Chair, Bob McCan
Ranch Manager, McFaddin Enterprises
Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, oversees cattle operations in Victoria, Refugio and Bee Counties as ranch manager for his family’s operation, McFaddin Enterprises. The ranches are stocked with Victoria cattle, a commercial crossing of three-fourths Hereford and one-quarter Brahman with a uniform Hereford color. Born Oct. 16, 1957, in Victoria, McCan received his Bachelor of Science degree in range science from Texas A&M University in 1980. In 2010, he received Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture of Life Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award. Mr. McCan also has a long-standing history of leadership and service. McCan became a director of Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association director in 1990 and was President of TSCRA from 2003-2005. In 2006, Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council. McCan serves as Past-President to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, was recently elected President of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and is a council member of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management. In addition to his ties to the cattle and ranching industry, Mr. McCan’s passion for land management and conservation has placed him in positions of leadership for Victoria Soil and Water Conservation district, Texas Agricultural Land Trust, Grazing Lands Conservations Initiative Texas Coalitions, the National GLCI Steering Committee and the state Fire Ant Research and Management Account Advisory Committee. McCan is married to the former Julie Ann Hartman and they have 2 children—Robert August McCan and Mary Isabel McCan.
Vice Chair, Stephen Diebel
Chairman, Texas Grazing Land Coalition
Rancher, Diebel Cattle Company
Stephen Diebel is a fifth-generation rancher who manages Diebel Cattle Company, a family-owned and operated ranching enterprise located in Victoria and Goliad Counties along the Texas Gulf Coast. Diebel graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. In addition to managing the ranch, Mr. Diebel also currently serves as Chairman of the Texas Grazing Lands Coalition, the Coastal Prairie Grazing Lands Coalition, and the Victoria Soil and Water Conservation District working closely with farmers and ranchers in the Texas Gulf Coast to promote conservation practices. Diebel said the importance of managing all ranch resources for future generations has been the focus, and will continue to be the primary goal of their family’s ranching legacy. Through proper conservation practices that promote generational and environmental sustainability, the ranching operation can continue to remain at the forefront of the beef industry. Mr. Diebel also serves as Vice Chairman of the College of Agriculture Development Council at Texas A&M University, has served on the Advisory Council for the Victoria Underground Water Conservation District and is a member of the Houston Livestock Show All Breeds Sale Committee. He and his wife Jennifer are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Victoria, Texas and have been happily married for 23 years with their children Sarah, Julie and Clayton.
Inland Fisheries Division Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Craig Bonds is a native of Bell County in Central Texas and holds a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University and a M.S. from Virginia Tech. He is a 21-year veteran of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division, including prior service as a fisheries biologist at various levels and locations throughout Texas, promoting to Austin as Division Director in 2015. Bonds is a Certified Fisheries Professional with the American Fisheries Society (AFS). He has held numerous positions within that society, including President of both the Texas Chapter and Southern Division. Mr. Bonds also serves on the Board of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Bonds said that Texas A&M University provided him the foundation for his academic and professional career—which is dedicated to connecting all Texans to an array of fishing opportunities for their continued enjoyment and for stewardship of the aquatic ecosystem functions that underpin healthy fisheries. Mr. Bonds wants to contribute value to the success of a robust and relevant RWFM department which shapes applied natural resource science and the people dedicated to its advancement.
CEO and President, Texan By Nature
Joni Carswell is the CEO and President of Texan by Nature where she is responsible for leading the mission to bring conservation and business together. Prior to Texan by Nature, Mrs. Carswell was the President and CEO of LivingTree, where she grew the education technology platform from 1000 to 73 million interactions and 1M+ users. Before LivingTree, Carswell held leadership roles in planning and strategy at Polycom and Dell where she managed three-year planning and strategy. Carswell is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management where she received her master’s degree in Business Administration and Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering, where she received a master’s degree in Engineering Management. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and served on the Advisory Board for the Kellogg Women’s Business Association. Mrs. Carswell holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University. She and her husband Scott reside in Austin with their two boys, Dixon and Rigby.
