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David Alders

Term Ends: 2025David Alders

David Alders of Nacogdoches is president of Carrizo Creek Corporation, managing partner of Buck Bay Timber, Ltd., Dagwood Timber Ltd., Alders Enterprises, Ltd. and manager of Caddo Farms LLC. He is a director and audit committee chair of Citizens 1st Bank and a director of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust. Additionally, he is a director of the Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau, vice president of the board of Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Region I Regional Water Planning Group. He is the chairman of the Texas Forestry Association’s Legislative Committee and Political Action Committee, vice-chairman of the board of Regents Academy of Nacogdoches and an elder at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. Alders received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University in 1985. He is a former member of the board of the State Bar of Texas and a former trustee of the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.

Alders was appointed to the SFA Board of Regents in 2013 by Governor Rick Perry and reappointed in 2019 by Governor Greg Abbott for a second six-year term.

Robert A. Flores

Term Ends: 2027Robert A. Flores

Robert A. Flores of Nacogdoches is the chief financial officer of Elliott Electric Supply, a leading distributor of electrical and industrial automation supplies throughout the southern states. He is a board member and secretary/treasurer for The Micky Elliott Family Foundation.

Flores serves as chair of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past chair of the Nacogdoches Medical Center Governing Board and a previous board member of the Nacogdoches Rotary Club.

Flores received his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from SFA in 1985. He was appointed as a regent by Gov. Greg Abbott in July 2020.

Karen G. Gantt, Chair

Term Ends: 2023Karen G. Gantt

Karen Gregory Gantt of McKinney is an attorney and partner at McCraw Gantt, PLLC. She focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration and fiduciary litigation. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Collin County Bar Association, North Texas Estate Planning Council and Dallas Estate Planning Council.

Gantt received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from SFA and was named Highest Ranking Senior. She received a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. While a student at SFA, Gantt was a member and chapter president of Delta Delta Delta, and she is now a member of the North Dallas Area Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter. She is a past president of the SFA Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the SFA Alumni Foundation Board of Governors.

At Trinity Presbyterian Church of McKinney, Gantt is an elder and has been a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader for many years. She is a patroness of the National Charity League—Sunflower Chapter and served as a grade-level advisor from 2019 – 2021.

Brigettee Carnes Henderson

Term Ends: 2023Brigettee Carnes Henderson

Brigettee Carnes Henderson of Lufkin is an independent consulting interior designer and executive assistant at Carnes and Co. Auctioneers. She is secretary of the Angelina Arts Alliance Board of Directors, chair of the Angelina County American Cancer Society’s 2011 Cattle Baron’s Gala, and a member of the Buckner Family Place Board of Directors, Buckner Family Services Circle of Angels and Junior League of Lufkin Sustainers. She is a past board member of the Lufkin Salvation Army, Museum of East Texas and Angelina Beautiful Clean. She is also past president of the Junior League of Lufkin and past president of the Angelina County Aggie Mother’s Club. Henderson received two bachelor’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.

M. Thomas Mason, Vice Chair

Term Ends: 2023M. Thomas Mason

Tom Mason of Dallas is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Hillwood Development Co, LLC. He is a board member of Caruth Village Homeowners’ Association and an officer of the Land-Hyland Scholarship Fund, Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1966. He is a former member of the Urban Land Institute, The Real Estate Council, and the Real Estate Financial Executives Association. Mason received an honorable discharge from the United States Army Reserves and received a Bachelor of Science in math and general business from SFA. While attending SFA, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, sophomore class vice president, chairman of Greek Week activities, and elected to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

Judy Larson Olson

Term Ends: 2025Judy Larson Olson

Judy Larson Olson is production manager of PrimeLending in The Woodlands.  She is a native of Conroe and a 30-year career banker and mortgage lender.  Olson currently sits on the board of directors for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council.  A member of The Rotary Club of The Woodlands for 16 years and a Paul Harris Fellow, she served as 2017-2018 Rotary Club president.  Olson is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and former chairman of the board of CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from SFA and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A & M University.  In 2019 Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Olson to the Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Laura Rectenwald

Term Ends: 2027Laura Rectenwald

Laura Rectenwald of Longview is the CEO and owner of Titanium Environmental Services, where she manages operations and conducts environmental consulting for clients. A licensed professional geoscientist, her areas of expertise include Texas Risk Reduction Program Assessments, industrial regulatory compliance audits, soil and groundwater remediation projects, and litigation support. Rectenwald earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in environmental science from Baylor University. Her doctorate in forestry is from SFA, and she has served as an adjunct faculty member for SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. A member of the vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, Rectenwald is the coordinator for Martha’s Kitchen, a ministry that provides free hot meals for local families every Thursday night. Rectenwald has previously served as chair for business advocacy with the Longview Chamber of Commerce, new family outreach coordinator for St. Mary’s Catholic School Home & School Association, and on the Longview ISD Foundation.

