Board of Directors

Board President

Sandra Horne, Attorney

Sandra has extensive public service experience including six-and-a-half years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas.  She has been involved with foster care for several years, and has served on the CASA for Kids of South Central Texas Board since 2016.  She also worked as general counsel for a small chemical manufacturer in Texas.  Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Rice University, and her law degree from SMU’s Dedman School of Law.  Sandra and her husband live in Bellville.

Treasurer

Christine Huff, Business Owner / Financial Professional

Christine Huff was born and raised in Anahuac,Texas. She attended Texas A&M University where she received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her work in this field first exposed her to the foster care system, where she began education work with both children and administration within this system. Christine also met Ryan, her husband and native of Bellville, at Texas A&M. She and Ryan eventually made their way back to Bellville, where they adopted three boys in 2015. Christine joined the CASA Board of Directors in 2017. Apart from her work with CASA, Christine invests in her community as a financial professional and as co-owner of Huff Brewing Company.

Secretary

Walter Smith, Business Owner

Mr. Smith is a native Texan, living in the Houston region since 1971 when he began his studies at Rice University.  He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering and owns a civil engineering and land surveying firm headquartered in Tomball. He is married with seven children and soon to be sixteen grandchildren.  In 2012 he and his wife, Toye, moved from Spring to Waller County, near Hempstead.  He has experienced the blessings of the CASA program and was interested in becoming a member of the Board when approached in 2016.  As a representative from Waller County, he is trying to spread the message of the good things that CASA does and recruit both volunteers and future board members.

Board Member
John Paget, Business Owner

John Paget has more than 25 years CEO and senior executive leadership experience. He has run 6 multi-billion dollar public companies as either President or CEO.  Paget serves leaders who       invest in developing themselves, their executives, and their companies.  He is the Founder of Plumbline Consulting, LLC, a CEO Advisement Consultancy.  He serves clients as a CEO consultant, senior executive coach or consultative advisor.  In his corporate career, he has led dozens of acquisitions, completed scores of turnarounds, and sold many entities.  He has orchestrated several rollups and regularly led merger and acquisition integrations, large and small.  He draws on this experience to provide executive coaching to CEOs and senior executives.  He also provides advisory services to Boards of Directors and heads of organizations from Fortune 100 corporations, VC and PE-backed companies, to non-profit entities.

An early adopter of executive coaching, Paget first hired an executive coach in 1989 and has continued to use coaches since.  He’s coached high-potential executives in many of his organizations and twice hired a coach for his entire executive team.  He believes that those who get good coaching become good coaches and that coaching powerfully speeds up the growth of executives, their teams, and everyone in the organization.  John was the founding CEO for Pivot Acquisition Corporation where through a series of acquisitions and organic growth grew Pivot to $1.2b in 2009 and 2010.  From 2007 to 2009, Paget was Global President of Avnet Technology Solutions Group, responsible for $7.5 billion in revenue across 39 countries, and led acquisition actions for over            $4 billion.  For three years before that, he was President and COO of Synnex Inc., with over $6 billion in revenue.

As a senior executive with General Electric from 2000 to 2004, his roles included senior VP and General Manager of their Technology Financial Services, where he was responsible for over $4 billion in volume and 1,000 employees, and President and CEO of General Electric Access, a $3.4 billion global distributor.  For two years before that, he was their Executive VP, leading a $2.9 billion   business unit.  From 1997 to 1998, Paget was President and CEO of CIC Systems, a $400 million turnaround which he sold to CompuCom.  He led North American service for Compaq Computer from 1995 to 1997.  From 1992 to 1995, he was a senior VP with Digital Equipment, where he headed the Americas Services organization, a $1.6 billion division with 7,500 employees.

Paget’s first turnaround was from 1989 to 1992, as President and COO of Intelogic Trace.  From 1969 to 1989, he held leadership roles with Xerox, the last as a General Manager with profit and loss responsibility and 1,450 employees.  Paget earned a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences in 1975 from Pepperdine University, School of Business and Management.

Board Member
Bryan Jody, Director of Student Ministry, Bellville United Methodist Church

 

A special thank you to the Steering Committee and all past Board Members and Staff for their time and service!