Advisory Council

The Advisory Council members are appointed by the Board of Trustees to provide counsel and advice to the Board as may be requested and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board (Bylaws, Article V.C.). There is no limit to the length of service for the members of the Advisory Council. However, appointments are reevaluated annually. Most Advisory Council members serve on one or more of the various AWBD Committees and contribute professional, non-marketing information to AWBD members and the public. 2. The current Advisory Council is made up of 24 members.
Calvin Browne
Operator
Municipal District Services, LLC
Todd Burrer
Operator
Inframark, LLC
William A. Callegari, Sr., P.E.
Operator
TNG Utility Corporation
Howard Cohen
Attorney
Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P.
David Corbin, P.E.
Engineer
Costello, Inc.
Mark A. Gehringer, P.E.
Mark A. Gehringer, P.E.
Fort Bend Subsidence District
Julie Gerdes
Financial Advisor
Rathmann & Associates, L.P.
Sherri Greenwood
Auditor
BKD, LLP
Teague Harris, P.E.
Engineer
IDS Engineering Group
Ken Heroy, P.E.
Engineer
Jones-Heroy & Associates, Inc
Lauren Kalisek
Attorney
Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
Robbin S. Bobbitt
Attorney

Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC

 
 
Autumn Phillips
Bookkeeper
Municipal Accounts & Consulting, L.P.
Trey Lary
Attorney
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP
Clark Lord
Attorney
Bracewell LLP
David Patterson, RTA
Tax Assessor Collector
Assessments of the Southwest
Richard Stolleis, P.E.
Municipal Utility District
Fort Bend Co MUD 146
Bill Rosenbaum, P.E.
Engineer
Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
Keli M. Schroeder, P.E.
Engineer
BGE, Inc.
Debbie Shelton
Financial Advisor
Masterson Advisors LLC
Jason Wight
Developer
Newland Communities
Linda Troncoso
District Engineer

Tre & Associates 

Tara Klein
Landscape Architect
Four & One Landscape Architecture

Advisory Council Emeritus

AWBD Advisory Council Emeritus Members are long time members of the organization—in some cases founding members—who have now retired. We thank them for their lasting contributing time and effort to AWBD and its mission. We are honored to list them here.
Joe B. Allen
Advisory Council Emeritus

Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP

Myrtle Cruz
Advisory Council Emeritus

Myrtle Cruz, Inc

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Calvin Browne

Operator

Municipal District Services, LLC

Calvin C. Browne, Jr., Senior Client Manager with Municipal District Services, LLC, has been in the operations industry since 1992. He started his career as a Facility Operator and has worked in all areas of operations including regulatory compliance, facility operations, preventive maintenance, business development and executive management. He is a certified “B” operator in the state of Texas.

Todd Burrer

Operator

Inframark, LLC

Todd A. Burrer is Vice President, Texas MUD’s, for INFRAMARK. He has almost 20 years of management experience in the area of operations, customer service and billing within the water and wastewater industry. His responsibilities have included overall financial, operational and compliance for the Texas municipal utility district area of his firm’s business.

At INFRAMARK, he is the leader of the senior level l management team charged with managing day-to-day operations for the Texas MUD Region that includes 343 employees, 160 utility districts and 128 water and wastewater facilities.

He has a B.M.E. degree from Texas Christian University and has completed numerous courses in water and wastewater operations, utility management and other related areas.

He is a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Burrer is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department. He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Harris County MUD No. 489 and Harris
County MUD No. 376.

Actively involved in supporting AWBD, he has served as a member of the Association’s Advisory Council and was elected to three terms as an At Large member of AWBD’s Board of Trustees. He also has served as Chairman of Vendor Relations for AWBD.

William A. Callegari, Sr., P.E.

