Board of Directors

  Carl E. “Gene” Garrett, Jr.
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics, Texas Tech University, 1971
Master of Science in Systems Technology, Naval Postgraduate School, 1980
32 years in U. S. Navy
Combat Systems Officer in USS SCOTT (DDG 995) and USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47)
Executive Officer of USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56)
Commanding Officer USS STOUT (DDG 55)
Assistant Chief Of Staff for Combat Systems and C4I, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

Professor of Naval Science, University of Texas at Austin
Under Secretary of the Navy’s Revolution in Business Affairs Beacon Award in May 2000
Vice President Al Gore's Hammer Award for making significant contributions to support the President's National Performance Review in summer 1998
Awarded two Legion of Merits, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the American Spirit Award

Wayne Harrell

Agent, Farmers Insurance

Harrell holds a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University. He has served on the Fredericksburg ISD School Board, the Fredericksburg Higher Education Steering Committee, and the Fredericksburg Rotary, for which he was named Rotarian of the Year.
Dave Campbell
President, Heartland Enterprises
Campbell earned his BS in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has been President of Micro-Gen Equipment Corporation (a SCJ subsidiary) and has served in managerial positions with S.C. Johnson, International Minerals & Chemicals, and General Motors. He currently is serving as a board member on the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board and the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Board. He also has been Chairman of the Fredericksburg  Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Hill Country University Steering Committee, on a workforce development consortium, and on the Crime Stoppers Board.  
Dr. Marc Williamson
Retired Superintendent, Fredericksburg ISD
Earned BA in English and history, MA in Educational Administration from Southwest Texas State University, and Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration from Texas Tech University. Worked as administrator for Pine Tree ISD and Hereford ISD. Served on various boards, including Hill Country Education Steering Committee, State Academic Decathlon Executive Committee, Fredericksburg Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Gillespie County Leadership, United Way, Junior Achievement, Regional Hospital, and American Heart Association.
Scott Netherland
Colonel, US Army (Retired)
Scott Netherland is now the Project Manager for Laughlin Homes & Restoration, Inc., a custom homebuilder in Fredericksburg, Texas.  He is a retired Army Colonel and former Lead Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton. He earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point (1982), MS in Aerospace Engineering/Orbital Mechanics at the University of Texas (1990), and MS in Strategic Studies at the US Army War College (2004). His Army career of over 27 years included duties as an Army Aviator (UH-60 Blackhawk) and Space Operations Officer (FA40).  His assignments included service as a Flight Operations Officer and Company Commander in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY; Space Operations Officer and Operations Center Chief at the US Army Space Command, Colorado Springs, CO; Brigade Adjutant, Company Commander and Battalion Operations Officer in the12th Aviation Brigade in Germany; Special Technical Operations Officer at US Space Command and Battalion Commander of the 1st Space Battalion at Peterson Air Force Base, CO; Chief of Staff and Director of the Space Control Division at the National Security Space Office at the Pentagon, Washington, DC; and Chief of the Army Space Element at U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston, TX. He is a Life Member of the Association of the United States Army and member of the Army Space Professionals Association.  He also serves on the Elder Board of Hill Country Evangelical Free Church in Fredericksburg.  He and his wife Jacque reside in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Albert Napier
Professor of Management, Rice University
Napier earned his BA in Mathematics and Economics; his MBA in Statistics and Finance; and his Ph.D. in Operations Research, Management, and Computers Science at the University of Texas. He is Professor of Management and Psychology at the Jess H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. He has published numerous articles on information technology, human-computer interaction, and entrepreneurship. 

William David (Dave) Davenport

Retired Executive
Retired executive from the computer industry where his career spanned over 30 years of domestic and international business management.  At the time of his retirement in 2009, Dave served as Senior Vice-President of NEC Corporation where he ran their $500M North America computer business.  Before joining NEC, Dave was CEO of several specialized technology companies located in Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colorado; and Silicon Valley, California.  Prior to this, Dave was the Vice-President of Worldwide Operations for Hitachi, Ltd residing and working in Odawara, Japan.
Dave began his career as a mathematician for IBM working with NASA on the space program during the early days of the Shuttle program development.  Presently Dave owns and manages a Real Estate Investment and Construction business that he operates in the North Texas area.

Dave is a graduate from Baylor University with a degree in Mathematics and has completed post-graduate studies in Mathematics and Computer-Science at Texas Tech University.
Dave and his wife, Clare, reside in Fredericksburg.  They have two sons, Ryan and Trey, both of which are graduates of Fredericksburg High School and the University of North Texas.  Ryan and Trey both currently reside in Denton, Texas.
As part of his retirement, Dave works to serve his community and state through his volunteer efforts.  Dave is currently serving as Board Chairman for the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts and as a Board member for SystemsGo, a science and engineering education initiative.  Additionally, Dave is a past member of the Texas Tech University Hill Country Advisory Board.

