Leadership

J. Kevin Ward, General Manager
In his role as the chief executive officer, Ward oversees the largest river authority in Texas and the largest wholesale provider of wastewater treatment services in the state. With the support of eight staff groups and nearly 500 employees, Ward drives the implementation of board policy for the operation and development of four water treatment facilities, five wastewater treatment facilities and one recreation project, plus water sales from four reservoirs – all serving more than 50 wholesale customers including cities, municipalities and districts throughout the 18,000-square-mile Trinity River basin. Ward manages an annual budget of more than $430 million and the Authority’s assets in excess of $2.6 billion.

Ward previously served as executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board from May 2002 to February 2011, and in various other capacities at that state agency from 1987 to 2002.

Ward is active in several organizations. He currently serves as chair of the Region C Regional Water Planning Group and is a member of the Region H Water Planning Group, the Trinity and San Jacinto River Basins and Galveston Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee, and the Tarrant Regional Water District Customer Advisory Committee. He serves as a board and executive committee member of the North Texas Commission and on the Texas Water Conservation Association’s executive committee and as chair of the Association’s River Authority Panel.

He is a past president and a board member of the National Water Resources Association.

Additionally, he previously served as the public member of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers Board of Trustees and a visiting member of the Texas A&M University Lehrer Chair Advisory Council. He recently became a member of the American Society of Engineers Industry Leaders Council. Ward also served two terms on the board of directors for the National Waterways Conference, an organization representing national interests related to water supply and waterways transportation.

Ward was honored in 2011 with the Water Environment Association of Texas Outstanding Public Official Award, and in 2012 with TWCA’s President’s Award.

Matt S. Jalbert, P.E., Executive Manager, Northern Region
Jalbert has been with the Trinity River Authority since January 2015. In 2006, he received his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in civil engineering. He received his Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering in 2012 at the University of Texas at Arlington. He worked with three engineering firms prior to 2015. He worked in the position as the Engineering Manager at TRA’s Central Regional Wastewater System. In April 2019, he moved to the Planning, Design and Construction Administration group for TRA, where he served as the Manager, Engineering Services. In April 2022, he was appointed the Executive Manager, Northern Region. He holds his professional engineering license in the state of Texas as well as a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Class B Wastewater Operator license. He is actively involved with the Water Environment Association of Texas and is currently serving as the president for 2022-2023.

Douglas D. Haude, P.E., Executive Manager, Southern Region
Haude began working at the Trinity River Authority in January 2024. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, with extensive experience in engineering, finance, project and program management, as well as construction management. His areas of expertise are primarily related to large public water systems and complex water-related infrastructure.

Throughout his career, Haude has served as a senior construction and/or project manager in various organizations, such as the North Harris County Regional Water Authority, San Jacinto River Authority, as well as several large engineering consulting firms where he has led engineering and construction-related projects. He has also been actively involved in various professional and community organizations, including Klein ISD Education Foundation, Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 249, the American Public Works Association – Southeast Texas Branch, and the University of Houston Engineering Alumni Association. In 2014, Haude was recognized by the Texas Chapter of American Public Works as a Top Public Works Leader of the Year, acknowledging his contributions to the field of engineering and construction management.

Gary N. Oradat, P.E., Executive Manager, Planning, Design and Construction Administration
Oradat earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1975. His career spans 40 years in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Trinity River Authority, he held various positions with the city of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering, including city engineer and deputy director for the Engineering, Construction and Real Estate Division and the Public Utilities Division. After 23 years, he retired from the city in 2004 and joined the Coastal Water Authority, as chief engineer and went on to be named executive director. Upon leaving CWA in 2011, he founded Oradat & Associates, P.C. and most recently was the water utilities practice lead with Halff Associates. He joined the Trinity River Authority in 2019 to lead the newly developed Planning, Design and Construction Administration team.

Oradat’s professional involvement includes being a past chairman with The American Society for Testing and Materials plastic piping systems committee. He is an active member of several subcommittees including, sewer, trenchless technology and reinforced plastic piping systems. He is also a chairman and a past board member with the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association. He is currently a member of the American Public Works Association and the Society of American Military Engineers.