Operator

TNG Utility Corporation

Bill Callegari is a Professional Engineer with a BS from LSU and MS from Univ of Houston. He has been a Licensed Professional Engineer for 50 years, and also holds “Double A” Certifications in water and wastewater operations. In 1974 Mr. Callegari founded AM-TEX Corporation, which provided operations and management services to utility districts and municipalities. As President and CEO, he pioneered AM-TEX’s growth as a major force in the state and national water industry. He currently owns WC Engineers, which provides engineering consulting services for water districts, cities, & private entities. Over his career he was involved in the design, development, and operation of numerous major residential and commercial projects. He participated in engineering, operations & management for hundreds of utility districts and cities in Florida, Colorado, New England, and major Texas projects, including The Woodlands, Kingwood, Cinco Ranch, Copperfield, Fairfield, Atascocita, Clear Lake City and many others. After selling AM-TEX in the 1990’s, he served as President of major national and international water companies. During his professional career Mr. Callegari founded the Texas Association of Water Board Directors in 1975, and served in leadership positions on several professional and civic committees. Mr. Callegari served as a member of the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in the 1980’s. He was elected to the Texas Legislature in 2000, representing Katy and Cypress in West Harris County for fourteen years until his retirement in 2015. State Representative Callegari was regarded by many as the State Legislature’s leading water expert.

Mr. Callegari is a member of both the LSU and the University of Houston College of Engineering Halls of Distinction as well as the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and the LSU Alumni Center Wall of Honor. His legacy at LSU is recognized by the William A. Callegari Environmental Center on the LSU campus named in his honor. Callegari is proud to have been named as a TSPE Distinguished Engineer and a “Fellow” by the Texas Engineering Foundation. He was also honored by TSPE with the “George Washington Citizen Engineer Award”. Mr. Callegari was honored as the First Board Emeritus by the Katy Area Economic Development Council Board of Governors in 2019.

Howard M. Cohen

Attorney

Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P.

Since 1998, Howard Cohen has focused his legal practice on public finance, local government law districts, representing municipal utility, levee improvement and other types of special districts in the Houston metropolitan area. Serving as both general and bond counsel, Howard has represented districts before various state and local government agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Public Finance Division of the State Attorney General’s Office, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Harris County and Montgomery County, as well as the cities of Houston, Pearland, Sugar Land and Richmond. Howard is registered with the Texas Ethics Commission as a lobbyist and is substantially involved in state legislative and rulemaking matters with the Texas Legislature and state agencies that regulate special districts, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Howard also represents landowners, developers, lenders and other private entities in a broad range of legal and legislative issues related to special districts, municipalities and other local governments and contracts with entities for the construction and financing of public infrastructure.

Howard has substantial experience in general real estate matters and, since 1998, has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Commercial Real Estate Law. Howard also serves as a member of the Legislative Committee of and the Advisory Council to the Texas Association of Water Board Directors. Prior to joining Schwartz, Page & Harding, L.L.P. in 1998, Howard practiced commercial real estate law in Houston with Hoover Slovacek, LLP and with Fouts & Moore, LLP.
A native Houstonian, Howard is licensed to practice in all Texas state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

David Corbin, P.E.

Engineer

Costello, Inc.

David is currently serving as a member of the AWBD Advisory Council and has served since 1996. He is also serving his third term as the Advisory Council Representative (spokesperson) as the Advisory Council member of the Board of Trustees. David has also served on or as chairman / co-chairman of the Conferences Subcommittee (formerly Program Committee) since 2006. He has also served on the Local Government Subcommittee, Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee, and Office Relations Subcommittee.

David graduated in 1975 with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He has served as a civil engineering consultant for several firms for over 46 years and has worked for his current employer, Costello, Inc., since 2003. During his engineering career, David has also served on two different MUD Boards – Fort Bend County MUD 108 and Baybrook MUD No. 1. During His professional career as a civil engineering consultant, he has experience with a multitude of land development and municipal projects. Responsibilities have included all aspects of planning, design, and construction supervision of utilities, paving, drainage, and detention for residential communities and MUDs in the southeast Texas region.

Mark A. Gehringer, P.E.

Other Water Ind. Con.

Fort Bend Subsidence District

Mark is a registered professional engineer in Texas with experience in municipal and private development including MUDS/WCID/Management Districts and other Special Districts. Mark has worked for engineering consulting firms, a real estate development company, as well as state government. Mark served on various boards as a Director including: Grand Lakes MUD 4 (2002-2006), Grand Lakes WCID (2011-2013), Fort Bend Subsidence District (2013-Present).

Mark current works for the Howard Hughes Corporation as Director of Land Development for Bridgeland, a 11,400-ac master planned community in NW Harris County. He represents the developer at various Bridgeland Districts including: HCMUD 419, HCMUD 489, HCWCID 157, HC WCID 159, Bridgeland Management District, and HCMUD 418. Mark’s 20+ year experience performing various roles in and around MUDs provides a valuable resource for AWBD.

