Hector Acevedo is a District Manager for Wells Fargo’s Central Texas Community Banking. Hector is responsible for 10 Community Banking Branches and 100 team members who serve customers in the Bryan College Station area, and other locations to provide financial solutions to individuals and small businesses. Over the years, Hector has served in many capacities, including Teller, Personal Banker, Business Specialist, Assistant Manager, and Branch Manager, before taking on his current role in 2016.
Hector is a new board member for Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity and United Way. He and his Wells Fargo team volunteer each year at Habitat build sites and other local organizations. Hector also serves on the board of United Way of the Brazos Valley and is a member of the Leadership Brazos Valley, class of 2019.
Bill Van Eman
Past President of the Board
Bill Van Eman is a Texas native and graduated from Texas A&M with two degrees in agribusiness. He has been a banker for over 20 years in three different markets in Texas. Besides serving on our Habitat board, Mr. Van Eman also serves on a local high school football officials association. He is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a teacher for Junior Achievement. Bill and his family are members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Vestry.
Michele Esparza is an attorney and has practiced law for 28 years. During these years she has observed the challenges that many people face when looking for a home. Michele supports Habitat as it meets this challenge by providing safe, affordable homes and an opportunity to achieve the American dream.
Connie Flickinger is a lifelong Texan. Born in Victoria, TX. Connie moved to College Station in 1990 to attend Texas A&M. Since graduating with a civil engineering degree in 1993, Connie has worked for the Texas Department of Transportation, currently as Assistant Area Engineer overseeing highway construction projects in Robertson and Brazos Counties. Connie has been an active supporter of B/CS Habitat for Humanity for more than 20 years ever since she was introduced to B/CS Habitat for Humanity through her church, Peace Lutheran Church, in 1994. Connie currently serves as the Faith in Action committee co-chair. Her greatest source of pride is leading the efforts to build the first local Interfaith Habitat House in 2012, beginning a tradition of the interfaith community joining efforts to build Habitat homes in our community. Connie’s also serves as the Mission and Outreach Chair at Peace Lutheran Church where she organizes and supports volunteers and fundraising efforts for non-profit agencies. Connie is an active member of an interdenominational Faith and Inclusion Team that looks at ways to include all members with varied disabilities as active participants in worship and the life of the congregation. In addition to helping people, Connie also greatly enjoys rescuing animals of all types and has worked with and supported various animal rescue organizations. She always has a menagerie of critters on her farm in Robertson County that she enjoys caring for and spending time with. Connie is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist.
Past President of the Board
Kathryn Greenwade serves as the Vice President for Communications and Human Resources for The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. A member of The Association team since 1999, Kathryn leads The Association’s communications functions – including publications, public relations and AggieNetwork.com – along with organization’s human resources team. Prior to her tenure with The Association, she worked for the Texas A&M Career Center, and in organizations in the Dallas area from 1988-1997. She earned a BS in Journalism from Texas A&M in 1988 and has maintained the PHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute since 2000. In addition to her duties at The Association of Former Students, Kathryn served as an Academic Mentor to Company C-2 in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets for 13 years and was selected as a Fish Camp Namesake in 2000. She is also an active member of the Brazos Valley Figure Skating Club. Kathryn is VP of the Association of Former Students.
Holly Kasperbauer joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University as Assistant Director of the Public Service Leadership Program in February 2012. In this role, she works with faculty and staff to inspire students to become principled leaders and encourage them to identify and use strategies to continue developing their leadership identity.
Holly is a native of Iowa and received her BS in Agricultural Education and a minor in Horticulture from Iowa State University and her MS in Agricultural Education from the Department of Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M (class of 2005). She is currently finishing her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech from a distance, where she is studying college student leadership development and critical thinking in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. Prior to working on her Ph.D., Holly taught high school agriculture and worked in curriculum development for an agricultural nonprofit organization. She has taught several courses that included topics on leadership theory, team development, leadership and popular culture, and oral communication.
In the community, Holly enjoys volunteering her time to help animals in need. She works with a local rescue, Long Way Home Adoptables, where she serves as a foster to animals who need a temporary place to call home until a forever home is found. Holly has seen the impact that Habitat has had on the community, and she is looking forward to volunteering her time to help with builds and serving on the board.
Bert Loudon is a Texas native, graduating from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. During his military service in the US Army, he met and married Mary, his beloved wife of 58 years. After his military service, he had a 36-year career with Square D Company in various sales, marketing and management positions in a number of US cities, mostly outside of Texas. Throughout those years, Bert had the opportunity to work on Habitat builds throughout the United States. Shortly after retiring, he moved back to Texas and has been in College Station for almost seven years. Bert and Mary enjoy international travel, Aggie Sports, OPAS, BVSO and serving at their church, Christ United Methodist Church. For Bert, serving on the B/CS Habitat Board is an honor as well as a new adventure.
George Nelson Jr.
George L. Nelson Jr. grew up in Bryan, TX and attended Bryan High School. George started volunteering and serving the Brazos Valley community at a young age as a volunteer firefighter. He was first introduced to Habitat for Humanity while in high school, volunteering alongside his dad and brother to build a Habitat home right here in Bryan. George is the Weatherization Program Manager for U.S. Department of Energy and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. He is a dedicated family man to his wife, Candi Nelson, two daughters, Emma and Marissa, two dogs and one cat. He enjoys a few rounds of golf every now and then, along with hunting, fishing, and anything else outdoors. George enjoys serving his community on the Board of Directors for B/CS Habitat for Humanity and is humbled to be given this opportunity to serve such a great organization.
Janet Turner Parish is Clinical Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Department of Marketing in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. In addition, she is the Director of the Department’s Professional Selling Initiative which is aimed at creating new opportunities for students in sales-related careers. Dr. Parish is also a Mays Teaching Fellow and a recent recipient of the Association of Former Students College Level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Parish holds BSBA and MBA degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. in marketing from The University of Alabama. Dr. Parish’s research interests include relationship marketing, services marketing, service innovation, customer service and satisfaction, and the role of frontline employees in service encounters. Parish teaches a variety of marketing courses including principles of marketing and services marketing. She teaches in the May’s undergraduate program as well as the Professional and Executive MBA programs. Additionally, she has taught in several of Texas A&M’s Center for Executive Development programs. Her research has appeared in Journal of Service Research, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Annals of Family Medicine, Health Environments Research and Design Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Dr. Parish serves as an ad-hoc reviewer or Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research, and Journal of Interactive Marketing. She has also reviewed for Journal of Retailing, Journal of Applied Business Studies, and several national conferences.
Ernie Prochaska is a retired engineer with a career in the oil and gas industry. He is an Aggie, class of 1953, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and continued his studies at the University of Houston by completing a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering. Ernie also served in the United States Marine Corp for three years in his youth.
He has six wonderful children with first wife, Dorothy (Dotty), his hometown sweetheart. After Dotty’s passing in 2006, Ernie met and married Arla in 2010. At their church, A&M United Methodist Church, they led a ministry of “Partnering with New Members” and continue to participate in other ministries and Sunday School programs. Together, they have also funded projects for B/CS Habitat for Humanity, Corps of Engineers and the A&M Development Program.
Ernie and Arla have a great heart for the mission of Habitat. Ernie is inspired to serve on B/CS Habitat’s Board in a greater capacity after hearing the many stories of service highlighted during the memorial services for President George H.W. Bush.
President of the Board
Linda Ravey is a program manager for Texas A&M Technology Commercialization and has been an employee of the A&M system for 25+ years. Linda has served in various roles including development work, administration, marketing and communication, new company development, and has a track record of being an effective team member and leader. In 2014 she received the “Outstanding Employee Service Award” from the A&M System and the Divison of Research Staff Excellence Award in 2017. Her experience on other boards and her employment with A&M coupled with a passion to see others realize their dreams through having a home of their own is a great fit for her involvement for Habitat. Linda has lived in Bryan for 39+ years raising her family in the community. Linda and her husband Rick have six children between them and the blessing of 20 grandchildren. They enjoy fishing, camping, hiking and traveling.
Secretary of the Board
Gabby Ring moved to the Brazos Valley from Houston over 5 years ago. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MBA from The University of Colorado. Over the last twenty years, she has held various roles from sales, retail, marketing, and management to corporate strategy. She is currently the Manufacturing Operations Director for LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. in Bryan. She challenges her employees and other companies to team up with Habitat for Humanity to make a difference in our community by supporting a great organization that provides a way for parents to obtain a safe and affordable home for their children.
Justin Smith is from Bryan, Texas and grew up in a home built by our Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He graduated from Bryan High School and was blessed with an opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education and play football for Tarleton State University. During his college football career Justin was part of three Lone Star Conference Championship teams as well as being named to the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times. Upon graduating from Tarleton State University, Justin began a career in other cities in Texas before deciding to move back to Bryan and follow his passion of giving back to the city he loves so much, Bryan. Justin is currently Principal of Sam Rayburn Middle School in Bryan and has served roles from coaching football and track to teaching math. Justin has also been named Secondary Teacher of the Year in Rockwall ISD in 2007 and Bryan ISD in 2010. He is married to Tina Smith and has two children: Jaxson (5) and Ruby Catherine (3). Justin attributes much of his success and being able to live the Dream to being raised in a tight-knit community and believing in a strong upbringing for children and the mentality of “It takes a village to raise a child.”
Vice President of the Board
Mary Stasny has been a Lecturer in the Accounting Department at Texas A&M since 1997. Before teaching at Texas A&M, she taught accounting at Blinn College in Bryan and College Station. She received an MBA in accounting from Texas A&M, and has a BA in history from the University of Texas. Mrs. Stasny is taking classes in the Department of Educational Administration, concentrating in the areas of school finance and public school funding. As the mother of four, she is an active volunteer in local schools, and also serves as the Treasurer of the Bryan/College Station Friends of the Library.
Treasurer of the Board
Gerald Still joins the Board of Directors in 2017 and brings management development experience to Habitat from his career in oil exploration and production. Gerald has been involved with every Habitat home supported by Christ United Methodist church. As an advisor to BUILD, Mr. Still is dedicated to promoting volunteerism with Aggie students. Gerald and his wife Martha mentor and support Texas A and M students through a President Endowed Fellowship the couple began in 1980.