Chief Executive Officer, Texas Agriculture Land and Trust
Chad Ellis is the Chief Executive Officer for Texas Agriculture Land Trust (TALT). Based out of San Antonio, TALT’s purpose is to help Texans conserve their agricultural lands, wildlife habitats and natural resources, and to enhance and sustain the long-term stewardship of private lands for the benefit of all Texans. Through TALT’s conservation easement partnerships with landowners, over 245,000 total acres of working lands have been perpetually protected from development and fragmentation. The impacts of these conservation easements extend beyond the fence lines for the benefit of all Texans. Mr. Ellis has over 20 years of experience working directly with producers and land managers implementing stewardship focused management. Ellis not only promotes and advocates land stewardship principles, he also implements it within his own family operation in Lohn, Texas. Mr. Ellis is passionate about helping empower the producer to be better tomorrow than they are today. He looks forward to providing this passion and leadership to the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management (RWFM), as a member of the External Advisory Committee. RWFM plays a critical role in graduating future problem solvers, driven by science-based conservation. Their input and expertise in the sound management of working lands is critical for the nation’s long-term sustainability.
Retired Founding Managing Member, Rockpoint Group, L.L.C.
Patrick Fox is a 1980 graduate of Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree, Summa Cum Laude, with a specialization in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology. Mr. Fox received a Juris Doctor Degree, with honors, in 1983 from The University of Texas. After he practiced real estate law at the international law firm, Jones Day, he, and others founded Rockpoint Group, L.L.C., a global real estate investment management firm. Mr. Fox recently retired from Rockpoint and now focuses on charitable activities. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Director of the Taylor Hooton Foundation – educating minors about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs – and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Hill Country Conservancy. He also focuses on managing his ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Range and Pasture Development Specialist, Corteva Agriscience
Dr. Charles R. Hart is a Range and Pasture Development Specialist with Corteva Agriscience. He spent the first 17 years of his career as an Extension Range Specialist with Texas AgriLife Extension before taking his current role in the fall of 2012. With almost 30 years’ experience in the field, Dr. Hart works with Corteva Research and Development to evaluate experimental herbicides, launch new products and develop new uses for current products. His primary role supports the Commercial business by assisting Sales Reps, distributor partners and applicators with technical support and training. His primary emphasis is in brush and weed control in the Southwestern US and works globally for Corteva assisting with the Pasture and Land Management businesses in South Africa, China, Brazil and Argentina.
Fisheries Biologist, Lochow Ranch Pond and Lake Management
John Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and is member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2002. Mr. Jones is the owner and president of Lochow Ranch Pond and Lake Management, where his greatest joy has always been to get his clients and their children—or grandchildren—onto their lakes, catching fish and enjoying the outdoors. Jones also serves as President of the Texas Aquaculture Association. As a member of the External Advisory Committee, Jones hopes to do whatever he can to assist in the production of graduates who benefit the companies they join, and ultimately, rise to the top of their field. Mr. Jones said he want the Texas A&M RWFM Department to be world renowned in their curriculum and instruction of wildlife and fisheries. His goal is for employers to know when they hire an Aggie grad from RWFM, they have hired the absolute best. In Jones’s free time, he enjoys being outdoors with his friends and family. Mr. Jones is passionate about getting his and his friends’ children outside to explore, hunt, fish, garden—and generally—use and improve the world they live in.