Nancy C. Windham

Term Ends: 2027Nancy C. Windham

Nancy C. Windham of Nacogdoches is president and CEO of the Texas Forest Country Partnership, a 12-county economic development organization that enriches Deep East Texas through marketing, business development and advocacy. Windham has worked in economic development for more than 36 years and has led the EDCs at Nacogdoches, Lufkin and Frisco. She also served as executive director for both the Southern Economic Development Council, a 17-state economic development organization, and the Texas Economic Development Council. Windham serves on the executive committee of the Texas Rural Practitioners and is a board member of the Texas Forest Trail Region. Windham is a lifetime member of the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce and an honorary life member of the Texas Economic Development Council. She attended SFA and graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. She is highlighted in a book, “Texas Women, Trailblazers, Shining Stars and Cowgirls,” a collection of portraits of Lone Star Ladies.

In addition to her appointment as an SFA regent, Gov. Greg Abbott has previously appointed Windham to the Texas Economic Development Corporation and the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board.

Jennifer Wade Winston, Secretary

Term Ends: 2025Jennifer Wade Winston

A community volunteer and self-employed business woman, Jennifer Wade Winston of Lufkin is a first-generation college student who earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from SFA in 2000. She taught as an adjunct faculty member at SFA for 11 years and also taught Princeton Review preparation classes for the Medical College Admissions Test and the Law School Admissions Test. Winston is a type-rated twin-jet pilot and worked as a state-certified residential real estate appraiser for more than six years, specializing in land acquisition for oilfield applications and highway expansion through state eminent domain.

Winston is an advocate for CASA in the Pines. She has worked with the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Gala and is a former board member of the Humane Society of Angelina County, Oak Creek Center and the Nacogdoches County Historical Society. She is a former volunteer at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School, the March of Dimes, and the H.O.S.T. program at Brandon Elementary in Lufkin.
Winston was appointed in 2019 by Gov. Greg Abbott as a member of the SFA Board of Regents for a six-year term.

Spencer Coffey - Student Regent

Term Ends: 2022Spencer Coffey - Student Regent

Spencer Coffey of Highland Village, Texas, has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott as the university’s student regent for the 2021-2022 term.

Coffey graduated from SFA with a degree in criminal justice in May 2020 and is pursuing a Master of Public Administration. He previously served as a graduate assistant for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, where he was in charge of coordinating and directing Greek Week and also served as advisor to the Order of Omega.

Since 2016, Coffey has been a member of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity. As an undergraduate student, he was president of the Interfraternity Council and a member of the NAACP, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Phi Alpha and Men’s Soccer Club.

Coffey works as a paralegal for a Lufkin law firm and plans to attend law school in the future.


Former members

Former Regents Years of Service

John Harold Bates - Houston


Douglas Bergman - Dallas


Joe Bob Golden - Jasper


Roy Maness - Beaumont


R.E. McGee - Houston


James I. Perkins - Rusk


Sam Tanner - Longview


Lera Thomas - Houston


Walter C. Todd - Dallas


Robert C. Gray - Austin


Kathleen Cullum - Dallas


Glenn W. Justice - Dallas


Ernest Powers - Carthage


Peggy Wedgeworth Wright - Nacogdoches

1973-1983; 1987-1993

Homer Bryce - Henderson

1974-1987; 1988-1993

Robert E. Samuel, Jr. - Madisonville


Ted Bowen - Houston


William Fletcher Garner, Jr. - Bridge City


David Larry Jackson - Plano


Willia B. Murphy Wooten - Crockett


Luke S. Honea - Wildwood


Phil Simpson - Dallas


Dan Haynes - Burnet


Richard C. Hile - Jasper


John O. Sutton - Nacogdoches


A. Lavoy Moore - Conroe


Mack M. Stripling - Nacogdoches


A. Nelson Rusche - Jasper


L. Kelly Jones - Arlington


Wayne Salvant - Fort Worth


Senator Roy M. Blake, Sr. - Nacogdoches


Larry Jay Christopher - Crockett


James M. Windham, Jr. - Houston


Sissy Phillips Austin - Jacksonville


Dionne Bagsby - Fort Worth


Retta Baker Kelley - Longview


S. Lynn Montes - Lufkin


Ron Adkison - Henderson


R. Murray Shaw - Austin


R.A. Brookshire - Lufkin


Pattye Greer - Nacogdoches


Jimmy W. Murphy - Houston


Penny Hess Butler - Houston


Michael Enoch - Mont Belvieu


Susan Scheumack Roberds - Dallas


Gary M. Lopez - Dallas


R. Lyn Stevens - Beaumont


Mike Wilhite - Henderson


Dr. Margarita de la Garza-Grahm - Tyler


Kenneth A. James - Kingwood


Fred A. Wulf - Center


Valerie E. Ertz - Dallas


Joe Max Green - Nacogdoches


Paul Gifford Pond - Dallas


Richard B. Boyer - The Colony


James A. Thompson - Sugarland


Melvin R. White - Pflugerville


Carlos Z. Amaral - Plano


James H. Dickerson - New Braunfels


Steve D. McCarty - Alto


Connie M. Ware - Marshall


Barry E. Nelson - Dallas


Ralph C. Todd - Carthage


John R. "Bob" Garrett - Tyler


Kenton E. Schaefer - Brownsville


Nelda Blair - The Woodlands


Scott H. Coleman - Houston


Alton L. Frailey - Katy



Office of the Board of Regents
Fax: 936.468.7048

Physical Address:
1936 North Street
Austin Building
Room 310

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13026
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962