Highland Lakes Legacy Fund Advisory Board
Dr. Chris Allen
Dr. Chris Allen is the Superintendent of Marble Falls Independent School District. Allen joins MFISD from neighboring Lake Travis Independent School District, where he served as the District's Deputy Superintendent since May of 2012. He has also worked as a Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services and the Interim Superintendent for Midway Independent School District. Dr. Allen, his wife, Natalie, and their two children moved to Marble Falls in 2015. In addition to his work with the Legacy Fund, he has also served on city boards, service clubs, church committees, as well as other committees at Baylor University.
Originally from Seguin, Texas, Suzanne Brown graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in public relations. She and her husband Dale Brown live in Marble Falls where they are long-time local business leaders. Suzanne has been involved with Faith Academy, a University Model Christian school, since it opened in 1989 serving on the academic, hospitality and athletic committees and volunteering as the Athletic Assistant . She also worked as academic counselor at the school. She attends the Methodist Church, where she's volunteered for the past 27 years, presently serving on the Welcoming committee, teaching the Newcomers Sunday School class, organizing trips for the women of the church and planning fundraisers. After retiring, Suzanne joined her husband's real estate business in Marble Falls.
A Hill Country native, Midge Dockery is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Marketing. She is the Business Development Coordinator for the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation where she oversees business retention and expansion efforts as well as marketing. Midge has worked in the nonprofit arena for over 14 years and has over 24 years’ experience working with individuals, public, corporate and civic organizations. For ten years she led the Legacy Fund as director. As an active member and volunteer of community, school and civic events, Midge enjoys spending her spare time working and relaxing outdoors at her family’s ranch.
Jeff is the Assistant Superintendent of Administration for Marble Falls ISD. He began his career in education in 1996 and served as an athletic trainer, teacher, coach and administrator. He moved from Midway ISD where he was Midway High School Principal since June of 2011. Jeff, his wife Kara, and their two sons moved to Marble Falls in the summer of 2016. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University, his Master of Education degree from Texas A&M-Commerce University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree at Baylor University.
Donna Klaeger retired as Burnet County Judge at the end of December 2014. She continues to be actively involved in the Highland Lakes area, serving on the Advisory Board of the Highland Lakes Legacy Fund, is a member of the Central Texas Water Coalition, the Lower Colorado River Region K water planning group, CAPCOG Water group and Austin Area Research Organization. Donna is a partner in the Hill Country Strategies consulting group, a consultant at GMJ, Inc., and is Vice President/Administrator of Klaeger Operating Co, LLC.
Donna Klaeger makes good things happen. From business success to volunteer community service to election as County Judge of Burnet County, Klaeger has a long and varied record of accomplishments in bringing together results-oriented teamwork of public and private interests. Klaeger’s favorite quote is from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Susan Turner Pierce
Susan Pierce has worked in the banking industry for more than thirty years. She attended Texas A&M University and The Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She is currently the President of the Hill Country Banking Centers for Grand Bank of Texas where she is also on the Board of Directors. Susan previously served on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes for ten years, the Planning and Zoning committee for the City of Marble Falls, the City of Marble Falls Downtown Revitalization Committee and the IBAT Leadership Committee where she was president . She currently serves on the IBAT Legislative Committee, as Secretary of the Women’s Council of Realtors of the Highland Lakes and Treasurer and Board Member of The Phoenix Center.
John P. Racz
John Racz retired as a senior executive after a 37-year career with Exxon Corporation and moved to the Highland Lakes area with his wife, Barbara, in 1991. He soon began his involvement with area nonprofits, joining the Board of the Friends of the Marble Falls Library. John also served as Project Manager for the new Library building, playing a key fundraising role. He has served as president of the Board of the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center. John was on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Highland Lakes for 13 years, working on fund raising and serving as Project Manager of the new Club building.
John was also involved in getting Texas Tech University to the area, serving two 3-year terms on the Board of the Texas Tech Foundation. John is a charter member of the Highland Lakes Legacy Fund and serves as Board Chair. For the past several years he helped bring the Scott & White Clinic and Hospital to the area.
Michael Thames is Executive Director of Camp of the Hills, a nonprofit ministry that has three endowments through the Legacy Fund. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from The University of Texas at Arlington. Michael served in inner-city ministry for 12 years in Fort Worth before moving to the Hill Country in 2011. He is a member of the Marble Falls Noon Rotary Club and active in other community service organizations and projects. Michael and his wife, Cara, have three children, Tristan, Brendan and Eden.
Rev. Johnny White
Johnny White retired in 2017 as the Senior Pastor of the interdenominational Church at Horseshoe Bay where he served for 13 years. Previously he was the Associate Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio for 25 years. In that capacity, he was chief of staff and program coordinator for a $6M annual budget in addition to pastoral ministry. White has earned two graduate theological degrees and done extensive doctoral level study. He has taught ministerial students in mission contexts in Siberia, Moldova, and most recently Cuba. In 2004 he was recognized by The Greater San Antonio Community of Churches with the Distinguished Religious Leadership Award.
White currently serves as the Llano County representative on the Texas Housing Foundation Board of Supervisors. He has served on numerous non-profit agency boards in San Antonio and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Marble Falls.
He and Patricia are the parents of three married children and have six grandchildren. They remain active in The Church and community of Horseshoe Bay and the Highland Lakes area.