Tread Coalition

TREAD COALITION

TREAD AND OUR WORK

The Texas Real Estate Advocacy & Defense Coalition (TREAD) is a bipartisan, member-based advocacy association that advocates for and defends Texas landowner rights on the state and local levels. TREAD monitors relevant issues in the Texas Legislature, such as property taxes, water rights, eminent domain and more.

We partner with professionals and organizations that advocate sound public policy and maintain a bipartisan commitment to evaluate and prioritize issues through good science and economics. TREAD is a voice of reason representing landowners at the Capitol.

Our rights are individual, but it takes a coalition to defend them. That’s where TREAD comes in. You can get involved by 1) becoming a member, 2) giving to the advocacy and education, 3) giving to the PAC to keep legislators in office who support TREAD’s mission and want to protect landowners.

TREAD Coalition Board

The Board is comprised of passionate landowners dedicated to protecting our finite natural resources and upholding landowner rights, for existing Texans and generations to come. Armed with an array of diverse backgrounds and experiences, each board member brings a unique perspective to the challenges we face today.

C6 Board

Lucy Johnson, Board Chair

SAN MARCOS, HAYS COUNTY

Lucy Johnson

Growing up on a Texas ranch, I have always had an appreciation for both the joys and challenges of rural America. As the mayor of Kyle from 2010 – 2014, I helped navigate my hometown through a period of heavy growth and development as it shifted from a small farming and ranching community to a prosperous, energetic city within the greater Austin metropolitan area. In 2014, I spent two years as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, providing a voice for education stakeholders in rural communities and representing national education interests on the White House Rural Council. Now back in Central Texas, I look forward to donating my time to lifting up and celebrating the region’s diverse voices and heritage.
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Ron Pack

STEPHENVILLE, ERATH COUNTY

Ron Pack

Ron is a lifelong resident of Erath County and has been a career businessman and rancher. He is a dedicated land steward and conservationist, and received the 2011 Conservation Rancher award by the Soil and Water Conservation District of Texas. Ron is a staunch defender of private property rights against harmful eminent domain laws including advocating for a pipeline routing process and has testified regularly in front of the Texas House and Senate. The Erath County Court appointed Ron commission for eminent domain proceedings as he has extensive experience opposing aggressive private energy companies from detrimental development of private property by working closely with landowner organizations such as the Texas Farm Bureau and the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers.

Beyrl Armstrong

DRIPPING SPRINGS, HAYS COUNTY

Beyrl Armstrong

I am a fifth generation Texan with roots to ranching and farming communities. I am an owner and principal of Plateau Land & Wildlife Management, and have spent most of my professional life working with landowners to help them become better stewards of the land. I consult with private, public, and non-profit organizations to further protection of habitat for rare Texas wildlife. A few years ago, the creek I live along was filled with silt by an upstream neighbor's non-permitted dam construction. My neighbors and I found the pollution levels did not rise enough to require remediation and there was no way to compel the clean-up of our creek. I decided then that Texas law needed to change to take into account the prior condition of a creek when determining if a polluting event had occurred. A single landowner's voice is rarely heard, so I have joined with a group of like-minded landowners, and I know that if we stand together, we can protect and enhance our natural heritage for the benefit of our communities as a whole, while protecting our rights as landowners.
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Desi Tyrpak, VICE CHAIR

AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY

Desi Tyrpak

There are many associations that landowners can join; however, those associations are typically narrow in scope to a specific area of interest. The one thing that binds all landowners is the land. TREAD was initiated to protect the land and the landowner’s rights, uniting multiple areas of interest into a stronger lobbying voice. The land is precious in many ways and needs good stewards to preserve and protect it for future generations. Water is essential to life. Both are often treated like commodities to be exploited. I have to do my part so that my children and my children’s children will be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the land and water as I have in my lifetime. My grandfather taught me many things. Because of him, I share his love of the land. He would say, “Take care of the land and it will take care of you.” To this day, I firmly believe in his words.
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Kay Pence, TREASURER

