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Kathy Turner Jones

General Manager

Ms. Jones has served as the District’s general manager since its creation in 2002, bringing 12 years of groundwater experience and knowledge with her. Under her direction, Lone Star GCD has established its offices (including construction of the District’s current facility), built a core staff, established a well permitting and registration program, and approved District Rules. Additionally, Ms. Jones has led the LSGCD through the process of compiling hydrologic information on the characteristics of the Upper Gulf Coast Aquifer, engineering planning, information on water usage and water supply in Montgomery County, and implementing regulatory procedures associated with the District’s Groundwater Regulatory Plan.

She serves as a member of the Region H Water Planning GroupChair of GMA 14 and serves on the Trinity and San Jacinto and Galveston Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee created by Senate Bill 3 during the 80th Legislative Session to look at environmental river flow issues in each river basin. Ms. Jones also presides as current past President of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD) and is an executive board member of the Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA).  

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Paul R. Nelson

Assistant General Manager

Mr. Nelson joined the Lone Star GCD in 2011, and has a more than 25 years of experience in the areas of public works administration, water conservation and long-range water planning. Paul is an alternate member of the Region H Water Planning Group and serves on the Trinity and San Jacinto and Galveston Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee. He is also a member of numerous statewide water-related organizations, including the Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA) (where he is a member of the direct reuse committee).

Paul’s areas of responsibility at the Lone Star GCD include performing, reviewing and/coordinating the efforts of consultants on technical studies pertinent to the determination of the effectiveness of the District’s regulatory plan. He makes presentations and communicating with public water supply entities in Montgomery County, and assists the General Manager in interfacing with federal, state and local governmental agencies engaged in the groundwater industry throughout the state.

Key Staff


Samantha Reiter

Permitting Director


James Ridgway, Jr.

Education / Public Awareness Coordinator