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Keeping Texas Big,
Wide and Open
Created by landowners for landowners, TALT's mission is to protect private working lands, thus conserving Texas’ heritage of wide open spaces.

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Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail

To ensure that the focus of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust does not waiver from its mission of protecting agricultural lands and native wildlife habitats, TALT by-laws require that the Board members be chosen from the membership of several of the state’s leading agricultural, hunting and landowner organizations. TALT Board members own land themselves, and therefore understand the challenges of protecting land in perpetuity while ensuring its long-term economic vitality.

Board Officers:

Richard M. Lucas, Jr., President, Houston, Texas.

Richard ranches at Fair Oaks Ranch in Goliad, Bee and Live Oak Counties and is director of the Palo Verde Co., which is also involved in ranching. He is also president of Fair Oaks Production Co., an oil and gas exploration company, and is a director and treasurer of Small Steps Nurturing Center, a charitable organization.

Joe Maley, Vice-President, Waco, Texas.

Joe is the former Director of Organization for Texas Farm Bureau and as such oversaw matters dealing with government relations, policy development, research, education and legal issues, as well as organizational programs. He also coordinated the activities of the political action arm of Texas Bureau known as AGFUND. Joe’s family has ranched in Bee County since the 1890s.

A. Ryland Howard, Secretary, San Antonio, Texas.

Ryland is a trust Senior Vice President at Frost National Bank, San Antonio, Texas and is an attorney, board certified in Estate Planning and Probate.  He is the owner and operator of a cattle ranch in Tom Green County, Texas.  He has served as President of the Board of the Texas Nature Conservancy, as officer of Bexar Land Trust, and is Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Olmos Park, Texas.

Clark Willingham, Treasurer, Dallas, Texas.

Clark is a Dallas attorney specializing in business organizations and estate planning. He is also in the cattle business and has served as president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, the Texas Beef Council and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Clark currently serves as on the National Cattlemen's Foundation and is Board Chair of the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Association.

Board Members:

Marilynn Dierschke, Austin, Texas.

Marilynn is a civic volunteer and seventh generation rancher with extensive experience in education, substance abuse treatment and prevention, adult and juvenile corrections; and management.  She has served as a director and Director of Travis County Farm Bureau; Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the Texas Environmental Education Partnership; and Director of the Texas Land Trust Council. Together with her husband, former Texas Farm Bureau director Dan Dierschke, she ranches near Austin.

John Dudley, Comanche, Texas.

A rancher and partner in Dudley Brothers Ltd., a registered and commercial Hereford operation, John served as president of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association from 2001 to 2003.  At the national level, John served as a director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and is a graduate of the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona.  His memberships and civic affiliations include the Texas State University Board of Regents, Comanche National Bank, Comanche Chamber of Commerce, Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, and the Endowment Fund for Preservation of Ranching Heritage of America.

Steve C. Lewis, Past President, San Antonio, Texas.

Steve is Senior Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Bank and Chairman of the Board of Jefferson Bancshares, Inc., San Antonio, Texas and owner, Steve C. Lewis Ranch Real Estate. He is Past President and current Director, Texas Wildlife Association; Past President and current Trustee, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation; Past President, AgriFood Education Council; Vice Chairman, Texas Youth Hunting Association; Director, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association; and former Chairman, Private Lands Advisory Committee for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Steve is also current Director of the San Antonio Zoo, member of the Boone and Crockett Club, and actively involved in managing his family’s ranches near Boerne, Yancey and Eldorado.

Larry Mellenbruch, Bastrop, Texas.

Larry grew up dividing his time between his family’s agricultural operations in Plugerville, the Rio Grande Valley, and South Texas. He earned his electrical engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin, which was followed by a career in the UT Applied Research Laboratories. Larry served on the board of the Travis County Farm Bureau and as president of the Manville Water Supply.

Rick Peebles, Baytown, Texas.

Rick is an attorney practicing in Baytown, Texas.  He has served as president, Baytown Chamber of Commerce; director, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; board member and executive committee, San Jacinto Methodist Hospital; director, School Law Section, State Bar of Texas; director, Houston Bar Foundation; director, Texas Bar Foundation; and director, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Randy Rehmann, Austin, Texas.

Randy is Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Dynamic Systems, Inc., a mechanical contracting company based in Austin.  Randy is past-president of the Texas Wildlife Association and currently serves as president of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. Randy owns and manages ranches in Bracketville, Texas and Gunnison, Colorado. As TWA president, Randy served on TALT’s Steering Committee and was influential in the organization’s founding. 

Julie Kelleher Stacy, San Antonio, Texas.

Julie grew up in San Antonio, and earned her degree in Range Science from Texas A&M University. She ran the Attwater's Prairie Chicken captive breeding program at Sea World San Antonio 1998-2001. She has worked with her extended family in managing ranches in Brewster and Kendall Counties since 1979. Julie serves on the board of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, and on the advisory board for the South Texas Natives Project at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

Dr. Don Steinbach, Burton, Texas.

Don retired from the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Department at Texas A & M University. His role as the Associate Department Head for Extension included statewide responsibilities for wildlife and fisheries educational programs in Texas. Presently he operates a 100-acre family farm in Washington County, near Brenham Texas. He serves on the Texas Wildlife Association Board of Directors, is Past President of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, and is Past President to the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.