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Anderson Bynam

Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Anderson Bynam, Treasurer of the Board of Directors at Texas Water Trade, is an Investment Banker located in Houston, Texas.

Andy is a Managing Director with Mesirow Financial, Inc. in the Public Finance Department. He focuses on servicing municipal clients primarily in Texas as well as other states across the South and mid-Atlantic. Andy has more than 30 years of public finance experience including over $100 billion in bond transactions for water and sewer facilities, utilities, general infrastructure, housing, and education.   Andy has participated as a board member for the Greater Houston Area Red Cross, Jazz Houston, Inc., the Houston Area Urban League, and the Community Artists Collective among several civic endeavors.

Susana Canseco

Board Member

Susana Canseco, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is an attorney and rancher living in San Antonio, Texas. 

Susana grew up in Del Rio, Texas and Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, where she helps run her family’s multi-generation cattle ranch.  In her legal practice, Susana specializes in water-rights and real estate transactions and administrative practice.  She has represented land and water owners, as well as groundwater conservation districts, and regularly writes and speaks on water law.  Following law school, Susana clerked for the Honorable United States District Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas.

Blair Fitzsimons

Board Member

Blair Calvert Fitzsimons, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is the former CEO of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) and rancher.

From 2006 – 2020, Blair Fitzsimons served as the founding CEO of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT), whose mission is the conservation of Texas’ working lands. Under Blair’s leadership, TALT protected more than 235,000 acres of farms and ranches from development. She also spearheaded several innovative policy initiatives that benefit working lands and created an outreach strategy to communicate the importance of private lands conservation, including a successful campaign entitled “No Land No Water.” Previously she worked for American Farmland Trust and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

With South Texas ranching roots, Blair shares a passion for conservation with her husband, Joseph, former Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission chairman. In 2015, the Fitzsimons were named the Harvey Weil Conservationists of the Year. Blair has also received the Texas Wildlife Association’s Conservation Leader award and Audubon Texas’ Women in Conservation award. Today she divides her time between Dimmit and Frio Counties, where she is involved in family ranching operations.

Kinnan Golemon

Chair of the Board of Directors

Kinnan Golemon, Chair of the Board of Directors at Texas Water Trade, is an environmental, energy and natural resources lawyer and lobbyist in Austin, Texas.

For over three decades, Golemon was a Partner with Brown McCarroll, LLP, where he was the senior member of the environmental team. From 1992 to 2006, he served as General Counsel for the Texas Chemical Council, the association representing the approximate 80 chemical manufacturing operations in Texas. He was a founder of the State Bar of Texas Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section and during a 30-plus year tenure in the American Bar Associate (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) Law he held numerous leadership positions. In 2008, he was inducted as an initial Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). He presently serves on the Executive Council of the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center for Energy, Law and Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Golemon served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961-69, which included tours in Cuba, Okinawa, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Mary Kelly

Board Member

Mary Kelly, a Texas Water Trade board member, is a practicing environmental lawyer and former chemical engineer in Austin, Texas.

Mary is currently a Partner at Culp & Kelly LLP, a mission-driven law and policy firm that is focused on water and natural resources in the American West. Previously, she managed a consulting firm, Parula, LLC that dealt with freshwater concerns, representing clients such as The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). From 2002 through 2010, she served as Vice President for EDF’s Rivers and Deltas program, promoting stream flow protections in Texas, as well as managing EDF’s water work in California, Louisiana and North Carolina. Prior to that she led the Texas Center for Policy Studies for 13 years. The Center worked on a variety of environmental projects in the state, including U.S./Mexico border environmental issues,  water policy, toxic pollution and pesticide regulation. Her earliest legal work was with the partnership, Henry, Kelly, Lowerre, and Frederick, a Texas firm dedicated to representing non-profit groups, ranchers, farmers, and neighborhood associations in environmental matters.

Reagan Kneese

Board Member

Reagan Kneese, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is the EVP of Operations of Palisade Pipeline LLC, a pipeline developer and operator providing sustainable water solutions.

Palisades Pipeline is constructing a high capacity water pipeline to deliver non-potable, sustainable reclaimed water from the City of Lubbock, Texas to the Permian Basin with the ability to preserve an estimated 70 million barrels of ground water per year.  Reagan brings 19 years of experience in commodity logistics to the water space allowing for fresh market driven ideas toward conserving the resource.

Reagan graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1999 and now resides in Houston with his wife Jacqui and their 3 children.

