Jason Wills

Board Chair

Austin

Austin, TX | Board Chair

President, Lilliput Management Co.
Chief Marketing Officer, American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC)

Jason Wills is the owner and president of Lilliput Management, a real estate company that specializes in the portfolio management of affordable housing communities in Texas.

As chief marketing officer for ACC, Jason is responsible for the marketing and communication strategies at American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), ensuring the alignment between the brand and the customer experience is always at the forefront. To date, Jason has spearheaded more than 60 ACC developments in more than 20 states, totaling more than 50,000 beds, just shy of 18 million square feet, and valued at more than $3.5 billion in development.

Jason is a frequent speaker on the planning and development of all types of student communities at national conferences like NACUBO, NACAS, NASPA, ACPA, APPA and ACUHO-I. In 2004, Wills was a member of the senior management team that took the company public, making ACC the first REIT focused solely on student housing. Jason has been a board member of Ballet Austin since 2014.

Judy Harman

Vice-Chair

Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX | Scenic Fort Worth Board President

Philip Gould

Treasurer

Houston

Houston, TX | Treasurer and Executive Committee

Senior Proposal Manager, Baker Hughes

Philip Gould is a native Texan who has worked for one of the largest corporations in the US, General Electric (GE), for over 10 years and had the opportunity to live and work in locations across the globe like Tokyo, Belfast, Montreal and Dubai. He has held roles in both corporate finance and commercial operations focus on driving efficiency and corporate strategy.

One of the exciting initiatives he and his commercial team are currently focused is on building awareness within Oil & Gas to the benefits of the electrification of the frac industry. The turbine technology they offer has the potential to substantially reduce fuel costs as well as the emissions, noise pollution and number of vehicles associated with that industry. It makes sense both economically and environmentally.   

He is an advance certified scuba diver and a self-described amateur gardener. Several years ago, he ran the Houston Marathon and while extensively training for the event he discovered the local beauty of the extensive parks that run along Houston’s many bayous. These parks provided not only a route for him to train but also a green space that nearby residents could enjoy despite living in the heart of the 4th largest city in the US. Now as a father, he works to foster the same love of the outdoors in his children. He believes it is critical to provide that opportunity to others which is why the mission of Scenic Texas to enhance the visual environment for all Texans, and not just those living in our immediate neighborhoods, speaks so strongly to him.

Philip earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Southern Methodist University.

John Salas, CPA

Executive Committee

San Antonio

San Antonio | Executive Committee

USAA | Accounting and Finance Professional

John is a native of the San Antonio area, currently working in the banking industry at USAA. As a lifelong resident of South Texas, he has had many opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country as well as other areas of the state. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with experience in banking, insurance, investments, and the oil & gas industry. John is also a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) with experience in financial planning. Along with accounting and finance experience, he has experience in project management, third-party contract negotiations, and compliance/regulatory oversight.

In addition to his corporate accounting and finance experience, he was an adjunct professor at University of the Incarnate Word, teaching managerial and international accounting. Volunteer work includes Habitat for Humanity, and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

John earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas in Austin, along with a Master in Finance from Our Lady of the Lake (San Antonio), and a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from University of the Incarnate Word.

Margaret DeMoss

Executive Committee

Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX | Scenic Fort Worth Board

Margaret Lloyd

Executive Committee

Houston

Houston, TX

Margaret has served as Chair or Vice Chair of Scenic Texas for ten years and served as the part-time Executive Director for seven years before that. Margaret served on the Board of Directors for Scenic America and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Scenic Houston. Margaret and her husband, Bob Randolph, are retired attorneys and live with their rescue dog Zia.

Louise Appleman

Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX | Scenic Fort Worth Board

Cooke Kelsey

Houston

Houston, TX | Scenic Houston Board

Lawyer with Parker & Sanchez

Equally comfortable in federal court in Houston and South Texas, Cooke Kelsey focuses his practice on civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. His experience spans issues as varied as financial fraud, international contract disputes, civil forfeiture, cross-border white collar criminal defense, real estate disputes, federal civil rights class actions, wrongful termination, FLSA, legal malpractice defense. Whatever the issue, Cooke works hard to achieve great results without ego or fanfare.

Marissa McKinney, ASLA

Austin

Austin, TX | Coleman & Associates

Marissa moved from Phoenix, Arizona in 2014 to join Coleman & Associates. Though she is a Nevada native, Marissa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture and a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. Marissa’s work experience in Phoenix was varied which allows her to be prepared for the breadth of work that C&A performs. Marissa currently serves as Texas Secretary and has served as the Central Texas Section Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary/Treasurer for the American Society of Landscape Architects. She currently sits on the Leadership Development Committee for the Real Estate Council of Austin and is involved in their Policy Committee as well. She has worked a variety of projects including Master Planned Communities, Environmental Graphics, Higher Education, Commercial Office Building Renovation, and Multifamily projects as well as helping to nurture, grow and build the relationships that C&A has fostered with clients.

Casey Sledge, PE

Williamson County

Williamson County, Texas

For over 20 years, CEO Casey Sledge has successfully delivered over 100 under schedule/under budget capital projects to Texas cities and schools. Since 2004, Sledge Engineering, LLC (TX Engineering Registration # F-7769) has provided project management and construction consulting services that have resulted in projects that schools and cities are proud to call their own.

The Sledge process enables Superintendents and top executives to comply with all laws and regulations and negotiate a fair price from the best qualified providers. His success is due to his unique project delivery methods, risk management strategies, and negotiation tools that any school can implement. The result is a reduction of inefficiencies that save taxpayer money and avoid the school potential embarrassment.

Mr. Sledge is married and the father of four children. The family spends time together camping and boating. Mr. Sledge has been a volunteer youth sports coach for many years.

Advisory Board Members

Harlan Crow (Dallas)

Albert “Boo” Hausser (San Antonio)

Christopher M. Harte (Austin)

Karen Huber (Spicewood)

Jodie L. Jiles (Houston)

Mavis Kelsey (Houston)

Ann Lilly (El Paso)

Perry Lorenz (Austin)

Janette Monear, President/CEO Texas Trees Foundation (Dallas)

John L. Nau, III (Houston)

Mary Wallace (Blanco)

Emeritus Board Members

Carroll Shaddock (Houston, TX)
Scenic Texas Founder

Cece Fowler (Houston, TX)
Years on board: 25+