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Directors & Staff

THF directors are individuals from across the state who are interested in the preservation of Texas history.  

Board members make an annual financial contribution (allocated to fund THF operations), support fundraising activities, volunteer on committees, and attend quarterly meetings.  Directors and their guests also are invited to quarterly meetings that include behind-the-scene tours throughout the Texas Republic.

If you are interested in becoming a director, please contact the THF office.  Directors from the Panhandle and West Texas are especially needed.


  • Bruce Elsom, Houston, Chairman
  • Sylvia Tillotson, Dallas, President
  • Debbie Cartwright, Austin, Vice President
  • Patrick O. Rayes, Dallas, Treasurer
  • Carol Lipscomb, Ph. D., Fort Worth, Secretary

Honorary Directors

  • J.P. Bryan, Houston
  • Red McCombs, San Antonio
  • Sheila Umphrey, Beaumont


  • Jonathan Allred, Coppell
  • John Aughinbaugh, Fort Worth
  • Fred Bangs, Irving
  • Robert A. Bettis, Irving
  • Patrick J. Biggins, Corpus Christi
  • Phil Bolton, Dallas
  • Kitty Boyle, Irving
  • Shannon Wilson Callewart, Dallas
  • Debbie Cartwright, Austin
  • R.J. Johnson Collins, Uvalde
  • Brian P. Costanza, Colleyville
  • Judy Davis, Elgin
  • Frank de la Teja, Ph.D., Austin
  • Tom C. Doell, Dallas
  • Marshall J. Doke, Jr., Dallas, Chairman Emeritus
  • Lewis Fisher, San Antonio
  • Caira Franz, Llano
  • Donald Frazier, Ph. D., Kerrville
  • Don B. Frost, San Antonio
  • Barbara Gandy, Nacogdoches
  • Glynnis Garry M.D., Dallas
  • Michael Graham, Dallas
  • Eric Griffin, New Braunfels
  • Kay Hindes, Pleasanton
  • Lacy Hunt, Austin
  • Barbara Hunter, Fredericksburg
  • Carol Lipscomb, Ph.D., Fort Worth
  • David Magar, Claude
  • Dian Malouf, Dallas
  • Michael Marchant, Grapevine
  • David Martinez, Corsicana
  • Wiley McIlwain, Riviera
  • Barbara McMahon, Garland 
  • Henry E. Meadows, Jr., Austin
  • John B. Meadows, Austin
  • Tom Middlebrook, M.D., Nacogdoches
  • James Minmier, Fort Worth
  • John Moore, Corpus Christi
  • Kathy Myers, Dallas
  • Sue Ann Pemberton, FAIA, San Antonio
  • Lee Pfluger, San Angelo
  • Margaret Purvis, Midland
  • Robert Reichelt, Irving
  • Kelly Rushing, Houston
  • Michael Sabota, Flint
  • Lenny Sadler, Amarillo
  • Bernie Sargent, Panorama Village
  • William J. Sibley, San Antonio
  • Dian Graves Stai, Fredericksburg
  • William E. Strother, Dallas
  • Angela Styles, Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Susser, Corpus Christi
  • Merle Tanner, Denton
  • Mary Lee Taylor, Del Rio
  • Neill Taylor, Portland, TX
  • Mark Terry, Kingwood
  • Ralph Thomas, Houston
  • Jeffrey Thompson, M.D., Dallas
  • John Tillotson, Dallas
  • Lane Transou, Broaddus
  • David Tucker, Dallas
  • Elizabeth Wahlquist, Dallas
  • Laura Wahlquist Stockdale, Austin
  • D. Clark Wernecke, Ph.D., Pflugerville
  • Hon. Ken Wise, Humble


David Preziosi Executive Director 

Gene Krane Editor, Texas HERITAGE Magazine

Jennifer Solomon Operations Director 

Ryann Griffin Grants Director