Directors

W. A. 'Bill' Blackwell

President

Bill is a resident of Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas and is a rancher and retired banker.  He and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters and eight grandchildren.

In addition to the Cuero Community Foundation, Bill currently serves on many other organization boards and committees including:  Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, Cuero ISD Education Foundation, Cuero Rotary Club, Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Committee, Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust and the Victoria College Foundation.  

Bill was longtime member of the Cuero Industrial Foundation Board of Directors and served as President for many years until the organization was dissolved and remaining funds donated to create the new Cuero Community Foundation.

 

Paul W. Holcomb, Sr.

 

Paul is a resident of Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas. He and his son Paul, Jr. and his daughter Mary Alice own and operate Partners Chevrolet, Buick, GMC in Cuero. He and his wife, Cindy, have five children and two grandchildren.

Prior to moving to Cuero in 2005, he had a thirty-five year career in the automotive business, owning and operating dealerships in Austin, Texas. He and his wife were active in the Austin area. After moving to Cuero, Paul became involved in several organizations in the local community.

Paul was a member of the Cuero Industrial Foundation Board of Directors and served as Vice President until the organization was dissolved and the remaining funds donated to create the new Cuero Community Foundation.

 

 

Debra Baros

Vice President & Secretary

Debra is a resident of Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas and is a retired school administrator. She and her husband David, have two sons and three grandsons. 

In addition to the Cuero Community Foundation, Debra currently serves on many other organization boards and committees including: President's Regional Advisory Board UHV, President of Westhoff Ladies' Auxiliary, Past President of NAFEPA (National Association of Federal Program administrators), and President of Westhoff Cemetery Association.

Through the years Debra has been actively involved in the Cuero Community and has served in various leadership capacities including Gulf Bend Board of Trustees, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent Board, Executive Director of Cuero ISD Education Foundation

Paul Celauro

 

F. Paul Celauro came to Texas in 1971. He settled in Houston and met Hochheim native Catherine Bitterly (Braden) in 1982 which led him to Cuero. They married in 1985 and bought a ranch in DeWitt County in 1987 where they are retired and live today.

Paul is a 1965 graduate of Vanderbilt University and a retired officer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he served in the late 60’s. In the early 70’s he became a partner in the legendary Texas consulting firm Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation where he spent the last fifty years.

He is credited with originating many notable civil engineering projects around the state. His strengths have been in organizing, financing and implementing large regional projects.

Wes Kubesch

 

Wes is a resident of Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas. He and his wife Courtney are graduates of Cuero High School. They moved back to Cuero in 2019, along with their four children.

Wes is a graduate of Rice University, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation, and is a member of the CFA Institute. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. He currently is a Partner with Corient Wealth Management. Prior to its acquisition by Corient, Wes was the President of Galapagos Partners, a leading multi-family office in Houston, TX.

Wes has served on various boards, committees, and community organizations over the years.

 

 

David S. Kleinecke

Treasurer

David is a resident of Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas, and has been in Banking for over 28 years. Currently he serves as Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of Cuero National Bank. He and his wife, Stephanie, have nine children and three grandchildren.

Cuero Community Foundation is one of several boards and committees that David serves on. These positions include: Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Shiner, DeWitt County Go-Texan Committee, Past President and current member of the Cuero Lions Club, Hillside Cemetery Endowment Association, and Committee Member for the Cuero ISD Education Foundation.

Prior to serving on the Cuero Community Foundation board, David was a member of the Cuero Industrial Foundation.

Rebecca Reese Dawson

 

Born in Cuero, Rebecca Reese Dawson is a fourth-generation resident of Dewitt County. Upon graduation from Cuero High School in 1976, Mrs. Dawson attended Baylor University and matriculated as a “summa cum laude” graduate with two bachelor degrees. After completing her masters degree at West Texas State University and post-graduate studies at The University of Illinois, she began her music teaching career which spanned 31 years in 5 different states with prestigious performances across the US and Europe.

In 2007, she joined her husband, James Dawson, in their family’s realty business and continues today to work full-time as a realtor specializing in residential and ranch sales. Mrs. Dawson is a member of the Cuero Medical Foundation Board and volunteers extensively at the First Baptist Church of Cuero. She, her husband and their beloved dog Charlie enjoy working on their country property, hunting, fly fishing and traveling to Mexico.