Organizational Structure

The Institute for a Disaster Resilient Texas collaborates with many different state and federal agencies, academic intuitions, research institutes, and industry professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach to building a more resilient Texas. Our unique organizational structure is the foundation of our strategy and solution seeking approach.

Executive Advisory Committee

Jack Baldauf
Texas A&M University

Susan Ballabina
Texas A&M University System

David Coatney
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Monty Dozier
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Joe Elabd
Texas A&M University System

Zachary Grasley
Texas A&M University

Billy Hamilton
Texas A&M University System

Greg Hartman
Texas A&M University

Nim Kidd
Texas Division of Emergency Management

Heather Lagrone
Texas General Land Office

Jon Mogford
Texas A&M Health

Wes Moorehead
Texas A&M Forest Service

George B. Peyton V
Texas Water Development Board

Antonietta Quigg
Texas A&M University – Galveston

Mark Stone
Texas A&M University System

Lori Taylor
Bush School of Government and Public Service, TAMU

Deborah Thomas
Texas A&M University – Galveston

Jorge Vanegas
Texas A&M University

Greg Winfree
Texas Transportation Institute

Executive Team

Samuel Brody
Director

Wesley Highfield
Faculty

William Merrell
Faculty

Russell Blessing
Research Scientist

Jenny Nelson Gray
Program Director

Sherry Parker
Business Administrator

Administration

Jenny Nelson Gray
Program Director

Sherry Parker
Business Administrator

Cherie Coffman
Administrative Coordinator

Strategic Engagement

Katharine Teleki
Teleki Consulting

Lawn Chair Consulting
Communications & Graphic Design

Research Team

Kayode Atoba
Research Scientist

Yoonjeong Lee
Research Scientist

Laura Stearns
Research Specialist

Faculty

William Merrell
Texas A&M University – Galveston

Meri Davlasheridze
Texas A&M University – Galveston

Jens Figlus
Texas A&M University – Galveston

David P. Retchless
Texas A&M University – Galveston

Ashley D. Ross
Texas A&M University – Galveston

Bill Read
Texas A&M University – Galveston