Roderick Moss
ArnieDollace

Rod@Caedc.org

Retired IRS Economist. Prior to working for the IRS, I worked for agri-business companies and Wall Street firms. Currently, I have an economic and business consulting service for clients as well as actively trading stocks and futures for myself. My wife and I have lived in Castroville for 17 years and are active in many different community activities. I am the Treasurer for CAEDC.

Barbara Gillam
Rod Moss

Barbara@Caedc.org

A native, moved to Castroville in 1970, served as President of Castroville Chamber of Commerce in 1989, served on Tourism committee and Economic Development Committee in early 1990's. Widow of A. L. "Babe" Gilliam, Jr., Mother of Lee Gilliam (deceased), Minna Gilliam Rothe, and Frenchellen Gilliam. Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Life Member of San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Girl Scouts, Director at East Medina County Special Utility District, Licensed Water Operator-TCEQ, Licensed Customer Service Inspector-TCEQ. President of EagleScout/Girl Scout Gold Scholarship Committee, Past Matron, Order of the Eastern Star, and Reiki Master. Currently, Property Manager/Owner Valley Mobile Home Properties/Gilliam Rentals, Water Billing Clerk for Ville d'Alsace Water System, Rancher-Cattle and Quarter Horses. Castroville can have it all: Historic Ambiance and Progress/Growth. I want to work towards eliminating personal agendas, and focus on the greatest good for all concerned regarding the development of Castroville and its surrounding area in the Medina River Valley."

Arnold Dollase - President
ArnieDollace

Arnie@Caedc.org

Having experience in community development work, higher education, and as a small business owner in rural towns, I have been excited to become immersed in the history, culture, planning, focus and development of Castroville.  When you consider a place to move with your family, relocate a business or create a new one, or just visit this Alsatian French town, let us work with you to make the experience a truly positive and exciting one.

Tim Hardt
Tim Hardt

Tim@Caedc.org

I am a 6th generation Medina County native and lived in Castroville since 1993. I graduated Hondo High School in1974 and Southwest Texas State (now Texas State Univ.) in 1978 with a B.S. in Agri. Business.  I have been a licensed real estate broker since 1987 and own Hardt Realty. I am past President of the Medina Valley Youth Baseball Assn., the Medina County Fair Assn. (2003) and past Chairman St. Louis Day Festival.  I was selected as the Castroville Humanitarian of the Year (2000), Castroville Citizen of the Year (2005), and Castroville Business of the Year (2011). I currently serve as Director of the Castroville Area Economic Dev. Council and Precinct 2 Director for the Medina County Regional Hospital District.

Minna Rothe

mina@caedc.org

I am a native of Castroville, having grown up on our family farm located on the outskirts of this beautiful community.

I graduated from Medina Valley High School in 2000 and Midwestern State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations; where I was very active in various student organizations at both levels.

Currently, I am a licensed insurance agent with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies and Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company and enjoy helping family, friends, neighbors and our current customers with all of their insurance needs.

Throughout my childhood, my family and I have been very active within our local community and I plan to continue that tradition with my growing family. My husband, Reagan Rothe, and I have a daughter, Lena Louise, and are expecting a son, Walter Lee, later this year. Our family currently resides on our farm, still located on the outskirts of beautiful Castroville, where we raise cattle and have horses, chickens and dogs who help us enjoy the picturesque views of Castroville's surrounding area.

Arlene Smith
Arlene Smith

Arlene@caedc.org

Grew up on a farm near Castroville and have always considered Castroville my home town. Have been in several businesses with husband, Ken Smith. Currently own The Standby Saloon and The Old Alsatian Steakhouse. Very involved in the community with the Conservation Society, Castro Colonies Heritage Association, Historic Landmark Commission, Castroville Chamber of Commerce and the CAEDC. I want to be part of bringing Castroville into the 21st century while being sensitive to the unique, charming village that it is.

Bette Hamby
Bette Hamby

Bette@caedc.org

Bette Hamby has successfully helped Buyers, Sellers, Realtors, and Lenders tackle the ever-changing escrow/title closing process in California and in Texas, for almost forty years and currently is the Branch Manager/Sr. Escrow Officer for Mission Title’s Castroville branch. Bette is a sixth generation descendant of Nicolas Tondre, one of the first families to settle in Castroville from Alsace, France. Born in Northern California and raised in Southern California, Bette enjoyed many visits to Castroville with her parents over the years, but never expected to live there. At the end of 2003, Bette and her husband of 35 years, moved from Los Angeles County to Castroville. Bette ‘fell in love’ with the history, heritage and culture she discovered around each corner in her new home. Bette has produced numerous cookbooks to be used as fundraisers for various non-profit organizations. She created and was Director of the Women’s Ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Bellflower, California, for twelve years. Helping women is one of her passions. Bette obtained her certification as a Life Purpose Coach® with Life Purpose Coaching Centers, International in 2005 and has also become certified as an Instructor, helping other women to obtain their Life Purpose Coach® certification. Bette is the Marketing Director of 3 Cedars Ranch Bed & Breakfast, which is owned and operated by her family.

Community service is a priority to Bette and over the years she has associated with Soroptimist International (charter member of Bellflower High School’s “S” Club); past Director of the California Escrow Association; American Escrow Association; three time Past President of the Long Beach Escrow Association; past director of the Medina County Fair Association; Co-Director of the Castroville May Days Festival in 2004; founding member and past President of the Rotary Club of Medina Valley-Castroville; past president of the Alamo Heroes Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas; founding Chapter President of the Alsatian Pioneers Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas; and past director of the Castroville Area Chamber of Commerce. Seeing the need for Castroville to be strategically prepared for the coming growth, Bette became a founding member of the Castroville Area Economic Development Council, where she serves as a Director, chairman of the Publicity Committee, and the Business Committee

Leah Schwarz

Leah@caedc.org

Leah grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1996 with her Bachelor of Science. Additionally, she received her Masters in Business Administration from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. She has served in the military almost 22 years and is currently serving in the Army National Guard Special Operations Detachment - Africa. She has deployed for three different tours overseas and has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals. When she separated from Active Duty, Leah was hired by USAA and served on the Life Insurance and Investments team. After four years with USAA, Leah left to pursue her dream of building her own business through Edward Jones. She has served as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones since May 2010.

Leah enjoys traveling, the great outdoors and reading.

Kenton SimsKenton Sims

Kenton@caedc.org

 

Dr. Russell Persyn
Rod Moss

has over 18 years professional experience in engineering in water quantity, water quality, and waste management projects. He currently serves as the Texas Area Manager for RESPEC. As the Watershed Engineering Manager at the San Antonio River Authority he managed over 25 engineers and technical staff that oversaw a variety of engineering and construction functions. Dr. Persyn oversaw the San Antonio River Improvements Project's Mission Reach, a large-scale urban restoration and recreation project. In the private sector, Dr. Persyn provided engineering and cost estimating support to large commercial projects such as schools and hotels. Dr. Persyn also spent a number of years in the academic community where he developed research and outreach programs related to water quantity and water quality.