WHCRWA Board, made up of nine directors who serve staggered four-year terms, governs the WHCRWA. Directors must: (i) be at least 18 years of age; (ii) be a Texas resident; (iii) own land or be a qualified voter within the director precinct; and (iv) have served as a director of one or more districts for a total of at least four years. To serve as a director representing any part of the City of Katy, the individual must (i) meet the other specified qualifications, and (ii) must either meet the requirement of having served as a director of one or more districts for at least four years, or must have served as the mayor or a member of the city council of the City of Katy.

The primary mission of the WHCRWA and its governing board is to:

  • Acquire and provide surface water and groundwater for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and other uses;
  • reduce groundwater withdrawals;
  • promote the conservation, preservation, protection, recharge, and prevention of waste of groundwater, and of groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions; and,
  • control subsidence caused by withdrawal of water from those groundwater reservoirs or their subdivisions.

Eric Hansen

President and Precinct 2 Director

Eric, A Houston area native, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and graduate degrees in Land and Real Estate Development and Construction Management. Eric is a licensed Texas Real Estate Broker. He is President of HealthLink Development, a construction and real estate consulting company that operates across the United States. His experience includes the development, planning, design, and construction of senior housing projects including skilled nursing, assisted living and Alzheimer’s/memory care facilities; and evaluating, planning, and implementing commercial and residential projects in the local Katy, Texas area. Eric served on the Board of Directors of Harris County MUD #81 for 7 years until he joined the WHCRWA Board of Directors in November 2009.

Term Ends 5-2020

Douglas C. Postle

Secretary and Precinct 6 Director

Douglas served as President of Harris County MUD #257 for 16 years. He earned a B. A. in math, and is a real estate consultant regarding right-of-way acquisition and abstraction.

Term Ends 5-2020

Mark G. Janneck

Precinct 8 Director

Mark served as MUD director for 16 years and was President of Horsepen Bayou MUD.
Janneck has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional mechanical engineer.
Mark is project manager for Shah Smith & Associates.

Term Ends 5-2020

Larry A Weppler

Vice President and Precinct 1 Director

Larry served as a municipal utility district director for 7 years and was the Vice President of Mission Bend MUD #2. He is a registered professional civil engineer, and is the Construction Division Manager for Jones & Carter, Inc. Mr. Weppler has a B.S. degree in civil engineering.

Term Ends 5-2022

Michael Thornhill

Assistant Secretary and Precinct 4 Director

Mike has been a resident of Katy since 1999. He served as his MUD president for seven years until he joined the WHCRWA. Mike has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. He works for a water operations company as the Regulatory Compliance Manager, working closely with the TCEQ and the EPA.

Term Ends 5-2022

Dennis Gorden

Precinct 9 Director

Dennis Gorden, a native of Katy, Texas, attended Katy area schools and Texas Tech University. He pursued a career with Severn Trent Environmental Services, and retired in 2011 after 28 years with the company. In 1989, Gorden was elected to the board of Harris County MUD #61 and served as president during his tenure with the District. In 2015, he was elected to fill the unexpired term as WHCRWA director for Precinct 9.

Term Ends May 2022

Gary Struzick

Assistant Vice President and Precinct 7 Director

Gary Struzick joined the WHCRWA board of directors in June 2012. He spent twenty four years as a MUD director, was president of HCMUD #208, and served as President of Copperfield Joint Operations Board. Struzick has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional civil engineer and a nationally certified flood plain manager. Previously, he served as President of the Houston Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), as President of the Texas Section ASCE, and as Regional Governor for ASCE Region 6 (representing Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico).

Term Ends 5-2020

Mike Owens

Precinct 5 Director

Dr. Mike Owens — a retired Texas school superintendent — is a native Texan, born in Galveston and currently lives in Cypress, Texas. Previously, he served eight years as a MUD director with HC MUC#374, six years with the College Station Utility Board and three years with the Friendswood City Parks board. He has a Bachelor of Science, a Masters of Education and a Doctor of Education. His work experience includes time spent with the Texas Education Agency, as a secondary school teacher, and as an Executive Director of human resources. He also worked in sales of websites for schools, sales of business software, and as a supervisor for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and the Program for International Science Assessment.

Term Ends 5-2022

Vacant

Precinct 2 Director