NFBWA Board of Directors

DAVID SPELL
Asst. Secretary, Precinct 1

Mr. Spell, a Fort Bend County resident for 20 years, has 12 years experience as a utility district director, with nine years as MUD president. As a North Fort Bend Water Authority director, Mr. Spell focuses on promoting water conservation while helping to protect the environment. He earned his mechanical engineering degree from McNeese State University and has owned and operated two sole proprietorships in Fort Bend County. Mr. Spell is currently a TREC professional real estate inspector.

ROBERT DARDEN
Asst. Vice President, Precinct 2

A resident of the Fort Bend area for more than 21 years, Mr. Darden has nine years experience as a Municipal Utility District director, including five years as District president. He is well versed in MUD operations, as well as in civil law and civil procedures. Mr. Darden earned his B.B.A. at Pan American University. Since 1976, he has worked with Crawford & Company in property and casualty insurance adjusting.

BRUCE FAY
Director, Precinct 3

Mr. Fay served as a Municipal Utility District director for 14 years, and was the president of Fort Bend MUD #50. He has a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston, and a Juris Doctorate in Law from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Fay is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Texas Bar. He currently works at Shell Oil Company in Houston as Senior Tax Counsel.

MELONY F. GAY, P.E.
Secretary, Precinct 4

Ms. Gay has served as a Municipal Utility District director for five years before serving on the NFBWA board since 2005.  She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and has over 23 years of experience in civil engineering for land development projects.  Ms. Gay earned her B.S. in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and has been involved in the analysis, design and construction of water distribution, wastewater collection, drainage and paving facilities for projects located in Harris and Fort Bend Counties.  She currently works as a Senior Project Manager for LJA Engineering in Katy.

ROBERT L. PATTON
Vice President, Precinct 5

During almost 30 years of service as a Municipal Utility District president, Mr. Patton gained first-hand experience in cost-efficient operation strategies, which resulted in savings that allowed important community improvement projects to be constructed at no additional cost to District residents. Mr. Patton majored in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University, holds a B.A. from Millsaps College, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Houston. After a long career in the packaging industry, he is currently a Realtor© with RE/MAX Westside.

PETER HOUGHTON
President, Precinct 6

Mr. Houghton has been a Fort Bend County resident and MUD Director for the last 18 years, and has been involved in the development of several large master planned communities in Fort Bend County. He has worked closely with numerous MUDS, LIDS, WCIDS, HOAS, and City and County departments to ensure high-quality, sustainable community developments. Mr. Houghton earned his B.A. from Lehigh University, and is currently employed as Vice President of Sales with General Growth Properties.

PAT HEBERT
Director, Precinct 7

Mrs. Hebert brings broad MUD experience to the Authority, gained through more than a decade of service in multiple districts. In addition, she has been a community, civic, political and business leader in Fort Bend County for more than 30 years, frequently serving as chair for major charities and community fundraisers. Mrs. Hebert co-founded Eco Resources, Inc. in 1973 and served as the company’s vice president until the company was sold in 1985. In 1990, she co-founded Southern Municipal Services, Inc. and served as vice president of that company until it was sold in 1993.