Eric retired in 2015 after working 33 years in the petrochemical industry. During his career he filled roles as Mechanical Engineer, Technical Leader and Supervisor locally and in world-wide support positions. Eric grew up in Baytown and lived most of his life here. After graduating with a BSME from Louisiana State University in 1981, he and his wife Aileen married and moved to Baytown and have lived here ever since. They have three grown children, Christopher, Danielle, and David.
Gary S. Englert
Gary is currently employed as an Executive Vice President / Regional CEO with CommunityBank of Texas and has been in the banking industry for 35 years. He is an active member of St. John's Catholic Church in Baytown and serves on the Church Finance Board.
Gary was born in Baytown, Texas om 1961. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1979. After attending high school, Gary attended Lee College and graduated in 1984. After his graduation he attended the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas where he graduated in 1989. Gary has been married for 32 years to Diane Englert. They have a 26 year-old son named Taylor.
Gary's hobbies include cycling, playing tennis, golfing, and volleyball.
Gary's Community Activities Include:
Thomas R. Kelchner, Ed.D.
Tom has served nearly three decades in public school settings. Mr. Kelchner is currently the Director of Special Education for Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD) in Baytown. His responsibilities include overseeing the development and maintenance of programs that directly support over 2,400 special education students. Mr. Kelchner works with District teams that support all of the 24,000 students in GCCISD. Tom also serves as Chairman of the Management Board of the Tri-County East Regional Day School Program for the Deaf which serves 17 member districts.
Tom's professional experience includes elementary, middle and high school principalships as well as central office positions. The teams at all schools under Mr. Kelchner's direction led students to significant achievement gains. Tom has also served as an employee and student hearing officer. Throughout his career Tom has served on numerous school district and community committees. In various positions, he has worked with students, parents, board trustees, superintendents, executive level management and community leaders. Tom has a broad-based experience in working with very ethnically, culturally and economically diverse communities. Tom is slated as a new Director on the Rotary Club Board.
Besides the accomplishments that the GCCISD Special Education Team has achieved, Tom is particularly proud of collaborative efforts with the City of Baytown that resulted in the Inclusive Park Project and the Pirates' Bay Special Needs Nights. He is equally proud of the affiliation with the Baytown YMCA's Miracle League program.
Tom attended TCU in Fort Worth. He has attained Master degrees in Special Education and Educational Administration from the University of Texas-Dallas and the University of North Texas respectively. Mr. Kelchner also holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas.
Tom's wife, Laura, is Director of Data Management and Compliance in the Spring, ISD. They reside with their rescue Labrador Retriever, Ben, in Huffman. Tom and Laura are proud of their 22-year old sons - one who is going to school in Dallas; and, one who is serving our country as a U.S. Marine.
Virginia received her education in central Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana Tech with a BA in Education. After moving to Houston and teaching in HISD for two years she was hired by Pasadena ISD and taught third and fourth grade for twenty-seven more years. During this time she attended the University of Houston - Clear Lake and received her MA in Education Supervision. She was a team leader, mentor for eight student teachers, participated in Successful for All Program sponsor by John Hopkins. She also served as a member of the PISD Committee for Students with Disabilities. This was of special interest since she had survived polio at the age of six months old and would always have a disability and have a personal understanding of people with disabilities.
Community service has included and includes past President and Vice-President of the Texas Polio Survivor Association, Co-Chairman of the TPSA Golf Tournament, member of the Bay Area Polio Support Group. Past President of the Pasadena National and Pasadena Teenage Little League, Past President and Vice-President of the La Porte Bayshore Garden Club, Board member of Accessible Space, Inc., Past President of the Bay Area Rehabilitation Center Board of Directors, and volunteer with the La Porte Officers Association.
Virginia's family includes one granddaughter, one son and his wife, and two step-sons and their wives.
A native of Baytown, Barry brings almost 25 years of experience in successfully performing financial planning and public accounting for clients. Beginning in 1982 when he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, Barry began his professional journey by joining a local accounting firm. After a few years and the recognition of attaining his Certified Public Accountant Certificate in 1987, Barry transitioned to the next level by opening what has become one of the leading locally-owned and operated CPA firms in the area, providing exceptional tax and accounting services to a diversified client base.
Barry has expanded the area of financial estate planning to be an integral part of the firm’s service model. An innate ability to recognize distinctions relating to the steps necessary for individual financial management allows Barry to help direct clients to the best path leading to their own financial security.