Dr. Eric Wright
Fredericksburg ISD

Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University, 2002
Superintendent Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University, 2003
Master’s Degree In Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University, 1990
Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, 1988
Professional Experiences
Superintendent of Schools for Fredericksburg ISD, 2014 to present
Superintendent of Schools for Huntington ISD, 2006 to 2014
Superintendent of Schools for Woodville ISD, 2004 to 2006
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Huntington ISD, 2001 to 2004
Principal Huntington High School, 2000 to 2001
Principal Huntington Elementary School, 1997 to 2000
Assistant Principal, Slack Elementary, Lufkin ISD, 1996 to 1997
History Teacher/Coach at Terrell ISD, Channelview ISD, West Hardin CCISD, Hardin ISD, Marshall ISD, & Lufkin ISD, 1989 to 1996
Community Involvement
Chair for the Region 7 ESC Superintendent’s Advisory Committee
Texas Association of School Administrator’s Study Group Chair for Region 7
Executive Board Member/VP for the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce
SFASU Superintendent Program Advisory Committee Member
United Way Chair for Huntington 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
UIL District 18 AAA Chair
Lufkin Area Cohort Chair for the East Texas Consortium of Region 7 Superintendents
Angelina Coalition Chair/Board Member
Angelina Alliance for Children Board Member
Region 7 Representative for TASA Commissioner’s Cabinet
TASA Mentor for New Texas Superintendents

Robert Hickerson
Colonel, USMC (retired)

Bob Hickerson is an independent consultant in nonprofit management recently retired from his role as Chief Operating Officer for Texas Tech’s Division of Off-Campus Sites, University College, in which he helped to open/managed a network of academic centers in Amarillo, Abilene, Marble Falls, Fredericksburg, El Paso, Waco, and Junction. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, a small state agency which managed the $50 million Texas AmeriCorps grant program and served as the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism under Governor Bush. Prior to his work with the Texas Commission, he served as founding executive director of the Seaborne Conservation Corps at Texas A&M Galveston, a residential conservation, education and national service program for high-school dropouts.

A veteran of 28 years service as a naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, Colonel Hickerson has degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S in Physiology), the University of Southern California (M.S. in Management) and the Naval War College (M.S. in Strategic Studies). He has over 5000 hours of flight time in various jet aircraft and helicopters, and was recently inducted into the Golden Eagles, an honorary society of naval aviators limited in number to 200 living members.

He is active in several community-based organizations, serving as executive director of the Hill Country University Center Foundation, director of the Fredericksburg Education Initiative (SystemsGo Aeroscience program), director of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and past president and journal editor of the international A-4 Skyhawk Association (an association of military pilots from 10 countries). He is active in Fredericksburg Morning Rotary and is member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

He remains active in statewide nonprofit affairs, having recently served as co-chair of the Texas Task Force on Nonprofit Capacity Building, a committee created by the 81st Legislature to conduct hearings and recommend ways in which state agencies can better partner with community-based nonprofit organizations.

He and his wife Judy reside in Fredericksburg, TX.

Robert Deaver

Electronics Engineer, Real Time Systems

Earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio and MS in Computer Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He is a former student of the first two years of the FHS Aeroscience program where he participated in the construction and flight of the Redbird 1, and Redbird 2. In his career Deaver has worked for IBM, Dell, and is currently employed by Real Time Systems in Fredericksburg, Texas designing embedded systems that are used world-wide.

Ben Williams
U.S. Air Force
Ben Williams serves as an active duty officer in the US Air Force.  He currently works as a foreign space systems analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.  Prior to that, he served as the Airborne Laser program’s lead engineer of the battle management and tracking systems for the Missile Defense Agency at Kirtland AFB, NM. Williams holds a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.  He is expecting to earn a MBA from Oklahoma State University in 2015. 

Zach Pooser
Business Owner

Zach Pooser served 12 years in the Naval Nuclear Field where he learned operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants and conducted training in nuclear propulsion and energy. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas and taught as Associate Professor of Automotive Technologies at Tidewater Community College in Virginia.
After moving to the Texas Hill Country in 1993, he opened Chassis by Zach, an automotive repair shop in Fredericksburg.
His hobbies include flying (he is an instrument rated pilot), photography, videography, and computer technology. He is active in Rotary and helped establish the new Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary club. He has volunteered for SystemsGo, Wings Over the Hills, and many community initiatives. He is an active member of Zion Lutheran Church.

George Hahn
Retired, Oil & Aviation Industries
Hahn is a retired business owner from the aviation industry. His business, Albuquerque Balloon Center in Albuquerque, N.M. was the largest and busiest FAA certified repair station specializing in lighter than air aircraft (both hot air and gas filled balloons) in the world. Aerco built many specialized fabric products for NASA, DoE, DoD, and military prime contractors. In addition ,George was a part owner and general manager of FireFly Balloons, a manufacturer of hot air balloons in Statesville, N.C. George started his career as an engineer designing hydraulic equipment and systems for a major oil company. As part of his commitment to ballooning and aviation, George served as a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Pilot Examiner for more than 27 years. He served in many position with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, first as an official, then as Balloonmiester in charge of all flying events, and then to serve on the Board of Directors for 30 years, and as its president in 1991.He retired from the Board of Directors in 2014.


Brett Williams, SystemsGo Director

Andrew Matthes, Education Manager

Christy Glass, Office Manager

Phil Houseal, Director of Communications

Advisory Board Members:

Lee Meyer
Vice President – Marketing, Aerojet

Joan Baker
Technical Assistant to the Shuttle Program Manager, NASA – JSC

David Ladrach
Air Force/NASA Shuttle Manager, Retired [Aerospace Consultant]

Terry Abel
Aeronautics Operations, Lockheed Martin

Jeff Cardenas

Steve Witkowski
Sr. Market Manager –Space & Defense Group, Moog, Inc.

Hu Davis
President, StarcraftBoosters

John M. Wallace
President, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Fredericksburg, TX

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