Julie Gerdes

Financial Advisor

Rathmann & Associates, L.P.

Julie Gerdes joined Rathmann & Associates, L.P. in September 2007. She serves the clients of the firm in the authorization and issuance of municipal debt for the construction of utilities infrastructure and recreational facilities as well as the refinancing of such debt. Prior to joining Rathmann & Associates, L.P., Ms. Gerdes was a paralegal at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. for over 18 years, where she worked in the Public Finance Section and the Tax Section. While in Public Finance, she assisted in bond transactions for municipal utility districts and other governmental entities. Ms. Williams’ responsibilities in the Tax Section centered on matters relating to the tax-exempt status of governmental and private activity bond transactions.

Ms. Gerdes was graduated by Texas A & M University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in urban development.

Sherri Greenwood

Auditor

BKD, LLP

Teague Harris, P.E.

Engineer

IDS Engineering Group

  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Texas
  • University of Houston, Master of Science, Civil Engineering
  • Rice University, Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science and Engineering

Teague’s lifelong interests in biological systems led him to environmental science and then civil engineering specializing in water supply and wastewater treatment systems. Most of his 35 year career has involved the development, financing, and operations of municipal utility districts, and he has served as District Engineer to numerous water districts throughout Texas in that time. Within IDS, Teague uses his expertise to help identify and resolve critical regulatory approval issues, and help evaluate the initial capital costs versus life cycle costs of client and engineer design decisions. He is skilled in working with developers, elected officials, attorneys, operators, and regulatory agencies to create sustainable places to live and work. Teague is an active member of industry organizations which encourage best practices and monitor new legislation and regulations to provide constructive comments to government agencies and elected officials. He has served on stakeholder committees for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) involving MUD reimbursement rules, wastewater design criteria, and bacteria TMDLs.

Ken Heroy, P.E.

Engineer

Jones-Heroy & Associates, Inc

Ken Heroy received a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1989. After spending two years as a water engineer in the Peace Corps, he began his career in Texas in 1992 with the Texas Water Commission (now TCEQ) Creations and Bond Review Team. Mr. Heroy reviewed district creations and bond applications from 1992 through 1995 while at the TCEQ. In January of 1996, Mr. Heroy went to work for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). At the TWDB, Mr. Heroy worked in the Office of Project Finance and Construction Assistance reviewing applications from cities and water districts for loans under the State Revolving Fund (SRF) program and the Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP).

In September of 1998 Mr. Heroy left state government for the private sector. Mr. Heroy spent 8 years in engineering consulting, planning and designing master planned communities in central Texas before joining Jones – Heroy & Associates, Inc in 2007.

Lauren Kalisek

Attorney

Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.

Lauren is the Managing Director of the law firm of Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C. in Austin, Texas and leads its Districts Practice Group. She has practiced for 25 years in Texas water utility and water quality law, and she provides counsel to cities, river authorities, water districts, and other local governmental organizations.

In recent years, Lauren has focused much of her practice on organizational governance matters for public water utilities, including the duties and roles of board members, conflicts of interest, compliance with open government requirements, and drafting bylaws, rules and policies.

Lauren is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Houston, Texas, resides in Austin with her family, and volunteers with Bookspring and the Central Texas Foodbank. She is also a Texas Certified Master Naturalist through Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

Robbin S. Bobbitt

Attorney

Radcliffe Bobbitt Adams Polley PLLC

Ms. Bobbitt’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of public law/public finance. Prior to joining RBAP, Ms. Bobbitt was a partner at a large Houston law firm, where she was a member of that firm’s Public Law Section. She has worked with and been associated with utility districts since 1978, and her practice has included representation of municipal utility districts, regional water authorities, water supply corporations and other governmental entities as general counsel and bond counsel in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Montgomery, Sabine, Travis and Waller Counties. Ms. Bobbitt also currently serves as general counsel to the North Harris County Regional Water Authority and to the Association of Water Board Directors – Texas(the “AWBD”). Her experience includes work with both public and private entities on a wide range of issues, including construction, financing and operation of public facilities, annexation and de-annexation matters, creation and dissolution of districts, interlocal agreements, standby fee applications and controversies, water law issues, election law matters, legislation/lobbying matters and other utility district-related issues. She has represented entities before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Water Development Board, the City of Houston, the City of Austin and the City of Missouri City. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the AWBD and is a recipient of the its “Visions Award”. Ms. Bobbitt also serves as a member of the Program and Legislative Committees of the AWBD.

