Ralph Holm, Chair
Position 3: Term ends in 2015
402 11th Ave No.
Texas City, Texas 77590
Mr. Holm has served the College of the Mainland District as trustee for the past 16 years. During that time, he has been board chair and chaired every board committee. He also chaired a statewide committee of the Texas Association of Community College Trustees.
Mr. Holm is presently the director and principal investigator for the Environmental Technology Development Center in Texas City. He holds several patents for design on environmental projects. He has been recognized for his innovative and creative project management and design skills on several projects. He earned a BSEd from Southwestern University.
Mr. Holm has been recognized with Distinguished Service Awards by the City of Texas City, Community Awareness and Emergency Response, the U.S. Jaycees, Texas Emergency Management, Texas City – La Marque Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis International, West Point Association and numerous other civic organizations. He is past member of Rotary, the West Point Parents Association, Aggie Parents Association, Jaycees and Kiwanis and is presently chair of the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church. He has been a member of the FUMC Choir for 37 years. He has been married to an educator, Linda, for 38 years, and they have three children.
Roney G. McCrary, Vice Chair
Position 5: Term ends in 2017
3409 Ave J
Santa Fe, Texas 77510
Whether it´s volunteering for Galveston County nonprofits or serving as a College of The Mainland trustee, Roney McCrary has one goal in mind–making the community a better place to live, work and study.
McCrary was elected to the COM District Board of Trustees in May and currently serves as the Board´s vice chair.
His previous education experience includes nine years on the Santa Fe Independent School District Board of Trustees. He served one year as president and another as vice president in Santa Fe, the city where he and has wife have lived for more than 34 years.
McCrary said serving on the Santa Fe ISD Board prepared him to work for his current role. "It is my hope that with the previous experience that I have with Santa Fe ISD and helping to provide new leadership, COM can continue to help students achieve their dreams," McCrary said.
His premier goals include ensuring a quality education for COM students and fair treatment for the school´s employees. "COM exists to prepare students for the future whether it be vocational, technical or preparation for a four-year degree," he said.
McCrary is proud of the honors that COM has received, and he expects the College to continue to expand its programs to fit the needs of the economy. "I would like to see more emphasis placed on core curriculum courses such as math and science," McCrary said. "As a nation, our math skills are deficient and community colleges can help fill the gap."
His message to COM students is clear and constructive: "Apply yourself and study hard, and let COM help you to ´achieve your dreams.'"
McCrary has a long track record of volunteering in the community. He´s been involved with the United Way of Galveston for 25 years, including two as its president. He has 20 years of perfect attendance in Rotary International and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Galveston. He´s a member of the Santa Fe–Hitchcock Rotary Club and has served nine years as its assistant district governor.
McCrary serves on the board for Golden Rule Services, Inc., a private nonprofit agency that provides services to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
McCrary graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology and served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. He retired from a 37-year career with American National Insurance Company in 2006.
McCrary and his wife have been married 47 years and have two children and five granddaughters. McCrary serves as a deacon at Midway Church of Christ in Hitchcock.
Rosalie Kettler, Secretary
Position 4: Term ends in 2013
4604 19th St. E.
Dickinson, Texas 77539
Rosalie Radicioni Kettler understands the direct correlation between education and the nation´s progress.
Kettler, who has served on the College of the Mainland District Board of Trustees as its secretary since 2007, said COM plays an essential role in the community.
"The progress of our country depends on the education of our young people," Kettler said. "COM is dedicated to offering affordable courses that focus on student success and the community´s needs."
Kettler would like to see COM attract and retain more students. She hopes the College will expand its physical facilities and offer more programs.
"COM’s open door policy allows anyone who wants an education to take a variety of courses that are very affordable," Kettler said. "The first year initiative program is a great opportunity for students to learn how to study for college courses. Students become better parents, husbands or wives, and community members after taking the class."
COM has always been a special place for Kettler.
"All (five) of my children attended COM during their summers home from four-year institutions because it was an affordable option and conveniently close to home," she said. "My daughter was in the dual credit program, which helped her graduate from a four-year institution in three and a half years."
She´s been involved in education as a member of the Dickinson Independent School District Alumni Association. She serves on the Association of Community College Trustees where she is a member of the Communication and Education Committee.
Kettler was born and raised in Dickinson, the city she still calls home. She owned a hair salon called A Cut in Time in Dickinson for more than 20 years before she retired in 2006. She is a longtime member of the Dickinson Historical Society. She attends Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in Dickinson.
Kettler and her husband, Terrence, have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Position 1: Term ends in 2013
P.O. Box 733
La Marque, Texas 77568
In 28 years as a member of the College of the Mainland Board of Trustees, Bennie Matthews has been a leader with several different roles—vice chairman (1985–87), chairman (1987–1991), secretary (1995–97, 1999–2007) and chairmain of the Board (2007–11).
The one constant has been Matthews´ dedication to providing a high quality secondary and postsecondary education to students in mainland Galveston County.
"Over the years, COM has been able to give students the academics to succeed at an affordable price," Matthews said. "Education at a four-year institution is very expensive. I would like to see us develop into a college that can offer an affordable bachelor´s degree."
Matthews´ experiences as a student, alumna, teacher and longtime supporter of education give her special insight.
"Across the board I want all of COM´s educational programs to continue to grow and succeed," Matthews said. "It is necessary for COM to provide an opportunity for students to get on track and be gainfully employed."
Matthews, a Texas City resident since 1959, has shown her educational leadership in the classroom and beyond. She retired from La Marque Independent School District after more than 36 years as a high school mathematics teacher.
