Agencies, Boards and Commissions

Geoscientists, Texas Board of Professional*

6 Professional Members; 3 Public Members - Term 6 Years

General Information

Agency #: 481 1801 Congress Ave., Ste. 7S.800P.O. Box 13225Austin 78711-3225


Office Office Holder Hometown / Term Ends
Chair W. David Prescott II, P.G. Amarillo, 02-01-2025
Vice Chair Steven Fleming, P.G. Shavano Park, 02-01-2027
Secretary of State Mark N. Varhaug, P.G., C.P.G. Dallas, 02-01-2029
Professional Member(s) Bereket M. Derie, Ph.D., P.G. Georgetown, 02-01-2027
Edward F. Janak, Jr., P.G. Fredericksburg, 02-01-2025
Danielle "Danny" Kingham, P.G. Houston, 02-01-2029
Public Member(s) Margon Dillard Richmond, 02-01-2025
Samuel "Sam" McGee Boerne, 02-01-2029
LaFawn Thompson New Braunfels, 02-01-2027


Office Office Holder Phone / Fax
Executive Director Rene D. Truan (512) 936-4401 / (512) 936-4409
Administrative Specialist Katie L. Colby (512) 936-4428 / (512) 936-4409
Chief Financial Officer Genikca Williams (512) 936-4404 / (512) 936-4409
Licensing Coordinator Elsa Paynes (512) 936-4403 / (512) 936-4409


The board may set reasonable and necessary fees to be charged applicants and license holders, including fees for application, examination, licensure, and renewal of a license. In addition, the board shall base a fee for examination in a discipline of geoscience on the costs associated with preparing, administering, and grading that examination.

* Subject to the Texas Sunset Act; will be reviewed in 2025.