Barry enjoys developing and maintaining close relationships with each client as he assists them with their tax, accounting and personal wealth needs. Always a strong advocate for his clients, his expertise lies in IRS, state and local jurisdiction audits, as well as small business and personal consulting.
Barry’s ability to think outside the box continues to facilitate the swift growth of BW James LLP, allowing the firm to hire additional CPAs, paraprofessional staff members and other office personnel to best serve our clients. Barry is a long-standing member in the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference to thousands of children and adults with disabilities in Baytown and the surrounding East Houston communities.
David R. Smith
David is a long established executive in the chemical manufacturing industry. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Enginerring from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He grew up in the inner city of Nashville, Tennessee.
Mr. Smith has diversified experience and expertise in sales management, manufacturing operations, process engineering, site facility management, supply chain operations and quality assurance. His various roles and responsibilities as a manufacturing executive included process and employee safety, health, industrial hygiene, security and environmental protection; plant maintenance, engineering and utilities operations; purchasing, receiving, warehousing and shipping; manufacturing cost accounting and information systems; customer service, community relations, media communications and college recruiting. Additionally, he has experience and proven proficiency in corporate business functions such as strategic planning, product management, business analysis, forecasting competitive market assessments, and market development.
Mr. Smith has a long-established track record of success in meeting targeted objectives and exceeding expectations. His ability to develop cooperative working relationships at all levels of an organization and building teams are key strengths. He has a reputation for being loyal, determined, innovative and results focused. He quickly assesses business needs and identifies creative new ways to make things happen. Mr. Smith continually expands the scope of his personal responsibilities, thrives with challenges, and leads with a contagious drive for excellence.
As Vice-President, Mr. Smith was responsible for all infrastructure operations and site management. Bayer's highest ranking executive in South Carolina. He led the transformation of the Bushy Park site from its former configuration as a Bayer multi-divisional site to an industrial complex hosting both Bayer and third party businesses. This new business model enhanced performance of Bayer businesses and significantly reduced operating costs. Throughout transformation of the site he sustained a culture based on high standards for safety and focused on continuous improvement and customer service.
Mr. Smith also served as Director of Operations for the Wood Coatings Group of Valspar Corporation based in High Point, North Carolina. There he led the manufacturing, customer service and supply chain operations for five locations in the USA and Canada.
After a short stint in "early retirement", Mr. Smith seized the opportunity to return to work for Bayer Business and Technology Services in a new career role that he was keenly interested in pursuing - Sales and Marketing. Currently, as a Strategic Partner Manager in the global Customer & Product Management organization, he is responsible for managing relationships and developing business opportunities with key external customers in the chemical and life science industries.
Liz Stavens is currently the ExxonMobil Manufacturing Technical Manager for the North American Growth Project in Baytown. Prior to this role, Liz was the Global Feedstock and Optimization Improve Manager for the ExxonMobil Basic Chemicals and was located at ExxonMobil's new campus in Spring, Texas.
Liz joined the ExxonMobil Process Research in 2001 with a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana). She received her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1999. Since then, she has gained broad experience in research and technology, manufacturing, and business planning and optimization, and has held assignments in Baton Rouge, Baytown, and Houston.
Liz and her husband Kevin (who also works for ExxonMobil in Polymers Technology) have three children, two daughter and a son. She enjoys spending her time with her family, being active outdoors, and an involved member in the community.
Doug and his wife have been married for nearly 5 decades. They have two wonderful children and four grandchildren. Doug graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and then Cornell University where he received a Masters in Chemical Engineering. He then started to work for Exxon Chemical Co. Over a 35-year career, he held several assignments in New Jersey, Texas and Singapore mostly in the manufacture of petrochemicals. His final two assignments were Plant Manager of the Baytown Olefins Plant and Manufacturing Director of the Singapore Chemical Plant.
Doug now does volunteer work sitting on the Boards of several non-profit organizations and is an active Rotarian. He is in his sixth term as a Beach City Councilman and has been appointed by the Governor of Texas to be a County Director on the Coastal Water Authority Board in Houston.
While he previously participated in several sports in his younger life, he now especially enjoys his four grandchildren in addition to golf, gardening and traveling.
Gary joined the Bay Area Rehabilitation Center Board of Directors in April of 2004. A graduate of the University of Texas - Austin, Gary earned a BBA in 1974.
Gary's background includes:
Gary is the father of three children, Lander (33), Joshua (31), Audrey (27). Gary is the son of retired legendary University of Houston Head Football Coach, Bill Yeoman.
Gary's side activity in playing golf.