Foundation Board of Trustees

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees is a dedicated group of alumni and friends who serve as advocates for the University, encourage philanthropic support, and manage the investments and business affairs of the Foundation. 

These volunteers and community leaders give of their time to encourage, maintain, and administer private gifts for educational and service purposes of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.


Executive Board

LTG (Ret.) Ricardo S. Sanchez '73

Chairman, TAMUK Foundation
San Antonio, TX

Eugene "Gene" Dawson, Jr. '82

1st Vice Chairman, TAMUK Foundation
President & COO, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Roberto Montoya '70

2nd Vice Chairman, TAMUK Foundation
CEO, VRC Corporation
Garden Ridge, TX / Alexandria, VA

Kevin Beasley '90

Secretary, TAMUK Foundation 
President, MCEA, LLC
Houston, TX

Alan Johnson '71

Treasurer, TAMUK Foundation
President, A&E Johnson Properties, LTD
Harlingen, TX

S. David Deanda '83, '84 

Audit Chair, TAMUK Foundation
President, Lone Star National Bank
Pharr, TX


Iris "Chip" J. Berthelot, II '82

President, Laser Midstream Company, LLC
New Ulm, TX

Claudia Castillo '94, '00 

Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Houston, TX

Jackie Collins '72 

Owner, V.T. Collins, Inc. 
Kingsville, TX

Aaron Demerson '84 

Commissioner, Texas Workforce Commison
Austin, TX

COL (Ret.) Lisa Carrington Firmin '79

Associate Vice President,
Veteran and Military Affairs, UTSA
San Antonio, TX

Mike Howard '95

Chairman/CEO, Howard Energy Partners
San Antonio, TX

Jeff Ko, Ph.D. '95

SVP, Global Biologics Operations, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Houston, TX

Balous Miller '66

Chairman, Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Enterprises Limited
San Antonio, TX

Romeo Perez '82

International Project Manager, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company
Houston, TX

Thomas V. Shockley, III '67

Retired CEO, El Paso Electric
Dallas, TX

Sharon Spurlin '87 

SVP & Treasurer, Plains All American Pipeline, LP
Houston, TX

Trustee Emeritus

Oscar Fogle '62

Retired, Exxon USA
Lockhart, TX

J. Philip McCormick '64, '65

Chairman Emeritus, TAMUK Foundation
Director & Investor
Houston, TX

Hugh Morrison '69

Consulting and Investments
Houston, TX

John Talmer Peacock, Ph.D.

Retired Professor, Texas A&M-Kingsville
Kingsville, TX


Robert H. Vela '94, '98, '03

President, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, TX