Terry Struble serves the community as Board President of Travis County Emergency Services District No. 2. He has been on the board since the early 90s when the District was a Rural Fire Prevention District. As a member of the community since 1982, he has served on numerous committees and has led the District through numerous building projects, including all of the current stations, the Administration Building, the Conference and Education Center, and the Training Field. After graduating high school, Terry served three years in the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1963. Upon his return from the Navy, Terry joined the Cinnaminson Volunteer Fire Department in New Jersey and advanced through the ranks, ultimately serving as fire chief for 8 years. He left as a “Life Member”. Before retiring in 2009, he worked in electrical construction for 35 years in New Jersey, Indiana and Texas as a journeyman, foreman, estimator and project manager.
George Mentzer II has served as Vice President of the Board of Commissioners since the early 90s. Living in the community since 1983, George has served on school PTO’s, Campus Academic Advisory Councils and as a Boy Scout leader. He has been employed as a Field Service Engineer for GE Healthcare for over 30 years. George earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University and he is an AAMI Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician.
Mike served 18 years on the District’s Board of Commissioners and was reappointed in January 2014 after a two year hiatus. During those two years, Mike remained active helping the District establish the FirstIn Pfoundation in the role of Board President. Mike’s accomplishments include being the Charter President of the State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D) which is the only association of ESD’s in Texas and the primary source of training for Fire Commissioners as well as developing the TXWARN utility to utility mutual aid program in conjunction with a number of other water and wastewater associations in Texas, the TCEQ and the State Emergency Operations Center. Mike also served six years as the President of the Wells Branch Municipal Utility District. Mike is a former producer/director for KVUE Television. He is a nationally recognized expert and instructor in risk communication as well as a trained public policy mediator and negotiator. Mike is the Executive Director of the 3,300 member Texas Section of the American Water Works Association. AWWA sets standards for protection of public health in drinking water systems, provides certification training, and represents utilities and suppliers to the water industry. Mike has lived in the Austin area for over 40 years and is a graduate of the University Of Texas School of Communication.
Appointed in July 2008, Efren Brito serves as the Board Treasurer. Efren is involved in the Wells Branch community where he has lived since 2002. He is employed as a Senior Application Engineer at Altera as well as other ventures as a realtor and Vice President of Sales at Swank Sports. Efren attended Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Efren also earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at Universidad de las Americas--Puebla.
Michael R. Bessner was appointed as a Commissioner in January 2014 in the role of Secretary on the Board. A resident of Pflugerville since 2004, Mike has been involved with the Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce since 2006. He is a Past Chairman and was a Board Member for 6 years. He retired from IBM Corporation with 20 years of service in 1996 and immediately began a career as a Financial Representative with MetLife. He is now with Chisholm Trail Financial Group where he works as an Advocate with families and small businesses to develop financial strategies for their financial futures. Mike and his wife, Deanna, have been married 36 years. They have 7 children, all of which graduated from schools in Pflugerville ISD.