Board Members

TONI REYES
Austin, Chair
MATTHEW WIGGLESWORTH
Johnson City, Vice-Chair
KAREN WEBER
Johnson City, Secretary

DON REDMOND
Austin, Treasurer
SHELTON COLEMAN
Johnson City, Board Member
SHIRLEY JAMES
Austin, Board Member
BRENT BAILEY
Blanco, Board Member

NANCY TIEMANN
Stonewall, Board Member
CAROLYN KENNEDY
Marble Falls, Board Member
RUSS WHITLOCK
Board Member, LBJ National Historical Park (Ex Officio)
SAM CHILDERS
Dallas, Board Member

TONI REYES, Austin, Chair:


Toni Reyes was born in Beaumont and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising.

She retired from Pedernales Electric Cooperative in 2012 after working there nearly 27 years. While at PEC, she served as the manager for several different departments. Prior to PEC, she worked in communications at Gulf States Utilities in Beaumont. She has one daughter, Meredith, and lives in Austin.

MATTHEW WIGGLESWORTH, Johnson City, Treasurer:


Matthew grew up in Southern Maryland. He attended University of Maryland at College Park and Strayer University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA.

Matt was not born in Texas, but “got here as quickly as he could.” As CFO of Allan Greenberg Architect LLC, he travels frequently back to the northeast region of the country. He also works as a Realtor at Anders Realty at their offices in the Old Blanco County Courthouse.

Matt spent many summers volunteering for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., for his aunt who was the Public Relations Specialist on the National Mall. He fell in love with the LBJ Ranch from the first visit – when he was lucky enough to meet Lady Bird before her passing. Since then, he has volunteered as much as possible, taking every chance to be at the LBJ ranch.

KAREN WEBER, Johnson City, Secretary:


Karen grew up in Abilene, Texas, and earned a BS in Education degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After teaching three years in Austin, she and her husband, Jim, moved to Beaumont, Texas. While Jim practiced law, Karen spent time raising three children and working on church and volunteer activities. They purchased Pedernales River property in Blanco County in 1979, and moved permanently to their Texas Hill Country ranch in 1993.

Currently she is involved in the community of Johnson City as a board member of the Woman’s Club, Blanco County North Library District and the LBJ National Historical Park. In Austin, she is involved with her church as a ministry leader and a board member for the Austin Graduate School of Theology, and the Championship Heart Foundation. She is also on the leadership team with Community Bible Study as a children’s leader.

In addition, she has her three children, their spouses and five grandchildren who are in close proximity for her enjoyment on a regular basis. Hobbies include memberships in The Garden Club of America, Johnson City Garden Club, Book Club and the “Dreamers,” a special program of the Johnson City Library for outreach to the community. She spends a good deal of pleasurable time reading, traveling with friends, gardening and cooking for large crowds.

DON REDMAN, Austin, Treasurer:


Donald Ray Redman, born October 30, 1940 in Burkburnett, Texas.
Graduated Burkburnett High in 1958.
Attended the University of Texas 1958-1962.
U. S. Army active service from 1963-1966.
Graduated University of Maryland in 1967.
Worked for National Security Agency 1967-1969.
Relocated to Minneapolis, Mn in 1969.
Worked in auditing and public accounting from 1969 to 1999.
Retired and moved to Austin, Tx in 1999.
Minnesota CPA License from 1971 to present.

SHELTON COLEMAN, Johnson City, Board Member:


Shelton was born and raised in Johnson City, Texas and graduated from LBJ High School and attended Southwest Texas State University. He has worked in the insurance industry for 30 years eventually owning his own agency at Port Isabel/South Padre Island. He sold his agency in 2011 and moved back to Johnson City to be closer to friends and family.

While in South Texas, Shelton volunteered much of his time with the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce serving twice as president and as chairman for the “Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk” and the “World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-off”. He also served as a member and Chairman of “Leadership Laguna Madre Steering Committee” for the South Padre Island Chamber. He was appointed to the Dune and Beach Advisory Council by the Town of South Padre Island. Shelton was also active in the Port Isabel Rotary Club and was recognized in 2004 with the “Paul Harris Fellow” service award. He has for the past 27 years been in charge of ticket sales for the Blanco County Fair & Rodeo Assn.

SHIRLEY JAMES, Austin, Board Member:


Shirley James was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived in Florida, California and Kentucky before moving to Austin in 1968. She is the mother of four sons and one daughter and the grandmother of four grandsons and one granddaughter.

Shirley began her career with the Johnsons in 1974 as Luci Johnson’s assistant. She had been a member of Volunteers for Vision, an organization begun by Luci to test the vision of Head Start children. She also was involved with Mrs. Lyndon Johnson’s activities at the LBJ Ranch – and thus began her love of the Ranch.

Shirley refers to herself as “an old family retainer.” She later went to work for Mrs. Johnson, and in 1988, Mrs. J sent her to Washington, D.C. to work on the planning of her Jubilee Celebration to benefit the Wildflower Center.

In 1992, Mrs. Johnson asked her to return as her executive assistant and she remained until the day Mrs. J died. She says it was an honor and a privilege to work for her dear friend. During those years, Shirley wore many hats, but most people recognize her for the innumerable events she planned for Mrs. Johnson at the LBJ Ranch and her Austin home. Shirley was always very “hands-on.”

In the interim, she worked for the University of Texas System Development Office where she provided staff support for the selection committees charged with hiring presidents of universities in the U.T. System. She managed public relations for the Austin office of DBG&H as well as for software developer Syscorp International.

