State board

The Native Plant Society of Texas is governed by a State Board which meets quarterly. The State Board consists of one voting representative from each of the chapters plus officers who are elected at an annual membership meeting. Board meetings are open to all members.

  • President Bill Hopkins, Gordon
  • President-elect Linda Knowles, Houston
  • VP Administration Dell Hood, Wimberley
  • VP Advocacy Ricky Linex, Weatherford
  • VP Chapter Liaison Dennis Perz, Georgetown
  • VP Communications Stephen Brueggerhoff, Round Rock
  • VP Education Dawn Hancock, Ft Worth
  • VP Environmental Liaison Kevin Janni, Arlington
  • VP Finance Cecil Carter, Denton
  • Past President Lonnie Childs, Fredericksburg

Staff and appointed positions are non-voting members of the board.

  • Office Coordinator Pam Middleton
  • Member Services Coordinator Becky Etzler
  • Audit Committee Chair Betsy Farris
  • Bring Back the Monarchs Project Manager Cathy Downs
  • Botanical Advisor Jason Singhurst
  • Historian Harriet Horton
  • Librarians Gerin and Dell Hood
  • Native Landscape Certification Project Coordinator Meg Inglis
  • Newsletter Editor Stephen Brueggerhoff
  • Nominations Committee Chair Kay Jenkins
  • Operation NICE! Coordinator Theresa Thomas
  • Social Media Manager Sam Kieschnick
  • Texas Native Plant Week Project Managers Cindy Stone / Robert Kamper
  • Volunteer Coordinator Jane Crone
  • Webmaster Robert Kamper


The State Board meets on the third Saturday in the months of January, April, July and October; unless a different day is announced. The meeting location is moved around the state.