Autumn Phillips

Bookkeeper

Municipal Accounts & Consulting, L.P.

Ms. Autumn Phillips currently serves as the Industry Council representative for Finance & Economy on the AWBD Advisory Board. She is also an active member on the Programs and Office Relations Committees and has been serving on a master MUD board in Travis County since 2012. In addition, Ms. Phillips has previously served as the AWBD Executive Vice President and Treasurer on the Board of Trustees from 2014-2020 and served on her own MUD Board while she was a resident of Brazoria County.

As the Director of Professional Services for Municipal Accounts & Consulting, Ms. Phillips serves as the Subject Matter Expert in various areas. She leads the design, development & implementation of MAC’s Software Development, Internal Controls and Internal Training Programs. With an impressive 18 years of special purpose district experience, Ms. Phillips is thoroughly knowledgeable with every aspect involved in the financial process of governmental bookkeeping, bond procedures and financial budgeting for the various types of governmental entities.

Trey Lary

Attorney

Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP

Trey’s principal area of practice relates to public finance, development, local government regulation, and state legislative matters. He regularly represents special districts whose chief purpose is providing water, sewer, drainage, roads, and parks. Trey also represents developers in connection with economic development agreements, tax increment reinvestment zones, local government corporations, municipal management districts, and other financing mechanisms used to facilitate development and financing of public works and infrastructure. He serves as general counsel and bond counsel to special districts. Trey works with developers to structure development agreements with cities and other local government entities for public participation in commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments.

Clark Lord

Attorney

Bracewell LLP

Clark Lord has a wide-range of experience in the public sector and in private practice. He serves special districts and governmental clients, many of which he created through the legislative or regulatory process, in a variety of areas ranging from their day-to-day affairs, to bond issuances. Clark frequently represents developer clients on special land development issues involving governmental regulations and bureaucracy. His experience with economic development matters has enabled him to create economic development programs for a variety of governmental units. He also represents many private developers and businesses in a variety of economic development transactions. Additionally, Clark drafts and lobbies for legislation
involving special districts and economic development clients and industry. He often serves on special legislative working groups and committees in this area.

Clark is a frequent lecturer on economic development, special districts, and real estate development at various industry conferences and educational forums. Prior to entering private practice, he spent five years in the Houston City Attorney’s Office managing economic development, special finance and land use matters.

David Patterson, RTA

Tax Assessor Collector

Assessments of the Southwest

David Patterson is originally from Jacksonville, Texas, a small town located in East Texas. He has his Associate Degree in Surveying and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from the University of Texas at Tyler. He received his start in the property tax industry in 2008 after working in the plastics industry as a superintendent for several years. He received his Registered Texas Assessor/Collector (R.T.A.) designation in 2012 and worked as a Deputy Tax Assessor/Collector until 2018 when he became the owner of Assessments of the Southwest, Inc. (ASW). Currently ASW deals with eight different appraisal districts and are the tax assessor/collector for approximately 180 different taxing jurisdictions.

Richard Stolleis, P.E.

Municipal Utility District

Fort Bend Co MUD 146

Richard joined the Advisory Council in 2020 after decades of membership in AWBD. He currently serves as the president of Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 146.

Richard has over fifty years of experience in civil and municipal engineering. Beginning his career in Corpus Christi as an engineering and survey technician, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before returning to civilian life to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Richard moved to Fort Bend County in 1983 to become Sugar Land’s City Engineer. His direct involvement with MUDs and LIDs began in Sugar Land assisting in development and ultimately in the annexation of MUDs within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. He has continued his work with special districts through his professional career providing consulting services assisting various cities in the region, as a design project engineer on public and private sector projects, as Fort Bend County Engineer (retired), and in his service on the board of directors for Pecan Grove MUD and FB146. His career continues on a part-time basis as the Senior Engineer at Kaluza, Inc.

Bill Rosenbaum, P.E.

