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Our Board


Board of Directors

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.


Meet Our Board

Holli Fourniquet
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 working with people who like to promote Texas and all it has to offer.

Madden Media
Account Strategist
Office: 903-780-4943
Sherry Morgan
Sherry Chaney Morgan is a native East Texan currently serving as Executive Director for the Conore 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.

Conroe CVB
Executive Director
Office: 936-522-3501
Kathy Lovier
Kathy has worked for the City of Mt. Vernon since 1996. Prior to that, she worked for Franklin County in the County/District Clerk and Justice of the Peace. Kathy is a graduate of the NTCC legal assistant program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the Louisiana Baptist University.

City of Mount Vernon
Economic Development
109 North Kaufman Street
Mount Vernon, TX 75457
Office: 903-537-4495
Barbara Judkins
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
Office: 903-935-3044
Seong MacLaren
Bio Coming Soon

Visit Lindale
Director, Downtown Development & Tourism
55 Miranda Lambert Way, Ste. 3
Lindale, TX 75771
Office: 903-617-9132
Ryan Polk
Ryan Polk is a native East Texan, and a dynamic marketing leader with over 18 years in the hospitality and tourism industry. With a proven track record of leadership roles at Hilton Hotels and Resorts, IHG Hotels and Resorts, Visit Longview, High Hill Farm, and Visit Kilgore, Ryan has a reputation throughout the state as a leader in the tourism industry. After travel, some of Ryan's favorite hobbies include iPhone photography and content curation, as he enjoys sharing his views of East Texas on Instagram.
Nancy Windham
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
Office: 936-632-3552
Darragh Castillo
Darragh Castillo loves to share Port Arthur’s fun stuff – from Janis Joplin’s psychdelic influence to the quest for spicy crawfish. She’s traveled the country to promote Port Arthur’s birds, Cajun influence and coastal flair. From paddling around gators at Sea Rim State Park to donning the Alli Gator suit for gator weddings, she’s ready to talk Museum of the Gulf Coast, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Vietnamese influence cuisine and Buu Mon Buddhist Temple.

Since 2011 she’s served as destination management specialist at the Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau. Her Culinary Thrill Seeking column continues in The Port Arthur News, where she was a reporter for two-plus decades.

Port Arthur Convention and Visitors Bureau
Destination Management Specialist
3401 Cultural Center Drive
Port Arthur, TX 77642
Office: 409.985.7822
Rebekah Kolb
I am the Main Street Manager for the city of Huntsville. My goal is to positively impact the economic vitality, support the design of the downtown area, promote special events and organize revitalization efforts of downtown buildings.

City of Huntsville
Main Street Manager
1203 University Ave., Huntsville TX, 77340
Office: 936-291-5920

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, an East Texas lifestyle blog, guide and market. Del is pictured with Charlie Doches, the official ambassader of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Mission Statement

The Texas Forest Trail Region is a network of partners working together to foster regional economic development by promoting heritage tourism and the preservation of cultural and historic resources.