Board & Staff

Board Members

Carl E. "Gene" Garrett, Jr.
Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Board President
During 32 years in U. S. Navy, Captain Garrett served as Executive Officer of USS SAN JACINTO (CG 56); Commanding Officer USS STOUT (DDG 55); Assistant Chief Of Staff for Combat Systems and C4I, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and was Combat Systems Officer in USS SCOTT (DDG 995) and USS TICONDEROGA (CG 47).
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics, Texas Tech University, 1971, and Master of Science in Systems Technology, Naval Postgraduate School, 1980.
He was Professor of Naval Science, University of Texas at Austin.
Awards include Under Secretary of the Navy’s Revolution in Business Affairs Beacon Award, Vice President Al Gore's Hammer Award for making significant contributions to support the President's National Performance Review, two Legion of Merits, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the American Spirit Award

Wayne Harrell
Agent, Farmers Insurance
Harrell holds a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University. He has served on the Fredericksburg ISD School Board, the Fredericksburg Higher Education Steering Committee, and the Fredericksburg Rotary, for which he was named Rotarian of the Year.

Dave Campbell
President, Heartland Enterprises
Campbell earned his BS in Economics from Lehigh University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has been President of Micro-Gen Equipment Corporation (a SCJ subsidiary) and has served in managerial positions with S.C. Johnson, International Minerals & Chemicals, and General Motors. He currently is serving as a board member on the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board and the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Board. He also has been Chairman of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Hill Country University Steering Committee, on a workforce development consortium, and on the Crime Stoppers Board. 

Dr. Marc Williamson 
Retired Superintendent, Fredericksburg ISD
Earned BA in English and history, MA in Educational Administration from Southwest Texas State University, and Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration from Texas Tech University. Worked as administrator for Pine Tree ISD and Hereford ISD. Served on various boards, including Hill Country Education Steering Committee, State Academic Decathlon Executive Committee, Fredericksburg Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Gillespie County Leadership, United Way, Junior Achievement, Regional Hospital, and American Heart Association.

Albert Napier 
Professor of Management, Rice University
Napier earned his BA in Mathematics and Economics; his MBA in Statistics and Finance; and his Ph.D. in Operations Research, Management, and Computers Science at the University of Texas. He is Professor of Management and Psychology at the Jess H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. He has published numerous articles on information technology, human-computer interaction, and entrepreneurship. 

William David (Dave) Davenport
Retired Executive
Retired executive from the computer industry where his career spanned over 30 years of domestic and international business management. At the time of his retirement in 2009, Dave served as Senior Vice-President of NEC Corporation where he ran their $500M North America computer business.
Dave began his career as a mathematician for IBM working with NASA on the space program during the early days of the Shuttle program development. He was CEO of several specialized technology companies located in Austin; Boulder; and Silicon Valley; and Vice-President of Worldwide Operations for Hitachi, Ltd in Odawara, Japan.
Presently Dave owns and manages a Real Estate Investment and Construction business that he operates in the North Texas area.
Dave is a graduate from Baylor University with a degree in Mathematics and has completed post-graduate studies in Mathematics and Computer-Science at Texas Tech University. Dave and his wife, Clare, reside in Fredericksburg.

Dr. Eric Wright
Fredericksburg ISD
Dr. Wright earned his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and his Superintendent Certification from Stephen F. Austin State University. He served as Superintendent of Schools for Huntington ISD and Woodville ISD, along with other administrative positions at Huntington ISD, Lufkin ISD, Terrell ISD, Channelview ISD, West Hardin CCISD, Hardin ISD, and Marshall ISD.
He served as Chair or Member for many associations, including Region 7 ESC Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, Texas Association of School Administrator’s Study Group, Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, United Way for Huntington, UIL District 18 AAA, Angelina Alliance for Children, and was TASA Mentor for New Texas Superintendents.

