Board of Directors
Barry Haag has a BBA degree from Baylor University with a graduate degree from the Graduate School of Banking at SMU. He has been in banking for over 30 years, the last 21 years with First Texas Bank where he has served as the bank’s President for the past 13 years. Over the years, he has served on numerous non-profit boards. He currently serves as the President of The Caring Place Board as well as serving as the Treasurer on the Round Rock Christian Academy Board. Barry is a native Texan, having grown up in nearby Milam County. He and his wife, Kristi, have lived in Georgetown for over 21 years. They have two grown sons, Blake and Cole.
Stephen Benold: Vice President is a retired family physician. He was a physician in the Georgetown Medical Clinic for 22 years, and the medical director of the Williamson County EMS for 32 years. Currently he is practicing as a certified financial planner, mostly doing retirement planning and investment management. He is active in the First United Methodist Church, where he has taught a Sunday school class for 27 years. He has a wife, Nancy, and 2 grown children, Amy and Jordan.
Jim Wayland has lived in Georgetown for five years. He and his wife, Karen, moved here from Dallas. He was born in Missouri, lived in Missouri and Kansas, and moved to Dallas in 1972. He graduated from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas with a B.B.A. After a career in sales and sales management, he returned to school for a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. He is self-employed as a Professional Counselor in Georgetown.
Treasurer: Todd Holubec grew up in Georgetown, graduated from Georgetown High School, and later received a B.S. from Texas A&M University. Todd is currently a financial planner and has been in the business for 12 years. He and his wife, Jenn, have 3 children (2 boys and a girl), and have been members of multiple churches within the Association of Hill Country Bible Churches.
At Large: Karen Simcik graduated from Southwestern University and pursued a career in education. She was an elementary classroom teacher for 19 years and then served as a program facilitator/coordinator until she retired from Taylor ISD in 2012. Since her retirement, Karen has been volunteering at the Granger Food Pantry, the TANF Program, at the HOPE Program as well as at various church functions. Currently she is in the 8th year of facilitating a weekly women’s bible study at her home. Karen and her husband, John, who is also retired, returned to their roots in Granger 10 years ago where they enjoy farming and ranching. They have a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.
Past President: Lenora Doerfler works for Texas Health Institute in marketing and development. Lenora lives in Georgetown with her husband, Jimmy. They have four children and six grandchildren. They attend Christ Lutheran Church where Lenora serves as President of Christ Lutheran Learning Center. She is a Servant Leader for Georgetown’s Teen Community Bible Study. Lenora was born in El Campo, Texas, and attended UT Arlington and UT Austin majoring in Communications. She came to Georgetown in 1976 to work at KGTN, Georgetown’s local radio station. Lenora worked at Williamson County and Cities Health District and ADVANCED.1 before joining Texas Health Institute.
Scott Alarcón, CEO of Georgetown Health Foundation, began his career here in 1999 as the Director of the Georgetown Cancer Treatment Center at Georgetown Hospital. Scott’s leadership culminated in his promotion to Chief Operating Officer of the Hospital in early 2006. He then transitioned to the Georgetown Health Foundation in late 2007 as its Chief Operating Officer, and in 2009, was named the Foundation’s CEO. Scott was born and raised in Williamson County, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Masters in Health Services Management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He also holds the designation of Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was recognized by this body in 2012 with its Distinguished Service Award for his leadership excellence. Scott has also served on a number of local nonprofit boards. Currently, he is President of the Georgetown ISD School Board, a member of the St. David’s HealthCare Board of Governors, Treasurer of the Lone Star Circle of Care Board of Directors, Board Member for The Locker, and a Member of the Executive Committee for The Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown.
