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Staff and Board

Carson Barr

Conservation Program Associate

Carson Barr is the Conservation Program Associate at Texas Water Trade.

Carson graduated with a B.S. in Geography with a concentration on Resources and Environmental Studies. While earning his degree he completed an undergraduate thesis about the viability of a groundwater conservation district for Llano County, Texas with notable hydrogeologist Dr. Robert Mace of the Meadows Center as his thesis advisor. After graduation, Carson assisted Dr. Mace on a groundwater inventory study contracted by Travis County. After finishing his work with the Meadows Center, he went on to intern for Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District in Bell County. Outside of work Carson enjoys camping, tabletop roleplaying games and scuba diving. He is eager to continue his work in environmental stewardship with Texas Water Trade.

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.

Sharlene Leurig

Chief Executive Officer

Sharlene Leurig is Chief Executive Officer of Texas Water Trade.

She is a sustainable water finance expert with extensive experience in Texas on long-range water planning, infrastructure finance and water transactions. Formerly, she directed the Texas Environmental Flows Initiative, a collaboration of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Harte Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy and several other groups, to purchase water for the bays and estuaries of the Texas Gulf Coast. She also chaired the Austin Water Forward Task Force, which developed a groundbreaking 100-year water plan approved unanimously by the Austin City Council in 2018. She holds a BA in Physics and English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was a fellow in the MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, focusing on the role of science in multi-stakeholder resource planning and dispute resolution. Ms. Leurig lives in Austin.

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.