Robert Hickerson
Colonel, USMC (retired)
Bob Hickerson is an independent consultant in nonprofit management recently retired from his role as Chief Operating Officer for Texas Tech’s Division of Off-Campus Sitesn. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and served as the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism under Governor Bush. Prior to his work with the Texas Commission, he served as founding executive director of the Seaborne Conservation Corps at Texas A&M Galveston.
A veteran of 28 years service as a naval aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps, Colonel Hickerson has degrees from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S in Physiology), the University of Southern California (M.S. in Management) and the Naval War College (M.S. in Strategic Studies). He has over 5000 hours of flight time in various jet aircraft and helicopters, and was inducted into the Golden Eagles, an honorary society of naval aviators.
He is active in several community-based organizations, serving as executive director of the Hill Country University Center Foundation, director of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, and past president and journal editor of the international A-4 Skyhawk Association. He is active in Fredericksburg Morning Rotary and is member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. He remains active in statewide nonprofit affairs. He and his wife Judy reside in Fredericksburg, TX.

Robert Deaver
Electronics Engineer, Real Time Systems
Earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio and MS in Computer Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He is a former student of the first two years of the FHS Aeroscience program where he participated in the construction and flight of the Redbird 1, and Redbird 2. In his career Deaver has worked for IBM, Dell, and is currently employed by Real Time Systems in Fredericksburg, Texas designing embedded systems that are used worldwide.

Ben Williams
U.S. Air Force
Ben Williams serves as an active duty officer in the US Air Force. He currently works as a foreign space systems analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Prior to that, he served as the Airborne Laser program’s lead engineer of the battle management and tracking systems for the Missile Defense Agency at Kirtland AFB, NM. Williams holds a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He is expecting to earn a MBA from Oklahoma State University in 2015

Zach Pooser
Business Owner
Zach Pooser served 12 years in the Naval Nuclear Field where he learned operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants and conducted training in nuclear propulsion and energy. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas and taught as Associate Professor of Automotive Technologies at Tidewater Community College in Virginia. After moving to the Texas Hill Country in 1993, he opened Chassis by Zach, an automotive repair shop in Fredericksburg.
His hobbies include flying (he is an instrument rated pilot), photography, videography, and computer technology. He is active in Rotary and helped establish the new Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary club. He has volunteered for SystemsGo, Wings Over the Hills, and many community initiatives. He is an active member of Zion Lutheran Church.

George Hahn
Retired, Oil & Aviation Industries
Hahn is a retired business owner from the aviation industry. His business, Albuquerque Balloon Center in Albuquerque, N.M. was the largest and busiest FAA certified repair station specializing in lighter than air aircraft in the world. Aerco built many specialized fabric products for NASA, DoE, DoD, and military prime contractors. In addition, George was a part owner and general manager of FireFly Balloons, a manufacturer of hot air balloons in Statesville, N.C. George started his career as an engineer designing hydraulic equipment and systems for a major oil company. George served as a Federal Aviation Administration Designated Pilot Examiner for more than 27 years. He served in many positions with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, including as Balloonmiester, the Board of Directors for 30 years, and President.

Mark R. Hallman
B.B.A., Management Information Systems
University of Texas
Mark is a Digital Forensics and Incident Response expert, who has helped Fortune 100 and NLJ firms across the United States analyze Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in litigation. Mark has been involved in investigations for law firms, corporations, and governmental agencies such as The Department of Justice, The Department of Labor and The Securities and Exchange Commission.
He was co-founder of EXOR’s Oracle Applications consultancy, which was acquired by Sapient Corporation.

Program Staff

Executive Director
Scott Netherland, Colonel, US Army (Retired)

Program Director
Rebekah Hyatt

Andrew Matthes
Education Manager

Executive Assistant
Christy Glass

Communications Director
Phil Houseal

Advisory Board Members

Lee Meyer
Vice President, Marketing, Aerojet

Joan Baker
Technical Assistant to the Shuttle Program Manager, NASA – JSC

David Ladrach
Air Force/NASA Shuttle Manager, Retired [Aerospace Consultant]

Terry Abel
Aeronautics Operations, Lockheed Martin

Jeff Cardenas
Steve Witkowski Sr. Market Manager –Space & Defense Group, Moog, Inc.

Hu Davis
President, StarcraftBoosters