Jeff Leuschel

Board Member

Jeff Leuschel, a board member at Texas Water Trade, specializes in public finance law and is a partner at the law firm of McCall, Parkhurst & Horton L.L.P.

He currently represents numerous entities in the financing of public infrastructure projects, including the Texas Water Development Board, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board and the Cities of Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. Among his many accomplishments is the development of the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT) bond financing structure.

Missy Mandell

Board Member

Missy Mandell, a Texas Water Trade Board member, is a seasoned policy and business consultant and political strategist with more than 40 years in governmental relations, public policy development, alliance building, community networking, and issues management in both the public and private sectors.

In 2008 she founded Mandell and Associates, a strategic consulting firm based in Austin, Texas. Mandell currently works with electric and water utilities, and with clients in energy and environmental industries to create successful business development strategies that range from policy development to legislative advocacy to communications and public outreach campaigns. Mandell graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been involved in many community activities in Central Texas, including Friends of the Children, the American Heart Association, and the Center Child Protection. She and her husband have three children.

Donald Perkins 

Board Member

Donald Perkins, a board member at Texas Water Trade, has served as the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s President/CEO since 1995.

Since 2013, he has served as the Executive Director of the Harte Charitable Foundation, developing their investments in the stewardship of and sustainable development of the Gulf of Mexico. The Harte Charitable Foundation provided catalytic financial support for the launch of Texas Water Trade.

Dean Robbins

Board Member

Dean Robbins, a Texas Water Trade Board Member, is the former General Manager of Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA).

Previously, Robbins worked for the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission (now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) where he last held the position of Deputy for the Office of Water with broad responsibilities for many of the State’s water programs. Dean has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas. He continues to consult through his company Robbins Advocacy.

Carlos Rubinstein

Board Member

Carlos Rubinstein, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is a founding member of RSAH2O, a water advisory group.

He served as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board from 2013-2015. He also served as Commissioner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from 2009-2013. Prior to that appointment, he served as Deputy Executive Director of TCEQ and as Rio Grande Watermaster.

Sarah Schlessinger

Secretary of the Board of Directors

Sarah Schlessinger, Secretary of the Board of Directors at Texas Water Trade, is the Executive Director of the Texas Water Foundation.

She is the Executive Director of the Texas Water Foundation and worked previously on groundwater policy and regulation as Executive Director of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts. She has extensive experience with international nonprofits working on water issues.

Stephen L. Tatum Jr.

Board Member

Stephen Tatum Jr, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is an environmental lawyer.

He’s recently returned to his native Fort Worth after nine years in Austin working for and representing the State of Texas. He served as Deputy Commissioner to Commissioner Toby Baker at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Greg Abbott. He advises clients on state and federal environmental, energy, government, and regulatory matters.

Lori Traweek

Board Member

Lori Traweek is a board member at Texas Water Trade and Chair of the Development Committee.

Lori Traweek worked for 27 years at Gulf Coast Authority in various roles including as CEO/General Manager before her retirement in late 2020. Traweek also serves as Chair of the Galveston Bay Foundation and President of the Texas Conservation Fund.  She also served on the boards of the Economic Alliance of Houston – Port Region, the Baytown-West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation, the Texas Water Conservation Association, and the Texas Water Conservation Association Risk Management Fund prior to her retirement. In addition, Traweek represented GCA on the Galveston Bay Council, the governing body of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, serving since 1999 as both Vice Chair and Chair. In 2008, Traweek was appointed to the Trinity-San Jacinto Rivers and Galveston Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholders Committee representing recreational users by the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group of the Texas Senate and still participates in that capacity.

Stacy Walters

Board Member

Stacy Walters, a board member at Texas Water Trade, is the Regulatory Environmental Administrator for the City of Fort Worth, Texas. 

Stacy’s responsibilities include oversight and coordination for Fort Worth Water Department (FWWD) environmental legislative activities. After joining the Fort Worth Water Department, she has worked as a Chemist, Quality Control Supervisor, and Water Quality Manager.  Her 30 plus years of experience in environmental science has afforded her opportunities in project management, regulatory compliance, and program maintenance as required for federal and state regulations. Stacy was instrumental in the City of Fort Worth’s laboratory becoming the first municipal laboratory in Texas recognized as nationally accredited by TCEQ through the National Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP).  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree/Biology (minor in Chemistry) from Delta State University, Cleveland, MS.