Board of Directors

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Blake W. Smith – President

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.

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Diane L. McMahon – Vice-President

Ms. McMahon of Kerrville is currently retired. Previously she worked for United Space Alliance, NASA. Ms. McMahon received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She is currently an active Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, and participant in the UGRA Volunteer Summer Study. Previously, Ms. McMahon served on the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District board for eight years and on the City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Ms. McMahon was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2015.

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Aaron C. Bulkley – Secretary

Mr. Bulkley of Hunt is owner and operator of Texas Hunt Lodge, Africa Hunt Lodge, and Wildlife Market Taxidermy Studio. He currently serves as a board member for Trophy Game Records of the World. Previously, he served as a board member for Rotary Club International, president of Texas Youth Hunt, and vice president of Safari Club International, Hill Country Chapter. 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.

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Dr. William R. Rector, MD – Treasurer

Dr. Rector of Kerrville 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 teaching staff of the University of Colorado for two years followed by a year at Vanderbilt University to establish their Ultrasound Department. He then returned to Denver and later practiced for three years in Mobile, Alabama before receiving an invitation to return to Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital as a radiologist in 1980.

In addition to advancing SPMH’s ultrasound capabilities, Dr. Rector and his partners put together a group of community leaders to purchase the first CT scanner and gamma nuclear camera for Kerrville. These units were both placed in Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Rector served as chief of staff as well as chairman of radiology and served many years on the hospital’s medical executive committee. He retired as senior partner in 2011 after 31 years.

Dr. Rector has served on the Board of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, two terms as a KISD trustee and one term on Kerrville City Council. He served on the Main Street Advisory Board and is currently on the Symphony of the Hills Board. He is also the longest serving member of the Kerr County Historical Commission. Dr. Rector is a member of the radiology residency teaching staff at Wilford Hall Hospital at Lackland AFB where he works one to two weeks per month teaching and caring for our veterans and active duty personnel. Dr. Rector was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2016.

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Lynda Ables

Ms. Ables of Kerrville is retired from her position as music director of First United Methodist Church. She is a volunteer at Peterson Hospice, board member of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, member of Kerr County Courthouse Landscape Committee, and founder of Hill Country Youth Orchestras. In 1979, she organized the first Community Court House Christmas Tree Lighting for Kerrville and ran the celebration for many years.  Ms. Ables received a Bachelor of Music and Master of Science from Texas A&I University in Kingsville. Ms. Ables was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2019.

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Gene Allen

Mr. Allen of Kerrville is president and general manager of Kerrville Funeral Home, Kimble Funeral Home, and Krestridge Funeral Home. He is a member of Texas Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and the Cremation Association of North America. In addition, he is a member of Kerrville Masonic Lodge #697, Kerrville Host Lions Club, and the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Allen received an Associates’ Degree in Criminal Justice from South Plains College and an Associates’ Degree in Mortuary Science from Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. Mr. Allen was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2019.

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Austin Dickson

Mr. Dickson of Kerrville is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, a charitable foundation that makes grants to nonprofits throughout the region. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Dickson lived in Atlanta, Georgia. There he led several nonprofit organizations and was active in Atlanta civic life.  A Waco, Texas, native and TCU graduate, Mr. Dickson earned master's degrees in religion from the University of Edinburgh and Emory University. He also holds a master's in public policy from Georgia Tech.  Mr. Dickson is a member of the Kerr County Historical Association and the Rotary Club of Kerrville. He was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2019.

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Mike Hughes

Mr. Hughes of Ingram is former owner and operator of Broken Arrow Ranch. He is founder, director and past chairman of the Oceaneering International Board of Directors, director and past president of the Exotic Wildlife Association, a board member of the National Ocean Industries Association, director at large of the Marine Technology Society, and a member and past president of the Association of Diving Contractors. He is also a past advisory committee member of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and a member of the National American Standard Institute, Undersea Medical Society and Chi Epsilon- Civil Engineering Fraternity. Mr. Hughes received a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Hughes was appointed to the UGRA Board in 2011 and reappointed in 2018.

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Maggie Snow

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.