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.
SUSANNE MCDONALD, Park Superintendent
LBJ National Historical Park (Ex Officio)
BRENT BAILEY, Austin, 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.
TESSA SCHMIDTZINSKY, Board Member
Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless; but because they are priceless.
SAM CHILDERS, Dallas, Secretary
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.
Shirley James, Austin, Board Member
Shirley moved to Austin in 1968. She was an active volunteer throughout the years her five children were in school, and in the community including work with Volunteers for Vision, an organization founded by Luci Johnson that tested the vision of Head Start children.
She began her career with the Johnsons in 1974 as Luci Johnson’s assistant and was involved with Mrs. Lyndon Johnson’s activities at the LBJ Ranch –thus began her love affair with the Ranch. In 1992, Mrs. Johnson asked her to return as her executive assistant and she remained until Mrs. J’s death. She says it was an honor and a privilege to work for her dear friend. During those years, Shirley wore many hats but she especially relished the innumerable events she planned and executed for Mrs. Johnson at the LBJ Ranch. Shirley refers to herself as “an old family retainer.”
It was Shirley’s idea that Mrs. Johnson should have a U. S. postage stamp honoring her centennial birthday. With persistence and the help of many, the Lady Bird Johnson stamp was unveiled 9 short months after Shirley first conceived the idea. She is very proud of this achievement.
Shirley has held diverse positions at the U.S. Department of Education Office of Public Affairs; The University of Texas System Development Office, DBG&H Advertising and Public Relations, Syscorp International, Attorney General Mark White’s press office; and Director of Special Projects at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State). She also assisted Liz Carpenter with her syndicated newspaper column and book, “Getting Better All the Time.”
SHELTON COLEMAN, Johnson City, Treasurer
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.