TESPA Board of Directors

Jim Blackburn, President

Jim has been a practicing environmental lawyer and planner since 1973. He is a Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University where he teaches environmental law and sustainable design courses. Blackburn is co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center at Rice University where he is also a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute and Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. He is owner of a planning firm called Sustainable Planning and Design and teaches courses in sustainable design and environmental law in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice.

Jim owns a home in Wimberley, Texas on Lone Man Creek.

Peter Way, Vice President

Peter Way is President of Way Holding, Ltd., a mechanical engineering, construction and service company; WF Management, Inc., an investment company and Blanco Holdings Inc., holding oil and gas and real estate investments. He started CES/Way, an energy savings company in 1986 which he sold in 1997 to Sempra Energy, the utility company serving southern California. He is a registered engineer in the State of Texas and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. Mr. Way was a founding member and Chairman of The Friends of Blue Hole, a 126-acre regional park in Wimberley, Texas. The Board raised $7 million to purchase the land and build the park, which has been recognized by “Texas Monthly” as one of the 10 best swimming holes in Texas.

Peter owns property along Cypress Creek and the Blanco River.

Robin Rather, Secretary

Robin is CEO of Collective Strength and specializes in market research and strategy for a range of business, non-profits, and governmental clients and is a recognized advocate for sustainability and related policy issues. Ms. Rather previously served as a Vice President of Hill Country Conservancy and President of the Save Our Springs Alliance.

Brett Norwood

Brett and his family own several hundred acres of land along the Blanco River and through their family foundation, they support land and water conservation efforts in the Hill Country.

Bob Elkins

Bob is a Wimberley resident who lives near the Blanco River and is exclusively on rain water. He is passionate about conserving groundwater resources and has been involved as a landowner member in TESPA’s contested case related to the Needmore Ranch groundwater permit at the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District.

Dr. Patrick Cox

Patrick Cox is an award-winning and acclaimed historian, author and conservationist. A sixth generation Texan, he resides in Wimberley, Texas. Dr. Cox is the former Associate Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at University of Texas, a distinguished alumni of Texas State University, and was a past President of the WVWA and BSEACD.