In 2022, Oradat was named Underground Construction Technology Association’s Most Valuable Professional. He was recognized with the MVP award at a special luncheon and awards ceremony. The award, presented annually, recognizes individuals whose selfless contributions pave the way for advancement of the underground infrastructure industry.

Christine J. Epps, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Epps received Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees (Summa Cum Laude) from Texas Tech University in 2007. Upon graduation, Epps joined Deloitte, a Big Four accounting firm, in their audit and assurance practice, where she gained five years of progressive audit experience with a focus on governmental organizations such as school districts, cities, special districts and transportation authorities. She became a Certified Public Accountant of the State of Texas in 2009.

She joined the Trinity River Authority in 2012 as Financial Reporting Manager. Epps was promoted to Controller in 2016 and to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Board in 2022. She is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Government Finance Officers Association.

Taylor L. Huynh, Executive Manager, Administrative Services
Huynh received a Bachelor of Science degree in management of information systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to joining the Trinity River Authority, Huynh served as case liaison, serving the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and as investment partner of an employment agency serving Tarrant and Dallas counties. She began working for TRA in January 2000 as personnel services manager and advanced to human resources manager in 2013 serving as human resources business partner and as project manager for information technology initiatives implementing and managing multiple enterprise software systems integration. She was promoted to her current position in December 2018.

She has held leadership positions as committee member of the Texas Water Conservation Association Diversity Subcommittee, United Way of Tarrant County Impact Council for funding and grants, Parent Teacher Association and Uplift Education volunteer. She is an active supporter of United Way and local partner agencies and serves as campaign advisor for the Authority’s annual charity donations committee. Huynh is an active member of the national Society of Human Resource Management, the Fort Worth Human Resources Management Association and a member of the International Association of HR Information Management. Huynh is a certified senior professional in human resources.

Glenn C. Clingenpeel, Executive Manager, Technical Services and Basin Planning
Clingenpeel received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in biology from the University of Texas, a Master of Science in environmental sciences from the University of North Texas and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also possesses an associate degree in French and attended the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Clingenpeel is a member of the Golden Key National Honor, Tri Beta Biology Honor and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor societies and was recognized in 2006 as an MBA All-Star by the Dallas Business Journal.

He joined the Trinity River Authority in April of 1998 as the Clean Rivers Program coordinator and was promoted to the position of manager of special studies and assessments in 2000. In December of 2005 he was promoted to the position of executive assistant to the general manager. In February of 2014, Clingenpeel was promoted to the position of senior manager, planning and environmental management before being promoted to his current position. He has presented dozens of papers on water quality and quantity issues and serves on several local, state and federal committees including the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ Water Resources Council and the Galveston Bay Council. Clingenpeel is currently the chairman of the Region 3 Flood Planning Group, as well as the Texas Water Conservation Association, Endangered Species Committee. Clingenpeel is a longtime board member of the Allied Federal Credit Union where he serves in a voluntary capacity as Chairman of the Board.


Douglas L. Short, Chief Information Officer
Short was hired as the Trinity River Authority’s first chief information officer in 2014 and leads all aspects of information technology and information security for TRA. Prior to working at TRA, Short served in the United States Air Force, enlisting as a law enforcement specialist in 1986 and subsequently was commissioned as a cyberspace operations officer. His career highlights include deployed command, command of two squadrons and standup of the Air Force Cyber Schoolhouse. He retired in 2014 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Among his educational accomplishments, he has completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Arts in Computer Resource and Information Management; he attended the Air Command and Staff College, Joint and Combined Warfighting School and the Air War College. Additionally, he recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Chief Information Security Officer Academy, is a certified information security manager and certified government chief information officer. Short has spoken at several national and local conferences on cybersecurity, is a member of the Texas Cybersecurity Council, chairs the Texas American Water Works Association Resiliency and Cybersecurity Committee, and is a member of the Water Environment Association of Texas Safety and Security Committee.

Alexis S. Long, Deputy General Counsel
Long received a Bachelor of Science in Bioenvironmental Sciences from Texas A&M University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University School of Law. She joined the Authority in 2020 as Associate General Counsel and was promoted to Deputy General Counsel in 2024. Long's dedication to her field is evident. She participated in multiple environmental capstone projects in law school and a field study course focused on water, energy, and dispute resolution issues. She also holds a leadership certificate from the Texas Water Foundation Water Leadership program.