The UGRA Board of Directors is composed of nine directors, all of whom are property owners and residents of Kerr County. The Directors shall serve four-year staggered terms upon appointment of the Governor and confirmation by the Senate. From the Directors, the Governor will appoint a President, and the Directors will elect from their membership a Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board of Directors meet regularly on the fourth Wednesday of January, March, May, August, September and November of each year. Special Board meetings may be called, if necessary.
Dr. William R. Rector, MD – President
Dr. Rector graduated from Tivy High School in 1960 and from Texas A&M in 1964. He received his MD from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Dr. Rector did his internship in the Air Force followed by a three-year tour of duty in the Far East during the Vietnam War. Following his years as a flight surgeon, he left the Air Force for a residency in radiology at the University of Colorado where he developed a special interest in ultrasound working with his mentor and friend, Dr. Joseph Holmes, regarded as the “Father of American Ultrasound.”
Dr. Rector joined the medical staff of Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in 1980 and later, Peterson Regional Medical Center, where he practiced radiology for 31 years retiring in 2011 but continuing to remain active in the medical and business community.
Dr. Rector has served on the board of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, two terms as a KISD trustee and one term on the Kerrville City Council. He has served on the Kerrville Main Street Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Symphony of the Hills Board. He is the longest serving member of the Kerr County Historical Commission. He is Chair of the board organizing the Heart of the Hills Heritage Center to be located soon on the Campus of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial library in the historic A. C. and Myrta Schreiner Home. He is past-president of the Historic Downtown Business Alliance and serves on the board of the Kerrville Christmas Lighting Corporation. Dr. Rector was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2016 and reappointed in 2023.
Maggie Snow – Vice-President
Ms. Snow of Kerrville is the co-owner and appraiser of TexAppraise, Inc. She is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Appraisal Institute. She was the first woman in Texas to receive the Accredited Rural Appraiser designation. In addition, she is an adult leader of Kerr County 4-H Shooting Sports and a member of the Executive Women’s Club. Snow received her Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. Ms. Snow was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2018 and reappointed in 2023.
Austin Dickson – Secretary
Mr. Dickson of Kerrville is CEO of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. The Foundation makes grants to nonprofits and awards scholarships to students throughout a 10-county area. A Waco native and TCU graduate, Mr. Dickson is a board member of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce and the KLRN Endowment Fund, which supports the region’s PBS station. Mr. Dickson was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2019 and reappointed in 2021.
Blake W. Smith – Treasurer
Mr. Smith of Hunt is an owner and director of Camp La Junta. He is a member of the American Camping Association, former board member of Our Lady of the Hills High School, and past president and member of the Camping Association for Mutual Progress. Mr. Smith was formerly president and member of both Hunt ISD Board of Trustees and Kerrville Public Utility Board. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Trinity University. Mr. Smith was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2015 and reappointed in 2021.
Aaron C. Bulkley
Mr. Bulkley of Hunt is owner and operator of Texas Hunt Lodge, Africa Hunt Lodge, and Wildlife Market Taxidermy Studio. As a Member of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization), Mr. Bulkley has founded multiple companies since his university days. Previously, he served as a board member for Rotary Club International, president of Texas Youth Hunt, vice president of Safari Club International - Hill Country Chapter, and as a board member for Trophy Game Records of the World. Mr. Bulkley attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied international business. He is married to Joanie Bulkley, and has two young girls, Viola and Bailey. Mr. Bulkley was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2016 and reappointed in 2019.
Mr. Eastland of Hunt is the President of Camp Mystic Incorporated, a Christian summer camp for girls. He is a member and the former President for the Camping Association for Mutual Progress and a volunteer for the Kerrville Rotary Club. Previously, he served as a member of the Hunt ISD School Board, West Kerr County Little League, and the West Kerr County Little Dribblers. Mr. Eastland received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Eastland was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2022.
Ms. Lovett of Center Point is a retired registered nurse. Her longstanding interest in the Guadalupe River began as a riverfront property owner and participant in the UGRA Volunteer Summer Study Program. Commissioners’ Court appointed her to The Kerr County Aggregate Production Operation Community Advisory Council in 2021 and she is a founding member of Texans for Responsible Aggregate Mining. She graduated from Hendrick Hospital School of Nursing following studies at Hardin Simmons University. Ms. Lovett was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2023.
Diane L. McMahon
Ms. McMahon received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She is retired from United Space Alliance, NASA where she was an experiment support scientist and payload integration manager. Ms. McMahon is currently an active Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, and participant in the UGRA Volunteer Summer Study. She is also a member of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust board. Previously, Ms. McMahon was elected to two terms on the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District board and served on the City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Ms. McMahon was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2015 and reappointed in 2021.
Ms. Stacy of Ingram is the director of Camp Waldemar in Hunt. She attended public schools in Huntsville and received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She is a member of the American Camp Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. She is also a member and past president of the Camping Association for Mutual Progress. She and her husband Philip Stacy have two grown children, Gretchen and Thomas. She was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2023.