Shirley also worked for Liz Carpenter. She helped Liz with her weekly syndicated newspaper column and her book, “Getting Better All the Time,” and arranged the book’s promotion tour of 17 cities. When President Carter appointed Liz to Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the U.S. Department of Education, Shirley went to Washington as her assistant. She says working for Liz “stretched her” – an understatement!

Upon her return from Washington, she worked in Attorney General (later Governor) Mark White’s press office. When Bob Hardesty was named president of Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos), he asked her to be Director of Special Projects – as with all her jobs, it was very diverse.

Among her volunteer activities are the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the LBJ National Historical Park.

BRENT BAILEY, Blanco, Board Member:


Brent is a native Texan who holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Baylor University. He is an attorney by trade who has practiced primarily in the electric power industry. Most recently, Brent was the General Counsel of Pedernales Electric Cooperative until August 2013.

An active volunteer for various nonprofit and community causes throughout his life, Brent served as chairman of Duke Energy’s 2003 United Way of Greater Houston fundraising campaign and served on the board of the Houston World Affairs Council. He has donated over 21 gallons of blood since 1976 and continues to donate regularly at PEC blood drives in Johnson City.

Brent and his wife, Jenny, moved to Blanco in 2013. The Baileys have taken a great interest in the LBJ National Historic Park due to the legacies of President and Mrs. Johnson and their impact on our country, particularly in the area of civil rights. In 2013, Jenny and Brent became Lifetime Members of the Friends of the LBJ National Historic Park, and Brent joined the Board of the Friends in February 2014. The Baileys have two grown children who also appreciate the Johnsons’ legacy and enjoy the natural beauty of the LBJ National Historic Park.

NANCY TIEMANN, Stonewall, Board Member:


Nancy grew up in the Northeast and moved to Texas in 1972 to attend college and set down roots. Eventually, those roots spread into the Texas Hill Country.

An investment banker for many years, Nancy opened a tour production company in Austin in 1990. An avid traveler who is passionate about our country's national parks, she found her way to the Friends Board in early 2013.

Nancy is also a founding board member of the Fredericksburg Farmers' Market. A mother of two girls and proud grandmother, Nancy enjoys raising free range chickens, bee keeping and growing organic vegetables on her small farm between Stonewall and Willow City.

CAROLYN KENNEDY, Marble Falls, Board Member:


Carolyn and her husband Jack Kennedy moved to Meadow Lakes in 2006 from Lubbock, where she grew up. Carolyn works for Texas Tech University, the Division of Off-Campus Sites, having transferred here from TTU in Lubbock. From the location in Gateway Center at Marble Falls, she helps to coordinate programs and activities at the 5 TTU sites outside of Lubbock.

Prior to Tech, Carolyn was a Regional Director for the American Heart Association for 12 years. Before her children were born, she taught high school English in New Mexico and in Lubbock. She was active with the West Texas Library System and the Junior League of Lubbock.

Carolyn has two sons and Jack has two children and two grandchildren. Carolyn and Jack are active members of First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls. Their hobby is sightseeing in the Hill Country. She is a member of the Friends of the Burnet County Library-Marble Falls. Carolyn is active in TTU Highland Lakes Alum Chapter and enjoys monthly lunches with Pi Beta Phi alums. She volunteers with Kairos Prison Ministry. Carolyn holds a BA and an MA in English from Texas Tech University.

RUSS WHITLOCK, Board Member, LBJ National Historical Park (Ex Officio):


Russ grew up in rural Trenton, South Carolina with both parents and a younger sister. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in History. Russ is a 26-year veteran of the National Park Service beginning his career working at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky. Russ was a resource protection ranger at Indiana’s Lincoln Boyhood National Monument before transferring as the lead ranger for the Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia. Russ served as a district ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina for nine years. He was the chief ranger in Virginia’s 17,000-acre Prince William Forest Park and later became the deputy superintendent at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Russ served as the National Park Service Director’s Chief of Staff before moving to Texas. Working with NPS Director Fran P. Mainella, he became a liaison with the seven regional directors, members of Congress, officials with the Department of the Interior, cooperators, and national partners.

Russ was a commissioned Federal law enforcement officer for 18 years. He has been recognized by the National Park Service, local chambers of commerce, visitor boards and other State and Federal agencies for his cooperative work, volunteerism, and support of partnerships. He has worked, participated in, and directed all facets of national park operations.

Russ began his duties at Superintendent of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in August 2006 and continues to be excited about the potential for the park to be a contributing member of the community. Russ leads a capable and talented staff whose first goal is to share the story and legacy of President and Mrs. Johnson with the public through a wide variety of experiences and opportunities.

SAM CHILDERS, Dalls, Board Member:


A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Sam Childers is a historian, writer and museum consultant. He has previously served on the staffs of the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum in Atlanta, GA. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in history from Texas Woman’s University in 1995.

Sam is a contributing writer and editorial assistant to Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas. He a member of the Dallas Landmark Commission, the Dallas Heritage Village Board of Trustees, the SMU Library Executive Board and is past president of the Friends of the SMU Libraries. His book Historic Dallas Hotels was released in 2010. In 2013 Sam curated an exhibit for the City of Fort Worth for the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. Currently he is researching a book project about Lady Bird Johnson’s 1964 whistle stop campaign and writing a book on the history of the Oval Office for the White House Historical Association.
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