Larry Baird has been volunteering for The Caring Place the past 4 years where he has driven the truck, worked in the food pantry and most recently assumed the position of chairman of the Facilities Committee. He is a graduate of Texas Tech and spent his career in various engineering/management positions with consumer products companies. He completed his career in 2002, retiring as a Research Principal for Kraft Foods R and D in Glenview Illinois. He and his wife, Sue, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Brian Burkhart is President of Georgetown Sporting Goods Inc. He also owns GTX Awards with his wife, Cindy. He attended the University of Texas at Austin (BA in Economics 1991) Brian has served on multiple boards in the central Texas area including Past President of the Young Men’s Business League of Austin who oversee the Austin Sunshine Camps for disadvantaged children. Brian is a member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown and serves on the personnel committee of the church. Brian and Cindy have two sons.
Gary DeRemer moved to Georgetown in 2000. Shortly after retiring from 39 years in the computer industry in 2006, he began volunteering at The Caring Place as a store cashier. After 3 years in that role, Gary spent a couple of years updating the computer systems and is currently serving on the board as chairman of the Client Service Committee and The Caring Place of the Future Task Force.
Linda Gusnowski is an Investment Broker with FirstSouthwest Company in Austin. Linda lives in Georgetown with her husband, Ken, and attends St. John’s United Methodist Church. She serves as the head of the Women’s Ministry at St. John’s and also teaches the Senior High Sunday School Class. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wesleyan Corporation and is on the Business and Finance Committee of that organization. Linda was instrumental in starting the “Harvest Fest 5K Run” which is held every October and benefits Williamson Burnet County Opportunities.
Tim Harris is the President of Georgetown Commercial Properties, a real estate brokerage firm, and is also Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Georgetown Rail Equipment Co. Prior to that, Mr. Harris spent 30 years in the banking industry, and was the President of the Georgetown Division of Regions Bank and Hartland Bank. Tim holds a B.A. of Business Administration from Louisiana University, and a Graduate Banking Degree from Southwest Graduate School of Banking at SMU. He has served on several local Boards, and has served as Chairman of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Georgetown Partners in Education, and President of the Rotary Club. He was selected “Citizen of the Year” in 2001, Partners in Education “Award of Excellence” in 2002, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 for Economic Development
Rev. Harriett Jones, a native Texan, attended Texas Southern University in Houston, graduating with a B.A. before moving to California to pursue a modelling career. After thirteen successful years in the business, she returned to Houston. There she met her husband, the late Rev. Leroy Jones, Jr., and eventually had two children, Scotty and Cecily. She worked in Houston as a Parole Officer for fifteen years, while privately maintaining a strong volunteer presence in the local Christian community. In 1991, the Jones family moved to the greater Austin area. Mrs. Jones continued her volunteer work; committing her leadership, networking and organizational skills to help charitable groups successfully fulfill their particular purpose in the community. In 2005, she and her husband felt called to establish Saving Grace Christian Bible Fellowship in Georgetown, Texas. She earned her Divinity degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and, in 2014, was ordained. In 2015, following the death of her dear husband, and after having served the Christian community for over 28 years in various leadership positions, Rev. Jones assumed the office of Senior Pastor where she continues to serve today.
Paul Jordan was born in Brownsboro, Henderson County, Texas on December 15, 1962. A graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. with honors 1985), he completed graduate studies at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (M.P.A. 1989) and received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law (J.D. 1989). A resident of Salado, Paul offices primarily out of the firm’s Georgetown location. Paul is a former chairperson of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and is currently on the board of directors of the Texas FFA Foundation. Appointed by Governor Perry, Paul served as a Commissioner, representing the public, on the Texas Real Estate Commission. Paul, and his wife Janet, have two children, Jacob and Rachel.
Holly Steger Stevens grew up in Georgetown, graduated from Georgetown High School, and The University of Texas. She works for the NASA International Space Station Advisory Committee and is the Manager of Federal Relations for American Pacific Corporation, an aerospace-related company. Mrs. Stevens has served in a variety of PTA officer positions at GISD schools, been a Member of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown Area Community Foundation (currently the Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation), Circle of Friends, and has been involved in many local philanthropic endeavors. She is married to P.J. Stevens, and has two children, Austin (21), a student at Texas A&M, and Eliza (19), attending TCU.