Engineer

Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

Mr. Rosenbaum joined LAN in 1991 and currently serves as the Vice President of the Land Development/District Engineering Department. He has extensive experience in the planning, design, and construction management of a wide variety of civil engineering projects. Mr. Rosenbaum’s experience includes master plans, feasibility studies, preliminary engineering studies, design plans and specifications, and construction administration for water and wastewater facilities, drainage and detention systems, roads, streets, highways, bridges, and operations studies. His development projects include single-family residential, apartments, industrial, and commercial.

Mr. Rosenbaum’s utility district experience includes district creations, projections of buildout, development and management of capital Improvement plans & bond issues, permits, regulatory compliance, annexations, consolidations, and operational consulting.

He currently serves as the District Engineer for the Clear Lake City Water Authority (CLCWA), Harris County Fresh Water Supply District No. 61 (HCFWSD 61), Newport Municipal Utility District (NMUD) and Champions Municipal Utility District (CMUD) and manages over $214 Million in Bond Fund Projects.

Keli M. Schroeder, P.E.

Engineer

BGE, Inc.

With 25 years of civil engineering experience, Keli Schroeder, PE is a Principal at BGE, Inc. and serves as Director of District Services. In this role, she provides oversight, guidance, and support for the services her team provides to developing and mature MUDs throughout their life cycle. She has served as District Engineer for over a dozen MUDs over the course of her career. She is known for her expertise in public financing through bond applications approved through TCEQ. She approaches each district with the same level of care and detail as if it were her own neighborhood.

Keli is currently a member of the Advisory Council. She is also active on the Conferences and Recognition committees. In addition to AWBD, she is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.

A licensed engineer in the state of Texas, Keli received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. She was a participant in Fort Bend Leadership’s Class of 2003 and received BGE’s Dick Gay Core Values Award in 2014.

Debbie Shelton

Financial Advisor

Masterson Advisors LLC

Debbie is a Managing Director with Masterson Advisors LLC. Debbie has worked with utility districts for more than 35 years, first as a legal assistant with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. In 1994, Debbie joined Juran & Moody to learn the financial advisory business and later joined First Southwest Company/Hilltop Securities before being part of the group that started Masterson Advisors LLC in 2018.

Debbie provides municipal advisory services to all types of special districts, including utility districts, levee improvement districts, water control and improvement districts and a navigation district. Debbie’s continued love of the utility district business has always been the personal relationships that are developed with directors and consultants. Debbie is a life-long Houstonian and only left Houston to attend college in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt University.

Jason Wight

Developer

Newland Communities

Jason is currently serving as a member of the Advisory Council to AWBD and has assumed the role of Residential Industry Group Leader.

Jason graduated from Texas A&M in 2003 with a Civil Engineering degree. In years since, and during his career as a consulting civil engineer, Jason was introduced to Water Districts by serving as a District Engineer for the districts in which his clients were developing. Currently Jason is Senior Project Manager for Newland, a nationally acclaimed pioneer in mixed-use development, developing master planned communities which includes managing developments within water districts. Jason’s career in engineering and real estate development has given him invaluable experience and success working for and with water districts. Jason currently serves as the President of Canyon Falls Master Community Board of Directors and President of Traditions MUD No 2A.

Lance Lacour

Katy Area Economic Development Council

Lance LaCour is President/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, Inc. (EDC) and is responsible for leading a private, non-profit, economic development corporation. Under his leadership, Katy Area EDC has received several awards from the Texas Economic Development Council including Economic Excellence recognition (2016-2019) and the Community Economic Development Award (2014) for communities over 250,001 in population. Katy Area EDC was also recognized by Site Selection Magazine for being one of the Top 20 Deals in North America in 2014.  Since beginning his career in 1991, he has assisted in the creation of over 26,000 + jobs and over $3 billion in capital investment.  Prior to Katy Area EDC, LaCour led other economic development corporations frequently recognized as Top 20 EDCs by Site Selection Magazine.  LaCour is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), graduate of the Economic Development Institute, and earned an M.S. in Economic Development and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tara Klein

Landscape Architect

Four & One Landscape Architecture

Tara Klein, PLA, ASLA is a principal with Four and One Landscape Architecture. There she works daily with Municipal Boards and Developers on parks and recreation spaces throughout Texas. If you ask her what is her favorite part of the job: it is the educating people on what landscape architecture is, encompasses, and how the design can have a lasting effect on the world we live in. Ms. Klein has been actively involved as the committee chair for the AWBD Parks Committee since 2016. Currently she is the board president of HCID #13.