Board Of Directors

Dedicated Professionals

Our Board Volunteers Are Selected For Their Leadership In Tourism, Preservation, Marketing, Education Or Legislative Affairs

The purpose of the board is to:

• set policy for the region
• manage the legal obligations of the organization
• maintain ownership and accountability of the nonprofit development
• ensure the quality and performance of the regional work
• plan, hire, evaluate, support, and appropriately compensate the director
• recruit qualified new members to improve quality of the organization

Board members commit to a three-year term with an optional second term. Partners interested in joining the Texas Forest Region board may request an application from the director. Our Board volunteers represent the North, Central, and South areas of our 35-county region of East Texas. Each representative is selected for their leadership in tourism, preservation, marketing, education or legislative affairs.
Fiscal Year 2020

Meet Our Board Members

Holli Fourniquet
President

Holli (Conley) Fourniquet, CTE, TDM, has been in the tourism industry for the past 11 years. She is a native of East Texas who likes to spend her time keepin’ Tyler rosy as the Vice President of Marketing for Visit Tyler.

Visit Tyler (Tyler CVB)
Vice President, Marketing
315 N Broadway
Tyler, TX 75702
hconley@tylertexas.com
Office: 903-592-1661

Sherry Chaney Morgan
Past President

Sherry Chaney Morgan is a native East Texan currently serving as Executive Director for the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sherry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, and is recognized as a Certified Tourism Executive by the Texas Travel Industry Association. When not promoting East Texas tourism, Sherry enjoys writing, photography, cooking, and spending time with her two daughters, Zoë and Sadie.

Nacogdoches CVB
Executive Director
200 East Main St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
sherry@visitnacogdoches.org
Office: 936-564-7351

Mary Raum
Secretary / Treasurer

Mary Raum, CTE, TDM, has been in the tourism industry for 4 years working as the Tourism Marketing Manager for the City of Palestine. Mary grew up in Palestine and upon graduating, moved to Los Angeles California to pursue a degree in Merchandise, Marketing and Management earning top honors as a summa cum laude graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise. Working in major markets in the buying offices of three leading retailers, Mary knows what it means to market to and attract a targeted demographic. After moving back to her hometown to raise her family, she is focused on enhancing and building out existing attractions for Heritage tourists.

Palestine Visitor Center
Tourism Marketing Manager
825 W. Spring Street
Palestine, TX 75801
mraum@palestine-tx.org
Office: 903-723-3053

Barbara Judkins
Member

In 2013, Barbara was hired by the Texas Historical Commission to manage the Starr Family Home State Historic site. At that time, her and her husband Ken left the DFW traffic and moved to Marshall, TX. It was one of the best decisions they ever made.

Starr Family Home State Historic Site
Site Manager
407 West Travis Street
Marshall, TX 75670
barbara.judkins@thc.state.tx.us
Office: 903-935-3044

Megan Buro
Member

Megan Buro is the Marketing Coordinator at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum at Sam Houston State University. She has held this position with the museum since July 2009. Megan grew up in Warrenton, Texas and graduated from Round Top-Carmine High School. She received her undergrad in History from Sam Houston State University and here masters in Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, sports, volunteering, and spending time with her family.

Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Marketing Coordinator
SHSU Box 2057
Huntsville, TX 77341
mlb044@shsu.edu
Office: 936-294-3839

Ryan Polk
Member

Bio Coming Soon

Visit Kilgore
Tourism Manager
813 N. Kilgore St.
Kilgore, TX 75662
rpolk@kilgorechamber.com
Office: 903-984-5022

Nancy Windham
Member

Nancy C. Windham is President & CEO of the Texas Forest Country Partnership (TFCP), a 12-county economic development organization whose mission is to enrich the economic and well-being of rural East Texas through marketing, business development and advocacy. She is responsible for leading the organization’s economic development efforts by managing the relationships with alliances and partners serving the Texas Forest region for new and expanding business opportunities, infrastructure projects, site selection, incentive negotiations, workforce development and available land sites. The focus of the TFCP are in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Forest & Wood Products, Healthcare and Tourism.

Texas Forest Country Partnership
President / CEO
PO Box 747
Lufkin, TX 75901
nwindham@texasforestcountry.com
Office: 936-632-3552

Kathy Lovier
Member

Bio Coming Soon City of Mount Vernon Economic Development 109 North Kaufman Street Mount Vernon, TX 75457 klovier@comvtx.com Office: 903-537-4495
Texas Forest Trail

Meet Our Executive Director

Del Polikretis

Del holds a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from CSUF and a Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He brought to the region over a decade of leadership and management experience in private, government and corporate sectors. He has an exceptional record of helping businesses grow through operational profit and loss oversight, social media marketing, fundraising and business development. He is enthusiastic about working with, promoting and fostering regional economic develoment for the region. He was previously the managing member of ETXLife.com, an East Texas lifestyle blog, guide and market.

Interested in joining our Board of Directors?