COMFORT, KENDALL COUNTY

Kay Pence

My love for rural life began in my hometown of rural Pearland where my parents taught me the importance of being a good steward of the land. After graduating from Texas A&M, I began my 35-year career in banking, specifically Trusts and Investments. My passion for the land and the Hill Country started in 2008 when my daughter and I moved to a ranch in Bandera. In 2014, I retired and planted a 10-acre vineyard at our home in Fredericksburg. My husband and I now split our time between Fredericksburg and our ranch in Comfort, where we like to escape to enjoy the beauty of the Hill Country. I currently serve on the board of Peterson Hospital in Kerrville.
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Lairy Johnson

JOHNSON CITY, BLANCO COUNTY

Lairy Johnson

Lairy Johnson received a B.S. and M.S. from the Stephen F. Austin University, and his experience includes projects as a hydrologist, environmental engineer, sustainability engineer and EHS manager. Lairy led soil and ground water remediation projects as well as landfill-free and energy reduction programs throughout Texas and the Southwest. Most recently, he was at the MolsonCoors Brewery working to promote the MillerCoors water sustainability programs in the state of Texas with particular focus on enhancing the water quality and quantity of the Trinity River. Working with NGO’s and the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, this watershed stewardship program has benefited over 100 landowners who have engaged in water conservation practices encompassing over 50,000 acres to date and saving almost 9 billion gallons of water. In addition, Lairy has testified before the Texas House of Representatives Natural Resource Committee on MolsonCoors water sustainability practices as a casebook example of how to engage both private landowners and corporations to address the current water issues facing the state of Texas. Now retired, Lairy serves as a consultant and speaker.
Advisory Board

Terry Anderson, Conservation Equity Partners

NACOGDOCHES, NACOGDOCHES COUNTY

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson is a Co-Founder and Principal of Conservation Equity Management, LP. He is also the Founder and Principal of Conservation Equity Partners, LLC, a company specializing in natural resources, ecological services, and land management. Working with landowners, private equity groups, venture capitalists, state and federal regulators, realtors, and land trusts, Anderson focused a majority of his time and energy in developing integrated conservation and mitigation projects. Over his career, Mr. Anderson has been involved with the development of over 28 mitigation banks, and countless other conservation projects. Anderson is also currently a co-owner of Wildlife Systems, Inc. and is actively involved philanthropically with the Texas Forestry Association, Texas Wildlife Association, as well as current Board Trustee for Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. Terry Anderson received his B.S. in Forestry with an emphasis in Wildlife Management from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1991.
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Chad Ellis, CEO of Texas Agricultural Land Trust

AUSTIN, TRAVIS COUNTY

Chad Ellis

Chad Ellis holds the position of CEO at the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT). Chad’s interests led him to Sul Ross State University in Alpine, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management. While earning his degree, he gained experience in several Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wildlife management areas, and he then went on to get a master’s degree in animal science with an emphasis on range management at Angelo State University and worked as a research assistant. His first professional job was with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and he spent the next 13 years moving up the ranks of NRCS in increasingly responsible positions. The organization was rebranded as the Noble Research Institute during his tenure, and his most recent position was Industry Relations and Stewardship Manager, working across the nation on a variety of projects. That experience positioned him perfectly for the challenge of taking on the CEO role at the Texas Agricultural Land Trust.
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Dr. Robert Mace, Executive Director and Chief Water Policy Officer of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

SAN MARCOS, HAYS COUNTY

Dr. Robert Mace

Robert Mace is the Executive Director and Chief Water Policy Officer of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Geography at Texas State University. Robert has over 30 years of experience in hydrology, hydrogeology, stakeholder processes, and water policy. Robert has a B.S. in Geophysics and an M.S. in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Jessica Karlsruher

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jessica Karlsruher

Jessica Karlsruher joins TREAD with almost 20 years of experience with trade associations and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and began her career at the Texas Capitol. After graduation, Jessica worked at the Texas Association of Realtors® (TAR) in the Government Affairs department where she coordinated lobby days and other grassroots efforts, hosted leadership and PAC conferences and lobbied on behalf of TAR. Jessica left the Realtors® after four years of service to work in Washington, DC in state society management for the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), including board development, volunteer recruitment and state advocacy efforts. She transitioned into nonprofit fundraising, raising awareness and funds for patient advocacy organizations during the rest of her time in DC. In 2013, Jessica moved back to Texas and has served as the Director of External Relations for the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), where she was responsible for fundraising, events, marketing and outreach. Most recently, she served as Executive Director for the Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO) representing local health departments around the state.
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