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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 Jessica Gadis.  Directors from the Panhandle and West Texas are especially needed.


  • Bruce Elsom, Houston, Chairman
  • Michael Marchant, Grapevine, President
  • Sylvia Tillotson, Dallas, Vice President
  • Patrick O. Rayes, Dallas, Treasurer
  • Laura Wahlquist Stockdale, Dallas, Secretary

Honorary Directors

  • J.P. Bryan, Houston
  • Red McCombs, San Antonio
  • Sheila Umphrey, Beaumont
  • Walter 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
  • Deborah Cartwright, Austin
  • R.J. Johnson Collins, Uvalde
  • Brian P. Costanza, Colleyville
  • Judy Davis, Elgin
  • Frank de la Teja, Ph.D., Austin
  • Patrick DePole, Frisco
  • 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, Dallas
  • Eric Griffin, New Braunfels
  • Kay Hindes, Pleasanton
  • Lacy Hunt, Austin
  • Barbara Hunter, Fredericksburg
  • Ele Jordan, Dripping Springs
  • Carol Lipscomb, Ph.D., Fort Worth
  • David Magar, Claude
  • Dian Malouf, Dallas
  • David Martinez, Corsicana
  • 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
  • Kenneth Raney, Richardson
  • Robert Reichelt, Irving
  • Kelly Rushing, Houston
  • Bernie Sargent, El Paso
  • Billye Proctor Shaw, Abilene
  • William J. Sibley, San Antonio
  • Michael Sparks, Houston
  • Dian Graves Stai, Fredericksburg
  • William E. Strother, Dallas
  • Angela Styles, Washington, D.C.
  • Elizabeth Susser, Corpus Christi
  • Marylee Taylor, Del Rio
  • Neil 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
  • D. Clark Wernecke, Ph.D., Pflugerville
  • Hon. Ken Wise, Humble


Gene Krane, Executive Director

Areas of responsibility: Oversees administration and operations, budgeting and finances, board matters, marketing, and serves as magazine editor



Jessica Gadis, Communications and Operations Assistant

Areas of responsibility: Administrative matters, membership coordination, operational support and communications outreach.



Tina KinserGrant Manager

Areas of responsibility: Grant applications, questions and review.


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