August 16, 2011
The Blinn College Board of Trustees has named a Brenham businessman and the city’s chief financial officer (CFO) to fill the remaining terms of two board members who recently announced they would step down.
Steve Westbrook announced he would resign last month, and L.J. “Johnny” Lacina Jr. signaled his resignation Monday. Westbrook’s remaining term on the board will be filled by Brenham businessman David Sommer, while the City of Brenham’s CFO Carolyn Miller will fill Lacina’s seat.
The pair were sworn in by Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst (District 13, Texas).
Westbrook departed as board secretary, which triggered an election tonight among board members who named Douglas Borchardt to fill that role until the next regularly scheduled board officer election.
“We are delighted to welcome David and Carolyn,” said Board President Atwood Kenjura. “Their combined expertise in business and finance will be instrumental during this pivotal time in Blinn’s history. We thank them for their willingness to devote their time and energy to the College.”
About the new trustees:
Sommer, a native of Brenham and former Blinn honors graduate, graduated from Texas A&M University in 1977. He began his career with Germania Companies in 1978 as an accountant and rose through company ranks to the position of president and chairman of the board in 2000. He served in that capacity for a decade, retiring in July 2011. Sommer served on the Blinn College Foundation Board and has been board chairman, treasurer and chair of the finance committee. Now retired from the Foundation, he is active in local civic organizations, having been a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Economic Development Foundation. Sommer is also a member of the Brenham Evening Lions Club and a new member of the Hospice Brazos Valley Board of Directors.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor in recognition of his significant impact to the college and its communities. His family includes his wife Beth Ann (Reue), children Matthew and Meredith, son-in-law Brad Sommerfield and granddaughters Izabelle Leann and Gabrielle Leann.
Miller graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in accounting in 1980 and is a certified public accountant. She joined the City of Brenham in May 2005 and was promoted to director of finance and was later named the city’s CFO in June of 2009. Her career began in the private sector, where she worked with distinction for more than 25 years for the big four public accounting firm KPMG, held healthcare management positions with The Methodist Hospital in Houston and served as corporate controller for Kolkhorst Petroleum.
Miller’s community service includes past Lone Star Girl Scout Council troop leader, HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) mentor, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran confirmation guide and church choir member. Carolyn and her husband Stephen, who is the CFO for Brenham Wholesale Grocery Company, have two children: Allison, a 2010 graduate of Texas State University, and Austin, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin.