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Sarita Hixon, President
Sarita Armstrong Hixon of Armstrong and Houston, serves as a County Commissioner of Kenedy County. Proudly following in the footsteps of her mother, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Ms. Hixon was appointed to fill her mother’s position as a County Commissioner and was re-elected to the office. For over 150 years, her family has owned The Armstrong Ranch—a working ranch in Kenedy County, where Ms. Hixon grew up and which she now co-manages. Ms. Hixon serves on the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum Foundation, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission and the Houston Hospice. Ms. Hixon was appointed to the Texas Historical Commission in 2005 and served until 2011. She is a former Chairman of the San Jacinto Museum of History Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also previously served on the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and on the board of trustees of the Friends of Communities in Schools in Houston. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she received her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Owen D. Cox, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas and was an associate attorney with the Houston law firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP.Back to top
Emilio Zamora , First Vice President
Emilio Zamora is a professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in Mexican American history, Texas history, oral history, and transnational (U.S./Mexico) working class history. His latest publications are Claiming Rights and Righting Wrongs in Texas, Mexican Job Politics during World War II and Beyond the Latino World War II Hero: The Social and Political Legacy of a Generation (co-edited with Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez). Zamora has served as the Vice Chair of the advisory board of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC, Austin), and a member of the advisory board of the Hispanic Texas History Project, a statewide archival collection program with the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project based at the University of Houston. Zamora also serves as a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association and as a Fellow of the Barbara White Stuart Centennial Professorship in Texas history at The University of Texas.Back to top
Mary Margaret McAllen , Second Vice President
A seventh generation Texan with roots deriving from Spanish and Mexican traditions, Mary Margaret McAllen was raised on a South Texas cattle ranch belonging to her family since 1790. She writes the history of the region viewed though the families of South Texas and notable military, political, and community leaders and told against the backdrop of the social, economic and political history of the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she assisted in compiling the New Handbook of Texas. Her first book, I Would Rather Sleep in Texas, began with research conducted by her grandmother, Margaret H. McAllen and her father James A. McAllen. It won the San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award. Her newest book, A Brave Boy and A Good Soldier: John C. C. Hill and the Texas Expedition to Mier, tells the 1842 biography of a young Texan captured in battle and later adopted by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
Paula Mitchell Marks, Past President (2017)
Paula Marks, Professor Emerita of American Studies at St. Edward’s University, received her doctorate from the University of Texas with concentrations in U.S. women’s history, history of the American West, and American literature. Her dissertation research on nineteenth-century San Antonio residents Samuel and Mary Adams Maverick, published as the dual biography Turn Your Eyes Toward Texas, was awarded TSHA’s Kate Broocks Bates Award and the Texas Historical Commission’s T. R. Fehrenbach Award. Among her other publications, she co-wrote a Texas history textbook. Dr. Marks has served on the boards of the Western Writers of America and the Texas Institute of Letters. She has worked as a consultant and special exhibit curator with the Bullock Texas State History Museum, and she has served as an associate dean, acting dean, and program director at St. Edward’s. In 2013, she received the national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Faculty Award for graduate teaching. She is a TSHA Fellow, active in the organization for three decades. Her current research interests include public history and Texas women’s history.Back to top
Stephen C. Cook, Past President (2016)
Stephen C. Cook has served TSHA for the past ten years as the chair of the Handbook Committee and for two years as the chair of the Finance Committee. He and his wife Allyson, a former TSHA Board member, were active in the initiation of the Handbook of Texas Online in 1999, which broadened the reach of the Association and helped attract foundation support for the Digital Gateway. Cook’s great-grandfather, Guy M. Bryan Sr. (a nephew of Stephen F. Austin), was a charter member of TSHA in 1897 and also a TSHA Fellow. Cook is president and CEO of Fieldstone Partners, a private equity and financial advisory firm based in Houston. He is a founder of the Foundation for Amigos de las Américas, supporting a Latin American youth service organization, and served on the board of the San Jacinto Museum Association for fifteen years. He also served on the boards of Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.Back to top
Sean Cunningham (2017-2020), Secretary
Sean P. Cunningham is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Texas Tech University. He received his Ph.D. in Modern American History from the University of Florida in 2007. His first book, Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right, was published in 2010, and his second book, American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. His current research explores the Texas Democratic Party’s relationship with FDR during the 1930s and early 1940s, with particular interest in the New Deal’s impact on state and local campaign strategies. Cunningham teaches courses in Texas history, modern American political history, and the history of modern conservatism. In 2013, Texas Tech honored him with the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.Back to top
R. Lance Lolley (2018-2019), Treasurer
R. Lance Lolley is the managing partner of the accounting firm Lolley & Associates. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in public accounting and focuses his practice on closely held businesses. He consults with and advises business owners on taxation, financial reporting, and estate planning. Additionally, he has substantial practice focus in advising not-for-profit organizations. Lolley earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from the University of North Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.Back to top
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky (2018-2021) Second Term
Jessica Brannon-Wranosky is an associate professor of history at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas. Dr. Brannon-Wranosky specializes in women, gender and sexuality history and digital humanities applications. Her work has appeared in a number of regional and national academic journals, anthologies, and a variety of online digital publications and exhibits. Her most recent publications include Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson, A Centennial Examination coedited with Bruce A. Glasrud, (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming 2017), and essays by her in Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2015)—a 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Award, Discovering Texas History (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014), and This Corner of Canaan: Essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell (University of North Texas Press, 2013). Dr. Brannon-Wranosky has received several awards for her research including TSHA’s John H. Jenkins Award in 2015 and the Texas Oral History Association’s Best Article Award in 2016. She is currently working on a book project that examines southern state legislatures’ regulation of sexuality, sexual violence, and women’s reproductive health from 1870-1975.Back to top
H. Scott Caven Jr. (2016-2019)
H. Scott Caven Jr. is a senior relationship manager and head of Atlantic Trust's Houston office, with more than 45 years of experience in the financial services industry. Scott's primary responsibilities include overseeing the firm's client service and new business efforts for the Texas region. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, he held a number of positions with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Dallas and Houston, including vice president and regional manager for Houston, south Texas and Mexico. Scott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he served as chairman and as a member of the board of regents of the University of Texas System and also chairman of the board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), one of the largest university system endowment funds in the U.S..Back to top
Stephanie Cole (2018-2021)
Stephanie Cole is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she teaches courses in women’s history, the history of work and leisure, and how to teach college history. She also serves as the graduate advisor for the UTA’s History MA program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and has research interests in southern and Texas women’s history, the history of women and work, and American regionalism. Her recent publications include Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, which she co-edited with Elizabeth Hayes Turner and Rebecca Sharpless, and which won the Liz Carpenter Prize in 2016, and “Servants and Slaves in Louisville: Race, Ethnicity, and Household Labor in an Antebellum Border City” which won Ohio Valley History’s best article prize in 2014. Professional elected and appointed positions include those for the Southern Historical Association, the Southern Association for Women Historians, the Organization of American Historians, the National Women’s History Museum, and the Advisory Board for Archives of Women of the Southwest at SMU’s DeGolyer Library.Back to top
W. Marvin Dulaney (2016-2019) Second Term
W. Marvin Dulaney is an Adjunct Professor of History, Interim Director of the Center for African American Studies, and former chair of the Department of History at the University of Texas, Arlington. He is a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History, magna cum laude. He earned his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in American and African-American history at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to teaching at UTA for eighteen years, he has taught at Central State University, Ohio State University, and St. Olaf College in Minnesota. From 1994 to 2008, he served as Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture and Director of the African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. His most recent publications are: "Julia Scott Reed: Presenting Truth about African Americans in Dallas," in Cole, Sharpless, and Turner, eds., Texas Women: Their History, Their Lives (2015) and “African Americans” in Struggle and Success: African Americans in Texas (2016).Back to top
Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr. (2018-2021)
Carlos R. Hamilton Jr., M.D., is Special Advisor to the President of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and Professor of Medicine at the U.T. McGovern Medical School. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and Baylor College of Medicine. After fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital, he served on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center. For 25 years he was a practicing internist and endocrinologist on the clinical faculty of Baylor College of Medicine before he assumed his present positions. He has long-standing interests in the individual stories that comprise the historical tapestry and has published A Rose Blooms in Texas, the story of two young Texans who came of age during the Civil War era. He is the fourth of five generations of Texas physicians.Back to top
Larry Ketchersid (2018-2021)
Larry Ketchersid is the CEO of Media Sourcery, Inc., a security software and services company. He and his wife Audrey also run JoSara MeDia, an ebook, app and audio book publishing company named after their children, Josh and Sara. The Ketchersids produced the TSHA series of Cotten books as eBooks and audio books. They also developed a multi-media app, San Jacinto, built in partnership with TSHA in the Apple App Store.
Prior to these ventures, Ketchersid worked at several technology startups, preceded by a 15 year stint at Compaq Computer Corporation in Houston. He has degrees in computer science, mathematics and physics from Trinity University in San Antonio. Ketchersid has authored two fiction novels (Dusk Before the Dawn and Software By the Kilo, which includes historical fiction concerning the Italian theater in World War II), a set of memoirs for his parents, several apps in the Apple App Store (including one on rafting the Grand Canyon), and is working on a history of computing featuring many Texas technology companies.
Among other hobbies, Ketchersid is a runner. He participated on Team TSHA in the Texas Independence Relay in 2011 and 2012, and assisted Steve Cook and Andrew Torget in setting up the initial TSHA TIR run.Back to top
Ted Lusher (2017-2020)
Ted Lusher of Austin is the former CEO of Sell-Thru Services Inc, which was established in 1987. The company analyzes sales along with geographic and demographic information that convenience stores use in determining stock. Ted and his wife, Sharon, are avid collectors of southwestern art and items related to Texas history, with a particular interest in sixteenth- through nineteenth-century spurs. The Lushers have also amassed enviable collections of maps, books, and documents related to Texas and the Southwest. Mr. Lusher has long been active in TSHA’s education programs. He especially enjoys the year-long program for sixth- through twelfth-grade students that culminates in Texas History Day, and he has hosted of the Texas History Day luncheon. He keenly follows TSHA’s Texas Quiz Show program and often attends the live game-show-formatted final rounds.Back to top
Nancy Painter Paup (2017-2020) Second Term
Nancy P. Paup manages and directs business, real estate, and ranching interests for both Paup Property Management, L.L.C. and Pecan Springs Ranch in Ellis County. A sixth generation Texan, she has a passionate interest in land stewardship, conservation and historical preservation. Her preservation efforts include the granting of two Texas Historical Commission Markers, including The Shawnee Cattle Trail and the Sims Family of Ellis County on the Pecan Springs Ranch.
Paup was appointed in 2013 by former Governor Rick Perry to the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University-Denton, Dallas, and Houston, the largest public university primarily for women in the United States. Since 2015, she has served as Chair of Academic Affairs of the Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) at The University of Texas at Austin; the Executive Advisory Committee of The Handbook of Texas Women (TSHA); Ex-Officio Advisory Council, Center for Women’s Leadership in Business, Politics and Public Policy at Texas Woman’s University; formerly Advisory Board of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University.
Nancy Paup’s academic degrees include a Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University. Post-graduate work includes Fund Raising Certification from Dartmouth College’s Institute of Development; Harvard University’s Executive Education Program on Strategic Leadership; Human Resource Management Professional Counselor Certification from Abilene Christian University; Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Higher Education Conference, Closing the Gaps by 2015 and Beyond; Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, National Conference on Trusteeship, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2003. Also, Nancy Paup is an Ordained Elder in the First Presbyterian Church Fort Worth.
A professional Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) retired, Paup has raised funds for various institutions throughout the state of Texas. As a former member of the Board of Trustees at Schreiner University, she was involved with the recent completion of a $50M capital campaign. Paup spearheaded the membership and corporate development programs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. In addition, she has helped raise funds for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA).
Nancy P. Paup and her husband, Thaddeus Edgar “Ted” Paup reside in Fort Worth. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Monica Perales (2016-2019)
Monica Perales, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston and is also the Associate Director of the Center for Public History at UH. Her research and teaching interests include Chicana/o labor and social history, immigration, oral history, and food history. Dr. Perales has received several fellowships, including the 2009 Women's Studies Faculty Summer Fellowship, and was the 2006-2007 Summerlee Fellow in Texas History at the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Perales has served on the boards of the Urban History Association, the Labor and Working Class History Association, and Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,. She received a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and her Ph.D. in history from Stanford University. An award-winning author, Dr. Perales’ first book, Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community received the 2010 Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book from the Urban History Association. Her article, "Fighting to Stay in Smeltertown," was named best article by the Oral History Association in 2008. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Mexican women, labor, and food in the US Southwest in the 20th century.
Thomas R. Phillips (2017-2020) Second Term
Thomas R. Phillips is a lawyer in the Austin office of Baker Botts L.L.P., concentrating in appellate litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A native of Dallas, Phillips earned a B.A. from Baylor University in 1971 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. After serving as a law clerk to Texas Supreme Court Justice Ruel C. Walker and practicing law in Houston, he was a district judge in Harris County from 1981-88 and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1988-2004. After leaving the bench, he taught law school for one year in Houston and in Dallas before returning to private practice. Phillips served on the Texas Historical Commission from 2005-12 and has been a longtime director of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society. He and his wife, Lyn, lived for many years in an antebellum home in Bastrop, where he served on the board of the county historical association. They have two sons and three grandchildren.Back to top
Jean A. Stuntz (2016-2019) Second Term
Jean Stuntz earned her BA and JD from Baylor University and Baylor Law School and her MA and PhD from the University of North Texas. She specializes in the history of Texas women especially in the Spanish era and in West Texas. Her first book, Hers, His, and Theirs: Community Property Law in Spain and Early Texas, is a trans-Atlantic study of laws regarding women. It won the Presidio la Bahia Award and the Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association Award for the Best Book on Spanish Texas and was a runner-up for the Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Book on Texas Women. Stuntz has chapters in Texas Women on the Cattle Trails and Women of the Texas Revolution, which each won the Liz Carpenter Award. Stuntz has presented several times at the Texas State Historical Association, the Western Historical Association, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Historical Association, and more. She teaches Texas history, Women's history, and Spanish Borderlands among other classes at West Texas A&M University.Back to top
Andrew J. Torget (2018-2019)
Andrew J. Torget is an associate professor at the University of North Texas, where he specializes in Texas, the Old South, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and digital scholarship. The founder and director of numerous digital humanities projects -- including the Digital Austin Papers, Mapping Texts, Texas Slavery Project, and Voting America -- Andrew earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and served as the founding director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. In 2011, he was named the inaugural David J. Weber Research Fellow at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. His most recent book is Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850, which won numerous book prizes and awards, including the David J. Weber-Clements Center Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America from the Western Historical Association.Back to top
Alan Tully (2016-2019)
Alan Tully, Ph.D, joined the University of Texas at Austin Department of History as the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History in 2002. His scholarly field is Early American History. Before coming to the University of Texas, Dr. Tully was Head of History, Coordinator of the International Student Initiative for the Faculty of Arts, and Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in History at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tully has written two well-known books on colonial political culture, William Penn's Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977) and Forming American Politics: Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). He and Texas colleague Robert Olwell have co-edited, Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, revised edition, 2015).Back to top
Homero S. Vera (2018-2021) Second Term
Premont and Sarita
Homero S. Vera is the Chief Ranch Property Officer for the Kenedy Memorial Foundation Ranch and serves concurrently as the Museum Coordinator of the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas. A native of Premont, he attanded Texas A&I University and now lives in Sarita. Vera has been a regional historian since 1997 when he began editing and publishing El Mesteño Magazine, a publication about the history of the Mexican-Americans of South Texas and Northern Mexico. An eighth generation Tejano, Vera is descended from the early Spanish settlers of Nuevo Santander on the Rio Grande River in Cd. Mier from the 1750s. His family has been into ranching since that time. They moved to Duval County in the late 1850s where they established ranches in the southern part of the county.Back to top
Frank de la Teja, Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio
Jesús F. "Frank" de la Teja has a lengthy, active relationship with TSHA and its programs. He served as TSHA President in 2007-2008 while simultaneously serving as the inaugural Texas State Historian (2007-2009). For seventeen years, De la Teja was the book review editor of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly and also contributed research articles to the journal. He has long advised on Handbook of Texas projects, most recently with the Handbook of Tejano History. He and his wife established TSHA’s Catarino and Evangelina Hernández Research Fellowship to support research in Latino history in Texas. Named a TSHA Fellow in 2001, De la Teja has published extensively on Spanish, Mexican, and Republic-era Texas. He was the Jerome H. and Catherine E. Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, Regents’ Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest at Texas State University-San Marcos until his retirement in August 2017. De la Teja earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University and his doctorate in colonial Latin American history from The University of Texas at Austin.Back to top
J. P. Bryan, Honorary Life Board Member
J. P. Bryan and his family have had years of involvement with the Texas State Historical Association and the history of Texas. His uncle, Guy M. Bryan was a founder and Secretary and served on the Board from 1897-1901. His father was President from 1965-1967, and J. P. was President from 1982-83. Recently he raised pledges of $750,000 to fund the Lone Star Chair in Texas History at the University of North Texas, to which he and his wife are contributors. He has raised more funds for the TSHA than anyone in its history. Bryan was first introduced to the TSHA by former TSHA Director, H. Bailey Carroll, for whom he served as a grader while attending The University of Texas in pursuit of his law degree. He is also the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Torch Energy Advisors Incorporated (TEAI) of Houston. In addition to his positions at Torch, Bryan has been actively involve in the oil and gas industry for more than 35 years.Back to top
Walter L. Buenger, Chief Historian, Honorary Life Board Member,
Walter Buenger, Ph.D., is TSHA’s Chief Historian, responsible for the Association’s scholarly mission and providing academic oversight to its programs. He is also the inaugural Summerlee Foundation Lone Star Chair in Texas History at The University of Texas at Austin. Beunger was elected a TSHA Fellow in 2000, and he served as TSHA President in 2009-2010. The author of numerous books and articles, Buenger was awarded the Coral H. Tullis Award in 2001 for his book, The Path to a Modern South: Texas between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. A native of West Texas, Buengerreceived his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1979. Soon afterward, he began teaching at Texas A&M University where he remained until 2017. While there, he gave courses in U.S. history, the history of the South, and Texas history, and served as chair of the history department. His own area of research focuses on comparative border studies, the South, and Texas since 1820. He is currently working on a project researching the relationship between history and memory in Texas after 1820.Back to top
John W. Crain, Honorary Life Board Member
John W. Crain of Dallas is President and CEO of the Summerlee Foundation. He is a Life Member of the TSHA Board of Directors and a past President, having served as the Association's 60th president from 2004-2005. Crain also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Texas Historical Commission and is chair of the Antiquities Advisory Board. Crain serves as an ex-officio member of the Sixth Floor Museum. He is also an advisory director of the Clements Center at SMU and the Friends of the Texas State History Museum. Crain has also served as President of the Texas Map Society. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree from Southwest Texas State University. Crain holds a Certificate in Arts Administration from Harvard University, a Certificate in Museum Management from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Endowment Institute. He has continued to be a member of a number of learned and honorary societies, including the Philosophical Society of Texas, the Phillip Lee Phillips Society of the Library of Congress and the Sons of the Republic of Texas, Thomas J. Rusk Chapter in Dallas.Back to top