The PenDeCo, Inc. Board:

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Sidney Bouse, President

Sidney Bouse, long time resident of Bolivar Peninsula is a cattle rancher, land surveyor and Licensed State Land Surveyor. Both his mother’s and his father’s families have lived on the Bolivar Peninsula since before the disastrous storm of 1900. He is a proud graduate of Texas A&M (1981), a member of Bay Vue Methodist Church, and is an owner of Coastal Surveying of Texas, Inc. along with his wife of 30 years, Joann Bouse. Sidney was a member of the Governor’s Commission on Disaster Recovery and Renewal which was formed by Governor Perry after Hurricane Ike and is on the Bolivar Blueprint Steering committee.

John Lee Jr, Vice-President

John Lee Jr has been a full time resident of the Bolivar Peninsula since the mid-1970’s, has been married to his wife Tina for 28 years, and their three sons have graduated from High Island High School. Lee is employed with Galveston County as the Natural Resource Coordinator for the Galveston County Engineers Office and is a member of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Executive Committee, Lee serves as Vice-President of the Texas Chapter of ASBPA, Secretary of the Galveston County Beach Erosion Task Force, and is a former member of the Galveston Island State Park Advisory Committee, and is currently serving on the Board of PenDeCo. Lee has been involved in the protection of coastal resources for over 30 years and believes it is possible for everyone to participate in that process through partnerships and collaborative efforts.

Clint Byrom, Treasurer
Deborah Kahla, Secretary
Winnie Burkett

Winnie Burkett, sanctuary manager for the Houston Audubon Society for the last 15 years, has been instrumental in the addition of 1800 acres of valuable coastal habitat to the Houston Audubon sanctuary system and has overseen extensive habitat restoration and visitor access improvements in Houston Audubon’s High Island sanctuaries on of the top 10 birding destinations in the US.

Burkett was introduced to birds and bird watching at age 4, by her grandmother. She grew up looking for birds in the wetlands of South Florida and graduated with a major in biology from Florida State University. Moving around the country with her petroleum geologist husband gave her the opportunity to work on a variety of ornithological research projects while raising 3 sons. Before moving back to the Houston Area in 1991, Winnie lived in Storrs, Connecticut where she worked as the naturalist for the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and ran a bird banding station in conjunction with the University of Connecticut. Burkett’s main interests and concerns are habitat protection and water bird conservation.

Rodney Kahla

Chief Deputy Constable Pct. 6 Galveston County. He has lived on the Peninsula for more than 35 years. He is an advocate for, and involved with youth and community activities.

Chief Deputy Contable Kahla was recently awarded the 100 Club Officer of the Year award in recognition for his efforts in the hours preceding Hurricane Ike's landfall.

Carren Plummer


Brad Vratis


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