The Brazos River Authority Board of Directors appointed David Collinsworth to the position of General Manager/CEO effective April 1, 2018. Mr. Collinsworth is a career B.R.A. employee, with more than 25-years of service with the organization. Before his appointment to GM/CEO, Mr. Collinsworth worked in or managed nearly all aspects of the B.R.A., serving as regional manager for the Central and Lower Basins, business manager for the Central Basin and earlier managing water quality projects and field operations.
Mr. Collinsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aquatic Biology and Organic Chemistry from Southwest Texas State University. He has served on the Texas Utility Council of the American Water Works Association and currently serves on the Inland Fisheries Advisory Committee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and as a staff representative of the Brazos River Authority Board of Directors Retirement Committee.
Mr. Collinsworth, his wife Tara, and their daughters live in Robinson.
Lower/Central Basin Region Manager
Brad Brunett joined the Brazos River Authority as a Hydrologist/Planner in 1997. In his more than 20 years with the BRA, Mr. Brunett has served in several different positions including Water Services Manager, Hydrologist/Planner, Regional Business Development Manager, Hydrologist, and Senior Hydrologist. As the regional manager for the Central/Lower Basins, he manages a staff of more than 80 employees and is responsible for reservoir/dam operations, water & wastewater treatment and project development.
Mr. Brunett received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrology and Water Resources from Tarleton State University in 1994.
He and wife, Angie, live in Whitney and have three children – Kaley, a recent Texas A&M graduate, Cole, a senior at Tarleton State, and Brock, a Sophomore at Whitney High School.
Courtney Dobogai been employed by the Brazos River Authority for 10 years and currently serves as the organizations’ Information Technology Manager. Prior to being promoted to her current position, Mrs. Dobogai worked as the BRA’s programmer and web developer, Helpdesk coordinator and an IT technician.
Mrs. Dobogai received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and Information Systems from Baylor University.
Planning & Development Manager
James Douglas (Jim) Forte joined the Authority from Government Resource Associates, LLC/GoverNet Solutions, LLP in Forth Worth where he was senior vice president and partner of the firm.
In the newly established position of planning and development manager, Forte serves as primary financial and rate analyst for the Authority’s water supply system, projects and development initiatives.
Forte brings more than 25 years of experience in government finance to the Brazos River Authority. Prior to establishing his own financial management consulting firm, he worked for
Fitch Ratings as a senior director and regional manager. He also served as director of finance, budget director and capital projects coordinator for the City of Plano as well as a budget analyst for the City of Austin.
Forte received a bachelor of Environmental Design and a master of Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A & M University.
He and wife, Diane, live in Hillsboro.
Upper Basin Regional Manager
Mike McClendon has managed the Upper Basin of the Brazos River Authority since August 2010, previously serving as the Customer Relations Business Manager.
He is responsible for operations and maintenance of Morris Sheppard Dam at Possum Kingdom Lake and DeCordova Bend Dam at Lake Granbury; two of the three
water supply reservoirs owned by the Brazos River Authority. The annual capital improvement budgets for the reservoirs varies from $8 million to $15
million per year, including annual operating budgets collectively averaging $10 million per year. He is also responsible for business development and
community relations efforts in the Upper Basin Region including property administration and conveyance, asset transfers and acquisitions, treatment
plant operations, planning and development, and flood control projects.
Mr. McClendon holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Baylor University.
He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Hazardous Materials Management from Texas State Technical College.
Before joining the Brazos River Authority, he worked for a Texas electric generation and transmission utility and the State of Texas’ environmental and regulatory agency.
He and his wife, Gayla, live in Waco and have two sons Grayson and Grant.
Government & Customer Relations Manager
Matt Phillips joined the Brazos River Authority from the office of State Senator Steve Ogden where he served as a legislative aide for five years.
Prior to joining Senator Ogden’s office Matt served as an assistant clerk for the Senate Finance Committee.
Matt also worked for two years as Director of Government Relations and Freshwater Protection at the Texas State Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit conservation organization.
He received his bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Government from The University of Texas. Matt and his wife Kari reside in Liberty Hill with their son, Sadler.
Chief Financial Officer
David Thompson joined the Brazos River Authority in August, 2015 in the role of chief financial officer. Mr. Thompson returns to the Central Texas area from Northern Virginia where he worked with Ericsson/OCEUS, a telecommunications company selling to the US Federal Government.
Over his more than 19 years with Ericsson/OCEUS, Mr. Thompson worked in both the Plano, Texas and Reston, Virginia locations; positions held at the company included account CFO and vice president of Strategy, Pricing, Business Development and Business Operations. Prior to his employment with Ericsson/OCEUS, Mr. Thompson worked with Disctronics a Mitsubishi startup, and Texas Instruments.
Mr. Thompson is a certified public accountant who holds Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance from Texas Tech University. He brings over 38 years of financial management experience to the BRA.
Lauralee Vallon joined the Brazos River Authority from the city of Hillsboro where she served as City Attorney. Her position included a wide range of responsibilities including the administration of all civil litigation for the city. She also served as advisor to the City Council.
Prior to her employment with the city of Hillsboro, Vallon worked for Clay Dugas and Associates, the top-rated plaintiff’s firm in Beaumont/Orange and for the Orange County District and County Attorney’s office.
Mrs. Vallon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and her doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. She and husband Jeff have four children.
Human Resources Manager
Monica Wheelis joined the Brazos River Authority in 2004 as the HR Specialist and was promoted in 2006, to her current position, as the Human Resources Manager.
Monica graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Occupations. She has her SPHR certification and more than twenty years’ experience in Human Resources and Payroll administration.
She and husband Matt have two children and one grandchild.