Governance Committee Members
Joan is a native Texan and grew up in Fort Worth. She did her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Texas, Austin in economics, art history and business administration. She began her career in banking in Houston but later stepped into the non-profit world, joining the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. As a Program Officer in the Museum Program, she oversaw funding for nationally significant education and exhibition programs. She has held numerous leadership positions in museums across the country. She managed a successful $25 million endowment campaign for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and oversaw fundraising for the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. She is a former Director of the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. She is currently Director of The Bryan Museum in Galveston and has a strong interest in museum education and public outreach.
Homero S. Vera is the Chief Ranch Property Officer for the Kenedy Memorial Foundation Ranch and serves concurrently as the Museum Coordinator of the Kenedy Ranch Museum of South Texas. A native of Premont, he attended Texas A&I University and now lives in Sarita. Vera has been a regional historian since 1997 when he began editing and publishing El Mesteño Magazine, a publication about the history of the Mexican-Americans of South Texas and Northern Mexico. An eighth generation Tejano, Vera is descended from the early Spanish settlers of Nuevo Santander on the Rio Grande River in Cd. Mier from the 1750s. His family has been into ranching since that time. They moved to Duval County in the late 1850s where they established ranches in the southern part of the county.
Alan Tully, Ph.D, joined the University of Texas at Austin Department of History as the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor of American History in 2002. His scholarly field is Early American History. Before coming to the University of Texas, Dr. Tully was Head of History, Coordinator of the International Student Initiative for the Faculty of Arts, and Dean of Arts at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in History at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Tully has written two well-known books on colonial political culture, William Penn's Legacy: Politics and Social Structure in Provincial Pennsylvania, 1726-1755 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1977) and Forming American Politics: Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994). He and Texas colleague Robert Olwell have co-edited, Cultures and Identities in Colonial British America (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, revised edition, 2015).