In 2006, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) honored Matthews as a life member. She currently serves on ACCT´s Audit and Finance Committee. She also serves on the La Marque ISD Foundation for the Future Board and the College of the Mainland Foundation Board. She´s a former state director of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, a past president of the Mainland Retired Teachers Association, a former president of the La Marque Classroom Teachers Organization and a former secretary of the District Four Retired Teachers Association. Matthews earned her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and mathematics from Huston–Tillotson University in Austin and her Master of Science in chemistry and mathematics from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.
Beyond her contributions to local and state education, Matthews has volunteered for the American Red Cross. She´s a member of St. George´s Episcopal Church where she serves on several committees.
Wayne H. Miles
Position 7: Term ends 2017 - At Large Position
710 Cortona Ct.
League City, Texas 77573
Wayne was born in Texarkana and is a fourth-generation Texan. He is married to Rebecca Miles, a College of the Mainland retiree who worked and taught in higher education for 25 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. Wayne and Rebecca are members of the First United Methodist Church in Dickinson. Wayne graduated from Clear Creek High School, received his Bachelor of Science in criminology and corrections from Sam Houston State University and his Master of Arts in history from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Wayne retired from the Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department and the Texas Department of Corrections, where he began his criminal justice career while attending Sam Houston State University. He has a combined total of thirty-three years service in the criminal justice system.
Wayne has served on the College of the Mainland Foundation Board of Directors for many years and is a past president of that organization. He is currently president of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe-Hitchcock, a position he has held for two years. Wayne is a member of the Village of Tuscan Lakes Homeowners Committee and a past committee member of the League City Historical Commission. He volunteers at the Rosenberg Library in Galveston as well as other community service projects in the area. Wayne is a 32nd degree Master Mason and a Shriner.
Position 2: Term ends in 2015
53 Lakeside Drive
Hitchcock, Texas 77563
In 16 years on the College of the Mainland Board of Trustees, Nick Stepchinski has been dedicated to setting a high standard for COM students while providing that education at an affordable price.
"As Board members we are here for one purpose and that is to provide an opportunity for a better education to our community," said Stepchinski, a lifelong resident of Galveston County who´s lived in Bayou Vista for more than 45 years with his wife Christy.
A dedication to public service has been the common thread through Stepchinski´s adult life. He´s a life member of Optimist International and the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo Association. He was the founder and first president of the Galveston Chapter of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association where he served on the state board and as trustee emeritus. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association and chaired the Galveston County Taxpayers Research Council.
Stepchinski was elected to the Board in May 1995 to serve the remainder of an unexpired term of two years, and was elected to a six-year term on the Board two years later. He served as the Board´s chair from 2003–05 and as the vice chair from 2001–03.
He´s been an advocate for COM´s vocational training courses, and he´s proud of the success of the Process Technology, Nursing and Public Service Careers Programs. As a business owner (Stepchinski Realtors in La Marque) and a former COM student, Stepchinski understands the needs of the community and college students.
Stepchinski worked at Crescent Electric, his family´s electric contracting business, for three and a half decades. He served as Crescent´s president for eight years. He´s also been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union, Local 527, for more than 45 years.
He was an officer with the La Marque Police Department, achieving the rank of captain, and he served as a member of the Texas Narcotics Officers Association.
An avid outdoorsman, Stepchinski has served as the National Trustee and Texas State Sponsor Chairman for Ducks Unliminted. He´s a member of the Galveston County chapter.
Position 6: Term ends 2013 – At Large Position
506 North Pine Rd.
Texas City, Texas 77591
College of the Mainland Trustee Clemon Prevost is an innovator who's enjoyed working with cars since his childhood.
As the owner of Toy–Jet Conversions and a member of the Space City Cruisers Car Club (which awards scholarships to students throughout the district), Prevost specializes in Porsche V8 engine conversions. Eleven years ago, he became the world´s first to retrofit a Porsche 911 with a supercharged LS1 Corvette engine. He received a patent for his unique cooling system that supports the new retrofit and has two more patents pending.
The lifelong Texas City resident brings the same dedication to the economic engine that is education. "As a trustee, community members depend on me to relay the needs of the community to the College so it can build programs to meet those needs," said Prevost, who was elected to the Board in May 2007.
Prevost is a proud supporter of education and local industry, and is active in several area organizations. He´s a member of Champions of Challenge, an organization that gives underprivileged individuals the opportunity to go to college, he is the former chairman of the COM C.A.S.T (Community-based Advanced Skill Training) committee, and he´s a director-at-large of the Association of Community College Trustees, which represents more than 1,200 community colleges across the U.S. He is also a member of the NAACP and recently was the keynote speaker at the Texarkana branch banquet in October 2011. At the banquet Prevost was presented with a proclamation from the mayor of Texarkana deeming Oct. 22 as Clemon Prevost Sr. day.
Prevost graduated from Texas City High School and earned an associate degree in electronic technology from COM. He recently retired from British Petroleum (BP) after 27 years of service where he served as the Maintenance Learning and Development Supervisor and Diversity and Inclusion Champion. Prevost was also the supervisor in the BP Apprenticeship program.
Prevost values COM´s past and wants to play an important role in building its future. As a student, Prevost worked in the COM Art Gallery and was a member of the 1977 track team. He still supports the art and industrial programs and is committed to building COM´s medical programs and ensuring that COM closes the gap between high school and four-year institutions.
"COM gives students a quality education at a reasonable economic price and helps students cultivate their study habits to prepare them to continue their education," Prevost said.