Governor Abbott appoints three citizen-oriented Board members to SJRA

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Austin and Conroe, February 6 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott appointed Mark Mitcheletti of Kingwood, to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors Monday, after a recommendations from various elected officials, dignitaries and the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. Kaaren Cambio of Kingwood and Charles ‘Ed’ Boulware of Montgomery were also appointed to the board. Governor Abbott has appointed Boulware and Micheletti to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on October 16, 2023. The Governor additionally appointed Cambio for a term to expire on October 16, 2019.

Micheletti will hold a six-year term on the SJRA board. He is a longtime Kingwood resident and the Executive Director of Berkeley Eye Center. As the lead executive in charge of the Berkeley Eye Center System, he is over more than 20 Houston locations including offices in the Woodlands as well as their headquarters located in Kingwood.

A former CPA by trade, Micheletti offers extensive expertise in finance and a successful background in corporate management.  He has served on many non-profit and charity boards throughout our Lake Houston Area, including being an integral part in launching the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership in 2012 and is currently serving as its board chair. His philanthropy is well known throughout St. Martha’s Catholic Parish in Kingwood and through his work organizing the largest private annual Christmas Toy Drive in the Houston area for the past 16 years.

Cambio will hold a position on the board until October 2019. Also of Kingwood, Cambio has recently retired as president of Caymus Resources. She is a former member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Investment Recovery Association, Pipeline Contractors Association, and the Houston Pipeliners Association. She is the past president and current member of the Kings Trails Chapter of the National Charity League and a member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Scholarship & Tours Committees. Additionally, she serves as a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood and volunteers with the USO at the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Cambio received a Bachelor of Business Administration from San Diego State University.

Boulware of Montgomery, will serve a six-year term on the SJRA board. He is retired after 38 years at Shell Oil Company. He is the past president of the April Sound Men’s Club. Boulware received a Bachelor of Science in computing science from Texas A&M University.

Currently, no member of the SJRA board lives in the Lake Houston Area, and as part of the Chamber’s first Recover Lake Houston initiative, Plea for Three Lake Houston, the Governor’s appointment is the first achievement and first step in beginning the remediation of the Lake Houston Area.

Governor Abbott acted in response to the thousands of Plea for Three Lake Houston letters and emails sent to the governor’s office and to other state officials from area residents.

SJRA has a statutory duty “to provide flood control” and to “prevent soil erosion” under its 1937 enabling statute but has completely failed to fulfill either of those duties within the San Jacinto River watershed as the law requires. Instead, SJRA has focused on developing monopolistic pricing for surface waters by working closely with the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District greatly to restrict the sale or use of groundwater in the area.

SJRA’s terrible handling of the buildup of waters during Tropical Storm Harvey likely led to the flooding or destruction of thousands of homes downstream and to the complete failure to provide early warning to thousands of families of the impending destruction resulting from the massive release of waters from the Lake Conroe Dam early in the morning on August 31, 2017.

The Plea For Three was an initiative brought forward to the Chamber board by Houston City Council Member Dave Martin. It was his emphasis on representation on the SJRA board as well as the other two points that was a catalyst for the campaign. Lake Houston Area representation on the SJRA board was furthered on the state level by the support of State Representative Dan Huberty’s office and State Senator Brandon Creighton’s office. Steve Toth, a candidate for State Representative, District 15, and a former State Representative from that district, has also been a strong advocate for reform of SJRA.

Charles “Ed” Boulware of Montgomery is retired after 38 years at Shell Oil Company. He is the past president of the April Sound Men’s Club. Boulware received a Bachelor of Science in computing science from Texas A&M University.

Mark Micheletti of Kingwood is the executive director for Berkeley Eye Center. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s and the Houston Society of CPA’s. He currently serves as chairman of the Lake Houston Economic Development Council and past chairman and current member of the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce. Micheletti received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Kaaren Cambio of Kingwood has recently retired as president of Caymus Resources. She is a former member of Women’s Business Enterprise National Investment Recovery Association, Pipeline Contractors Association, and the Houston Pipeliners Association. She is the past president and current member of the Kings Trails Chapter of the National Charity League and a member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s Scholarship & Tours Committees. Additionally, she serves as a Deacon of First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood and volunteers with the USO at the Bush Intercontinental Airport. Cambio received a Bachelor of Business Administration from San Diego State University.

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