Our Board of Directors
Board Member - Homer Montalvo is a family tree member of the Montalvo family. He served for 42 years as an educator, as teacher, school superintendent, and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs with California State University in Bakersfield, CA.
Board Chairman - Born and raised in San Antonio and a resident of Kinney County since 1973, Darlene has served in many public arenas from School Board Member to Water Board to her current desire to assist The Montalvo House in developing a local agritourism site.
Scott Manson, CPA, JD
Board Treasurer - Mr. Manson is a CPA and an Attorney with extensive business and not for profit experience. He is currently CFO and General Counsel for a publicly traded consumer goods company. Mr. Manson also serves as Treasurer of six not for profits.
Board Member - Barkley Simmons grew up in a family restaurant and pursued his passion for cooking by attending and graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, a world-wide educational institute dedicated to providing the highest level of culinary instruction. He has served patrons for over 10 years at a large Texas hunting ranch and is dedicated to providing his local community with fresh, locally produced food and to teaching a new generation how to cook.
Board Member - Diane Ward has resided in Brackettville for most of her life, dedicating herself to improving this small and rural community. She served the Kinney County Chamber of Commerce and the Kinney County South Texas Food Bank, and is an experienced management professional. She currently works for a federal program that trains and provides employment to citizens 55 and older. She is a staunch supporter of The Montalvo House and its efforts to provide a historic community gathering space that is open to all.
Honorary Board Members/Consultants
Judge Enrique Fernandez practiced law for 25 years in and around Kinney County and the surrounding area before being elected as the presiding judge of the 63rd Judicial District Court. His love for the preservation of history was the motivating factor in The Montalvo House Board for over 5 years. He now sits as a honored and treasured Honorary Board Member/Consultant.
Tim Miller was appointed by Texas State Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller (no relation) to Texas State Organic Farming Advisory Board. As the owner and operator of Millberg Certified Organic Farm, he has over 40 years of experience in organic, sustainable farming. He is known throughout the state as a teacher and advocate of sustainable farming practices, including water conservation and top soil conservation.
Dr. Sanjeev Kalaswad retired from the Texas Water Development Board in late 2016 as Director of the agency’s Water Conservation and Innovative Water Technologies group. A geologist by training and education, Sanjeev spent more than 25 years in the water resource-management field, the first half-dozen in the private sector in Upstate New York and the remainder with two state agencies in Texas. He is presently working with a non-profit organization in India on projects to alleviate water problems faced by rural communities in the country. Sanjeev lives with his wife in Pflugerville.
Paul Campbell is retired from the Texas Department of Transportation as their Chief Architect. His water conservation inspired designs have been incorporated in countless rest areas throughout the State of Texas. Truly passionate about Texas history and its preservation, P. Campbell has been associated with The Montalvo House for close to eight years.
Born and raised in Brackettville, Brittany Wylie is passionate about Kinney County, its history, and its sustainability as a rural community. With a Master's degree in Technical Communication, she lends her experience and expertise as Director of Marketing and Proposals for Inflow-NS, a national company that serves to assist other company's achieve peak performance levels through effective communication and technology.