Resource Team Leader, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Dandy Kothmann is a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1998, with a B.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Management. Kothmann has worked for the NRCS for 19 years and currently serves as the Resource Team Leader in the Mason Field Office. Kothmann serves a four-county area, supervising operations in Blanco, Gillespie, Llano and Mason Counties. Kothmann lives in Menard County, where she and her husband Curtis run an Angus cow/calf operation on the Forked Lightning Ranch. They are proud to be the 5th generation to continue the legacy of stewardship of this ranch, which was established by Kothmann’s great grandfather, Andes Henry Murchison, in 1888. Kothmann is an active member of the Society for Range Management, where she served as President of the Texas Section in 2019. She is currently serving as Chair of the Advisory Council. Kothmann says she is honored to represent the NRCS as they continue their partnership with Texas A&M in our common goal to educate and empower the next generation of rangeland management specialists, biologists and conservationists.
Manager, Prairie Grove Ranch
After growing up on his family’s 77 Ranch in Navarro County, Gary Price left for Aggieland, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Upon graduation, in 2002, Price did an internship at the R.A. Brown Ranch at Throckmorton. Shortly after the internship, Price went to work managing a ranch in Dickens County for the James Cave family. In 2012—after more than nine years there—he took a job as camp manager for the Wolf Creek Camp of the Matador Ranch, where he stayed for a year and a half. After managing a purebred Angus outfit in 2014, Price assumed his current position as manager of Prairie Grove Ranch in Archer, Clay and Jack counties in the Cross Timbers brush country of North Texas. He has been with Prairie Grove Ranch and worked for the Garrett family of Dallas for five and a half years. The Prairie Grove Ranch is a commercial cow-calf and hunting operation. The ranch is focused on improving their rangeland by utilizing rotational grazing and many forms of brush control. Additionally, Prairie Grove Ranch markets high-quality, weaned, preconditioned calves that are USDA-process, verified non-hormonally treated and all natural through the Angus Link program. When Mr. Price is not working, he likes to hunt, fish, rope and eat out at local restaurants. He also absolutely loves any excuse to visit Aggieland! Price is excited to serve on the RWFM External Advisory Committee and looks forward to working with all the talented folks that make up the committee. He hopes to be able to contribute in some way to the success of the new department. Thanks and Gig ‘em!
Business Owner, Texas Wildlife Biologist
Greg Simons graduated with a Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences degree from Texas A&M University in 1987 and immediately formed Wildlife Systems, Inc. (WSI)—a company that he still co-owns and serves as general manager. WSI develops commercial hunting programs on almost 1 million acres across Texas. He also is co-owner and general manager of Wildlife Consultants, LLC, a company that provides technical assistance to landowners, bank trusts and others in need of services relating to wildlife resource management. Simons is also co-owner of Conservation Equity Partners, LLC, which specializes in environmental mitigation and forestry. Mr. Simons has served as President of Texas Wildlife Association and currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for TWA Foundation. He serves on several other natural resource-related advisory boards, as well. Simons believes that, with Texas being a state that comprises almost 96% privately owned land, and with the A&M System being one that has a proud history of education, research and extension outreach, it is important that this new department establish relevancy among the private landowner community. Mr. Simons believes RWFM can best achieve this by developing trusted and personal relationships with stakeholders within those circles, focusing on research and outreach that benefit those stakeholders, and fostering mentorships with TAMU graduates who will ultimately work within these disciplines and perhaps serve as industry leaders of tomorrow.
Chief Operating Officer, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Clayton Wolf has over 30 years of experience as a wildlife biologist in Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University and received his master’s degree from Texas A&M University. Wolf is a certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society and is an avid outdoorsman—a passion which began on his family ranch in Lee County. Wolf currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department—a role he began on July 1, 2020. As the COO, Mr. Wolf oversees the operations of the agency to advance their mission of managing and conserving the natural and cultural resources of Texas. Before his role as COO, Mr. Wolf served as the Wildlife Division Director at Texas Parks and Wildlife for over ten years. As a member of the External Advisory Committee, Mr. Wolf’s goal is to enhance and develop the curricula and research programs so that graduates are well-equipped to address natural resource management challenges in Texas. His vision for the department is to produce RWFM graduates who possess the technical knowledge and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce, whether employed by agencies, NGOs or private landowners.