
Bryan Pickens, Dallas
Randy Rehmann, Austin
Mike Reynolds, Austin
Carroll Schubert, San Antonio
Greg Simons, San Angelo
Don Steinbach, Burton
David Synatzske, Sandia
Jay Timmins, Early
Tom Vandivier, Austin
Bryan Wagner, Fort Worth
Bill Walker, Seguin
Clayton Wolter, Boerne

Directors Terms Expiring 2021

John Baker, Dilley
Connard Barker, Montgomery
James Barrow, San Antonio
Kenneth Bell, Spring Branch
Albert Biedenharn, San Antonio
Al Bisbey, George West
Paul Burns, Austin
Ruben Cantu, San Angelo
William Carrington, San Antonio
Chuck Cashdollar, Spring
Ken Cearley, Amarillo
Deborah Clark, Henrietta
Koy Coffer, Junction
Vannie Collins, McAllen 
Kevin Comiskey, Houston
Mark Connally, Dallas
Keith Crawford, Austin
David DeLaney, Kingsville
Steve Dutton, San Antonio
Donnie Frels, Hunt
Chaz Glace, Round Rock
Chuck Greco, San Antonio
Jeff Hanselka, La Vernia
Rebecca Heidelberg, Midland
Rod Hench, Hermleigh
Mark Hiler, College Station
Roger Hill, San Antonio
Peter John Holt, San Antonio
Amanda Hurst, Fulshear
Dan Kinsel, Cotulla
Karl Kinsel, San Antonio
William Knolle, Austin
Bart Koontz, San Antonio
Keith Lake, Bandera
Ben Love, Marathon
M Russell Marshall, Victoria
Mike Martinez, Fresno
Con Mims, Uvalde
Rick Nauert, Austin
William Osborn, San Antonio
John Park, San Antonio
Jay Robertson, San Antonio
Wallace Rogers, San Antonio
John Russell, San Antonio
Michael Sasser, Beeville
Jim Thompson, Austin
Crystal Watts, Boerne
David Watts, Boerne
Rex Webb, Austin
Jeff White, Midland
William Wilson, Houston
Brad Wolfe, Brownsville
Sarah Nunley Biedenharn, San Antonio
Johnny Braniff, Houston
Matthew Cooley, Houston
Mark Kidd, Houston
Brad Knolle, Bulverde
Jim Kolkhorst, Brenham
Craig Williams, Austin
Parley Dixon, Driftwood
Fay Fitzsimons Walker, Houston
Jonny Fitzsimons, San Antonio
Anson Howard, Dallas
Spencer Lewis, Dallas
James Uhl, San Angelo
Craig Bowen, Austin
Tim Taylor, Spring


TWA Regional Leadership

In order to maintain effective representation in the widely-dispersed and ecologically-unique regions of the state, eight regional committees shall serve to keep the President and Executive Committee informed. 

The regional committees shall be comprised of a Chairman, a Vice Chairman or Co-Chairman. The Board of Directors or a majority vote of the Officers shall appoint the Chairman and Vice Chairman of each committee. Those chairs, in consultation with the Officers, shall appoint the other members of the committee. Committee members are encouraged to be Voting members of the Association, although non-Voting members of the Association may serve on a regional committee due to their respective efforts and interests as an Associate, Student, or Youth member.

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TWA Statewide Committees

Conservation Legacy Committee

The TWA Conservation Legacy Advisory Committee (CLAC) is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the range of issues and topics necessary for implementing high-impact education programs. 

Staff Contact: David Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)


Desert Big Game Committee

The TWA Desert Big Game Committee is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the range of legislative, regulatory, and non-regulatory issues and topics involving mule deer, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep management in Texas.  

Staff Contact: David Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)


Finance Committee

The TWA Finance Committee is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the range of issues and topics necessary to achieve the organization’s financial goals. 

Staff Contact: David Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)


Hunting Heritage Committee

The TWA Hunting Heritage Advisory Committee (HHAC) is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the range of issues and topics necessary to sustain and promote our hunting heritage, promote ethical, safe hunting, educate hunters and the public on management of our native ecosystems, encourage involvement and identify accessibility in hunting, and foster private lands stewardship through education. The future of hunting is dependent on the recruitment of next-generation hunters, hunter access, and maintaining and increasing hunting opportunities for hunters.

 Staff Contact: David Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)


Legislative Committee

The TWA Legislative Committee is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the range of issues and topics necessary to achieve the organization’s public policy goals (both legislative and regulatory) at the state and federal levels. 

Staff Contact: Daivid Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)


Membership Committee

The TWA Membership Committee is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the issues and topics necessary to achieve the organization’s membership and regional development goals.

Staff Contact: David Brimager (dbrimager@texas-wildlife.org)


TYHP Advisory Committee

The TWA TYHP Advisory Committee (TYHPAC) is formed to collaboratively work with the TWA Executive Committee to oversee the direction of the Texas Youth Hunting Program (including, without limitation, the administration and financing of the youth hunting program, or similar mutually agreed programs).  TYHP is a co-sponsored initiative of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Wildlife Association, and Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, Inc. that is established as a program to consolidate youth hunting outreach and information in Texas.   

Staff Contact: Chris Mitchell (cmitchell@texas-wildlife.org)


White-tailed Deer Management Committee

The TWA White-tailed Deer Management Committee (WTDMC) is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Executive Committee on the range of legislative, regulatory, and non-regulatory issues and topics involving White-tailed Deer management in Texas.  

Staff Contact: David Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)


Women of the Land Committee

The TWA Women of the Land (WOTL) Advisory Committee is formed to provide advice and recommendations to the TWA Conservation Legacy Staff, Conservation Legacy Advisory Committee and the TWA Executive Committee on a range of issues and topics necessary to support a land ethic that achieves natural resource literacy through the WOTL program and other outreach programs/activities relevant to the mission of WOTL.

Staff Contact: David Yeates (dyeates@texas-wildlife.org)

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